Living in Dorset

Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

Visiting Dorset

Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

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  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  •  After Hours: 1300 858 824

Business community in Dorset

Dorset Council is focused on providing support to potential investors to facilitate sustainable developments large and small.

Contact us

  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After Hours 1300 858 824
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Living in Dorset

The Dorset region. A place of amazing natural beauty and arguably the best hidden gem Tasmania has to offer. With a population of 6,829 (2021 Census), Dorset is situated in the North East of Tasmania and boasts a mild climate with warm summers and cool, wet winters.

The rich fertile soil is perfect if you are looking to start your own small (or large) patch of tomatoes but bear in mind tomato growing is serious business in the North East with relish recipes a closely guarded secret. If eating fruit and veg is more your cup of tea than growing it then you'll be well looked after with many local markets and roadside stalls to tempt your taste buds across the region.

The people living in Dorset are relaxed and friendly and the natural environment presents countless opportunities for exploration and adventure or for peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of city lifestyles. There's a lot happening under the surface of this seemingly quiet regional area and a picture perfect spot is always just a short drive away. From raising a family to contemplating retirement you would be hard pressed to find a better lifestyle than that of the North East.

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Dorset Municipal Area overview


The main services centre and heart of our rich, agricultural dairying and forest region. Scottsdale is the largest town between Launceston and the East Coast and houses the majority of Dorset's residents. Shops, restaurants, cafes, schools, community activities, recreation centres, hospital, pubs, clubs and retirement living – Scottsdale has all your needs covered, is full of diverse architectural heritage, within easy reach of wilderness and waterfalls and provides picturesque rural landscapes to boot.


"The Gold Coast". Bridport is a beautiful and relaxed seaside village overlooking the sparkling blue waters of Anderson Bay, Barnbougle Beach and the Furneaux islands. Its population doubles every summer with those savvy enough to know a good place when they find it. Bridport is blessed with a precious natural environment, accessible walks, safe secluded swimming beaches and a mild micro climate. For sand in your toes, sea breeze in your hair and coastal scenery at your doorstep Bridport is for you. Oh and if golf is your thing – you'll probably have already heard of this little spot… Barnbougle.


Branxholm is another highly productive region with residents enjoying an idyllic rural lifestyle nestled in a spectacular valley on the banks of the Ringarooma River. The town, while small boasts good community facilities, shops, restaurants/cafes, a swimming pool, and accommodation as well as (of course) a local pub.

Ringarooma and Legerwood

Situated at the foothills of the Mt Victoria reserve the spirited little village of Ringarooma has rich agricultural and mining history and is centred in one of Tasmania"s most productive farming areas. The landscape transforms from rolling farmland to rainforest and glimpses of the superb Ringarooma Valley.

Legerwood is another nearby agricultural town and home to the amazing avenue of World War I memorial tree carvings.


If you have a love of shiny things on two wheels then it's likely you have heard of the unique heritage town of Derby. Once an old tin mining town Derby is now home to the world class Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails and this previously small and unassuming town is now a bustling hub for all things mountain biking and mountain bikers.

Gladstone - Musselroe Bay

Tasmania's most north easterly township, Gladstone sits on the boundary of the widely recognised Mt William/Bay of Fires National Park with its stunning pristine, white beaches, and rewarding fishing.

Musselroe Bay is home to the impressive Musselroe Wind Farm.


With a shop, schools and a pub Winnaleah is another centre of agricultural production and is well equipped for residents to enjoy a peaceful rural lifestyle well away from the hustle and bustle of larger towns and cities. Other villages in the area are Pioneer and Herrick.


Tomahawk is a seaside hamlet offering great fishing, beaches and a relaxed coastal lifestyle surrounded by Tasmania's finest beef and dairy farms. Nearby services at Bridport make it an ideal place for an exclusive getaway.

Education and Employment

Dorset has you covered for all things primary and secondary education and with University study now able to be done online you may never have to leave the North East! Work wise there is plenty on offer - can do attitudes and a willingness to learn are a must!

Children and Young People

There is a range of services and facilities in the North East for children and young people.

Community Health and Wellbeing

With wide open spaces and plenty of parks to relax and unwind the North East lifestyle is relaxed and friendly

Community News

The North Eastern Advertiser is the one stop shop for all things local news, events and community information across the region.

Looking to start a business in Dorset? Check out Business in Dorset

Ready to buy a property? Check out Buying Property in Dorset

Ready to start exploring this beautiful region? Check out Visiting Dorset

Aquatic Centre
Overview from Lookout
Under The Bow Old Pier Bridport Image Credit Jason Stephens Photography jpeg file
Dorset Scenic View