The Cheapest Ways to Move Furniture Interstate in Australia

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Moving furniture interstate in Australia can be a real hassle, particularly if you are on a budget, or have limited time.

Families especially have a harder time moving because they have a whole household full of furniture and appliances to pack and unpack. Professional movers can do all the packing for you, but they can be very costly.

Indeed, you must have a thousand questions about how you can save money moving interstate. But consider this – according to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, 339,000 people from all over Australia moved interstate in 2014-5. This means a lot of people are asking the very same questions that you are asking right now.

Fortunately, there are some cheaper alternatives for people moving interstate. Even families that have a lot of furnishings can save money with a little research, hard work, and the helping hand of creativity.

Saving Money When You Move Interstate

The good news is – there are several excellent lower cost alternatives to hiring professional movers available for Australians moving interstate. These choices are not for everybody, but they can help you control moving costs.

Cost-effective alternatives for moving furniture interstate in Australia include:

1. Sell, Then Buy Anew

Simply sell all your furniture and buy replacements when you reach your new home. This method works well for singles, retirees and students, but it is not so good for people who own family heirlooms, valuable pieces or families who need to budget.

Sell then buy new

2. Hire Your Own Truck

You can always hire a truck, because there are many hire-truck companies out there fighting for your business. Believe it or not, modern hire trucks are easy to drive because most of them have automatic transmissions. But you will have to load and unload your belongings yourself.

Hire Your Own Truck

3. Hire A Trailer

If your vehicle is equipped for pulling a trailer, a hire trailer is usually a cheaper option than a truck. Although pulling a trailer for a long distance is not particularly fun, especially if you are not used to it. Fuel costs can also be steep.

Hire A Trailer

4. Why Hire When You Can Borrow!

If you know someone who owns a truck or trailer, ask if you can borrow it for the weekend. You can save a lot of money in hire fees if you can talk a friend or relative into lending you his or her truck or trailer. Just remember to send it back with a full tank of petrol as a ‘thank you’ to your friend.

Something to remember – do-it-yourself moving can become costlier than you think. You might have to take time out of work, and there are costs on the road that you may not expect. In addition to fuel, you may have to pay for hotel rooms and restaurant meals.

These costs can add up, so despite what some people think, hiring a truck or trailer is not always the cheapest way to move furniture interstate.

Nor is it necessarily fun. Do you really want to try and drive all the way from Melbourne to Brisbane pulling a trailer behind your car? Why not make the trip in a nice comfortable airliner instead and leave the driving to the professionals.

Why Hire When You Can Borrow

5. Hire A PODS Container

There is one very cost effective alternative to hire trucks and professional movers. It’s probably the option that you haven’t even considered yet.

They are called PODS, and they take all the hassle out of moving.

A PODS container is simply a cargo container for your possessions. We drop the POD off at your home, you load and pack it yourself (which eliminates labour costs). Then our professional driver picks it up and takes it to your new home.

Instead of pulling a trailer for hundreds of kilometres down unfamiliar roads, you and the family can enjoy a nice leisurely road trip to your new surroundings. The PODS container, and all of your belongings, will be waiting for you when you arrive.

Then, all you have to do is unload it and you can take your time unpacking in your new home.

Hire a PODS Container

So, if you’re looking for a cheap way to move furniture interstate in Australia, and you want the process to be as hassle-free as possible, simply visit our website. You can also call us on 1800 467 637 or send us an email at austcustserv@auspods.com.au.

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  • carol
    Reply

    But how does this work when moving from Hopetoun W.A to Lakes entrance, Victoria. Do pods work for this one please

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Carol, unfortunately at this time we don’t provide moving or storage services in Western Australia. We service the southern end of South Australia, Victoria, most of New South Wales and the south-east corner of Queensland up to the Gladstone area. Good luck with your move.

    • Michelle Burslem
      Reply

      We are shifting from Perth to Melbourne so….no good for us either. Sadly WA miss out again doh!

      • PODS
        Reply

        Hi Michelle, we’re really sorry we couldn’t help! Its a big move and we wish you all the best with your plans.

    • Cait
      Reply

      Afternoon,
      I would like to shift a 4bedroom house from Brisbane to townsville. Can you give me a rough price?

