Along with the chilled-out lifestyle and tranquil environment there is a practical side to getting established in Tasmania.
Along with the chilled-out lifestyle and tranquil environment there is a practical side to getting established in Tasmania. Depending on your circumstances, you will need to consider access to schools, universities, doctors, hospitals, shops, public transport, recreational facilities and components that are key to setting up your comfortable and hassle free lifestyle.
Tasmania is well serviced by both public and private schools in almost all areas. Primary schools in many of the regional areas have smaller numbers, which allow for more community involvement, and your children enjoy greater one on one interaction with teaching staff. For higher school education many choose to travel in to the larger schools in areas like Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. Many Tasmanian schools have a strong focus on agricultural, environmental and other outdoor studies, making use of the surrounding natural landscape that Tasmania offers
The majority of students in Tasmania attend the University of Tasmania, which in addition to traditional studies offers unique specialist institutes that draw on Tasmania’s distinctive geographical assets. These specialist institutes include;
The university’s campuses in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie are large enough to offer students a focused and engaged learning environment with excellent facilities, but still small enough to ensure students receive the personalised advice and guidance not available at larger institutions.
Most regional towns do offer a medical centre and pharmacy but it is a good idea to do some research if you depend on regular visits. Like most regional areas in Australia, regional areas in Tasmania are not as well serviced by doctors as the major centres. However these smaller medical centres do offer the trademark friendly and personal service that Tasmania is so special for. Bigger towns and cities like Ulverstone, Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart all offer larger 24 hr medical centres so choosing a home closer to these areas could be wise if you expect to be using these facilities regularly
Friendly and hardworking doctors and staff is what sets Tasmania’s hospitals apart. You can choose between the public or private hospitals in major centres, whilst most regional communities are serviced by smaller hospitals that specialise in more general medical care and palliative care. It is a great idea to call into the hospital nearest to where you are settling down to get an idea of what they can offer for you
Tasmania is well serviced by the major supermarket chains, as well as a number of smaller independent stores. Savour the friendly Tasmanian culture and uncrowded isles and carparks. For the more discerning shopper enjoy the shopping malls in the city centres, where food, fashion and fun come together to create a truly Tasmanian cocktail
And for the sausage-in-bread loving DIY buffs…we have a good number of Bunnings stores to choose from!
Bus services connect most areas of Tasmania to the larger centres, as there is currently no passenger train service in Tasmania. Many of the city centres offer free shuttle bus transport to selected locations, and Hobart is looking forward to a new ferry service getting underway in the near future
Actively participating in recreational activities is a great way to get established in your new locale. Tasmania is blessed with recreational facilities to suit every age , stage and style! Whether you are looking for a beachfront to walk the dogs, a junior football club to join, or a good long hike through the bush, we can guarantee you will find something to fit the bill. A number of well-maintained marinas provide for the boating and yachting enthusiasts. And for the social types, our cities are filled with cafes, restaurants and gourmet goodies.