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Your Guide to Public Transport in Hobart
Guide to public transport in Hobart

Everything you need to know about Hobart’s public transport

Australians are catching more and more public transport and it’s easy to see why.

  • Petrol has become more expensive
  • Fewer young people have decided to get drivers’ licences
  • Many folks have become more conscious of their impact on the environment

Hobartians might feel especially drawn to public transport, as their city is becoming especially congested and driving is harder then ever.

So, to help you navigate the city and its surrounds, we’ve put together this guide to public transport in Hobart.

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What public transport is available in Hobart?

In the last century there were many different kinds of public transport available in Hobart:

  • Ferries would take people across the river before the bridge
  • Trains would travel along underground tracks throughout the city
  • An extensive tram network was in operation until the 1960s

Those methods of public transport have stopped, and there aren’t immediate plans to start them up again. If you’re going to use public transport in Hobart today, you will need to stick out your hand and hail a bus.

What does public transport cost in Hobart?

There are a few different factors that affect how much a bus fare costs:

  • Payment method: You’ll pay a different amount for your ticket depending on how you pay. There are standard prices for people who pay in cash, but there are also lower prices for people who hold a Greencard—the Tasmanian equivalent of a MetrocardMyki or Opal.
  • Distance: The amount you’ll pay for an adult ticket will change depending on how far you’re travelling. Hobart is divided into geographic zones, and there are different rates for journeys within one zone, or that go from one zone to another, or that cover more than two zones. Concession and child/student fares, however, are the same across all zones.
  • Age/Concession: Adults pay one rate, with lower fares for concession card holders, and even less for children and students. An accompanied child under five years of age can ride free.

Parents take note: For children to qualify for free travel, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult and not be in a school uniform.

Where are the zones for Hobart’s public transport?

Public transport in Hobart

Hobart is divided into five different urban zones for public transport.

1) Central: As denoted by the name, this zone covers the central Hobart. As well as the CBD, it also encompasses areas like sandy Bay, Mount Nelson, Cascades, Goodwood and Lenah Valley. Across the water, places like Risdon Vale, Warranae, and Rosny Point are also within the zone.

2) Eastern: Locations like Tranmere, Howrah, Cambridge, Lauderdale and Seven Mile Beach. However, this zone stops before Sandford and Cremome, which are classified as non-urban.

3) Southern: On the other side of the water, the Southern Zone covers Fern Tree, Taroona, Kingston Beach and Huntingfield, but stops short of Margate.

4) Northern: The Northern Zone covers both sides of the river. It includes Otago, Rosetta, Chigwell, Claremont, and Bridgewater.

5) Brighton: The Brighton zone includes, you guessed it, Brighton! The zone is located north of the Northern Zone, and begins after the Cove Hill Fair stop.

Is there price capping Hobart’s busses?

If you’ve got a Greencard, prices do cap after a certain point on Hobart’s busses. In other words, there’s a maximum daily rate you can pay for bus tickets, and you won’t be charged for additional bus rides that day.

  • Weekday full-fare daily cap: $9.60 if the first boarding is before 9am, or $4.80 if it occurs after that
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday full-fare daily cap: $4.80
  • Weekday adult concession daily cap: $5.80 if the first boarding is prior to 9am, or $3.10 if later in the day
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday adult concession daily cap: $3.10
  • Child/student concession daily cap: $3.60, no matter what day of the week, or time of the first boarding

What do bus transfers cost in Hobart?

If you’ve invested in a Greencard, you can transfer between bus services for free—so long as the transfer occurs within an hour and a half of the first boarding.

Greencard allows you to transfer between services for free within 90 minutes of the first boarding.

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The Cost of Living in Hobart
The cost of living in Hobart

The type of costs you can expect when living in Hobart

In many ways, Hobart’s cost of living is better than the other Australian cities. However, with an influx of new residents and businesses, the cost of living in Hobart is much higher than it used to be.

Hobartians enjoy low prices on some things. For example:

  • The cost of electricity is comparatively low
  • Prized local produce tends to be more affordable than it is on the mainland
  • Public transport is cheap and effective

But there are some big expenses, too.

  • Petrol can be more expensive than on the mainland
  • Renting is getting costlier

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Finding a house in Hobart

Housing in Hobart

Hobart has seen a sudden spike in popularity. People are moving to the city faster than anyone had anticipated. As a result, the demand for housing has increased, and this is driving up prices.

  • Hobart has the lowest vacancy of any capital city in Australia. That means competition for available houses is very high. 
  • The average weekly asking price on a unit has grown by double digits in 2019, compared to 2018.

