Australia has long been a top destination for Hongkongers looking to relocate overseas. Uncertainty in Hong Kong’s future, coupled with Australia’s new visa arrangements for SAR passport holders, means demand in the country’s key property markets continue to rise. 

“The stable political environment, a growing population and vibrant economy” are just some of the factors Asia-based buyers can take note of, says Michael Pallier, Managing Director of Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty. All of this, he says, is underpinned by a huge store of natural resources. In addition, most of the properties are freehold rather than leasehold.

Then there is the geographical location to consider: it has closer proximity to Asia than many other investment hotspots for Asia-based buyers, such as the UK. It’s also less densely populated than most modern countries, says Paul Arthur, CEO of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty. Meanwhile, the falling Australian dollar is appealing to buyers, he adds: “It makes our properties and estates relatively cheap.” 

From luxury apartments in the heart of Sydney and beachside compounds in its suburbs to sweeping private estates, take a look at these unique — and stunning — property investment opportunities across Australia.

 

Crown Residences at One Barangaroo

One Barangaroo. Photo: Knight Frank
(Image credit: Knight Frank)

The Sydney Opera House and the cool blue waters of the harbour are some of the most enduring symbols of Australia’s most populous city — and the Crown Residences at One Barangaroo, just a stone’s throw from the oceanfront, will offer expansive views of them in 82 luxury residences. Set to be complete in 2021, it’s been generating buzz in the property market. With two-, three-, four- and six-bedroom residences, which come with high-end furnishings designed by renowned New York firm Meyer Davis, One Barangaroo boasts service from adjoined six-star hotel Crown Resorts. Amenities include all the usual suspects in a development of this calibre: 24-hour concierge, access to a pool, spa and gym.

Listing price: from AU$9.5 million (approx. HK$52.5 million)

 

Kalypso

Photo: Kalypso
(Image credit: Kalypso)

Situated six kilometres from the Sydney central business district in the exclusive beachfront enclave of Tamarama, luxury development Kalypso offers just 11 residences, with one-, two- or three-bedroom options, as well as a penthouse and ‘sub-penthouses.’ Inspired by the ocean, the interiors feature curved walls, stone benchtops in elegant shades of sand, ivory and blue. It’s no surprise that Kalypso puts design at the forefront, given that it was built by Sydney-based fashion mogul-turned-property developer Danny Avidan.

Listing price: One-bed from AU$1.6 million (HK$8.9 million); two-bed from AU$2.8 million (HK$15.5 million); three-bed from AU$5 million (HK$27.7 million). Prices for penthouses on request.

 

 

The Horizon Collection

Photo: Knight Frank
(Image credit: Knight Frank)

If living in a towering penthouse with access to a sky-high pool sounds like your cup of tea, take a look at this luxury home at The Horizon Collection in Brisbane. Located at Brisbane Skytower, one of Queensland’s tallest buildings, the four-bedroom, 4,532-sq.-ft. property offers exclusive views of the South Bank and the Botanical Gardens. Top-notch finishings in the home include Gaggenau appliances and spa-inspired bathroom designs. Meanwhile, residents have access to services provided by the neighbouring five-star Westin hotel.

Listing price: Available on application

 

Pumpkin Island

Pumpkin Island. Photo: Knight Frank
(Image credit: Knight Frank)

The paradise of Pumpkin Island in Queensland could be all yours — this listing marks the second time it’s on the market since 1961. The six-hectare island in Keppel Bay, located on the Great Barrier Reef, is famed around the world as an eco-resort destination. Operating as an exclusive resort, it can house 34 guests, with five cottages and two bungalows. There are also staff quarters, two registered moorings, a helipad, and a licensed bar and lounge. The sale also comes with a custom-built boat that can accommodate 36 passengers, and an oyster lease that belongs to the owner, meaning guests are free to shuck oysters on the property.

Listing price: Available on application

 

52 Bay Street

52 Bay Street, Mosman. Photo: Knight Frank
(Image credit: Knight Frank)

Located in Sydney’s affluent Mosman neighbourhood, this 5,651-sq.-ft. luxury family home offers 180-degree views of the Middle Harbour. With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, it comes complete with a heated outdoor saltwater pool, sauna, gym, and spacious living areas ideal for entertaining. The master suite, in particular, takes up the upper level of the house with a sitting room, walk-in wardrobe and private terrace.
Listing price: Available on application

 

20 Wolseley Road 

Wolseley Road. Photo: Sotheby's
(Image credit: Sotheby’s)

On the market for the first time in 20 years, 20 Wolseley Road — located in the leafy eastern Sydney suburb of Point Piper — is a beachfront bolthole that comes with all the trappings of a luxury home. There are six bedrooms and five bathrooms, and you can expect features like a grand spiral staircase, a drawing room and formal dining room, a home theatre, wine cellar, and outdoor swimming pool. Located right on the water, there’s also direct access to a pagoda-inspired private boathouse.

Listing price: Available on application

 

Cape Lodge

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Located in Yallingup, 256 kilometres southwest of Perth, this 16.5-hectare private estate — which was run as the country house hotel Cape Lodge — is up for sale. Set in the Margaret River wine region, it has 22 guest rooms, a private residence with five bedrooms, plus a pool, tennis court, spa, and accommodation for a property manager. The property also includes a 3.23-hectare private vineyard and two private lakes. Sotheby’s, the realtors offering the listing, says buyers have the option to operate the site as owners, or partner with a hotel operator to run the property. Looking for a change in career? This might be your chance.

Listing price: AU$15 million (HK$83 million)

Andrea Lo
Covering everything from Hong Kong's dining and nightlife scene to local culture and identity; to billionaire houses and global architecture trends, Andrea is a freelance journalist specialising in lifestyle topics all around the globe. Outside of work, you'll find her at the beach, or hitting the local spa for a back-breaking bout of tui na.