6.2 out of 10

St Marys

-41.5800934591068 148.186289134182
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Small Town - Where everybody knows your business - not very LGBTI friendly"

A small town nestled under St Patricks Head.
Once a thriving village that has seen a rapid decline over the years.
Not much really happens in the town except for a few community groups who try to put some spark into the village.
People are generally ok but are quite homophobic and they don't mind saying so...the vocal minority.
A great place for retirees, families but would not recommend for the LGBTI community or singles.
Pros
  • If you live out of town its great.
  • No Traffic lights, parking meters.
Cons
  • Not Gay & Lesbian Friendly
  • Can get a bit too cold in winter for some people
  • Shops close at midday Saturday and don't re-open until Monday, that includes the Service Station
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
yasminl
yasminl not sure how old this comment is, but as a 12 year resident of St Marys I can honestly say I feel it is becoming the Gay capital of Tasmania !! Such an accepting, great and diverse community, the supermarkets are open 7 days/week, essential services such as medical, etc. Lots of new people moving to town, including gays, retirees, etc. Close to the coast, less than 90 mins to Launceston airport. The region has lots to offer.
Patience - come back for a visit - you may be pleasantly surprised!!
2yrs+
terryk1
terryk1 totally agree with you, St Mary's is in general very LGBTI friendly and this is backed up the number of gay couples who have made the area their home. Sure, you get the odd homophobe but hey, plenty of those in any town or mainland city and I don't think a St Mary's homophobe is particularly nasty, the predominantly tolerant locals just wouldn't put up with it!
St. Mary's is going through a little resurgence of late in culture and shopping, with many of the recent settlers who have discovered this little piece of paradise realising that they need to give tourists and visitors a reason to stop in 'the gateway to the East Coast'.
My wife and I bought a B&B here on a whim on the day we visited and made the move from Melbourne, such was the magic of the place and the friendly and welcoming community spirit of the locals (whatever your gender or orientation).
We've never looked back...
Feb 08, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"WOW - What a great place to live"

I have lived in St Marys for over 10 years now. It has a wonderful feel living in St Marys, the Community Spirit is amazing. I know if anything happened to our family, I would have much support by all. We are only 10 minutes to the most beautiful beaches, in winter, I can walk to our shops and see the snow on Ben Lomand, our wonderful Ski Fields. We are fairly central to travel to Hobart or Launceston. Approx. 3hrs to Hobart, and 2 hours to Launceston. When we have been to either Hobart or Launceston, after 10 yrs I can still say WOW driving through the Fingal Valley. It is such a gorgeous drive. I have lived in many towns on Mainland Australia, but I plan to be sprinkled from a large tree in our top paddock. This is definately home to me. I have only been to Tasmania once before, never to St Marys, but it was the best choice we ever made. The school was fantastic for our kids, both achieved so much. The people are so friendly. Our place has at least tripled in price since we bought it. We are very happy. I wouldn't or couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
Pros
  • Friendly, Helpful people
  • Close to the cities, beaches or snow fields
  • No Traffic lights, parking meters.
Cons
  • Shops close at midday Saturday and don't re-open until Monday, that includes the Service Station
  • Can get a bit too cold in winter for some people
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great community"

St Marys is a lovely country town nestled in the mountains just 10 minutes from the beautiful East Coast beaches. For the outdoor person, this is a great place to be. There are wonderful walks, such as St Patricks Head and South Sister both with magnificent views. A great place to raise a family with a very popular local school. St Marys has some wonderful old architecture and is good place to relax. Although small, St Marys has a hospital, chemist, supermarket and a free camping/caravan park where all are welcomed by the friendly locals. Driving through the Main St of St Marys you will notice some wonderful wood sculptures produced by local artists and the Main street shopping region is lined with flowers. Come visit, you may not want to leave.....
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees