How to Move Your Belongings to Tasmania

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A question I get asked a lot is about the best way to get a household of goods from mainland Australia to Tasmania when moving to Tasmania.

Our business, Settled In, is not a moving company. We focus on finding you a home, schools and providing orientation information so you are quickly settled into Tassie. Of course to feel settled you do need your stuff around you.

From our own experience of moving home to Tasmania a couple of years ago and the experiences of some of our clients since, I can offer some advice.


Using a Moving Company

We used a Tasmanian based moving company – Bells Removals. We were very happy with their service and professionalism. I have also heard very good reports of Watkins Removals, another Tasmanian company.

I recommend getting at least two quotes and preferably more. Include quotes from Tasmanian companies as well as others you have experience with or have heard good things about. All the national carriers will do interstate moves. Remember to ask who will be delivering your goods as they may pass this task on to a local Tasmanian company. In which case I would check on the reputation of that company. Unloading is a key time when things can go wrong and goods can be easily damaged. In saying this though, there are likely to be some horror stories about most companies if you start Googling.

Now for some quotes. It will be expensive. Be prepared for a significant shock when you start to research the costs of moving your belongings across Bass Strait. It is an incredibly expensive stretch of water. We found the move from Melbourne to Hobart to be more expensive than previous moves from Melbourne to Perth and back.

Be prepared to negotiate. We have found that there is often room to move from the original quote. It doesn’t hurt to ask. We have always found quotes to vary quite significantly between companies which is a good reason to talk to a few removalists and to start negotiating on price and inclusions.

As an indicator, we paid just over $5,000 for relocation and an additional $1,100 to have the house packed for us. Our belongings took a little more than one container and from memory came to about 55 cubic metres. The cost to have the house packed, to us, was well worth it. The cost includes all packing materials which we would otherwise have bought plus two men packing up the house the day before the truck arrived. It is a luxury, but one which makes the whole relocation process so much easier. There was no need to be packing for days or weeks on end.



Home contents insurance does not apply when your belongings are in transit, so you will need to arrange transit insurance. The moving company will offer this as part of the quote you receive and there will be options for how to insure your goods and the level of excess you require.

You do not have to use the insurance policy offered by the moving company. You can insure your belongings through any other insurance company that offers transit insurance. It is worth comparing quotes and the terms of each policy.


Do it Yourself

I have had a couple of clients who have moved to Tasmania with just a car or van full of stuff – and in once case, just a couple of suitcases. Sometimes moving can be a wonderful opportunity to declutter to the extreme and only bring the essentials and things you love.

If you bring a vehicle full of your belongings, then the way to get here is overnight on The Spirit of Tasmania ferry. If you need to hire a large van or small truck for this purpose, be aware that not all hire companies will allow transport on the ferry to Tasmania. You will likely need to shop around to find a hire vehicle.


Have you moved to Tasmania recently and have an experience to share? How do you like to manage a house move?

If you need some help planning and executing your move to Tasmania then please get in touch for a no obligation chat and quote on our services.




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2016-12-10T16:54:24+00:00July 25th, 2013|Evergreen, Moving to Tasmania, Practical Info|138 Comments


  1. Carmen Carnegie July 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Hi, great advice. I have moved to Hobart recently and still have my personal belongings and furniture in Qld. I intend on packing a container and shipping it down, but we are having problems finding a rental which has room to unload the container. Most rentals in Hobart are either on a main road or on a hill. Do you have any ideas or alternatives to help? We want to be close to the CBD and have dogs. Cheers Carmen

    • Jo July 27, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Hi Carmen,

      Welcome to Hobart! Unfortunately renting with pets does immediately reduce the number of properties available to you. There is an earlier blog post about renting with pets, but it can be tricky as in Tasmania the agent/landlord is unable to legally charge an additional pet bond which then makes them less likely to accept pets if they have the option to choose between applicants.

      In terms of getting your stuff unloaded from a container, perhaps talk to one of the removalists listed in this post to ask if there are limitations and how they go about unloading if the location is difficult. I am sure they would have some way to manage this. Although potentially a more expensive way if it requires loading into small trucks first.

      My experience isn’t that most rentals are on main roads. Yes there will be some, but in most suburbs there will be rental options in many locations. Depending on the suburb though, you will get hills! If you are finding rentals mainly on the busy roads (which are likely cheaper than elsewhere in the same suburbs), then perhaps it would be worth widening your search to include other suburbs that may be slightly cheaper and allow you to find something in your budget in a quieter street.

      Please get in touch if you would like any assistance with your search. My home search services range from a personalised consultation to assist you in your search, through to undertaking the search for you.


    • Emma May 13, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      I wanted to move from Qld to Tassy mid September this year and wanted to know what hire truck companies I can take on the spirit. I don’t Sean to find any

  2. Sharon A May 21, 2014 at 11:57 am - Reply

    We are moving to Tasmania later this year and what an interesting move it will be! We are going to start a horse & carriage tourist business in Hobart and can’t wait to get down there. We’ve bought a block in Geeveston. We’ll be moving from Brisbane with a horse truck with 3 or 4 horses on board + all our pets as well as a car pulling a car trailer.

    Our furniture will be moved down by a removalist but we have lots of outside stuff that we think would be better moved in a shipping container. Do you know who I can contact that would ship a container from Brisbane to Hobart?

    • Jo May 22, 2014 at 8:52 am - Reply

      Hi Sharon,

      Wow, that sounds like a massive move! Your business sounds great, I hope everything goes well with that. I shall keep an eye out for it next summer.

      Re moving your additional things, the removalists will ship in a container so it will be worth getting quotes from several moving companies. Also, perhaps contact some freight companies who don’t do normal house moving and see what they say. Either way, and even for your household move, be aware that getting things across Bass Strait is super expensive. Brace yourself for the quotes I think.

      All the best and please let me know if you have any other questions.


      • Sharon A May 22, 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

        Thanks Jo for your super fast reply. Hopefully if all goes to plan, our business will start up on 25 January, 2015. We’ve already got a permit from Council to operate from a great spot right on Salamanca. However, before the move there is so much planning (and expense!) to go through.

        I’ve budgeted $20K for the move including our transport in the truck & car across Bass Strait. Do you think that is enough?

        • Jo June 2, 2014 at 9:31 am - Reply

          Hi Sharon,

          Sorry for my slow reply this time. Moving house and starting a renovation has distracted me!

          Re your moving costs, it is hard to say. I suggest getting 3 quotes, as in the past I have found they can vary significantly. Then negotiate and you can probably get them down a little. $20k sounds like it should be enough, but it also sounds like you have a complex move with all the animals.

          Also, have you looked at the quarantine requirements for Tasmania? Worth looking now re lead times etc.


          • Sharon A June 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

            Hi Jo,
            Thanks for your reply. The animals are coming with us so that shouldn’t add to the cost of the move, except for the Spirit of Tasmania where we’ll have a big truck plus a car with a 6m trailer. I’ve had plenty of moving experience as my ex-husband is a Coles Manager and we used to move every 18 months, mostly with just a week’s notice. Certainly I can say the best advice I could give anybody is to use a reliable firm who pack and unpack all your goods. It’s so worth it and it will save your sanity.

            I’ll keep in touch and let you know how this once in a lifetime move goes.

          • Jo June 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm

            Hi Sharon,

            We have used moving companies that do the packing for our last few moves and it is so worth it – plus not as expensive as you would imagine. We have just moved within Hobart and the cost to pack (over and above the cost for them to supply packing materials) was about $600. Definitely saved us a heap of time and hassle.

            All the best with organising everything. It sounds like you are pretty organised.


  3. Mike June 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    My wife and I are moving to Tassie early next year. I’m entitled to a move on retirement as I serve in the outback, but at this stage it looks like they’ll only get me to East coast (Melbourne, presumably as the difference in costs between there and Sydney, from outback WA, would be minimal). The cost of moving 2 or 3 containers from Melbourne to Tasmania is looking scary! I’ll certainly be looking at a “cleanout” session to get back to 2 containers if I have to pay for the crossing myself. It would be ironic, after moving around Australia for 40 years, including to NT and offshore islands, to have to pay for some of my removal myself.

  4. Fran June 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Hi – I’m shortly to move to Hobart for work. The Uni is paying my carriage etc, so I’m pretty lucky. My query relates to my vehicle which I’ll be taking over on the Spirit. They recommend comprehensive Allianz insurance, but that doesn’t appear to include insuring my car against damage. The TT-line insurance doc contains all sorts of language that seems to indicate it is not liable for any damage incurred to the car. Have you any ideas/thoughts on this? I should probably contact my car insurer, but thought I’d ask you in any case – this is a lovely site you’ve set up. Cheers Fran

    • Jo July 9, 2014 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Hi Fran,

      We have travelled on the Spirit many times and to be honest have never thought about insurance… I would call your insurance company to see what they say.

