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Hobart - Fast Facts

Tasmania's capital city, Hobart, is an intriguing blend of heritage, lifestyle and vibrant culture. Situated between one of the world's finest harbours and a majestic mountain, Hobart is a blend of colonial and contemporary designs. A city of fine restaurants, bustling markets and convivial locals.


1. Climate:

Tasmania’s climate is temperate, with four distinct seasons. Snow is common in the highlands in winter. The temperature rarely goes above 25 degrees Celcius in summer.

2. Time Zone:

Summer Time  GMT plus 11 hours (October to March)   Winter Time  GMT plus 10 hours (March to October)

3. Currency:

Australian Dollar (A$) = 100 cents
All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia. Visit the Universal Currency Converter

4. General Shopping hours:

Mon - Thurs     0900 to 1730
Friday             0900 to 2100
Saturday         0900 to 1200
Sunday           some stores trading

5. Banking Hours:

Monday to Friday   0930 to 1630
ATM and EFTPOS facilities are widely available

6. Distance from airport to city centre

17 km

7. Useful phone numbers:

Emergency/Ambulance/Police 000
City Cabs 131 008
Metro Bus Bee Service 6233 4241

8. Tipping

It is common to tip at a restaurant to show your appreciation for the food or service. For taxis, tipping up to the nearest dollar is also occasionally practised.

9. Public holidays:
  • New Years Day 1 Jan
  • Australia Day 26 Jan
  • Royal Hobart Regatta – Second Monday in Feb
  • Eight Hours Day – Second Monday in March
  • Good Friday 21 March (in 2008)
  • Easter Monday 24 March (in 2008)
  • Anzac Day 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Second Monday in June
  • Royal Hobart Show – Thursday preceding fourth Saturday in October
  • Christmas Day 25 Dec
  • Boxing Day 26 Dec
10. Population:


11. Key Attractions:
  • Battery Point
  • Cascade Brewery
  • Salamanca Place
  • Hobart Summer Festival
  • Taste of Tasmania
  • Blooming Tasmania festival
  • Cradle Mountain

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