Hobart city life
Hobart is a beautiful city with a unique charm, and a well-preserved historic architecture, dating from the Georgian and Victorian eras, giving the city an "Old World" atmosphere.
The main attractions in Hobart are:
- The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
- The Hobart Synagogue – the oldest synagogue in Australia
- Salamanca Place – contains many of the city's heritage-listed buildings
- Kelly's Steps
- The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
- Maritime Museum of Tasmania
When you want to hear classical music or see a play, you can go to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, or the Theatre Royal.
Hobart hosts many festivals, the most well-known are the arts festival MONA FOMA, the Hobart Fringe Festival, Hobart Summer Festival, Southern Roots Festival. Hobart also organises many sport events, like Targa Tasmania rally car event, which is held annually in April. You can also watch matches of the local cricket, football, rugby and basketball teams.
Popular restaurant spots include Elizabeth Street in North Hobart, and Salamanca Place near the waterfront. In terms of nightlife, you can choose between many pubs, bars and clubs and enjoy a fun night out.
You should not miss trips to Mount Wellington, offering splendid views of the city.
International atmosphere in Hobart
Hobart counts many tourists and international student population, but is also home to a few ethnic communities. Almost 20% of Hobart's residents are born overseas, mostly the United Kingdom, New Zealand and China.
Multinational companies have set local offices here due to easy accessibility (great infrastructure and public transportation system) and skilled work force.
Hobart is a cloudy city, having the second fewest daily average hours of sunshine in Australia, after Melbourne, with 6 hours per day. However, during the summer, the city has the most hours of daylight of any Australian city, with 15 hours on the summer solstice. Hobart rarely receives snow during the winter, but the adjacent Mount Wellington is often seen with a snow cap, during the other seasons as well. The average high temperatures in January are 21 °C (71 °F) and in July, temperature goes down to 11 °C (53 °F).