Hobart – a low stress lifestyle12 January 2015 by News Desk
Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. It offers a blend of built and cultural heritage, diverse environment, vibrant art, a dynamic sporting culture and a low stress lifestyle.
Nestled under kunanyi / Mount Wellington on the Derwent River Hobart is renowned for its heritage buildings, beautiful parks, fine restaurants, the Salamanca Market and its Festivals. Hobart is the gateway to the best quality food and boutique wines and the famous Tasmanian salmon, crayfish and cheeses, raspberries and strawberries, beer and chocolates. This unique setting provides for an ambience that you will not find in another city anywhere in the world.
It is a city rich in maritime history, and is shaped and defined by water. A diverse range of craft including Antarctic supply vessels, sailing dinghies, catamarans, kayaks, ocean racing yachts, fishing boats and square riggers ply the waters of the Derwent. Beyond is Storm Bay and the vast Southern Ocean.
The Port is a central focus for the City providing both a busy commercial hub and also a place where residents and visitors like to spend time strolling along the docks talking with the local fishermen, watching the large cargo vessels load and unload or sampling some fine Tasmanian produce at one of the many cafes and restaurants located around the cove.
Schools – Hobart has a wide range of schools to choose from, both private and public. The University of Tasmania is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected, and the Hobart TAFE was voted Australia’s Best Training Provider in 2000 and 2002. Children need to be aged four on 1 January of the new school year to start school in Tasmania.
Child Care – Hobart has a variety of day care options available from long and short day care to after hours and vacation care, as well as quality family day care programs.
Shops and Services – Most shops within the Hobart CBD are open 7 days per week, as are some shops and most major supermarkets in the suburbs.
Central Business District – A short stroll from any of the major hotels or transit points you’ll find Tasmania’s premier commercial centre Hobart’s CBD. A lively, friendly destination with that magical blend of pavement, arcade and centre shopping, providing easy access to national department stores, fashion outlets, Tasmanian souvenirs and crafts and a cosmopolitan cafe society. In the heart of the CBD, nestled amongst some of Australia’s best examples of sandstone and colonial architecture, street cafes and restaurants mix with great shopping to provide hours of fun and entertainment.
Salamanca Place – Salamanca Place, renowned for the famous Salamanca Market is home of fine Tasmanian arts and crafts, showcasing the works of many of Tasmania’s finest artists and craftspeople. Located amongst beautiful heritage listed buildings and tree lined streets, the area is home to restaurants, specialist food shops, bars and niche shopping. Pick up a bargain, sip a coffee or browse through the galleries. At night enjoy the attractive river view whilst dining and relaxing
Battery Point – A leisurely walk from the CBD, this historic location features preserved architecture, arts and crafts shops, and fine dining restaurants. Discover Arthurs Circus, Kellys Steps, and the Heritage museum, with an impressive sandstone building housing a significant colonial collection
North Hobart – North Hobart is known as the restaurant strip, with eateries including pubs, taverns, restaurants and cafes. This busy area also features art galleries, small fashion boutiques, and Tasmania’s oldest operating movie house. Necessary services such as banks and postal facilities are also conveniently located here.
Sandy Bay – Sandy Bay home of Australia’s first casino, Wrest Point, is renowned for small stylish boutiques and gift shops. Wander the busy streets for unique interiors, fashion or gifts. Banks, supermarkets and the post office are located in the main shopping area.
New Town and New Town Plaza – New Town is a suburban shopping strip containing National shopping chains, supermarkets and unique retail outlets.
Parks and Reserves – Hobart has over 22,000 trees in its parks and streets. This does not include the trees within Council’s bushland areas. The backdrop to Hobart is kunanyi / Mount Wellington, which is 1270m high. It is only about a 30 minute drive to the top of the mountain from the City centre.
Beaches – Hobart is surrounded by water. The Derwent River provides for a host of beautiful beaches only minutes away. Beaches in the Hobart municipal area include:
Nutgrove Beach, Sandy Bay
Long Beach, Sandy Bay
Lords Beach, Sandy Bay
Red Chapel Beach, Sandy Bay
Cornelian Bay Beach, Cornelian Bay
Short Beach, Sandy Bay
Vehicles – Visitors and new residents to Tasmania have three months to transfer vehicle registration.