Choosing Where to Live in Tasmania

When you start to think about moving to Tasmania it is likely that you are unsure about where to live.

Of course people move to Tasmania for many reasons and being clear on the reason is often a great place to start in determining where best to base yourselves. Some people I talk to have yet to decide on the region to live in, much less narrowing it down to suburbs or towns. Others know the region or city but still have lots of questions about how to then narrow down the choices. Even though Tassie is small, there is still lots of choices of where to live and many different lifestyles you can create for yourself.


Questions to answer to find the best place for you to live in Tasmania

1. Do I want or need to be close to one of the main cities?

If you are intending to find work in Tasmania and don’t already have this in place, then for many occupations it would make sense to live near Hobart, Launceston or Devonport. Of course there is work in smaller centres and rural areas but the options will be different and harder to find. Aside from employment, it may be that you want to be near a main city for other reasons – shopping, theatre and the arts, restaurants and all the other facilities a larger centre offers. If none of this is important to you and you want a rural lifestyle, then there are many many options of where to live.


The Hobart Waterfront

2. What type of lifestyle do I want to create in Tasmania?

Tasmania can provide a wonderful lifestyle for many as we have talked about before in the post on Why Choose Tasmania?  One of the key advantages is that if you choose you can live close to a main city yet still have a semi-rural or rural lifestyle.

In the Greater Hobart region you could live in the Huon Valley, the Channel region, the Derwent Valley, around Richmond or in the towns past Sorell like Dodges Ferry – and still be 20 to 45 minutes drive from the centre of Hobart.

In Launceston and Devonport the proximity to the city can be even closer as the country towns spring up more quickly and close to the city. In Launceston you can live in or around Evandale, Perth, Longford, Cressy, Hadspen or some of the lovely towns on either side of the Tamar River. Or you could work in Devonport but live in Latrobe, Ulverstone, Penguin or any of the small townships along the coast or a little inland.

In Tasmania you can live in the hills or by the water – or in the hills with a view of the water. Or smack bang in the middle of a city. You will also find all options tend to be cheaper than similar options in most parts of Australia. Check out the stats on buying property in Tasmania.


3. How long will your commute to work be?

One of the main advantages of moving to a smaller place like Tasmania is that travel distances can be much less than you may be used to. For me, this makes a huge impact on our lifestyle. We previously lived in Melbourne and from the last two places we lived both took 45 minutes to over an hour to get to work in the city, depending on traffic (and similar times on the train). One of these places was a suburb 15 kms from the city centre, the other was a town just outside the boundary of the city 55km away – yet the travel times were remarkably similar because most of the drive from the country was on the freeway and the traffic only slowed for the last few kilometres of the journey.

Moving back to Tasmania has taken some adjustment in terms of travel times. I was finding myself always getting to places early due to factoring in traffic to my travel time. Not necessary… It really does take you the same time to get to places every time pretty much. Yes the traffic is sometimes heavier but nothing like the extremes of larger cities. It is wonderful. We also chose to live in a suburb close to Hobart so that of course has an impact too and it takes no time to get anywhere and I use so little fuel in the car compared to Melbourne.

One comment I come across a lot when talking to people who are planning to move to Tasmania is them saying that they are used to commuting up to an hour to work and therefore are willing to do that once they move. From there they have often identified some places based on Google Map travel time estimates. I think it is really important to remember that when Google Maps says 45 minutes, that may be accurate, but it will most likely not be 45 minutes on a dual lane freeway but more commonly a more difficult drive on windy country roads for part of the drive. That drive every day may get tiresome and will be especially difficult in the winter months when fog, ice and rain are added to driving in the dark. The other thing to consider is you may be able to find a place to live that you love in another area with short drive times, allowing you time to do something other than driving to and from work each day.




