City SnapshotThe island state of Tasmania, known affectionately by Australians as “Tassie”, is located just south of Victoria. Its capital, Hobart, is now attracting a large number of Australian and international visitors who are craving the ultimate wilderness escape mixed with great food and wine.
Cost of Living
Best known forTasmania has all the benefits of the Australian mainland in a relaxed, provincial atmosphere. With only a five-hour drive separating Hobart and the northern reaches of the island, the state is a small place offering big things. Sample some of Australia’s freshest seafood, or try delicious wines, cheeses and ciders. With over 20 craft breweries on one island, you’ll be sure to find one to suit. Living here is affordable, too, with Hobart boasting some of the cheapest rents in Australia. Hobart also has an enviable arts and culture scene, with plenty of festivals held throughout the year. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is one of Australia’s most famous museums and galleries, hosting an ever-changing array of bizarre, quirky, and often controversial exhibitions. It also holds the annual music festivals MONA FOMA and Dark Mofo. More music can be found at Falls Festival and Party In The Paddock, while local produce is celebrated at Taste of Tasmania. If you’re a nature-lover, there are plenty of natural wonders and national parks located very close to Hobart. In fact, around 20% of Tasmania is made up of World Heritage-listed wilderness, so there’s no shortage of things to explore. Visit the picturesque Cradle Mountain and hike the stunning and rugged Overland Track, a walking goal for locals and visitors alike. See the striking Bay of Fires or Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula. Or, if you’re lucky, spend some time stargazing and catch a glimpse of the Southern Aurora Australis (Australia’s answer to the Northern Lights).
Where to StudyHobart is home to the University of Tasmania, as well as several locations for Vocational Education and Training (VET). You'll find TasTAFE campuses across Hobart, plus multiple other training centres.
Public TransportHobart operates on a network of buses, called Metro. To use the Metro network, you can buy a Metro Greencard – a prepaid card that makes getting around the city easy and slightly cheaper. The Greencard offers discounts on bus fares as well as a daily cap, which are applied automatically whenever you use it. You can also purchase single tickets on-board the bus. And, considering Hobart's relatively small size, you can usually get around the inner city on foot.
Other Hobart Content
On 22 April 2020, the Tasmanian Government unveiled a $3 million package to support around 26,000 temporary visa holders, including student... Read More