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We bought a property in the country, 100 acres, and ha e built a megre 3 bedroom home. I love our up me, our space, and our view. We have a 180 degree view from the top of a mountain of the below Valley and adjacent mountain range, if is breathtaking. But life is not ultimately better because we live in the country. We pay on average $900 in fuel a month – to get into town for work and activities. We pay the same rates as town friends but have to deal with getting our own water, sewage, and take vina into the local town each weekend ourselves (I do love rain water! The tank was expensive though). We spend 50 minutes driving each way per day in and out of town. Our local general store is 20 minutes away, but big shops we take the 50min trip into town. There are 3 other houses lived in full time on our street, so as a mum of a young child or can get lonely when I have home days. I’m very careful to plan human interaction into our week. We live down 15km of rough dirt which is tiring when coming home late. We don’t often stay late for events.
Those aren’t comaints; just the reality of living a bit rural.
People often comment how lovely it must be, but it’s not for the faint hearted. Did I mention we get terrible Internet?
Yet I would trade it. I wouldn’t trade the beautiful views or the quiet (in town you can hear neighbours taking out their bins!) I wouldn’t trade our self designed home, which we could only afford out of town. I wouldn’t trade the space which we can bush walk, have goats, grow an Orchard etc. It’s definitely a particular lifestyle. And for the townies who say it must be lovely, well yes it is… But it comes at a cost.


Posted by Mum7654321, 21st July 2015


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  • yes nowhere is perfect. You sound like you have a great position in life though. I would love to own a home like you have


    • i mean, there are pro’s and cons of living anywhere

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  • Thanks for posting such an honest perspective of outback living.

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  • I have done both and there are pros and cons to both lifestyles.

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  • Thank you for sharing your perspective. It is an honest account of what it it like to live in the country.

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  • Big change, but everything comes with good and bad.
    I moved to the country with my mum once, I had to travel further for work, but it was more economical as I didn’t have the stop start in the traffic. I didn’t go out as often as there were things to do on the farm, so I actually saved money while I was there.

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  • I have to admit I’ve never wanted to live in the country.

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  • It is a lifestyle for the young & fit! We had a dream that on my husbands retirement we would escape to the country but looking into it seriously we realised we needed to be years younger. Enjoy your time there, it is a great place for a family to grow up together with all the wide open space.

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  • No matter where you live it comes with good and bad bits. We moved into town after 10 years in the country and are busy planning on how to get back to that

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  • Yes, you’ve got some little problem here and there, but I think you made a great choice. You will never regret it. I’ve just finished reading “Australian Farming Families” by Deb Hunt. Stories of 8 Australian families living in very remote areas. Really inspiring! I’m thinking that you’d like to read it too! :-)

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