Sorell is one of Tasmania’s oldest towns and consequently, the area has a rich history. The Sorell district was first explored by Lieutenant Governor Collins, who named the shallow stretch of water between Sorell and Midway Point, Pitt Water after the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, William Pitt. The name Pittwater was given to the whole district until 1821 when the settlement was named after Lieutenant Governor William Sorell.
Whilst Sorell was first settled around 1808, it remained an isolated farming community until 1821 when the Town of Sorell was established. Sorell soon established itself to be the granary that fed the fledgling colony.
During the early years of Sorell, residents relied on ferries to cross Pitt Water; otherwise they had to travel to Hobart via Richmond. In 1854 Sir William Denison began negotiations to construct a causeway. The causeways took eight years to complete, with the first vehicles making the crossing in 1872.
Lifestyle, accessibility and convenience. These are three common responses from residents when asked why they choose to live in the Sorell municipality.
The fastest growing municipality in Tasmania with a population of approximately 14 000, Sorell is both a hub and a gateway for residents and visitors.
With suburban, beachside, semi-rural or rural living options available only a thirty minute commute from the city of Hobart, residing in Sorell means clean living, the friendliness of a small community and access to all the employment and entertainment options of the city of Hobart in one location.
To add to this, wherever you choose to live in the municipality, the central township offers all the recreation, medical, shopping, services and amenities you require within a 10 minute drive.