Land releases and land and home packages across Australia

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Currently there's a lot of talk about the role of residential investment, the impact of negative gearing, the affordability of housing and whether the housing market is overvalued.

It's not just our Federal politicians raising these issues. State governments are trying to come to terms with economic growth, the need for housing and the support infrastructure like schools and transport required for new communities.

Demand for new housing is strong all across the country.

According to the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment, Sydney will require 33,200 new homes every year through to 2036 to meet projected population growth[i]. The Department has a number of new land release areas under planning, is working on urban renewal projects, and has also progressed investigation into land releases in the Greater Macarthur area.

The Victorian Government's Urban Development Program 2015 Metropolitan Melbourne report indicated that there is 25 years or more of broadhectare residential land supply in most of Melbourne's growth areas. The report also noted that since June 2014 an additional 64,400 lots were approved.

The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 noted that 754,000 additional dwellings between 2006 and 2031 would be required in South East Queensland. The plan stated that this would be achieved through both additional developments in existing areas and on broadhectare land. The report also identified that further land could be made available in the Western Corridor and South Western Corridor for growth beyond 2031. The South East Queensland Growth Management Program Annual Report 2010 detailed new dwelling approvals between 1 July 2006 and 30 June 2010 against targets derived from the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031. The report showed that up until the time of the global financial crisis in 2008 new dwelling approvals in the region had been in line with targets, but dropped to 86 percent of the pro rata target through to 30 June 2010. The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 is currently under review[ii].

The South Australian Government released The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide in 2010. The plan at the time indicated the need for 258,000 new homes over the 30 years. That plan is also currently under review, prompted by economic, social and market forces and in response to the Government's Building a Stronger South Australia: The Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan.

Research done for the Tasmanian Government report Tasmania's Affordable Housing Strategy 2015-2025 (September 2015) indicates that the state requires 2392 new dwellings every year through to 2031. Of these, 27 percent need to be low-priced affordable homes.

The Government of Western Australia's report directions2031: Metropolitan planning beyond the horizon, August 2010 identified the need for between 328,000 and 429,000 new dwellings by 2031 in the Perth and Peel sub-regions. The plan proposes that 53 percent of that requirement should be met by greenfield development, as well as promoting higher housing densities in those developments.

In the Northern Territory over 2000 new dwellings became available in 2014-15, 'bridging the gap' between supply and demand according to 2015-16 budget papers. In the ACT, the government's land releases have been growing. The territory has a target of 17,190 dwelling releases by 2019 as outlined in the ACT Government's Land Release Program 2015-16 to 2018-19.

For those looking for a home right now we take a look at some of the land releases available across the country.

New South Wales

Releases in Sydney's north west include: Vermont and Eden Fields Pitt Town; Akora (Box Hill); Bellerive Rise, Fairway Drive, Tatton Park,Hillview Rise, Balmoral Garden View Estate and Rosewood (Kellyville); Gardene, Schofields and Oaklands - The Ridge (Schofields); The New Rouse Hill, Parrington Riverstone and Fernlea Marsden Park (Rouse Hill); Kalina the Ponds (The Ponds); Castle Ridge (Castle Hill); and Mirragan Silverdale (Warragamba).

Land releases in Sydney's south west include: Kingfisher, Freemans Ridge and Skybrook Middleton Grange (Hoxton Park); Ardennes Edmondson Park (Preston); Willowdale and Vulcan Ridge (Leppington); Arcadian Hills and Oran Park Town (Oran Park); Gregory Hills and The Hermitage (near Narellan); Hillcroft (Claymore); Macarthur Heights (Campbelltown); Newbrook (Airds); Argyle at Elderslie (Elderslie); and Spring Farm Riverside (Spring Farm).

