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Any Tasmanian resident here???
« on: July 09, 2018, 04:16:33 pm »

I would like to purchase a house and land plot in the NorthWest side of the island and wanna know which areas to avoid.  Looking for a minimum 5ha land size with a good home on it, and it MUST be up in the mountains/hills. Anyone who lives there and knows where I should start looking would be appreciated.
I intend to fly down in August, hire a car and spend the week looking at farms etc in the hills :)
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 05:10:55 pm »

No idea never been to Tas, but was looking at properties there the other day - found this fully functional off grid property <80km from major towns. Was looking at work opportunities in Tas.

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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 06:02:13 pm »

That's a nice find  ;)
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2018, 12:28:31 am »

Hi Odzy,

Tasmanian resident in the North East for past seven years here.
(Plus a two year spell in Hobart when I was still in the work force some 18 years ago),

Which areas (of the North West) to avoid? Personally I would avoid the North West entirely!

The West coast would be off my list from a survivalist point of view because
of the weather and rugged terrain and limited growing conditions.
You would certainly have your mountains and hills in the West, so great for
seclusion but not so great for growing stuff or hunting.

The North West is a bit better and you could probably find a suitable place if chosen carefully
with respect to wind, rain and temperature patterns there.
So avoid the coast = too windy. More mountains means more rain - probably more than you want.
Look for valleys a bit inland running approx North-South to get some shelter from the Westerlies and the
North-Westerlies that come with the cold fronts.

But why the North West?

The North East has much better weather but still has enough hills and mountains
(and reasonable priced, secluded properties) to suit a prepper expecting to be self sufficient in the future.

I'm in the North East and chose here because of the weather patterns (and property prices).
The West and North West get the brunt of the cold, rain and strong winds.
Growing season is thus shorter generally compared with the East.

I'm in the foothills of a local mountain range (elevation about 300 Metres),
so get some shelter from the roaring forties which blast the West but still get
good rainfall and a reasonably long growing season.
(Although frosts from May to October plus a few earlier or later can spoil your expectations of a good crop).

I would avoid the South (of Hobart) - too close to 'civilization' and a bit too
much rain for my liking although there are some nice properties there.

The East coast tends to be a bit too dry with the soil generally not that good.
(Always exceptions of course if you find the right valley running back from the coast).

The Centre is sort of divided between the high ground - lots of lakes with trout but cold
and not veggie farming friendly and the lower plains which tend to be open and windswept
- ok, but a bit short of hills and mountains. (Drive from Launceston to Hobart on the midland
highway and you'll see what I mean).

Not exactly what you were asking I know but hope it helps a bit.
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2018, 06:15:10 am »

Great input Pedro, this is what I was hoping someone would respond...  thanks for taking the time to explain the issues.
The area I am looking is outside Sheffield open plains on the foothills of Mt Roland and protected by Cradle Mountain from the winds, I believe Sheffield itself is about 80/100km inland from the west coast so hopefully this is sufficient enough to get some of the good weather for growing food and stone fruit trees.  I like secluded with no neighbours or population for miles to be seen.

I have lined up 7 massive properties to look at when I fly down in August.

Again thanks for the input ;)
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018, 08:14:58 am »

You're welcome.

Sheffield area has potential I think.
Almost central North rather than North West.
Well away from the West coast and the agriculture there is similar to that here
in the North East so probably similar climate.

Terrain has a good combination of hills, moderate size 'mountains' and pasture.
Should be a suitable property in there somewhere.

Only been to the area a couple of times but a very pleasant environment.

Sheffield town is quite good for amenities (if you like towns).
A bit oriented towards tourists but SHTF will sort that out.

Hope you find something suitable in August.
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2018, 06:00:14 pm »

I would take the time to explore tas properly and form your opinion on your long term needs and remember in some ways tas is already a bit of an infrastructure wasteland in terms of federal and state funding which I am ok with but if you start living in regional areas you're going to find services are limited disparately compared to other states

I would still take the time to check out southern tas especially the Huon region as it is some of the best well watered fertile part of tas and if you want to grow big veggie gardens and livestock

Also if you can find the right property and can afford it buy one that has a boundary with either a lake or a river because if you do you get automatically granted what is commonly referred to as "riparian rights " these are established by the WMA as part 5 rights  and entitle you to take water for domestic use without a license provided you don't go overboard with it and by that I mean don't start irrigating paddocks this might land you in some hot water so to speak but you can take 8.5L of water per head for sheep or goats and technically you can irrigate a paddock to feed graze animals or grow crops provided they are not to be sold later so if the crops are for domestic use and so is the livestock then its legal

Anyway happy hunting see how you go
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 08:19:02 pm »

Would also suggest trying to secure a job before you get here so you know what you're in for, the industry I'm in wages are significantly lower than WA, I took a $50k pay cut and the missus has only got part time work so far.Been here 3 months now. As the other guys said have a good look around before you buy. We planned to rent for 12 months before we buy to have a good look around and experience all 4 seasons. Leased a place in Preservation Bay  and the back yard has been water logged for the past month. All that aside we came here for the life style and no intention of goung back to WA, in the 8-9 years we have been coming on holidays and the 3 months we have lived here we not met an unpleasant person.
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2018, 09:34:56 pm »

I don't need a job mate, it will be retirement alongside hobby farming, plum orchids, brewing schnapps etc, also getting off the mainland and seclude myself and family even more.  Need to get big enough land to be able to shoot on it too.  ;)  Desperate to have the 4 seasons again as I had in Germany :)

I did try to look at Southport/Huon valley region but no farms with land big enough available to buy   >:(
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2018, 12:14:48 pm »

Nuzuland Ozz?
Sad to see you leaving the sunshine state mate.  :'(
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2018, 01:20:00 pm »

They don't have fair dinkum sunlight in Tassie. The taswoogies only wear sunglasses as a fashion statement.
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2018, 03:15:32 pm »

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Nuzuland Ozz?
Sad to see you leaving the sunshine state mate.  :'(
it will be a 6 months Qld 6 months Tassy for the first few years mate until I am dead sure it's what I want.  Not keen to leave behind what we have worked so hard for just yet ;)
Still good to have the 2 places and be able to choose in the end.  Problem is I wanna get in on the land before it's snapped up by others  ;)
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2018, 03:16:49 pm »

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The taswoogies only wear sunglasses as a fashion statement.
You funny bugger   :) :)
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Re: Any Tasmanian resident here???
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2018, 07:02:53 pm »

Anyways how your knee old fella?
Too many hills Oz no good for older joints.
And ur shoulder as well from memory.
Just get an electric gopher cart Oz?  :o ;D ;D
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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2018, 05:20:26 am »

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Anyways how your knee old fella?
Too many hills Oz no good for older joints.
And ur shoulder as well from memory.
Just get an electric gopher cart Oz?  :o ;D ;D
Knee is much better but the shoulder is still painful.  I think it will be a long recovery due to damage to the ligament :(
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