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Hobart Travel Guide

Hobart Travel Guide

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, a very appealing and old city to visit, the city attractions as its wonderful harbor and the colonial cottages give Hobart a special atmosphere and elegant appearance. To Hobart's harbor arrive a great number of yatchs from all over the world only comparable to Sydney's Harbour.

Hobart's history began when Lietenant John Bowen make the city the Australian's second oldest capital city and was known as Hobart Town or Hobarton, the name is because of Lord Hobart, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies at the time of its settlement. As the time passed by Hobart become an important base for the British Navy, the dock of Hobart was used for the shipment of materials and new docks were constructed in Salamanca Place in the mid 19th century and was in this century that Hobart continued to grow, thanks in particular to considerable influxes of population after the two world wars. Hobart was proclaimed a town only in 1842 and many ships and buildings were constructed of the pioneering period and are still preserved.

More of the cities in Tasmania were used as penal colonies, Hobart was known for its agriculture and forestry development. Nowadays the port of Hobart is less industrious but more touristic, the city hosts many industries of Tasmania including a high-speed catamaran factory and a zinc smelter, as well as a vibrant tourist industry, the main University of Tasmania is located here and also the major financial and government institurions of the State.

Hobart is closer to the Antarctic coast than it is to Perth in Western Australia; navigators, whalers, and explorers have long regarded it as the gateway to the south. Has a population of about 250,000 inhabitants, a very small city compared with the rest of main cities in Australia.

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