There has never been a better time to move to the country. Here's why.

This year, I’ve driven over 30,000 kilometres. From Mallacoota to Mildura, I’ve passed through towns and cities of two to 100,000 people. In doing so, I’ve interviewed hundreds of community members and business owners to discover what opportunities lie beyond Melbourne’s borders.

I won’t lie: many towns are struggling. But many, particularly those located within 45 minutes’ drive of larger centres, are gentrifying and growing. And in doing so, they are welcoming a new wave of tree changers.

In 10 months, I’ve come to believe that there has never been a better time to live in the country. This is what I’ve learned:

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