      • PODS
        Reply

        Hi Cait, it sounds like you are planning a big move. Unfortunately we don’t provide a moving service as far north as Townsville. We wish you all the best with your move.

    • Paul
      Reply

      Hi there I heed to move my stuff from Melbourne to Brisbane can u plz suggest me

      • PODS
        Reply

        Hi Paul, we do a lot of moves between Melbourne and Brisbane. Are you able to call us on 1800 467 637 during business hours or complete the form on this page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/ We can then give you discuss your moving needs and provide pricing.

    • Karen doyle
      Reply

      Do you service from Newcastle to Tara qld thanks

      • PODS
        Reply

        Hi Karen, yes we can service that run. Are you able to give us a call on 1800 467 634 during business hours so we can discuss details and pricing? Alternatively, you can email AustCustServ@auspods.com.au with your best contact number and we’ll give you a call.

    • Rechelle
      Reply

      We are moving from.the hunter valley to mackay do you do these areas

      • PODS
        Reply

        Hi Rechelle, We do service the Hunter Valley but unfortunately only service as far north as Rockhampton. We can get the container to Brisbane (in storage if required) & possibly look at cross loading on another contractor to get your goods up to Mackay. If you would like some more information are you able to call us on 1800 467 637 or email at austcustserv@auspods.com.au or complete our online Quote Form and we will get back to you about pricing. http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/

    • Amy
      Reply

      Moving from bendigo vic to Darlinghurst in Syd, can you facilitate this?

  • Ben
    Reply

    We just need to move a bed some clothes& a few personal items. Is this a possibility?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Ben, thanks for your enquiry. Its difficult to say without some more information about where and when you want to move. Are you able to call our Customer Care team on 1800 467 637? You can give them some more information about your move and they can let you know if we can help. The team are available Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm AEST. Or share some more information about your move on our online Quote page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/ and we’ll contact you from there.

  • Leeanne Catin
    Reply

    Is like to hire a truck to move furniture from Perth to Alice Springs. One way self drive. Do you provide this kind of service please ?

  • Aashi
    Reply

    Really Nice tips! I’m relocating soon and just started packing households. I’ve purged more than half of what I owned and now it seems much easier. Your tips and ideas are very helpful for me, some are quite smart. Thank you for these tips!

  • Ala
    Reply

    Can a car & general house moving stuff fit in the PODS?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Ala, you can store general household items, but unfortunately not cars.

  • Prudence
    Reply

    Hello, what cost would you be looking at moving from Brisbane to Rockhampton

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Prudence, thank you for your enquiry. We need a little more information about the size container/s you’re needing, and some pickup and delivery address details to finalise pricing. Are you able to call 1800 467 637 during business hours, or send an online quote enquiry via http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/ ? You can see container size details here – http://www.auspods.com.au/container-sizes/

  • Khusnil Deo
    Reply

    Hi there, I think I may need a 5X5 square meters to move from Camberwell Victoria to riverwood NSW. Any idea how much the cost would be? Thanks

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Khusnil, we don’t have a 5×5 container size as such. Our Large container sounds like it may be a good fit for you. You can see the 2 size options here – http://www.auspods.com.au/container-sizes We don’t give pricing over website comments as we have a few questions to ask about your pickup and delivery addresses. Would you mind calling 1800 467 637 so our Customer Care team can ask the questions and provide pricing? You can complete our online quote form here.

  • Bec
    Reply

    I am moving from macksville nsw to toowoomba qld need do u do that service ??

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Bec, yes we can definitely help you. Could you give us a call on 1800 467 637 or complete the form on this page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/ – and we’ll get pricing sorted out for you. Alternatively, can we contact you on the email address you entered to comment on this blog post? We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Rebecca
    Reply

    Do you deliver the pods from nsw to russle island QLD please?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Rebecca, we can easily manage delivery and pickup from Russell Island in Qld. Can you tell us where are you coming from in NSW?. Could you give us a call on 1800 467 637 or complete the form on this page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/ – so we can confirm that we can deliver and pickup from your NSW location? Alternatively, can we contact you on the email address you entered when you sent through your comment on this blog post? Would you prefer that? We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Natasha
    Reply

