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Living in Hobart

Hobart ariel with Mountain and RiverHobart is one of the great small cities of the world.

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 Mt 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, 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.

Child Care

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


Hobart Private Hospital

Cnr Argyle & Collins Sts.
6214 3000

St Helens Private

186 Macquarie Street
6221 6444

Calvary Hospital

(part of Calvary Health Care Tasmania)
49 Augusta Road
Lenah Valley 7008
6278 5333

St Johns Calvary

(part of Calvary Health Care Tasmania)
30 Cascade Road
6222 8308

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

Battery Point

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

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

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 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

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

  • 50 and Better Centre
    108 Bathurst Street
    HOBART 7000
    Phone (03) 6234 1441


  • New Town Senior Citizens Club
    22 Creek Road
    Phone (03) 6278 1368


  • Sandy Bay Senior Citizens Club
    23 Lambert Avenue
    SANDY BAY 7005
    Phone (03) 6225 2067

Sport & Recreation


Athletics Tasmania

6234 9551


Tasmanian Little Athletics

1300 888 713

Rugby League

Tasmanian Rugby League

0410 897 598


Bowls Tasmania

6344 1174

Rugby Union

Tasmanian Rugby Union

0409 922 602


Cricket Tasmania

6282 0400


Football Federation Tasmania

6273 3299


Croquet Tasmania



Tennis Tasmania

6108 8200


Cycling South

6273 4463

Swimming Pools

The Hobart Aquatic Centre

6222 6999


Collegiate Pool

6211 4919


Swim Central New Town

6278 1021


Hockey Tasmania
6228 5976



Volleyball Tasmania

0418 104 457

Football AFL

AFL Tasmania

6230 1800


Yacht Clubs

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania

6223 4599


Yachting Tasmania

6383 4719

Police & Community Youth Club

Hobart PCYC

6230 2246





Rowing Tasmania

Tasmanian Rowing Council


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

Cultural Activities

What's Happening in Hobart

Major Annual Events


Theatres and Cinemas

Customer Service Centre

16 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Office Hours: Mon–Fri 8.15am–5.15pm
Telephone (03) 6238 2711

Postal address

Town Hall, Macquarie St
GPO Box 503
Hobart Tasmania 7001