Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Hobart

HOBART Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities and attractions nearby. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. It's no wonder Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now. Hobart is Tasmania's capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone. Award-winning restaurants offer fine dining experiences using the best Tasmanian produce recognised by the world's best chefs, while on the waterfront punts and fishmongers sell the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean.  

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HOBART Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities and attractions nearby. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. It's no wonder Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now. Hobart is Tasmania's capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone. Award-winning restaurants offer fine dining experiences using the best Tasmanian produce recognised by the world's best chefs, while on the waterfront punts and fishmongers sell the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean.  

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Hobart is Tasmania’s state capital city. Hobart has an estimated population of over 220,000 people, which accounts for 0.93% of Australian population. About 40 percent of Tasmania people lives in Hobart. After Sydney in New South Wales, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. The size of Hobart is 1,695.5 km². Based on our research, Hobart population will reach 240,342 by the end of June of 2019. We use end of June each year due to Australia Bureau Statistics always follow Australia financial year when they published the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 2.30% over last eight years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures will make the estimation more accurate.  

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Hobart is a city on the edge of the world. You might expect the capital of Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost state, to sit on the north shore of the island, looking across the Bass Strait to the mainland and the bright lights of Melbourne. But the harbour looks resolutely south. Next stop, Antarctica. It is an unlikely spot for a food revolution. Tasmania, about the size of Ireland and with a population of half a million, suffered badly in the recession of the 1990s, and still has some of the worst unemployment rates in Australia.  

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Hobart is a harbour city. Our association with the water is intrinsic to who we are and how we live. Our waterfront area has long been where we gather to play, relax and wine and dine. This tradition was set in 1988, when the first Taste of Tasmania festival was held, to ensure the crews finishing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race had a reason to stay and celebrate their arrival in Hobart. Originally, held over just two days and featuring 22 stalls, the fascination with Tasmanian produce, served in a unique location on the waterfront, entrenched the Taste of Tasmania as the States pre-eminent summer event. Fast- forward 30 years and The Taste of Tasmania festival is the largest and most significant food and wine festival in the state of Tasmania. Owned, managed and delivered by the City of Hobart. In 2017, there was over 220,000 people through the gates; 16,000 unique International visitors and 13,000 unique visitors from Interstate attending 'The Taste  

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Hobart was established in 1804 at the mouth of the Derwent River, a year after Tasmania’s first settlement at nearby Risdon Cove. Only a collection of tents and huts then, its population consisted of 178 convicts, 25 Royal Navy marines, 15 women, 21 children, 13 free settlers, and 10 civil officers. Hobart is Australia’s second oldest city and has an incredible waterfront location. From Old Wharf, where the first arrivals settled, round to the fishing village of Battery Point, the area known as Sullivan’s Cove is still the hub of this cosmopolitan city. Attractions include the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Criminal Courts and Penitentiary Chapel, Battery Point, and Salamanca Place. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery was built in 1863 and designed by the city’s best known colonial architect, Henry Hunter. The gallery now houses an excellent collection of early prints and paintings of Tasmania, Aboriginal artifacts, as well as botanical displays of native flora. The Criminal Courts and Penitentiary Chapel showcases underground passages, solitary confinement cells, and an execution yard. Battery Point is a maritime village located near the early settlement and wharves. A site with narrow gas-lit streets lined with tiny fishermen’s and worker’s houses, cottage gardens, colonial mansions and pubs, this village is a reflection of early colonial days. The strategic site, with its views down to the Derwent River, was originally home to a gun battery, which was positioned to ward off potential enemy invasions. The old guardhouse, built in 1818, is just a few minutes walk from Hampden road and has a range of antique shops, art galleries, tearooms, and restaurants. Salamanca Place was once the site of early colonial industries ranging from jam making to metal foundry. Today, the beautiful row of sandstone warehouses is now the heart of Hobart’s lively art and creative centre. There is a range of art and craft galleries, antique furniture stores, and antiquarian bookshops housed in these old buildings. This place is also famous for its Saturday morning market and the Salamanca Market, where many stalls filled with arts, crafts, and fresh food are displayed.  

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The trendiest place to shop in Hobart is at Salamanca Place, down near the waterfront. While the beautiful old sandstone buildings have been converted to galleries, cafés and boutiques, the whole street comes alive on Saturdays (8.30am–3.00pm) with the outdoor market. Around 200 stalls sell exquisite Tasmanian-designed handmade goods and locally-grown fresh produce. It's bliss for people who like their shopping fresh, original and made or grown by the person who sells it to you. Shopping hours are generally 9.30am to 6.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, with the shops staying open until 9.00pm on Thursday and/or Friday. Sunday trading is becoming more widespread. Hobart itself has several arcades and interesting shops of all descriptions throughout the city and suburbs. Some of the main centres are: Salamanca Place and Salamanca Square Cat and Fiddle Arcade, between Collins and Liverpool Streets Sandy Bay, for designer clothing Elizabeth Street Mall Centrepoint Shopping Centre, Murray Street Trafalgar Shopping Centre, Collins Street Eastlands Shopping Centre, Bligh Street, Rosny Park Glenorchy Central Shopping Centre, Eady Street, Glenorchy Northgate Shopping Centre, Main Road, Glenorch  

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Depending on what exactly you’d like to see and do in Hobart, there are a few ideal times during the year to visit Tasmania’s capital city. During the summer months of December through February, Hobart experiences its peak tourist season. This means that the crowds might be a bit more hectic during this time of the year, so if you’re looking to enjoy a less crammed holiday, the off-season between March and May might be more ideal for your needs. The winter months from April to November are also a great time for hiking in cooler weather.  

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HOBART’S nightlife is under­going a transformation, with several venues starting up and some of the town’s historic watering holes reopening. The focus is expanding from the traditional waterfront and Salamanca entertainment precinct, with new bars in the CBD and North Hobart. Brat Time is a new underground bar and cafe in the ­Elizabeth Mall serving 15 different types of hotdogs, as well as craft beers. Owner Wai Lum, previously of Zum cafe at North Hobart, said he liked the idea of an underground space and hoped Tasmanians would embrace something different.  

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By Air: Hobart has an international and domestic airport, which is linked by various local airlines to all the major cities in Australia. International charter flights with Singapore Airlines also arrive at Hobart. Hobart airport is situated 17km from the city centre and is easily reached by shuttle bus. The Airporter Shuttle Bus will deliver you to your accommodation in Hobart, or to transit stations. On departure for the airport you have no need to make a bus booking unless your flight is very early morning. Car hire and campervan facilities are also available at the airport. By Sea: The Spirit of Tasmania car and passenger ferries cross the Bass Strait from Melbourne to Devonport in the north of Tasmania. By Train: Passenger trains are no longer running in Tasmania. Check locally for some tourist routes on historic tracks. By Bus/Coach: For bus and coach travel information phone the MetroTas Hotline on 132201 for bus information in Hobart and other Tasmanian towns. For metropolitan travel, the Metro operates an excellent bus network system around Hobart.  

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