    Hi moving from sydney to gold coast in mid january 2018. What is the cost to hire a pod for a couple of days and to transport it to our new location?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Natasha, thank you for your enquiry. We can help you but need a little more information about your pickup and delivery locations and the container size you need. Could you call us on 1800 467 637 during business hours or complete the form on this page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/ Alternatively, can we contact you on the email address you entered when you sent through your comment on this blog post? We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Jay
    Reply

    Hi there looking at moving from point Clare on the central coast to Waterford in Brisbane. Have about 40 cubic meters of stuff looking at moving up on the 27th of Dec. Like to know how much in total for u to drop off pod and deliver to new address

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Jay, thank you for your enquiry. We don’t provide quotes over web comments as we have a few questions to ask. Can you email your details to AustCustServ@auspods.com.au and we’ll call to ask a few questions then can give you pricing over the phone. Or are you able to call 1800 467 637? We can provide pricing over the phone.

  • Dee
    Reply

    Hi I’m moving from Tweed Heads NSW to Melbourne in the next 2 weeks and am looking into the most affordable option is a pod an option for me

  • Pavi
    Reply

    Hello
    I want to move my all house stuff to mossman from Brisbane with two cars.
    Can you please tell me the quote.
    Thank you

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Pavi, we can help with moving household items, but unfortunately we don’t move cars. If we can help with your household move, we have a few questions to ask. Are you able to call our Customer Care team on 1800 467 637? The team is available Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm AEST.

  • Kirsty Jennings
    Reply

    Do you do adelaide to cairns qld moves ?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Kirsty, we’d love to help but unfortunately do not service as far north as Cairns.

  • Colyn J Rahl
    Reply

    hi there, we’re moving from cronulla to cairns. are you guys able to help??

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Colyn, we’d love to help but unfortunately do not service as far north as Cairns.

  • Ariel
    Reply

    Hi, I’m relocating from Darwin to Adelaide. Do you guys do service from the NT?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Ariel, unfortunately we’re not able to service Darwin.

      • Tess
        Reply

        Can a delivery truck from Darwin deliver to your pods in Sydney for temporary storage before moving to a house?

        • Lisa Gerding
          Reply

          Good morning Tess, Yes a truck could certainly deliver your items to our Sydney facility, cross load your items into one of our PODS Containers, and then redeliver to your Sydney home when needed. If you would like some more information are you able to call us on 1800 467 637 or email at austcustserv@auspods.com.au or complete our online Quote Form and we will get back to you about pricing. http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/

  • Alison
    Reply

    Hi moving from Mornington Victoria to Buxton NSW do u cover that area please

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Alison, yes, I think we can help you. Are you able to call 1800 467 637 during business hours and we can confirm with your moving addresses that we can help. Or complete the form on this page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/ We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Michelle
    Reply

    Hello
    How much to move a pod from Mt Martha to Byron Bay?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Michelle, so you mean Mt Martha in Victoria? We can help with moving between these 2 locations. Are you able to give us a call on 1800 467 637 during business hours and we can confirm with your moving addresses that we can help. Or complete the form on this page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/

  • Nicole
    Reply

    Hello i’m moving from Cheltenham Victoria to near Robina Queensland. do you cover that area?
    do you send the pod’s via rail? and do you store for short periods?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Nicole, yes we do. We use road transport for our interstate moves. And you can store with use short- or long-term. If you can give us a call on 1800 467 637 during business hours we can give you pricing information. Or click through to our Quote page and we’ll come back to you with pricing – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/

  • Lorelei Thomas
    Reply

    What about moving from Rockhampton to Bright, Victoria?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Ho Lorelei, do you need storage with your move? Are you able to call us on 1800 467 637 so we can ask a few questions about your specific moving requirements? Its hard to know if our services are going ot be the best fit for you without asking a few questions. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Megan
    Reply

    Price from bendigo vic, to ipswich all our belongings are in 3mx3m storage . Any date is fine.

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Megan, we can certainly move between these locations. Are you able to call 1800 467 637 so we can ask a few questions about your start and end addresses? We will be able to give you pricing at that point. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Jenny
    Reply

    Hi I’m looking to ship furniture flat packed items to various cities IN NSW & VIC ,
    I’m based in Bundaberg ,
    I make unique beds , I have been swamped with orders from other states and am needing someone reasonable priced to ship with , I’m needing a rough idea of cost please if I can , I have just started my hobby business 3 months ago and I have had to turn down hundreds of orders interstate as I have no idea how or who to ask about it , please help if u can thanku

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Jenny, wow. Very exciting to receive so many orders. Congratulations. For this sort of application it would be best of you could talk directly with our National Sales Manager Paul Davern. Are you able to give him a call directly on 0424 164 229, or call 1800 467 637?

