The City of Hobart is one of the most beautiful and liveable Cities in the world. As the second oldest city in Australia the City offers a wonderful blend of built and cultural heritage; environment; a vibrant art and dynamic sporting culture and a low stress lifestyle.
Nestled under kunanyi / Mount Wellington on the Derwent River Hobart is renowned for its heritage buildings, beautiful parks, fine restaurants, the Salamanca Market and its Festivals. Hobart is the gateway to the best quality food and boutique wines and the famous Tasmanian salmon, crayfish and cheeses, raspberries and strawberries, beer and chocolates. This unique setting provides for an ambience that you will not find in another city anywhere in the world.
It is a city rich in maritime history, and is shaped and defined by water. A diverse range of craft including Antarctic supply vessels, sailing dinghies, catamarans, kayaks, ocean racing yachts, fishing boats and square riggers ply the waters of the Derwent. Beyond is Storm Bay and the vast Southern Ocean.
The Port is a central focus for the City providing both a busy commercial hub and also a place where residents and visitors like to spend time strolling along the docks talking with the local fishermen, watching the large cargo vessels load and unload or sampling some fine Tasmanian produce at one of the many cafes and restaurants located around the cove.
Housing in Hobart is more affordable than any other capital city in Australia. The quality of housing is high, and a large selection is available from brand new homes to stately older mansions. Due to its stunning location, most Hobart homes have beautiful outlooks, with many affordable homes having a scenic view of the Derwent River, kunanyi / Mount Wellington or both!
Hobart has a wide range of schools to choose from, both private and public. The University of Tasmania is one of Australia's oldest and most respected, and the Hobart TAFE was voted Australia's Best Training Provider in 2000 and 2002.
Children need to be aged four on 1 January of the new school year to start school in Tasmania.
For more information on primary and early education facilities in Hobart please refer to the Hobart Family Information Pack on the Children Page.
Hobart has a variety of day care options available from long and short day care to after hours and vacation care, as well as quality family day care programs.
For more information on Child Care Centres in Hobart please refer to the Child Care Centre page.
Royal Hobart Hospital
Shops and Services
Most shops within the Hobart CBD are open 7 days per week, as are some shops and most major supermarkets in the suburbs.
Central Business District
A short stroll from any of the major hotels or transit points you'll find Tasmania's premier commercial centre Hobart's CBD. A lively, friendly destination with that magical blend of pavement, arcade and centre shopping, providing easy access to national department stores, fashion outlets, Tasmanian souvenirs and crafts and a cosmopolitan cafe society. In the heart of the CBD, nestled amongst some of Australia's best examples of sandstone and colonial architecture, street cafes and restaurants mix with great shopping to provide hours of fun and entertainment.
Salamanca Place, Salamanca Square and Salamanca Market
Salamanca Place, renowned for the famous Salamanca Market is home of fine Tasmanian arts and crafts, showcasing the works of many of Tasmania's finest artists and craftspeople. Located amongst beautiful heritage listed buildings and tree lined streets, the area is home to restaurants, specialist food shops, bars and niche shopping. Pick up a bargain, sip a coffee, browse through the galleries. At night enjoy the attractive river view whilst dining and relaxing
A leisurely walk from the CBD, this historic location features preserved architecture, arts and crafts shops, and fine dining restaurants. Discover Arthurs Circus, Kellys Steps, and the Heritage museum, with an impressive sandstone building housing a significant colonial collection
North Hobart is known as the restaurant strip, with eateries including pubs, taverns, restaurants and cafes. This busy area also features art galleries, small fashion boutiques, and Tasmania's oldest operating movie house. Necessary services such as banks and postal facilities are also conveniently located here.
Sandy Bay home of Australia's first casino, Wrest Point, is renowned for small stylish boutiques and gift shops. Wander the busy streets for unique interiors, fashion or gifts. Banks, supermarkets and the post office are located in the main shopping area.
New Town and New Town Plaza
New Town is a suburban shopping strip containing National shopping chains, supermarkets and unique retail outlets.
