Thinking of building in North-West Tasmania? Here's 5 great locations to explore!
Tasmania’s North-West coast has been seen as one of the island’s more affordable locations to build a home. It also happens to be incredibly scenic, with a lush agricultural hinterland, spectacular rocky headlands and the Bass Strait twinkling alongside you.
Median house prices soared here in the first quarter of 2021 and we’re not altogether surprised. The North-West is the quiet achiever of the state whose time has come. Here’s a run-down of five very different towns in the region.
We’re delighted to see Burnie outgrowing its reputation as an industrial hub. A busy port, with a population of 20,000, the city offers distinct advantages for those in ‘the know’. We’re noticing an influx of new residents to Burnie from mainland capitals, who are frankly staggered by the value proposition the city offers. They often mention the high speed NBN they wouldn’t get on the mainland – optimal for those in the new digital economy. The upgraded foreshore has parks, beaches, boardwalks and green spaces. Industrial heritage is featured at the Makers’ Workshop, and nature’s a twenty-minute drive away at the spectacular Guide Falls. With the island’s other cities in one direction and the wild west coast in the other, Burnie’s poised in the middle - and on the brink of a brighter future.
To locals and visitors alike it’s known as the town of murals, with over sixty around the town and a Mural Fest every year. There’s also an annual Steam Fest, featuring a steam train locomotive and machinery, and displays of pioneering skills like wood chopping. Situated back from the coast, Sheffield is in the Kentish region under spectacular Mount Roland, and is known for its production of lambs, crops, and timber. Often used as a pit stop by people on their way to Cradle Mountain or the World Heritage area, it’ a proper country town, with country pubs and stores on a high street lined with utes. A place to live quietly, surrounded by rural life and traditions.
At the mouth of the Leven River, Ulverstone is seen by its residents as the north-west’s hidden gem. The population of 12,000 in this laidback town is a mix of families, visitors, retirees, and business owners. That means great amenities, with schools and a town centre with the shops, cafes and restaurants you’ll need. Parks and beaches are within easy reach, and you’re perfectly placed for a day trip to Cradle Mountain. Elegant federation buildings dotted throughout the town connect to the past. The elevation at the back of Ulverstone offers spectacular views over the Bass Strait, and northern light flooding through your windows.
Home to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, Devonport is our busy coastal hub, with a ‘Living City’ urban renewal project driving economic growth and business confidence. This has seen the opening of a multi-purpose civic centre, and waterfront park development and major private investment in hotel accommodation still ongoing. Devonport’s a hub for the region’s hardworking agricultural community. In the surrounding areas there’s a rich mix of broadacre farming and niche farming enterprises and producers of chocolate, raspberries, cheeses, wines and whiskey. Gourmet producers come together in the undercover Providore Market, and the Tasmanian Hill Street Grocer chain stocks the region’s premium produce. With a population of 23,000, there’s all the general retail you need – plus an awesome cinema to boot!
Think of a pretty village steeped in colonial history and you’re probably picturing Stanley. The village perches on the end of an isthmus and in the lee of ‘The Nut’, a rock massif which is all that remains of a long-gone volcano. The Nut is now the town’s main visitor attraction, with walking and sea views, abundant birdlife, and conservation efforts by local volunteers. Back in the village, a ramble along the pretty main street with its cafes, pub, trinket shops, galleries and heritage accommodation takes you down to the working fishing harbour. Up on the hill above town, Highfield House is the historic headquarters of the Van Diemen Land Company, now open to the public. The town has a population of just over 500 people, mainly couples over fifty running a business or enjoying an active retirement. Nearby Smithton is a short drive away for day-to-day retail and services.
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