Why Locum Doctors Keep Going Back To Tasmania

By , Melinda McCarthy published on 03/07/2024 Ochre Recruitment, Ochre Health,

It's no wonder Tasmania is one of the most popular destinations for locum doctors.

Tassie is indeed known for its stunning natural beauty. There's so much to explore from the rugged coastline of the Tasman Peninsula to the serene landscapes of Cradle Mountain and the pristine beaches of Wineglass Bay.

With 19 Ochre Medical Practices dotted across the Apple Isle, we can offer GP & GP VMO opportunities with flexible working options, great locum rates, the freedom to independently practice and the ability to take advantage of the Ochre network of infrastructure, operational support, tools and facilities. We believe Tasmania to be one of the best examples of a regional centre where you can attain that desirable balance of work and play.

What makes locuming in Tasmania different?

1.  What makes Tasmania so attractive for GPs, is the vast difference between what the rural locations offer and their proximity to other towns, when compared to those on the mainland. You don’t need to drive hundreds of kilometres from one town to another – the distance between towns is much shorter when compared to distances between rural towns in QLD, WA & NSW.

2. It’s also fair to say that there’s more than just a service station and pub in the more remote towns. From colourful waterfront villages to secluded islands and serene national parks and lakes, Tasmania really does offer lifestyle benefits from the north to the south that other states can’t quite match.

The locations that do require locum GP VMOs offer an abundance of things to do during your time off. Unlike locums in Western NSW, Central QLD, or remote townships in WA and the Northern Territory, there are endless outdoor activities, shopping, a thriving art, music, and cultural scene plus a myriad of food and wine trails to explore.

3. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world, monitored by the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station. The lack of pollution is due to the position of Tasmania in the Southern Ocean, far from other landmasses. With more than 20% of Tasmania being a Tasmanian World Heritage area, and with the oldest trees in the world, a working holiday in Tassie does give doctors the chance to immerse themselves in nature and escape the hectic life of the mainland.

Opportunities for GPs and GP VMOs during July - August 204

Doctors with availability during the current winter school holidays will find themselves with a range of locum opportunities at our Ochre Health Medical Practices.

We can accommodate families, and partners and are offering increased school holiday locum rates, during July. These are  our locations and dates that require locum cover:

Mon 8 -  Fri 12 July | Mon 15 - Fri 19 July

Mon 8 - Mon 15 July | Mon 8 - Sat 13 July | Mon 15  - Sat 20 July

Mon 8 - Sat 13 July

St Marys
Sun 7 - Mon 15 July | Mon 15 - Mon 22 July

Hobart UCC
Mon 8, Fri 12 & Sat 13 July

Why A Winter Working Holiday in Tasmania is so special

Tasmania in Winter is pure magic... there's so much for you and your loved ones to do. Here are a few of our suggestions:

1. Experience The Southern Lights

Did you know Australia has its very own natural phenomenon that rivals the Northern Lights? Tasmania’s Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights happens when the sun releases a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields into space, also known as CME (coronal mass ejections).

2. Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival

Held in July at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed – a cider house, cafe, museum and live music venue housed in a rustic barn on the outskirts of Huonville – the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival is a pagan-inspired celebration of the region’s apple-growing history.

3. Tasmanian Whisky Week

The seven-day long festival in August showcases the state’s colourful cast of craft distillers who are turning grass seed into gold in locales that range from tin sheds to historic stables, convict-built mill houses to unassuming warehouses in Hobart’s industrial estate. Even if you are not a whisky aficionado (yet), there’s plenty to entice you along the way with fascinating stories, sublime flavours, and those pristine Tasmanian landscapes.

4. Strip off at Dark Mofo

Hosted by the equally peculiar and fascinating MONA, the festival celebrates darkness in all its literal and metaphorical incarnations through grand-scale, multi-discipline public art performances, such as crossbreed music, theatre and film events. Held over seven days around June’s Winter Solstice, most (mainly night-time) performances happen in pop-up spaces around Hobart. The winter feast is a foodie must-do, while the annual nude solstice swim is an option for the fearless. You may not like or even understand everything that you see, but you’ll certainly be talking about it afterwards.

5. Truffle Hunting

Dwelling in the secret darkness of Tasmania’s fertile soil, French black truffles take shape in winter like fragrant diamonds. June 1 marks the official start of truffle season, and a trip to Tasmania grants you access to the pick of the season.

In 1999, Tim Terry harvested Australia’s first black truffle from the rich soil of his Deloraine farm. Since then his business, Tasmanian Truffles has become the country’s premium producer. Visit the spot to join the fun, and to meet Doug – the ever-faithful, truffle-obsessed golden Labrador – chief forager and hunter.

And that's just scratching the surface... there's also the Port Arthur Ghost Tour, Bruny Island, Satellite Island, and the Enchanted Walk in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.


If you are available to help, want to take advantage of our increased holiday rates and are keen to plan your working Winter holiday on the Apple Isle, please get in touch with either Taryn Burland or Phil Dixon today with your preferred location and dates.

Click here for more information about our Ochre Health Practices


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