Finance Property Escape to regional Australia: From country estates to waterfront mansions

Escape to regional Australia: From country estates to waterfront mansions

"Bellagio" in the Southern Highland's town of Bowral was inspired by the shores of Lake Como. Photo: Knight Frank
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Gone are the days when moving to regional Australia was solely the preserve of retirees looking for a “sea change” or a “tree change”.

Regional Australia is hot property in 2018, with buyers of all ages lured by attractive lifestyle prospects and affordable prices, and combined regional markets now outpacing the capital cities in terms of price growth.

From Victoria’s Great Ocean Road to the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, and the Northern Territory’s Humpty Doo, we take a tour of the most luxurious country estates and waterfront mansions on the market across Australia.

New South Wales

Inspired by the historic villas of Italy’s Lake Como, Bellagio is a six-bedroom, 1500-square-meter waterfront estate set on a lush two hectares in Bowral, 90 minutes drive from Sydney in New South Wales’ Southern Highlands.

The sprawling estate features a commercial-grade marble kitchen with separate caterer’s kitchen, botanical-style gardens, waterfalls, rolling lawns, an ornamental lake, two wine cellars, and self-contained guest cottage.

The sprawling two-hectare ‘Bellagio’ estate in Bowral is described as “the epitome of privacy and security”. Photo: Knight Frank

Straight out of an episode of Grand Designs, this “reimagined rustic barn” occupies 40 hectares in Mittagong, also in the Southern Highlands.

On the market for $5 million, Autumn Park combines striking design with modern luxury, with amenities including tennis court, dressage arena, sauna, spa, and entertainer’s kitchen.

‘Autumn Park’ in Mittagong is on the market for $5 million. Photo: Highlands Property

“Eight acres [3.23 hectares] of level country land tucked in at the end of a tree-lined country lane,” is how OneAgency agent Ash Brown summarises this five-bedroom property in Orange. You can enjoy a soak in the tub while gazing out onto tranquil pastures, or relax in the main bedroom suite which features a gas fire, lounge area and french doors opening onto a private deck.

This luxury five-bedroom property is set on 3.2 hectares in Orange, NSW. Photo: OneAgency Orange


Uninterrupted ocean views and Balinese-style fittings define this four- bedroom clifftop property on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Advertised at $3.5-$3.8 million, the seaside home is located in the popular holiday town of Lorne, where the median house price rose by 35.6 per cent in 2017, according to CoreLogic data.

Vendors are asking $3.5-$3.8 million for this four-bedroom Balinese-inspired home on the Great Ocean Road. Photo: Great Ocean Road Real Estate

With 180-degree panoramic ocean views, this Queenscliff property is set on 1400 square metres of beachfront land. Priced at $4.5 million, the four-bedroom house includes a billiards room and three living areas.

This beachfront mansion in Queenscliff could be yours for $4.5 million. Photo: Kerleys


Located in Bicheno, 185 kilometres north-east of Hobart, Moondance  boasts 123 metres of coastal-reserve frontage and is inviting offers above $1.65 million. The four-bedroom property includes native gardens, a swim spa, and a 1750-bottle wine cellar.

‘Moondance’ in Bicheno, Tasmania comes with a greenhouse, a whale-watching platform, and a 1750 bottle wine cellar. Photo: LJ Hooker

Western Australia

Sitting pretty on 2.23 hectares in a prestigious Margaret River location, this palatial five-bedroom home which features soaring ceilings, a 26-metre infinity pool, lush gardens, mother of pearl teak doors, Italian marble and american oak floors.

This Margaret River estate features a 26-metre infinity pool. Photo: Space


Awash with luxury, this eye-catching property designed by architect Michael Witty comes with a championship-sized floodlit tennis court, indoor pool, walk-in 2000-bottle wine cellar and is fully integrated with eco-technology. Set on 3470 square metres in East Toowoomba – which has a population of just under 6000 – the five-bedroom home is inviting expressions of interest from $2.75 million.

This $2.75 million-plus East Toowoomba property includes a tennis court and indoor pool. Photo: Toowoomba City Realty

South Australia

If you can’t see yourself settling into life on the second largest cattle station on earth, currently on the market in South Australia, consider instead this expansive homestead in Adelaide Hills, just 30 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD. Priced at $5.2 million, Glenhurst is built from local Basket Range stone and features 3.4-metre-high ceilings, marble floors, and open fires.

Set on 29.5 hectares in Adelaide Hills, ‘Glenhurst’ is on the market for $5.2 million. Photo: Harcourts

Northern Territory

A true one-of-a-kind, this six-bedroom home in Humpty Doo was lovingly built entirely from brick by its block-layer owner. Priced at  $749,000, the property is set on two hectares and includes a bush pool, wet-season dam, brick smokehouse with entertaining space, and separate one-bedroom studio.

This custom-built Humpty Doo home is a true one-of-a-kind. Photo: Top End Real Estate

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