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Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, an island state located off the Southern coast of mainland Australia. One of the oldest capital cities in Australia, Hobart is home to over 206,000 people. Approximately 5% of the Australian population are British expats with 15% of the Hobart population being from overseas.

Although it is located on the island of Tasmania, the moving process is similar to moves to mainland Australia.

Before moving to Hobart, you must make sure you are organised and have all documentation and shipping arrangements in place. This will prevent delays and ensure your move is as stress-free as possible.

We can connect you with up to 6 partners who offer removals to Australia. Simply fill out our international moving form to compare quotes.


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Which Shipping Option Do You Need?

One of the first decisions you will have to make for your move is the mode of transport. Shipping furniture overseas can be extremely costly, especially when moving a lot of items.

The total amount will be dependent on multiple factors including weight and volume of the items. The shipping method will also influence the overall cost.

Australia is not accessible by road, meaning that your shipping options are limited. The main options for shipping goods to Hobart are:

  • Sea Freight
  • Part-Load
  • Air Freight


Shipping Options Australia
Sea Freight Australia

Sea Freight

Sea freight is the most popular form of shipping to Australia. This is because it is the most cost-effective option and there are no weight limitations.

Your removal company will arrange for your belongings to be loaded and shipped to Hobart by sea in a container.

There are 12 ports in Tasmania with the Port of Hobart serving Hobart and the surrounding areas. The Port of Hobart is the second oldest harbour in Australia and can be found on the River Derwent.

Bear in mind that sea freight is one of the slowest forms of transport and can take between 6 to 9 weeks for goods to arrive. Since Tasmania is an island located off the Southern coast of mainland Australia, sea freight can take longer.


Air Freight

Air freight is the most expensive shipping option as it is calculated by weight. There are weight limitations, meaning it is ideal for small to medium size moves. It is likely that you will not be able to move heavier items such as furniture and vehicles.

There are 613 airports in Australia in total. In Tasmania, Hobart International Airport is the main airport on the island. They offer services for both domestic and international flights.

Air freight is the fastest shipping option and can take between 3 to 10 days for your belongings to arrive. It can take a bit longer than locations on mainland Australia due to Tasmania’s location off the coast. Therefore, it’s best to book your flight well in advance to ensure that your goods arrive on time.


Air Freight Australia
Part Load Australia


Part-load is the best choice for those who are moving a small volume of belongings. It is the cheapest option as you will pay for the space you are assigned in the container. The other spaces in the container are allocated to other customers.

You can choose whether to part-load your goods for sea or air freight, making it flexible for your budget.

Part-load is the slowest shipping option as your mode of transport may have to make stops along the way. This means it can take between 8 to 16 weeks for your goods to arrive.


Cost of Shipping Furniture to Hobart

The average cost of shipping from the UK to Australia, including Hobart, is between £2,711 and £5,258 on average.

The total cost will be dependent on various factors including the weight and volume of goods and your mode of transport. Due to Hobart’s location off the Southern coast, this may add an extra cost.

Those wanting to pay for optional upgrades such as packing services can expect to pay an extra £250 for the shipping amount.

Shipping SizeCost

20ft Container


40ft Container


For more information, read How Much Do International Removals Cost?


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What Documentation Do I Need?

Moves to Australia require a lot of documentation and preparation in advance. If you fail to submit the correct paperwork, you could face delays and fines.

You will need the following when you arrive in Hobart:

  • Passport
  • Visa or permits
  • A detailed and accurate packing list
  • A commercial invoice and a certificate of origin for goods
  • Australian Customs UPE B534 form
  • Birth certificate
  • Vaccination records
  • Incoming passenger card

Those bringing pets will need to make sure that they pass biosecurity regulations. You can visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry website for more information.

The Australian High Commission website also contains extra details on documentation requirements.

Visas and Permits

Visa applications to Hobart can take between 6 to 8 months to complete. This is due to the thorough process.

There are a variety of visas and permits available depending on your circumstance. Use the Australia Visa Finder to find the right option for your case. Visa applications from the UK to Hobart cost £55 and can be accessed through the VFS website.


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