So, you’ve decided that you’re moving to Hobart. Well, you’re not alone. Tasmania’s population is growing at its fastest rate in years. Most of those international and interstate immigrants are flocking to Hobart, and it’s easy to see why.
One of the most beautiful and liveable cities in the world, Hobart can boast:
- Great public transport
- World-class cultural events and museums
- Picturesque scenery, like the snowcapped Mt. Wellington
Still, there are a few things you should know before you pull up stumps and relocate. That’s why we’ve put together this list of things you should know before moving to Hobart.
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1. The weather in Hobart can change quickly
In some respects, the weather in Hobart is lovely. It’s milder in the summer than most of Australia. And, thank goodness, it seldom gets as cold as it is in Launceston.
But that nice weather can change, as fast as lightning. Hobart might be drenched in icy rain in the morning, but sweltering under the sun in the afternoon.
With that in mind, make sure you bring appropriate clothes. In particular, it’s a good idea to invest in the following items:
- A light jacket
- An umbrella
- A thick jumper
- Waterproof shoes
2. Hobart is an AFL town
Two codes of football dominate in Australia; Australian Rules (AFL) and Rugby League (NRL). Different locations in Australia are all committed to either one or the other of these codes; there are very few places where they are equally popular.
Hobartians, like most Tasmanians, are strongly-committed to AFL. If you can familiarise yourself with the rules of the game, you’ll never be short of something to talk about with your neighbours.
Plus, even though Tasmania doesn’t have an AFL team, you can still see some great games being played in the local Tasmanian Football League.
3. Hobart is tough for renters
People are flocking to Hobart faster than the housing market can keep up. Demand has well and truly outpaced supply. A good apartment, unit, or house is hard to come by.
- Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate of any major Australian city
- The median asking price for a unit has increased by double digits year on year
A spot of good news: Although the cost of renting in Hobart is rising fast, it’s still got a way to go before it’s as expensive as Sydney or Melbourne!
4. Hobart has affordable, but limited public transport
Historically, Hobart has had many different kinds of public transport on offer. However, almost all have fallen into disuse.
- Ferries: Were frequently used before construction of the bridge
- Trams: An extensive network of light rail was torn up in the 1960s
- Trains: Underground train corridors still exist, but are not in use anymore
The only public transport still in operation in Hobart is a network of busses. Save money on your fare by investing in a Greencard—Hobart’s equivalent of a Myki, Opal or Oyster card.
5. Hobart has fantastic museums
Hobart’s most famous museum is MONA, The Museum of Old and New Art. It hasn’t been open for very long, but it often makes headlines around the world.
But there are many other great museums in Hobart that are worth your time, too. For example:
- The Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum
- The Maritime Museum of Tasmania
- The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
6. Festivals in Hobart are world-class
Before you move to Hobart, you should know that they feature the Pagan and Satanic themed Dark Mofo festival during the winter solstice every year. It’s world famous but, understandably, not everybody’s cup of tea.
If angelic choirs are more your thing, you’ll love the Festival of Voices—Australia’s leading choral music festival. Alternately, you can check out The Clarence Jazz Festival, which is held in February.
7. There’s fresh produce at Hobart’s markets
Tasmania is a lush and fertile island, with a thriving agricultural industry. As well as their world famous apples and honey, Tasmania also produces vast quantities of potatoes, broccoli, green peas, carrots, onions, and cauliflowers.
Hobartians can head out to these markets and grab fresh produce for the week:
- Salamanca Markets: You can check out the bustling Salamanca Markets every Saturday from 8:30 am. There are usually around 300 open-air stalls.
- Farm Gate Markets: A bit smaller than the Salamanca Markets, but the Farm Gate Markets are distinguished in that they are only open to local producers.
8. Hobart takes the North vs. South rivalry seriously
If you’re living in Tasmania, you’ll soon become aware of the rabid rivalry that separates the north and the south. It’s a strong divide—between 1804 and 1813, the island even split into two separate colonies.
Want to win the favour of your new neighbours in Hobart? Be a bit showy with your love of all things southern. Draw attention to the fact you drink Cascade (never Boags) and be seen reading The Mercury in public (never The Examiner).