Even with the rising prices, it still tends to be much cheaper to rent in Hobart than places like Sydney and Melbourne.

Added benefit: Hobartians don’t have to endure the same sort of urban sprawl as their mainland counterparts. That means they can affordably live closer to the city centre, and spend less money on transport. 

The cost of petrol in Hobart

No matter where you live in Australia, petrol prices are constantly in flux. In as short a time as it takes you to drive to work, you might see prices skyrocket as much as forty cents per litre. Hobartians have it especially tough; they usually pay higher prices for petrol than people on the mainland. Why?

  • Fewer people in Hobart means fewer customers at each petrol station.
  • To meet their costs, service station owners charge more per individual customers.
  • As a result, Tasmanians can pay as much as 30c per litre above the wholesale fuel price.

The cost of public transport in Hobart

Public transport in Hobart

Hobart is serviced by public transport across the metropolitan and regional surrounds. There used to be trams in the city, but they were removed in the 1960s. Today, busses are the exclusive source of public transport. Even for Hobartians living on the east shore, busses across the bridge are far more common than ferries.

For cheaper fares, you should get yourself a Greencard. Not to be confused with permanent residency card in the United States, a Tasmanian Greencard is the equivalent of Melbourne’s Myki, or Sydney’s Opal.

The Greencard costs $25, and comes loaded with $20 of fare credit. By the time you use up all the credit and go to top up, it will more than have paid for itself.

These are the prices for an adult (cash/Greencard) as of 2019:

  • 1 Zone: $3.50/$2.80
  • 2 Zones: $4.80/$3.84
  • All Zones: $7.20/$5.76

The cost of electricity in Hobart

The cost of electricity is much cheaper in Tasmania than it is in some of the mainland states. There’s always fluctuation, but in recent years, Tasmanians have, on occasion, found themselves paying about half the price compared to somebody in South Australia or the eastern states.

But be warned: It can get cold in Hobart, which is closer to the south pole than any other Australian city. Even though the cost for electricity per kilowatt-hour might be low, you might find yourself running the electric heater more often through the long winters. Still, at least it isn’t as cold as Launceston! 

Local produce in Hobart

Local produce in Hobart

When you’re consuming local produce, it’s usually cheaper than something freighted in from a long way away. That’s because there are fewer costs involved. For example, there isn’t as much transport, and there’s not as much refrigeration needed.

If you already love buying products that come from the Hobart region (like apples, or Cascade beer) you’ll find these goods become a little bit cheaper when you’re a Hobart local.

Water bills in Hobart 

Water bills are always changing, due to things like infrastructure and rainfall. Overall, though, the people of Hobart pay comparatively little for their water bills.

In 2016, for example, Hobartians paid under a dollar per kilolitre of water, compared with over two and a half dollars in Brisbane, and as much as five dollars per kilolitre in Canberra.

Watching football in Hobart

Tasmania doesn’t currently have its own AFL team, but a few AFL games are played in Hobart each year. Additionally, Tasmania has its own state football league. There’s plenty of excitement on offer. Plus, it’s affordable. During the home and away season in 2019, tickets were:

  • $9 for adults
  • $6 for concession
  • Free for kids under sixteen

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8 Things to Know Before You Move to Hobart
8 Things to Know Before You Move to Hobart

Your Guide To Moving To Hobart

So, you’ve decided that you’re moving to Hobart. Well, you’re not alone. Tasmania’s population is growing at its fastest rate in years. Most of those international and interstate immigrants are flocking to Hobart, and it’s easy to see why.

One of the most beautiful and liveable cities in the world, Hobart can boast:

  • Great public transport
  • World-class cultural events and museums
  • Picturesque scenery, like the snowcapped Mt. Wellington

Still, there are a few things you should know before you pull up stumps and relocate. That’s why we’ve put together this list of things you should know before moving to Hobart.

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1. The weather in Hobart can change quickly

In some respects, the weather in Hobart is lovely. It’s milder in the summer than most of Australia. And, thank goodness, it seldom gets as cold as it is in Launceston.

But that nice weather can change, as fast as lightning. Hobart might be drenched in icy rain in the morning, but sweltering under the sun in the afternoon.

With that in mind, make sure you bring appropriate clothes. In particular, it’s a good idea to invest in the following items:

  • A light jacket
  • An umbrella
  • Thermals
  • A thick jumper
  • Waterproof shoes

2. Hobart is an AFL town

Two codes of football dominate in Australia; Australian Rules (AFL) and Rugby League (NRL). Different locations in Australia are all committed to either one or the other of these codes; there are very few places where they are equally popular. 

