Your complete guide to Hobart

Are you thinking of visiting Hobart? Do you have questions or need some answers? Then come and discover all you need to know right now!

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It doesn't matter if you're looking for a backpackers guide to Hobart, or if you're a local looking for something new, I have got it covered here.

The Saturday markets at Salamanca
The Saturday markets at Salamanca
which runs from 8:30am - 3:30pm

Hobart is the capital city of the island state of Tasmania, has an approximate population of 215,000 people, making it the second smallest capital city in Australia, behind only Darwin in the Northern Territory, but the 11th biggest city in all of Australia. In total about 512,000 people live in Tasmania, meaning about 42% of all people living on the island are based in Hobart.

Hobart is located on the majestic Derwent River, and is certainly worth visiting for a few days if you get the chance. The city is located on a harbour and boasts many picturesque cafes, bars, pubs, and restaurants with beautiful water views. Salamanca Place is the best place to head for and if you're looking for a large range of venues to choose from, and it also has a large market ever Saturday.

A beached boat at Montagu Bay, Hobart
Montagu Bay: One of the many beautiful
spots you can find all over the harbour.
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Hobart was settled by Europeans in 1804, making it the second oldest city in Australia. There are many colonial cottages, lining the narrow lanes of Battery Point, well worth looking at. It is also home to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), which is now Hobart's number one tourist attraction. There are many other smaller galleries which you can also visit.

If galleries and museums are not your thing, there is a wealth of other attractions you can check out, one of the most popular being Cascades Beer Brewery tour. There are a heap of other short and full-day trips you can do in and around the city ranging from paint ball, nature hikes, checking out locale attractions, and much more!

Some of the many reasons that people decide to visit Hobart include:

  • Attending international sporting, music, and festival events
  • Using it as a base to explore Tasmania's natural wonders
  • Studying at university (marine biology is big in Tasmania)
  • Getting away from the hustle and bustle of larger Australian cities
  • And much more...

While Hobart is certainly small when compared to cities like Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, it has a certain charm that captivates you from the moment you get there. With access to all the things you from a city, but without the crowds and the hectic pace of larger cities, you instantly feel the pressure and tension leaving your body.

If you've been backpacking around Australia for a while, or you've been living a busy life, it is a great place to stop over for a few days and let your mind and body relax. While Hobart is off the radar for a lot of people due to its remote location, I certainly recommend that you pop on down and check it out, you won't be disappointed!

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