Interstate Moving Costs 2020

Last updated: June 26, 2020

Are you having a hard time convincing your van-owning brother-in-law to help you move interstate? Of course, you are! This is not your average local move, there are specific challenges and costs of moving interstate that you should be aware of to avoid any surprises. We have listed the main interstate moving costs you should know below!

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Interstate Removalist Costs

How much does it cost to move interstate?

By far the biggest expense of your move will be hiring a removal company. Prices can differ depending on the volume of your move and your exact destination. We have conducted some research to find out the price ranges of interstate removal costs. Below you can find the estimated costs of moving a two-bedroom house between all the states of Australia.

Cost of Moving to Victoria

Western Australia (Perth)Melbourne$2100 – 3005~$2552
Southern Australia (Adelaide)Melbourne$1500 – 2375~$1937
New South Wales (Sydney)Melbourne$1350 – $2000~$1675
Queensland (Brisbane)Melbourne$1500 – 2375~$1937
Northern Territory (Darwin)Melbourne$3070 – 3795~$3432
Tasmania (Hobart)Melbourne$2400 – 3875~$3137

Cost of Moving to New South Wales

Western Australia (Perth)Sydney$2550 – 3415~$2982
Southern Australia (Adelaide)Sydney$2325 – 3625~$2975
Victoria (Melbourne)Sydney$1350 – $2000~$1675
Queensland (Brisbane)Sydney$1275 – 2000~$1637
Northern Territory (Darwin)Sydney$3730 – 4580~$4155
Tasmania (Hobart)Sydney$2700 – 4375~$3537

Cost of moving to Queensland

Western Australia (Perth)Brisbane$2925 – 4675~$3800
Southern Australia (Adelaide)Brisbane$2775 – 4250~$3512
Victoria (Melbourne)Brisbane$1650 – 2500~$2075
New South Wales (Sydney)Brisbane$1275 – 2000~$1637
Northern Territory (Darwin)Brisbane$4410 – 5260~$4835
Tasmania (Hobart)Brisbane$3000 – 4875~$3937

Cost of moving to Northern Territory

Western Australia (Perth)Darwin$5100 – 6585~$5842
Southern Australia (Adelaide)Darwin$3075 – 5000~$4037
Victoria (Melbourne)Darwin$4500 – 6315~$5407
New South Wales (Sydney)Darwin$5175 – 7230~$6202
Queensland (Brisbane)Darwin$4275 – 6750~$5512
Tasmania (Hobart)Darwin$6750 – 9260~$8005

Cost of moving to Western Australia

Southern Australia (Adelaide)Perth$2325 – 3750~$3037
Victoria (Melbourne)Perth$2325 – 3750~$3037
New South Wales (Sydney)Perth$2925 – 4750~$3837
Queensland (Brisbane)Perth$3525 – 5500~$4512
Northern Territory (Darwin)Perth$4725 – 5640~$5182
Tasmania (Hobart)Perth$4575 – 7375~$5182

Cost of moving to Tasmania

Western Australia (Perth)Hobart$4425 – 6195~$5310
Southern Australia (Adelaide)Hobart$3825 – 6000~$4912
Victoria (Melbourne)Hobart$2625 – 4000~$3312
New South Wales (Sydney)Hobart$3000 – 4750~$3875
Queensland (Brisbane)Hobart$3900 – 5535~$4717
Northern Territory (Darwin)Hobart$6135- 6985~$6560

Keep in mind that the above are only estimates based on research and might not be applicable to you. If you would like are more accurate price for your move, then the best way to find out is to request moving quotes.

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Additional Interstate Removal Costs

Besides hiring a removalist, there are other interstate moving costs that you should be aware of. It is best to organise the following costs as early as possible to avoid any unwanted surprises and to get the best deals.


It is stressful knowing that your household belongings are in the hands of someone else. To have peace of mind, you would be wise to buy insurance for your interstate move. That way, you are covered if something unfortunate happens! If you opt for a full insurance package, it could cost up to 4% of the value of your goods. In practical terms, if your estimated household value is: $50,000 then you could be paying up to $2000 for full insurance coverage. Keep in mind that there are probably cheaper insurance packages depending on the amount of risk you are willing to take. Nevertheless, insurance is still a significant interstate cost to budget for.

Flights and Accommodation

It’s rare for a removalist to also give their clients a lift to the destination. So, unfortunately, you will have to find your own way there! It is important not to overlook this cost when calculating the cost of your interstate move. You have a couple of options.

  • You could drive if the distance is not too far. However, remember to factor in the cost of fuel and potentially a few nights of accommodation so you can rest along the way. This method also means you deliver the car yourself, instead of paying for delivery service.
  • Alternatively, you could fly to your destination directly. This method is much quicker but may be more expensive, especially if you are moving with a family. Also, keep in mind that you may have to stay a couple of nights in accommodation whilst you wait for your removalist to catch up with you. Be sure to book your flights as early as possible to get the best deal.


If the distance is short and there’s space in the car, then your pet could happily ride along. However, if it’s a long-distance or your car is full, you may need to look into a pet delivery service. Uship estimates that a long-distance pet delivery can cost between $350 to $600.


Interstate house moves are often complicated and it is unlikely that all the logistics run seamlessly. You may need to hold your goods in storage whilst you wait for the opportunity to move in. Many interstate removalists offer such a service but not all. A storage unit could cost up to $400 a month depending on the location and that might not even include insurance!


Some interstate moving costs that you may not have considered before include setting up your utilities at your new house. Services like gas, electricity, water and Wi-Fi will need to be set up once you move into your new home. There may be the option to transfer your current service provider to your new home, however, this is not always possible. You may need to pay installation costs for the new services so

Interstate Moving Cost Summary

By far the biggest portion of your costs will be the removalist services. Most likely you will have to pay a bit more if you plan on moving to states like Tasmania or Northern Territory, simply because of the greater distance of transit involved. In particular, for Tasmania, you will need to pay extra for the sea freight services. The rest of the costs are variable on your situation and how much you are willing to pay for certain things (i.e full insurance vs limited coverage). All things considered though, we recommend that you budget somewhere between $6000 and $10,000.

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