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Hobart is Australia’s southernmost capital city that is also a river city with a busy harbor. This charming town has a thriving arts and crafts scene and is a great place for walking, eating and just soaking up the atmosphere. Hobart is known for its yachting community and holds several events throughout the year. The New Year arrival of yachts competing in the Sydney to Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Races is one of the biggest events of the Hobart Summer Festival, held from late December to late January. Another colorful boating extravaganza is the Royal Hobart Regatta in February - the largest boating carnival in the Southern Hemisphere. The historic center of Hobart is behind Princes Wharf in the old port area of Battery Point. During colonial times this area was a colorful maritime village, home to sailors, fishermen, shipwrights and master mariners. Arthur’s Circus is a small circle of quaint cottages built around a village green, and Anglesea Barracks, built in 1811, is the oldest military establishment in Australia. The best time to visit Hobart is summer (December to February in Australia) when the weather is fine for all outdoors activities. Winter (June to August) is often cold, wet and cloudy. Spring can be very windy and autumn, from March to May, is very mild and the time for many festivals around the Hobart region.


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