Migrating to Tasmania

Tasmania is a place of beautiful and varied landscapes, a comfortable temperate climate and a relaxed island lifestyle. It is a safe place in which to raise a family. Our community is welcoming to new migrants and there are a lot of resources available that can help you find out about moving to Tasmania.

About Tasmania

Tasmania is an island state that lies across Bass Strait more that 240km (150 miles) south of the Australian Mainland.
Tasmania's pristine environment supports its premium foods. Clean, fertile soil, reliable rainfall, freedom from many pests and diseases and clean air, enable Tasmania to produce world-quality wines, beef, cheese, cherries and spring water.
Seafood like Atlantic salmon, oysters, abalone, scallops and crayfish are unique to Tasmania and are part of the growing list of exports.
Tasmania is a world leader in forestry, aquaculture, horticulture, oceanography, marine science and Antarctic and Southern Ocean research. It has all the benefits of city living with a less expensive lifestyle in a clean, natural environment.
Life in Tasmania is full of opportunity and Tasmania is one of the best places in the world to live and raise a family.
The lowest crime rate in Australia, a world class education system as well as a strong economy make Tasmania a place where dreams come true.
For more information about our beautiful island state, please visit the Discover Tasmaniawebsite.

Quick facts about Tasmania

Location: Tasmania is located 240km (150 miles) south of the Australian mainland at 43° S 147°E  

Area: 68,400 km² (26 383 square miles).  

Population: 456 652 (census 2001)  


Centers: Hobart (Capital city), Launceston, Devonport and Burnie

Climate: Temperate climate often referred to as similar to "Southern England's"

Topography: Tasmania is Australia's most mountainous state with no truly flat terrain. Mountain ranges dominate the west of the State, while the east is lower and flatter

Exports: Major exports include seafood, copper, iron ore, gold, apples, wine, lavender oils, saffron


For more information about Tasmania please visit Tasmania Online, a comprehensive guide to Tasmania on the web.


A short history of migration to Tasmania

The first Tasmanians were the indigenous Tasmanian Aboriginals who crossed a land bridge that once connected Tasmania to the Australian mainland more than 35,000 years ago.


In 1803, a British settlement was established at Risdon Cove, and penal settlements were established across Tasmania to detain prisoners from across the British Empire. Tasmania's population grew quite rapidly with both convicts and free settlers.


Large scale immigration came during the gold rush of the 1850's. The discovery of gold and other precious minerals such as tin and ore in Tasmania at Queenstown and Beaconsfield saw the immigration of a large number of British, French, Americans, Italians, Germans, and Hungarians. However the largest numbers of immigrants during this time were Chinese, whom had a significant presence in Tasmania.


The next wave of immigration came post World War II, when a number of Europeans sought to leave their war torn countries in search of better opportunities. In particular many came to work on Tasmania's Hydro electric schemes.


Recently the majority of immigration has come from Africa and full time international students coming to live in the state. Other overseas conflicts such as in the former Yugoslavia has also seen Tasmania play willing host to both new immigrants and refugees.


The settling of these diverse ethnic groups in Tasmania, has contributed to the rich social fabric that can be found today.

Thinking about living in Tasmania?

Australia's only island state is located less than one hour's flying time from Melbourne and under two hours from Sydney.


Comparable in size to Ireland, Sri Lanka or West Virginia, Tasmania's 68,400 square kilometres encompass a land of contrasts ranging from cosmopolitan cities, to wilderness areas that have been declared by the World Heritage Commission to be one of the world's greatest natural treasures. Nowhere in Tasmania is more than 115 kilometres from the sea.


Tasmanian has a temperate, maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Maximum temperatures range between 30 degrees Celsius in summer and 12 degrees Celsius in winter.


Tasmania offers a number of resources to help you find out more information about moving to and living in Tasmania.


Multicultural Tasmania is a division of the state government that aims to enhance interaction between the Government and migrant communities. Their website has useful information for potential migrants to Tasmania.

In addition the Commonwealth Department of Immigration, Multiculturalism and Indigenous Affairs also contains useful advice and information about moving to Australia.

Contact Us

International Wall of Friendship Development Committee.

C/- Bellala
GPO Box 920
Hobart TAS 7001

Phone Int. (03) 6270 1200
Phone: +61 3 6270 1200