Regional NSW is also not short of land releases. In the Newcastle region there are: Pacific Dunes and Vantage (Port Stephens); McKeachie's Run, Harvest and Heritage Parc (Maitland); Huntlee (Hunter Valley); Sanctuary (Newcastle); Watagan Park (Cooranbong); Trinity Point (Lake Macquarie); and Beaches (Catherine Hill Bay). On the Central Coast there is Forresters Reach (Bateau Bay). Further up the coast are Seascape (north of Foster) and Citriadora Rise (Byron Bay). In the Southern Highlands there are Renwick (Mittagong) and Retford Park Estate (Bowral). Near Wollongong is Ravensthorpe Tullimbar (Albion Park)


Land and land and home packages are plentiful in both urban and regional areas in Queensland.

Releases in south and south east Brisbane include Parkedge, Esperance, Majestic on King, Era Capalaba, Arise at Rochedale, Hilltop Carindale, Trinity Forest, Prominence, Heathwood Rise and Heathwood Avenues. South west Brisbane releases include Riverside Estate, Kingsfield, Brentwood Forest, Brookwater, Eden's Crossing, Sovereign Pocket, Ecco Ripley and Providence. To the north of Brisbane are SamfordSkies, Aston Grove at Bridgeman Downs, Fitzgibbon Chase, Warner Lakes The Reserve, Newport, The Village at Burpengary, Lakeview Morayfield, Freshwater, Capestone, Sanctuary on Alma and Eden Brae North Lakes.

The Gold Coast has it's share of developments including Coomera Waters Estate, Pacific Cove, Parkside, Gainsborough Greens and Ormeau Ridge. Mid-way between the Gold Coast and Brisbane are Jimboomba Woods, Flagstone and Yarrabilba.

Releases north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast and surrounds include: Pelican Waters, Bells Reach, Palmview Forest, Flame Tree Pocket (Caloundra); Sunshine Cove Way (Maroochydore); Beachside The Coolum Residences (Yaroomba); and Ridges (Perigian Springs). Bribie Island has the Pacific Harbour Waterfront and Golf Community. The Pineview Beerwah and Coochin Twins Beerwah releases are nearby in the Glass House Mountains.

Further north are releases in Townsville including Sanctum, North Shore, The Village, Kalynda Chase, and River Parks by Devine. Cairns has Oceansedge, while Riverstone Rise and The Sands (Tannum Sands) are south of Gladstone.


Releases in Melbourne's north include: Heathwood (Heathmont); Annadale, The Woods, Kallo, Waratah and Merrifield (Mickleham/Donnybrook); Aston Cragieburn, Highlands, Aspect Greenvale, Greenvale Gardens, Arena Rokburgh Park and Umbra (near Cragieburn / Somerton); Mosaic Village, Aurora, Lyndarum, Eden Gardens and Haven Wollert (near Lalor); Settlers Hill, Fairview Mernda and Mernda on the Park (Mernda); and Riverstone and Hazelcroft (Doreen).

Look to Melbourne's south for Stanley Green, Wattlewood, Wilton Carrum Downs, Brompton, Kaya, Alira, Acacia, St Germain, Tuliallan, Berwick Waters, Savannah Officer, Potters Northside, Arcadia, Delaray, Eliston, Belmond, Hartleigh Clyde, Highgrove and Ramlegh Springs.

Melbourne north west releases include: Sunbury Fields, Jacksons Hill and Bloomdale (Sunbury); Pennyroyal, Peppermint Grove, Thornhill Park, Diamond Rise and Atherstone (Melton / Kurranjang area); and Stonehill (Bacchus Marsh).

Releases in Melbourne south west include: Harpley, Wynbrook Wyndham Dale, Manor Lakes and Jubilee (Werribee); Saratoga, Featherbrook, Upper Point Cook, Saltwater Coast and Life Point Cook (Point Cook); Gateway and Williams Landing (Williams Landing); and Villages of Rothwell, Westbrook, Elements, Elpis, Haven, Little Green, Riverdale Village, The Heartlands and Habitat on Davis Creek (Tarneit).

