Hobart is the Tasmania’s capital city with a population of around 225,000. it is Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney, having been established in 1804 as a penal colony.
Hobart is Tasmania’s most densely populated city and is nestled amongst the foothills of the beautiful Mt Wellington, offering a magical backdrop to a city steeped in heritage.
The Port Arthur penal settlement ruins on the picturesque Tasman Peninsula remain one of Australia’s most visited tourist attractions and all just a 90-minute drive from the centre of Hobart.
Hobart is the home of MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Established in 2011, the privately owned museum has rapidly become one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Australia. It is located within the Moorilla Winery on the Berriedale Peninsula and is close to one of the state’s two tri-code racing complexes - Luxbet Park Hobart.
Thoroughbred racing was first established in Hobart in 1874 as a result of a meeting of 17 of Hobart’s most influential businessmen who gathered at the Rock Hotel in the city centre to establish what would become the Southern Tasmania Turf Club.
The track located at Elwick has undergone many changes over the years but today it features two grass racks for thoroughbreds, a 960-metre harness track and inside the perimeters of that circuit, a U-bend greyhound track that plays host to the Hobart Thousand which is the oldest surviving classic on the Australian greyhound racing calendar.
The southern region also boasts a country harness venue at New Norfolk situated at Kensington Park in the Derwent Valley. The New Norfolk Pacing Club hosts its main meeting on Australia Day where participants vie for the privilege of winning the time honoured New Norfolk Cup.