Keen to live in a centuries-old home that was constructed by convicts? For history buffs, there’s much to explore and enjoy in Hobart – including the potential to live in a home haunted by ancestral builders!
Hobart is Australia’s second-oldest capital city, and yet it’s often the most overlooked. Tucked away on the island of Tasmania off the mainland of Victoria, Hobart sits at the foot of Mount Wellington, also known as Kunanyi. Though it has a reasonably small population of approximately 210,000, each of its residents are fiercely proud to call Hobart their home.
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Hobart’s unique charm
Hobart has a perfect balance of old-world charm with new-world living. The hustle and bustle of busy cities hasn’t yet conquered Tasmania, though it still boasts its own unique, cosmopolitan charm.
Settled in 1803, the majority of Hobart’s beautiful Georgian sandstone buildings were built by the convicted felons that were sent there from the mainland. Many of these buildings still stand today, and a quick walk down the city centre showcases several of them. Hobart is rich in history; which is evident in its attractions like Constitution Dock, Battery Point, St George’s Church, and Salamanca Place. Hobart may be small, but there is always something to do.
Elizabeth Street mall in North Hobart (or ‘NoHo’ as it’s affectionately called by the locals) is perfect for the shopaholics, as is the unique Salamanca markets, held every Saturday night. Hobart is big on sports, with cricket, AFL, soccer and tennis the favourite choices. The yearly Sydney to Hobart yacht race always draws a crowd too, and for the adventurous, cycling down Mount Wellington is a popular past-time.
As with every city, Hobart has its pick of incredible suburbs, though here you can stretch your dollar much further. You could buy a mansion with views of the Derwent River and Mount Wellington here, for the same price you’d spend on a small apartment in Sydney.
Meanwhile Tolmans’ Hill, West Hobart, Mount Nelson, and Kingston are also popular areas to live. With housing as affordable as it is in Hobart, even after recent price growth, you will be spoilt for choice.
Family friendly suburbs
Family friendly suburbs abound throughout Hobart, with plenty of big backyards on offer in homes that located near to schools and childcare centres.
The education system in Hobart is desirable, with Hobart TAFE twice voted the best training provider, and the University of Tasmania ranked in the top two percent of universities around the world.
Hobart fits the foodie culture, too. Famous for seafood, with bragging rights such as the Tasmanian salmon, oysters, abalone and mussels, Hobart is also the home of many artisanal foods like honey, chocolate and cheese.
The public transport system consists mainly of buses and taxis, but don’t let the lack of trains or light rail deter you, because Hobart is extremely easy to navigate. The streets run in grids from the city centre, and the buses are reliable and cheap.
The climate borders on brisk, but Summer and Spring deliver sunshine-filled days. While the ocean might be a bit too cold for swimming, Hobart has beaches like Sandy Bay, which is beautiful for a day-trip. And those who dislike rain will be pleased to know that Hobart is the second driest capital in Australia. Hobart is perfect for young families, city slickers, country folk and retirees – and it may just be the perfect fit for you too.
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