Start Here to Plan Your Move to Tasmania

Wineglass Bay from Mt Amos | Tourism Tasmania | Chris McLennan

Wineglass Bay from Mt Amos | Tourism Tasmania | Chris McLennan

We have been doing a little renovating around here and have a new style for our blog. We hope you like it!

The reason for this is that is was becoming clearer and clearer from conversations we were having with people planning a move to Tassie, that there were four main things they needed to know and wanted some help with.

  1. Where will I live in Tasmania?
  2. How do I make the move to Tasmania?
  3. How do I find my new home in Tasmania?
  4. How can I find work in Tasmania?

So you will notice that the home page is now structured around helping you find the answers to these questions.

The top section of the home page – with the large image – has four tabs, one for each of these questions. Click on the one that applies to you now. When you click on the image you are taken to a “Start Here Page” that directs you to best relevant blog posts to help you answer that question. There are also cheat sheets and checklists that you can download to make it even easier.

Also, from any page, you can use the “Start Here” item on the menu bar to head to any of these four pages.

The main body of the home page, below the large tabbed images, is now split into four sections – one for each of these key areas. The posts which show under each of those headings will be the most recent relevant posts for that category.

Of course we still have many many other posts about things that fall outside these main areas, and you can still easily find those as well – in several ways.

  1. Use the main menu to get to all posts about particular topics
  2. From the sidebar on the right side, under the heading “Find What You Need” use the category search or search box
  3. Also in the side bar, we have a list of the most recent posts that don’t fall into one of the other four categories
  4. At the end of the most recent posts in the sidebar there is a link to see all blog posts. Click on this to find everything, with most recent posts first

We encourage you to request copies of our checklists and cheat sheets. They are free and we have made them super useful for you to help plan your move to Tasmania. Once you request one, we will send you a link to a page where you can download as many of them as you wish.

So, how about heading over to our start pages to learn lots about moving to Tasmania.


All the very best with planning your move to Tassie.

Jo and Dale

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  1. christian July 28, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

    what do you think is the main advantage of moving to tasmania

    • Jo (Admin) July 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Christian,

      Thanks for your question. I guess the answer depends on what you are leaving and what your current lifestyle is like. For us, returning to live in Tasmania meant a big lifestyle change from our life in Melbourne. The biggest impact I think when moving from a big city to Tasmania is that you can afford to live closer to the cities or wherever you choose to work and play. Therefore you are not spending nearly as much time commuting and wasting time in your car. That has a huge impact on your lifestyle.

      That and the relaxed feel of Tasmania, the friendly people and the way of life make it a lovely way to live.

      What do others think who have made the move?


  2. Cory de Vega August 3, 2015 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I’m 64 years at the moment and I would like to retire in Tasmania with my husband and a cat – we are planning of adopting retired greyhounds dog.

    Could you please advise me which area is not too cold – i have a bad arthritis !

    Thanking you !
    Cory de Vega

    • Jo (Admin) August 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Cory,
      Thanks for your question. Tasmania is a lovely place to retire and I am sure you will find a great location. Have you travelled around the state much and have some favourite spots?

      In terms of weather, if you want to be near one of the main cities then you will find Hobart not as cold as Launceston. That is despite the pictures of snow in Hobart that you may have seen this week! That is the first time that has happened in 29 years.

      If you are not concerned about being close to one of the larger cities, then the East Coast is a good option. It is beautiful and lovely in summer, plus not as cold as some other areas in winter.

      Wherever you are though I do recommend that you put in good heating in your new home. It really makes all the difference and means you can be really comfortable in winter. We have our place nice and cosy and in winter I normally leave the house with not enough clothes on as I forget what a difference it is outside some days! See our post on heating.

      If you would like some specific help with working out the best location for you, taking into account the lifestyle you want to create in Tasmania and your budget, then a personal planning consultation may suit you. You can read more about that here.

      Feel free to get in contact to talk more.

      [email protected]

  3. Damian Wainohu August 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm - Reply


    I am just in the process of potentially landing a great career opportunity just outside of Hobart in one of the local wineries as a winemaker. It is a big move across from Perth for me, and even though I have not been to Tasmania before I realise how beautiful Tasmania really is through reputation. My main concerns are the change in climate, is it substantially colder than Perth in the Summer and winter? What are the most popular beaches? How is the social scene in Hobart, bars, restaurants etc? And what is the best area to move to firstly rent and then potentially buy either in or on the outskirts of Hobart once I have settled? As I am 38 year old single male originally from New Zealand who enjoys a nice home modern home with all the creature comforts etc. Thank you for your help. ????

    • Jo (Admin) August 21, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Damian,

      Congrats on the job – assuming that came through.

      You will find that Tasmania is a lot cooler than Perth – which is a big reason why our best wines are different varieties too. You will get a real winter in Hobart, not like Perth which is much more mild and autumn or spring like. You may have recently seen the photos of snow in Hobart. That is unusual, for it to be all over the city and was the first time in 30 years. However the mountain over Hobart does have snow for a lot of winter.

      Summer is lovely, although it takes a little while to get going. If you don’t like the temps in the high 30s and 40s then you will love it. Mostly days in the mid to late 20s with a few over 30. It often feels warmer than the actual temperature too and you can burn very easily.

      In terms of advice on places to live, that is very specific and depends on a lot of factors including the lifestyle you want, your budget and proximity to work etc.

