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You’re moving to a new country. Not just that, you’ve chosen the island of Tasmania as your new home, leaving New Zealand for this beautiful Australian state. A brilliant quality of life, plenty of outdoors activity, and fresh produce and all the best that Australia has to offer is what awaits you.

Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when one hears Tasmania, is the Tasmanian devil, native to the island state and today only found there. But there’s so much more – Tassie is blessed with both mountains, lakes and stunning beaches, anyone who enjoys an active lifestyle with plenty of outdoors time will fit right in. From bushwalks to fascinating wildlife and dense rainforests, not to mention pristine lakes and sparkling beaches alongside rugged coastline, Australia’s smallest island is made up of small towns, and an array of attractions and natural wonders to marvel at.

Living here means you will always have something exciting and different to check out on the weekends, and its size means it takes no more than a few hours to get from one side to the other. Tasmania, while maybe not the obvious choice for a Kiwi moving to Australia, is a great one. Let’s take a look at some key facts about Tasmania, so you get a feel for the beautiful state before you head over.

Where to live in Tasmania

Tasmania offers a laid-back lifestyle, where phrases like rush hour traffic and peak hour don’t really have much meaning. Tasmania is also one of those places where it is quite affordable to live in its cities, or if you prefer a more rustic setting, then you can live in one of the smaller towns and still commute to the city for work without stress. Tasmania is home to people of all age groups, including young people and families, as well as those seeking an idyllic retirement spot.

Tasmania’s capital is the city of Hobart, which is often called the most beautiful of Australia’s capital cities. It’s also the country’s second oldest city. Located on the banks of the Derwent River and with Mount Wellington looming above, it is scenic indeed. Fun fact – Hobart began existence as a convict settlement in the early 1800s, but in a short while became a trading port and whaling station. The harbour still forms the epicentre of life there.

Launceston is another of Australia’s oldest cities, located in North Tasmania, and is the second most populous city after Hobart.

Devonport (yes, Tasmania has one too, like New Zealand) is another of Tasmania’s cities, located in Northern Tasmania. A busy coastal city, along the River Mersey, it also has a larger suburban area which is popular for living and working.

Aside from these cities, many other towns like Queenstown, Burnie, Port Arthur and Ulverstone are other good places to live in and around.

Working in Tasmania

Many folks wonder about the opportunities in Tasmania, taking into account its somewhat remote location and island state status. While it is true that the job scene in Tasmania will not be as bustling as it is in mainland Australia and its big cities like Sydney and Melbourne, Tasmania does have opportunities, especially for those comfortable with working in a remote location.

Some of the top industries in Tasmania are mining, agriculture, fishing, forestry and tourism. Thanks to the hordes of visitors who flock to Tasmania year-round to enjoy its natural marvels and exotic wildlife, there are always openings for those with experience or willing to work in the tourism trade.  Highly qualified, specialized skill sets like medicine and dentistry also have demand. It is not uncommon for doctors, dentists and nurse practitioners to immigrate to Tasmania.

Schools and universities in Tasmania

Are you moving to Tasmania with young children? Wondering what the school system is like and whether there are good schools? Or are you are a young adult who wants to experience the world’s freshest air (yes, that’s one of the things Tasmania has to offer!) and the chance to live and study in a gorgeous, laid back place? Well, you should apply to the University of Tasmania, in Hobart. In terms of primary and secondary education, every town and city has schools for its young residents. Aside from government/public schools, there are also some reputed private institutions.

Transportation in Tasmania

Public transport is less available than in the main Aussie centres, but there are ferries that can get you to and from other parts of Australia, and the island does have a public bus system. But depending on whether you live in one of the main cities or have chosen a more rural existence, having a car is a necessity in Tasmania. And given the similarities in the road rules between New Zealand and Tasmania, it’s easy for those with an existing driver’s license to get one there, you can get this part of your life started easily.

Food and drink in Tasmania

Thanks to the naturally rich and bountiful soil, the fertile lands in Tasmania make it ideal for producing high quality cheese, chocolate and wines. There is also an abundance of fresh seafood and produce (especially a mindboggling array of fruit), making Tasmania a foodie’s delight, especially if you want to indulge in local, fresh and straight from the soil goodness.

Aside from importing its wine and cheeses, Tasmania is also home to one of Australia’s most popular and respected beer brands, Boags as well as Cascade. There are quite a few small craft breweries across the state.

If you are looking for a taste of modern Australian cuisine, Hobart has restaurants that cater to the trend, with innovative, delicious menus. With some of the world’s best seafood, from the clean waters, if you love seafood you should look for oysters, abalone, squid, rock lobster, scallops, local salmon, and deep-sea fish like striped trumpeter and trevalla. Whether you cook them up at home or indulge in a meal at a local restaurant, you will be in for a treat!

Tasmania is an incredible place to start your new life. Contact Ausmove to find out about shipping costs for moving your possessions over- we can even ship your car.

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