About Tasmania

Where is Hobart, Tasmania?

Hobart is the capital city of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, and is one hour flight from Melbourne. Situated on the banks of the Derwent River, at the foot of Mt Wellington, Hobart has a temperate climate, with an average temperature in January of approximately 22ºC / 72ºF, making it ideal for boating. In fact, Tasmania has the highest boat ownership per capita in the whole of Australia.

Why visit Tasmania?

Since the opening of Hobart’s world-famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in 2011, Tasmania has been enjoying great popularity as a holiday destination. As well as art and culture, Tasmania is world-renown for its wilderness, wine, whisky, cheese, seafood, cider, beer, golfing, cycling, hiking, coastal drives, historic sites, and of course, boating. Over the past 5 years, Tasmania has won many awards, including:

  • 2017 Best Place in the World to Visit in January (Lonely Planet) ➞ Tasmania
  • 2016 Best Public Golf Course in Australia (AusGolf) ➞ Barnbougle Dunes, Tasmania
  • 2016 Best Tourism Attraction in Australia (Qantas Tourism Awards) ➞ Bruny Island Cruises, Tasmania
  • 2016 Best Ecotourism Business in Australia (Qantas Tourism Awards) ➞ Tasmanian Walking Co, Tasmania
  • 2016 Best New Tourism Business in Australia (Qantas Tourism Awards) ➞ Pumphouse Point, Tasmania
  • 2015 Best Travel Destination in the World (Travel+ China Magazine) ➞ Tasmania
  • 2015 Best Single Malt Whisky in Australia (World Whisky Awards) ➞ Sullivans Cove, Tasmania
  • 2015 Best Island in Australia (Travel+Leisure Magazine) ➞ Tasmania
  • 2015 Best Tourism Attraction in Australia (Qantas Tourism Awards) ➞ Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania
  • 2015 Best New Tourism Business in Australia (Qantas Tourism Awards) ➞ Seafood Seduction Tour, Tasmania
  • 2014 Best Road Trip in Australia (Australian Traveller Magazine) ➞ East Coast, Tasmania
  • 2014 Best Boutique Hotel in the World (World Boutique Hotel Awards) ➞ Saffire, Tasmania
  • 2014 Best Food Region in Australia (Australian Traveller Magazine) ➞ Tamar Valley, Tasmania
  • 2014 Best Whisky in the World (World Whisky Awards) ➞ Lark Distillery, Tasmania
  • 2013 Best Weekend Away in Australia (Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine) ➞ Hobart, Tasmania
  • 2013 Best Travel Experience in Australia (Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine) ➞ MONA, Tasmania

Why visit Tasmania in January?

The timing of the 2018 SB20 World Championship could not be better – right in the middle of Hobart’s world-famous month of festivities.

  • 28 Dec 2017 – Sydney-to-Hobart racing yachts begin arriving into Hobart
  • 28 Dec 2017 – The Taste of Tasmania begins (7-day food festival in Hobart)
  • 29 Dec 2017 – The Falls Festival begins (3-day music festival, 1-hour drive from Hobart)
  • 29 Dec 2017 – Launceston-to-Hobart racing yachts begin arriving into Hobart
  • 31 Dec 2017 – New Year’s Eve at the Hobart waterfront
  • 2 Jan 2018 – King of the Derwent yacht race (1-day race in Hobart)
  • 2 Jan 2018 – *SB20 World Championship begins (10 days)*
  • 6 Jan 2018 – Cygnet Folk Festival begins (3-day music festival, 1-hour drive from Hobart)
  • Jan 2018 – MONA FOMA (6-day music & arts festival in Hobart)
  • 20 Jan 2018 – Tasmanian Beer Lovers Week begins (8-day beer festival in Tasmania)
  • 24 Jan 2018 – MONA Market (3-month music/arts/food festival in Hobart every Sunday)
  • 27 Jan 2018 – Hobart Beer & Food Festival begins (2-day festival in Hobart)

Other activities to enjoy in Tasmania in January include:

Where to stay?

Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart is notoriously short of accommodation in the peak season of December-March, with January often booking out more than 6 months in advance. Please do not delay in booking your accommodation.

  • Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse – located 15 minutes walk from the competition venue in the historic village of Battery Point. 5 minutes walk from the restaurant/cafe precinct of Salamanca, and 5 minutes drive from the Hobart town centre. Prices start from $40 per person in mixed and female-only bunkrooms. Private rooms from $100 per room.
  • University Apartments – located 25 minutes walk from the competition venue in the waterfront suburb of Sandy Bay. Easy walking distance from Sandy Bay shops, supermarkets and restaurants, and 5 minutes drive from the Hobart town centre. Prices start from $55 per room, within a 6-room apartment.
  • Motel 429
  • Woolmers Hotel Apartments
  • Mantra
  • Mayfair Plaza Motel
  • St Ives Motel and Apartments

Alternatively, we recommend viewing accommodation on the following global websites in Sandy Bay (location of event), Battery Point, Hobart (town area), West Hobart, South Hobart, North Hobart, Dynnyrne and Glebe.

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