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Rose Bay
HobartTasmania
Rose Bay is located in Tasmania
Rose Bay
Rose Bay
Coordinates 42°51′23″S 147°21′19″E / 42.85639°S 147.35528°E / -42.85639; 147.35528Coordinates: 42°51′23″S 147°21′19″E / 42.85639°S 147.35528°E / -42.85639; 147.35528
Population 1,102 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 7015
LGA(s) City of Clarence
Suburbs around Rose Bay:
River Derwent Lindisfarne Lindisfarne
River Derwent Rose Bay Lindisfarne
River Derwent Montagu Bay Rosny Park

Rose Bay is a suburb of the City of Clarence in greater Hobart, capital city of Tasmania, Australia. Rose Bay is a small suburb, making up only approximately 0.9 square kilometres with nearly one fourth of that area (23.2%) being parkland. At the 2016 Census the suburb recorded a population of 1,102 people.

Kunanyi - Mount Wellington from Rose Bay
Winter views of a snow covered kunanyi / Mount Wellington, taken at the end of Yolla Street and the start of the Esplanade along the Rose Bay foreshore walk.

Demographics

The 2016 Census recorded 1,102 people in Rose Bay. Of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. The median age was 49 years old with 26.1% of the population 65 years or older and almost one in five (19.6%) were 19 years old or younger. The married population accounts for 52.9% of Rose Bay whilst 24.8% have never been married. 38% of families are couples with children, 47.6% are couples without children, and 13.4% are single-parent families.

Of people aged 15 or older in Rose Bay, the most common education level achieved is a bachelor's degree or higher, 30.3%. This is almost double Tasmania's average of 16.2% and well above the overall national average of 22%.

The most common occupation categories held by Rose Bay residents are: Professionals (28.5%), Managers (16.2%), Clerical and Administrative Workers (14.3%), Community and Personal Service Workers (12.5%), and Sales Workers (9.8%).

Ancestry and Immigration

At the 2016 Census, the most commonly nominated ancestries were:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.8% of the Rose Bay population.

87.1% of Rose Bay residents are born on Australia, others include England 2.8%, Scotland 0.8%, New Zealand 0.7%, Ireland 0.6% and Germany 0.6%. In Rose Bay, 70.7% of people have both parents born in Australia and 14.4% of people have both parents born overseas.

Language

93.0% of people in Rose Bay only speak English at home. Other languages spoken at home include Acholi 0.6% (6 people), Non-verbal 0.5% (5 people), German 0.4% (4 people), Italian 0.3% (4 people) and Russian 0.3% (4 people).

Religion

The most common responses for religion in Rose Bay were "No Religion" (38.4%). One in five, (20.8%) of the residents are Anglican and 18.5% identify as Catholic. Christianity is the largest religious group overall in Rose Bay (57.3%).

Infrastructure

Education

Rose Bay suburb is home of Rose Bay High School, founded in 1961. The school is located above the Tasman Bridge with views of River Derwent, kunanyi / Mount Wellington., the city of Hobart and the Tasman Bridge, which can be viewed live via the school's webcam. In 2020, the school enrolled 678 students.

Rose Bay is also situated near Montagu Bay Primary School and Lindisfarne Primary School.

Health

It will take approx. 6–7 minutes to drive from Rose Bay to Hobart City centre where the state's major public hospital, Royal Hobart Hospital is located. There are also local general practitioners (GPs) at Lindisfarne Village and Eastlands, Rosny Park shopping centre.

Transport

Rose Bay is easily accessible using a variety of transportation methods. It is a short 6-7-minute drive from Hobart City centre. A majority of Rose Bay residents use their car to travel to work (70%) either as a driver or passenger.

An Uber / Ola ride is approx. $9–10 one way from Hobart City centre to Rose Bay.

Metro Tasmania services Rose Bay with multiple stops. Rose Bay is the last stop on the Eastern Shore before the bus heads across the Tasman Bridge with its following stop being the Royal Hobart Hospital before it arrives at the Hobart bus mall. Likewise, Rose Bay is the first stop once the bus leaves the city centre making the suburb a convenient location for public transport with the commute usually averaging about 10 minutes. Bus stops are located along the Tasman Highway near Rose Bay High School or along the East Derwent Highway depending on bus route.

Rose Bay Foreshore also connects to the Tasman Bridge and the pedestrian and bike path crossing the bridge. It takes about 20 minutes to bike between Rose Bay and Hobart City Centre. 3.9% of Rose Bay residents exclusively walk to work.

Tasman Bridge

In October 2020, the Tasmanian State Government announced that the Tasman Bridge is set to undergo its first major upgrade since it was repaired following the Lake Illawara disaster in 1975. Commencing in 2021, the project will be implemented in stages with an anticipated end date of 2023–24. Residents of Rose Bay and the wider Eastern Shore community will as a result, see a significant widening of the bike and pedestrian path across the bridge to 3.5 metres on either side of the road, improved barriers and feature lighting of the arches at night. The Bicycle Network labelled the upgrades as a "game changer" and said:

"Wider paths protected from wind and separated from traffic would encourage many more people to ride or walk to the city. Improved paths on the bridge will also be a tourism benefit as visitors would seek the view out over Hobart from the peak of the bridge and ride the Foreshore Trail on the eastern shore."

ABC Hobart published images of the artist's impression, released by the State Government on their Facebook page, images are also available via a google search on the topic "Tasman bridge upgrade".

Retail and shopping

Rose Bay is primarily a residential area and is free of commercial services and shops. Instead, Lindisfarne Village offers residents close access to convenient amenities including restaurants, cafes, pharmacies, doctors, supermarket, bakeries, butcher, dentist, hairdresser, bookshop, newsagent, bottle shops and petrol station. There is also a local IGA along the East Derwent Highway. Neighbouring suburb Rosny Park is also home to Tasmania's largest shopping centre Eastlands Shopping Centre, open 7 days a week and host of hundreds specialty stores including two major discount department stores, Big W and K-mart, and two major supermarkets Coles, and Woolworths, as well as a multi-level carpark. Rosny Park is also the Central Business District (CBD) on the Eastern Shore, housing the head office for Clarence City Council as well as offices for Services Tasmania, a library, Op-Shops, fast-food chains and more.

Airport

Hobart International Airport is a 12-minute drive (15 km) trip from Rose Bay. Thanks to the suburb's location, travellers can easily access the Tasman Highway via the East Derwent Highway.

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