Sorell, Tasmania, Suburb Profile
Sorell is a town on the northeast of Hobart and is defined by its picturesque undulating countryside, verdant wooded hills, and extensive coastlines showcasing awe-inspiring seashores. The local beaches and rivers are all within a 15-minute radius for the surfer, swimmer or kayaker.
This busy regional community is well known for its quiet country feel and neighbourly spirit. It is a gateway to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. Travelling to and near Sorell, you can explore the sandy beaches, shorelines and caves, as well as the World Heritage Listed convict sites.
With plenty of local parks, community activities and heritage walks within Sorell and many buildings still standing from the colonial period, it won’t take long to fall in love with this Tasmanian country town.
Where is Sorell, Tasmania?
Located about 27 km northeast of Hobart is the historic town of Sorell. Settled in 1808, it is one of Tasmania’s oldest farming towns and is currently home to nearly 17,000 people.
Sorell’s idyllic location is attractive to many, which contributes to the population's steady growth. Not only are you surrounded by farmland and beautiful water views, but you’re also in a thriving community that is just 30 minutes from Hobart and 10 minutes from the domestic and international airport.
Sorell, Tasmania to Hobart: 27 mins drive, 25.3 km
Population of 16,734 in the 2021 Census.
The size of Sorell is approximately 583 square kilometres.
Real estate in Sorell
Sorell offers a little bit of everything, from modern homes with low-maintenance landscaping to tidy, historic properties, including buildings from the 1820s, like the barracks and St George’s Anglican Church, and well-built brick houses that you can transform into the 21st century. You will find considerable family homes on large blocks, land and house packages, unit development opportunities and completely vacant land to bring your vision to life.
Many homes are fully fenced, open-plan living spaces with outdoor entertaining spaces and have an outlook to be envied. Choose from river or mountain views, panoramic scenery and homes hidden away from the busy life of Hobart. You can enjoy all day sun, sunrises and sunsets.
What more could you want when living in a property within quiet streets, centrally located, and on large flat allotments?
Perhaps impressive acreage on the outskirt of town that often comes available for purchase for you to create your own idyllic escape is exactly what you are after.
If you are still unsure about purchasing a home in Sorell or investing in its rental market, consider taking a trip to this rapidly developing town. You will witness firsthand the many roadworks and transformations underway, providing assurance that progress is being made for this small and welcoming community.
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Transport availability in Sorell
Several transportation options are available for travelling to and around Sorell, including bus, taxi, car, bike, and walking.
Redline and Tassielink bus services provide affordable bus fares to and from Hobart. The fastest bus takes roughly 30 minutes to get to Hobart - the fastest, known as the Sorell Express. Within Sorell, there is a local “Park and Ride” car park for you to leave your car and hop on the next available bus.
Redline's mission is to “provide regional bus services between Hobart, Dodges Ferry and Sorell that keep our communities connected and moving.” For more information about the services that connect key regions, including Hobart, Sorell and Dodges Ferry, click here.
You can ride around Sorell on the Orielton Lake Loop, an easy, flat ride from the country town of Sorell that includes offroad shared paths looping around Orielton Lagoon.
“A scenic shared pathway around the Orielton Lagoon through Sorell and Midway Point. A combination of concrete and gravel pathways, it's suitable for a variety of users – prams, BMX bike riding, scooters, walking, running.” Sorell Council.
Things to do in Sorell
You can pick all kinds of stone and berry fruits at the Sorell Fruit Farm, including rare heritage varieties. They provide an experience that allows you to pick your own seasonal fruit during different times from November to April.
You can book your own picking trip online, enjoy a farm tour, and pick your own fruit to take home. Afterwards, you can stop at their cafe for a Devonshire tea, gourmet lunch or berry ice cream.
Sorell Market is a large country market that was first held in 1991 and now has over 60 stallholders selling a wide variety of items. Run by a local icon by the name of Pippa, the market offers everything from freshly picked organic and farm-grown fruits and vegetables, antiques and collectables, second-hand goods, arts and crafts, furniture, wood turning, native plants, garden products and tools, and puppies!
Nick’s Hobbie Shop holds a very special place in many a Southern Tasmanian’s heart. Walking into this huge warehouse and toy museum, you will see that it is filled from top to bottom with games, collectibles, dolls, model kits, lego and remote control items for all ages. You will want to make a special trip here with the family - especially just before Christmas or a birthday!
Nature and recreation spots in Sorell
The Sorell Dog Park features a spacious fenced-off area where your furry friends can enjoy running around off-leash.
Pioneers Park is a spacious recreational area that extends along one of the main roads in Sorell. It offers a secure play area for kids, along with an electric BBQ spot, picnic tables, and public restrooms that are equipped with facilities for changing babies.
Behind the park, you will find the Sorell Rivulet, which starts below Mount Phipps and flows into the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean.
Waterway trail is a 2.5 meter wide easy flat trail that loops along the Sorell Rivulet from Pioneers Park through to Stores Lane. The path is relatively flat, which makes the track suitable for walkers, cyclists and those with mobility issues.
