Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and is located in the south-east on the estuary of the Derwent River at the foot of Mount Wellington. Hobart combines heritage charm and cultural diversity and within 90 minutes drive of Hobart are a range of attractions. The area around Hobart has a variety of landscapes and experiences.
Hobart was founded in 1803 as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the eastern shores of the Derwent River, and is Australia's second oldest capital city after Sydney. In 1804 it was moved to its present site at Sullivans Cove in Hobart.
Hobart was initially known as Hobart Town or Hobarton and was named after the Colonial Secretary, Lord Hobart. Hobart Town became a city on 21 August 1842, and was renamed Hobart in 1875. Hobart is a busy seaport and serves as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations.
Built predominantly on Jurassic dolerite around the foothills, Hobart has smaller areas of Triassic siltstone and Permian mudstone. Much of the waterfront of the Hobart CBD is built on reclaimed land, work done during the convict era of Tasmania.
Hobart has access to a number of beach areas including those in the Derwent estuary, where the road follows the beautiful Derwent River to Tasmania's central highlands and the grandeur of Lake St Clair and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
North from Hobart, the Midland Highway heads to Launceston, where you can discover Tasmania's heritage past, with homesteads and country cottages reflecting the state's early colonial history.
During the summer Hobart has the most hours of sunlight of any city in Australia, with up to 15.2 hrs on the Summer solstice.