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Find the biggest rental bargains in: 

  1. Young ($240/week)
  2. Lavington ($250/week)
  3. Inverell ($272/week)
  4. Nambucca Heads ($275/week)
  5. Queanbeyan ($277/week)
  6. Albury ($280/week)
  7. Taree ($290/week)
  8. Lithgow ($290/week)
  9. Armidale ($300/week)
  10. Forster ($300/week)

Suburbs in the middle of the NSW price range

  1. Dulwich Hill ($520/week)
  2. Riverwood ($520/week)
  3. Oran Park ($520/week)
  4. Hillsdale ($520/week)
  5. Bexley ($520/week)
  6. Homebush ($520/week)
  7. North Parramatta ($515/week)
  8. Waitara ($515/week)
  9. Glenfield ($510/week)
  10. Wentworth Point ($510/week)

NSW’s priciest suburbs:

  1. Paddington ($950/week)
  2. North Bondi ($860/week)
  3. Bondi Junction ($860/week)
  4. Balmain ($835/week)
  5. Manly ($830/week)
  6. Bondi Beach ($825/week)
  7. Pyrmont ($820/week)
  8. St Ives ($800/week)
  9. Rose Bay ($800/week)
  10. Balgowlah ($800/week)


Find the biggest rental bargains in: 

  1. Morwell ($220/week)
  2. Wendouree ($247/week)
  3. Portland ($255/week)
  4. Bairnsdale ($270/week)
  5. Corio ($270/week)
  6. Yarrawonga ($277/week)
  7. Horsham ($282/week)
  8. Shepparton ($282/week)
  9. Wodonga ($282/week)
  10. Notting Hill ($285/week)
  11. Colac ($290/week)

Suburbs in the middle of the VIC price range

  1. Northcote ($450/week)
  2. Newport ($450/week)
  3. Malvern East ($450/week)
  4. Mulgrave ($450/week)
  5. Bentleigh ($450/week)
  6. Yarraville ($450/week)
  7. Wantirna South ($450/week)
  8. Williams Landing ($445/week)
  9. Safety Beach ($442/week)
  10. Box Hill ($440/week)

VIC’s priciest suburbs:

  1. Albert Park ($680/week)
  2. Brighton ($650/week)
  3. Port Melbourne ($650/week)
  4. Camberwell ($620/week)
  5. Southbank ($595/week)
  6. East Melbourne ($590/week)
  7. Bentleigh East ($575/week)
  8. Carlton North ($560/week)
  9. Brunswick East ($550/week)
  10. Prahran ($540/week)


Find the biggest rental bargains in: 

  1. Miles ($200/week)
  2. Calliope ($220/week)
  3. Berserker ($250/week)
  4. Dalby ($250/week)
  5. Maryborough ($250/week)
  6. Emerald ($260/week)
  7. North Ward ($260/week)
  8. Frenchville ($270/week)
  9. Kingaroy ($270/week)
  10. Gracemere ($280/week)

Suburbs in the middle of the QLD price range

  1. Stafford ($380/week)
  2. Newmarket ($380/week)
  3. Capalaba ($377/week)
  4. Bentley Park ($377/week)
  5. Redcliffe ($375/week)
  6. Regents Park ($375/week)
  7. Everton Park ($375/week)
  8. Yarrabilba ($365/week)
  9. Chermside ($365/week)
  10. Mount Louisa ($360/week)

QLD’s priciest suburbs:

  1. Carindale ($580/week)
  2. Hope Island ($570/week)
  3. Chapel Hill ($550/week)
  4. Helensvale ($550/week)
  5. Paddington ($550/week)
  6. Wakerley ($535/week)
  7. Robina ($530/week)
  8. Runaway Bay ($517/week)
  9. Ashmore ($507/week)
  10. Bulimba ($505/week)


Find the biggest rental bargains in: 

  1. Collie ($250/week)
  2. Wembley ($250/week)
  3. Armadale ($250/week)
  4. Gosnells ($260/week)
  5. Midland ($280/week)
  6. Mandurah ($280/week)
  7. Butler ($280/week)
  8. Tuart Hill ($295/week)
  9. Rockingham ($295/week)
  10. Maylands ($300/week)