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  1. Alison July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Currently renting in Hobart but unsure what suburb should we buy into. We moved to hobart over a year ago and although we never planned on buying a house here, the housing market is a strong buyers one. Can anyone advise on suburbs are best to live in and also relatively cheap? Nothing much in our price range comes up for sale where we are currently renting. We are now looking on the Eastern shore- in suburbs like Rosny (where there are some lovely interesting 50s style homes ripe for renovation) but I have heard that it is not a friendly suburb with no community spirit (and also that the nearby water treatment plant smells). Any advice?

  2. Jo July 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Hi Alison,

    Thanks for your comments above – in fact I am planning to write a follow up post to this about choosing suburbs.

    It is definitely a buyer’s market in Tasmania at the moment and particularly in Hobart where you are. Many think a buyer’s market is great, which in many ways it is, but it also can make it hard to find what you are after as there is so many real estate listings to search through.

    In terms of choosing a suburb, as you already live in Hobart I would suggest starting to spend a little time in the suburbs that initially appeal to you. Check out the shops, eat in the cafes and go for walks in the area. Visit the suburbs during the week, weekends and day and night if you can.

    Without knowing your budget and what you need in a house it is hard to recommend suburbs that may suit you.

    As well as helping people buy or rent a house when they first move to Tasmania we also undertake house searches for anyone who already lives here. So if you would like some more specific advice then please get in touch. I can help you sort through the market and find properties that suit what you need.

    [email protected]

  3. Caroline Boyle March 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Hi we are moving to tasmania in april2014 dont know if you can help on this site we are looking for short term rental furniture is needed until we buy a house does anyone know of places thanks

    • Jo March 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Caroline,

      Thanks for you comment and my apologies for not replying earlier.

      There are not a lot of rental furniture options in Tassie. The best bet is Mr Rental. The number of the local branch is (03) 6273 7071.

      All the best with your move. Please get in touch if you need help with anything else.

      [email protected]

  4. joe March 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    hi im joe looking to move to tassie from sydney dnt know were i want to live realestate is all great but dnt know wots a good area il have around $250000to $27000 cash to spend i dnt want to borrow any money i like to only wrk part time and maybe not work at all i like to be close to the water and city and i want a 4 or 5 bedroom house and is it expensive transporting furniture and things ? please help me as i have no idea it all looks cheap and very buitifull i want to settle

    • Jo April 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for your comment and questions.

      In terms of moving your belongings to Tasmania, see this post on the blog about that, as well as some recommendations.

      The budget you have will most likely mean not being in one of the main cities if you want a large house and close to the water. I suggest using and Google Maps in the first instance to try narrowing down where to live. Read this post and the second instalment as well for other ideas on how to best narrow down the location.

      If you would like for me to help with your individual circumstances, then I do provide a personal consultation service which you can read about here.


  5. Arin August 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the informative article.

    I am planning a move to Tasmania. I have a job on Launceston and my wife is looking for a position in Hobart. Where can we live between Hobart and Launceston that can make our commute easier? Is it common to travel daily for job from Hobart to Launceston?


    • Jo (Admin) August 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Hi Arin,

      Tasmania may look small, but it still can take a while to get around from one place to another. The travel time between Hobart and Launceston is about 2.5 hours. So that is certainly not something that people do every day.

      As far as living somewhere in the middle and each commuting in different directions – well it is possible, but again it is not something I have heard of people doing. However to find places, then look at Google Maps at places along the Midland Highway that are a little over an hour from each. Have a look at Oatlands and Ross – although both not quite in the middle and certainly not a drive I would want to do each day.

      More commonly when I have heard of a couple needing to live in each city, then they have a base in both and one of theme commutes back and forth for the weekend or long weekend if they can work at home for one day a week.

      Is there a reason your wife is not looking for work in or around Launceston? It may be worth trying to find work closer to Launceston first before trying this.


  6. Dave October 15, 2015 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Guys.
    We are a couple with a two yr old (currently living in Perth) and are very interested in a move to Tassie.
    We enjoy food n wine, and really crave a semi rural lifestyle.
    Ideally 10 acres of land to raise more kids.
    A decent school is important as is having decent internet.

