Orana Gardens


About Us


Orana Gardens Ltd was established in 1989 as a charitable, not-for-profit organisation with a vision of providing full, high quality, aged care services for the Dubbo and surrounding communities.

Our vision has been realised and our evolution continues. We provide a suite of high quality aged care options which we are constantly upgrading and expanding.

Our achievements

This brief timeline illustrates our constant endeavours to expand and upgrade our aged care options to keep up with constantly increasing demand. It also shows our continual evolution over the last few decades.


The Dubbo RSL Aged Care Association founded by Mr John Whittle, Mr Lawrie Colahan and Mr Vern Traegar.
Members of the Dubbo RSL Sub-Branch and the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club jointly fund stage 1 of the Orana Gardens Retirement Village (12 units) and Roundhouse.


Stages 2 and 3 (23 units) of the retirement village constructed.


Stage 4 (13 units) of retirement village constructed. See the local advertising and news articles here.


Orana Gardens Lodge (40 bed hostel) and non-denominational chapel (funded by the RSL Sub Branch) constructed and opened by NSW Governor Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair. See the ceremony program here.


Stage 5 (21 units) of retirement village constructed.


Bellhaven Aged Care Facility in Wellington, NSW purchased (46 high care beds).
Chief Executive Officer appointed and Association reconstituted as a company limited by guarantee.


Stages 6 and 7 (19 units) of retirement village constructed.



Orana Gardens Special Care (dementia specific, 20 beds) and Orana Gardens Country Club built.
Stage 8 of retirement village (9 units) constructed.


A further 8 units of stage 8 retirement village constructed.


A 22 seater modified bus purchased with grant assistance from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club.

Dubbo RSL Aged Care Association Ltd become the new managers and approved providers of Kooringle Nursing Home in Tullamore. The Commonwealth Government authorises the transfer of the existing 21 (high care) bed licences to Dubbo.


Stage 9 (30 units) of retirement village constructed.


Opening of John Whittle House with 64 high care beds.


Commencement of refurbishment at Bellhaven Aged Care Facility in Wellington.


Completion of Country Club extensions.

Purchase and refurbishment of vacant child care centre in Goode Street in order to be able to offer child care services to staff, kindred organisations and the local community.


Orana Gardens Child Care Centre opens with a licence for 40 children.


Solar panels installed on all 148 Retirement Village units.
Purchase of two duplexes in Dubbo for investment purposes.


Dubbo RSL Aged Care Association Ltd successful in applying to become a home care provider.


Orana Gardens Child Care Centre sold to Oxanda Education.


Full refurbishment of all Aged Care rooms, interior painting, landscaping commenced.

Dubbo RSL Aged Care Association Ltd registered name changed to Orana Gardens Ltd.

Orana Gardens Retirement Village changed to Orana Gardens Estate


Solar panels were installed atOrana Gardens Country Club and Special Care Unit (Dementia Specific Area).

Landscape was completed at Orana Gardens Estate and main entrances of our Residential Aged Care areas.

Updated Bus was purchased for residents outings.

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