Top Australian suburbs for rental yield revealed

author-avatar By on September 10,2019
Top Australian suburbs for rental yield revealed

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New research has highlighted 100 Australian suburbs and towns where property investors could generate higher rental yields, with small Queensland towns dominating the list.

The table below displays a selection of variable-rate home loans on offer, featuring a low-rate pick from each of the following three categories: the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned banks, and the larger non-banks.

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2.94% 2.96% $1,634 More details
3.08% 3.14% $1,704 More details

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. If products listed have an LVR <80%, they will be clearly identified in the product name along with the specific LVR. The product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider’s web site. Introductory rate products were not considered for selection. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term. Rates correct as at 01 June 2020. View disclaimer.

For its latest Top Rental Performers Report, property analytics firm CoreLogic identified 100 suburbs and towns where houses or units demonstrated estimated gross rental yields of 5% p.a. or more over the 12 months to July 2019.

Number one on the list was Blackwater – a Central Queensland mining town home to around 5,000 people – with a gross estimated yield of 11.7% p.a. and a median rent of $260 per week.

According to the report, the median property value in Blackwater is $122,165.

The town was just one of 42 suburbs and towns from Queensland to make the list, with parts of Cairns and the Gold Coast heavily represented.

See the full list of suburbs

Across the other states and territories, 17 suburbs on the list were from New South Wales, 15 from South Australia, 15 from Victoria and 8 from Tasmania.

Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory were each only represented by one suburb.

Second place on the list went to the New South Wales mining town of Broken Hill, which also had a gross rental yield of 11.7% p.a. and a median rent of $260 per week.

Rounding out the top three was Cairns suburb Woree, with a gross rental yield of 10.8% p.a. and a median rent of $260 per week. Interestingly, units were considered to have better rental yields than houses in Woree.

CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said the ‘best for rents’ areas had vacancy rates of less than 3% and demonstrated consistent rental growth.

The list was also only made up of suburbs with at least 20 sales over the 12 months to July 2019.

Houses represented the best rental opportunities in 63 suburbs from the list, while units offered the highest yields in 37.