Hobartians, like most Tasmanians, are strongly-committed to AFL. If you can familiarise yourself with the rules of the game, you’ll never be short of something to talk about with your neighbours. 

Plus, even though Tasmania doesn’t have an AFL team, you can still see some great games being played in the local Tasmanian Football League.

3. Hobart is tough for renters

Housing in Hobart

People are flocking to Hobart faster than the housing market can keep up. Demand has well and truly outpaced supply. A good apartment, unit, or house is hard to come by.

  • Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate of any major Australian city
  • The median asking price for a unit has increased by double digits year on year

A spot of good news: Although the cost of renting in Hobart is rising fast, it’s still got a way to go before it’s as expensive as Sydney or Melbourne!

4. Hobart has affordable, but limited public transport

Historically, Hobart has had many different kinds of public transport on offer. However, almost all have fallen into disuse.

  • Ferries: Were frequently used before construction of the bridge
  • Trams: An extensive network of light rail was torn up in the 1960s
  • Trains: Underground train corridors still exist, but are not in use anymore

The only public transport still in operation in Hobart is a network of busses. Save money on your fare by investing in a Greencard—Hobart’s equivalent of a Myki, Opal or Oyster card.

5. Hobart has fantastic museums

Hobart museums

Hobart’s most famous museum is MONAThe Museum of Old and New Art. It hasn’t been open for very long, but it often makes headlines around the world.

But there are many other great museums in Hobart that are worth your time, too. For example:

  • The Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum
  • The Maritime Museum of Tasmania
  • The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

6. Festivals in Hobart are world-class

Before you move to Hobart, you should know that they feature the Pagan and Satanic themed Dark Mofo festival during the winter solstice every year. It’s world famous but, understandably, not everybody’s cup of tea.

If angelic choirs are more your thing, you’ll love the Festival of Voices—Australia’s leading choral music festival. Alternately, you can check out The Clarence Jazz Festival, which is held in February. 

7. There’s fresh produce at Hobart’s markets 

Fresh produce in Hobart

Tasmania is a lush and fertile island, with a thriving agricultural industry. As well as their world famous apples and honey, Tasmania also produces vast quantities of potatoes, broccoli, green peas, carrots, onions, and cauliflowers.

Hobartians can head out to these markets and grab fresh produce for the week:

  • Salamanca Markets: You can check out the bustling Salamanca Markets every Saturday from 8:30 am. There are usually around 300 open-air stalls.
  • Farm Gate Markets: A bit smaller than the Salamanca Markets, but the Farm Gate Markets are distinguished in that they are only open to local producers. 

8. Hobart takes the North vs. South rivalry seriously

If you’re living in Tasmania, you’ll soon become aware of the rabid rivalry that separates the north and the south. It’s a strong divide—between 1804 and 1813, the island even split into two separate colonies. 

Want to win the favour of your new neighbours in Hobart? Be a bit showy with your love of all things southern. Draw attention to the fact you drink Cascade (never Boags) and be seen reading The Mercury in public (never The Examiner).

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10 things to know before you move to Canberra
Moving to Canberra

Your Guide to Moving to Canberra

If you’re moving to Canberra then you may be wondering what the city is really like. Moving to a new city can be overwhelming, which is why it’s a good idea to be prepared. There is a lot to learn about Canberra so here are just some of the things you’ll need to know before you move to Canberra.

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1. Places and names are complicated

As a local you will soon find out that nothing in Canberra is pronounced correctly. There are a lot of names that are confusing, like Queanbeyan, Bonython, and Athllon Drive, and other locations are known by different names anyway. The city is called Civic, and the Gungahlin Drive Extension is normally referred to as the GDE. Acronyms are also very common in Canberra with such a large public service industry.

2. Owning a car is useful

If you’re moving to Canberra you’ll need to prepared for a lot of driving. Canberra is a well-planned city, but if you don’t have a car it is very easy to find yourself stranded. Buses in Canberra are infrequent and it can be hard to get around if you don’t have access to a car. Lots of people ride bikes around Canberra, but if you want to get somewhere fast then using a car is the best way to go.

3. It’s important to understand politics

Canberra removalists

As so many people work in the public service sector in Canberra you will find that politics is a hot topic of conversation. If you’re moving to Canberra you’ll need to get yourself acquainted with local politics. Gossip about politicians is rife in Canberra so if you want to stay in the loop you’ll need to brush up on your politics. In Canberra it’s important to know who’s who.