Suburbs in the middle of the WA price range

  1. Canning Vale ($370/week)
  2. Craigie ($365/week)
  3. Dianella ($355/week)
  4. Bassendean ($350/week)
  5. Rivervale ($350/week)
  6. Bayswater ($350/week)
  7. Ballajura ($350/week)
  8. Meadow Springs ($350/week)
  9. South Hedland ($350/week)
  10. Secret Harbour ($345/week)

WA’s priciest suburbs:

  1. Subiaco ($500/week)
  2. Cottesloe ($497/week)
  3. Claremont ($475/week)
  4. Doubleview ($452/week)
  5. Duncraig ($442/week)
  6. Nedlands ($435/week)
  7. Port Hedland ($425/week)
  8. Willetton ($415/week)
  9. Piara Waters ($405/week)
  10. North Perth ($405/week)


Find the biggest rental bargains in:

  1. Davoren Park ($240/week)
  2. Murray Bridge ($240/week)
  3. Elizabeth North ($250/week)
  4. Mount Gambier ($250/week)
  5. Elizabeth Downs ($250/week)
  6. West Beach ($255/week)
  7. Port Pirie ($260/week)
  8. Elizabeth Park ($260/week)
  9. Port Lincoln ($280/week)
  10. Andrews Farm ($280/week)

Suburbs in the middle of the SA price range

  1. Findon ($360/week)
  2. Prospect ($350/week)
  3. Seaton ($350/week)
  4. Campbelltown ($350/week)
  5. Mawson Lakes ($350/week)
  6. Klemzig ($349/week)
  7. Blakeview ($337/week)
  8. Broadview ($334/week)
  9. Aldinga Beach ($330/week)
  10. Christies Beach ($325/week)

SA’s priciest suburbs:

  1. Henley Beach ($465/week)
  2. Adelaide ($450/week)
  3. North Adelaide ($440/week)
  4. Magill ($425/week)
  5. Norwood ($420/week)
  6. Brompton ($415/week)
  7. Rostrevor ($407/week)
  8. Glenelg ($397/week)
  9. Unley ($395/week)
  10. Hallett Cove ($387/week)


Find the biggest rental bargains in:

  1. Queenstown ($130/week)
  2. Somerset ($202/week)
  3. Strahan ($220/week)
  4. George Town ($220/week)
  5. Burnie ($225/week)
  6. West Moonah ($275/week)
  7. Wynyard ($275/week)
  8. Devonport ($280/week)
  9. Newnham ($280/week)
  10. West Launceston ($280/week)

TAS’s priciest suburbs:

  1. West Hobart ($490/week)
  2. Lindisfarne ($450/week)
  3. Lenah Valley ($430/week)
  4. Sandy Bay ($425/week)
  5. Kingston ($422/week)
  6. Launceston ($420/week)
  7. Bellerive ($400/week)
  8. South Hobart ($400/week)
  9. Howrah ($397/week)
  10. Mornington ($370/week)


Find the biggest rental bargains in:

  1. Moulden ($300/week)
  2. Gray ($320/week)
  3. Driver ($330/week)
  4. Coconut Grove ($350/week)
  5. Bakewell ($370/week)
  6. East Side ($385/week)
  7. Millner ($385/week)
  8. Nightcliff ($390/week)
  9. Karama ($397/week)
  10. Woodroffe ($405/week)


NT’s priciest suburbs:

  1. Muirhead ($695/week)
  2. Fannie Bay ($640/week)
  3. Bellamack ($600/week)
  4. Durack ($600/week)
  5. Cullen Bay ($550/week)
  6. Gunn ($497/week)
  7. Gillen ($480/week)
  8. Leanyer ($467/week)
  9. Larrakeyah ($465/week)
  10. Katherine ($450/week)



Find the biggest rental bargains in:

  1. Hackett ($320/week)
  2. Wright ($375/week)
  3. Kambah ($380/week)
  4. Holt ($380/week)
  5. Belconnen ($380/week)
  6. Curtin ($390/week)
  7. Fisher ($400/week)
  8. Watson ($410/week)
  9. Florey ($410/week)
  10. Bruce ($410/week)

NT’s priciest suburbs:

  1. Forde ($620/week)
  2. Forrest ($570/week)
  3. Coombs ($570/week)
  4. Campbell ($565/week)
  5. Red Hill ($560/week)
  6. Amaroo ($550/week)
  7. Weston ($550/week)
  8. Wanniassa ($550/week)
  9. Monash ($550/week)
  10. Lawson ($540/week)
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  1. Why is it that people like me can’t get the home package cause we’re on a pension. Bring back the old days for us and let us rent to buy our own homes. Or let us people get the first home buyers grant. It’s not fair. No wonder there are so many people not coping in life.

