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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.
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.
|Avg Max||22.2 °C||22.1 °C||20.3 °C||17.7 °C||15.1 °C||12.4 °C||12.3 °C||13.7 °C||15.4 °C||17.3 °C||18.9 °C||20.4 °C|
|Avg Min||12.6 °C||12.6 °C||11.4 °C||9.4 °C||7.6 °C||5.3 °C||4.9 °C||5.7 °C||6.9 °C||8.3 °C||9.9 °C||11.3 °C|
|Rainfall||44.4 mm||36.3 mm||39.3 mm||44.2 mm||36 mm||42.9 mm||47.3 mm||60.5 mm||58.7 mm||56.1 mm||48.6 mm||57.1 mm|
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.
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.
|City View Motel||30 Tasman Highway||hostel||-|
|Hobart Apartments||369 Brooker Avenue/Highway Lutana||Apartment||81|
|Hobart Hostel||41 Barrack Street, Hobart, 7000 Corner Barrack and Goulburn Streets||Hostel||80|
|Central City Backpackers||138 Collins Street||Hostel||-|
|The Pickled Frog||281 Liverpool St Tasmania||Hostel||81|
|Transit Backpackers||1st Floor, Hobart Transit Centre 251 Liverpool Street||Hostel||79|
|Tassie Backpacker @ The Brunswick Hotel||67 Liverpool Street Hobart||Hostel||79|
|Hobart Huon Quays||Hobart||HOSTEL||-|
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.
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:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
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.. 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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