The Cities, Towns and Regions of Tasmania

Ben Lomond Range | Tourism Tasmania | Ray Joyce

Ben Lomond Range | Tourism Tasmania | Ray Joyce

We are often asked for help when people are trying to work out where to move to in Tasmania. The information below gives you a starting point to read about what each region of Tassie can offer.

Tasmania is generally divided into three main regions – the South (includes Hobart, the capital of Tasmania), the North (includes Launceston) and the Northwest, which includes the regional cities of Devonport and Burnie. Other beautiful but less populated parts of Tasmania are the East Coast and the Western Wilderness. The East often gets split between the north and south regions in official statistics and the like and the West is included in the North-West Region.

 The population of the largest cities is around 216,000 in Hobart, 90,000 in Launceston, 20,000 in Burnie and 25,000 in Devonport.

Aside from the main regional centres there are many small towns in all parts of Tasmania that offer good facilities along with a rural lifestyle.

Deciding where to live in Tasmania will of course depend on your individual circumstances. If you are moving with the intention of finding work, then proximity to the larger cities would make most sense. You can still achieve a semi-rural life not too far away if you like, but that may then increase your travel time to work. In Tassie terms, thirty minutes is considered a long commute.

If you are planning to retire to Tasmania, there is bound to be a perfect spot for you to enjoy. Instead of travel time to work, you may be more concerned about how to get to the nearest beach, golf course or winery. You will find all you need on the pages in the Discover Tassie menu above.

 

Find information about each region of Tasmania

Discover Tasmania

This is the official site for Tourism Tasmania and includes a comprehensive section on each of the Tasmanian regions.

 

Hobart Travel and Information Centre

Visit the website or the centre for information on where to stay and what to do in Hobart and the southern region. The centre also provides information for the other regions of Tasmania.

 

Launceston Travel and Information Centre

Visit the website or the centre for information on where to stay and what to do in Launceston and the northern region. The centre also provides information for the other regions of Tasmania.

 

The North West Coast

Town information, what to do and where to stay on the North West Coast of Tasmania.

 

Tasmania’s Western Wilderness

Town information, what to do and where to stay in the Western Wilderness of  Tasmania.

 

Burnie Travel and Information Centre

Visit the website or the centre for information on where to stay and what to do in Burnie and the north-west region. The centre also provides information for the other regions of Tasmania.

 

Devonport Visitor Information Centre

Visit the website or the centre for information on where to stay and what to do in Devonport and the north-west region. The centre also provides information for the other regions of Tasmania.

 

The local council of an area is also a great place to find information. An earlier post on this blog lists each of the council websites (there are a lot!) and shows a map of the council areas.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Mike June 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    My wife and I will be heading for northern Tasmania early in the new year. We decided on the Tamar region (particularly the east, but the western side’s nice, too) for several reasons. The overriding one is the price/value equation for real estate, with prices much more reasonable than say, the Devonport area, yet with the prospect of “water glimpses” if not outright “water views” or even waterfront. Also, apart from windy conditions, the N/NE doesn’t experience the temperature extremes one can experience further south- with some very hot days in summer and frosts in winter. The Tamar mouth across to the east receives the highest insolation in Tasmania, yet if one remains close to the coast, there are few frosts and temps very rarely exceeding 30C. Of course, employment, or lack thereof, is an issue in the north so I’m lucky to be retiring, and free of that issue.

  2. Henry Ukwuoma December 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I’m Henry. I’m seeking to get into the University of Tasmania in Hobert. I’m open for opinions and where to live considering the distance, cost and all. Looking forward to your reply via my email: [email protected]. Thanks

    • Jo (Admin) December 12, 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Henry,

      Thanks for stopping by the blog! The answer to your question does depend on quite a few variables, mainly the type and size of property and your ideal budget. I suggest you start looking at what types of places are available on realestate.com.au in a few different suburbs and see how that matches your budget. You may find you need to head further from the Uni to meet your budget.

      Start with Sandy Bay, Dynnyrne, West Hobart, South Hobart, Hobart, North Hobart, Glebe – all places within a fairly easy distance from the Uni and the city.

      For the next group of suburbs further away in each direction, try New Town, Taroona, Bellerive, Lindisfarne.

      That should be a good start.

      Jo

  3. Lizzy J December 24, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Hi seeking some advice for destinations to move to with a young family. Ideally looking for a location with a home sitting on a 700sq m plus block, within catchment of a great school and somewhere not too far from work opportunities (design & food industry respectively) Does this all exist LOL Would Hobart or Launceston region be a better bet to start with?

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