Best properties for Aussies who are keen to get out of town and embrace country life

Cities are roaring back to life as a new COVID-19 normal settles in, but many Australians are still eager to get out of town.

The trend towards the regions that intensified during the pandemic remains strong, particularly as the chilly weather well and truly sets in.

For many with the flexibility to work from home, the idea of acquiring a home in the country where life is a little less frenzied is an appealing one.

Whether buyers are actively seeking a tree change or merely daydreaming about an escape from the rat race, these are four of the best rural escapes on the market right now.

Arthouse style by a country mile

If rural getaways conjure up visions of dusty old timber homes, then prepare to be blown away by this contemporary stunner nestled in the beautiful Tarana Valley in New South Wales.

Dubbed ‘The Stormwater House’, the innovative three-bedroom hideaway at 498 Mutton Falls Road flexes a sleek Brutalist design constructed with six tonne concrete storm water culverts, elevating its chilled country vibes to exciting new levels.  

The unique design of the home offers a contemporary escape in country bliss. Picture:

From the multiple sun-soaked entertaining decks and its stunning bedrooms enjoying idyllic views, to the in-ground magnesium swimming pool, there are plenty of incredible features to enjoy. 

Combining country comfort with a sustainable ethos, the home also offers hydronic underfloor heating and two slow combustion fireplaces.

It features three bedrooms, each offering spectacular views. Picture:

And it’s all powered by an off-grid 3.5kw standalone solar system.

The home has a price guide of $1.78 million.

Elegant homestead in country Victoria 

Looking for something a tad more traditional? 

You’d be hard pressed to go past this beautiful homestead on the edge of Daylesford – a vibrant tourist town located just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne.

This property boasts impressive rural homestead vibes. Picture:

A perfect antidote to the hustle of city life, the elegant four-bedroom home at 3 Hogans Lane in Musk Vale rests on a glorious 1.01ha of tranquil bushland.

It sets a pastoral tone with its white gravelled driveway and avenue of ornamental pear, maple, and oak trees.

Exuding classic charm with a contemporary twist, the home abounds with creature comforts.

The interior decor is high-end but homely. Picture:

There’s an enormous living and dining area, deluxe country kitchen, north-facing deck, saltwater pool, and fourth room perfect as guest quarters, a home cinema, or a games space.

Did we mention the private dam with its own jetty? 

This home has a price guide of $1.79 million to $1.89 million.

A river runs through it

Magnificently fronted to Campbells and Cross Creeks, this stunning property in NSW’s Upper Hunter region promises utter seclusion.

The property, sitting on an enormous 764ha parcel of pristine land, boasts not one but three accommodation dwellings. Picture:

Comprising a whopping 764ha of magnificent countryside, with valley slopes rising to hilly grazing fields and beautiful orchard and olive groves, 1061 Goorangoola Road is an exquisitely renovated four-bedroom homestead. 

Dubbed ‘Bundaleer’, the home is a classic rural retreat but also comes with a three-bedroom renovated cottage and an additional one-bedroom guest flat for when family and friends come to stay.

The main residence has plenty of charm but an opportunity to add value. Picture:

And if you wish to fully morph from city slicker to country farmer, the fully equipped equine and cattle facilities should do the trick.

The price is available upon application.

The simple life

If you prefer to take things down a notch, idyllic ‘Charley Hill’ is a charming, handcrafted cottage harking a return to the simple country life.

The property is the epitome of rural perfection. Picture:

Perched on eight blissful hectares, the charismatic two-bedroom abode at 112 Lake George Road in Goulburn perfectly embodies rustic charm.

Here you can bask in absolute tranquillity and vast rural views, or stroll among the fruit orchid blossoming in cherry, almond, olive, and apricot trees.

The surrounding scenery is picturesque and peaceful. Picture:

Want to grow your own fresh produce? There are veggie gardens and a chicken coop for that too. 

Just over two hours from Sydney and an hour to Canberra, this magical property also proposes a lucrative business venture as a cute Airbnb escape.

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