      If you would like some specific help with working out the best location for you, taking into account the lifestyle you want to create in Tasmania and your budget, then a personal planning consultation may suit you. You can read more about that here. You also get to ask any other questions you may have about the move.

      Feel free to get in contact to talk more.

      [email protected]

  4. Sam August 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I’m twenty one years old, living in Melbourne and I will be graduating with my teaching degree next year. My family are keen to move to either Launceston or Hobart in 2017. I am trying to decide whether I will move with them or not. They love the lifestyle there but I am yet to be convinced!
    For me, my key concerns are leaving all of my friends/social life behind and also I love hot summer’s and am concerned that Tasmania will be too cold! As a graduating teacher, I have also heard it is difficult to find jobs in Tasmania and I don’t want to be unemployed!
    However, I know that Tasmania is a beautiful area and it excites me that I could actually afford a house in Tasmania whilst young (this is seeming impossible in Melbourne at the moment).

    If you can tell me any other perks of moving to Tasmania that would be fantastic. I am just feeling super torn at the moment!

    • Jo (Admin) September 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Hi Sam,

      You have plenty of time to decide. I think in that time you should come and visit – perhaps this summer or next – for a week or more and get a sense of the place. Hopefully by the time you visit they will know more of where they will live so you can focus on either Hobart or Launceston. Perhaps in advance of a visit search out some activities like what you already do at home and go to events etc that interest you. They key is getting a sense that you would meet people in Tassie and that the things you like to do are here. They will be, but it takes time and effort to get out and meet people.

      In terms of work, have a look at this post on finding work in Tasmania. There is lots of help there and you can start to think about what may be the best options for you. There is a register for teachers and it may be that you start as casual or part time and then into full time.

      The housing affordability, compared to Melbourne, it a huge plus for moving. Plus the fact that you will be able to live so much closer to the city that you would in Melbourne and not then spend your life stuck in traffic. I have lived in Melbourne and know what that is like! Not having that is the biggest lifestyle change for the better.

      Come and visit and see what you think!


    • Rosy October 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      I am a teacher too and looking to move down at the end of 2016. I’ve trawled through a lot of websites and FB to research teaching jobs and opportunities and it seems there are not a lot. Also, the state govt made 800-900 teachers redundant I think last year which means there are lots of teachers out of work. I decided to do a Masters degree before heading down to increase my chances of finding work plus I will have about 8-9 years of teaching experience by the time we go.

      For you, being a graduate can have some perks. Young grads are cheaper to hire, perhaps more willing to go to a rural position, can be more flexible as they may not have as many commitments or dependents… there are other things. But the downside is you’ll not have much teaching experience and with a lot of teachers out of work, you may find it difficult. It also depends if you are primary or high – and what your teaching areas are if high school and the demand in TAS. I’ve been reading a lot of teachers are actually heading to Victoria and the rest of the mainland to find teaching jobs…


  5. Raphae. Lim September 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm - Reply


    I am looking to come live in Tasmania as it looks beautiful with snow, cheaper housing than in Western Australia where I am from.

    Could you tell me if there are startups in tasmania and what other kind of jobs can I pursue there? And am i able to buy land sizes around an acre?

  6. Rosy October 24, 2015 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    We would like to move from Brisbane preferably to the Huon Valley – anywhere from South Hobart to Franklin. We are aware that some areas fall below the fog line and I can’t find any information online that discusses the elevation level to be above the fog line or suburbs that are/aren’t.

    Do anyone know if areas closer to Hobart are affected by the fog – e.g. Fern Tree, Neika, Sandfly, Longley, Mountain River? Does anyone know much about these suburbs?

  7. Sharni October 26, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Hi There, have recently been overcome with an almighty urge to pick up and move the family to Tasmania! We currently live in rural NSW and tired of the same-old. My family craves somewhere physically beautiful close to beaches, and beautiful places to hike/walk discover. We have two kids (3 & 6) so good schooling a must, and I have a love for the markets, the arts and good cafes!!! I am a writer, my partner is very much into cross fit – so near some sort of fitness facility would be great — but also he is into farming / agronomy, we’d be looking to rent somewhere with a bit of acreage with view of buying later, once we get to know the area better. I would GREATLY appreciate some insider tips on some great places to live given our circumstances. Many thanks in advance! Sharni

  8. Jo Dumergue January 20, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    We make our move to Tassie (from the Hawkesbury River in NSW) mid February 2016. We only know that we want to buy a rural property on a flowing fresh water river. We want up to 30 acres and so that we learn more about the community we will join, we think it is best to visit real estate agents, meet locals at the pub, stay in local pubs or hotels – until we find what we are looking for.

    My question really is to find out what the broadband/internet/mobile coverage is like in Tassie, and if there are many black spots. I have been told that Telstra seems to be the best for mobile usage (last time we were visiting we were with Optus & this meant we could not call friends/family on a regular basis as there was no reception.

    Is most of Tassie serviced by the NBN? I was told also that it was in Tassie that they initially rolled out the NBN…..


    • Jo (Admin) January 21, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Hi Jo,

      It sounds like you have a plan for a lovely lifestyle in Tassie.

      Re mobile phones, despite the other carriers promoting new towers etc, we still recommend that you use Telstra for mobile phones. They have the best network and are the only reliable network once you are out of the main cities.

      For the internet, if you search for NBN on this site we have a few articles you can read. The roll out is slower than planned, but getting there. NBN is is lots of areas now and over half the state. If you go to this page on the iiNet site you can put in any address and see if it is NBN ready.


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