Population: 200,000 inhabitants
Between the Tasmanian Sea Strait, the Derwent River and Mt. Wellington (which towers to a height of 1270 m) lies Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. Tasmania is actually a small island south of the Australian continent and the smallest state of Australia.
Hobart is a beautiful, small port city, and the nerve center of the state. It is the second oldest town in Australia after Sydney and rich with colonial tradition. Hobart is named after Robert Hobart, the British Settlement Secretary at the time of its founding. Like many other cities in Australia, it too was originally established as a convicts’ colony. Initially, the city was built ten kilometers north of its present location on Rizdon Bay, but very quickly people realized that the southern side of the bay was more suitable for settling, and the town was moved. Rizdon Bay’s deep, ship-suitable waters and Tasmania’s wealth made the port city into a thriving capital. Hobart is famous today also for the marriage of one of its daughters, Mary Donalds, to the Danish Crown Prince and her coronation as the first Australian princess.
The best time to visit the town is during the summer months, from December to March. Days are usually warm and nights cool. However, the city is very crowded during this season, and accommodation is difficult to find. The cold winter months between June and August tend to be chilly, rainy and overcast, with light snow falling on the mountain tops. The ski resorts open up according to snow fall. Spring is characterized by strong winds and fall is usually pleasant. However there is a chance of wintry and rainy days all year round due to to unpredictable storms caused by the mountainous topography. There are plenty of backpacker jobs in Hobart that you can search for on our backpacker job board Hobart
Living in Hobart – What is there to do?
The town’s charm lies in its successful preservation of old buildings and a small size that makes it easy to get around. A short walk is all you need to enjoy all it offers. You can find a concentration of Georgian architecture at Macquarie and Davey streets, which are located in the city center.
A short distance away, on the lively waterfront, we recommend strolling through Salamanca’s lanes. Here are old storehouses made from sandstone, which in the past served as the city’s trade center. Today, after they have been carefully renovated to preserve their colonial beauty. They now house restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, art galleries, handicraft shops, and boutiques. On Saturdays, there is a popular art fair, offering everything from food to antiques. It is open during daytime hours.
Right next to it is the old “Battery Point” harbor. This is an ancient fishing village, built like a labyrinth with narrow lanes, churches, pubs, and historic homes, among them Arthur Circus, a charming circle of Georgian cottages, and George’s Anglican Church.
Theater Royal, the prestigious royal theater is located on Campbell Street. It is Australia’s oldest theater, dating from 1837.
Other examples of impressive historical buildings are the Criminal Court House and the chapel of the local prisons on the corner of Brisbane and Campbell streets. You can join guided tours that are given every day during noon hours. Entry is free.
Galleries and Museums
Tasmania’s museum and Art Gallery is on Macquarie Street, housed in an impressive sandstone building which dates back to 1808. Besides exhibiting superb art collections, Aborigine items, and colonial antiques, it is one of the only places where you can find remnants of the extinct Tasmanian Leopard on permanent display. Entry is free.
Tasmania’s Maritime Museum, on Argyle Street, is a beautiful Georgian structure displaying an art collection, antiques, photos, models, and drawings describing the maritime history of Tasmania and Hobart. Above the museum, there is an art gallery. Entry is free.
On the magnificent Georgian estate built in 1836 stands the Narryna Heritage House, showing exhibits from Tasmania’s pioneer period. The museum is on Hampden Road, and it charges an entrance fee.
In Hobart’s northern suburbs, the Royal Botanical Gardens may be found, displaying a large collection of Australian plants, as well as the largest collection of conifers in the southern hemisphere. There is an entrance fee.
Australia’s oldest factory of alcoholic beverages, Cascade Brewery, was established in 1824, and stands in a picturesque location in the center of town. We recommend joining their guided tours. Entry and tours are available for a fee.
The Cadbury Chocolate factory is a favorite with chocolate lovers. It is one of the many Cadbury Chocolate factories located all over the world. During weekday hours, you may join a guided tour and attend a tasting. The factory is located fifteen kilometers from the center of town. It is important to mention that many tour companies include a visit to the factory in a day trip package that consists of boating on the river or a tour of the city, but you can also reach it on your own by train or bus from the city center. There is an entrance fee.
Bus routes connect the city with the airport, which is sixteen kilometers away from Hobart. However, the best way to discover the town is on foot, since it is small, and the tourist sites are all close to each other. You can also use the excellent bus system at a very reasonable price.
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