4. Getting around is easy

Canberra layout may seem confusing when you first look at it on a map, but it’s actually very well planned. The streets run in an elaborate crop circle formation as the city was designed with an emphasis on concentric circles and geometric patterns. It makes it an easy city to navigate and it should be hard to get lost in Canberra.

5. There are lots of job opportunities in public service

Canberra is definitely the place to be if you’re hoping to have a career in the public service industry. It is home to the headquarters of many federal government departments. This means there are a range of jobs available in public service.

Around 42% of Canberra’s workforce work in public service. It’s a great place to get your career started or to find a more high-profile position.

6. It’s close to everything

Moving to Canberra means you will be close to everything you could ever need. It will take you around 7 hours to drive to Melbourne, and 4 hours to drive to Sydney. If you’re hoping for a winter escape, Kozciuszko National Park only 2.5 hours away. There’s also an airport in Canberra so if you’re not a fan of long drives it’s easy to get to the other major cities.

7. Winter can be very cold

Canberra removalists

If you’re not a fan of winter then it may come as a surprise how cold Canberra can be. Your Canberra removalists will be able to inform you that the daytime maximum averages will often range between 11 and 14 degrees. Overnight the temperature will often reach 0 degrees and can get even lower. Expect frost and lots of chilly mornings when you move to Canberra.

8. Everyone knows everyone

If you’re looking for a tight-knit community then Canberra might be the right place for you. People here are very close and as the city is smaller than Australia’s other capital cities, you’ll get to know everyone around you. Be prepared to have your private life discussed among your neighbours.

9. It has a good nightlife scene

Canberra has a very lively nightlife scene despite being smaller than the other capital cities. If you like to party then you’ll be pleased to know that Canberra has you sorted with bars, beer gardens, clubs, and pubs galore. There’s plenty to keep you entertained here in Canberra.

10. Living here is cheaper than other cities

Although rent isn’t necessarily cheap in Canberra, living here is more affordable than living in Sydney or Melbourne.

Canberra housing prices are around 15% cheaper than Sydney and around 5% cheaper than Melbourne. This means you’ll have more money to spend on the things that you enjoy, and with so much to do in Canberra you’ll have unlimited options!

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10 Questions to Ask Your Adelaide Removalists
Adelaide removalists

Be prepared with your professional movers Adelaide

Moving to Adelaide can seem very overwhelming. If you’re not prepared it can be easy to forget things or find yourself too stressed by the process. To make sure you know what you’re doing before you move, here are some great questions you can ask your Adelaide removalists. They will ensure that your move is hassle-free and that they take care of all your moving needs.

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1. Does Adelaide have toll roads?

Adelaide roads

Moving to a new city means you’ll need to learn all about any toll roads you may use. You will find that in Adelaide there are no toll roads. This will allow you to save money on your travels and means you have one less thing to think about with your move.

2. What if my new Adelaide home isn’t ready to move into yet?

If your new home isn’t ready to move into when you arrive we can help you find a solution. Some people prefer to go on a holiday before they move into their new home, while others find that their new home isn’t quite ready for their belongings. No matter the reason, our removalists Adelaide can help you. We have a range of storage solutions to suit your needs to ensure we look after your belongings.

3. What is public transport like in Adelaide?

Removalists Adelaide

When it comes to public transport in Adelaide you have several options. The main forms of public transport in Adelaide are the bus, the tram, and the train. This will allow you to easily travel around Adelaide no matter where you need to go.

4. Do I need to be present when the removalists are in my home?

Throughout the uplift and delivery processes, you or a representative over the age of 18 will need to be present. This is to make sure that everything is done correctly and nothing is forgotten. It’s also useful to be there when the removalists are dropping off your goods as you can show them where you want certain boxes to go. Make sure you arrive early to let the removalists in so they don’t waste valuable time waiting around.

5. What’s the easiest way to get to the Adelaide airport?

The Adelaide airport is located conveniently close to the CBD so it is very easy to get to. It is located only 5.8km from the city centre, so it’s only a 14 minute drive or 29 minutes on public transport. You can access the airport by driving or by using the bus. Uber and taxi services are also available.

6. How are you going to transport my belongings?

Every move is different and our movers Adelaide have access to a range of transportation methods. Your removalists Adelaide will work out the best method for your move depending on where you are going and where you have moved from. At WridgWays we transport goods by train, road, or sea.

7. Where is your depot based in Adelaide?

You will find our Adelaide depot based in Dry Creek. This is conveniently located near the Dry Creek railway station, and is only 11.8km from the Adelaide CBD. If you want to store any belongings with us they will be kept in our secure storage facility in Dry Creek.

