My acreage is 4ac, its natural bush, no fneces, the ground is crap and you cannot grow much due to long dry winters and soil doesn't hold water. Only tall trees and black boys and some native grasses. My "grassed" area and garden around the house is same size as normal block. I brought in soil for the grass to grow on and gardens to grow. I spend less time in garden than other people I know with normal hosue blocks. Weeds are only issue in the natural part near where the trees are open or cleared around the house. 20min every 2 weeks with zero sorts them out. and only during summer rains.
I have another 4 ac block at Agness Waters, no house, boundry with national park. No boundry fences, natural vegetation, no maintanence. We have a small home made shed made to look like log cabin on it.
Small towns, a freind used to live at Trangie in NW NSW. Going for walk with her in AM was like a meet and greet for the town. Distance wise we didn't walk far, but it took 2hr after all the 5-15min chats.
There's a big problem with gorse around Ballarat. It only takes a few people to ignore it and it totally runs away - it's really horrible stuff to try and get rid of and if left unchecked it will grow into huge impenetrable thickets. I noticed gorse around Scotland when I went there so I'm guessing that's where it comes from. Blackberry is also a prominent pest, so is fennel and wild tobacco.
Feral pine trees spread out from the plantations, I guess cockatoos spread the seeds from those but they aren't hard to control. Gazanias also escape from people's gardens and grow along the roadsides but they are also very easy to control and at least they're a nice-looking weed!
The soils and (usually) year-round rainfall are really good around that part of the country so it's pretty easy to grow nearly anything. I've seen people growing strange things like crocus (saffron), native thrip, and commercial lavender although these things are all difficult to grow; there's a lot of small-time farmers doing okay from niche things like this but you really have to know your market. The frost is really bad though and that's one of your main problems. Apparently you have to plant special frost-hardy citrus in Ballarat or it will die easily, especially this time of year. I love the idea of moving to a small acreage and trying my hand at something like that but I'm not nearly brave enough to try it!
My friends in the small town I mentioned earlier were getting harassed at one stage by this near-neighbour a few doors down who had a reputation for threatening to sue people over trivial matters. She also apparently used to phone the council or the local cop over really trite things like where people's cars were parked or their cats being seen outside in the evening. She had already successfully chased some tree-changing people from Melbourne out of the town and my friends were worried they would be next. The local cop was actually a great help, he gave them advice on how to deal with this woman because half the town were coming to him to complain about her behaviour, now things seem to have settled down and the crazy lady has moved on to targeting other people.
It's good that that happened because nearly everyone else you meet is really friendly and helpful, they're always doing stuff for each other. They have made some great friends there now and while they have had this run in with that stupid woman on the whole they really love living there and you can see how living in a small town can give you a great sense of belonging. The bird life is fantastic too, I just love seeing king parrots and rosellas come up to their kitchen window to beg for parrot-food !