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Hobart



 
Hobart is one of the oldest capital cities of Australia. It is the capital of Tasmania and one of the most populous cities in Tasmania. Hobart is the administrative and financial centre of Tasmania and is well-known for its rich historical heritage.

The Hobart city was originally inhabited by the Mouheneer tribal people. The first settlement in Hobart started in the year 1803. The city was initially a penal colony which was established by Lieutenant John Bowen. The first settlements started on the eastern shores around Risdon Cove. The settlements were shifted in 1804 to the Sullivan Cove. Hobart city was named in honour Lord Hobart, who was the colonial secretary of the region in those days. Then the city was known as Hobart Town. Gradually Hobart has become an important commercial hub and base for British Navy. The development of industries in the region also increased the population of the city and now it has become a significant business district of Australia.

Hobart has a mild temperate type of climate which has oceanic influences. During the summer months of January and February the temperatures soar up to 21ēC and in winters temperatures drop down to 5ēC or lesser. The maximum amount of rainfall occurs in the months of August and November. Hobart rarely has snowfall, though the nearby Mount Wellington is often snow-covered.

Hobart has a well-developed transport system of rail, road, air and tram services. Most of the public transportation is operated by the metro buses and some local private bus service agencies. These buses ply from Hobart to all major Australian cities. Hobart is served by Hobart International Airport and the smaller Cambridge Aerodrome. Hobart can easily be explored even on bicycles as it is one of the most popular means of travel. Hobart is culturally famous in the whole world since it is the finishing point of the Sydeny to Hobart Yacht Race. It is also the finishing point of the Targa Tasmania rally and organises the Tulip Festival. The museums of Hobart are very renowned for their collection and historical importance.

Hobart is a popular tourist destination site which has many sightseeing places. Some of the most popular tourist destination spots of Hobart are:
  • Cascade Brewery
  • Queens Domain
  • Sullivan’s Cove
  • Salamanca Place
  • Salmon Ponds
  • Lake Distillery
  • Battery Point
  • Cadbury Chocolate Factory
  • Tasman Bridge
Hobart is regarded as a paradise for shopping lovers as the area has numerous shopping malls and plazas and hence is a popular shopping destination. The Salamanca Market, Cat and Fiddle Market, Northgate Shopping Centre, Centrepoint Shopping Centre are important shopping stores in Hobart.

Hobart has a wide variety of international and local cuisines which are served in the restaurants and cafes. Some of the popular restaurants where you will find Indian, Thai, Chinese, Italian, French and Mediterranean cuisines are Le Provencal, Casablanca on Elizabeth, Fish Frenzy, Sugo, Magic Curries, The Spice, Macquarie Street Foodstore and many others.

Few of the affordable and well-known accommodation options in Hobart include:
  • Mayfair Plaza Motel
  • Shoreline Hotel
  • Wrest Point Motor Inn Hotel
  • The Lodge on Elizabeth
  • Leisure Inns Macquarie Hotel
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