8. How long will my move take?

Movers Adelaide

At WridgWays our removalists Adelaide always use the most efficient and most economical form of transport to move your belongings. They will strive to deliver your goods to your new home safely and as soon as possible. The length of time it takes to move your goods to Adelaide ill depend on where you’re moving from.

9. Are WridgWays accredited and insured?

All our removalists are accredited with the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA). Not all removalists are accredited with the AFRA, but we ensure ours staff are. This means they have the necessary training, equipment, vehicles, and premises to carry out your move. Our movers Adelaide are well-equipped to look after your move from start to finish.

10. How can I find out how my move is progressing?

While your belongings are being transported to your new home you’ll still be able to stay in touch with your removalists Adelaide. A Customer Service Representative will be with you every step of the move to ensure you understand how your move is progressing. If you need help at any stage throughout your move, you can call the Adelaide office in Dry Creek on (08) 8269 5566.

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The Moving Process in Adelaide
Removalists in Adelaide

Your step-by-step guide to removalists in Adelaide

Moving to a new city can be stressful as there’s so much to organise. It can be hard to work out where to start and you’ll very quickly feel overwhelmed. If you need some help working out what you should expect with your move then you’ve come to the right place. This guide will give you an overview of the moving process and will help you feel more prepared by moving day.

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Where to start

Moving can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to start. At WridgWays we aim to make your move as hassle-free as possible. This means that we’ll be there from the start to guide you through your move. If you don’t know what to do to prepare for your move, we can get you started on your journey.

Our removalists in Adelaide will be able to help you if you don’t know where to start. They will let you know what you need to do to prepare for your move so you will be ready by moving day. If you have any questions or queries our removalists will be able to help you with these as well.

Surveys

Survey removalists

Our movers in Adelaide will be able to provide you with an accurate quote for your move. To do this, they will arrange an in-home consultation for you. If you won’t be available to do this then we can also arrange for a virtual survey using AI technology instead. One of our consultants will come out to your how to analyse how much you need to move. This will allow them to come up with an accurate moving quote for you.

We will then have a much better idea of how much you have to move and what your move is going to cost. Our removalists in Adelaide can then work out the best mode of transportation to move your belongings to your new home.

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The uplift

On the day of your move, your removals Adelaide will arrive ready to collect your goods. You can also arrange for them to pack up your belongings ahead of time. This can save you a lot of effort. We can also arrange to help you dismantle furniture or outdoor equipment if you’re pressed for time. This is a great time saving strategy.

While the removalists are in your home, you or a representative over the age of 18 will need to be present at all times. This means you’ll be able to let your removalists know which boxes are fragile and make sure everything proceeds as planned. Your removalists in Adelaide will ensure they load your belongings safely and will look after them during transit.

Transportation

Your goods will be transported by our removals Adelaide to your new home. They’ll be able to help ensure that your moving process in Adelaide runs smoothly. Our removalsits always use the safest, most economical, and most efficient method of transportation to move your goods. This will be different for every move depending on where you are moving from and to.

At WridgWays we use a range of transportation methods to move your belongings. This includes rail, sea, truck, air, and road trains. To find out the best method for your move, speak to your removalists in Adelaide. They will be able to let you know the safest method to get your goods to your new home.

Delivering your goods

Transportation removalist

Once your belongings arrive in Adelaide your movers in Adelaide will a range a delivery time. It’s important to make sure you arrive on time for this as you don’t want to keep the removalists waiting. They will help to ensure your delivery is hassle-free and you are able to move into your new home with ease.

You will also need to make sure that you or a representative over the age of 18 is present during the delivery. This will allow you to direct the removalists around your new home to make sure the boxes end up in the right rooms. To save you extra time, you can arrange for your movers in Adelaide to unpack your goods too.

It is also necessary for you or a representative over the age of 18 to be present during the delivery. This means you’ll be able to direct the removalists to ensure your boxes end up in the correct rooms. If you are short on time then you can also arrange for your removalists to unpack your belongings for you.

Setting up your home

Settling into your new home can take some time as there is still so much to organise. It can be very overwhelming seeing everything you have to unpack and sort out. To take the hassle out of settling in then you can always talk to your movers in Adelaide for help. They’ll be able to make the transition into your new home seamless.

Our removalists in Adelaide can help connect your utilities and can arrange to collect your leftover packing boxes. You can also arrange for them to put together any furniture that you need help with. If you need any help you just need to contact your local branch in Adelaide and they’ll be able to help you.

Extra Services

At WridgWays we provide a premium moving service. We offer a range of end-to-end moving services to help you with your move. Our removalists in Adelaide will be able to take the hassle out of your move and will be there from start to finish to ensure your move is seamless.

