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I was reading an article about where the cheapest places to buy property were in Australia. The article listed states and gave a rundown of the top 10 places to buy cheap property in each one. I clicked on “Tasmania” to see what was on offer and aside from the obvious places where there is a really good reason why property is cheap, I saw that Beauty Point was one of the top three cheapest places to buy property in Tasmania. I couldn’t really believe that as Beauty Point is a lovely little seaside town with wall to wall views and a delicious sleepy town feeling to it. It’s small and has a well developed sense of community and people are friendly and quick to stop for a chat. I can’t, for the life of me, think of why property in the town would be so cheap and I would like to share 35 images that I took today in Beauty Point to show you what a lovely little town it is and why it’s listing spawned my incredulity.

Poplar lined footpath in Beauty Point Tasmania
We parked the car not far from here on the outskirts of Beaconsfield and decided to walk into the town. As you can see it’s autumn now and these beautiful poplars are awash with colour.
Pavement lined with poplar trees Beauty Point Tasmania
This is the view heading into the town.
Autumnal yellow of poplars against a bright blue sky
Our Autumn has brought cooler temperatures and the days are crisp but still in the mid 20C’s which makes for great walking weather. I couldn’t resist taking this photo of the beautiful autumnal yellow of the poplars against the glorious blue sky.
Getting down low with decidious leaves on the footpath
Steve will do anything to get a good shot and he figured that laying down on his stomach to take this (and the next) photo would be a good idea.
Deciduous leaves on a footpath
The leaves were still wet from the morning dew so Earl and Bezial were resisting diving into them. Lucky for Steve really as he was face down in the middle of them πŸ˜‰
Amanita muscari in the grass
This is most probably an Amanita muscari that we saw emerging out of the soil at the beginning of our walk. We also saw large white saucer shaped fungi with white gills. It’s always exciting to see fungus in autumn (well it is for me πŸ˜‰ )
Hawthorn in the verge vegetation in Beauty Point Tasmania
You get a real feeling for a town when you take the time to walk from the outskirts in. There were plenty of hawthorn berries for the birds in this section of road verge.
Ingenious polytunnel design and hoop house structure
I have always admired the poly tunnel structure (on the left hand side) but now the owners of this neatly kept property have added an orchard cover that interests me as well. We stopped and had a chat to the dog that lives at this house. He watched us from his deck until we were out of sight.
A collective of Alpaca
This collective of alpaca were not at all sure of the boys. They were wondering whether to shriek or run when the dogs (who were studiously ignoring them) decided that they were bored of waiting for me to take a photo and started hauling us forwards and on to the next array of glorious smells saving the alpaca from having to make any kind of a decision that early on a Sunday morning.
Country driveway in Beauty Point Tasmania
I feel like the tourism board but who wouldn’t want to live somewhere like this?! This driveway leads down to a house right by the river and even though we have had an horrendously dry year, how pretty is this scene?
La Camera, a small photographic studio on the outskirts of Beauty Point
La Camera, a small photographic studio situated in an old apple packing shed on the outskirts of Beauty Point
Lovely Moroccan lantern at Beauty Point Cottages
We stopped to surreptitiously take a few photos at this picturesque little bed and breakfast on the outskirts of town called “Beauty Point Cottages” as is usually the case, we were rumbled by one of the owners who despite our disheveled appearances (we had been dragged into the bush at least once by this point) welcomed us with a beaming smile and asked us if we would like to take a tour of the property. It takes true grit to smile openly and invite tramps and pit-bulls onto your property and this says a whole lot about this wonderful ladies temperament. We have met her husband previously who also asked us if we would like to tour the property and who was most open and welcoming. If you ever find yourself in downtown Beauty Point (and why wouldn’t you?) do yourselves a real favour and choose Beauty Point Cottages for your stay. Here’s a few more photos to show you how lovely it is.
The lovely lady who owns and runs the Beauty Point Cottages
Warmly welcoming and openly friendly. The perfect host πŸ™‚
Beauty Point Cottage homestead plus garden
The main homestead on the property at Beauty Point Cottages. The whole garden is beautifully landscaped.
Lovely view from Beauty Point Cottages
A lovely spot for a picnic at Beauty Point Cottages.
The cottages at Beauty Point Cottages
Some of the little cabin/cottages at Beauty Point Cottages
Rustic Beauty at Beauty Point Cottages
Rustic Beauty at Beauty Point Cottages
Bench to take in the view at Beauty Point Cottages
This epitomises the ethos of the owners at Beauty Point Cottages. This little bench is right next to the pathway at the edge of the property and beckons you to take in the view whether you are staying or not. I sound like I am selling time share arrangements or something for Beauty Point Cottages but I have no affiliation with them at all. I was just struck by how peaceful and beautiful it was and especially by how friendly and welcoming the owners both were.
