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Australia’s best lifestyle locations under $600K

A sea change? A tree change? Either way, you’re sick of the rat race and want to escape to the peace and tranquility of the country or the sea, and leave the honking horns, traffic gridlock and continual roadworks or construction work behind you...

For those who are serious about leaving the metro area, here is a list of some of the most appealing and affordable areas under $600K in Australia where you can start afresh.

Margaret River, WA

Median house price: $475,000

One of Australia’s most famous wine regions, the stunning Margaret River has everything; beautiful architecture, scenic national parks, leafy forest surrounds, and picturesque beaches with white sand and azure waters. Located 277 kms south of Perth, you can snare a property for under $500K, with the area offering an interesting and eclectic mix of striking new designer homes and heartwarming classic treasures.

Warrnambool, VIC

Median house price: $390,000

Victoria’s largest city outside of Port Phillip Bay, Warrnambool is nestled into the rising contour of Victoria's south-west coast, amid green country and overlooking the deep blue of the Southern Ocean. One of the states genuine hidden gems, Warrnambool has truly spectacular scenery and is buzzing with activity in the summer time, while beautiful walking trails, hot springs, and whale watching make this a destination to take note of.

Dayboro, QLD

Median house price: $550,000

Just 46 kms north-west of Brisbane in the Moreton Bay region, this quaint and character-filled town is for anyone wanting to experience laidback country life. Dayboro is one of the more popular destinations for day-trippers from Brisbane who want to go on sub-tropical rainforest walks, enjoy native sea life, have a latte or brunch at a quirky cafe, or enjoy arts and crafts stores at a leisurely pace.

Huonville, TAS

Median house price: $467,500

Peacefully positioned on the banks of the Huon River, Huonville is a stunningly scenic slice of Tassie life surrounded by beautiful fruit orchards and gorgeous farmlands. The Huon Valley in particular is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Australia, while Huonville itself has genuine old world charm, which is evident when strolling Main Street and Wilmot Road which promises an abundance of enchanting op shops and friendly cafes.

Port Willunga, SA

Median house price: $408,000

Owning one of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s most memorable beaches, Port Willunga is located only 35kms south of Adelaide and is one of the most affordable and striking beachside options for those needing a sea change. Famous for its golden cliff faces and crystal clear waters, you’ll never tire of the peace and beauty of this beautiful town. You also have the popular Aldinga historic township very close by, which is great for cafes, boutique shopping, and local grocers.