Living the dream in Tasmania
Just over half a million people call the Apple Isle home. Of these, almost half of the population lives in and around Hobart, where housing is more affordable than other capital cities in Australia – and many homes boast incredible views of either the Derwent River or kunanyi / Mount Wellington.
Beyond the city, there are plenty of places to pursue an idyllic rural or coastal dream. Some people follow in food-critic-turned-farmer Matthew Evans’ footsteps to find a patch of land where they can set up a simple, self-sufficient lifestyle. Others set up camp in friendly coastal towns where the pace of life slows down a notch, but the quality of life sky-rockets.
Insurance tips for living in Tasmania
Forty per cent of Tasmania is protected as World Heritage Area, national parks and reserves. Little wonder that this island outpost of Australia is famed for its rugged beauty, spectacular coastlines and mountainous landscapes.
Yet, within this wilderness, natural disasters are unavoidable. In 2016, bushfires burned 100,000 hectares of World Heritage reserves during summer; and then massive floods swept through the north during winter, damaging almost 200 buildings. In 2012–13, a string of bushfires destroyed at least 170 homes.
You never know when a severe storm or natural disaster may hit. As a homeowner in Tasmania, it is important that you take every step to protect your investment and your belongings against these unpredictable risks. This includes having the right home and contents insurance to give you the peace of mind that you can get back on your feet if you are affected by a severe weather event.
Need to check your insurance?
No matter where you live in Tasmania, you could be affected by a natural disaster. If you already have home insurance, check it regularly to make sure you’ve got the right amount of cover for your home and its contents. There would be nothing worse than having home insurance, only to discover too late that you were under-insured.