Interest in rural properties in the south-west is on the rise, according to district real estate agents.
Charles Stewart real estate agent Anthony McDonald said demand for dairy farms, beef and sheep farms and lifestyle properties had increased in the past 12 months.
"There are lots of producers coming from areas in north Victoria and into NSW due to the rainfall security we have in this area, which has been reinforced in the last week," Mr McDonald said.
"Rain in October is gold to receive in a lot of areas."
Mr McDonald said one listing which had attracted interest both across Australia and internationally was a 483-hectare property at Gellibrand Lower.
"There's been plenty of interest in Walhalla Park, which is on the Great Ocean Road," he said.
The property presents a range of options for the buyer as a lifestyle property, tourism operation, beef, dairy or alternate farming.
Mr McDonald said the property was one of more than 40 featured in Charles Stewart's annual Spring Property Portfolio.
"As we go into spring we're really pleased with the interest and inquiries," Mr McDonald said.
"We believe we will sell the majority of these properties."
Ray White real estate agent Gerard Delaney said demand for rural properties was higher than supply at present.
He said the drought in northern parts of the state and NSW was a factor, along with renewed confidence in the dairy industry and low interest rates.
"People are sick of the dust," Mr Delaney said.
One property which has attracted substantial interest is a 148-hectare grazing property at 180 Fosters Lane in Mortlake.
"It's a great productive property," Mr Delaney said.
"We've had interest from as far as NSW."
Mr Delaney said the property could be used for grazing, lifestyle interests or as a dairy runoff operation.
"It's a very versatile property," he said.
It will be auctioned on October 25.
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