Beachside bargain hunt- Australia’s 7 most affordable beach houses

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5 min readAre you tired of dreary, wet and just downright miserable wintry weather of late? If you’re dreaming of lazy summer days at the beach with the sand between your toes and sunshine on your face you’re not alone.

To chase away the winter blues we’ve put together a list of some of the most affordable beachside properties currently up for sale, so you can finally buy that beach house you’ve always wanted in preparation for the warmer weather and happy holidays ahead.

If you thought a second house, let alone a beach house was only a luxury for the rich and famous think again. For well under the cost of a pokey inner city apartment, you can get your very own beach house escape, where the following seven coastal suburbs having median house prices (MHP) well under $300k (CoreLogic RP Data).

Granted these bargain buys may not be the most glamorous of homes or in the hottest holiday destinations, but they are away from the hustle and bustle of city life with nature, sun and surf on your doorstep. What more do you really need in a relaxing holiday home?

Russell Island, QLD

The best beachside bargains:


Loch Sport renovated weatherboard

For sale:  4 White Crescent, Loch Sport, VIC

Price- $114,000

Details- In a suburb with a MHP of $165k, this nifty renovated two-bedroom weatherboard is a steal with an asking price of $114k. Located 267km east of Melbourne in Central Gippsland, Loch Sport is a peaceful holiday location ideal for getting back to nature. You’re just a stones throw from the The Lakes National Park, Ninety Mile Beach and Lake Victoria. If you’re not completely sold yet, this home has heating and cooling, a newly renovated bathroom and laundry, and is just around the corner from the Lochsport Bakery.

Other VIC seaside suburbs worth a look: Seaspray $175k MHP, Golden Beach $179k MHP and Port Welshpool $186k MHP.


Stuarts Point beach cottage

For sale: 6 Sixth Avenue, Stuarts Point, NSW

Price- $295,000

Details- With four bedrooms, a sunroom and open living area, this roomy cottage has plenty of space for the entire family and the occasional house guest. If you’re after a quiet seaside small town feel, Stuarts Point and its MHP of $275k will suit you to a tee. Spend your days strolling along the pretty river trails, fishing on Macleay River or swimming and surfing at Stuarts Point Beach.

Other NSW seaside suburbs worth a look: Eden $327,500 MHP and Nambucca Heads $330k MHP.


Clinton family holiday home

For sale: 12 Duryea Street, Clinton, SA

Price- $149,000

Details- Located on the Yorke Peninsula 125km north-west of Adelaide, is the small coastal township of Clinton. Just 90 minutes drive from Adelaide, this three-bedroom beach pad would be perfect for weekend getaways and holiday stays. Clinton has a median house price of $169k, a local general store and beachfront caravan park with bistro. Its beaches are low energy, so it’s great for taking the kids swimming, crabbing at low tide and for fishing from the jetty or a tinnie. This home also comes with a shed so you’ll have space to store a small trailer boat for fishing trips.

Other SA seaside suburbs worth a look: Cape Jervis $180k MHP and Marion Bay $240,600 MHP.


Charm-filled Russell Island residence

For sale: 85 Channel Street, Russell Island, QLD

Price- $179,000

Details- This quaint two-bedroom home offers a tranquil island lifestyle only 40km from Brisbane. This ideal holiday home is conveniently located near local shops, the island ferry, school and the pristine waters of Moreton Bay Island Marine Park. Russell Island has a MHP of $185k. If you’re the outdoorsy type, there’s abundant fishing opportunities, mud crabbing and great bird life or you can just chill out at home taking in the fresh sea air on the large deck or snuggling up by the fireplace.

Other QLD seaside suburbs worth a look: Lamb Island $211k MHP and Macleay island $230k MHP.


Rocky Cape country house

For sale: 71 Brakeys Road, Rocky Cape, TAS

Price- $195,000

Details- With a crazy cheap median house price of $85,000, there’s many a bargain to be had in Rocky Cape. Surrounded by farmland and just a few minutes drive to the wonderful fishing and beautiful beaches of Rocky Cape National Park, this is the perfect home for those looking for the serenity of the country and the fun and adventure of beach living in a holiday home. Set on half an acre, three-bedroom home features valley views, polished timber floors and a spacious covered deck area with wood heater.

Another TAS seaside suburb worth a look: Primrose sands $237,500 MHP.


Withers park side brick home

For sale: 40 Jacaranda Crescent, Withers, WA

Price- $190k+

Details- A two hour drive south of Perth in a town with a MHP of $260k, this three-bedroom family holiday home is amazing value and situated in a cracking location. The air conditioned home is directly opposite a playground and park (great for keeping kids busy), and close to shops, parks, the town library, cafes, restaurants, medical facilities and schools. Plus it’s only a short stroll through Maidens Reserve and you’re on the beach. Beachside bargains don’t get much better than this!


Dundee Beach bush shack

For sale: 77 Waihoi Road, Dundee Beach, NT

Price- $240,000

Details- Only one street away from the beach in serene bush surrounds, is this private two-bedroom holiday cabin. An easy care rustic beach shack off the beaten track with all the essentials of beachside living, including a BBQ, bathroom, covered outdoor area and shed. A popular weekend getaway and fishing spot with Darwin locals, Dundee Beach has a MHP of $265k and is situated an hour and 45 minutes drive from Darwin.

These seven bargain buys show that owning your own oceanside holiday home may not be as pricey as commonly thought. Do you have any other affordable beachside towns on your radar? Please let us know in the comments below.

Happy house hunting!

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Larissa Gardner
Larissa Gardner is the Marketing Manager at arguably Australia’s best looking real estate website With a superb devotion to product innovation, user-centred design and innovative marketing platforms for real estate agents, helps millions of Australians find their next home.

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