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#16 Work-from-home hot spots

by Kate Watt, Marketing Manager 26 November 2020

By necessity many Aussies have this year had a chance to live the dream of working from home.

Coupled with the restrictions of life in lockdown during a global pandemic – it hasn’t necessarily been the idyllic experience many may have imagined.

But for some it has certainly shown that a different way of balancing work and home life is achievable; and these buyers are turning their attention beyond the traditional blue-chip inner city burbs.

Even before COVID-19, suburban “mega-centres” were providing real competition to CBD hubs, reports Property Update.

For a good example of a mega-centre just look at Chermside here on Brissie’s north, which has flourished to become a mini metropolis in its own right.

Other lifestyle changers are looking even further afield – lured by the sun, surf, wine, food and mountains of Australia’s coastal and hinterland regions.

Your Investment Property magazine has compiled a list of towns that had a high proportion of its population working from home pre COVID.

For the dreamers, investors and data hounds amongst you, here are 16 work-from-home hot spots to put on your watch list. The data is drawn from the 2016 census and shows locations with the highest percentage of work-from-home employers:

Coastal hot spots:

  • Surf Coast (12.8%), Vic
  • Bass Coast (8%), Vic
  • Kiama (11.4%), NSW
  • Ballina (8.3%), NSW
  • Noosa (10.8%), Qld
  • Esperance (8.8%), WA
  • Victor Harbour (6.9%), SA

Wine and food regions:

  • Adelaide Hills (13.8%), SA
  • Margaret River (8.7%), WA
  • Macedon Ranges (11.1%), Vic
  • Mornington Peninsula (8%), Vic

Emerging inland regions:

  • Golden Plains (16.9%), Vic
  • Warragul (9.2%), Vic
  • Scenic Rim (12.3%), Qld
  • Maleny (11.9%), Qld
  • Armidale (6.8%), NSW

Looking for a location with a better balance? View our current listings for sale or check our listings for rent.