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 6,617 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 tastebuds 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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Council Newsletter - December 2018

Fun activities and places to visit can be found here


  1. Townships
  2. Education
  3. Babies and Children
  4. Young People
  5. Health Services
  6. Churches
  7. Housing




The main centre.  Scottsdale is the largest town between Launceston and the East Coast and houses 2373 of Dorset’s residents.  Shops, restaurants, cafes, schools, community activities, recreation centres, hospital, pubs, clubs and retirement living – Scottsdale has all your needs covered and provides picturesque rural landscapes to boot.


‘The Gold Coast’.  Bridport is a bustling seaside village doubling its 1568 population every summer with those savvy enough to know a good place when they find it.  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’s 267 people enjoy an idyllic rural lifestyle in the valley on the banks of the Ringarooma River.  The town, while small boasts shops, restaurants and cafes and a seasonal swimming pool as well as (of course) a local pub. 


Ringarooma is a spirited little town and the 2017 Dairy Australia’s Legendairy Capital of Australia.  With strong dairy farming history Ringarooma is home to 338 of Dorset’s residents and are an inclusive and passionate community complete with shops and school.  Other towns in the area are Legerwood (193 people)


If you have a love of shiny things on two wheels then it’s likely you have heard 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.

Tasmania’s most north easterly township, Gladstone’s 100 residents are spoiled with their proximity to the north eastern coasts stunning pristine, white beaches, and rewarding fishing around Tomahawk and Musselroe Bay.


225 of Dorsets residents live in and around the little town of Winnaleah.  Shop, schools and a pub Winnaleah is well equipped for residents to enjoy a peaceful rural lifestyle well away from the hustle and bustle of larger towns and cities.  Other towns and villages in the area are Pioneer (144 people) and Herrick 52)



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!




Babies and Children

There is a huge range of services and facilities in the North East with playgrounds, playgroups and childcare a plenty.




Young People

There is a lots on offer for the adventurous young person with sports clubs and community organisations offering a varied line up of activities and programs to help develop skills and get you out of your comfort zone.  To compliment this there are a number of facilities around the region.

Health Services



Dorset is an affordable option for housing so you will have more $$ leftover for enjoying your new found relaxing lifestyle.

 Local real estate agents will be able to assist in finding the property of your dreams or to get you on your way to starting that new business or group.