An influential travel magazine is rating Hobart not only the best city in Australia, but also New Zealand and the entire South Pacific region.
Readers of Travel + Leisure ranked cities across the world on criteria including sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine and overall value.
Sydney was third behind the New Zealand city of Queenstown and Melbourne came fourth.
“Hobart is home to the most visited tourism attraction in the state, Salamanca Market, which saw over 450,000 visitors between April 2022 and March 2023. The market has been running for over 50 years, with more than 280 licensed market stallholders now operating at the market,” said Acting Lord Mayor Helen Burnet.
“Kunanyi/Mt Wellington is the second most popular tourist attraction, and the most popular natural attraction. It is estimated over 390,000 visitors a year, excluding locals, visit the mountain with approximately 65% of visitors coming from interstate or international destinations.”
City Economy Portfolio Chair Alderman Louise Bloomfield said Hobart well and truly has what the rest of the world wants with every dollar spent by visitors to Hobart adding to our local economy.
“Ever since 2015, when Lonely Planet rated Tasmania as one of the top ten destinations in the world, tourist numbers have boomed on the island,” Cr Bloomfield said.
“In Hobart, you can experience pristine mountains, forests and waterways, engage with world-class art, indulge in gourmet food and wine, and be enveloped in the warmth and openness of friendly locals.”
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