Tasmania – “Tassie” to the locals – is known for its rugged scenery, fabulous foodie scene and welcoming locals. A cooler climate than the rest of Australia makes it popular with British expats keen to avoid the full-on heat of somewhere like Perth, while still benefiting from mild winters, longer summers and that laid-back Australian charm.
The capital Hobart has become Australia’s hottest housing market in recent months. According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Hobart (3.9%) recorded the largest increase in property prices during the last three months of 2017, outpacing growth in Canberra (1.7%), Perth (1.1%), Brisbane (0.9%) and Adelaide (0.6%). That said the average house price in Hobart (AUD $ 443,500) and Tasmania as a whole (AUD $325,000) remains well below the national average (AUD $679,100).
The capital Hobart has become Australia’s hottest housing market in recent months.
Working in Tasmania
The main industries in Tasmania are mining, forestry, agriculture and tourism, with average weekly gross earnings of around AUD $817 (£450). One of the most desirable things about living and working in Tasmania is the work-life balance, with family and recreation time given plenty of attention. An average working week of 38 hours ensures this is more than possible.
Where to live in Tasmania
If you’re looking for work opportunities, a thriving café culture, fascinating arts scene and plenty of British neighbours the capital Hobart will tick all the boxes. Hobart is a small city, with a population of around 200,000, but has everything you need to enjoy your life Down Under. This is a port city with a waterfront that offers an enticing buzz and a sense of history. Towering above the city is Kunanyi/Mt Wellington, making adventurous outdoor activities a must. When summer comes round its festival time, and for a few weeks around the New Year things get lively thanks to events like the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and The Taste of Tasmanian festival.
Tasmania’s second city has a population of around 70,000. The locals will happily tell you that they have everything Hobart has to offer – the architecture, the parks, the food, the countryside – but it’s all a bit more elegant, beautiful, tasty and verdant. There are a handful of lovely suburbs and small towns surrounding the city such as Evandale, Seaport and Perth. Tasmania’s world-renowned wine region is right on Launceston’s doorstep.
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Devonport is located on the Mersey River and the Bass Strait on the north-west coast of the island. Here you’ll find the Spirit of Tasmania, which ferries people and goods to and from Melbourne. Locals and visitors enjoy great beaches, pretty parks, the town’s proud maritime heritage and an active outdoor lifestyle.