Moving to Tasmania

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Today we have a successful moving to Tasmania (Launceston) experience to bring to you. It shows how you can have a better quality of life in Tasmania, save time and money and really enjoy life again. Please enjoy the story and we hope it inspires you to look into moving to Tasmania as well.

This post is graciously brought to us by Dermot McElduff who has given his permission for it to be reposted here to help us all by reading about a great successful moving to Tasmania experience. Dermot’s personal blog can be found here – and and here is his story:


Where am I and how did I get here? – Moving to Launceston

As an Irish guy born in rural Ireland I have never been suited to big city life. The hustle and bustle is fine for a while, but at heart I need my peace and quiet. I also like to open the curtains in the morning and not have the neighbours waving at you from their breakfast table, so close that they could stir your tea.

The beautiful red head who recently became my wife is a native Tasmanian, and she would agree with my sentiments. We met in London, and after her UK visa expired I followed her to Australia. Due to the difficulties I was having in securing work in Tasmania we initially moved to Melbourne for three years. However as we approach a time in our lives were we are no longer interested in all night rave sessions and with hangovers that now last around three days, we began to think about the long term prospects for where we want to make a home. As the house prices in Melbourne continue to increase beyond extortionate levels (what housing bubble?), and with the unemployment levels in Ireland, our attention turned towards Tasmania. We had discussed other locations in Australia but we decided that the only two options open were Brisbane and Tasmania, predominately as we had friends and family living in both. It was a close call to be honest, but in the end we decided that Tasmania was the right choice and we began planning to cross the Bass Strait and make our home in Van Diemen’s land. We decided that Launceston was the better choice of location for the moment, mainly due to the ability to gain employment and the proximity to family on the North West coast.
On reflection the things that swayed our decision in favour of Tasmania over Brisbane were the reduced traffic (and hence the travel to work times are reduced), proximity to my wife’s family, and the house prices.
But in comparison to our Melbourne experience, this is the original list we came up with, in no particular order:

  • Less traffic
  • Beautiful scenery
  • So many things to do outdoors
  • I am a cycling nut and Tasmania is my favourite place to cycle.
  • People are more friendly
  • Houses/Land is cheaper
  • The cost of living is lower
  • Family are closer
  • Its a safer place to raise a family
  • We can easily fly to Melbourne for a concert or football match anytime we want.

Now I know that some of those things are present in Melbourne, but we are talking about the big picture here and generally speaking we had enough of city life and wanted something different; a return to a more peaceful existence and mostly a sense of community that we never seemed to get in Melbourne.

Once the decision was made to move we began the planning process. We contacted a few moving companies for quotes and I worked out that it was cheaper to use a company than to hire a van and transport the furniture and other belongings ourselves. Also we organised a house rental and got everything set up relatively quickly.

The final phase was resigning from our jobs, and this is were things got a little interesting. My wife is a qualified kindergarten/early childhood teacher and handed in her resignation and got a glowing reference etc. Then it was my turn, I dropped an email to my manager and reluctantly he accepted that I was resolved to moving to Van Diemen’s land. He announced my pending departure to the head of the IT department who reminded my manager and myself that in the age of the Internet there is nothing stopping me from continuing my current role from Tasmania, and my choice of living arrangements was not a valid reason for me to resign. I probably should mention that I work as in the IT industry as a server/system administrator, the majority of my work can be done from anywhere with an Internet connection. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity to continue my employment, this pretty much removed the biggest risk of our move to Tasmania, maintaining an income.

Now this had a number of knock on effects mainly in the money department, the nest egg we put aside to help us until we gained employment could now be used to purchase a new suite of furniture which we desperately needed.

All in all the move itself was reasonably event free, we moved in and are still unpacking over a month later. I can honestly say however that after a month of living in Tasmania I am completely convinced that we made the right decision. In the month we have been here we have been on more day trips, parties, nights out to restaurants and pubs, picnics than in the three years combined in Melbourne. This might be an unfair comparison though I guess as we spend a lot of time in Melbourne saving money for a wedding and we knew less people. However the shorter distances, the lack of traffic congestion and lure of uncrowded tourist attractions have been a real bonus in motivating us to get out doors and experience what Tasmania has to offer.

Personally I cant recommend Tasmania enough, the common myths around it being a cold, backward place with nothing to do could not be further from the truth. It is a scenic, modern but peaceful place (mostly!) and there is so much to do and its all right on your door step; no need to drive 8 hours to see some random, over crowded, over hyped tourist attraction. Just hop in the car grab the picnic basket and drive! As for the cold, its all relative but give me a Tasmanian winter over Ireland’s anytime!


Hopefully Dermot’s story has inspired you and you are now ready to explore our website and learn more about moving to Tasmania. We suggest you take a look around the rest of the blog and then explore our main website: – relocating to Tasmania

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