      All the best with your move. Very exciting!


  5. Mike June 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Interesting point you’ve raised, Fran. I’ve been on the ferry twice with my car and never thought about what cover I had when onboard! Technically, the ferry is part of “Highway One” but the insurance companies might not see it quite like that. I’ve shipped cars to/from islands before, not drive on/off, and in that case one had to take out special marine insurance. Good luck with the Uni (I assume UTAS!) I’m a student there, distance at the moment.

  6. Wendy December 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Can anyone recommend a good removalist company to take our possessions from Byron Bay to Launceston, there are so many companies advertising themselves as being the best, but the price differences are quote wide, would love to use a company with a good reputation, thanks

    • Mike T December 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Wendy, my sister is moving to Tassie in late February (about two weeks before we do) and has paid around $5000 for a container which will be delivered to her place in Sydney (well, actually my niece’s place, my sister’s Sydney place has been sold), she has it for a month, she packs it herself, they pick it up and deliver it to her place in Tasmania, which she has already bought. Obviously, she has had to be pretty savage with her furniture and effects to get it down to one container, but she also has a granny flat at my niece’s place. In my case my employer will pay for my final move on retirement, all the way to Tassie now, which is great news as we will have three containers’ worth. I can find out the name of the company if this option is attractive to you.

      • Shez January 11, 2015 at 10:18 pm - Reply

        Can you please advise the name of the company as we are looking at moving to Tas in a few months and have two shipping containers to move.

        • Mike T January 21, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

          Shez, the company my sister used is called Anglia Containers. She thought they were based in Bathurst, NSW. For $4000 they delivered the empty container last Friday, with help, she packed it over the weekend and they picked it up Monday morning, promising to deliver it Friday 23rd. She is flying down for the long weekend to unpack it although not finally moving to Tassie until late Feb. I understand, although I could be wrong, that Anglia allow a maximum of 4 weeks from delivery of container to uplift location to pickup after unpacking at set-down location.

      • Nathahn W May 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

        Can you share the details of the shipping company. I live in metro Sydney and currently seeking to make the move over the next 12 months.


    • Jackie January 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Hi I’m interested to find out how you wwent as I’m doing the same move ! Did you go with a Tassi company or northern Nsw company ?

  7. Peter January 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Very helpful thank you.
    We are moving to Northern Tassie in late 2015.
    Im waiting on quotes but think the trailer on a B Double would take our things, which includes colonial cedar furniture. It sounds like we can expect to pay at least $10,000 which seems extraordinarily expensive even in 2015. Cant wait to get out of the Gold (Lead?) Coast to the good life in Tassie.

  8. William January 21, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

    I’m looking at moving to Tasmania in mid 2015 – I’ve had enough of Sydney and would ideally prefer to live 20 – 45 minutes outside of Hobart, so a semi-rural style of home.
    No big budget to buy, I’ve been looking in the up to $150k range so that I’m mortgage free, as I only have 8 years to work before retirement.
    Can anyone suggest some nice areas to start searching and possibly, areas that I should avoid.

    • Jo January 21, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Hi William,

      Welcome to our blog! Congrats on the big decision to make the move to Tassie.

      Your budget is tight for areas near Hobart, however there will be some options further out – which is what you want. I would suggest that the Huon Valley is probably out of budget, however the Derwent Valley (New Norfolk and surrounding areas) could be an option. Have a look at Google Maps at areas near there and perhaps over to Molesworth, Collinsville and up to the rural areas just beyond Bridgewater and Brighton. The areas of Bridgeater, Brighton and Gagebrook aren’t the best, so a little out from there probably better.

      If you would like more help with your search then please email me at [email protected]. Our personal consultation service may be a good way for me to help you narrow down the locations more. See details of that service.

      All the best with your move and please contact me if you need any help.


      • William January 22, 2015 at 7:23 am - Reply

        Thanks for the info Jo – much appreciated.
        I can see what you mean with the suburbs to avoid. I found a website and the suburb ratings sais it all.
        I’m also looking at Queenstown and now George Town thanks to Mike T. Do you have any suggestions on these areas.

        Thanks again

        • Mike T January 22, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

          I missed your second comment, William. Glad you’re thinking of George Town, I think it’s one of Tassie’s “hidden gems”, especially if you’re on a tight budget. With regard to Queenstown, it’s a nice town, with spectacular countryside, and not too far to the coast at Strahan, but be aware that the west coast of Tassie is VERY wet, and that area can have days on end of dreary weather. QT was always quite cheap as far as housing goes, with some charming cottages to be had, and it has probably become even cheaper with the closure of the local mine.

    • Mike T January 21, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

      As Jo has suggested, William, your budget is quite tight for areas around Hobart, and there are areas that are relatively cheap but which should be avoided, as Jo has outlined. You have picked a good time to move to Tassie as the real estate market is flat, indeed prices are falling in some areas. We are moving to George Town next month (well, starting to move, we won’t arrive until March πŸ™‚ ) and there are many houses under your budget there but of course that is opposite end of the island from where you want to settle. We already have a house in GT but it’s too small for our needs so we’ll be looking for a bigger house, with a budget not a lot over yours (then we will sell our existing house, for somewhat less than we paid for it 5 years ago, no doubt!).

      • William January 22, 2015 at 7:31 am - Reply

        Thanks Mike,
        GT looks quite nice and affordable.
        Can I ask what attracted you to this part of TAS ? and how long is the drive down to Hobart.
        I’m a carpenter by trade so the “renovator delights” are probably my best options – you know, lousy house in a good area scenario.

        Thanks again Mike


        • Mike T January 22, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

          Yes William, GT is quite cheap. Part of the reason is that a lot of the housing stock is ex-Housing Commission. Our current house is one such too, although we were lucky enough to get a brick version. We bought 5 years ago after a visit to Tassie, although strangely enough, we didn’t get to George Town! My wife is enamoured of water views and GT is one of the few places left in Tasmania where relatively cheap houses can be found that have water views. GT has a decent-sized hospital, a large medical practice, and a Woolies. Other small towns on the western side of the river have to make do with IGAs. Beauty Point is one such place, otherwise there are some bargains to be found there, as with Beaconsfield (which is a few kms from the river). GT is around half an hour from Launceston, and Launy is about 2.5 hrs from Hobart. The East Tamar Highway is a great road, it had millions spent on it in anticipation of the Pulp Mill at Bell Bay (which is just south of GT) going ahead, which of course didn’t. Travel time in Tasmania is of course dependent on weather, and how quickly traffic is moving, along with what part of Hobart one is heading for since it’s so spread out, if coming in from the north. My son, who is in Sydney, is also contemplating a move to Tasmania. He is a shopfitter.

        • Mike T January 22, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

          I might add too, William, that George Town doesn’t get any hot weather. When it’s 45 degrees in Melbourne with northerly winds, the air is cooled by Bass Strait, so northern towns stay relatively cool. George Town has never been hotter than 29.5C (well, the readings are done at nearby Low Head and have been since 1877) while Devonport has been up to 33.5C. In northerlies, the air continues over the Midlands, warming up, and can be be up to high 30s and even low 40s by the time it gets to Hobart and the east coast. For gardening, frosts are also rare in GT although this would change rapidly away from the coast. There are some very cheap villages within an hour or so of Launceston, but they would of course lack some amenities and the roads tend to be quite windy and slow, especially if one is caught behind a logging jigger!

          • William January 22, 2015 at 10:45 am

            Thanks for all the fantastic info Mike – really appreciate it !.
            I think I’ve narrowed my search to either George Town as recommended by you, or New Norfolk near Hobart.
            They both seam to offer what I’m after – reasonably close to some water for fishing or cooling off on a hot day, semi rural and within an hour of a good size town without the worry of the reports I read on Bridgewater etc.
            My son is a shopfitter as well. He moved to Vancouver Canada about 11 years ago – I would move there given half the chance however, my age was against me.
            I’ll be heading down to TAS for the Easter weekend to buy a house, unless I buy without looking due to something special coming up on the web.
            Again, thanks enormously for your assistance Mike.

          • Jo January 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

            That’s great William. It will be good to focus your thinking now on just a couple of areas and then you can suss each out a little more.
            Thanks Mike for all the inside info on George Town. It sounds like you may get a new neighbour!

          • Yves June 8, 2018 at 5:14 pm

            Hi guys, had a rental property in George Town, it used to be a Housing Commission area, but lots houses are privately owned these days. We bought a bloc of land at Low Head and we will be building our retirement abode there REALLY soon, love the place!
            Cheers to you all.

