Moving to Australia

Living In Tasmania

One thing’s for sure – Tasmania, known affectionately as ‘Tassie’, is unique. And that’s a great thing. Living in the island state could be just what you’re looking for if you prefer a quieter pace of life and want to get away from it all.

Separated from the mainland by Bass Strait, you’ll be nestled amongst pristine forests brimming with fascinating flora and fauna, with access to some of the best quality food in the world, in the company of friendly and welcoming locals. Perfection!

Facts And Figures

The People

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  • Nicknamed Taswegians
  • Population: 522,000
  • Average age of residents: 42
  • Average net monthly salary (Hobart): $3,563
  • More than 80% born in Tasmania, more than 90% born in either Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain or Ireland

The Weather

  • Climate: cool temperate with four distinct seasons
  • Similar weather to places like the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and the US Pacific Northwest
  • Average annual rainfall varies dramatically across the state from 500mm in the centre to 2,690 in the north-western highlands
  • Find out more about Australian weather

Cost of living

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The great news is Tasmania is definitely an affordable place to live compared to other Australian cities.

  • Median Hobart house price: $385,000
  • Monthly rent on a 1-bedroom apartment in the Hobart city centre: $1,200
  • One-way ticket on Hobart public transport: $3.00
  • 1 litre of milk: $1.12
  • Loaf of bread : $3.51
  • 1kg of apples: $3.25

Transport

Most people drive to get from A to B in Tasmania but there are limited bus services connecting the towns and cities. Local suburban buses within the cities of Hobart, Launceston and Burnie are provided by Metro Bus Services.

Find out more about Australian public transport in general.

Attractions & Sights

Eat

Tasmania’s pristine environment is in part to thank for the state’s proud production of outstanding food and wine, attracting gourmands from around the world.

Visit Salamanca Market (held every Saturday) if you’re in Hobart for a mouth-watering array of products from local growers and producers and well as unique art and handicrafts. Our top picks? The incredible handmade bread, cheese, wine and spirits on offer.

Tassie is often referred to as the ‘Apple Isle’ because it used to be one of the world’s major apple producers. The fruit is still grown here in large numbers, especially in the state’s south. At Sorell Fruit Farm, just half an hour east of Hobart, you can stroll the orchards and pick your own fresh apples to take home, as well as stone fruit and berries.

Cheese lovers take note – Tasmania is famous for its award-winning offerings including brie, camembert, cheddar and blue varieties. Visit King Island Dairy’s cheese store on King Island to peruse and taste their wares.

Other noteworthy Tasmanian produce includes:

  • Seafood, particularly salmon, lobster and oysters
  • Premium dairy products including yogurt, ice cream and chocolate
  • Hazelnuts, berries, honey and olives
  • Cool climate wines, especially pinot noir and sparkling varieties
  • Other tasty tipples including beer, cider, whisky and gin
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Explore

The untouched natural beauty on show in Tasmania is truly spectacular and something you’ll want to explore fully if you live here.

You’ll find national parks and World Heritage Sites across the state, full of unique flora and fauna thanks to Tassie’s geographic isolation.

While you’re enjoying the lush forests, keep an eye out for the fascinating Tasmanian devil, a nocturnal carnivorous marsupial that if you’re lucky, you may spot napping in the sun during the day. If you’re really optimistic you can keep your eyes peeled for an elusive Tasmanian tiger too, but it’s widely agreed they became extinct back in the 1930s.

Bruny Island off the south-eastern coast is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Here you can spot fairy penguins, black-faced cormorants, the swift parrot, the endangered forty-spotted pardalote and the short-tailed shearwater (Tasmanian muttonbird), among others.

While you’re there, check out the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, an Aussie icon, plus the museum, art gallery and gourmet attractions including a smokehouse, cheese factory, oyster farm and vineyard. Yum!

Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park is consistently voted one of the world’s 10 best beaches and it’s obvious why: it’s absolutely stunning, unspoiled and you can even see dolphins playing in the water from the beach!

Freycinet is also home to some pretty special residents like the red-necked wallaby, eastern quoll, pademelon, echidna, eastern pygmy possum and mountain dragon (he’s not as scary as he sounds!)

Read about even more fun things to do in Hobart.

Read about even more things to do in Hobart at night.

Read about even more fun things to do in coastal Tasmania.

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Negatives To Consider

While there are certainly many positives to living in Tasmania, consider the cooler weather, less-than-perfect public transport, more limited entertainment options and any potential difficulties finding work before you make a decision on your new home in Australia.

Decided To Move To Tasmania?

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Congratulations! You’ll need to get the essentials sorted before you leave or soon after you arrive. Here are some tips on setting up the basics you’ll need to start your new life.

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