Orielton Lagoon, also known as Pittwater, is a wetland and Tasmanian Nature Reserve. It is an important estuarine ecosystem for marine life and a prominent area for migratory birds.
Dining in Sorell
You also have plenty of cafes, restaurants and takeaway options to explore after a hard day’s work, including Indian, Chinese, and the Sorell RSL.
The Velvet Express Cafe is a charming place to visit. You enjoy the cosy atmosphere inside or sit outside in the enclosed area, shaded by trees and leafy greenery. With staff who are friendly and welcoming, you will feel right at home as you enjoy a heart-warming cuppa or pot of tea.
If you are looking for something familiar, Banjo’s Bakery Cafe Sorell is the perfect place to grab your coffee and go or to sit and take a minute for yourself.
Another cafe that gives you a warm welcome and encourages you to be part of its coffee family is Uncle Alby’s Cafe. Clean lines, modern and fancy, pull off on the main road of Sorell, grab a coffee and keep going! They are your neighbourhood baristas, bringing specialty coffee to the people of Sorell and the surrounds!
Pembroke Hotel offers tourists accommodation, a restaurant, bistro, bar, gaming area, Tote facilities, keno and a drive-in bottle shop during their stay in Sorell.
Burger Haus aims to cater for everyone - from children's meals to those who are gluten-free! Yay! They source their produce locally and make most of their recipes in-house by their talented chefs.
You can join and become a member of the Sorell RSL Club or be welcomed and enjoy a meal while watching the football on a Friday or Saturday night. You can follow their Facebook page for up-to-date information on the happenings in this club.
Shopping in Sorell
In the town of Sorell, you can find everything you need conveniently located in one place at Sorell Plaza. From Coles Supermarket, Sorell Fine Meats, and Bakers and Barristers Cafe to Australia Post and the Sorell Plaza Pharmacy, you'll have all your necessities covered. Additionally, 9/11 Bottleshop, Sorell Lotto Hub, Britz Hair & Beauty, Total Eye Care, and Sorell Family Practice. You'll also find Bendigo Bank and Commonwealth Bank located in Sorell Plaza.
The Gateway Shopping Centre across the road includes Woolworths, Shipstern Surf, Waxed… Beauty Therapy, Bubble Sweeti, Trendy Cut Meats, Sorell Magic Massage, Wok & Roll Cafe, Eyelines Optometrists and the Reject Shop.
If you like getting your hands dirty and growing your own, Sorell’s Mitre10 and the local gardening centre are in town and ready to pass on their expertise. The Sorell Nursery and Landscape Supplies, owned by experienced horticulturalists, Yvette and Johnny, are passionate about plants and helping your garden to flourish.
The town of Sorell is home to two excellent op shops, Salvation Army and City Mission, which are loved and appreciated by locals.
The Salvation Army store in Sorell offers both in-store and online shopping options. They sell pre-loved items that have been generously donated by the local community. You can always find something new to discover as they add new items to their inventory daily.
City Mission believes that shopping with or donating to their op shops is not only good for the environment but also for your community and yourself. They are dedicated to helping those in need and raising funds for various services such as food and financial aid, emergency accommodation, disability services, and mental health support.
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Community Clubs in Sorell
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, cricket ovals and more.
The Sorell Tennis Club offers a workout program called Cardio Tennis, coaching services, school term programs, competitions and casual entry.
Sorell’s Martial Arts Academy is a family-friendly club that offers dedicated kids’ classes from two to fifteen years and a range of adult classes. No matter your goal, whether for fitness, weight loss or martial art skills, they will help you to achieve it. To make it more accessible for families, they have a weekly fee that includes the whole family!
Sorell Bowls Club offer social bowls all year round every Wednesday and Saturday from 12 noon - depending on weather conditions. During the sunnier months, they run a program called Barefoot Bowls for their members!
Located in Midway Point, The Dance House | Sorell is a non-competitive community dance school for all ages.
To top it all off, Zap Fitness 24/7 is in town to help keep all locals mentally happy and physically healthy.
The South East Anglican Church on Gordon Street runs a service on Sundays at 10 AM in a beautiful stone structure built in 1884. They have a mission of knowing and caring for each other in the community through mid-week gatherings where they come together and share a meal, running a range of activities for kids and youth of all ages, and more!
Schools in Sorell
Sorell is the proud home to Australia’s oldest continuously operating school: Sorell School. Founded in 1821, it offers education from Kindergarten to Year 12 and works closely with the community.
Despite not always being the top choice for families in the area, Sorell School is undertaking a mission to become an education leader with a $26 million redevelopment plan. The school is dedicated to nurturing children's curiosity and creativity, empowering them to become active, contributing members of the community and beyond.
Aiming to be completed in 2023, the Sorell Child and Family Learning Centre is being constructed on the Sorell School grounds. The centre will provide a range of services to support families and children from birth to age five.
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