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The Top 7 Franchises to Invest in New South Wales

From Subways in Sydney to Cold Rocks in Coffs Harbor, these are the seven most profitable franchises in New South Wales.

Franchising is a business model which has proven successful globally, as it is usually a safer investment than starting a small business. According to the Franchise Council of Australia’s State of Franchise 2023 report, this dynamic industry contributes $174 billion to the Australian economy annually, with over 94,000 franchised outlets.

The appeal lies in working with an established business model that gives you a blueprint for success, as well as the support and training provided by most franchisors. This can be especially valuable for people who are thinking of running a business for the first time. You’ll gain access to the collective bargaining power of a franchise network, which can often provide bulk purchasing discounts on supplies, as well as national marketing campaigns that will help to drive sales.

If you’re looking for franchise opportunities but aren’t sure which brand to invest in, this article will take a look at some of the most profitable franchises in New South Wales. We’ll explore how much you’ll expect to pay to become a franchisee, as well as some of the perks provided by these brands.



Industry: Food

Number of Locations in Australia: 1,223+

Estimated Franchise Cost: $170,000 and $325,000 + GST

Terms of Agreement: 20 years

Perks: High brand recognition

What makes Subway such a profitable franchise in Australia?

Subway is one of the most popular restaurant chains globally, with a high brand recognition value. What began in 1965 with a $1000 investment has grown to 37,000 stores in more than 100 countries. The first Subway store in Australia opened in Perth in 1988, and in 2007, Australia was the first to hit 10000 stores outside of North America.

Unlike other fast food chains, Subway products are not fried and have a great variety of fresh produce and salads, making them a healthy fast food option for health-conscious Australians.

How Subway helps

  • Subway offers a two-week intensive training course, and all new franchise owners undertake on-site training at a restaurant.
  • Access to an online training tool, the University of Subway, is available for Subway franchisees and their staff, with courses on everything from how to make a Subway sandwich to business courses on running a franchise.

Check this Subway franchise for sale in NSW and become part of a family of more than 21,000 Subway franchise owners worldwide.


Anytime Fitness

Industry: Health and Fitness

Number of Locations in Australia : 555

Estimated Franchise Cost: $350,000 + GST

Terms of Agreement: 6 years

Perks: A solid membership base

What makes Anytime Fitness one of the most profitable businesses in Australia?

The Australian health and fitness industry contributes $4 billion to the country’s GDP. If you are a fitness enthusiast, there is no better franchise opportunity than owning a gym, a business model that blends commercial and lifestyle!

Founded in the United States in 2002, Anytime Fitness opened its first gym in Gunnedah, NSW, and since then has become the biggest health club chain in Australia. The club’s official website states that a new member joins an Anytime club every three minutes.

How Anytime Fitness helps

  • A best-in-class 2-week training program to educate and acquaint your management team with the business of operating an Anytime Fitness center
  • Ongoing training to stay current on the policies, procedures, and operational techniques
  • Has agreements with third-party partners to fund the start-up fees, equipment, inventory and payroll for their franchise owners.
  • Their corporate offices will help you identify a convenient location for your franchise, select the equipment you want to install, and decide on the layout of your gym

soul origin

Soul Origin

Industry: Food

Number of Locations in Australia: 150+

Estimated Franchise Cost: $300,000 - $600,000 + GST

Terms of Agreement: 7 years

Perks: Focus on the growth and development of franchises

What makes Soul Origin one of the best franchises in Australia?

As a young dad spending a lot of time in shopping centres, Soul Origin founder Hao Quach (Howie) noticed the lack of excellent coffee and healthy meal options. Thus, as he says, Soul Origin started with him trying to solve a problem for himself. Now, with 150+ stores across Australia, the franchise shows impressive growth and is the go-to for Aussies on the go.

How Soul Origin helps

  • A comprehensive management training program
  • A 'New Store Opening Team' to assist you in your first week of opening
  • A dedicated area coach to provide continual support and guidance to set your franchise up for success
  • Access to Soul Origin specialists in franchising, leasing, product and supply chain, marketing and finance


Just Cuts

Industry: Beauty and Haircare

Number of Locations in Australia: 220+

Estimated Franchise Cost: $85,000 - $260,000 + GST

Terms of Agreement: 5 years

Perks: Fixed flat fee as royalty

What makes Just Cuts one of the best businesses to start in Australia?