Our range of services includes packingcleaninginsurancestoragepet transportationvehicle transportation, and more. With over 125 years’ experience in the moving industry you can rest assured that your move will be in safe hands with us.

Looking for help with your move? Talk to our movers in Adelaide today!

The Moving Process in Canberra
Moving process in Canberra

Your Step-By-Step Guide to Removalists in Melbourne

It can be overwhelming trying to organise your own move to Canberra. There’s a lot to organise and it’s not always easy to work out where to start. It’s a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into before you start planning your move. If you need some help preparing for your move, here are some great tips on what to expect during your move.

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Where to start

Getting started with your move can be hard if you don’t know where to start. The first step is to find a removalist company who will be able to help you move to Canberra. At WridgWays we will be there every step of your move to guide you through the process. Our removalists in Canberra are experienced at moving and will be able to work out the best solutions for your needs.

If you’re not sure what to do then our movers in Canberra will be able to help. They can let you know what you’ll need to do to prepare for your move and how exactly they can help you. If you have any questions or queries our removalists will be able to help you with these as well.

Read more: 10 questions to ask removalists in Canberra

Surveys

removalist survey

The best way to find out how much your move will cost is to have an in-home consultation. We will send one of our consultants out to your home to look at how many belongings you have. They will then be able to provide you with an accurate quote.

Our removalists will then have a better idea of how much you have to move and what your move will cost. This will allow them to work out what method of transport they will use to transport your belongings to your new home.

If you can’t get someone into your home then we can also complete a virtual survey using AI technology.

Get started with a quick quote.

The uplift

Our experienced removals in Canberra will arrive on the day ready to collect your belongings. If you don’t have the time to pack your own goods you can also arrange for them to do this for you beforehand. This is a great way to save time during your move. If you need help dismantling furniture or outdoor equipment, we can also arrange this for you.

During the uplift you or a representative over the age of 18 will need to be present at all times. This will also allow you to let the removalists know which boxes are fragile and check that everything is labelled correctly. Our removalists will load your belonging safely and will ensure they are looked after at all times.

Transportation

Transportation removalist

While your belongings are in transit our removalists in Canberra will ensure they are kept safe. Our removalists always use the safest, most economical, and most efficient method of transporting your belongings. This method may change for each move as it depends where you are moving from and to.

There are a range of methods we can use to transport your belongings. This includes modes of transportation such as rail, sea, truck, air, and road trains. If you’re not sure which method is best for your move then speak to your removalists. We will strive to deliver your goods to your new home as soon as safely possible.

Delivering your treasured goods

Our movers in Canberra will strive to ensure your belongings are delivered safely. They will make sure your delivery is hassle-free and will help you move into your new home seamlessly. They will arrange a time with you to deliver your goods, so it is important you are there on time to let them in.

It is also necessary for you or a representative over the age of 18 to be present during the delivery. This means you’ll be able to direct the removalists to ensure your boxes end up in the correct rooms. If you are short on time then you can also arrange for your removalists to unpack your belongings for you.

Setting up your home

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Once you arrive at your new home there is still a lot to organise. Settling in can be very overwhelming as there is a lot to do before you feel like you can finally relax. If you want to take the hassle out of settling in then let our removalists in Canberra help you.

We can help connect your utilities for you so you have electricity on your first day, and we can also arrange to collect your left over packing boxes. If you need to arrange a carton collection, simply contact your local branch in Canberra and we can pick these up for you.

Extra services

We offer a premium removalist service at WridgWays and have a range of end-to-end services to help you with your move. Our removalists in Canberra can take the hassle out of your move and will be there every step of the way to ensure your move runs smoothly.

Our range of services includes packingcleaninginsurancestoragepet transportationvehicle transportation, and more. With over 125 years’ experience in the moving industry you can rest assured that your move will be in safe hands with us.

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10 Questions to Ask Your Canberra Removalists
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Be Prepared with Your Professional Movers Canberra

When you move to a new city there is a lot you’ll need to think about. Moving to Canberra is a big step, so it’s a good idea to talk to your removalists before you go. They’ll be able to run you through the process and make sure you’re prepared for your move. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some great questions to ask your removalists in Canberra.

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1. Does Canberra have toll roads?

When you move to a new city it’s good to know where you’ll need to spend money as you drive. In Canberra, you will find that there are no toll ways or roads that need E-Toll or electronic tags. This will make your travels in Canberra much more affordable.