Top 100 rental yield suburbs Australia

  • #1 BLACKWATER, QLD - 11.7% 
  • #2 BROKEN HILL, NSW - 11.7%
  • #3 WOREE, QLD - 10.8%
  • #4 MANUNDA, QLD - 9.5%
  • #5 KATANNING, WA - 9.1%
  • #6 COBAR, NSW - 8.8%
  • #7 BORDERTOWN, SA - 8.8%
  • #8 BUNGALOW, QLD - 8.7%
  • #9 MORANBAH, QLD - 8.7%
  • #10 PORT AUGUSTA, SA - 8.4%
  • #11 ELIZABETH NORTH, SA - 8.2%
  • #12 HOLLOWAYS BEACH, QLD - 8.1%
  • #13 PORT AUGUSTA WEST, SA - 8.1%
  • #14 WESTCOURT, QLD - 8.0%
  • #15 BRIDGEWATER, TAS - 7.9%
  • #16 ARARAT, VIC - 7.8%
  • #17 PARK AVENUE, QLD - 7.7%
  • #18 MOOROOBOOL, QLD - 7.6%
  • #19 PORTLAND, VIC - 7.6%
  • #20 COROWA, NSW - 7.6%
  • #21 PARRAMATTA PARK, QLD - 7.6%
  • #22 STAWELL, VIC - 7.5%
  • #23 SPRINGWOOD, QLD - 7.5%
  • #24 WEST END, QLD - 7.5%
  • #25 SMITHFIELD, SA - 7.5%
  • #26 CAIRNS NORTH, QLD - 7.5%
  • #27 QUIRINDI, NSW - 7.4%
  • #28 HEATLEY, QLD - 7.4%
  • #29 MORWELL, VIC - 7.4%
  • #30 DAVOREN PARK, SA - 7.4%
  • #31 ELIZABETH PARK, SA - 7.4%
  • #32 MARYBOROUGH, QLD - 7.3%
  • #33 NARRABRI, NSW - 7.3%
  • #34 NEW NORFOLK, TAS - 7.3%
  • #35 PORT PIRIE SOUTH, SA - 7.2%
  • #36 SVENSSON HEIGHTS, QLD - 7.2%
  • #37 CRANBROOK, QLD - 7.2%
  • #38 WHITE ROCK, QLD - 7.2%
  • #39 CARLTON, VIC - 7.1%
  • #40 MOOROOPNA, VIC - 7.1% 
  • #41 SALISBURY, SA - 7.0% 
  • #42 MANOORA, QLD - 7.0% 
  • #43 MANILLA, NSW - 7.0% 
  • #44 OAKEY, QLD - 7.0% 
  • #45 MILDURA, VIC - 6.9% 
  • #46 ROMA, QLD - 6.9% 
  • #47 GRAFTON, NSW - 6.9% 
  • #48 AVENELL HEIGHTS, QLD - 6.9% 
  • #49 WEST KEMPSEY, NSW - 6.9% 
  • #50 CLAREMONT, TAS - 6.8% 
  • #51 REEDY CREEK, QLD - 6.8% 
  • #52 SMITHFIELD PLAINS, SA - 6.8% 
  • #53 HORSHAM, VIC - 6.8% 
  • #54 KINGAROY, QLD - 6.8% 
  • #55 MOE, VIC - 6.8% 
  • #56 COOTAMUNDRA, NSW - 6.8% 
  • #57 MUNNO PARA, SA - 6.7% 
  • #58 WHYALLA JENKINS, SA - 6.7% 
  • #59 ARMIDALE, NSW - 6.7% 
  • #60 CLIFTON BEACH, QLD - 6.7% 
  • #61 NEWNHAM, TAS - 6.7% 
  • #62 INVERELL, NSW - 6.7% 
  • #63 WESTDALE, NSW - 6.7% 
  • #64 SARINA, QLD - 6.6% 
  • #65 GEORGE TOWN, TAS - 6.6% 
  • #66 GLENORCHY, TAS - 6.6% 
  • #67 CRESTWOOD, NSW - 6.6% 
  • #68 LAVINGTON, NSW - 6.6% 
  • #69 THABEBAN, QLD - 6.6% 
  • #70 KEPNOCK, QLD - 6.6% 
  • #71 BEACONSFIELD, QLD - 6.6% 
  • #72 SHEPPARTON, VIC - 6.6% 
  • #73 GATTON, QLD - 6.6% 
  • #74 ELIZABETH VALE, SA - 6.5% 
  • #75 MORPHETT VALE, SA - 6.5% 
  • #76 HAMILTON, VIC - 6.5% 
  • #77 SLADE POINT, QLD - 6.5% 
  • #78 ARALUEN, NT - 6.5% 
  • #79 SOUTHPORT, QLD - 6.5% 
  • #80 LABRADOR, QLD - 6.5% 
  • #81 MOWBRAY, TAS - 6.5% 
  • #82 BENTLEY PARK, QLD - 6.5% 
  • #83 UPPER COOMERA, QLD - 6.5% 
  • #84 KIRWAN, QLD - 6.5% 
  • #85 EDMONTON, QLD - 6.5% 
  • #86 AITKENVALE, QLD - 6.5% 
  • #87 CHURCHILL, VIC - 6.5% 
  • #88 WODONGA, VIC - 6.5% 
  • #89 QUEANBEYAN EAST, NSW - 6.4% 
  • #90 FOREST HILL, NSW - 6.4% 
  • #91 SALE, VIC - 6.4% 
  • #92 MUDGEERABA, QLD - 6.4% 
  • #93 WEST WODONGA, VIC - 6.4% 
  • #94 BRENDALE, QLD - 6.4% 
  • #95 CURRUMBIN WATERS, QLD - 6.4% 
  • #96 NEWNHAM, TAS - 6.4% 
  • #97 HELENSVALE, QLD - 6.4% 
  • #98 ANDREWS FARM, SA - 6.4% 
  • #99 GUNGAHLIN, ACT - 6.4% 
  • #100 QUEANBEYAN, NSW - 6.4% 

Source: Corelogic Top Rental Perfomers Report – September 2019. Suburbs ranked by gross rental yield from high to low. Purchase the full report from CoreLogic


Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2019. They are (in descending order): Credit Union Australia, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2019) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au and loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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