Located about 27km north-east of Hobart is the historic town of Sorell. This busy regional community is well known for its quiet country feel and neighbourly spirit. Settled in 1808, it is one of Tasmania’s oldest farming towns and is currently home to about 10,000 people.
Sorell’s idyllic location is attractive to many. Not only are you surrounded by farmland and beautiful water views, but you’re also just 30 minutes from Hobart and 10 minutes from the international airport.
If that isn’t enough to entice you, it is a gateway to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. Explore the spectacular beaches, coastlines and caves, not to mention the World Heritage Listed convict sites. There are also local parks and heritage walks within Sorell, with many buildings still standing from the colonial period.
Supply and demand: Average
Sorell offers a little bit of everything, from modern homes with low-maintenance landscaping to tidy brick houses in need of some TLC. You will find perfect family homes on large blocks and completely vacant land to bring your vision to life. You might even find an impressive acreage on the outskirt of town to create your own idyllic escape. Choose from river views, panoramic scenery and homes hidden away from it all.
Overall, this historic town is home to a wide range of age groups, from young children to the elderly. Today, almost 40% of Sorell’s population are older and established couples and families, with elderly singles making up a bit over 10% of residents.
Sorell’s locals mostly work in administration, trades and labour, which isn’t surprising for this farming community.
Shopping & Dining
The town of Sorell offers all of your necessities. Enjoy the convenience of a Coles Supermarket, bakery cafe, newsagency and 9/11 Bottleshop at Sorell Plaza. Here, you will also find a post office, hairdressers and medical centre. If you prefer Woolworths over Coles, the Gateway Shopping Centre around the corner has you covered.
Sorell’s abundant produce from surrounding farms is a bonus of being a local. Pick up your fresh fruit and vegetables from the Sorell Country Fresh Market or Sorell Fruit Farm. You can also drive just 10 minutes out of town to grab some local oysters and fresh fish from Tasmanian Gourmet Seafoods. Alternatively, if you like getting your hands dirty and growing your own, Sorell’s Mitre10 and local gardening centre are in town.
You also have plenty of restaurants and take-away options to explore after a hard day’s work, including Indian, Chinese, Bento, the popular Pizzarazzi and the Sorell RSL.
Sorell is the proud home to Australia’s oldest continuously operating school: Sorell School. Founded in 1821, it offers Kindergarten all the way through to Year 12.
A Sorell Child and Family Learning Centre is also being constructed. The centre will provide a range of services to support families and children from birth to age five.
You won’t be disappointed by the sporting options available in Sorell. Jump in on the action at Pembroke Park, where you will find netball courts, soccer grounds and cricket ovals as well as their respective clubs. Nearby, a skate park and off-leash dog area provide even more entertainment.
If you enjoy a slower pace, you could join the Sorell Bowls Club or one of the two golf clubs nearby. The Sorell Tennis Club offers a fantastic opportunity for a one-off casual hit, some one-on-one coaching, or getting serious with the weekly competition. If that isn’t enough, you could head around the corner to the family-friendly Martial Arts Academy. They offer dedicated kids’ classes from two to 15 years as well as a range of adult programs.
To top it all off, Zap Fitness 24/7 is in town to keep all of you happy and healthy.
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