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Key Facts

  • Settlement began in 1803 as a penal colony at Risdon and in 1804 it was moved to a better location at the present site of Hobart at Sullivan's Cove.
  • Hobart is the second oldest capital city of Australia after Sydney.
  • The population of Hobart is approximately 200,000 people.
  • Hobart supports many industries such as shipbuilding and large breweries that manufactures different beers.
  • Time Zone AEST (UTC+10)
  • Co-ordinates: 42°52′50″S 147°19′30″E

Hobart is the capital city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. It is the second oldest capital city after Sydney and serves as the home port of the Australian and French Antartic operations. It was named after Lord Hobart, the colonial secretary during the time of the first settlement, and was initially called as Hobart Town or Hobarton. The original inhabitants were members of the Mouheneer tribe; however, they were forced away by the early European settlers. In 1842, Hobart Town became a city and was renamed Hobart in 1875.

Hobart has a mild temperate oceanic climate and has the fewest daily average hours of sunshine with approximately 5.9 hours per day. However, during the summer, Hobart receives the most number of hours of sunlight of any Australian city with approximately 15.2 hours.

Being the home port of the Australian and French Antartic operations, Hobart is a busy seaport. It also serves as a hub for cruise ships during the summer. The city supports industries such as shipbuilding, ore refinement, breweries, wine, and chocolate. One of the most notable businesses in Hobart is the Cadbury chocolate factory which manufactures most of the Cadbury chocolate in the southern hemisphere.

Among the many popular recreational areas in the city is the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens which is the second-oldest botanical gardens in Australia. Other popular attractions include the Tasman Bridge which connects the two shores of Hobart, the Hobart synagogue which is the oldest in Australia, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra located in the Federation Concert Hall which is considered to be one of the finest in the world.

Hobart is also known internationally for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The race starts from Sydney on Boxing Day and ends in Hobart. The arrival of the yachts is celebrated as part of the food and wine Hobart Summer Festival. Other events include the Targa Tasmania rally car event, the annual Tulip Festival, and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival which is held twice a year.

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