Living in Hobart
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and Australia’s second oldest established capital city, behind Sydney. It has a population of around 210,000 people and is on Australia’s only island state, with the city situated about 500 km south of Australian mainland’s most southern point, which is just below Melbourne.
So it is Australia’s most southerly situated city and acts as a port to the Antarctic, being just 3443 kms from the Australian Antarctic Territory.
Hobart is a little bit cooler than the rest of Australia. So if hot, sunny and clear blue skies are your thing, Hobart is probably not for you. But if you fancy the idea of living in a city that is like living in the countryside all at once, then Hobart could be your paradise.
Hobart is situated on the River Derwent with the beauty of Mt Wellington in the background. It has a history that is unique in Australia and there is clear evidence of its English colonisation, with cottages that could have been plucked from a Cornwall village. In all, it is a fishing port of immense beauty.
To enjoy Hobart to its full, you should really love the sea, sailing, boating and or fishing. Or you may be content just to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and a quiet coffee in one of the many seaside cafes and restaurants available to you.
Elsewhere around the islands you can enjoy any one of the 18 national parks, go bush walking in stunning countryside, pick out any one of the stunning surf beaches and catch a few waves or just kick back and relax on any one of the quiet, almost unexplored beaches.
Maybe you could jump into your 4×4 and simply explore this magnificent island, or just head straight to one of the many golf courses, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
What’s the weather like?
It’s like England but warmer. Or it’s like Australia, but colder. Take your pick. You will certainly experience four season and a few climate swings.
The hottest temperature on record was 40.8°C and the lowest -2.8°C. You won’t get as much sunshine as you would have in many other parts of Australia, but you will get more than you’d see in the UK.
Hobart doesn’t escape extreme weathers though, with possibilities of bushfires, gale force winds, flooding and thunderstorms but not a chance of a cyclone. No. Hobart cannot have a cyclone because one of the “conditions” required for a cyclone is the ocean surface temperature must be 26. 5?C or more in order to form. As Hobart is nearer to the poles than the tropics the sea is cooler than that.
So Hobart gets hurricanes instead.
Here is a map of the Hobart area
Hobart can be divided into five main areas…….
- Inner Hobart – including City of Hobart and Inner North
- North Hobart – includes North Hobart
- South Hobart – includes South Hobart
- East Hobart – includes East Hobart
- West Hobart – includes West Hobart
Questions about Hobart?
If you have any question about living in Hobart, please please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Or if you know this city well, why not tell us what you think of it or maybe even help out by answering some of the questions people have about the area. I’m sure anybody thinking of moving here would be very grateful for any help you can give them.