Things to know when you are ready to make the move
Tasmania’s lifestyle is the envy of many; with vibrant and welcoming communities and a wide range of opportunities, matched with short commutes, affordable property and a low cost of living. All of this means you can do more and still have the time and space to do what you love.
It’s a short trip
Tasmania is Australia’s only island state, and it is just a hop, skip and jump to get here. It’s a short flight taking just over an hour from Melbourne to the Launceston Airport in the State’s north, Devonport Airport or Burnie Airport in the North West or Hobart International Airport in the South.
Despite being an island, you can easily drive here. The Spirit of Tasmania offers a ferry service between Melbourne, Victoria and Devonport, on Tasmania’s north west. Regular sailings mean you can load up the car, moving truck or shipping container and bring everything with you. Information on rates and sailing schedules are online.
Tasmania’s major population centres are Hobart in the south, Launceston in the north and Burnie and Devonport in the north west.
Nestled between kunanyi/Mount Wellington and the Hobart Port, Hobart is the State’s capital city. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city is a great base to work, shop, explore, dine and live.
Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania. Launceston has many well preserved Victorian, Georgian and Federation style houses as well as art-deco architecture. There’s also a touch of wilderness with Cataract Gorge just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. The city is the place to see the Hawthorn AFL team in action and is the gateway to the Tamar Valley Wine Route.
Devonport is located on the Mersey River on the north west coast of Tasmania. Devonport is the home to the passenger ships connecting Tasmania to Melbourne, The Spirits of Tasmania I and II.
Burnie is situated on the north-west coast with a stunning outlook across Bass Strait and is home to the State’s key container freight port. The North West region is becoming increasingly known for its advanced manufacturing capability.
Make it Tasmania
Here at Make it Tasmania you’ll find heaps of stories about the people, opportunities, activities and what’s happening in the State.
Meet the inspirational people behind some of our businesses, browse through snapshots of our unique lifestyle through the eyes of people living it. Amongst our growing list of stories you’ll also find sport & outdoor adventures to sample, employment opportunities, art scene samples, food & beverage features and information on education.
Handy things to know
Tasmania has four distinct seasons, which makes for fantastic growing seasons, wines and scenery and experiences on offer throughout the year. Find out more about our climate here.
Need some help with the practicalities? Service Tasmania is the place for you, it’s the one stop shop for Tasmanian Government transactions, services and information.
Planning on driving? Find information on licensing, vehicle registration and much more.
As an island state, Tasmania is big on keeping the island pest and disease free. Check this handy guide on what things you can and can’t bring with you.
Need some information on skilled and business migration visa? – Migration Tasmania is the place for you.
Thinking about studying in Tasmania? For international students Study Tasmania provides information on the full range of courses available in the State.
Making the move from interstate – from childcare to Vocational Education Training (VET) and university, find the place for you.
When your move is booked Discover Tasmania can help you start planning your weekend adventures.
If investment is more your style Invest Tasmania will help you on your way.
Doing some sums and have questions about taxation in Tasmania visit here.
Some handy things to know when it’s time to find a house and turn on the power.
Looking to rent or buy a house? Pop by a local real estate office if you’d like to talk to someone face-to-face. There are also great resources and property listings available online – for a start try realestate.com.au or Domain. Please also have a look at this advice from Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading regarding things to think about when buying or selling property, and the Tenants Union of Tasmania provides information and advice when renting a property.
Retail electricity services in Tasmania are currently provide by Aurora Energy. Find more information online or phone 1300 12 2003.
Reticulated natural gas is available in selected areas. To connect to the pipeline visit:
LPG bottled gas is also available throughout Tasmania. Use your favourite internet search engine to find supplier near you.
To setup internet services you can find a list of National Broadband Network service providers here. For other internet services, your favourite internet search engine is a handy way to find a service provider.
Water and sewage services in Tasmania are provided by Tas Water. Find them online or phone 13 6992.
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