From its relaxed country atmosphere to its beautiful country surrounds, Hobart has plenty going for it. A far cry from the hustle and bustle of a city like Sydney or Melbourne, everything in Hobart seems to move at a slightly slower pace. The city is also home to a thriving arts scene and family-friendly suburbs, and is noted to be a food lover’s paradise. Being Australia’s southernmost capital city, Hobart lends itself to the coldest temperatures of the cities, reaching temperatures as low as 4ºC during winter (July) and as high as 22ºC during summer.
The second oldest city in Australia, Hobart sits alongside the Derwent River and at the base of Mount Wellington. There are a number of desirable suburbs along the length of the Derwent, while the historic surrounds of Battery Point or the water views of Sandy Bay are always popular.
Those migrating to Hobart with their family might consider the southern suburb of Kingston as an option, as it was recently named the most family-friendly place to live in Australia.
There are two main ways to get around Hobart: drive yourself or take the bus.
The city has been sensibly laid out to make navigation easy, although keep an eye out for one-way streets when getting from A to B. The main bus interchange can be found in front of the General Post Office and offers sufficient service to most parts of the city. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver with prices varying depending on the distance travelled.
With a somewhat insular economy, Hobart is protected from the global fluctuations of the international markets. While this also means that Hobart isn’t an area prone to rapid economic growth – there are still good employment prospects for skilled migrants.
The Occupation List provided under the State Migration Plan includes positions in industries like construction, health, hospitality, automotive, viticulture and engineering. The Tasmanian Government migration unit can also help those who are moving to Australia and looking for work.
The University of Tasmania is a respected institution and one of the oldest in the country. It’s ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and has more than 29,000 students. Hobart residents may also seek to undertake further study through TasTAFE, which offers a wide range of vocational education and training courses.
Although certain parts of Hobart are home to some expensive real estate, the cost of living is generally lower than in other parts of the country. However, you should expect to pay more for certain goods and services (for example electricity) than you would in other parts of the country.