The 5 best rural towns in WA to move to
Are you planning a tree change? Or a sea change? Or… any kind of change, as long as it gets you out of Perth? There might be a whole host of reasons that you may want to get out of the city; better work opportunities, cheaper housing, or maybe you just crave fresh air and a bit of serenity. Whatever your reason, we have put together the 5 top regional towns to move to if you are looking for a slice of country life.
For those dreaming of a sea-change, why not make the move down south to Margaret River? Margaret River, or ‘Margs’ as the locals like to call it was named the state’s best country town for its stunning beaches, wine region, diversity and quality of life in a survey by The Demographics Group in 2018.
It’s the perfect place for younger families to make the move as the town’s median age is 36 and has a low unemployment rate of 5.1%, which is lower than both the state and national average. Speaking of employment, wine is a big employer in the Margaret River area, and a huge source of entertainment as well, so if you are a wine-lover, this place should be #1 on your list!
Geraldton is located about 4 and a half hours north of Perth and, while technically is a city, still retains a lot of that coastal town feel that makes it such a top tourism destination.
One of the major drawcards for those looking to move to Geraldton is its relatively low house prices, with a median house price of only $245,000! The block sizes are much bigger up North as well, a quick scan of REIWA has the average block size being around 800m2, no tiny blocks here!
Plus, according to REIWA, Geraldton has a 20% growth rate which is positive news for those looking to invest.
For those looking for a change in employment as well as scenery, major industrial and mining projects in Geraldton provide good employment for locals and FIFO workers, whereas the broader Mid-West region’s economy relies on tourism, fishing, agriculture and mining.
Another big tick for Geraldton is the lifestyle it offers, with all year-round fishing, diving and water activities, heaps of shopping options, historical heritage and a vibrant arts and cultural scene. So, if you are looking for a country lifestyle without having to give up the beach, Geraldton is the place for you!
Located 100 kilometres north-east of Perth in the Wheatbelt region, Northam is famous for the Avon River and its pedestrian foot bridge which is actually the longest bridge of its kind in Australia! It’s also WA’s home of the white swan, which was introduced from England back in the mid 1800’s. As Northam is the largest town in the area, the surrounding Farming communities (primarily producing wheat, barley, oats, sheep, wool and cattle) use Northam for their everyday banking, shopping and government servicing requirements.
In 2011, Northam was identified as one of nine ‘SuperTowns’ by the Department of Regional Development and Lands under the Royalties for Regions, Region Centres Development Plan, which gave them access to specialised funding for transformational projects within the town. Current shire planning has this money invested into the Avon river revitalisation and riverfront development project and the Avon health and emergency services precinct which will not only improve the town, but will develop a range of job opportunities that cater to the area’s diverse population.
The area surrounding Northam has many natural tourist attractions with rolling hills, riverine valley, and tracks of forest reserves making it the ideal location for those looking for a slice of country life without giving up modern conveniences, due to it’s relative proximity to Perth. Houses and blocks are also a bargain with the median house price sitting at $181,000 and the Median land price at $33,000 for those that want to build their dream home in the Avon Valley.
Next on the list is Chidlow in the heart of the Darling Range. While only technically about a 50 minute drive from Perth, we have included it as it is like a little country town within the greater Perth area. Couples with children make up the most of the roughly 1,880 people that live in Mundaring, and it is surrounded by stunning walking and cycling trails, spectacular state forest and national parks, and nearby Lake Leschenaultia making the location perfect for active families.
The median house price is the highest of our list at $440,000 but that is mainly due to its proximity to Perth, along with all of the conveniences of the big city. If you are looking for that small town charm within an hours drive of Perth, you need to check out Chidlow!
The last town on our list is the furthest away from Perth, 720 kilometres away to be exact!
Esperance has low unemployment, hovering around the 5% mark which is good news for those looking for a career change as well! Tourism is a big growth industry in Esperance with visitor numbers continuing to increase each year, thanks to the stunning and numerous beaches that offer scuba diving, surfing and fishing. There are five stunning national parks near Esperance including the Cape Le Grand National Park, which boasts a stunning coast of granite terrain and sheltered white-sand beaches. Esperance’s spectacular natural beauty makes it the ideal location for people who want to move out of the city and enjoy a slower pace of life. But don’t just take our word for it! Esperance was voted #2 in the “100 best towns in Australia” feature by Australia Traveller. While this was back in 2009, we think the town has only gotten better since! Why not see it for yourself?
Make your move with The Moving Man
So whether you decide to relocate to one of our favourite rural towns in Western Australia, or you decide to move elsewhere in this amazing state of ours, why not make the move easy with The Moving Man? The Moving Man has over 30 years of experience in long-distance removals, so to see how easy we can make moving into your dream home, get in touch with us today!
Gordon Crawford is the figure behind The Moving Man, a family operated removalist located in Perth with more than 30 years of experience in moving people’s homes from Perth city to anywhere in WA, including to rural towns in the South West.