Snail chewed catalogues
“OH the travesty!” One thing we truly miss from living in the city is the endless stream of catalogues that tumbled into our mailbox. Nowadays we are lucky to get a farm shed catalogue once every six months let alone a supermarket catalogue. I have contemplated taking on a catalogue run in our area myself solely so that we can have regular access to catalogues. To see precious catalogues lying unwanted and snail chewed on the side of the road rubs more salt into the wound…
Fountain at a Naturopathy studio in Beauty Point Tasmania
Obviously word is getting out about how cheap property is in Beauty Point. I know someone who bought a large property on the outskirts of Beauty Point, sight unseen, and moved here from interstate and loves the place. I met Annie at the Permablitz that I recently attended. This fountain is one of the only features (so far) at a new Naturopathy studio that has decided to put down roots in Beauty Point. I hope they do well but to me, just living in Beauty Point would be relaxing enough as it was πŸ™‚
Goldfish inhabitants of the fountain
Meet the Goldfish inhabitants of the fountain. They saw me trying to take their photo and decamped under the base but I am ever tenacious when it comes to capturing images for you, my dear constant readers and these goldfish were no real challenge for my sleuthing abilities.
Pretty white picket fence with pink camellias
This wise Beauty Point resident knows the value of wise plant choices. If you plant roses anywhere in our district you end up with bald sticks for most of the year thanks to the invader possums and their love of the rosaceae family in general. These clever owners bypassed the daily devastation of having the possums strip their roses by choosing to plant small camellia’s instead. They have a very similar effect to roses on the picket fence but without the adornment of furry little fingers and nibbly little teeth.
A small Salvia leucantha shrub in Beauty Point Tasmania
This is Salvia leucantha or Mexican bush sage. I had some when we lived in the city and would love to grow more. It’s a hardy, drought tolerant and very pretty perennial that is very hard to kill. I am assured that Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) makes a fine garden bed companion for this plant but I can’t vouch for that information. I just found it on a website when I was trying to work out the botanical name of this salvia πŸ˜‰
Pretty autumn leaf display in a garden in Beauty Point Tasmania
Now correct me if I am wrong but surely this isn’t the kind of scenery that you would expect to find in one of the cheapest real estate markets in the state?!
View of a section of the footpath in Beauty Point Tasmania
And this is the view on the way back of the same garden further back.
Beauty Point Beacon Walkers walking group pro dog
“Be careful what you wish for “Beacon Walkers” or it might just come true!”
Lovely orange translucent looking crab apple fruit
Isn’t this small (I am assuming) crabapple tree laden with fruit lovely? The fruit is almost translucent and adds to the ornamental valueΒ of the tree greatly at this time of year.
Lovely view from house in Beauty Point Tasmania
Again, can someone remind me why Beauty Point is one of the top three cheapest places to buy real estate in Tasmania?!
Grape vine leaves
This little trailing grape vine was halfway along a very steep flight of pseudo steps in a narrow alleyway that led from where we wandered to prevent having to meet another dog walker and their dog before the boys had lost a bit of their exuberance and the highway where we needed to be to get back to the car. The reason you are seeing this little grape vine is due to the severity of the slope and the need to stop halfway up for a rest πŸ˜‰
Secluded beach area with water slide for kids in Beauty Point Tasmania
When we veered off the main footpath to avoid meeting another dog walker and their excited pooch we found ourselves walking along the shoreline on a small no-through road. At the end of the road we reached someone’s driveway and this was obviously what they had built as their property goes right down to the shore. How much fun would their kids have when the tide was in on that slide? What an excellent place to grow up πŸ™‚
Curious goats on the outskirts of Beauty Point
Some of the locals were most interested in our dogs.
Game Rooster chasing grasshoppers on a lawn
Some of our dogs were most interested in this local game rooster chasing grasshoppers on this lawn oblivious to his good fortuneΒ at being on the other side of the road…
Spotted pig
This local was so happy to see us that he ran down squealing from the back of the property and stood grunting at the boys. Earl, for once, didn’t know how to react to this strange looking “dog” who was staring at him and turned to look at Bezial as if to say “what do we do now?!”
Steve waving and Bezial attempting to break and enter someone's property
All good walks have to come to an end and this is Stevie-boy after crossing the road with Bezial who had to be coerced with extreme tactics from laying upside down in the wet grass on the other side of the road for the duration. Here he is, trespassing in someone elses property. I swear our boys are the dog equivalent of Malcolm (Bezial) and Reese (Earl) from Malcolm in the Middle! I guess that makes me Lois and Steve Hal o_O