        • Mike T January 22, 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply

          No problem, William, glad to be of assistance. I extol the virtues of Tasmania whenever I can πŸ™‚ I currently live in the Gascoyne region of WA- the max hit 48 Celcius on Tuesday and a few people rang my office to talk about it… one lady even said “we’re over the heat and might look at Tasmania”. To retire, of course. New Norfolk would be a good choice- nice area with good facilities and close to Hobart if you need to be for work. Work opportunities aren’t fantastic around George Town although there are lots of towns within an hour’s drive, including of course Launceston.

          • William January 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

            Thanks again Mike and Jo.
            48c is just too hot for me, we had 47c in January 2007 in Sydney and what I remember most, there was hardly a tree, shrub or plant anywhere to be found with leaves. They all grew back within a month or so.
            Yes, I think TAS has a lot to offer for someone retiring or getting near that age. I thought of areas such as Forster, Port Macquarie & Coffs Harbour like most NSW people do but, there’s nothing to do except go bowling. I enjoy a game, but jumping in the 4 x 4 exploring TAS sounds more interesting – when not working on the “renovators delight” I intend on buying.
            Anyway, when I’m down in TAS at Easter or there permanently mid 2015, I’ll jump back on this site and catch up with you and Jo.

            Thanks again Mike


  9. Sandy Bennett February 8, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

    What an informative little blog you have here.Thank you! I plan on moving back to Tassie hopefully later this year when I sell my house. Presently I have been searching out Moving costs! What a nightmare!! I have less than a 20 ft Container of household effects, I have had an agonizing heart-stopping clean-out, and the quotes start at $10,000 plus $400 per month for Storage plus $1,300 to reload & deliver plus $1,300 to fly 2 dogs and then $25 per day each for Boarding Kennels. I am just out of Maryborough in QLD, when I moved here from Tassie west coast 6 years ago, from a 6 bedroom B&B, it cost $3,200. thanks to the mover’s unloading methods I would not use him again. I worked out 2 Utes with 2 trailers would move the lot!
    There is a Truck Ferry from Melbourne via King Island to Burnie, does anyone have any info on that service, please?

    • Mike T February 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Sandy, as suggested in comments above, my sister is also moving to Tasmania, in fact she has completed the move apart from the final drive down from Sydney. She used Anglia Containers (Google it, they have a web page, I suspect the Spambot may block links, if not my whole post!). For $4000 they delivered the container for loading in Sydney on a Friday, picked it up again on the following Monday, and delivered it to my sister’s place near Devonport by the Friday. My sister flew down, having organised two local removalists to assist for two hours (they were on time, and very efficient) to help unload the container. Presumably, Anglia returned later to take away the empty container. I am moving to Tassie myself shortly, from outback WA and will have 3 containers, but paid for by employer. I had a major shock yesterday, contacting TT-Line about paint etc that removalists won’t pack- I usually load these goods in my box trailer for moves but none of it is allowed onboard. So if I can’t freight it by courier as Dangerous Goods I will be giving it away (bizarrely, this includes water-based paints). I have no experience of the Truck Ferry, but would imagine the attention given to Dangerous Goods would be similar. I can’t imagine it would be cheap- merely adding a box trailer to my ferry booking increased the cost by around $400, and we’re crossing on a “cheap” night πŸ™‚ It’s cheaper, I suspect, for two people who are sharing a cabin to travel with two cars compared to car and trailer.

    • William February 8, 2015 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Sandy,
      Yes, this blog is very informative and Mike T has certainly provided me and others with some invaluable and very helpful information. (thanks again Mike !).
      I ended up buying a block of land in Beauty Point just near the water (off the web) and plan on having a combined Colorbond garage/1 bed studio built with electricity, water and septic connected before I move down. Cost is approx. $15K. From there, I’ll build a 3 bedroom steel frame house myself. All up cost is $65k land, $15k garage/studio and $80k for the house – $160k, so, almost right on budget for me and all brand new.
      With regard to removalists and containers, it is expensive, so what I decided and have started doing is selling everything on eBay, Gumtree etc. – you would be amazed what people will pay. I’ve already sold $6800 worth of worthless clutter and plan on selling everything and I mean everything except those precious belongings and the laptop and they must fit in the car for the one trip down. I made this decision because, no matter how good $4000 – $7500 for a 20 cubic metre container sounds (plus $500 each end for assistance and packaging material) lets say $5000 from Sydney, that’s $250 per cubic metre. To put that in to perspective, that $600 4 seater outdoor setting and table is 1.5 c/m or $375 to take with you, the average $2000 two door fridge is 1.8 c/m or $450 to take with you and the list goes on. If you add the per cubic metre rate on top of what you could sell it for, you soon see that brand new items in Tasmania may be a better option – i.e.; I’ll order ahead on the new bed and fridge so they arrive later the same day that I arrive. With regard to pets, both of mine get the front seat and floor down to the ferry (with many stops), then kennelled on board the ship, then a short trip to Beauty Point.
      Anyway, I hope your move goes well.

  10. Wendy February 8, 2015 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I found a great local (Launceston) removalist company Atkins Removals who are based in Launceston and they are well priced and so easy to deal with, I don’t have a container load’s worth but they are still picking it up for me for a great price $1,800 from Byron Bay to the Tamar Valley, just outside Launceston. Could not be happier with their service and ease to deal with, just thought I would throw that in after reading some of the above posts. We are also divesting ourselves of stuff which can be easily purchased new or s/h on the island, why pay $400 to move a $200 fridge as an example, use eBay and Gumtree, feels good to get rid of unwanted stuff for $$$

    • Rosy October 24, 2015 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Wendy,
      How did your move go with this company? We are looking to move next year from Brisbane.

  11. Mike T February 9, 2015 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Rereading Sandy’s post, it seems he can fit everything in two utes with trailers, which is a pretty good option, whether on the Truck Ferry or the Spirit of Tasmania. I’m a bit confused about the freight cost for the animals though, as one would assume they could go in the vehicles and into the kennels for the crossing (on TT-Line at least). We were urged to purchase kennel space even though we are travelling with birds (and birds take the largest kennels because they are in cages) but the bulk of our birds will stay in the car. The kennel deck is at least well-ventilated and of course we will be directed there. I had to sign an indemnity form for the birds who’ll remain in the car. I did tell them there’d not be enough kennels for all our birds….
    I’m thrilled that you found a block in Beauty Point, William! We can wave to each other across the river but alas it’s something 40km away by road πŸ™‚ I looked up recent sales in BP but yours might not be up yet- the last block sold, in January, already has a studio garage so doesn’t fit your description.
    Your points regarding selling stuff off rather than freight it makes a lot of sense, William. As a (soon to be former) public servant I’ve shifted all over Oz, but paid for by my employer. Thankfully this also includes my final move (only because I have served in remote localities, and moving from one). I have been stationed on remote islands and one’s own large items- beds, whitegoods, lounges etc go to store and they supply these items, because the cost of moving one officer’s fridge in then the other’s out will pay for a new fridge on the island. Mind you, they are costly, so are expected to last for 20 years! I’m thankful that the move is being covered (including second car) because I’m a terrible bowerbird with multiple hobbies and years of accumulated junk… sorry, stuff πŸ™‚
    Good luck with the move, William (and Sandy, too!) maybe we can catch up for a beer later in the year.

  12. William February 9, 2015 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Hi Mike,
    I guess you would accumulate a fair bit of gear in your travels/occupation.
    I’m not entirely sure you can leave pets in the car, birds would probably be ok if they allow it however, my mutt is 8 and the cat 16, so a bit of 5 star kennelling in their late life is well deserved.
    The property I bought was a private sale through a referral, so no listing. The garage/studio is something I’m arranging to be built before I get there – its basically a tin shed of 60 sq/m, double garage with single entry door but half is partitioned as a studio with the bare necessities.
    Selling everything is a tuff decision, but as most of my gear is 6-8 years old, its not going to last much longer – unlike my dads fridge that lasted 43 years – they just don’t make things to last nowadays. Most of the worthless clutter I’ve sold is from the garage – tools, cabinets, benches, bar fridges, spare lounge and endless sports/gym equipment that’s years old, plus the two spare bedrooms lot of furniture. I’m starting on linen, crockery and pots and pans next. I’ve donated 22 bags of clothing/shoes etc. to the Salvo’s as well.
    Its actually quite refreshing just letting go of it all knowing that what you buy next will be new, what you want and no memories.
    Good luck with your move Mike (and Sandy) – I’ll be down permanently mid this year and a beer sounds great.

    • Dave February 11, 2015 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      On the Spirit of Tasmania, they cannot force you to kennel your pet. Leave your check in onto the ship as late as you can (30-45 minutes before departure) and your vehicle will end up on the same level as the kennels anyway. Once booked my dog into the kennel and will not do it again. Wouldnt call the kennels 5 star. He wouldnt go back in on the return trip, but has been more than happy to crash in the car for other trips (show me a dog who hates cruising in a car). The kennels are not big enough for medium-larger dogs and they end up saturated in their own urine. He always managed to hang on in the car.

