Hobart

  • SACE Tasmanian College of English

    Situated in a three-storey heritage mansion, SACE Hobart's charming renovated classrooms, kitchen, common room and extensive gardens provide a warm and friendly atmosphere. SACE Hobart is a few minutes walk to Hobart's city centre and the beautiful harbour area. Club SACE activities offer a variety of exciting social activities and adventurous excursions on weekends. The Tasmanian College of English has been recognised for its contribution to the environment by Environmental awards from Hobart...

Hobart

The capital of Tasmania is a superb place to live and study English, as it has culture, history, nightlife and natural beauty.

Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia, founded in 1804 by Colonel David Collins on the island of Tasmania. It originated from a penal colony located at Risdon Cove, 8 kilometres up the river. Hobart is very scenic and pleasant place to live, with stunning historic buildings and fine examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture. Several buildings here are classified by the National Trust, especially at Battery Point and on Davey Street. Its harbour forms the second-deepest natural port in the world and is the starting point for expeditions to the Antarctic as well as arrival point for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Living in Hobart while you study English offers plenty of variety. Although small, with a population of around 200,000, this coastal city and tourist hub is considered one of the coolest and most vibrant in Australia.

Activities to enjoy in Hobart

On Saturday mornings, check out Salamanca Market, a lovely attraction for visitors and locals. It is located within warehouses which have been converted into gift shops, restaurants and other intriguing stops. The warehouses were originally built to service the 19th century whaling industry.

Behind Salamanca Market you’ll find Battery Point, originally the site of an artillery battery. This is one of the most historic areas of the city. You can take a stroll through the pretty streets and visit the many quiet cafes, antique shops and charming Victorian homes. Another worthwhile visit is the Museum of Old and New Art, known as the MONA. This strange museum is filed with fascinating and thought-provoking alternative art.

If you want to relax with a cold beer, visit the Cascade Brewery, the oldest brewery in Australia. Here you can take a tour to learn how the beer is brewed before enjoying a tasting. You can also visit the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory and try the delicious chocolate made there!

As a low-rise city, Hobart feels open and relaxed. It has pleasant green spaces, including the second-oldest Botanic Gardens in Australia with extensive and important plant collections.

Hobart also has a good night scene, with regular live music by local and international bands. The Tasmanian Gig Guide is a great way to find out about monthly live music listings.

While you’re in Hobart, you should also take the Peppermint Bay Cruise. You’ll board a yacht in the city which will take you on a cruise to Peppermint Bay, where you will see local sea life and salmon farms. When you arrive at the bay, you’ll be treated to a fantastic clambake with rock lobster and clam chowder.

Hobart has beaches too, along the River Derwent estuary. And your time in Hobart won’t be complete without a hike to the top of Mount Wellington. When the weather is clear, you have great views of Hobart and its surroundings. 

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