    Any ideas where to start looking??!!


    • Darren September 12, 2017 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Gday Dave. Did you guys end up moving to Tassie? I have an 8 year old and keen to do the same. Interested in your experience. Cheers Darren

      • Jane T September 27, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

        Me too! I have two boys 8 and 10 and am wanting to move to Tassie for a slower paced life and less stress and traffic than Melbourne.
        Would ideally like to be not more than 30 mins away from either Hobart or Launceston, on the water, with a good sized block. Local footy for the boys to play, good primary school and lovely community… please offer areas you think suitable to live ( will rent first then buy)
        Thanks so much

  7. Sam January 5, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Hello to you all, as we moved to Tasmania over 3 years ago, I thought I would share some of our 3 year experiences of living in the largest town on the North East Coast of Tasmania.

    ‘GREAT place… shame about the people!’ I’m referring to the people that basically use Tasmania as a refuge, from their own individual problems on the ‘main-land’, bringing along their problems/baggage/illnesses to these picturesque towns.

    Mental illness, is RIFE in the North East Coast, possibly in other area’s also.

    My wife worked in the health sector on the North East Coast, and was constantly bombarded with people, (some quite mentally dangerous), moving to the area with either – depression, anxiety, bi-polar, schizophrenia, etc…. you name it! All with the same story “I moved here as I’m suffering blah blah blah’.

    Gladly, we moved on, back to the ‘main-land’ as they called it, and never looked back. 3 years of our lives we will never get back.

    Tasmania was nice to visit as a tourist, but to move here, the negatives certainly outweighed the positives.

    • Jo (Admin) January 5, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Hi Sam,

      I am sorry to hear that the move didn’t work out for you. I hope you are happy back on the mainland now.


    • Jay September 8, 2016 at 12:12 am - Reply

      This is for Sam

      Hi Sam. We moved here 10 months ago from the central coast in nsw to Launceston tas. We feel like we are in a warped place as the people here do not talk to you they only seem to stare. Its so bloody weird. I have started to notice that many, almost all do suffer some sort of mental problem. Can I ask if you ever made friends here? We are thinking of moving to Melbourne as we just can’t seem to fit in here. Although Melbourne worries me with all the crime there.

  8. Mia February 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Hi we currently live in WA and love the look of Tassie. So New Zealand like.
    We love the ocean, rivers lakes and the country. We dont mind anything within a 20-30 min drive of major towns. Schooling eapecially a great high school is important with music and sports.

    Looking for properties cheapish around the $180k-$260k.

    Do you have any suggestions on beautiful little towns or places?


  9. Michelle February 5, 2016 at 7:23 am - Reply

    His jo,
    Just wondering if you had any advice for us. We are a family of 5, our kids are 7,4 and 18 months. We are going for a 189 pr visa and looking at Tasmania as a possibility. My husband is an electrician and I work in accounts. I was wondering what the job market re electricians was like there. And also any advice what areas to start looking at?? Thanks
    Michelle x

  10. Hayley February 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Hi Jo,
    My partner and I are looking at relocating to Tasmania from WA in the near future. We are focussing on the Launceston area with likelihood of working there.
    We don’t mind a commute of up to about 30 minutes max and would like to know which suburbs are the safest to live in?
    Thank you!

    • Jo (Admin) February 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Hayley,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We are unable to respond to specific questions about your move, as that is a service that is exclusive to members and clients of our relocation services.

      To answer your specific questions about your move to Tasmania, we have a few options for you

      1. Use the search feature on the blog to find a wealth of information to help you
      2. Become a Move to Tasmania Member and receive all the benefits, including access to a member’s forum where you can have your questions answered. Read more about member benefits.
      3. Purchase a Personal Planning Consultation, for individual help from me.

      We hope that the blog and other service we offer can help you with your move to Tasmania.


