Hobart is an Antarctic gateway city, with geographical proximity to East Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
Hobart is the capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania, and sits on the River Derwent nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington. Historic 1830s Georgian sandstone warehouses are the home to galleries, cafes, theatres & craft shops in Salamanca Place. On the waterfront punts and fishmongers sell fresh seafood straight from the Southern Ocean.
Hobart's backdrop is the 1,270m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, hiking and cycling trails. Hobart has access to a number of beach areas including those in the Derwent estuary itself; Sandy Bay, Cornelian Bay, Nutgrove, Kingston, Bellerive, and Howrah Beaches as well as many more in Frederick Henry Bay such as; Seven Mile, Roaches, Cremorne, Clifton, and Goats Beaches.
Hobart, founded in 1804 as a penal colony, is the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney.
Hobart has a mild temperate oceanic climate. Annually, Hobart receives 40.8 clear days. Hobart has the fewest daily average hours of sunshine compared to other States, with 5.9 hours per day. However, during the summer it has the most hours of daylight of any Australian city, with 15.2 hours on the summer solstice. Although Hobart rarely receives snow during the winter, kunanyi/Mount Wellington is often seen with a snow covering, also known to occur during the other seasons.