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Introduction

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Hobart, the capital of Tasmania and Australia's smallest state capital is a charming harbour city. It is Australia's second oldest city, founded in 1803 as a penal colony. Hobart lies at the foot of Mount Wellington and on the banks of the Derwent River. The waterfront areas Macquarie Wharf, Constitution Dock, Salamanca Place and Battery Point are just gorgeous with their Georgian buildings and the looming presence of Mount Wellington in the background. The locals are very relaxed, super friendly and have none of the snobbery of Sydney and Melbourne inhabitants.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Battery Point is an old village of 19th century cottages.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Salamanca Market is held every Saturday.
  • Battery Point
  • Salamanca Arts Centre
  • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Macquarie Street
  • Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

The climate is extremely variable with high fluctuations in temperature and wind speed during the average week. Summer lasts from December to February and has an average maximum temperature at sea level of 21 °C. Winter lasts from June to August with an average maximum temperature at sea level of 12 °C. Still, it can be around 35 °C on some summer days and below zero during some winternights. Although rain is possible in every month, the wintermonths of June to August tend to be somewhat wetter.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max22.2 °C22.1 °C20.3 °C17.7 °C15.1 °C12.4 °C12.3 °C13.7 °C15.4 °C17.3 °C18.9 °C20.4 °C
Avg Min12.6 °C12.6 °C11.4 °C9.4 °C7.6 °C5.3 °C4.9 °C5.7 °C6.9 °C8.3 °C9.9 °C11.3 °C
Rainfall44.4 mm36.3 mm39.3 mm44.2 mm36 mm42.9 mm47.3 mm60.5 mm58.7 mm56.1 mm48.6 mm57.1 mm
Rain Days10.18.61111.511.511.913.814.115.515.112.712

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Getting There

By Plane

Hobart International Airport (HBA) is located 20 kilometres east of the city and services flights to and from other airports in Tasmania and the rest of Australia. Although it's called an 'international' airport, it has not served a regular international flight since the early 1990s.

The five main airlines flying to Hobart International Airport are:

Getting from the airport to the city:
To get to the city centre from the airport, you can drive along the Tasman Highway. The city is on the opposite side of the Derwent River. Alternatively, you can catch a taxi ($40+) or take the Airporter Shuttle Bus, which costs $17 one-way for an adult.

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Getting Around

By Car

There are plenty of companies you could choose to hire a car from, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. Car hire is often not available to drivers under 25, or if it is, it's more expensive for younger drivers.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
City View Motel30 Tasman Highwayhostel-
Hobart Apartments369 Brooker Avenue/Highway LutanaApartment83
Hobart Hostel41 Barrack Street, Hobart, 7000 Corner Barrack and Goulburn StreetsHostel85
Central City Backpackers138 Collins StreetHostel-
The Pickled Frog281 Liverpool St TasmaniaHostel86
Transit Backpackers1st Floor, Hobart Transit Centre 251 Liverpool StreetHostel81
Tassie Backpacker @ The Brunswick Hotel67 Liverpool Street HobartHostel-
Hobart Huon QuaysHobartHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

Quick Facts

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Population
200,525
Area
1357 km²
Established
1803
Calling Code
03, +61 3
Time zone
UTC+10 (+11 DST)
Coordinates
  • Latitude: -42.882743
  • Longitude: 147.330234

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