City residents rushing to move the country are being warned to choose properties carefully because of the risk of severe weather or bushfires.
It comes after a bank survey found not all are considering the added dangers of adopting a rural lifestyle.
Housing values across regional Australia have risen by more than eight per cent, or four times the growth rate recorded across the combined capital city regions over the past year.
Low interest rates and an “escape” from COVID-19 lockdowns have inspired this rush to the bush which has led some to fear the tree-changers might not know what they are getting into.
Some fear they may not have enough country experience to choose the correct property to protect their families into the future.