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If you’re thinking of living in Hobart, this overview of Hobart lifestyle includes key information such as property prices, rent, weather and nearby attractions.
While Hobart certainly has a colder climate than much of mainland Australia, the island of Tasmania is a rural beauty. Hobart itself is stunning! If you love nature, four seasons and a slower pace of life, Hobart could be great city for you to move to.
I spent three weeks travelling Tasmania and quite few days exploring Hobart. (Admittedly because torrential rain stopped us visiting the beach areas!) Here’s a glimpse of your potential Hobart lifestyle!
Living in Hobart: Table of Contents
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- 1. Where is Hobart?
- 2. Hobart’s Population
- 3. Hobart’s Weather & Seasons
- 4. Daylight Hours
- 5. Beaches in Hobart
- 6. Things to Do in Hobart
- 7. Property Prices
- 8. Renting in Hobart
- 9. Trips from Hobart
1. Where is Hobart in Australia?
Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, an island and state off the southeast coast of Australia. Hobart lies on the south-eastern corner of Tasmania, at the mouth of the River Derwent.
Tasmania’s nearest major city on the mainland is Melbourne, which can be reached in just over an hour by flight, or nine and a half hours by ferry.
2. Hobart Population and Size
Hobart has the second-lowest population of all the Australian state capitals, with around 211k residents. The island of Tasmania itself has a population of 521k and covers an area of 68,401 square km.
Tasmania is the smallest state in Australia geographically and the 4th-most densely populated, with 7.24 people per square kilometre.
Given its small size, it’s obviously worth researching into available jobs in Hobart before you make a move there.
3. Living in Hobart: Weather & Seasons
Hobart has a mild temperate oceanic climate with four distinct seasons. I visited during the summer and experienced both hot, sunny weather and multi-day torrential downpours!
The average maximum temperature in Hobart is 21.7 degrees in the hottest month (January), and 11.7 degrees in the coldest month (July). Overnight, the average minimum in January is 12.0 degrees, and in July, 4.6 degrees (bbrrr!).
Per year, Hobart has an average of 41 sunny days, the least of all the Australian state capitals. As a comparison, Perth has the most with 139.
Hobart also has an average of 87 rainy days (of at least 1mm) per year, which is similar to Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Sydney has the most at 100 rainy days per year!
4. Daylight Hours in Hobart
Unlike Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, Tasmania has daylight saving. Therefore during summer Hobart stays lighter for longer in the evenings than Perth, Darwin and Brisbane.
In the height of summer in Hobart, the sun goes down around 8:52pm, which is the latest of all the state capitals and over two hours later than sunset in Brisbane! In midwinter, the sun sets about 4:40pm in Hobart.
5. Hobart Beaches
There are plenty of great Hobart beaches to choose from, even though the city lies along the River Derwent rather than the actual coastline. Close to the city are a selection of beaches such as those at Sandy Bay, or across the river at Bellerive and Howrah.
Within about half an hour’s drive of Hobart, you can also reach surfing beaches such as Park Beach and Clifton Beach, as well as long and lovely Seven Mile Beach. You just won’t get year-round hot weather!
6. Living in Hobart: Lifestyle & Things to Do
Tasmania seems to have a reputation for being a bit behind the times compared to the rest of Australia. While it’s certainly less developed in some ways, it has amazing scenery and great history. There’s also plenty of culture and things to do in Hobart.
Perusing open-air Salamanca Markets on a Saturday in Hobart is a must-do, with its artisan products and live music. The surrounding historical architecture at Battery Point is also interesting to explore.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is well known even on the mainland, as well as waterfront Hobart Museum and Art Gallery. I also found a good choice of cafes and restaurants in the city.
Hobart is located at the mouth of the River Derwent and has a beautiful mountainous backdrop. If you’re a nature lover you’ll have plenty of options for weekend activities, including water sports and hiking.
7. Hobart Property Prices
According to data from the July 2023 CoreLogic property report, the median house price in Hobart during June 2023 was $690,085. The median unit (flat) value was $529,365.
This makes Hobart the third-cheapest state capital in Australia for houses (after Perth and Darwin) but the third-most expensive for units.
8. Renting in Hobart
From this June 2023 report on rent.com.au, the median weekly rent in Hobart was $532 for a house, $411 for a unit (flat) and $187 for a room.
As a comparison, the most expensive state capital in Australia to rent a home was Sydney, with a median weekly rent of $800 for a house, $650 for a flat/unit and $360 for a room.
9. Trips from Hobart: Holiday Destinations
Tasmania is a gorgeous state with plenty to explore; think winding mountain roads, stunning lakes and pristine beaches.
While it doesn’t have the year-round heat of Queensland or the high-rise hotels of the Gold Coast, Tasmania has plenty to offer if you’re into hiking, camping or mountain activities.
I had amazing time on my 3-week Tasmania road trip. One of my personal highlights was hiking along beautiful Lake St Clair, which had some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen.
Other favourite Tasmanian destinations of mine were Bruny Island and Freycinet National Park, which both had beaches to rival any other holiday hotspot in Australia. Move over Bondi!
Since Hobart also has an international airport, you can easily fly to other parts of Australia or the rest of the world! Note that flying to Melbourne is generally cheaper (and much quicker!) than taking the ferry if you want to transport your car across too.
Best of luck with your decision on where to live in Australia! Hopefully this blog post on living in Hobart has given you food for thought.
- To learn about the lifestyle in other Australian cities, browse the articles on my where to live in Australia page.
- If you like the idea if living in a small city with four distinct seasons, you should also check out my Canberra lifestyle overview.
- If you want to live somewhere with affordable property but warmer weather than Hobart, head over to my overview of living in Perth,.
Best of luck with your move!
Lisa Bull, founder of Dreaming of Down Under, has been living in Australia as a British expat since 2015. After travelling to every state and territory in Australia and living in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, Lisa knows from first-hand experience the best destinations to visit in Australia and the best budget travel tips. Her guides on this blog have been read by over 700k readers and helped thousands of people achieve their dream of living in or travelling Australia.