West Hobart, Tasmania

West Hobart is an inner-city suburb of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is in the hills immediately west of the city centre, and shares the postcode 7000 with that district.

West Hobart
Hobart, Tasmania
Mellifont Street
West Hobart
Coordinates42°53′1″S 147°18′54″E
Population5,953 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Hobart
State electorate(s)Clark
Federal Division(s)Clark
Suburbs around West Hobart:
Mount Stuart North Hobart Glebe
West Hobart Hobart
South Hobart Sandy Bay


The area was first settled as a farming district, hosting poultry, dairy, hops, orchards and Chinese market gardens. Various industries have also served in the area, including a brickworks at the top of Arthur Street and coal mines below Summerhill Road. The side of Knocklofty Hill served as a sandstone quarry. Knocklofty is now a reserve maintained by the Hobart City Council.[2] The area around Goulburn and Harrington Streets was once a red-light district.

Hobart West Post Office opened on 12 July 1892.[3]

Considered a 'working-class' suburb until the 1960s, West Hobart has become increasingly a popular inner-city suburb. Many of the houses in the area are older federation era buildings, prized for their views of the Derwent River.


West Hobart is now considered a bohemian suburb of Hobart, with lots of artists and musicians living in gentrified Victorian and Federation houses, which abound in the suburb.

Schools in the area include Lansdowne Crescent Primary School, Goulburn Street Primary and the Hobart campus of Guilford Young College on Barrack Street.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "West Hobart (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. Knocklofty Reserve | Hobart City Council, Tasmania, Retrieved 20 December 2014
  3. Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  • Goodrick, Joan (1993). The West Hobart Story. Hobart, Tasmania: Shearwater Press. ISBN 0-9590181-1-5.

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