      • Dave February 11, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

        Make sure that your pets have certificates for quarantine purposes…current vacination papers and dogs require recent treatment for tapeworm. VERY necessary as the checks are not done prior to boarding, but carried out in Devonport….could be a costly mistake…do your homework


        • Jo February 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply


          Yes, Dave is right about checking the quarantine requirements. That applies to any animals. Some are allowed freely, some with treatments and some not at all.

          We have a free ebook you can download about moving your pets to Tassie – see to download. This includes links to the current quarantine rules for animals. When you go there it also has info on quarantine for other things, so worth checking out for some things you may put in your container.


          • Mike T February 11, 2015 at 11:34 pm

            We’re bringing birds to Tassie and there are some hoops to jump through. We’ve even had to rehome one as the species isn’t allowed to be imported. The kenneling on the Princess was an issue for us too- TT-Line couldn’t guarantee proper ventilation if if we left the birds in the car, so we as that will put us near the kennels, and presumably, some ventilation. All our birds wouldn’t fit into kennels anyway. Some are designed to fit small dogs or cats, not a birdcage. We had to sign an indemnity for the bird which will remain in the car.

          • Jo (Admin) February 12, 2015 at 10:15 am

            I imagine the TT-Line is more anxious about pets left in cars since there was an incident a while ago where two dogs died overnight in the car. I am unsure now what the cause was, but they were reported as saying they didn’t know they had been left in the car. – Jo

  13. Mike T February 12, 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I’m sure the death of two dogs left in a car would have caused some consternation, Jo. I spoke to TT-Line at some length on the issue- the upshot was, I should purchase kennel space for the birds so that our car would be placed nearby- the kennel deck has better ventilation than other decks. It may have been that because the travellers who lost the dogs didn’t notify TT-Line or purchase kennel space, they were directed to a deck with poor ventilation, possibly even noxious fumes such as diesel exhaust. TT-Line insist on an indemnity for animals not placed in kennels (as I have noted previously, birds are a problem because they are in cages, and there are few kennels large enough). Travellers who have purchased kennels get a label to hang off their rear-vision mirror on check-in, so that loading staff can direct them to the appropriate deck. I do wonder what would happen if the particular sailing had more animals needing kennels than could be accommodated in the available space- there are apparently only 10 kennels per side, on a single deck.

  14. Sandy Bennett February 12, 2015 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Sorry it has taken me a few days to get back to this blog as I must thank all of you for your info, it is great!
    It is beginning to sound like I may have some friend when I arrive in Tassie.
    Moving is the nightmare for me at any time, hopefully this will be my last ! I am looking into all the suggestions offered and can’t thank you all enough.
    I was thinking of flying the 2 dogs down as I am not sure about finding overnight accommodation on my drive down to Melbourne. And those Kennels are just metal cages & not very big on the Ferry. I have a Border Collie and I don’t think he will fit in the large Kennel and I know he will not be happy if I did manage to get him in the thing!
    Although you have to book them ahead, it is a free for all when you get on the Ferry, it’s first in best dressed!
    Surely they wouldn’t allow dogs, cats or birds in the same kennel block. The pets are certainly don’t get any pampering attention on the Ferry!!
    I am not bringing any appliances with me as I thought if I bought new Fridge, Washer etc in Tassie then they should be the last major expense of that type for me.
    Thanks again forall the info.

    • William February 13, 2015 at 6:04 am - Reply

      Hi Sandy,
      There is a pet friendly motel between Sydney & Melbourne – 2.5 hours short of Melbourne which is an excellent springboard to the ship no matter what time you sail. Advance Motel Wangaratta (03) 5721 9100.
      I’ll be booking a room there as I think about 7 hours from Sydney with stops is a fair drive and long enough for the pets. I’ve found that Jet Pets are recommended by many (as an alternative to the ship kennels) – both my pets, drop off at Melbourne and pick up next day near Launceston $450 and they are cared for – copy this link to your browser.,
      Reading in to your comments about moving, seems that you have furniture/goods that you don’t want to let go of and that’s fair enough. I’ve only chosen to sell everything because my train of thought is, I’m starting a new chapter in my life, the old furniture may not fit or go with the new home and then the cost. New state, new home, new everything (and good for the local economy). I also think, I’ve travelled around Europe for months at a time with just a bag, so why not arrive with just a bag/s in Tasmania and buy nice new stuff.
      The hardest thing for me to let go of, was the dining room setting – 7 piece and cost $3500 8 years ago, then when I worked out it would cost about $600+ to take with me and when do I really ever have 6 or more people around it, I sold it for $696 on eBay. I’ll now buy a nice smaller new round table for 4 max – about $700 – $1000.
      A friend gave me a tip which I think is brilliant – book a kerbside rubbish pick up with your local council (if they have this service) the day you move out or just after, that way anything not sold, or not travelling with you, just place it out on the footpath.
      Hope this info helps.

  15. Sue April 6, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

    My partner and I are moving to Hobart for the duration of 2016 before returning back to Melbourne early 2017. As we are currently renting in Melbourne we do not have an excess of possessions, therefore we were thinking of packing a hire truck and bringing it across on the Spirit of Tasmania ourselves.
    It would be great to hear experiences from other people who have chosen this moving option and any recommendations of truck hire companies who will allow you 1) to take the hire truck across, and 2) to have Hobart (or even Launceston) as the ‘drop off’ location of the hire truck rather than taking it back across.
    Also, if we were looking to move mid to late January, when is the best time to start looking at rental properties?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Jo (Admin) April 7, 2015 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Hi Sue,

      I haven’t heard of any truck hire companies who will do this, but perhaps someone else has had luck. Once again I think Bass Strait is the issue as they don’t want their vehicles on the Spirit and then stranded in Tas.

      In terms of looking for a rental property, when I am doing searches for people I normally start 4-5 weeks prior to the preferred lease start date. Before that there is rarely much around for when you want to start. Most of those advertised are normally available now or within the next couple of weeks. There are some exceptions of course.

      Another thing, you will find that most agents in Tasmania will insist that someone inspect the property on your behalf and they won’t accept an application unless that happens. This is where I can help if you like with my House and Location Assessment service.

      Also, have a look at the blog post about applying for rental properties. This tells you all you need to know about the application process and the documents you need.


  16. Jo (Admin) June 9, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

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    I am planning to move to Tasmania in a few months and would love to bring my orchid plant (or a piece of it) as it is very sentimental to me I have emailed quarantine, no reply yet and cant get through on the phone does anyone know what the protocol is? The info I have got this far I can bring it in but there are conditions like no soil – so what do I use instead? Also where can I get a plant health certificate? I am sure I cant be the first person to ask about domestic plants and bringing them into Tasmania the correct way.


    • Jo (Admin) June 9, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

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      Jessi, we moved to Tas in March and brought several plants with us, two tropical species. Basically, you need to have the plant and its medium (no soil or potting mix- DPIPWE preferred vermiculite) in a new sealed container (we used a kitchen tidy i.e rubbish bin) and sprayed with Mancozeb. We sealed the top with multiple layers of Gladwrap. There is some paperwork to fill out prior to your departure and inspection in Devonport (or your arrival port). We had birds and garden seeds as well, the quarantine people were more interested in the seeds and ignored the birds and plants (which we had nurtured for 8 days in the car!). Staff at DPIPWE should be able to help, they were extremely helpful with regard to our issues. As a first port of call try Veronica Haye (or Hayes, can’t remember).

      Mike T

      • Jessi June 20, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the info Mike and Jo, I am still trying to get in contact with quarantine, lucky I started asking questions early when I find out the exact contact details I will share them with the blog.

    • Jo (Admin) June 9, 2015 at 9:30 am - Reply

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      Hi Jessi,

      I assume you have looked at all the quarantine info for Tassie? I shall post here for others as well – main page for info on bringing things into Tasmania, plus a fact sheet on bringing in plants. For more info, I suggest continuing to try and get in touch directly with the department.


  17. Sarah K July 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful helpful site, and what a joy reading through the comments πŸ™‚
    We are looking at moving from Perth to Tassie next year to live, we visit once a year and now is the time for us to try work out where would be best suited for us in Tassie…Would love some feedback.

    My husband, elderly mother and myself, and our 2 dogs.

    We like rural towns, being near schools or employment isn’t needed. A good community feel, good coffee, low crime area.

    Thanks in advance!

  18. Mike T July 5, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I hope you have a good move, Sarah. We moved from the Gascoyne in WA to George Town in Tassie’s north in early March. I can recommend it as a lovely town, with a relatively low bogan count and low crime rate especially on the south side. It’s only 50km to Launceston on one of Tassie’s better roads, and escapes that town’s heavy frosts, although we have had more frosts already than is usual for the entire winter. Houses are quite cheap here, there is no town in Tasmania with homes close to the water that are so cheap- our house was under $200k and has only the waterfront reserve, one house and the road between us and the water, with spectacular views over the Tamar River.

