The reasons that people move interstate are many and varied. Different age groups move for different reasons. For younger re-locators, economic reasons, e.g. pursuing job opportunities is more likely a contributing factor. For older people, relocating interstate is more often prompted by a desire for a change of lifestyle.
In recent times, ‘tree-changes’ and ‘sea-changes’ have become buzz words in the real estate market. These terms - describing a relocation to either a sea-side location or a rural / country setting are frequently cited by people who decide to move to Tasmania. With a slower pace of life, stunning natural scenery and booming culinary and cultural scene, Tasmania is on everyone's radar when they are considering a change of lifestyle.
Statistics obtained from RP Data show that the average house price (as at December 2016) in Hobart, TAS is $345,000 versus $641,200 in Melbourne, VIC or $852,000 in Sydney, NSW. That’s a sizable difference in price between the main cities and Tasmania.
Tasmania is blessed with stunning natural beauty. The cool climate supports a vast and varied landscape with many different environments - from mountainous ranges to temperate rainforests, wetlands and coastal heaths. For any lover of nature, Tasmania will spoil with its rich diversity of plant-life, animal-life and gorgeous landscapes which can be enjoyed year round. There are over 2000 kms of walking tracks, national parks and reserves make up more than ⅓ of the island.
Even in the larger cities of Hobart and Launceston, locals describe their cities as being more like large county towns. There are only 500,000 people living in the whole of Tasmania (this is less than a quarter of Brisbane’s population!) The skylines in Hobart and Launceston are not populated by masses of skyscrapers or tall towers of apartments or there are plenty of options to live in a rural location and still be just a short drive from the city.
Tasmania’s unspoilt natural environment supports food and drink growers and producers to create one of the most exciting culinary scenes in Australia. Farmers markets, cafes, pubs and restaurants are wineries are producing amazing high quality products attracting foodies from all over the world.
The past four years have seen Tasmania undergo a housing boom that is not showing any immediate signs of slowing down. The Real Estate Institute of Tasmania showed that Hobart’s median house price rose 12% in the past year (to February 2018). Compare this to Sydney, which saw a fall of 1.7% during the same time period and it seems like a great time to invest in property in Tasmania.
Divided from mainland Australia by around 150 miles of water, Tasmania covers 68,000 square kilometres. While that sounds a lot, it’s actually a great size for getting about easily with a road trip from Launceston in the north, to Hobart in the south taking only about 3 hours. The variety of landscapes within this small island are amazing. In one day you can go from the top of a mountain to the seaside to a temperate rainforest.
Sick of wasting your days in traffic jams, waiting in long queues, passing thousands of people on your daily commute but connecting with no-one? While living in a city such as Sydney or Melbourne, you may be surrounded by people but feel no sense of connection or belonging. In Tasmania, not only will your commute time each day be drastically reduced - if you are moving from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane - but getting away from the impersonal hustle and bustle of city life can encourage more meaningful connections with strangers where you live.
The rich and varied cultural scene of Tasmania is both accessible and eclectic. From music festivals to world renowned museums (MONA in Hobart), and local craft markets, your options of indulging in the arts will not be limited if you choose to live in Tasmania.
So if we have convinced you that moving to Tasmania is the way to go, you'll be excited to know we can actually help you get there too! Our self pack moving containers can be moved from anywhere in Australia (or New Zealand) to Tasmania - if you're moving from Melbourne, your container will be there in as little as two days. The self pack system works perfectly for an inter-island move, we deliver a 20ft moving container to your address. You load it up with your household goods and we transport it to Tasmania and your new home. No hassle, little fuss and at a very competitive price. Give our office a call today for an obligation free quote (1800 659221) or fill in our moving quote form and we'll get back to within one business day.
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