We make the case for five owners selling a business in the quirkier parts of Australia:
1. Agnes Water, Queensland
Area History: With a great maritime past and featuring the most northerly surfing beaches in Oz, this pretty coastal resort has a population of just over 1660. Who the eponymous Agnes actually was is up for debate, but Agnes Water offers a complete change of pace from the urban sprawl.
For example, 'Nearby' Brisbane is around 500 miles away. This area borders the fantastic Deepwater and Eurimbula national parks and features the graves of the first Queensland settlers.
Typical Business opportunity: Take-away food business opportunity.
Selling price: Under $500k.
Why live and work here: The owners are selling a business considered to be an excellent opportunity for hard working people in the fast food industry. The business is five minutes from the beach and vendor finance is available. For you if beachside burger- flipping sounds like a laid-back dream venture.
2. Goshen, Tasmania
Area History: Initially spelled 'Goschen', the settlement was named by the religious pioneers who settled there after its Egyptian equivalent (as described in the Old Testament book Exodus) the Land of Goshen, with the bible calling it "the best land in Egypt". Pack horses now roam the headlands, and the area also boasts blue tier mines and rich soil deposits.
Typical Business Opportunity: Great business & lifestyle opportunity selling and exporting lobster.
Selling price: $550,000.
Why live and work here: Those selling this business in Australia indicate that buyers can live and work in a thriving fishing town close to vantage points Georges Bay and the Bay of Fires. As a seasonal business, the new owner can also enjoy the area out of season. The business is an AQIS-approved export facility processing and selling Eastern Rock Lobster that has been established for over 25 years. Offering good financial returns, the equipment and systems have just been upgraded to the highest industry standard. Perfect for those wanting pure white sand and azure ocean at a fraction of city prices.
3. Norfolk Island, New South Wales
Area History: Situated in the south pacific and originally populated by Polynesian sailors, Captain Cook then informed all in Europe of its beauty, which lead to convicts being sent to do time in the specially-built 'gaol'. Once upon a time Norfolk Island was also called Sydney, but it couldn't be more dissimilar to that large city on the mainland. Its history also counts descendants of Fletcher Christian settling here; but as of 1979, it staged its own mini-mutiny and is now self-governing.
Typical Business opportunity: Secure your dream sub-tropical lifestyle with this farm for sale.
Selling Price: Business - $355,000 + SAV, Freehold - $400,000.
Why live and work here: Many will find it hard to resist running a profitable farming business in a picturesque tropical paradise. Buyers will be able to benefit from certain tax exemptions and the owners are selling this business with a variety of freehold & leasehold land, commercial premises & equipment. It may be an island oasis, but it is only two hours from the Australian mainland.
4. Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
Area History: Bacchus Marsh was famed for aboriginal council meetings from as early as the 1800s, but it has seen widespread change. It is now a vibrant city area producing an enormous quantity of fruit and vegetables for consumption throughout Australia. Not named after the Roman god of wine but actually after one of its original inhabitants, Captain William Henry Bacchus - he is also alleged to have discovered the first Aussie man shearing a sheep.
Typical Business Opportunity: Computer electronic communications retail & service business for sale.
Selling Price: $250,000.
Why live and work here: This well-branded electronic communications business has been established since 1998 so is an established part of Bacchus Marsh. With over 7000 customers on its database and potential for expansion into B2B services, the firm has a robust multi-income base. In a prime location on Main Street it receives high foot traffic from the news agency, bank and travel agents nearby. This would be perfect for those wanting health, wealth and a slice of cultural history.
5. Nabiac, New South Wales
Meaning 'place of the wild fig' and lying between lands once inhabited by Aboriginal Tribes, Nabiac is a small but perfectly formed north shore resort. Situated on the Wallamba river, it was home to a Royal Australian Air Force base during the Second World War. But if you prefer cars to planes, the runways are currently used for regular racing events.
Typical Business Opportunity: Café in the north shore for sale.
Selling Price: POA.
Why live and work here: Established in 2003 and with a lease until 2015, this café brews award-winning coffee in the heart of north Sydney. Those wanting to purchase this business are also offered the opportunity to create a range of light meals for breakfast and lunch, as the business is ideally situated. Recent building renovations are attracting a rapidly-increasing business. This life is ideal for an energetic owner who wants to build on the café's success.
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