When you are dreaming of your move to Australia or within Australia, consider if Tasmania can deliver on those dreams. This small state offers something for everyone – beautiful surroundings, top quality food and wine, a temperate climate and a wonderful relaxed lifestyle. And to top it off, ‘Tassie’ is one of the most affordable places to live in Australia.
Tasmania is often referred to as an island paradise and those of us lucky enough to live here think that is pretty close to true. Tassie offers vast natural beauty and nearly forty per cent of the island is protected World Heritage wilderness, national parks and reserves.
Tasmania is the smallest state of Australia, an island around 250 kilometres (150 miles) south of mainland Australia, with the capital Hobart a one hour flight from Melbourne. Tasmania is 315 kilometres (189 miles) west to east and 286 kilometres (175 miles) north to south and is comparable in size to Scotland. All of this space for a population of around 510,000.
So why move to Tassie?
Tasmanians enjoy a wonderful and relaxed lifestyle. Most people can afford to choose to live a short distance from their work, leaving time to do more important things than sit in peak hour traffic (which doesn’t last long anyway!). You can use that extra time each day to play with your kids, take a walk on the beach or just read a great book.
Tasmania attracts people who wish to achieve a high quality of life and to raise their families in a safe environment. Moving to Tasmania allows many people to buy property they could never have dreamed of elsewhere, often with amazing water views or close to their favourite places.
Tasmania has long attracted tourists and those relocating with its natural beauty, and now many are also coming for the cultural and foodie attractions. Many new wine bars and fine (but not always expensive) restaurants have emerged in the last couple of years, all using the quality produce that Tasmania is well known for, including salmon, oysters and cheese. Tasmania is also gaining a strong reputation of producing some of the best Pinot Noir and Sparkling wine in Australia. There are wineries in each region of Tasmania and many are open to the public for tastings.
MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art) has raised Tasmania’s international profile since opening a year ago in Hobart. MONA showcases the vast and varied collection of David Walsh, a private collector and philanthropist. This has very quickly become Tasmania’s top tourist attraction.
There is of course much more to Tasmania and something for everyone. You will find Tasmanians to be very friendly and welcoming and keen to share with you all their favourite places and things to do.
As a first step if you are moving from outside Australia, government information on migrating to Tasmania can be found at www.migration.tas.gov.au .
Photo: Strathlynn Restaurant at Ninth Island Vineyard, Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore