More and more Australians are crossing the Bass Strait to call Tasmania home.
Some are Tasmanians returning home.
Most are moving interstate from bigger cities, seeking a simpler way of life in Australia’s southernmost state.
Tasmania tends to attract the curious. The wild spirits. The artistic and adventurous Australians who want to experience life from the top of Cradle Mountain to the harbour in Hobart.
Whatever your reasons for moving interstate to Tasmania, a little preparation will make your journey much smoother.
How to make moving interstate easier
Finding a place to live
Tasmania might look small, but there are endless places to call home across the compact island state.
- Hobart: The capital and biggest city by far, Hobart is a vibrant riverside city backdropped by Mount Wellington.
- Launceston: Walking trails, history and wine country converge on Tasmania’s second-biggest city in the north.
- Ross: Known for its notable convict history and 19th-century buildings, Ross is a tiny village overflowing with charm.
- Cygnet: South of Hobart on Kangaroo Bay is Cygnet, a haven for artists and musicians.
- Ulverstone: Tasmania’s largest town sits on the northern coast, 90 minutes west of Launceston.
- Latrobe: Just outside Tasmania’s third-largest city (Devonport) is Latrobe, a river town brimming with fresh produce.
Cost of living
Hobart is, unsurprisingly, Tasmania’s most expensive city.
But moving interstate to Tasmania might be more affordable than you imagine.
Renting or buying a home is anywhere from 15-30% cheaper in Hobart than in Perth and around half the price of housing in Sydney.
Launceston and Devonport, the next-largest population centres, are even more affordable.
However, there is a big caveat on the cost of moving to Tasmania.
Because so many people have been moving within Australia in recent years, Tasmania is experiencing a property crunch.
Anecdotes abound of people moving interstate and struggling to find affordable housing.
But what do you do with your belongings while you’re house hunting on the other side of the country?
We recommend looking into storage options to keep your belongings secure until you find the right place in Tasmania.
Moving furniture and bulky items is one of the biggest costs when moving interstate. So if you can avoid moving twice, you could save a substantial amount of money.
Getting around in Tasmania
Did you know you can drive across Tasmania in a day?
Although we wouldn’t recommend it, purely because you’ll miss too many incredible sights and experiences.
Driving is the most convenient and comfortable way to explore Tasmania.
If you’re moving within Australia, bringing your car could be more cost-effective than buying a new one when you arrive.
Preparing for the move
Moving interstate is a big job.
Start planning early:
- Make a personalised moving plan
- Find a home if possible
- Prepare excess furniture for storage
- Book an interstate removalist
- Sell or donate unwanted furniture, clothes and belongings
KEYS The Moving Solution is a highly experienced removalist.