  11. rowena May 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    hi JO, my husband and i are thinking of moving to tasmania in the next 18 months. probably no more than 45 mins from hobart. He loves to surf and i want to have some land to life more sustainably. we have 3 children 6,5 and 3 so schools would be necessary.
    do you have any suggestion for suburbs/towns that would suit the surfer and the farmer

  12. Rebecca June 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Hi Jo, We moved to a small town in the North East region around 2 and a half years ago. I agree with Sam that mental illness and a “poor me” attitude certainly exists here, along with its dangers and arrogance & ignorance. Unfriendliness and suspicion have played a major part in our feeling isolated. When we move (as soon as possible) we are really keen to hear from anyone who has encountered an area of Tassie where the locals are inclusive and friendly! We just can’t afford to make the same mistake twice. It really becomes hard to look at as other than time lost out of your life. But positivity to the fore – research should make a difference.

    • Krissy October 18, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Hi Rebecca,

      Did you find a nicer area that you can recommend. Tassie is on our dream list to buy, we would love some recommendations for and against where to go,

  13. Chris Tare August 13, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Jo, we are planning to move to Tassy within the next 4 months. We are unsure where to live so are coming over in September to look at real estate. We are moving from SA. We have looked at some properties on the net at wonder what Fingal is like and whether there is Drs hospitals,shops etc nearby. We are planning to downsize and retire somewhere pleasant in Tassy but not south or north west. Can you give us an idea of what are the “better” suburbs to look at. As we are at that age we would like somewhere quiet but the people are friendly. Thanking you, Chris. Ps. Your guide to moving there is most informative- thank you so much!!!

  14. libby anderson February 6, 2017 at 4:25 am - Reply

    We currently live in France and will probably have to leave through the politics of this country and brexit. All our family are in Aus but spread from Cairns to Melbourne. We are elderly and haven’t lived in Aus for 13 years and have never been to Tassie. Our budget to buy would be up to $300000 and/or rent. I love the description of Huon valley but we would need to be able to use transport. We enjoy an excellent health service in France and are concerned about the aus setup as we remember it cost a lot for prescriptions before reaching the safety net level . It’s swings and roundabouts we know but before we take such a drastic step any info would be appreciated. What other areas could you suggest please.

  15. Allan February 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I lived in Hobart about 25 yrs ago and found it friendly but a little class conscious compared to the mainland.
    Things no doubt have changed.
    I’m considering moving there in 5 years time to the St Helens area and would appreciate some feedback fro people who have visited or lived in or near this area.
    Positive and negative comments please.

  16. Peter Finch July 18, 2017 at 1:28 am - Reply

    My Name is Peter & Im an Artist. Would love to get some info on anything to do with Contemporary Art in Tasmania especially sculpture. Are there any Fine Art Casting Foundries ? . Will be moving to Tasmania in the next 12 months heard theres a good little Arts community around Cygnet .
    Will buy land 20-80 acres where i can build, preferably around Huonville Cygnet or any other place thats no more than 45min out of Hobart and (if it had a stone cottage on it my dreams would come true). If anyone knows some good places let me know

  17. Robert August 9, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    I think Hobart is a best Place for living in Tasmania.

  18. Ben September 29, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

    The commute times have certainly caught up with the mainland now since this was written and property prices have climbed. It’s taking me 45 to 60minutes to get to work in a place that used to be a 20minute drive. The hospital is in a constant state of bed block with ambulance ramping too.

  19. Andrea October 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Does any one know about the area around Woodsdale in Tassy. I cant really find any info weather the place is nice and safe

    • Kathleen December 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Andrea,
      At Woodsdale there are about 20 houses spread out over about 60km2. It’s definitely not a town…not even a village. Just farms spread out through the valley. I don’t think you could get safer if you tried. Lovely farming country too.

  20. Mike March 15, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply


    If I was to move my family and factory to Tassie where would I best be situated for the most cost effective freight back to the mainland Australia and I also export to 35 international countries as well so would need to consider international air freight and sea cargo.


    • Jo (Admin) March 17, 2018 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Mike,

      I am sorry, but I don’t have experience in this side of things, other than knowing that Bass Strait is an expensive piece of water. I would suggest asking your current freight companies for assistance in comparing what you pay now to what you may pay from various locations in Tasmania.


    • Oliver April 14, 2018 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Main container port is Burnie, but some goes from Bell Bay/George Town which is the port for Launceston. For air freight, I would imagine Launceston might be best with many flights including jets and small planes. Tassie has no international flights so either way will need to connect in Melbourne or Sydney.

  21. linda March 18, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    my mum 82 lives in Tasmania and she is looking to move to a place where she can retire to, where she can make friends and have all amenities close at hand, she doesn’t like the sound of retirement villages, due to the high capital cost they take from her property once she vacates. we live in QLD, and if you were going to retire here you’d choose tweed heads as it has everything a retiree would want so close, bowls clubs, shopping, entertainment etc for the elderly. can you tell me if their is a similar suburb in Tasmania where most retirees like to retire to?

    Kind Regrds

  22. Jo April 8, 2018 at 9:40 am - Reply

    For Linda … in Launceston two such areas are Kings Meadows and Prospect vale … sounds like your description and full of retirees from the mainland, especially Qld and WA.

  23. Liz Jeffery April 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Any advice would be welcome, we are looking to move to Ulverstone not too big not too small and near the water, but we just saw pictures and reviews on St. Helens. For a seafood lover like myself this sounds like heaven. My hubby would still need to work . Any thoughts or suggestions are most welcome

  24. Susan Cardwell June 11, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Jo,
    Trying to find where the best climate in Tassie. I love it there, is St Helens the most mild climate
    Moving from Brisbane

    • Jo (Admin) June 19, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Hi Susan,

      That is a tricky question. Best for some will not be best for others! I suggest being on the coast, rather than inland, for winters that are less cold. You will still have cold winters wherever you go – especially compared with Queensland. From there I would base your decision on other factors to choose between locations as the weather will be similar and have pros and cons between places. St Helens is lovely and will have a reasonably good summer too.


  25. Warren July 17, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Hi Jo,

    I and my partner is planning to move within this year in TAS. She is a registered nurse and currently working in a retirement village, would you happened to know if which part of TAS has many options for a job in a retirement village? We are moving from New Zealand, is that true that TAS is similar to Queenstown, NZ? thank you in advance.

    Have a good one.


    • Jo (Admin) July 25, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Warren,

      My apologies for the delay in replying.

      For any type of work, including in retirement villages, there will be more opportunities if you stick within reach of Hobart and Launceston.

      Tasmania only has a population of just over half a million, with Hobart 210K and Greater Launceston about 100K. Therefore all areas are relatively small. If you want to be close to a main city to increase work options, you can still achieve a variety of lifestyles and be within 30-45 minutes if you want to look at a semi-rural option. Particularly in Launceston, you can have a bit of space around you not far from the city.

      There are more posts on the blog here that will help you if you use the menu to look up the Where to Live category.

      Also, our Move to Tasmania Membership includes a lot more information including videos where I talk through options and pros and cons of different areas. Plus the forum to ask for further advice.

      I hope this helps.


      • Warren August 21, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

        Hi Jo,

        Thanks a lot. Big help! 🙂

  26. Jill August 17, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    How humid is it in Tas as I live in Queensland is very humid

    • Jo (Admin) August 18, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Hi Jill,

      You will find it a lot less humid in Tasmania. Over summer, when we get a string of hot days it tends to cool at night, so the long sleepless nights are not too common. Overall you would find the weather a lot cooler than you are used to, which I find is a reason than some people make the move from Queensland.


  27. Ros August 28, 2018 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Wow – Sam
    So nice to hear that you and your health care professional wife have so much empathy for those in need..maybe she should look for other work. Very sad

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