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

Showing 14 comments
  • carol

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

    • PODS

      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

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

      • PODS

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

  • Ben

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

    • PODS

      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 – and we’ll contact you from there.

  • Leeanne Catin

    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

    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

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

    • PODS

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

  • Prudence

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

  • Khusnil Deo

    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

      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 – 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.

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