Hobart Accommodation

Geography

Tasmania's high peaks in the south-west mean that the weather, and rainfall, is dramatically different across the state. Hobart is Australia's second-driest capital with an annual average of a bit over 620mm (23in), while the temperate rainforests of the south-west need almost 2½ metres (96in) of rain per year.

Hobart boasts that it has more daylight hours than other Australian capitals, with 2½ hours more than Darwin in the summer. At the summer solstice on 22nd December, Hobart enjoys over 15 hours of daylight. And that doesn't include the twilight! Of course, this also means that the sun sets earlier in the winter, a time of open fires, roast chestnuts and mulled wine.

Hobart's southernness, its clean air and compactness mean that the night sky is clear and sparkling (when not cloudy, of course). It's a spectacular location to view the southern sky and to see one of the wonders of the astronomical world, the marvellous Aurora Australis.

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