Living and Working in Tasmania

Working as a doctor in rural Tasmania, you’ll soon find there is a lot to see and do on the island. Australia’s smallest state is renowned internationally for its stunning scenery, exquisite food and thriving art scenes, peaceful atmosphere, and for its welcoming community. Whilst living in Tasmania, GPs will get to experience the very best of these aspects of the Tasmanian lifestyle.

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Cradle Mountain.

Across Tasmania we have job opportunities for GPs in rural areas such as: Rosebery, in western Tasmania; Flinders Island, located just off the north-east coast of Tasmania; and St Helens, on Tasmania’s northeast Coast. Each of these locations has much to offer in the way of fascinating local history, shopping and dining opportunities, stunning natural scenery, hiking and walking tracks, fishing spots, and (for Flinders Island and St Helens especially) beautiful beaches. Once you’ve finished exploring the surrounds of your new home and you’re eager for a road trip, Tasmania’s most popular attractions are never too far away.

"Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park, Central Tasmania in autumn"

Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park.

In the northwest one of Tasmania’s most spectacular natural attractions, Cradle Mountain, draws in locals and tourists alike all year round. Just a 1.5-hour drive from Launceston, or 2.5-hour drive from Hobart or Devonport, Cradle Mountain is situated in the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The iconic mountain and the surrounding area can be explored (with a Tasmanian national parks pass) via walking tracks, from which you can view the landscape’s rugged peaks, ancient forests, glassy lakes, sweeping valleys, heathlands, and moors – all whilst taking in that pristine Tasmanian air. Within the park you can also check out Lake St Clair (Australia’s deepest glacial lake), Fury Gorge (Australia’s deepest gorge), and Tasmania’s tallest mountain, Mt Ossa. And be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife, as the park is home to some of our favourite native species, including Tasmanian devils, echidnas, and platypuses. The park contains a wide range of accommodation services, including camping grounds, cabins, and luxury accommodation at the Cradle Mountain Lodge, and the Cradle Mountain Hotel, so you’ll be sure to have a comfortable trip, no matter what your travel style is.

Waves splashing on orange rocks in the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Waves splashing on fiery orange rocks in the Bay of Fires.

On the east coast of Tasmania there are multiple destinations to visit for a coastal getaway. The stunning Bay of Fires, is an ideal spot for camping, fishing, and beachside fun. There are also guided activities in the area, including coastal walks and whale watching. Further south along the coast, is the cosy beachside town of Bicheno, a hotspot for surfers and divers looking to discover and enjoy Tasmania’s unique marine environment. In Bicheno there is also the never-to-be-missed opportunity to visit the local fairy penguin community on a guided “penguin tour.” The town is also well known for its delicious local seafood, so be sure to sample some of the local cuisine during your visit. In less than an hour, you can travel from Bicheno to the bay that has been rated as one of the world’s best beaches. Wineglass Bay is situated within the seaside village of Coles Bay, one of Tasmania’s most popular holiday destinations. The bay offers pure white sands, sapphire waters, and a peaceful sheltered atmosphere. There are restaurants, cafes, wineries nearby where visitors can relax and take in some of the finest food and wine Tasmania has to offer.

A cityscape of Hobart, Tasmania during Dark Mofo.

A cityscape of Hobart, Tasmania during Dark Mofo.

Further south there are numerous popular galleries, restaurants, festivals and markets in Tasmania’s thriving capital city, Hobart. Hobart has a vibrant art scene, captured in two of our most popular galleries, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), and The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). For art and history lovers, these galleries are must-see attractions in Hobart. For the foodies among you, there is the weekly Salamanca market, where visitors can peruse locally made wares, listen to local music, and eat and drink delicious fresh local produce. Once a year there is the Taste of Tasmania, a very popular summertime food festival celebrating Tasmania’s diverse range of cuisines, all created with fine local produce. For those seeking music and performance art, there is the biennial Ten Days on the Island festival, which provides Tasmania’s artists and performers with the opportunity to present their work to a wider audience, and to demonstrate the unique, innovative, and creative identity of this island state.

Hobart, Australia - December 31, 2014: View of the port in Hobart. Hobart city in Australia, the capital of Tasmania. It was founded as a penal colony in 1804, and was second only to Sydney city on the continent. Hobart city rights has since 1842 and is the center of financial and administrative Tasmania.

Hobart, Tasmania.

Tasmania’s most enticing destinations are never more than a few hours away from wherever you are. On your travels through this beautiful island you will sample some of the finest food Australia has to offer in local eateries, farmers’ markets, wineries and orchards. You will enjoy scenic drives through landscapes ranging from mountains, forests, to rolling green hills, and beaches – and you’ll never be too far away from comfortable accommodation. There are also frequent opportunities to visit fascinating historical sites, like Port Arthur or the Cascades Female Factory, to learn about Tasmania’s rich and captivating history.

If you’re interested in working as a GP in rural Tasmania, get in contact with Ochre Health today.

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