Just Cuts is the largest hairdressing franchise in the Southern Hemisphere. Founded in Sydney in 1982, it now has a record 4.3 million clients globally. Their model of no appointments and fixed-price haircuts has been their USP, attracting a loyal customer base. What makes Just Cuts one of the most profitable franchises in Australia is their fixed flat fee as royalties. So, as your business grows, so will your earning potential.

How Just Cuts helps

  • Just Cuts provides comprehensive training sessions on salon operations, retailing, marketing, social media and team acquisition
  • Offer team training and induction, salon setup and help with the implementation of the Grand Opening strategy
  • Ongoing support in the form of Franchise Owners’ Conferences and Quarterly Franchise Owners’ meetings, team leader training, access to an e-learning platform and more


Jim’s Cleaning Group

Industry: Cleaning Services

Number of Locations in Australia: 4,300+

Estimated Franchise Cost: $20,000 to $50,000 + GST

Terms of Agreement: 5 years

Perks: Pay-for-Work Guarantee of $1,100 per week

What makes Jim’s Group one of the best franchises in Australia?

Jim’s Cleaning Group has been trusted as a household name in Australia since 1994. What started as a humble mowing round by Jim Penman is now a global empire with 50 service divisions. From well-known divisions like mowing, cleaning and fencing to window tinting and pool care, plus new divisions being added regularly, you have a wide selection to choose from!

What makes Jim's Group one of the most profitable franchises in NSW is that as a new franchise owner, you do not have to worry about leads. The group receives around 240,000 unserviced leads a year which it passes onto their franchises. While Jim’s Group does charge a minimal lead fee, most businesses eventually build up their customer base and operate successfully on repeat customers and their referrals.

How Jim’s Cleaning Group helps

  • Franchises have direct contact with Jim Penman for his mentorship and guidance
  • A dedicated call centre at the company’s headquarters in Mooroolbark, Victoria, that receives leads
  • Assistance with everything you need to get started, including equipment, chemicals, training, business name registration, uniforms and stationary
  • Ongoing support to ensure your cleaning business is a success from the beginning

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Cold Rock

Industry: Food

Number of Locations in Australia: 100+

Estimated Franchise Cost: $300,000 – $350,000 + GST

Terms of Agreement: 5 years

Perks: A loyal customer base

Why we think Cold Rock is one of the best franchises in Australia

Cold Rock is Australia’s largest locally owned and operated ice cream business, with over 25 years of success and a proven track record. Their interactive experience, where customers can create unique ice cream flavours and a wide selection of mix-ins like fruits, cookies and nuts, appeals to Australians of all ages and has made Cold Rock a household name.

How Cold Rock helps

  • Provide corporate and local support for marketing and operations
  • A dedicated marketing team providing franchises with local digital and print marketing tools
  • Constant support from the Cold Rock Ops team to ensure your business is constantly up to date with the newest products, materials and training programs



Industry: Construction

Number of Locations in Australia: 160+

Estimated Franchise Cost: $110,000 - $500,000 + GST

Terms of Agreement: 15 years

Perks: 4 different revenue streams

What makes Poolwerx the most profitable franchise in Australia?

Founded in 1992 by Australian entrepreneur John O’Brien, Poolwerx has grown to be the world’s largest global franchise pool service brand with operations in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. It is also the 3x winner of the FCA’s Australian Established Franchisor of the Year.

Their different revenue streams - mobile pool servicing, commercial maintenance contracts, retail of pools and spa products for DIY customers - are opportunities for increased potential profits and income, which makes the company a coveted franchise opportunity.

How Poolwerx helps

  • A comprehensive training program by world-class support centre staff in a range of different focus areas
  • Ongoing support with a business coach and mentor
  • Year-round access to an experienced technical resource, business development managers, and suppliers/vendors
  • Support from the head office digital marketing team to create engaging, localised and on-brand video content
  • A structured Career Path Franchising opportunity which gives franchise owners the potential to grow as a business from a single-unit one-area venture to a multi-unit, multi-location business

Here is a listing on our website for a Poolwerx franchise for sale in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Ready to start your franchise journey?

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Stuart Wood

About the author

Stuart is Editorial Manager at He has worked as Editor for a B2B publisher, Content Manager for a PR firm, and most recently as a Copywriter for Barclays.