  • Maxson,
    Reply

    Hi there,
    I am planning to move from sydney to redbank plains,Brisbane.can you please give a quote.

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Maxson, We can certainly help with moving between these 2 locations. Are you able to give us a call on 1800 467 637 during business hours? We don’t provide pricing over blog post comments as we need to ask a few questions about your start and end address, then we can provide accurate pricing. Or could you complete the form on this page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/

  • Laurie
    Reply

    Wish to move a small shed of furniture from Nelson Bay (NSW 2315) to McLaren Flat (SA 5171). Can you do it?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Laurie, we can help with a move between these locations. Are you able to give us a call on 1800 467 637 during business hours? We’ll ask a few questions about your start and end addresses, confirm the size container that you’ll need, then we can provide accurate pricing.

  • Carol
    Reply

    It would be helpful if you could list examples of prices from city to city with price for each size pod. We would want to move approximately one third of our furniture to include whitegoods and tvs, so need an idea of the size of pod we would need, we are considering moving from Wollongong to Surfers Paradise but nothing is definite yet so cannot apply for a quote because we do not have dates

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Carol, we do understand that it can get tricky working out exactly what you need. Are you able to give our team a call on 1800 467 637 during business hours? They are very experienced in asking the right questions to determine what size container is the best for your move. We also need to ask questions about your moving address locations – then from there we can provide accurate pricing. We can give you this information without having firm dates if that is of help to you. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Linda
    Reply

    Do you do rural moves, like waaay out in the country, potential down dirt roads? We’re contemplating a move within NSW from suburban to rural, distance from one place to another would be six hours driving. Is this even possible??

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Linda, that’s a hard question to answer without knowing your start and end locations. Are you able to give our team a call on 1800 467 637 during business hours? They’ll ask a few questions and be able to give you an answer pretty quickly if we can help you or not.

  • Ron
    Reply

    hi we are moving from harrington nsw mid north coast to alligator creek mackay qld , do you service these areas

    • PODS
      Reply

      H Ron, thank you for your enquiry. Your move may be a little too far north for our services. Will you be needing storage of your goods while you move? Are you able to give our team a call on 1800 467 637 to discuss your start and end address locations, and they can advise pricing to see if the move is economical for pickup and delivery between your move locations.

  • Tracey
    Reply

    Hi
    Im lookng to move from adelaide to sunshine coast in approx 3 months.
    Id say i would need a large pod
    Approx how many days would it take from pick to drop off and approx cost

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Tracey, we can certainly move you between these two locations. Are you able to call 1800 467 637 so we can ask a few questions about your move? We will be able to give you pricing at that point. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Timothy
    Reply

    Hi, looking at a potential move from Adelaide, SA to Bundaberg, QLD. Does Pods service this?
    And what would the cost be for the largest Pod size to move for this?
    Thanks,
    Tim.

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Timothy, we can certainly move between these locations but few questions about your start and end addresses. This page shows the monthly rental costs, and pick-up/delivery costs are added. We will be able to give you pricing at that point. Are you able to call 1800 467 637 so we can ask a few questions, or complete the online quote form on this page and we’ll come back to you asap. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Matt
    Reply

    Hi, we are moving from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast. Is this something you are able to do?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Matt, yes we can move you between these two locations. The Sunshine Coast is becoming a popular destination. Are you able to call 1800 467 637 so we can ask a few questions about your move? We will be able to give you pricing at that point. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • LIzzy
    Reply

    Hi PODS, this sounds like a great convenient idea, what is the best way to look into your options. Not sure which size I would need. Many thanks. Lizzy

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Lizzy, thanks for your enquiry. This link will show you the 3x different container sizes we offer, and their monthly rental costs. Are you able to give us a call on 1800 467 637 during business hours so we can talk through the best options for your move? We’ll ask some questions and then be able give you an idea of pricing. Alternatively, is the email address you entered the best one for us to contact you on? We look forward to hearing from you.

