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Top 10 regions Aussies are moving to

Top 10 regions Aussies are moving to

They say the grass is always greener, and for the growing number of Aussies making the move out of capital cities this might just be a few kilometres outside of them.

CoreLogic has analysed regional population and migration data for 2016-17, helping to paint a picture of where people who are migrating away from capital cities are moving to.

According to CoreLogic Head Researcher, Cameron Kusher, the data shows that overall “a significant number of those people that moved away from a capital city over the past financial year moved to an area adjacent to the capital city”. 

“Some of these are coastal/lifestyle markets while also being locations where housing is more affordable.

“The reality is the reasons for moving to these locations likely vary somewhat from one in which the residents are seeking more affordable housing or one in which residents are looking for a sea change/treechange,” said Mr Kusher.

Top 10 regions for people leaving Sydney
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Region of Arrival

State

Number of Arrivals

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

NSW

5,502

Illawarra

NSW

5,301

Australian Capital Territory

ACT

5,219

Gold Coast

QLD

5,179

Mid North Coast

NSW

4,484

Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven

NSW

4,435

Hunter Valley exc. Newcastle

NSW

3,997

Central West

NSW

3,647

Melbourne – Inner

VIC

3,511

Melbourne – West

VIC

3,098

Top 10 regions for people leaving Melbourne

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Region of Arrival

State

Number of Arrivals

Latrobe – Gippsland

VIC

7,259

Geelong

VIC

6,894

Hume

VIC

3,824

Bendigo

VIC

3,375

Ballarat

VIC

3,368

Gold Coast

QLD

2,475

Australian Capital Territory

ACT

2,454

Shepparton

VIC

2,128

North West

VIC

1,755

Sunshine Coast

QLD

1,524

Top 10 regions for people leaving Brisbane

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Region of Arrival

State

Number of Arrivals

Gold Coast

QLD

8,834

Sunshine Coast

QLD

6,687

Wide Bay

QLD

4,100

Toowoomba

QLD

2,324

Central Queensland

QLD

2,244

Melbourne – Inner

VIC

2,216

Darling Downs – Maranoa

QLD

1,998

Townsville

QLD

1,949

Richmond – Tweed

NSW

1,882

Australian Capital Territory

ACT

1,739

Top 10 regions for people leaving Adelaide            

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Region of Arrival

State

Number of Arrivals

South Australia – South East

SA

3,741

Barossa – Yorke – Mid North

SA

2,427

Melbourne – Inner

VIC

1,481

Melbourne – West

VIC

1,212

South Australia – Outback

SA

1,176

Australian Capital Territory

ACT

968

Melbourne – South East

VIC

929

Darwin

NT

850

Gold Coast

QLD

750

Sydney – Parramatta

NSW

570

Top 10 regions for people leaving Perth                   

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Region of Arrival

State

Number of Arrivals

Bunbury

WA

4,403

Western Australia – Wheat Belt

WA

3,904

Western Australia – Outback (North)

WA

3,130

Western Australia – Outback (South)

WA

2,649

Melbourne – Inner

VIC

2,357

Melbourne – West

VIC

1,440

Darwin

NT

1,173

Melbourne – South East

VIC

1,065

Gold Coast

QLD

975

Australian Capital Territory

ACT

923

Top 10 regions for people leaving Hobart               

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Region of Arrival

State

Number of Arrivals

South East

TAS

1,007

Launceston and North East

TAS

477

Melbourne – Inner

VIC

356

West and North West

TAS

344

Melbourne – West

VIC

237

Gold Coast

QLD

237

Melbourne – South East

VIC

177

Australian Capital Territory

ACT

161

Sunshine Coast

QLD

127

Melbourne – North East

VIC

109

Top 10 regions for people leaving Darwin               

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Region of Arrival

State

Number of Arrivals

Northern Territory – Outback

NT

948

Townsville

QLD

467

Gold Coast

QLD

413

Cairns

QLD

410

Melbourne – West

VIC

398

Perth – South West

WA

379

Sunshine Coast

QLD

351

Australian Capital Territory

ACT

344

Ipswich

QLD

330

Adelaide – North

SA

321

Top 10 regions for people leaving Canberra           

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Region of Arrival

State

Number of Arrivals

Capital Region

NSW

3,273

Melbourne – Inner

VIC

837

Sydney – City and Inner South

NSW

615

Sydney – North Sydney and Hornsby

NSW

583

Melbourne – West

VIC

556

Gold Coast

QLD

492

Sydney – Inner South West

NSW

436

Sydney – Parramatta

NSW

420

Sydney – Eastern Suburbs

NSW

414

Sydney – Inner West

NSW

405

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This article was reviewed by Property & Personal Finance Writer Nick Bendel before it was published as part of RateCity's Fact Check process.

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When you take out a fixed interest home loan with the Commonwealth Bank, you’re able to lock the interest for a particular period. If the rates change during this period, your repayments remain unchanged. If you break the loan during the fixed interest period, you’ll have to pay the Commonwealth Bank home loan early exit fee and an administrative fee.

The Early Repayment Adjustment (ERA) and Administrative fees are applicable in the following instances:

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The Westpac home loan early termination fee may not apply if you repay an amount below the prepayment threshold. The prepayment threshold is the amount Westpac allows you to repay during the fixed period outside your regular repayments.

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