How to Choose the right rural block to build on

If you’ve been thinking of creating a rural escape for some time now, but haven’t found the perfect block yet, this is for you.

We’ve put together a list of top tips to help you find the right rural property, and bring your dream to reality!


1. Choose your location

You might already have a dream location in mind, based on proximity to your current home, family or a favourite city.

However, if you’re not sure where to start, here are a few prompts to get you started: 

  • It’s a good idea to purchase rural blocks that aren’t too far from established towns, so you have easy access to facilities and/or trades to help complete your build. 
  • There are a few yet undiscovered ‘gems’ – rural suburbs close to popular ones, that are still relatively unknown. Think of popular areas that you like (such as the Hunter Valley, Kangaroo Valley, Shoal Bay, Blue Mountains or the Southern Highlands), and then take a look at the smaller surrounding suburbs.

No. 20H30, cedar cladding upgrade, additional Windows, , Cedar Window upgrade, Add 2 x Verandahs, Coastal upgrade



2. Think about how you’re going to use your block 

Thinking about how you’re going to use your block will help you narrow down which one you should purchase.

  • Planning an Airbnb?  Choose a block close to beaches, tourist attractions and a small town with at least 1 cafe. (your guests will need things to do + eat while they stay!)
  • Planning a remote, off-grid escape? You’ll be looking for somewhere out of range, so you can truly disconnect.
  • Looking at setting up a Winery? Look for a block in established wine regions such as the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Orange, Macarthur or Canberra. If there’s no wineries in the area you’re thinking of, it’s probably not the right soil or conditions to grow vines! 
No. 20H30 (3.8mx5.4m), Upgrade to Cedar Cladding, add elevated pier flooring system, add 1x Verandah with deck, additional windows

Cedarspan Cabins are a fast way to add quality accommodation to your property


3. Level or Sloping Land?

When looking at purchasing a block to build on, we understand that finding a perfectly flat, level block is rare.

Flat, level blocks are also often used for farming, so a sloped piece of land will usually be a better price for you.

Here’s the good news: Cedarspan’s building system is very adaptable and our buildings can easily be built on slopes.  

Cedarspan’s Raised Timber Floor system means buildings can be installed on sloped land.


Cedarspan’s raised timber floor system also allows for you to add extra underfloor insulation  – a great idea for colder climates


4. Check the zoning

Whilst most rural areas are zoned RU1-5, there are a few things to look out for with land zoning. 

Land zoning related to Bushfires, Environmental Conditions,  Easements or Aboriginal Significance can impact your ability to build on the property, so it’s important to look into these before you sign the contract. 

Planning information is usually available from the real estate agent, and you can ask for it when you enquire about the property.

If you’re not sure, we recommend speaking to a local independent certifier, as they are familiar with the zoning and approvals and will be able to answer your questions about the property. 

Properties Zoned RU1 – RU5 can be used for development of a shed or barn (up to 200m2 in size!) that is exempt from council approval. Click here to find out more. 


5. Speak to real estate agents in the area 

When you’re in the search for land, a real estate agent is your best friend. 

They have excellent knowledge of the local areas, what sells and what doesn’t, and can advise you on new properties before they come to market.

A good agent doesn’t just sell properties, they connect the right buyers with the right properties. 

It’s a good idea to tell a few agents what you’re looking for and ask them to let you know if anything suitable comes up.

You could find out about a new property before it even hits the market, giving you a golden pass to secure that property before someone else does. 


6. Setup a search on

Did you know you can save searches on, to be alerted when new properties come up that match your search?

Simply search for your ideal location, filter to “vacant land” or the land size you are after, and click ‘save search’. 

You’ll need to create a account, but this means you’ll be notified as soon as something becomes available, and potential properties will be delivered to your inbox.



We hope this helps you in your search of the perfect rural block!

When you’re ready to build, we’re here and ready to make it as easy as possible for you.


CEDARSPAN™ buildings are pre-made in our western Sydney factory to lock-up stage (externally complete) and then assembled onsite in just few days. 

It really is the quickest & easiest way to build on any rural property and has been proven time & time again since we started in 1976.

We have installers we can recommend, or you can use any qualified local builder to assemble the kit on your property.


Click here to download our price list, which contains dimensions + pricing for the Cedarspan range. We’ll be in contact within a few days to answer any questions you may have.

Already downloaded the price list? Click here to schedule a phone call so we can help you further.