Parks and Reserves
Hobart has approximately 22,000 trees in its parks and streets. This does not include the trees within Council's bushland areas. The backdrop to Hobart is kunanyi / Mount Wellington, which is 1270m high. It is only about a 30 minute drive to the top of the mountain from the City centre.
List of Hobart's Parks
Hobart is surrounded by water. The Derwent River provides for a host of beautiful beaches only minutes away.
Beaches in the Hobart municipal area include:
- Nutgrove Beach, Sandy Bay
- Long Beach, Sandy Bay
- Lords Beach, Sandy Bay
- Red Chapel Beach, Sandy Bay
- Cornelian Bay Beach, Cornelian Bay
- Short Beach, Sandy Bay
Visitors and new residents to Tasmania have three months to transfer vehicle registration.
Utilities Electricity & Gas
Hobart's principal energy supplier is Aurora Energy
A gas pipeline has been constructed across Bass Strait from the mainland and gas is now available in Hobart through Tas Gas
Tasmanian Government, in conjunction with Telstra, has installed free Wi-Fi hotspots around Hobart. There are 28 hot-spots located in the Hobart area, in seven general areas (Hobart CBD, Hobart Waterfront, Salamanca, North Hobart, Sandy Bay, Battery Point, and Lower Sandy Bay). As part of the service, users can access 30 minutes’ free Wi-Fi services for each device at each network location, each day.
The Government’s Wi-Fi network website
and downloadable app map all the locations in the Tasmanian Governments Wi-Fi network, as well as showing where free Wi-Fi services are offered by other organisations. The app alerts the user to their nearest hotspot.
You can find the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play store by searching for "Tas Gov Free Wifi".
Nursing Homes and Aged Care
Hobart has a number of nursing homes for the elderly throughout the City.
A list of Churches in Hobart
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the following weather conditions were experienced in Hobart during 2009:
- Mean Daily Maximum 16.9 degrees Celsius
- Mean Daily Minimum 8.3 degrees Celsius
- Highest Temperature 40.8 degrees Celsius
- Lowest Temperature -2.8 degrees Celsius
- Mean Daily Sunshine 5.9 hours
- Frost Days (average) 25 days
- Total Rain Days 160.1 days
- Total Rainfall 619.6 mm
A detailed summary of Hobart's weather for the previous year can be viewed at the Bureau of Meteorology
Daylight savings in Tasmania commences on the first Sunday in October and finishes the last Sunday in March.
RSL Ex-Service Association
Senior and Elderly Citizens
- Mathers Place
108 Bathurst Street
Phone (03) 6234 1441
- New Town Senior Citizens Club
22 Creek Road
NEW TOWN 7OO8
Phone (03) 6278 1368
- Sandy Bay Senior Citizens Club
23 Lambert Avenue
SANDY BAY 7005
Phone (03) 6225 2067
Sport & Recreation
Sports Complexes & Grounds
For enquiries contact the Council's Parks & Customer Services Division 6238 2885
- Tasmanian Hockey Centre, New Town
- Badminton Association Centre, South Hobart
- Southern Tasmanian Netball Association, New Town
- Clare Street Oval, New Town
- Cornelian Bay Grounds, Cornelian Bay
- Friends Sports Ground, New Town
- Ham Common, Tolmans Hill
- Hobart Petanque, Sandy Bay
- New Town Oval, New Town
- North Hobart Oval, North Hobart
- Olinda Grove Sports Grounds, Mt Nelson
- Queenborough Oval, Sandy Bay
- Rugby Park, New Town
- Sandown Park, Sandy Bay
- South Hobart Sports Ground, South Hobart
- TCA, Queens Domain
- Wellesley Park, South Hobart
- West Hobart Recreation Ground, West Hobart
- Domain Athletics Centre, Queens Domain
- Domain Tennis Centre, Queens Domain
What's Happening in Hobart
Major Annual Events
Theatres and Cinemas