September 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm #257331
Currently in dry dusty flat salty WA, planning on a move to Tassie as soon as I get all the right stars, bank managers and employers in alignment.
The was a dream that got lost when life, a back injury, broken relationship kids and bills got in the way.
Finally getting my head above the metaphysical mud and ready to get my hands into actual mud.
I have joined up with the Tassie group – not sure where I’ll end up, quite impressed with the area above Lonny, my main requirement for a block is bush and tree ferns, the rest I can make up as I go along.
Single, 43, not terribly normal (according to my work mates) and accompanied by a 14yr old daughter who thinks going off the grid means becoming a hippy and buying new clothes 🙂September 29, 2012 at 1:37 am #528018
Welcome Karty, hope your life in Tassy is all you dream of when you get here. Fingers crossed everything will work out well for you to enable you to make a smooth move.September 29, 2012 at 2:59 am #528019
Hi Karty :wave: Welcome to ALS – some great Taswegians on here – and all the best for your plans and for your future.What sort of clothes do you think your daughter has in mind? :laugh:September 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm #528020
Don’t give up on your dream :hug:October 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm #528021
Hello and welcome! :tup:October 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm #528022
It’s been quite a while since I have looked at ASL…various reasons…computer dramas, too busy, all the usual stuff so it was just by chance I happened to see this thread, my husband & I moved back to Tassie in January 2011, he is a Tasmanian..I’m a North Qlder and we had lived in Cairns for the previous 10 years or so when we decided we wanted a cheaper more rural lifestyle (we’d both lived in rural Tassie before so we weren’t total newbies to country life!), I suppose in some ways it has been a success, we DO live more cheaply, we grow most of our own vegetables, and Tasmania is beautiful in many places but if anyone asks me about moving here I do advise caution…it’s not all Matthew Evansy living the good life by any means. The drawbacks? The climate is horrendous…cold for all but a couple of months (Jan, Feb & March aren’t too bad if you’re lucky!) Don’t let anyone tell you that cold is better than heat & that you just need to dress warmly…and really warm clothes that are comfortable are VERY expensive…check out the cost of Icebreaker underwear and you’ll see what I mean, the cost of clothing is something that I don’t think many people factor in to living in a cold climate…even a pair of thermal socks will set you back $30 or so…then there is appropriate bedding, all these things are essential if you want to be warm. Heating is expensive, we are lucky to have a efficient wood heater and access to free fire wood but if you don’t or have to use electric heating it is an expensive business….if you get your own firewood you need a chainsaw and a vehicle cabable of getting you into the bush, you need to have the physical strength to split wood.
If you are in a rural area then it is always a huge drama getting anything fixed and it usually costs more as the options are limited and the service is often abysmal.
If you like an occasional take away then beware…Tasmania has the worlds worst take away food…most is inedible, it took us ages to find a place that sold proper fish & chips, this in a state that continually bangs on about its great food, and yes, Tassie does indeed have great food but unless you produce it yourself then you have to be prepared to pay top dollar.
All the drawbacks to Tassie get worse the poorer you happen to be, there are plenty of stories in Tassie of people who go to bed a 6 O’clock because they can’t afford to heat their houses…poor buggers.
So would we do it again…probably not, will we go back to the mainland, almost certainly! My husband said recently that he thought that Tassie would have improved in the 15 years or so that he’d been away, but it hasn’t unfortunately.
It’s a bit like living in a thirld world country…you catch strange wogs, the natives are often unfriendly and the water is undrinkable!!
This is all very negative but I just think that all the bad points about Tassie often get glossed over…I do hope that it works well for you but just be prepared for not so plain sailing…and buy some really warm clothes!October 6, 2012 at 12:19 am #528023
Yes i have a friend in tassie who has warned me of unfriendly locals and a lot of the drawbacks you mention.
I was there in August and put on a pair of jeans and a jumper for the first time in years.
I struggle with any level of warmth for health reasons, and after much arguing in the office we established my maximum operating temp is around 16-18C – and that is in a t-shirt and 3/4 pants, so the cold doesn’t worry me, and I spend a lot on cooling here as you can’t just remove an extra layer, so, the cold is a big part of why I want to move!
I lived in the New England tablelands for many years!!
I guess the other thing, coming from the middle of WA 3rd world is a massive improvement 🙂
Dealing with dry land salinity, little rain, broad scale cropping in what is basically hydrophobic sand. town water kills vegies, high salt water table kills fruit trees, 2 hr drive to see a GP after a weeks wait for an urgent appointment ….October 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm #528024
It doesn’t matter what state you live in the problems with health are still there.
If the state governments want to save money its always the medical side that gets cut.
When we lived in Tassie we found jobs were the hardest to get in the 1980s
even teachers found it hard back then
I was told of a job by the school bus driver picking vegetables in Forth, So I applied and got the job
then the truck driver left so I told the boss hubby had a semi license and he gained employment.
For shopping back then there was only 2 shops Coles and Rolf Vos [now Woolies] both were dearer for
their own products then the main land.
We started shopping by road side stalls and a auction held every fortnight just out of Devonport, till
our veggie patch started producing.
The house and land we bought off was owned by a Queenslander who stuck it out for 3 months.
He couldn’t handle the cold either.
We found all our neighbours to be helpful and very freindly. but down south where our friends lived it was
much different. Since then anther set of friends have moveed to Glen Huon and found everyone friendly.
The only problem we found where we lived was no medical service a doctor came up once a week and you waited
your turn to see him. So you couldn’t have the same as just ringing up and booking in.
The schools were great the younger boys went to Sheffield and loved the school the eldest went to Devonport
and all were very happy at school.
I think with more mainlanders moving there it has changed a lot but again depends on where you move to.
Like any country town you have to join things, You are luckier if you have children the school is a good
place to start, Hubby was in the CFS so he could just join that.
If you think the water is bad there try SA water, It tastes and smells like used swimming pool water at timesOctober 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm #528025
Tassie is a wonderful place (in my completely bias opinion!)
When looking for land, we found that Hobart and Launnie are both slightly more $$$ than the North West (Devonport, Ulverstone & Burnie) if you want to be close to a town… that said, the North West has slightly less to offer in terms of the range of shops and services in the towns… they’re not lacking anything in particular, just comparatively smaller.
Other consideration is that despite the very lush green image, rainfall in some areas in summer can be quite low – certainly i have observed my parents gardens in Launceston require much more watering than in Sheffield.
Goodluck, I hope your dream becomes a reality!October 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm #528026
The temperature on the East Coast of Tassie is very similar to Melbourne. I certainly don’t freeze when I go there. People are mainly very friendly and you can get good take-away food in lots of places. I need a Tassie holiday now. 😛October 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm #528027
I guess if you like the cold Karty you’ll be fine…I reckon my optimum temperature is about 30 C :laugh: I often joke that I haven’t been warm since I set foot here…a bit of an exaggeration, we try to keep the living areas of the house at 20 C…I still rug up at that temp! I’m very thankful I don’t have to pay for heating tho’…
There are lots of places I’d like less than Tassie I’m sure but I still don’t think it’s our cup of tea..we’ve given in just under two years and I figure that should be time enough to settle and acclimatise.
Seaport in Launceston & Fish Frenzy in Hobart are good for fish & chips…and Burger got Soul has great burgers.
We were in SA for a while and the water is dire…totally undrinkable, obviously been filtered thru’ too many Queenslanders! :jawdrop: Our water is ‘au naturel’-straight out of the river so is no doubt a stew of Agri chemicals, spew inducing bacteria and infused with the odd dead sheep.
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