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    I’m not from Tas, but my immediate family all live in Hobart currently so I will share a few bits from what they’ve said.

    It is a beautiful place. Cold, but beautiful. DH isn’t a fan of the cold and has only been down once in the 12yrs I’ve had family there and did not cope with the weather - and we went at Christmas! Certainly a nice place to visit. In terms of the daily grind, one thing my parents/sister have all mentioned is the job situation. There’s not a huge scope for extending yourself depending on what career you’re in. I know my sister has talked about having to move back to the mainland if she wants to further her career (she’s a nurse) because there’s just no real opportunities for her in Tas. Mum and Dad moved down for 2 reasons. 1. My sister was living there and my nephew was 18m old at the time, and 2. Mum had the opportunity to lead a project in setting up a community nursing palliative care program. When she first started, her wage was a joke. I was getting paid more than she was as a level 1 nurse/midwife than she was as a level 3 nurse. She knew there would be a pay discrepancy when she moved, but didn’t realise how significant. When they first moved down, dad didn’t have a job. It took him nearly 2 years to get a job. In that time he was grandad daycare for my nephew. He since found a job and has worked there ever since. Again, no chance of job progression as it’s a small business but he does have job security for now (his boss has just turned 70...). They too will move back to the mainland eventually. Either when dads boss retires or mums project ends. They can’t sustain themselves on one income.

    I can’t say much for education, but my sister did use my parents address to get my nephew into a better school as their catchment school at the time was not a good option. Nephew has been diagnosed ADHD and there’s talk of him also needing assessment for a possible ASD diagnosis. I think he’s reasonably well supported at the moment but I think it’s like every school - there’s great teachers and some not so great teachers.

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    Hello @MissTwiggley!

    I've lived in Tasmania my whole life - I grew up in the North West, spent my teenage years in Launceston, and went to university and currently live and work in Hobart.

    Tasmania is beautiful, especially if you like nature, bushwalking, scenery etc. No matter where you live it will be a short walk or drive to somewhere stunning. I live in Hobart and it's almost hard to find a house that doesn't have some sort of view. We live about a 10 minute drive from the CBD and have water views. We have walking tracks and beaches at our doorstop. I genuinely love Hobart, and honestly don't ever want to leave. Its a small city, but because it's a capital city it has a lot of the benefits of that, such as state government offices(jobs), major hospitals, a strong uni presence, events, etc. Launceston is a beautiful little city too, but a bit more lacking with aementites and opportunities.

    Yes, it is cold compared to mainland Australia. And depending where you live can be very wet. However Hobart is the second driest capital city. Many of the winter days can be crisp and cold with snow on the mountain but beautifully sunny. Many of my friends that have moved from Melbourne comment on how it is much less grey.

    Where about would you be looking to move to? As that would impact many of the answers to your questions. The public health system in Tasmania is somewhat overwhelmed and there can be long delays with elective procedures etc. A product of having an older, poorer population does put significant strain on the health system. That said, both my parents have gone through the public system recently (breast cancer for my mum, and heart surgery for my dad) and they can't fault their service. They were seen quickly and the services were professional. My daughter recently went through the public system for her hip operation and it was a good experience. The only down side is that the can be a lack of specialists for second opinions etc. Though it's not unheard of for public patients to be transferred to Melbourne or Sydney hospitals if there is no relevant specialist here. We have private health and had our daughter in a private hospital and cannot fault that system at all.

    If you live outside of Hobart or Launceston health care is not as accessible, but I imagine that's similar to nother parts of the country once you are outside major population centres.

    Public primary schools are generally very good. Though that can depend on your catchment areas. Like most places in Australia the more affluent suburbs have the more desirable primary schools. I would say that depending where you live, public high schools can be a bit dodgy. There is a robust private school system too including catholic, steiner and anglican etc. with various price tags attached. Hobart has a number of single sex schools, too.

    As @MLadyEm said, jobs can be tricky. Nursing and teaching pay less than mainland counterparts. There aren't a huge number of big employers here, which limits opportunities. However, if you manage to get a job in state government or at the university salaries can be similar to the mainland. Housing in Hobart is not particularly cheap these days, but still cheaper than Melbourne/Sydney prices.

    There is a meth problem in some of the poorer areas. Intergenerational poverty is an issue for sure.

    Shopping is fine in Hobart, obviously not a extensive as the bigger cities though. There is no Aldi in Tasmania, the big supermarkets are Coles and Woolworths.

    Have you been for a holiday before? Where abouts do you currently live? Are you looking to live remotely or in the city/suburbs? What kind of jobs would you be looking for?

    I'm happy to answer any questions! I genuinely love living here so love sharing knowledge of the state!
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    Thank you so much lovelies! I will be back with more questions. xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTwiggley View Post
    Thank you so much lovelies! I will be back with more questions. xx
    One thing I forgot to add, Tasmania has a thriving food scene. Fresh produce is abundant at farmers markets, roadside stalls, community gardens. Resteraunts and cafes pride themselves on using locally sourced produce. Cool climate wine, beer, cider, gin and whiskey are exceptionally good here. There are amazing vineyards all around Tasmania, and 15/20 mins outside of Hobart you can get lost in wine tasting, cheese, chocolate and beautiful scenery. Just thought I'd let you know if that is your thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FayBelle View Post
    One thing I forgot to add, Tasmania has a thriving food scene. Fresh produce is abundant at farmers markets, roadside stalls, community gardens. Resteraunts and cafes pride themselves on using locally sourced produce. Cool climate wine, beer, cider, gin and whiskey are exceptionally good here. There are amazing vineyards all around Tasmania, and 15/20 mins outside of Hobart you can get lost in wine tasting, cheese, chocolate and beautiful scenery. Just thought I'd let you know if that is your thing!
    I am a total foodie! I will PM you. xx

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