2. What if my new Canberra home isn’t ready to move into yet?

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Sometimes your new home might not be ready for you to move into yet when you arrive. Our removalists Canberra can help you find storage solutions to suit your needs. When you move to Darwin your new home might not be ready to move into yet. We have secure storage facilities all over Australia with a range of options available. Let our movers Canberra help organise your storage solutions for you.

3. What is public transport like in Canberra?

You will find public transport in Canberra is easy to use and very efficient.

  • The main form of public transport here is the bus service, which runs all around Canberra.
  • Canberra will soon be introducing a light rail system, which will run every six minutes during peak times, with 13 stops from the City to Gungahlin.

You will also find there are train services if you want to travel further to Melbourne or Sydney.

4. Do I need to be present when the removalists are in my home?

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Throughout the uplift and delivery processes, you or a representative over the age of 18 will need to be present. This is to make sure that everything is done correctly and nothing is forgotten. It’s also useful to be there when the removalists are dropping off your goods as you can show them where you want certain boxes to go. Make sure you arrive early to let the removalists in so they don’t waste valuable time waiting around.

5. What’s the easiest way to get to the Canberra airport?

The Canberra airport is close to the CBD and is easy to get to. You can get here using public transport, by driving, or by catching a taxi or rideshare service. The airport is only 7.2km from the Canberra CBD so it shouldn’t be hard to get to and from the airport during your travels.

6. How are you going to transport my belongings?

Your removalists in Canberra have access to a range of transportation methods to move your belongings. The method they choose for your move will depend on where you are going and where you have moved from.

  • At WridgWays, we transport goods by train, road, or sea.
  • Your movers in Canberra will determine the best method for your move.

7. Where is your depot based in Canberra?

Our depot in Canberra is based in Hume. This is a short distance from the city and will take you around 18 minutes to drive to. If you need to drop off used boxes, put some items into storage, or need any help from your movers Canberra, you’ll be able to get help at our depot.

8. How long will my move take?

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Our removalists in Canberra will always strive to deliver your goods to you as efficiently as possible. The length of time it takes to move your goods to Canberra will depend on where you’ve moving from.

  • We will always use the most efficient and economical form of transport to move your belongings to your new home.
  • At WridgWays, our movers Canberra will ensure they keep your belongings safe, while also striving to get them to you as quickly as possible.

9. Are WridgWays accredited and insured?

Unlike many removalists, our staff are all accredited with the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA). This means they have the necessary training, equipment, vehicles, and premises to carry out your move. Our movers in Canberra are well-equipped to oversee your move from start to finish.

10. How can I find out how my move is progressing?

During your move, you will be able to contact your movers Canberra to find out how the move is progressing. You will be assigned a Move Manager who will be there every step of the way to help take the stress out of your move. If you need help at any stage, you can call the Canberra office in Hume on (02) 6297 5444.

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The Cost of Living in Darwin
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Understanding how much it costs to live in Darwin

When you move to a new city, there’s a lot to learn about your new area, and it can be a lot to take in if you’re not prepared. To make your transition into your new home in Darwin easier, it’s a good idea to know the ins and outs of the cost of living in Darwin. You can use this guide to help you prepare for your move to Darwin.

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Average costs of living in Darwin

  • Food: $45 – $200 per week
  • Housing: $250 – $500 per week
  • Entertainment: $15 – $150 per week
  • Utilities: $50 – $150 per week
  • Fuel: $15 – $80 per week
  • Public transport: $3 – $42 per week

Housing in Darwin

The housing prices in Darwin are much lower than the Australian average. This is great news if you are hoping to find the perfect new home in Darwin. 

  • On average, a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre will cost around $1,151.68 a month.
  • This can be compared to the national average of $1,692.43 per month.

Mortgage rates are also slightly lower in Darwin than in other parts of Australia. In Darwin, the mortgage rates sit at 4.35%, while the Australian average is 4.37%. There are also lots of newer houses in Darwin as people were forced to rebuild after 974’s Cyclone Tracy destroyed many homes. You can expect most housing options in Darwin to be relatively modern.

Public Transport

The cost of living Darwin will be affected by how much you use public transport. In Darwin, public transport is very affordable. This makes it easy to get around and convenient to go to and from work. The main form of public transport in Darwin is the bus system, which is widespread and easy to use.

The Darwin public transport service delivers customers around the city of Darwin, and as far away as Palmerston.

  • Bus services in Darwin are cheap and it will only cost you $3 to travel for 3 hours.
  • You can also catch a ferry to Mandorah, which costs $26 return or $15.50 one way.

Petrol

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Petrol prices can change quite regularly and will affect the cost of living in Darwin. Fuel prices fluctuate depending on the time of year, school holidays, and public holidays. Don’t expect these prices to be fixed all year round.

