Australian house prices have surged in surprising cities despite the Covid recession, with families leaving pricey, overcrowded cities and opting for more rural delights.
Idyllic coastal towns with surf beaches were far from the only areas to see property values climb last year to new record highs as more people could work from home.
Darwin, in the tropical far north of Australia, saw property prices surge by 11.9 per cent in 2020, CoreLogic data showed.
Many have been able to leave expensive properties in major cities such as Sydney behind thanks to the ability to work remotely, prompted by the Covid pandemic's stay-at-home advice.
The marked change to working life has been reflected in the property market, as workers find more for their money elsewhere.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The Northern Territory capital's median house price of $497,222 is now more than Perth's $490,810, following a two per cent increase in Western Australia, and marginally below Adelaide's $504,829, which itself enjoyed a 5.9 per cent rise.
Darwin property prices surging by 11.9 per cent in 2020, CoreLogic data showed, with families leaving overcrowded cities down south
Despite that impressive increase, Darwin's median house price is still below the 2014 peak.
Canberra saw its equivalent property prices rise by 8.5 per cent, despite the cold winters and hot summers, putting its mid-point house price at $762,608.
Newcastle and Lake Macquarie: $610,876
Gold Coast: $587,156Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Sunshine Coast: $650,608
Richmond ‐ Tweed: $623,563
Launceston and North East: $363,723
Source: CoreLogic, CommSec
Regional areas were the stand-out performers last year, with prices rising by 6.9 per cent, more than triple the two per cent rise seen in combined capital city values.
Outside Australia's capitals, house prices last year climbed 7.1 per cent with apartment values up by 5.9 per cent.