    • Bernadette Jameson February 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      I am over the moon at finding this site, we hope to move from Melbourne and Georgetown jumped out at us, I was born in Hobart so it will be a sort of homecoming and a hunting out of hundreds of my long lost ancestors. Mike we intend to come mid March to look at houses, I want a nice area, not run down we have an icecream wagon which we will take to markets in the summer, need space to park it. We have seen some nice houses for 150k to170k Is Georgetown a friendly town? Is the smelter a problem? Happy I found you.

      • Jo (Admin) February 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm - Reply

        Hi Bernadette,

        Happy to hear you have found us! Mike has very generously contributed a lot to this post about moving your belongings. He definitely has some good insights into George Town. The highway to Launceston is really good from there now, which makes it even better as a regional town when you can get to the “big city” fairly quickly.


  19. Wendy Goss July 23, 2015 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    My Husband & I are moving from Adelaide to Wynyard, north west of Burnie. Can anyone help us with recommendations on removalists and approx. costs to relocate our things.

  20. Claire July 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Hi, my husband and I have just made the decision to move to Tassie. At the moment we are aiming for February next year, but if the right job comes up I may go on my own sooner and leave him and my daughter to pack up the house! After visiting my FIL a few times we have fallen in love with the place. We are currently in WA so this will be a big move. Could anyone recommend some transport companies, preferably with a sea container? We are looking at buying in Old Beach as we love that area and it is relatively close to Hobart, and for work for me that would be ideal. Love this blog! So informative – TIA xx

  21. Marie Bean September 3, 2015 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Hi All
    My Partner and I have just bought a B and B in Bushy park (near New Norfolk), we currently live in Brisbane.
    We too are concerned about the moving costs
    We just have basic furniture, nothing flash- but of course we would like to take it with us
    However, hearing about the costs ($6000 plus) to move it, we are now wondering if we should sell up as well, although I have sold a house lot before and never really got much for it.
    I welcome suggestions
    Is it possible to hire a van/truck and do it ourselves?
    Could the van/truck be then left in Tassie
    Does the Ferry let you do this and is it easy to get a truck on and how much would that cost?
    Sorry for all the questions, but I am having trouble finding these things out by Googling!
    Thanks for your help

    • Rachael September 8, 2015 at 9:31 am - Reply

      I looked into this as we are about to make the move from Hobart to Melbourne
      you cannot hire a truck and drive it on the ferry. Its something to with the insurance is void and rental companies won’t allow it.
      It’s really annoying as it would be the easiest way to may the move.

    • Brian hail March 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Hello not sure if you have moved yet?

      Me and partner are looking at moving to Devonport later this year I got a couple of quotes from removal company’s the best we found was was Tasmania Removals
      They quoted us 20 cubic meter of storage(about the same as a 3.5 tone truck) from Brisbane to Devonport including loading and unloading $2800

      Reason it is so cheap is because you are buying space on a truck that is already going to Tasmania.

      Hope this helps

  22. Leanne October 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    We looking at moving to Tassie at the end of 2016 with 2 kids, 1dog and 1cat. We want to rent until we find some where to buy, so any suggestions on rentals. Would like rural place. Thanks Leanne

    • Jo (Admin) November 2, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Hi Leanne,
      Firstly, my apologies for not replying more quickly.

      Congrats on your decision to move to Tasmania. Very exciting! Renting before buying is a good idea and it tends to be what most people do. Then you can be more confident of buying in the right location.

      In terms of possible locations for you, there really are so many options and it all depends on the lifestyle you want to create, how far you want to be from a major city (or not), the type of house and of course your budget.

      Have you requested the “Where to Live” Cheat sheet? That will take you through a process to narrow down the options for your new home. Go here to check that out.

      Alternatively, our personal planning consultation service is designed to help people narrow down the best locations for them. You can read all about it here.

      That allows me to give you advice that is specific to you.


  23. Andrew November 17, 2015 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Great little blog!

    I am hoping for a quick answer!

    I am moving to TAS TOMORROW, catching the ferry over. Do you know how big the search is of your car? The back of my car looks like a perfectly constructed game of Tetris, and I don’t want to move anything around too much.

    Moving to St Helens for a job opportunity

    • Jo (Admin) November 17, 2015 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Hi Andrew,

      You will be fine. The search isn’t super extensive and just takes a minute or two. The most annoying part is waiting in the queue once you get off the boat!

      I hope everything goes well for you in your new life in St Helens. It is a lovely part of Tassie.


  24. kristin November 30, 2015 at 7:28 am - Reply

    hi were looking at moving my family of 6 in early 2016. were after a fresh start and will be bringing just our main furniture and 2 cars. we would like to hire 2 trailers to pack ourself and jump on the spirit of Tasmania. is this possible?? if so can anyone recommend a trailer hire company?? either that or hire a small truck??
    any suggestions would be so helpful x

  25. Stephanie Hateley January 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    This is a fantastic blog, thanks so much for all the wonderful information. I just put my house in Port Stephens on the market and once it sells I will be setting off for the Apple Isle. I was looking at Queenstown, but from reading this blog discovered George Town, the prices for housing seem not much more and the climate sounds perfect. I HATE the heat and where I am is getting hotter each summer, I don’t mind cold, wouldn’t even mind snow on occassion. The question I have that doesn’t seem to be addressed from what I’ve read is what churches are there in Georgetown? And if I sell off all my furnitrue (which seems the sensible thing to do cost wise) where is the nearest place to buy and replace, do you have to go to Hobart? And what are the rates ..council and water.. approx for a house say in the $150 – 180K range? Also what is the internet like there? Thanks so much.

  26. Mike T January 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on choosing George Town, Stephanie πŸ™‚ We have been here since March last year, having moved from outback WA although I’m actually from Sydeny and my wife from SE Asia. If you can find a house in your price range, try south side, it’s great. We bought a house that part of town in May, after living briefly on the northern side. As for churches, there is a Catholic church (and school), Uniting, JW and Salvos, that I know of. There may be other denominations too. Rates for our place is about $1300 annually. Needless to say the “rateable value” is rather more than what we paid for it. The house we had other side of town sold for $140k and I don’t think the rates were much less than $1300 annually.
    I think George Town is a real “hidden gem” and while it’s not perfect (what place is?) it suits us fine and it’s much cooler than Launceston in summer, and a bit warmer (and rather less frosty) in winter. As for shopping, GT is a half hour drive from Launy, where you find almost anything you need, no need to travel to Hobart which is 3hrs away and on a rubbish highway. The road from GT to Launy is one of the best in Tasmania. Internet- most of GT is on the NBN, one of the first places to have it installed. Both our former rental place (now sold) and our new place are NBN connected.
    Good luck with the move!

  27. Mike T January 22, 2016 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    By the way, Stephanie, I know Port Stephens quite well- I lived at RAAF Williamtown for some years. GT is similar in some respects although it’s not as spectacular a harbour. We are only a few metres from the water and regularly see ships heading in and out of the channel heading for the port, Bell Bay, a few kms up-river.

    • Stephanie Hateley January 23, 2016 at 5:27 am - Reply

      Thanks Mike , great information. I must admit the scenery where I am now is gorgeous, but it’s getting so busy here too, it’s exploded and is no longer the lovely quiet place it was, summers are a nightmare, not only the heat but the population explosion, no parking, traffic everywhere, just not the place I moved to. I’ve found a little house I love the look of online in my price range, not sure if it;s north or south, never was good with direction LOL, It’s in Friend St, .. what’s wrong with north? Doesn’t look big enought to have problem areas πŸ™‚ Great news about the internet, sounds better than here! I use it a lot. I have to wait for my place to sell before I can do anything else, hoping for everything to fall into place in the next couple of months. I’m sure I’ll have a heap more questions between now and then, Thanks again.

  28. Mike T January 23, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Stephanie, Friend St is split by York Cove, so part is southside, most is north πŸ™‚ There are several streets like this, I don’t know why the council doesn’t rename them or at least add “north” or “east” as the case may be. I saw two houses for sale on this street and one is low number so south, the other high, so north side. Parts of this town have high numbers of…. I struggle to find the right word, but let’s just say, you don’t want to live in an area where people drop wheelies in their cars half the night, or the less desirable delivery people are scooting around. I’d suggest you come here and have a drive around to get a feel for different areas and streets. There are large numbers of renters in GT (and Tasmania generally) and by-and-large they don’t care for gardens as well as owners do. You would want to inspect prospective houses, of course. Don’t buy sight unseen like we did 6 years ago! I’d be happy to assist if needed- agents know GT very well, but might not be willing to say too much about certain areas in case it cruels their sale. If necessary, push them for details. We could have stayed at our former rental/investment house but came to dislike the area. We’d liked to have enlarged it but bought elsewhere instead. The new owners came from interstate and immediately set to enlarging the house! Our agent had said that this would be overcapitalising, for that area. Other parts of that same street are quite good though, so you can’t just go by the name of the street.

  29. Stephanie Hateley January 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for all the advice! I don’t intend to buy sight unseen, I’m hoping to come over soon and stay a few days to see how the land lays and look at some houses, I have a list of about 10 so far that are within my price range, but I can’t go over $160K. I did see some lovely homes for $190K approx but that is over my limit. I shall have to wait and see! the other area I was looking at with houses that are affordable is Beaconsfield. Not too far away so I can look there too when I come over. Everything depends really on what I get for my place and how long it will take to sell.
    This is the link of the one I was looking at, it’s lovely inside and a nice size and sell done garden. Is this the wrong end of the street?
    I would really appreciate getting your advice when I come over. Thanks again.

  30. Stephanie Hateley January 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    No, it’s the wrong end, in fact I’ve looked at just about every house that I had saved and they are all north, I can’t affrod sound, they are all over $200K

  31. Stephanie Hateley January 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Sorry, me again LOL, I found this one in the ‘right’ area and ok price wise, yeah, where there is one there are more!

  32. Mike T January 23, 2016 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    The Mary St one is just around the corner from us πŸ™‚ The 124 Friend looks more “finished” and better value. It has been on the market for some time- it was originally listed as 3br and asking $220k! At its current price it’s well worth a look. It even has some water views, from the deck at least. We didn’t consider it because of the 2br and corner block. There’s no “wrong” or “right” part of town, we feel southside is a bit better than much of northside, but there are some pretty good areas on that side… we just didn’t happen to live in one πŸ™‚ There are some areas southside that don’t turn us on, either. Beaconsfield is rather going backwards as the mine has closed, and it doesn’t have the amenities GT has. Also, access in and out, to Launy for instance, is via West Tamar Highway which is a goat track compared to the (much upgraded) East Tamar Hwy. Beaconsfield feels like a mining town plonked in agricultural country, which is pretty much what it is. It’s also rather colder than GT in winter, and a tad hotter in summer.

    • Stephanie Hateley January 24, 2016 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Thank you again, I did love that little house, so that makes me feel better. I’m trying to work out when I can get over for a better look and hopefully put an offer in on the proviso mine sells. I think I might fly over this time and hire a car. Just working out the finances as I won’t have spare cash until mine sells. I will drop another line in here when I have a better time frame and more concrete plans. Hope to meet up with you and your wife when I get there!

  33. Mike T January 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Stephanie, I’d advise the fly/drive option for a short trip of only a few days, it’s far too expensive on the ferry (especially at this time of year) to justify bringing your car, and of course you’d have to drive to Melbourne as well. This whole thread has been mainly about moving to Tas so read through it, there is a lot of useful information. Hire cars are a little cheaper out of Hobart, but of course false economy if you don’t want to spend any time there! (Or endure the Midland Hwy which is awful).

    I’m not sure how I can get my contact info to you. Perhaps the mods could pass you my email address?

    It doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the ad for 124 Friend now (the agent has changed) but I recall it had a shipping container in the yard somewhere set up as a shed. We’ve been past a few times and it looks to be quite private, considering it’s a corner block. When we first started looking more closely at homes in GT (since I was in effect being made redundant from my job) that house had tenants in it. Not mentioned now so it may be vacant.

    • Stephanie Hateley January 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      If the admin will give permission to exchange emails that would be good, otherwise I can put my Etsy Quilt shop web address here and you can message me via that with safety.. That way we won’t bore everyone else about George Town LOL. Admin if not allowed please remove, thanks.

      • Jo (Admin) January 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

        Hi Stephanie,

        That is absolutely fine. I shall send your email address onto Mike.
        Thanks Mike for being so wonderful and generous with your comments about George Town and Tassie in general.


  34. Lyndsey February 15, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Just wondering if anyone knows of a car hire company that will let us drive from Sydney and leave car in Launceston. We want to hire a van because we only have clothes, kitchen stuff etc no furniture but so far I’ve had no luck with any companies who will let me leave the car in Launceston. Please help!!!

    • Stephanie Hateley February 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Lyndsey, I’ve been looking into that too and it’s a non event, so instead I am going to buy a trailer so I have enough room for all my stuff. I can then either keep it, which I would probably need anyway, or sell it off once I get settled. Would almost be cheaper anyway then hiring a van and you still get to take your own car over πŸ™‚

    • Trudy May 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Lyndsey,
      I’ve been researching the same thing and found that U-haul trailers have a one way set up on their site. It may be worth a look. They were after $343 for a 4 day hire. Pick up Melbourne drop Launceston. If that helps.

  35. Mike T February 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Lyndsey, what Stepanie is suggesting has merit. Trailers come in handy and don’t cost a lot to register. I have had mine for some years and keep it registered in NSW where it was purchased (even though I lived in WA at the time). While it costs more towing a trailer than a car alone on the ferry, it’s a one-way trip. A possible downside is the fitment of a towbar if you don’t already have one. It can be quite expensive to fit one especially to late model cars with rear parking sensors etc. It was $1000 for the factory one on our Renault but that was a rip-off add-on to a new car being leased. The other aspect to be aware of, especially if you haven’t towed much before, is the difference in driving and parking. It can take some getting used to; to be frank, I’ve never become proficient in reversing with a trailer (box or boat). If you do go down the trailer purchasing route, make sure to get one with a jockey wheel, it makes moving them when not attached to a vehicle so much easier. In my view, aluminium is the best trailer material, mine is steel and I’m forever treating rust and painting it. However, aluminium (and the alternate, plastic) are rather more expensive.

  36. Bernadette February 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Does anyone have information about George Town water? Also soil health some places look very arid is that because no one gardens? I must have or make a garden.

  37. Mike T February 28, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Bernadette, I’m in George Town. The “arid” look comes in summer. I assume you’ve been looking at houses online, and yes, some lawns can look quite brown. There are several reasons for this. One was the dry late spring, the other was the warm summer. Also, many people have lawn species which grow better in winter (fescues and the like). We have some kikuyu and that has greened up hugely after recent rain. In addition, there are quite a few renters here and they don’t necessarily look after lawns as much as owners might. There are plenty of gardeners in GT, with some beautiful gardens here and there. There is also a small plant nursery.

  38. Mike T February 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Bernadette, your other questions appear in my email but I can’t find them above. I’ll answer them here ” Is Georgetown a friendly town?” Yes, George Town is indeed friendly, although I can’t of course speak for every area or street. “Is the smelter a problem?” Not at all. We are relatively close (south side) and cannot see or smell the smelter. We do hear the occasional siren, but that may be the port at Bell Bay. I note the need for parking a van- block sizes here are generally quite large. There’s a house for sale up the street from us which is on 1000m3, and that’s not unusual. Far better than the pocket handkerchief which is the norm in many places.

    George Town is a good choice. It has a good level of services and possibly the best climate in Tasmania (no extremes). House prices are excellent.

  39. Mark Dodson April 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Posters. Can any one inform me as to the possibility of one way truck rental from Melbourne to Hobart. Cheers Mark

  40. John May 17, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I am hopefully moving to Hobart later this year to start up a Plan Printing, Photocopying, Scanning and Laminating business.
    I’m currently running this business in Mandurah, WA and am tired of the hot weather over here. I’ve visited Tassie several times on holiday in the past few years and I love it there. I’m just hoping this type of business can get off the ground in Hobart.
    I have alot of printing & laminating machines to ship to Hobart. My household items may fill half a container. I haven’t worked out the cubic meters yet, it’s hard when everything is not in boxes. My main concern is finding a rental, not on a busy busy street, but on a through type street with maybe upto 10 cars per minute. I work from home at the moment in a rental home on a street which has about 10 cars per minute and I have a sign at the front so customers know where I am and it works. As you walk in the double entry doors you walk straight into my large office where I have a front desk, computer and printing machines. It’s about a 5 x 10 metre room. Other rooms lead off from this large room and other rooms are upstairs This is what I’m looking for when I move to Hobart, something simular in the Hobart northern suburbs but not too far from the city. I often look at the internet for rentals in Hobart, but it’s not the same as actually being there.
    What I’m planning is when I am actually moving to Hobart I will have all my belongings stored with the removalist for x amount of weeks until I find a proper rental. But for the mean time I will find a temporary place when I arrive in Hobart for x amount of weeks, then I can start looking properly and actually seeing the different places that are on offer.
    I’m planning to slowly drive across Australia all the way to Hobart over a period of about 2 weeks, sightseeing on the way.
    I need your input on what you think of what I’m doing is good I’m crazy. If I have alot of trouble finding customers then I will be in trouble financially. Once I find a proper rental place to live and start my business in one location, I will get the internet, phone ASAP, then I can get a sign made up and start searching for potential customers.
    I better stop now as this letter is getting too long.
    I hope to hear from you soon with some advise.
    Bye for now.