      • LIzzy
        Reply

        Many thanks for your quick reply, I will certainly call your office to get a quote and all my questions answered. After researching PODS, I can see glowing recommendations from past customers. I’m looking forward to working with your team, thanks Lizzy

  • Dave
    Reply

    Do you have a service from Sydney to Tasmania.

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Dave, unfortunately no. We can get you to Melbourne, but at this stage we don’t provide services across to Tasmania. If we can help you to Melbourne, please let us know.

  • Eric
    Reply

    Hi there,

    we are moving from Adelaide to Brisbane and upon finding accommodation (which will probably take 2 months) we are wanting to move our belongings from storage (in Adelaide) up to our new house. Could you tell me whether this would be compatible with your services?

  • Karanjeet
    Reply

    Hi i need to move some stuff from Melbourne to adelaide

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Karanjeet, we can move you between these two locations. We have some questions we need to ask. Are you able to call our Customer Care 1800 467 637 during business hours? They’ll be able to answer all your questions and provide pricing.

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Karanjeet, we can move you between these two locations. We have some questions we need to ask. Are you able to call our Customer Care 1800 467 637 during business hours? They’ll be able to answer all your questions and provide pricing. You can also request an online quote here.

  • Rachel
    Reply

    Hi – moving from Lithgow naw to Mackay Queensland. 3 bed house. How does this work with the pods? How long from pick up to new delivery and can we hold the pod in storage until we find the new place in Mackay ? Where could I see costs

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Rachel, I apologise for the late response. Your comment was buried amongst a lot of spam comments. We do a lot of interstate moves with storage while people look for new homes, renovate or holiday. It is best to talk with our Customer Care team regarding timings, dates and costs. They will ask some questions, and answer all of your questions. Are you able to call 1800 467 637 during business hours? This page shows our monthly rental costs. And you can click here to request an online quote.

  • Fady
    Reply

    Hi,
    Can I move a fridge, washing machine and couple of boxes from Melbourne to Sydney.
    Thanks guys

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Fady, we can help with a move between these two locations. Are you able to contact our Customer Care team to talk through your situation so we can work out if we are the right fit for your moving needs?

  • Farag
    Reply

    Hi, is it possible to move from melbourne (clayton, near monash campus) to brisbane (holland park west)? if so, could you let me know how much it is?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Farag, yes we can help you with that move. We don’t provide pricing over blog post comments as we need to ask a bit more information to provide the best price for your moving requirements. Are you able to call our Customer Care team on 1800 467 637 or complete our online quote form http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote/ ?

  • Racha
    Reply

    Hi we are looking to move our furniture and electrical supplies from Melbourne to Adelaide. Can you help?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hi Racha, yes we can move between Melbourne and Adelaide. Are you able to call 1800 467 637 to talk with our Customer Care team? You can also request a quote from our Quote page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote

  • Mike
    Reply

    Hi there, I am looking to move from Melbourne to Ayr, Qld within the next 12 months. Is there a service to NQ.?

    • PODS
      Reply

      Hello. Unfortunately, we don’t go as far north as Ayr.

  • Jhon
    Reply

    I would like to know how much would it be to rent a truck from Melbourne to Adelaide

    • Lisa Gerding
      Reply

      Good morning, at PODS Moving & Storage we don’t hire trucks, we hire Containers, 7′, 12′, and 16′ we have an Interstate Specialist who can answer your questions, if you would like to supply your phone number and a good time to call I can arrange a call back, call 1800 467 637 or austcustserv@auspods.com.au to request an online quote. Have a great day.

  • Sheila Nettur
    Reply

    We are intending to move from Melbourne to Brisbane , we have a household full of furniture to be moved . Please let us know the cost for the transport.

    • Lisa Gerding
      Reply

      Good morning Sheila, we can certainly assist you with the intended move from Melbourne to Brisbane, Are you able to call 1800 467 637 to talk with our Customer Care team? You can also request a quote from our Quote page – http://www.auspods.com.au/get-a-quote

  • Annie
    Reply

    Hi, Do you support Perth(WA)?

    • Lisa Gerding
      Reply

      Good morning, currently at this time we don’t service the Perth/WA areas. If you require storage in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane we can certainly assist. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our specialists on 1800 467 637

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