While there is significant housing action in the capital, regional Victoria doesn't miss out. Releases include: Spring Ridge, Hidden Valley and Wallara Waters (Wallan); Elloura (Goulburn Valley); Newmarque (Ballarat); Franklin Place (Traralgon); The Cape (Cape Paterson); and Kings Creek (Mornington Peninsula).  There are also two releases on Phillip Island: Shoalhaven and Seagrove. In the Geelong region land releases include Gen Fyansford, Watermark, Ashbury, Warralily, Charlemont Rise, Central Walk Drysdale and Arlington Rise.

South Australia

Adelaide releases include St Clair, Lightsview, West and The Boulevard. In Northern Adelaide between Elizabeth and Gawler are Eyre at Penfield, Playford Alive and Orleana Waters at Evansten Gardens.

Sydney will require 33,200 new homes every year through to 2036.

Adelaide Hills is home to Bluestone Mt Barker and Mawson Green at Meadows. The Crossing offers rural housing blocks not far from Mannum on the Murray River east of Adelaide. The Island Encounter Lakes is on Encounter Bay near Lake Alexandria south of Adelaide, not far from Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island.

Western Australia

Land and home packages available in south Perth include: Murray River Escape (Yunderup); Frasers Landing and The Islands (Mandurah); Lakelands (Lakelands); Golden Bay (Golden Bay); Baldavis Grove, Baldavis Parks, Greenlea Baldavis, The Rivergums and Highbury Park (Baldavis); Oakebella, Sunrise at Wellard, Wellard Glen, The Village at Wellard and Cassia (Wellard); Honeywood (Wandi); Wentworth West and Calleya (Cockburn Central); Heron Park (Harrisdale); Newhaven (Piara Waters); Seville Central and Parkview (Seville Grove); Siena Wood and Hilbert Park (Darling Downs); Port Coogee (Coogee); Riverhaven (Martin); and Byford West, The Glades and Cavallo Estate Oakford (Byford West).

North of Perth are: Seven Hills (Balcatta); Thomas Mews Lakes Estate and Gwelup Grove (near Hamersly); Blackmore Park Estate (Warwick); Harbour Rise (Sorrento); Santi Estate (Darch); Pearsall Heights (Pearsall); Corimbia and Pafumi Rise (Landsdale); Lago Vista Sinagra (Sinagra); Burns Beach (Burns Beach); Catalina (Clarkson); Eden Beach, Trinity, Alkimos Beach and Shorehaven (Alkimos); Amberton and Allara for All (Eglinton); Yanchep Golf Estate, Vertex, Jindowie and Capricorn Yanchep (Yanchep); and Atlantis Beach and The Reef (Two Rocks).

North east of Perth are: Taylor Private Estate and Balwyn Private Estate (Caversham); Whiteman Edge (West Swan); Vale Aveley (Aveley); Ellenbrook (Ellenbrook); Avon Ridge Brigadoon (Brigadoon); Woburn Park, The Reserve at the Vines and Equis Lake (The Vines); and Bullsbrook Landing Private Estate (Bullsbrook).

Down the coast from Perth are Dalyellup at Bunbury, and Via Vasse Yalyalup and Heron Lake Private Estate in Busselton. Up the coast from Perth near Geraldton is Geraldton Heights, while at the bottom of the state on Wilson Inlet is Springdale Beach (Denmark).


Hobart releases include Tolmans Hill Estate (Ridgeway) to the south and EucalyptusRise (Howrah / Tranmere) to the south east.

Northern Territory

Breezes Muirhead (Muirhead) is north of Darwin while The Heights Durack (Palmerston) and Zuccoli (Zuccoli) are to the east.

Australian Capitol Territory

Releases in the ACT include Bonner, Campbell 5, Canberra Brickworks, Gungahlin Town Centre, Kingston Foreshore, Lawson, Molonglo Valley, Moncrieff, Southquay Greenway, Throsby and West Belconnen.

[i] NSW Government 2015, Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy & Action Plan, Department of Planning & Environment, viewed 3 March 2016,

[ii] Queensland Government, Review of the South East Queensland Regional Plan, viewed 3 March 2016,