    • Gail M October 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Hi John, I’m making the move as well. Haven’t decided on exact area but my background is in graphics/printing/publishing. If you’re looking for help in your new business keep me in mind. Hope all goes well with the move.


  41. Emma September 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Does anyone have any recommendations for moving household goods (furniture, whitegoods etc) and personal belongings from Perth to Hobart? I mostly mean the most cost effective way of course!! Thanks

  42. Aaron Bristow September 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Is it better to go with a self hire moving truck or a large trailer on the Spirit of Tasmania?

  43. Gail M October 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone, has anyone moved to the Burnie or surrounding areas? I’m originally from Sydney, lived overseas for 15 years and recently returned home. I’m finding the heat back in Sydney, Newcastle and now Sunshine Coast unbearable. I have one friend who lives in Burnie who loves it there but I’d like feedback from others. I know it’s small but the cooler weather and ability to buy a cheaper home is appealing.

  44. Nafi October 11, 2016 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Hi I m planning to move Tasmania soon from Melbourne, could anyone let me know approximately how much it will cost to move furniture

  45. Gail M October 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Would like recommendations on moving companies that can do backloads from Sydney to Tasmania.

  46. Flavia October 13, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to say “hi” and it’s great to see so many people active currently in this forum. My family and I are hoping to move to Tassie mid next year and like John I wouldn’t mind having my own business but there’s quite a bit I’d like to do. We want acerage and want to buy (not rent).
    I’m currently in public relations, communication and marketing working for not-for-profits after being in the corporate sector for many years. I’m passionate about mental health also and would love to work with disadvantaged Tassie youth in the creative arts.. However, I’d also like to live off the land, preferably in an off-grid home so I may have to work for someone else first to keep income coming in.
    We like Huon Valley and the North areas also. We’re coming down from NSW at Christmas time for a rekkie visit. We can’t wait.
    Looking forward to hearing about everyone else’s adventures.

  47. Vivianne Vandenberg October 19, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Hello from me too. We are planning a move in February 2017 to Hobart.
    Thinking whether to totally downsize to a few suitcases and start again, or pay for a removalist. Seems you can’t take a small rental truck, but perhaps the trailer option has merit.
    Looking forward to a new beginning.
    Wondering whether mainland retail companies deliver new fridges, washing machines , beds for free or cheap to Tassie?

    • Jo (Admin) October 19, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Hi Vivianne,

      You will find that delivery from the mainland to Tassie is very rarely cheap! However, when we were moving back from Melbourne we priced a dishwasher at ES Trading in Melbourne and they had not too bad delivery cost. We then were able to get a Hobart store to match the total price, so went with them in the end.

      When renovating a couple of years ago we took a trip to Melbourne to source some things, including a vanity for the ensuite. Being on sale effectively ‘covered’ the high transport cost of several hundred dollars. We did find that for some things it just wasn’t possible to find what we wanted here, so it was necessary to get from Melbourne.


  48. Tracy Lemke November 13, 2016 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Hello, we live in Burrum Town which is about 28klms north of Maryborough Qld & we want to move to Tasmania, (sick & tired of the Qld heat). My husband suggests that we hire a Dyna 300 truck to move our furniture he thinks it would be cheaper. I would rather get removalist to do the job, my husband is in his 60’s & I’m in my 50’s, also he expects me to help move the furniture, but I told him you can’t expect me to help, I’m so young anymore. Has anyone get any ideas?

  49. Viv November 23, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Thanks for above comment. Definitely leaving the appliances and beds behind – not worth the cost and we can leave them in our old house. Plus it’s fun to buy new stuff. Appliances Online deliver free on Fridays to Hobart.

    We will have about 12 cub metres of stuff. I’ve gotten SO many quotes, but now I’m reading reviews on various sites and none of them inspire me. I think someone here recommended Bell’s, but coincidentally the only person I know in Tasmania used them last year and has multiple issues with broken furniture etc.

    So now I’m thinking to buy a trailer for around $1000. Spirit Tasmania extra cost seems to be around $400. But it’s a lot of work and worry as well. Moving from Sydney to West Moonah.

    • Jo (Admin) November 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Viv.

      We used Bells and didn’t have any problems. That was 5 years ago from Melbourne to Hobart and again 2 years ago within Hobart. The other Tassie mob to consider are Watkins – . They are now part of Kent, which we have also used for Melb-Perth move a few years ago and are very good. Watkins have a good reputation so I would recommend a quote if you haven’t already.


  50. Lina November 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Im looking at moving to tassie soon. I was just wandering how i can get my furniture accross. Am i able to get a removalist truck on the spirtit of tasmania

    • Jo (Admin) November 25, 2016 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Hi Lina,

      If you read the article above and the comments, they will give you a lot of info about the process of moving. I recommend getting quotes from removalist companies. They then take their trucks on the Spirit of Tasmania. They will let you know the time it takes to get your belongings from your home to your new home. Often that is 1-2 weeks, during which time you will need to find somewhere to stay or have a holiday of sorts.


  51. Marriette Charlton December 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    wow – I just had a quote of $!!00 to move 10 cartons and 2 blanket boxes from QLD to TAS – no furniture at all – just speechless πŸ™

    • Jo (Admin) December 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Marriette,

      I definitely suggest a couple more quotes. Then try to negotiate. The end result will probably still seem too high – it always does as Bass Strait is just super expensive to get things across.


  52. Colleen January 1, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Hello I am moving from Newcastle nsw to Scottsdale area in mid 2017. Has anyone used All Tassie removals? I received a quote for 1bedroom house with a small amount of furniture plus lots of boxes it was $2500. This seems too cheap after reading previous comment on this forum I am becoming sceptical as I cannot find any review on this company. I am in the process of getting other quotes I am packing the boxes myself

    • Jo (Admin) January 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Colleen,

      It does sound cheap, but hard to say without knowing how much of a container you would take up. I definitely suggest 3 quotes and then compare. Sorry, but I don’t have any info on this removalist.


  53. Colleen January 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks for quick reply jo will definitely be getting a few more quotes
    And let you know the outcome

  54. Viv January 2, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Hi Colleen

    Have you checked product review for All Tassie? I have a feeling I read some poor reviews. They may go under a different name? But the internet is a place for whingeing. …
    I did get a really cheap quote from Paul ? early on. Not sure why I didn’t follow it up?

    Currently I”m negotiating with Santa Fe for removal from Sydney – Jan23 hope it arrives soon after Feb2 in Hobart. I think from memory it was around $3000 for 15 cubic metres but we have culled down to about 11, that doesn’t mean it will be $2000 though. They go on that but will only take what you specify on the list, in our case 14 medium boxes, 2 bikes, 2 big lounges, coffee table, side table 2 rugs. I will update.

    Very very roughly I think if it’s $200 per cubic metre then you are doing well. Would be interested to hear what others think.


  55. Marriette Charlton January 2, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    far east I had a quote of $1100 for 10 medium boxes and two small blanket boxes πŸ™

  56. Colleen January 2, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks viv, I too am culling my belongings and being brutal.i am getting more quotes very hard at this time of year but I have a while to go (I know it will come around quickly)
    I may go,with a local,firm from here who have a good rep but I am still shopping around. It’s peace of mind we all want really especially with some of our more treasured items
    Just another question for anyone who can help 3 dogs and flying them down advice as you can imagine it will be quite a challenge in the car to Melbourne, the ferry and then to,our new home. Is jetpet good

    • Jo (Admin) January 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Colleen,

      We have used both JetPets and Dogtainers and found that they were both good. I think with three dogs it would be worth checking these out. Doing it yourself in the car and then boat will be difficult I imagine. They can pick and up deliver to wherever, including kennels if necessary at one or both ends.


  57. Gail M January 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Hi there

    I’m moving to Tasmania and looking at the different regions. I’m currently in the NorthWest Burnie/Ulverstone area. I am planning on driving to Hobart to take a look. I’m looking for information on of the north, south, east and west parts. Info like mostly retired residents, younger families, expensive or affordable housing and public housing areas. In particular infos on areas to stay away from or with a bad reputation and areas that are nicer. All areas have good and bad but usually locals know. I’ll have limited time so want to narrow it down.


