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The 7 Most Picturesque Tree Change Suburbs in NSW

We scour the state to bring you NSW's best tree change neighbourhoods.

More and more people are swapping city life for the regions, where the grass is greener, the air fresher and the food, straight from the paddock.  


The stylish country town of Berry has become one of the most sought-after spots for a tree change. This south coast gem is tucked between the mountains and the sea, bounded by lush greenery and dairy farms. In the bustling town centre, heritage buildings house artists’ studios, homeware stores and sweet treats aplenty. The region is well known for its food and wine, but there are also bushwalks (follow the scenic 2.5 hour walk to Drawing Room Rocks) and the golden stretch of Seven Mile Beach moments away. Get your fill of fresh produce at Berry Farmers’ Market and enjoy a picnic within beloved Apex Park.

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Leafy Blackheath has long lured creatives and hikers, enamoured by its captivating landscapes. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, it’s perfect for those wanting to be close to the city while retaining a sense of country life. The neighbourhood takes pride of place at the tip of the Blue Mountains, and boasts a charming village peppered with traditional bakeries, good restaurants and antique shops. A stroll through its backstreets reveals classic weatherboards and historic Victorian homes, many with inspiring views across Megalong Valley. There are cycling trails that take you deep into the wilderness and cliff-top walking tracks to get your heart racing.

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With a reputation for its cool-climate wines and acclaimed food scene, Orange entices gourmands looking for a relaxed rural lifestyle. Nestled in the Central Tablelands of NSW, its heritage streetscapes now house hip cafes, cellar doors and stylish boutiques. There are gin distilleries and hatted restaurants, along with farmers’ markets and events that shine a light on the region’s excellent local produce. Walk it all off on the Federal Falls loop track, take in panoramic views from the Pinnacle Lookout and cool off in the swimming holes beneath The Falls Water Falls.


A thriving arts scene, colonial streetscapes and abundant epicurean delights make Mudgee one of the most in-demand destinations for a tree change in NSW. Brimming with old-world charm, Mudgee’s winemaking dates to the 19th century, with expansive vineyards and countless cellar doors, including notable names Lowe Wines, Robert Stein Vineyard and Logan Wines. Coffee shops, fine diners and a roster of weekly markets offer opportunities to savour the region’s incredible produce, while those looking for adventure can walk, cycle or kayak in Wollemi National Park.


Nestled on the gorgeous Waterfall Way, the riverside town of Bellingen is blessed with beautiful scenery, bounded by World Heritage-listed national parks and undulating green hills. Many residents here have adopted an eco-conscious lifestyle, and the historic town is dotted with organic cafes and thoughtfully curated boutiques. Stock up on fresh produce at the weekly farmers’ markets and shop a unique range of arts and crafts at the monthly artisan fair. Go canoeing or kayaking on the Bellinger River and hike through subtropical rainforest and waterfalls on the popular Wonga walk in Dorrigo National Park.


Life in Mullumbimby – or Mullum to the locals – is all about community. In northern NSW, just 20 minutes’ drive from Byron Bay, it’s increasingly popular among young families looking for a chilled vibe and greater affordability to put down roots. Friendly cafes, Friday produce markets and music festivals, all contribute to Mullum’s charm. The beaches are a short drive away and there are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in nature, be it on the rainforest track to Minyon Falls or the short trail across North Head.

Moss Vale

Moss Vale is high on the hit list of city folk looking to move to the country. This idyllic town – at the centre of the Southern Highlands – flaunts rolling landscapes with boutique wineries, notable eateries and classic pubs. It has a friendly community and plenty of natural attractions, including forest trails through Moreton National Park and breathtaking Fitzroy Falls. Moss Vale and its neighbouring suburbs are becoming increasingly popular among young families, with its variety of classic cottages and new builds with big green lawns.

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