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Seven affordable hobby farms for that tree change you’ve always talked about

December 21, 2018

This hobby farm at Aramara, west of Maryborough, in Queensland, is for sale for more than $410,000. Photo: Supplied

Have you always dreamed of trading the hustle and bustle of the city for a tree change?

Maybe it’s time to finally kick that long-held dream off your bucket list and switch city life for life in the slow lane.

Here are some of the best tree-change buys available now across Australia.

Bingara, NSW: $415,000 

The homestead was the original Upper Bingara Post Office. Photo: Supplied This property was the original Upper Bingara Post Office. Photo: Supplied

With infrastructure for a hobby farm or a boutique stud breeder already in place, ‘Durramunga’ offers the ultimate tree-change escape.

Built in 1942 as the original Upper Bingara Post Office, it is set across 28 hectares and comprises of a four-bedroom homestead, a new bathroom, open kitchen and sweeping veranda.

An orchard features fruit trees, a greenhouse and a fenced vegetable garden is secure from the ducks and chooks.

Other features include two water holes, the 1.5-kilometre Gouron Creek, 100,000-litre rainwater tank with pump, a hayshed, timber cattle yards and a powered machinery shed.

Aramara, Queensland: offers over $410,000

The 83ha farm is self sufficient in water and electricity. Photo: Supplied The 83ha farm has its own solar power and battery storage. Photo: Supplied

Fancy having a few cows, your own poultry for eggs, as well as paying no water or electricity bills?

That’s what’s on offer at this 83-hectare property, about 20 minutes from Maryborough, which is 255 kilometres north of Brisbane.

The secluded property has its own solar battery storage system with a generator back-up.

A three-bedroom, barn-style home enjoys picturesque views of surrounding bushland, while ample decking provides the perfect spot to unwind and take in the lush vistas.

Bena, Victoria: $445,000

This property is capable of carrying about 40 to 50 steers. Photo: SuppliedIf you want to run a few cattle, this property could be one for you. Photo: Supplied

Located just 90 minutes from Melbourne, this approximately 20-hectare property would be an ideal weekender.

Featuring stunning valley views to Bass Strait, the property has three dams, native trees and steel stockyards.

“Capable of carrying around 40-50 steers, the land could also be easily leased out,” the listing says.

A 22-metre by 9-metre powered steel shed is fully lockable and also has two 22,000-litre water tanks. The shed could be used as accommodation for a weekend getaway.

Culcairn, NSW: $660,000

This property has ???? Photo: Supplied The homestead is surrounded by an established garden. Photo: Supplied

Described as a rare opportunity to obtain an idyllic country retreat, this sustainably managed property of 64 hectares features six paddocks, two dams and a four-bedroom homestead.

There is plenty of shade and birdlife. The listing states that ‘Ticketyboo’ is “ideally suited to a small-scale livestock operation, currently operated as a grazing/cropping concern.”

Soaring ceilings and a modern kitchen and family room are key features of the homestead, which is surrounded by an outdoor entertaining area and established garden.

A 90,000-litre domestic rainwater supply, steel cattle yards, a two-bay machinery shed, a 20-tonne self-emptying silo and chook run are among the property’s features.

Located 85 kilometres from Wagga Wagga, 514 kilometres south-west of Sydney and 375 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, Culcairn is a busy service centre for the surrounding district, with a strong community.

Bellingen, NSW: $550,000-$600,000

This property backs on to a river and is ideal for fishing. Photo: SuppliedIf you don’t want to work the land, you could while away the hours fishing in the river next to the homestead. Photo: Supplied

Be prepared to share this secluded 10.12-hectare riverfront property with host of native animals and birds.

You can realise dreams of being a farmer, with the property set up with a planting of macadamia trees and a silo and machinery shed for the tractor. There is also a chook pen and vegetable garden.

The three-bedroom home has a self-contained studio. A spacious veranda makes the most of the view of green paddocks and mountain surrounds. The river is the perfect place to fish and kayak.

Western Creek, Tasmania: $495,000

If it's peace and quiet you're after this Tasmanian farm is ideal. Photo: Supplied If it’s peace and quiet you’re after this farm is ideal. Photo: Supplied

An array of outbuildings offer plenty of space at this 33-hectare property of cleared pasture, which makes it an easy spot to run a hobby farm.

A creek runs along one side of the property all year round, and there are two additional dams.

A four-bedroom home is perfect for a family.

Foster, Victoria: $695,000

There is a separate bungalow on this property. Photo: Supplied There is a secluded beach not far from this property. Photo: Supplied

This coastal hobby farm offers the best of both worlds with your own private beach in easy reach. Set across 20 hectares, the property is surrounded by half pasture, half bush.

The home has three bedrooms and a renovated bathroom. Other features include a new roof, solar panels, five water tanks, two dams.

There is also a separate bungalow which makes an ideal retreat for teenagers.

There is also a workshop, chicken coop, fenced vegetable garden and a hayshed.

 

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