Hobart, Tasmania: Australia’s Third Most Liveable City

Continuing on with my short series of Friday videos about Australia’s most liveable cities, this week it is the turn of Hobart.

Hobart, of course, is in Tasmania, an island about the size of, er, Ireland. Well, Ireland is about 25% bigger, but that’s near enough.

Hobart is the island’s capital city, and Errol Flynn was born there; I know, I’ve seen his birth certificate hanging from the wall of a cafe in the city…

Errol Flynn Birth CertificateA couple of years ago I spent six days in Tasmania, and absolutely loved the place. You can read what I thought of it in my post Tasmania: What’s the point? I also spent three of those six days in Hobart, and I really wish I had stayed there longer.

Next time I go to Hobart and Tasmania, and I will, it will certainly be for two weeks at least. I’m a big fan, so I really do understand why Hobart came third in a recent poll looking at Australia’s most liveable cities. The scenery from just about everywhere is simply stunning, as these videos will show.

But first, a bit about the poll results for…


What Hobart residents like about Hobart:

  • It has good roads and very little traffic congestion;
  • It’s affordable allowing for a good standard of living;
  • It’s a safe place.

Hobart residents were not so keen on:

  • The employment and economic opportunities;
  • The health care system;
  • The entertainment scene.

And now those videos.

The first video comes from Hobart Tasmania Travel and is pretty much a slide show of some of that stunning scenery from Hobart and the surrounding area…

But, as some rockers said many years ago “You ain’t seen nothing yet…”

This next video, from Discover Tasmania does include a couple of clips from the city, but goes further than Hobart; as the channel’s name suggests, this video will help you to discover Tasmania. Personally, I think it would be impossible for anybody to watch this 3 minute video and NOT want to visit this amazing island.

See what you think…


Well? You do want to go now, don’t you?

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  • Brad Moore August 4, 2015, 5:26 pm |

    Great answer – sorta fills the expectation I have been getting from the reading over these past weeks. I think the passport will not be an issue – better chances when I say I will live in a smaller place – than Melbourne. Visa requirements for set income gets better the more retirement income you have. I’m 63, so my income is pretty well set – no surprises left for me – just looking for a nice place to spend it. Hobart and/or surrounding regions might just be what I aiming for. Thanks for the quick reply. I will still have to sell my farm – so I have a lot on my list of things to do first – while I’m making my visa application, and working out any kinks they may require of me to get a Retirement Visa – which I think must be renewed annually. – Brad

    • BobinOz August 5, 2015, 4:18 pm |

      Glad to have helped Brad, I hope your plans go well. I really enjoyed Tasmania when I went there a few years ago, I think it would be a fantastic place to retire. In case you haven’t seen them, I wrote some posts about my visit, for example this one…


      And you should find a couple more either before or after that post. Good luck with your plans, Bob

  • Brad Moore August 3, 2015, 5:22 pm |

    I’m real interested in climate – being a native of Texas. I’m not looking for very cold climates – but I’m not looking for hot,hot, hot either. A beautiful environ makes up for a lot. LA, crossed with Seattle – with a bit of Santa Fe is how I, as an American – looking to live out my retirement. It reads like I’m needing to be somewhere between Hobart & Melbourne. I can do ocean-side, or mountain towns. HealthCare, and arts are also important. Ring any bells?

    • BobinOz August 4, 2015, 4:23 pm |

      Well, both Hobart and Melbourne are good destinations for someone who is into the arts, Hobart is particularly arty and trendy, Melbourne seems to be where most of Australia’s creative talent is based.

      Hobart’s climate is more Seattle than LA, Melbourne’s climate is a little erratic, they say it can have four seasons in one day there. Hobart would definitely be the cheaper of the two to live in, especially in terms of housing. I’m not sure how healthcare will work for you as a retiree, and of course, you would have to qualify for a visa and they aren’t always easy to get. Good luck with your plans, Bob

  • visakh October 25, 2013, 6:21 pm |

    im a doctor planning to get settled in australia , im giving more importence to climate . So can u please tell me some place that suit my job with my climate needs.

    • BobinOz October 25, 2013, 7:10 pm |

      Not unless you tell me what your climate needs are.

  • Tim July 13, 2013, 6:37 pm |

    Beautiful. Very happy to call Tassie my home state since 2011.

    • BobinOz July 15, 2013, 9:06 pm |

      It’s a great place, isn’t it? I was well impressed when I went, so I’m not surprised you’re very happy there.

  • Linka June 16, 2013, 6:46 am |

    Why do they never consider climate when assessing liveable places??
    The Top 5 most liveable countries, for example, are 4 north European/Scandinavian countries, and Australia.
    If you ask me, anywhere that drops below 5 degrees is NOT liveable.
    Isn’t Hobart crazy cold?
    But then I think Brisbane is too cold, so go figure.

    • BobinOz June 17, 2013, 2:14 pm |

      Brisbane is too cold 🙂

      Anyway, I couldn’t agree more, surely climate does have to come into it? I made this very same point in my post about the best country in the world.

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