  2. Thank you because im a pensioner now nobody wants to rent me anything but i can afford 250 but its more than30% of my income so unfare even when i do part time to make it up i want to stay on queensland but maybe i av to live in a tree i can live on the smell of an oily rag just want a place even a caretaker somewhere or a shed im fit and still capable if you have any suggestions id be grateful thanks for opportunity to express

  3. I’m a pensioner whose pays over 50% in rent. I find it hard to get past the 30% requirement by most real estates, it is a way of excluding low income people because they think we may wreck the property, not true. They don’t even know how to calculate it properly, with the housing assistance, designed to help with high cost.
    We can only afford $150 a week, I challenge anyone to show me a rental for $150 a week!!

  4. i am a pensioner and after my divorce i was left with $60.000 and i couldn’t get a home loan and was told they dreamed i needed so much to live on well 10 years on the money is now gone on paying rent on other peoples homes when i could even get a rental and center link has to pay me rent assent I see no sense in it but my ex got a loan on the unemployment where is the fairness

    • Totally my situatuon was much the same.. .
      Ex husband took most everything left ne with about 30000 afte forcing me in to selling my inherited home which was inheruted whilst we were seperated and 6 kids to feed. Was on single parent pension and couldnt even get homeswest rental because i was deemed to get too much income
      Private rental broke my bank then cos the markets were extrene. Tried for keystart and wasnt eligible not enough income to get loan . How contradictory.
      Anyway now broke on disability pension and battling paying private rental kids all left home never visit me. Exhusband living rich life cos he was able to borrow and not had to raise kids or pay for them in Any way yet gets regular visitation from my kids and grandkids. Talk about a disfunctional society…will soon be living on the streets un Perth

    • marie – are u still renting ? Im in your position would u consider renting with myself im a female desperately needing to rent with someone nice im also on an aged pension do email me if u wish

    • Just the same. It’s not fair, as I will never be able to get a deposit to buy my own home. When I get it, the bank will say I’m too old, while I’m paying a lot of money in rent paying someone else’s home off. Then I am a bit worried about what is going to happen to me when I do get old. It is really not fair.

  5. Ladies if there’s a will there is a way. I purchase my first home at 18, single parent pension, no other income had $2500.99 to my name, I now have 3 children and two partners later (mind u both men drained my bank) and I almost set to be mortgage free at 37. You have look at what u can loan and what you could rent out not live in, changes your income straight away, because the rental amount is then included in your income. You might have earned $400 per week but add $300 for rent paid to you for the property and your income just went to $700 after tax. See that’s just one way, there are many. Speak to brockers not banks. Like I said if there’s a will there is a way. You just got want it bad enough. It’s not gainer fall out the sky.

  6. Very interesting, but why have you left out Tasmania? As far as I am aware Tassie is still part of Australia! Or am I mistaken? Being an ex pat of beautiful Tasmania, it is very disappointing to see once again Tassie not included!

    • Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for your message – you’ll find the full snapshot including TAS in our Quarterly report (that’s out at the end of September). Our monthly report just covers the larger states at this stage, but we’ll certainly take your feedback on board. If you’re interested in knowing about a particular area of Tasmania and the current median rents there, flick an email to and I’ll be able to help you out. Have a great weekend 🙂

  7. Sorry, reading Robyn’s message I realised that I also forgot about Tasmania, how weird I want to move there to live once grandkids grow up

  8. My son is on a DSP & so many won’t lend to him unless he has a stable extra p/t income, even though he has managed to save without one. Banks will not lend on micro-units either.
    He presently rents a student apartment while he’s studying p/t. There are rental organisations for low income earners, but they are inundated when any property comes onto the market. The only other option is for him, is to flatshare- not really a recipe for attracting a suitable partner but the positive is, that it builds a successful rental history.
    My worry is, that society continually expects the ‘bank of the parents’ to fill the void, regardless.