The Lord Mayor's Welcome

Welcome to Hobart

As the Lord Mayor it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Hobart.

The city is small, vibrant and unique and is also known as the ‘Gateway to the South'. We feel both proud and privileged for gaining a worldwide reputation with Lonely Planet’s 2013 Best in Travel Guide, Gourmet Travellers Best Weekend Away and Conde Nast Traveller magazine, naming Hobart as the world’s second most friendly city. In 2014, Tasmania received international recognition from the 2015 Lonely Planet guide, where it attained fourth place for the most recommended destination to visit; the only Australian listing from the top 10 destinations in the world. 

Hobart is a city of opportunity and in recent years has been in a state of renewal with significant public and private investment in the form of quality ‘signature’ developments.

We feel very proud and privileged for the natural assets we have in our state. The remarkable beauty of kunanyi/Mount Wellington with its 360 degrees views of the city and surrounds is as much an icon internationally as it is in Tasmania.

The city is known for the preservation of our heritage and has a great number of heritage buildings dating back to 1808-1810 and is linked to a fabulous maritime history and is Australia’s gateway to the Antarctic.

In recent years the city has blossomed into a culture capital, holding significant festivals such as The Taste of Tasmania, Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Regatta Day, Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, Dark Mofo, Festival of Voices, just to name a few. Our vibrancy continues with the world renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, walking trails and bike tracks, many antique shops and art and craft galleries across the city. 

Tasmania is especially recognised for its thriving agriculture, aquaculture and artisan industries where we grow and develop the finest produce in an environment that has clear and pristine waters and the cleanest air. A visit to Hobart would not be complete without sampling the many delicacies that are on offer at our very popular Salamanca and Farm Gate markets, restaurants and patisseries.

Whether you are a resident, business owner, an investor or a visitor I encourage you to make time to explore and have fun in our exciting city and enjoy the warmth and hospitality of our local businesses and community.

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Alderman Sue Hickey
LORD MAYOR