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Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania and is the second oldest capital in Australia. The city’s total land area is 1,695.5 km2, and it is home to 246,970 people (2020 ABS Statistics), which is almost half all Tasmanians. Hobart has five local government areas, which is made up of 80 suburbs.
Hobart was founded in 1804 as a British penal colony. Before the arrival of the Europeans, it is believed that the semi-nomadic Mouheneener tribe has occupied the area for 35,000 years.
Since its establishment, Hobart has been the capital and administrative centre of first southern Tasmania and then for the whole of Tasmania in 1812. From 1804, the town gradually developed with its port being known to sealers and whalers.
In 1811 Governor Lachlan Macquire ordered for a town plan. Around that time, Hobart already had hotels, shops, a hospital, a church, quarry, local businesses and houses. Industries like milling, brewing and shipbuilding were also established. Progress continued in Hobart and in 1842, it was officially declared as a city.
Today, shipping is a significant industry in Hobart as it is the home port for the Antarctic activities of Australia and France. Tourism is also thriving in the city as the port is a popular cruise ship destination, especially during the summer months.
The major shopping area in the city’s Central Business District (CBD) is on Elizabeth Street, where the pedestrian-only Elizabeth Mall is located. The most famous market in Hobart, however, is the historic Salamanca Market in Salamanca Place, which is the top tourist attraction in the state. The restaurants and pubs in the city are also found in these areas.
The capital city is home to the main campus of the University of Tasmania. There are also on-site accommodation colleges in Hobart, including Jane Franklin Hall, Christ College and St. John Fisher College. Across the Greater Hobart area, there are over 122 primary to pre-tertiary schools and seven Tas-TAFE campuses.
There is one major public hospital in Hobart, which is the Royal Hobart Hospital and two private hospitals, Hobart Private Hospital and St. Helen’s Private Hospital.
For public transport, residents and tourists rely on buses, the only option for public vehicles, that is operated by the Tasmanian government and a few private companies.
The city has its own airport-- Hobart International Airport, which connects Hobart to other capital cities.
This historical market is located in Salamanca Place, next to the Hobart Waterfront. Over 300 stalls open here every Saturday drawing thousands of locals and visitors. A wide range of products are sold here, such as Tasmanian timbers, hand-worked glass, jewellery, artworks, handcrafted cheeses and more.
Kunanyi / Mt Wellington
The 21-kilometre drive to the summit of the much-loved kunanyi / Mt Wellington will offer visitors spectacular views of Hobart and the harbour.