If you have some spare cash folks, you could do worse than investing in Beauty Point and if sharing a town with other people doesn’t float your boat, if you have a spare few million dollars you can own a whole town in Tasmania

http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/buying/tarraleah-in-tasmania-is-for-sale/news-story/022bbd969717dc7db098780678063d3e

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. It would certainly do me very nicely – but I’m guessing its just not cheap enough! Living in a pretty and peaceful place would be a delight – friendly fellow campers adds to the joy – yes? Obviously you two could have a new calling as population movers πŸ™‚ Lovely post Fran!!

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    1. narf7 says:

      Cheers Ms Pauline. If I win the lottery I will buy you that entire town so that Siddy can be king and Mr Orlando can rule the mountain (did I mention it’s on a mountain?) Beauty Point is bargain basement for Aussie prices. Check out what you get for $165 000
      http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-tas-beauty+point-122227434

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      1. narf7 says:

        Then Earl can teach Siddy EVERYTHING that he knows πŸ™‚

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      2. Errrrrr, let me just double check my bank account ………

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  2. Anni says:

    Aww thanks for them mention Fran. We love Beauty Point.

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    1. narf7 says:

      No problemo Anni, Beauty Point is absolutely wonderful and I have NO idea why it’s so cheap aside from it’s 30 minutes from the city and these days, that’s a suburban regular run for most families in the city.

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  3. brymnsons says:

    Looks like a lovely spot Fran. The pig made me chuckle, would have loved to see the look on the boys faces lol. Who knows why some places are cheaper, especially such a lovely one. I could have bought several properties in SA. I was drooling, bit like when I came to visit you guys. Old style houses, so beautiful and such character. The high school in Nuriootpa, where we stayed, makes its own wine so we nearly did migrate …..

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    1. narf7 says:

      You always have to remember the heat in S.A. That’s what would stop me from even contemplating it. It’s also the serial killer capital of Australia (and Earl comes from there so it’s backed up by proof πŸ˜‰ ).

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  4. What a very beautiful town…Maybe one day I’ll be able to visit!

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    1. narf7 says:

      You and the big man could probably buy most of it as you Aussie holiday “house” πŸ˜‰

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  5. Can you take a couple of pictures of those two houses I used to own next time your up that way? I’d love to see how the new owners did them up. So sad I had to sell them but it’s hard being a landlord when your 4000 odd kilometres away. At least I made two families happy πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. narf7 says:

      They are nice and well kept now so you certainly made people very happy. I will try to remember to take some photos. We did take some not so long ago, I will see if I can find them and post them on Facebook for you πŸ™‚

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      1. Thanks Fronkiii πŸ˜ƒ.

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      2. narf7 says:

        That was a quick response! πŸ˜‰

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      3. I’m still off work on holidays for another week or two πŸ˜ƒ

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      4. narf7 says:

        Lucky duck. We are back at TAFE.

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  6. I can’t help but be struck by the stark contrast with my situation here. San Francisco is the single most expensive place to rent or buy a home, and much of it isn’t even half as glorious as the beautiful scenery you’ve shared. I love it for all of it’s urban/industrial charm, but damn… I just have to wonder where all of those dollars are going!

