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West Hobart
Mellifont Street West Hobart.jpg
Mellifont Street
Population 5,800 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 7000
LGA(s) City of Hobart
Federal Division(s) Denison
Suburbs around West Hobart:
Mount Stuart North Hobart Glebe
West Hobart Hobart
South Hobart Sandy Bay

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.


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.

Hobart West Post Office opened on 12 July 1892.

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.

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