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7 beautiful country towns to buy property in Victoria

Not only are houses somewhat affordable in Victoria, they can also be found in some truly beautiful and unique towns. If you’re a countryside type of person or it’s time to get away from the chaos of the city, one of these country towns may be for you.

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Horsham

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  • Median house price: $255,000
  • Population: 14,273
  • Average age group: 0-14

Horsham, being the largest city in Wimmera, is home to western Victoria’s wheat growing and sheep grazing industries, and it could be home to you too.

If you’re looking for a town full of parks and gardens then Horsham is the place. The Wimmera River flows through Horsham, not only making the scenery breathtaking but also giving it a peaceful, countryside feeling.

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Mildura

  • Median house price: $260,000
  • Population: 30,650
  • Average age group: 0-14

Located on the Victorian side of the Murray River, Mildura was Australia’s first irrigated settlement, and is well known for its rich agricultural sector. For the artists and historians out there, Mildura might be the one. With so many art galleries and a renowned arts centre, this town always has something going on.

With a history that is worth learning, Mildura is another town that has a vast population, and only just gets away with being called a town. Households on Midura are mainly made up of young couples with children, while the median house price is fairly low, for its size. Tourism booms within Mildura, thanks to its location near the Murray River and highly regarded repuatation for wineries.

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Shepparton

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  • Median house price: $257,000
  • Population: 29,569
  • Average age group: 0-14

Shepparton is the major centre of the Goulburn Valley, which is responsible for generating a quarter of Victoria’s rural output. If you're looking for a spacious home with lots of greenery for you, your family and your friends to have fun in, then Shepparton may be the place to find it.

From a beginnging as a sheep statio and a transformation into a railway town, Shepparton had an interesting beginning which has influenced what it has become today. As one of the largest centres of irrigation in Australia, which produces many jobs hence the size of the town. With this in mind, and considering the population consists mainly of couples with children, it could be a good place for a family to settle down.

Wangaratta

  • Median house price: $265,000
  • Population: 17,183
  • Average age group: 0-14

A cathedral city in the northeast of Victoria, Wangaratta has noteworthy landmarks including the Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, St Patrick's Church and the Wangaratta Art Gallery. The town is made up of families with children, making it suitable as a potential family home or even as a place to retire. With the scenic botanical gardens and the pretty rivers, there is an array of wildlife to take in.

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Warrnambool

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  • Median house price: $325,000
  • Population: 28,409
  • Average age group: 0-14

Famous for its lighthouses and the history of the Shipwreck Coast, Warrnambool is on the south-west coast of Victoria. It has a history featuring vessels sinking due to weather conditions in the 1800s and early 1900s, which you can learn more about while on a visit to the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.

If you’re interested in wildlife, then make sure to stick around, because Warrnambool is home to the Southern Right Whale. These huge mammals come to the local beach, Logans Beach, every year between June and October to give birth and raise their young. You could be among the few who are lucky enough to capture such a rare moment!

Got kids? Well, you’re in luck. There is a Fun 4 Kids Festival celebrated every year for children between the ages of 2-12, and it is known as one of Australia’s best community events.

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Bendigo

  • Median house price: $390,000
  • Population: 5,778
  • Average age group: 0-14

Architectural history, mining history and Chinese heritage. Three ways to describe the town of Bendigo, located north west of Melbourne.

Bendigo is a town that has a diverse background which has subsequently influenced its present self, and nowadays is a town for anyone. Whether you’re on your own, with a partner or family members, there is something for you. There is a vibrant arts precinct to discover, or you could decide to take the ‘Talking Trams’ which involve musicians and storytelling. Being just short of a 2 hour drive to Melbourne, this town is ot so rural that it feels isolated and, for a good price could easily be a weekend getaway, investment property or family home.

Geelong

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  • Median house price: $700,000
  • Population: 4,696
  • Average age group: 25-34

Geelong is the second biggest city in Victoria, being a 1 hour drive from Melbourne, and is also the gateway to The Great Ocean Road, famous for its scenic views and road-trip adventure opportunities.

Geelong could be the perfect place for you if you’re looking for a busy, vibrant place to live. It boasts museums and has a community-integrated interest in Australian football, as it is home to the Geelong Football Club. With a state of the art library and heritage centre on top of the aforementioned features, it is obvious to see the appeal of the town. Being so close to Melbourne and a bit cheaper in terms of property, Geelong has the potential to be a valuable place to own land in, and while saying this there is already a lot of young professionals residing there.

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