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    1. narf7 says:

      Into someones pocket for sure. I guess humble little Beauty Point just doesn’t have the appeal that San Francisco does πŸ˜‰

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  7. Hi Fran, It’s funny how some places can get under your skin and you just love being there – Beauty Point has that attraction for you. Perhaps the residents of Beauty Point are content in their low priced part of Tasmania.
    I was interested in your photo and comments about the garden where the camellias were planted along the front fence. I had just assumed possums would gobble camellia leaves and flowers with the same gusto as roses.

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    1. narf7 says:

      I think it must be that the leaves are too thick for them. They prefer easier pickings as none of the camellias on the property get touched at all by possums.

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  8. Robbie says:

    love you new blog!!! I can’t imagine why anyone would not love that place:-) wow, i enjoyed the tour and people are sort of stupid when it comes to knowing what is special!!! I had to chuckle about steve laying on the ground to get pictures, I do that on my small city lot all the time. I wonder what people think when they look down into my yard and see me laying on the ground. Probably that nutty lady at it again-lol well, at least I don’t run around naked! I read somewhere where a person HAD to put up a wall to not see into his neighbors yard that liked to garden naked!
    Is tasmania a different type of climate in your area? Your fall looks similar to ours. the winding road picture, you are right who would not want to live on that road and walk it every day!

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    1. narf7 says:

      It gets cold here but not much below 0C which is about 34F so not really cold at all. We just got back online after our phone and net being out for 3 days so sorry this reply is late. I hope your spring is springing wonderfully. I am in love with the past half a week of rain and Brunhilda is back on and baked a stunning apple sponge pudding last night. I LOVE winter πŸ™‚

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      1. Robbie says:

        OH YUM!!!!!! I wish I could just walk over the hill and sit down for some of that =yum!!! Nothing like fall weather and apple ANYTHING-love that time of year. That is okay, I ‘m not on that much so when I visit and scoot, I don’ t get back on too much. I just planted all moring, so eating lunch while I check the weather on my computer….
        oh, yeah- one more thing…I love winter after a hard working, productive spring and summer out in the garden. I love that down time:-)

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      2. narf7 says:

        They call Tasmania “The Apple Isle” and we live in the middle of vineyard and orchard territory. I get my apples from a little roadside stall with an honesty box. They taste wonderful. Its also perfect for growing potatoes here in Tasmania and we get all sorts of varieties here that I had never tried till we moved here. I have a LOT of catching up to do in my RSS feed reader etc. as we have been offline for a few days and you would be amazed at how many blogs have backed up in there. I reckon my weekend is going to be spent clearing it. Have fun in that lovely spring sun πŸ™‚

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      3. Robbie says:

        You too:-) I meant to comment on your cold being not too bad compared to our below zeros-lol…but cold is what you are acclimated to! we are like our plants:-)
        Happy Winter quiet time inside:-)

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      4. narf7 says:

        I would imagine that to someone from Queensland (up north in Australia and more like Florida in the U.S.) would truly feel the cold if they moved down here but it’s cold enough for me and I love it :).

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  9. Oh what a wonderful picture journey you took me through dear Fran.. So loved those
    Alpaca’s.. And that wonderful invitation to ‘Come sit a while’ upon that beautiful bench.
    Beauty point cottages look very picturesque.. And so pleased your tenaciousness as a camera sleuth captured those goldfish.
    Love the sign of the Beacon Walkers lol along with your comment.. Pity I am not 40 years younger and know what I know now.. For I would have been applying way back when it cost only a tenner/Β£10 to emigrate and who knows I maybe could have come to Tasmania and bought a bargain πŸ™‚

    Loved your post Fran..

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    1. narf7 says:

      My grandma was a “Ten pound Pom”. She did have to work as a ladies maid to pay back her passage but then she met my grandad (whose parents were both from Scotland) and the rest is history. It does make you wonder how different your life would have been if you made a few different choices when you were a kid doesn’t it? I am entirely glad with all of my choices, good and bad, as otherwise I wouldn’t be who I am, where I am right now πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes I am happy with all of my own choices too Fran.. without the mistakes, tears and laughs we would not be who we are today πŸ™‚ And love it that your Gran was one of them who spent that ten pounds.. Love that phrase Ten Pound Pom.. πŸ™‚

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      2. narf7 says:

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