On average, petrol in Darwin costs around $1.47 per litre, which is the same as the national Australian average. Luckily there are no toll roads in Darwin so they only other expense you will have to pay for your car is insurance and getting it serviced.

Food and groceries

When it comes to food, your cost of living in Darwin should be slightly lower than in other parts of Australia. Milk, white bread, white rice, and potatoes are all more affordable than the national average.

  • The grocery prices in Darwin are 4.89% lower than the Australian average.
  • Eggs are markedly more expensive, sitting at $5.41 a dozen compared to the national average of $4.27.

Utilities

It’s important to factor the cost of utilities into your Darwin cost of living.

  • The average Australian pays around $199.72 per month on basic utilities.
  • In Darwin, most people pay around $311.05 per month for utilities.

You will find the internet will cost you around $72.22 per month here in Darwin, while one-minute prepaid mobile phone calls will cost you $0.14 per month. Mobile phone plans will cost around the same as elsewhere in Australia, but there may be more limited phone reception in some areas.

Entertainment

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The price of entertainment in Darwin is slightly higher than the national Australian average. A cinema ticket here will cost you $21.50 compared to the Australian average of $18. If you want cheaper entertainment you can pay for services like Spotify, Netflix, or Stan for a much cheaper price.

Staying fit is more affordable in Darwin:

  • A gym membership will only cost you $54.63 per month.
  • You can also hire out a tennis court for around $17.50.

There are also lots of public swimming pools and water parks where you can get free or cheap access to water facilities during summer.

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Your Guide to Public Transport in Darwin
Moving to Darwin a guide to public transport

Everything you need to know about Darwin’s public transport system

It can be hard to getting used to public transport in a new city. There are so many new routes and timetables to learn. If you’re not sure what you’re doing when it comes to public transport in Darwin, then you’ve come to the right place. This guide will help give you a better understanding of how to use Darwin public transport.

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What’s available

The main form of public transport in Darwin is by bus. These run regularly across Darwin and Palmerston to get you to where you need to be. Buslink and Territory Transit run these services and most operate seven days a week.

  • You will find the main bus interchanges in Darwin, Casuarina, and Palmerston.
  • These will allow you to easily change services and find a way to get home safely.

You will also find a train service called The Ghan that runs between Darwin and Adelaide. This operates on the Adelaide-Darwin railway and services a range of cities in between, including Alice Springs. There is also a ferry service available between Darwin and Mandorah across the bay.

What to use

Taking the bus in Darwin

The best way to get around Darwin is using the bus services. These are widespread and accessible, making it convenient to get to your destination. All the buses in Darwin are comfortable and have wheelchair access, which makes it easier for everyone to use them.

If you want to travel between around the bay then it’s best to use the ferry service. This is operated by Sea Cat Ferries and there are two routes available. One runs to the Tiwi Islands, and the other runs between Darwin Harbour, Mandorah, and Cullen Bay.

How to use it

Darwin public transport is very easy to use. To catch the bus you can buy paper tickets or use a Tap and Ride card. You can buy these on a bus, using cash only, or at a bus interchange, using cash or EFTPOS. Paper tickets are ideal for single trips, whereas Tap and Ride Cards are better if you travel regularly

  • If you use a Tap and Ride card, you will need to tap onto the card reader each time you ride on a bus.
  • Unlike other capital city public transport systems, you don’t need to tap off when you get off.

You will be able to recharge your card on all buses and bus interchanges. You can also track the buses using the bus tracker app, which you can find online here.

When to use it

Darwin transport

It’s important to know when the best time to use public transport in Darwin is. If you’re staying out late at night, make sure you check which services run late to help you get home after hours

  • Although Uber isn’t available yet in Darwin, you can still use taxis if you’re can’t find a bus service that will take you home.

Air travel is also available if you need to go further afield. Darwin is very isolated from the rest of Australia and it can take a long time to drive to any of the other capital cities. Flying is your best option as this will get you there much faster and with much less hassle.

How much it costs

Public transport in Darwin is very affordable, making it easy to get around the city. A $3 ticket will allow you to travel for 3 hours on any bus route in Darwin.

If you’re looking to catch the ferry this will cost slightly more, but you’re less likely to use it as often:

  • Catching a ferry to the Tiwi Islands will cost you around $60.
  • If you’re looking to travel to Mandorah, this will be around $26 return or $15.50 one way for an adult.
  • If you do need to regularly travel to Mandorah, you can buy weekly, monthly, or annual tickets.
  • An annual ticket will cost you $2,875.

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