Four of Australia’s capital cities, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide are ranked in the world’s top 20 live-able cities according to the Economist magazine and are often the focus for those moving to Australia. However, as the Government begins to put more focus on migration to regional areas and while living in the various state capitals has its attractions, Australia’s regional cities have a lot to offer in terms of lifestyle.
Yonder Australia has compiled a short but by no means a definitive list of regional towns and cities that certainly can compete with the capital cities in terms of liveability.
- Geelong – situated only an hour away from Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, Geelong is nestled on Corio Bay this regional centre is the gateway to Victoria’s Western District and gives easy access to some of Victoria’s most iconic beaches including Torquay, Anglesea and Lorne
- Yass – uniquely situated between Australia’s capital Canberra and the New South Wales Capital Sydney, Yass affords residents relatively easy access to both cities while allowing them to live in a fully functioning rural town. The area continues to experience significant economic growth and the country lifestyle is seen by many residents as idyllic.
- Bunbury – situated 175 kilometres from Perth, Bunbury is the commercial heart of Western Australia’s South West region. Bunbury has been one of Australia’s fastest growing cities, has a very liveable climate and a diverse economy. It is close to the famous Margaret River region.
- Toowoomba -situated 125 kilometres west of Brisbane, Toowoomba has a population approaching 140,000 and offers all the advantages of a major town while still offering the feel of a large country town. As is the norm in Queensland, Toowoomba’s climate makes it an attractive proposition for many who enjoy warmer weather. The close proximity to the state’s capital and iconic beaches make this destination even more appealing.
- Murray Bridge is a small township of approximately 11000 people situated only an hour from the South Australian capital, Adelaide. Easy public transport options make commuting to the city an easy proposition, while the Murray River offers a range of recreational options. Housing in the area is very affordable compared to other states and the town offers economical regional living.
- Launceston is one of the first regional cities to secure a “city deal” partnership with the Federal and State governments. This innovative partnership aims to make Launceston one of Australia’s most liveable and innovative regional cities within the next five years. Launceston has been previously ranked as Australia’s most family friendly city. It is located nearly 200 kilometres from Hobart.
Australia is a vast land that offers many different regional opportunities. Its capital cities are some of the most livable in the world, but there is plenty of scope to make an enjoyable life and be successful in work, business or study beyond Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.