Hobart © Tourism Tasmania and Chris WilsonSpread over seven hills between the banks of the Derwent River and the summit of Mount Wellington, Hobart’s incredible waterfront location has earned it the reputation of being one of the world’s most picturesque cities. The towering silhouette of Mount Wellington, often snowcapped in winter, dominates the skyline. Well-preserved bushland reaches close to the city’s heart and white sand beaches fringe its southern shores. In spring, Hobart’s magnificent gardens are a burst of colour.

As Australia’s second oldest city, Hobart began life on the waterfront and the maritime atmosphere exists today – its modern inner-city port is host to some 30 cruise ships a year, the Sydney-to-Hobart Yacht Race, commercial fishing boats, pleasure craft and larger vessels including Australia’s Antarctic icebreaker Aurora Australis.

Established in 1803 as a penal colony, Hobart prospered as a trading port. From Old Wharf, where the first arrivals settled, to the village of Battery Point, the area known as Sullivans Cove is still the hub of what is now a modern cosmopolitan city. Here is a superb mix of past and present, where convict, colonial and seafaring history sit comfortably beside art and craft galleries, modern shopping malls and innovative eateries.

Geographic Location

Hobart is located at the foot of Mount Wellington, along the banks of the Derwent River. Its deepwater port, just minutes from the city centre, is called Sullivans Cove.




Hobart has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Lying on the warmer east coast, it has an average summer temperature of 22ºC and average winter maximum of 12.5ºC.

Major Attractions

Salamanca Place, Theatre Royal, Mount Wellington, Constitution Dock, Battery Point, heritage buildings, Van Diemen’s Land Memorial Folk Museum, Maritime Museum, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, St David’s Park, Waterworks Reserve, tours of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Cascade Brewery and Island Produce Fudge Factory, restaurants, Wrest Point Casino.

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