  58. Colleen January 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Jo!
    Thanks for the info on dog travel, will check out both companies
    Cute cat by the way
    Ps I will keep,you updated on my move plus I will post any info I may find others can use

    Colleen (soon to be in Tasmania)

  59. Sarah January 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Hi all! I just wanted to hop on and let everyone know that Budget will allow you to take one of their vehicles across on the Spirit IF you return it back to them in Melbourne. You have to let them know that you are travelling over and back and you are not covered by their insurance if the boat sinks. This works for me as it is cheaper to travel over with a friend who is then going to travel back with the moving van a couple of days later. I havn’t asked any of the other rental companies yet.

  60. Lorna January 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone. I’m currently libpving in Hervey Bay QLD and will be moving to George Town in December this year. We have purchased 4.5 acres which we will owner build a home for ourselves and my parents will build a small home on too. We all travelled down last September to have few days look around (after buying the land on line). We love George Town and think it’s going to be perfect for us to start a new chapter. Hubby and I are planning to hire a truck (possibly Budget) and one drive that while the other follows in the car with a trailor. We still have to research costs and see what companies will do the cross Tasman thing…..if we can’t find one, we will start looking for a reasonable removalist. I’m so very excited and am already wishing it was December πŸ™‚

  61. Emilie January 28, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Hi, I’d been toying with the idea of moving to Hobart for awhile, and I finally made the big decision to do it this February. I still have to find a house share or something, but I’m less worried about this than the actual move. I’m moving from Perth and I plan on loading up what ever will fit in my car and go. I was wondering if anyone has had experience driving from Perth. I’m also going alone, so slightly concerned about safety and all my belongings being in my car. I’ve been trying to map out stops, but I have no experience with this. So if anyone has any idea about how much to expect to pay for fuel etc. I’m short on money so also wondering about accommodation…any suggestions would be really really helpful πŸ™‚

  62. Sanju February 2, 2017 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I have some stuff from my first year in UTAS and now I don’t plan to go back. I need to transport it back to Brisbane, however the prices quoted to me is quite high. I have 1 large suitcase, 1 plastic container with lid and 1 large zipped bag. The courier companies have quoted me $500-$700 and the contents itself are not worth that much but they have my books and warm clothes that I do need. Any suggestion will be helpful. I need my stuff before end of february.

    • Jo (Admin) February 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Vivianne, who has previously commented on this page, suggested gumtree community pages. Worth a try.

      Vivianne – your comment came through to me on email.

  63. Michelle August 20, 2017 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Hi Jo

    My family and I are looking to move to tassie either later this year or next year from Western Australia. We’re looking at settling in the lenah valley area. Have you any idea what to expect cost wise from w.a if we bring all our stuff.? Also what’s the cost to get a car across bass strait.?

    • Jo (Admin) August 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Michelle,

      It is a big expensive move from WA. I am not sure of what it might cost these days, so I suggest getting quotes from 2 or 3 of the national moving companies now so you have an idea. Then you may decide to not bring some of your larger items if they are nearing the end of their lives. For Tassie based companies who do national, check out Bells Removals and Watkins (now linked to Kents).

      In terms of a car, it is likely to be around $1500-2000. There are a heap of car transport places that will do online immediate quotes if you put in your email address. So I would google those. Of course the big moving companies can also include it in their quote, so you can ask for that to be itemised on a quote.

      The car, if you drive it yourself, is only $89 on the Spirit of Tasmania.

      I hope that helps.


  64. Sacha November 5, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Hi all,
    We are moving from Melbourne to Huonville in February 2018. It is expensive – looking at $9000-$10000 for about 60 cubic metres.
    We have booked the spirit to take both cars, 2 dogs and 4 chooks over.
    Any tips, thoughts, insights?!
    I think I’m fairly organized but there seems so much to think about! Taking my indoor plants is a big deal even!
    Can’t wait to just get there….even if we have to sleep on a mattress for a week or so!
    I am more worried about the dogs on the spirit, one is 14 years old now

    • Jo (Admin) November 6, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Sacha,

      Re your dogs, it is worth considering bringing them in by air. See this post for some links – .

      There will normally be between 1-2 weeks from when your belongings are uplifted in Melbourne and delivered to a new address in Tasmania. During that time you need to stay somewhere and it may be that your new home isn’t ready for your to camp there. With the pet moving companies, they can collect and deliver pets to boarding kennels if required. Or to your new house if you are there straight away.

      To be honest, I don’t really like the look of the kennels on the Spirit. It could be a difficult experience for some pets.


  65. Linda January 17, 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Hi. We are moving in the next month or so from Vic to Tassie 30k from Hobart. What is cheaper to move, a truck or container for us to fill? Please help thank you.

  66. Judith Leslie January 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Is this blog still going? We are in The Hunter Valley and when/if we can sell our house intend moving to Tasmania. At the moment we are attracted by Tamar Valley Huonville may be too expensive (we would probably have an upper limit of around $650K). Obviously, we have to factor in pros and cons of how much we take with us. Reading the blog it seems the total removalist option would be best. We have three vehicles all worth keeping so, it looks like at least two ferry trips? We definitely want something “villagey” or acreage/rural not suburbia

  67. Mick Erceg February 12, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    We are planning on moving south later in the year after selling our rural residential property in the hinterland on the northern end of the sunshine coast. As we are familiar with Tassie having spent 2months looking around in our caravan about 10 years ago.
    Our plans are to purchase and build on a property of half to 2 acreas in one of 3 areas that we like.
    One thing that is of some concern to me is when it snows are you snowed in or do main roads/local council clear all roads or just the main roads ?
    Cheers Mick

  68. Stephen March 15, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Hi everyone!

    Great forum! We have just bought a place near Buckland to settle 23 July 2018.
    (I have used the forum’s recommendation of Anglia Containers for the shipping!)

    We want to do some renovations/additions to it but don’t have many contacts in TAS.
    Can anyone recommend a builder who might be interested in about 3 months work in that area, starting around August ?


  69. Lorna C June 9, 2018 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I just want to give people information on my experience. We relocated from Hervey Bay in QLD to a 4.5 acre block on the outskirts of George Town in Northern Tasmania in January. We are 1/2 way through our owner build of our dream home.

    Moving wasn’t as expensive as I thought. We were lucky enough to get a back load with a removal company in Hobart and it only cost $3800 for a pretty decent sized load.

    We absolutely love it here! We both found a bit of work and the people are really friendly. It’s a quiet little town, but just beautiful. It’s the best decision we have ever made!

    Yes it cooler weather, but just chuck another jumper on and enjoy the crisp mornings and sunny days!

    • Mick erceg June 18, 2018 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Lorna C,
      Could you please let me know the name of the moving company that did your removal to Tassie ?
      Thanks and regards,

      • Lorna Clifford June 24, 2018 at 6:10 pm - Reply

        The company we used Bass Straite Removals and the guy you need to ask for is John.

    • Kaye Scott June 24, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Could you give me the name of the backloading company please? I am about to move around Launceston from Brisbane in August and am looking for quotes.

  70. Allan June 18, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Hi. I would like to ask, what can you say about moving company who do backloading? Is it better than having an exclusive truck for your move? Better in terms of expenses and possible damages.

    • Jo (Admin) June 19, 2018 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Hi Allan,

      Backloading will normally save you money, if you can find a company that can do that for you at the time you need. A container to yourself will offer more flexibility in terms of the schedule as you may need to fit in with their timetable for a backload.

      In terms of damage, that is more likely to happen during load and unloading I think. Definitely have transit insurance and know that you can take this out through other companies and don’t have to take the insurance that the moving company offers you. It can be worth getting a couple of quotes to compare.

      Contents insurance you have at your current or future home does not cover your goods in transit.


  71. Lorna Clifford June 24, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Just for future movers…

    Ring John at Bass Straite Removals. They did a btprilliant job with a backload from QLD to Tassie and were really awesome value.


    • Mick Erceg June 25, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Many thanks Lorna.
      Regards Mick.

  72. Heidi December 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone

    First of all – wow! What a helpful blog for all of us moving to the beautiful Apple Isle. We are Sydneysiders moving to St Marys on the NE Coast in February 2019 but have just discovered ALL rental trucks are completely booked out for the times we need one. We have a very small budget for moving – approx. $1500 to move a small amount of furniture, artworks etc – so if anyone could point us in the right direction we’d be so appreciative.

    We are leaving end of Feb 2019. Does anyone have any tips/hints/hacks we might not know about?

    Many TIA


    • Jo (Admin) December 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Heidi – We received a reply via email which I will copy below – Jo

      Hi Heidi

      We used Santa Fe if you speak to Dee ,mention my name. We had 3 bikes, 2 big sofas ,14 boxes, a coffee table+ hall table ,a rug, 5 suitcases . That was about $3200 and was a fantastic deal. . Get rid of everything you possibly can!
      We had to wait 3 weeks, that’s just how it is.
      Or you could buy a trailer and then sell it again.

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