How does it feel to move from the mainland to Tasmania? Absolutely amazing, says this family
When Anne-Marie McLennan and her husband Liam decided to move their family from their Brisbane home in search of a simpler rural life in Tasmania, they consoled their children with the idea that they would return often to see friends. and parents.
But then, as soon as they made the big change, COVID-19 hit and they couldn’t go anywhere.
“So they had to readjust pretty quickly,” said Anne-Marie, 37, of Noah, nine, Abigail, seven, and Hugo, five.
“Luckily, they are quite the outdoorsy kids, so they had a great time playing in the paddocks and coves, and Zooming and FaceTiming their friends became a part of their life.
“Now they love living here and the only thing they complain about is why didn’t we buy a farm instead of a house? We are surrounded by animals from the neighbors’ farms – sheep, cattle and horses – but we only have chickens ourselves. But maybe later … “
Originally, when Anne-Marie and software developer Liam, 37, decided to leave town to give their kids the kind of quieter childhood they both enjoyed, they had planned to move to West Queensland.
However, after months of searching for their perfect next home, they realized it would involve as much disruption as if they went any further.
Both had always loved Tasmania and had taken the family there on vacation, so one day they decided to go instead.
They knew it not only offered a rural idyll, but also a much cheaper property and a more affordable way of life. As a result, they sold their three-bedroom home on a 500-square-meter block 30 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD and purchased, for much less, a larger four-bedroom home on 6,000 square meters of land in Castle Forbes. Bay, in the Huon Valley, 50 kilometers southwest of Hobart.
And they are very happy that they did. “We love Queensland, but we wasted a lot of our life in traffic and on weekends, especially in the summer, it was too hot for the kids to play outside,” said Anne-Marie.
“So we would end up sitting in the air conditioning inside, finding things for them to do.
“But we’ve been here for a little over a year now and have been through all four seasons… it’s beautiful and we love it. We take care of the chickens and collect firewood and involve the children in everything and spend a lot of quality time with them. The community has also been very friendly and welcoming. There is such a sense of community here.
While Liam has been able to keep her job in Brisbane, Anne-Marie will soon resume teaching respite, then find a job at a new school when everyone is fully settled.
The only real challenge they faced was dealing with the snakes that live on the land along the Huon River. “Coming from a town in Queensland, you don’t have to deal with snakes,” said Anne-Marie.
“So that was a real change of mind, from a phobia of snakes to a healthy appreciation of living with them. But they’ve always been here, and we’re newcomers, so it’s about getting used to a peaceful coexistence… ”
You can hear Sue Williams discuss estate stories and apartment issues every week in the Flat cat wrap Podcast