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Tasmania is a pretty incredible place to live. The best thing is that not many others have figured that out yet, so it’s still affordable and relatively isolated. If you want to live outside the hustle and bustle of the main centres, Tassie could be for you.

One of the most common stories you’ll hear in Tassie is that the person came to visit and then never left. If you’re lucky, it’ll happen to you too. Tasmania is charming, surrounded by natural beauty, has great people and fantastic food… and it’s waiting for you.

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Tasmania, the island state

The smallest state in Australia, Tassie has a population of around 515,000. It’s separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait, and you can access the rest of Australia by air or sea (there’s a ferry to Melbourne six times a week that takes 10-and-a-half hours but can be notoriously rough). The island can be broadly split into two regions, Southern Tasmania and the North West Coast.

In the South, you’ll find Hobart, the Tasmanian capital. It’s a small city with only 250,000 people. It’s the coldest city in Australia, although it’s still mild compared to some places in NZ! If you want to live out of Hobart, you can consider Port Arthur, Richmond, Huon Valley and Launceston.

In the North West, Devonport is the gateway to Tasmania, as this is where the ferry from the Mainland docks. Other towns include Stanley, Wynyard and Burnie.

Climate

Tasmania has four distinct seasons and a mild climate. Summer averages highs of 24oC, and in winter the average along the coast is 12oC- but the central plateau averages 3oC and even gets snow.

Culture

There is plenty to do in this part of Australia, but probably the most recognised event is the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. The boats leave Sydney on Boxing Day, reaching Hobart 3-4 days later.

Part of the burgeoning boutique food scene, ‘The Taste of Tasmania’ is the annual food and wine festival, and there are other smaller events as well.

 

History

Tasmania was originally inhabited by the Aboriginals for thousands of years. It was ‘discovered’ by Abel Tasman in 1642 (hence the name, Tasmania). It had a history of European colonies being founded with not much luck until it was settled in 1804 as a penal colony, and was originally called ‘Van Dieman’s Land’. In fact, it housed 40% of all convicts sent to Australia, which led to the state having one-third of Australia’s colonial population in 1830.

Things to do in Tasmania

Over 45% of Tasmania is protected National Parks-19 of them- with spectacular landscapes carved from glaciers, cool rainforests, alpine wilderness and lonely, unspoiled beaches. As a result of its isolation, Tasmania has much unique native flora and fauna – and animals- that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Wombats, possums, echidnas, bandicoots, platypus, quolls and Tasmanian devils are all part of the wildlife, some harder to find than others.

If you move to Tasmania, put aside a few weekends and check out the Bay of Fires, Cataract Gore, Hastings Cave and the Mole Creek Karst.

If you like history, add Port Arthur on your list- the best-preserved convict site in Australia. There’s also the Museum of Old and New Art, well-known for its controversial exhibits.

For the active relaxers, Tasmania is heaven. Alongside the bushwalks and nature, it’s great place to explore by bike. There’s loads of fishing (mostly trout), scuba diving, kayaking and rock climbing/ spelunking. In winter, there is skiing in the slopes.

Food, food, food. Tasmania has miles of beautiful fruit and vegetable farms, outstanding seafood (in particular, abalone, salmon and oysters), cheese, beer, whisky, butter, honey and black truffles. Also try chips and gravy- fresh fries with a rich gravy poured on them. Heavenly.

How much does it cost to live in Tasmania?

The average monthly rent for a two/ three bedroom unit is around AU$1,595. It’s a reasonable cost of living, but do remember if you want to travel you are an extra hop to the mainland.

What do I need to think about when moving to Tasmania?

If you are moving to Australia from NZ, all you need to do is drop us a line here at AusMove and we can manage everything, from packing through to finding your first platypus (not so much the platypus bit, we can point you in the vague direction though).

Packing

One of the biggest tasks you’ll face is packing up your home. You should ideally start this process a few months out and take your time, making decisions about what you keep and move to Australia, what you give away or sell, and what you throw out.

Once those decisions have been made, give us a call. We pack your home up so that everything reaches your new home in Tassie in perfect condition. We also know what the customs/ quarantine people in Australia need, so everything is done professionally, and you don’t incur any fines or problems.

Moving

We have three ways to ship your goods over the ditch, and it’s your choice which one suits you best.

Shared container: Ideal for the budget, or if you’re not shipping a lot. You share your container with others at the same destination, so the container will be held in NZ until it’s full.

Sole container: If you have a full houseload, this is the best option. You get the container to yourself so it’s shipped as soon as possible.

Air freight: Air freight is fast, and expensive. Great if you need things straight away, like tools for your job or baby equipment but they wont fit in your luggage.

Insurance

If a hurricane rips through the Tasman Sea while your possessions are on a boat, (unlikely), even the best packing wont help if your container ends up in the drink. Make sure you get insurance and are covered in case of disaster. Contact us to discuss the best options.

Storage

Before we ship your stuff to Tasmania, we can place it in storage. AusMove have dedicated, fire-proof, secure storage so that your possessions are safe until you are ready fore them to leave NZ.

Then, when your household items arrive in Australia, you might not be quite ready for them to be delivered to your door- and that’s OK. We have access to some of the top-of-the-line storage facilities in Australia too, so you can have your life delivered when you’re ready for it.

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Pet moving

If you think that moving your cat, dog, guinea pig or horse to Australia sounds difficult, just give us a call. While there are certain processes that have to be followed, at AusMove, we know the system and can help you make the process successful.

Because, after all, your new home in Tasmania won’t be the same without the fur-kid.

Car moving

If you have a classic car or have a reliable car that is perfect for your family, then it is possible to ship your car to Australia with you. There are duties and taxes to pay on imported cars, but for many people it’s still financially viable. We are experts at moving cars across the ditch, so contact us to find out what you need to do to make it happen.

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