Destination Guide - Hobart

Humble Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, may be small but what it lacks in expanse, it more than makes up for in beauty. It’s surrounded by greenery, lucid waters and imposing mountain peaks. The city itself has a colonial maritime ambiance. Battery Point is one of the best places to view original architecture. Mount Wellington, which peaks at 1270 metres, is worth climbing for panoramic views of the region. After all that hiking you might be hungry and if you’re a gourmet food and wine fan, sample the excellent array of local produce.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar (A$)
Population: 209,287
Time zone: +10
Daylight savings: Last Sunday in October to first Sunday in April
Language: English
Country code: +61
Area code: 03
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM, CDMA

Highlights

  • Battery Point
  • Maritime Museum
  • Mount Wellington
  • Salamanca Place

Events

  • 26 December-1 January
    Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
  • 26 January
    Australia Day

Weather

Cooler winds mean Tasmania is rarely hot. Temperatures average 23°C in summer (December to February) while winter (June to August) temperatures are a chilly 3-11°C.


Getting there and around

Hiring a car or taking taxis are the easiest way to get around Hobart and the greater region as public transport is infrequent.

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Travel Insider Hobart suggestions

Accommodation

The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania
The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania

25 Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

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Travel Blog

Photo updates from Tasmania part II
Australia Calling: Photo updates from Tasmania part II

More Tassie phone snaps from the Travel Insider team, now in Hobart.

Escape

Agrarian Kitchen, Tasmania, by Dean Cambray.
Hobart Hinterland: Follow your nose

Fuelled by big-city drop outs with sustainable living in mind, the Hobart hinterland is emerging as Foodie Central, with gourmet cooking classes, boutique wines, bespoke whiskies and organic cheeses all in a day's work.

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  • A brilliant place to visit is the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park at Taranna, which is 70KM from hobart, and on the way to Port Arthur. A great place to visit with the kids.

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