Hobart in a Nutshell

Hobart is the capital of the Island state of Tasmania.

It is Tasmania’s largest city and more than 230,000 people live there. (2017)

After Sydney in New South Wales, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia.

Hobart ranks the second least populated capital city after Darwin.

What surprises me is that Hobart has the second-lowest rainfall of all Oz cities.

Hobart was founded as a penal colony in 1803 and is today a busy seaport.

An Australian friend and his family recently went on a camping trip of Tasmania. They absolutely loved it there.

Hobart wooden boat festival

Hobart City and highlights

Hobart is located on the south-east coast of Tasmania, at Sullivans Cove near the mouth of the River Derwent. It lies between Mt Wellington and a deep-water sea port.

On the hill behind Hobart’s wharves is Battery Point with its quaint cottages, narrow hilly streets and corner pubs.

A visit to both Constitution dock and Victoria docks is highly recommended. There are some great seafood restaurants nearby.

Neogothic Government House

Stunning Neogothic Government House

Visiting Tasmania’s Neogothic Government House built in 1857 and surrounded by mature classical gardens, is really worthwhile.

Take a drive to the ‘Pinnacle’ of the Hobart icon, Mount Wellington which is 1270 metres above the city’s rolling foothills.

If you need to some peace and something to eat, then Salamanca Place with Salamanca Square is the place to go. Here you will discover beautiful Georgian dockside buildings, interesting shops and galleries as well as cafes and bistros.

Every Saturday the Salamanca Market is held, offering a huge variety of arts, crafts and produce.

Don’t forget a visit to the superb Royal Botanical Gardens before you leave.

Liveability in Hobart

Hobart map

Hobart – A real adventure city

Hobart is pretty cut off from the mainland and the only way to get there is by aeroplane or ferry.

If you like the quiet and close community life, then you will thrive here.

Hobarts ’s beaches

Hobrt beaches

Beautiful Sandy Bay

Hobart is surrounded by water and the River Derwent provides for a host of beautiful beaches near to the city.

Water sports such as small boat sailing, rowing, windsurfing and water-skiing are all enjoyed at sites up and down the Derwent estuary.

The suburb of Sandy Bay includes Nutgrove Beach; Long Beach; Lords Beach; Red Chapel Beach, Sandy Bay; Short Beach and Cornelian Bay Beach, Cornelian Bay.

Hobart’s weather

Hobart weather

January is the hottest month in Hobart with an average temperature of 18°C (64°F) and the coldest is July at 8°C (46°F).

The wettest month is March with an average of 50mm of rain.

The city experiences four distinct seasons, each with its own beauty and charm.

During winter with the southerly winds from the Antarctic, Mount Wellington is dotted with snow.

Hobart Constitution-Dock

At Constitution Dock with snow covered Mt Wellington in the background.

What do you think?

Do you have any questions about living in Hobart or anywhere else in Tasmania, then please ask them in the comments section below. If you live in or know this city well, please tell us what you think about it or even help by answering some of the questions people have.

I’m sure anybody thinking of moving to Tasmania will be grateful for any help you can give them.

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