Has the COVID-19 crisis got you longing to escape the confines of the city in favour of the fresh, clean country air?
While a tree change sounds great on paper, the sticking point usually comes with figuring out how to fund it. Luckily, buying a business can provide an ideal solution.
We’ve rounded up some businesses on offer throughout the country, each currently generating an income.
Let your childhood fantasies run wild with this ice cream business in the state’s far north.
Operating as the Emerald Creek Ice Creamery for the past 12 years, the owners and founders are now looking to retire.
Agent Graham Burridge, of Ray White Cairns Beaches, said the ice creamery, on the Kennedy Highway, was an “extremely popular” pitstop for drivers passing between Mareeba and Cairns.
Mr Burridge said the option to purchase the family home, on a separate title, as part of the sale was available for any interested purchaser.
New owners could add value to the business by making use of the commercial kitchen and offering light lunches to passing drivers as well as expanding ice cream distribution to other businesses, Mr Burridge said.
The sale includes all ice cream manufacturing equipment, and the vendor is willing to train the new owner.
Price: $1.7 million to $1.9 million
Set on 2.83 hectares across two titles, this hydroponic lettuce farm about an hour north of Brisbane is being sold with an existing supply chain and client base in place and has the added bonus of a five-bedroom family home.
Operating for more than 15 years, the farm employs 18 casual staff.
The sale includes a commercial salad washer and dryer, a fully automated packing machine and four cold rooms.
There’s also a two-bedroom cottage on-site, solar system and back-up generator.
Price: $2.25 million
Located in the heart of the state’s spa country, The Grande Hotel well and truly lives up to its name.
Set on a 3000-square-metre block and surrounded by lush gardens, the verandah-clad property features 11 guest rooms, a lounge, cocktail bar and cabaret room.
With a 50-seat restaurant, serviced by a commercial kitchen, the property is well positioned to expand into the wedding and conference market, according to the listing.
Price: Contact agent
This heritage-listed hotel in Western Australia’s wheatbelt town of Northam – about an hour-and-a-half drive from Perth – comprises 31 guest rooms, a restaurant, beer garden and sports bar.
The 123-year-old Duke’s Inn is well positioned to capitalise on corporate travellers associated with the local hospital and government services as well as an expected regional tourism boom, the listing says.
The owners have recently opened eight additional accommodation units on a site opposite the hotel, which are included in the sale, and there’s scope to add an addition six units subject to approval.
Price: Contact agent
This 12-bedroom guest house in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, is set on a 2354-square-metre block and close to tourist attractions such as Echo Point.
The Avonleigh Country House features two lounges, two dining rooms, an office and commercial kitchen.
If the idea of spending your days on the water is more your cup of tea, then this charter boat business could be ideal.
Established in 2002, Keely Rose Deep Sea Fishing Charters relies on mostly local clientele, the listing says.
The sale includes a vessel with room for 12 passengers plus two crew and all fishing gear and equipment. The vendor is willing to offer the new owner training.