Suburb Profile - New Town

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New Town, Tasmania Suburb Profile

It turns out that New Town isn’t so new at all. In fact, it is the oldest suburb in Tasmania. The first European settlers arrived in New Town in 1804, and by the 1820s it was ‘the place to be’ for the wealthy elite.

It is unsurprising then, that some stately mansions can be found in this suburb. Take a stroll down Bay street to see the particularly beautiful Runnymede house and its gardens if you feel like a little romance.

Appealing houses, dreamy cottage gardens, and access to a range of facilities makes New Town a winner. Living there means a 15 minute walk to the city, and even less travel time to several schools, cafes and parks.

In sum: New Town is close to everything, yet peaceful and separate enough from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Real estate in New Town

New Town has a number of early colonial houses, as well as Georgian, Victorian, Federation, mid century and more modern houses and units. Medium and larger sized family homes are more abundant here than in neighbouring suburb, North Hobart.

This is a highly sought-after suburb for renters and buyers alike.

New Town community

The demographic of those living in New Town is spread relatively evenly across the age groups, with 25-34-year-olds being the largest group.

The most common household type is ‘couple family with no children, ‘with couple family with children not far behind. Professional and personal service roles are the most common occupation category of those living here.

Transport availability in New Town

New Town is surrounded by Moonah, Lenah Valley and North Hobart. It is largely flat in topography, making it an easy walk to the CBD and surrounding suburbs. 

The Hobart Inner City Cycleway (known by locals simply as ‘the bike track’) runs through New Town. Saddle up, it’s a mere 15 minutes to MONA if you’re relatively speedy, and even closer to the city. 

Buses run frequently along the main road of New Town, and all-day parking is widely available.

Things to do in New Town

New Town is definitely a Sunday stroll kind of place. Lovely established gardens to muse over, and a number of coffee spots. If hockey is your thing, you’ll find world class facilities on Bellevue Parade.

 A clippity clop down the main road towards North Hobart will take you to Friends Health and Fitness, and to the delicious Daci and Daci patisserie.

Nature and recreation spots in New Town

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to green spaces in New Town. New Town Oval welcomes humans and pooches alike. Cornelian Bay offers beaut views of the Derwent River, quaint boathouses and an idyllic bushy track that leads to the Botanical Gardens.

Mountain bikers and bush walkers may like to try the New Town Rivulet track which runs from the mountain, through Lenah Valley, to the shores of Cornelian Bay.

Overlooking New Town Tasmania

Shopping in New Town

On the Moonah border of New Town is a shopping centre (the basics: K-mart, Coles, Chemist Warehouse etc.). Just around the corner is Woolworths and a two minute drive south on the main road will take you to Hill Street Grocer.

Op shops, hairdressers, antiques and small gift shops can also be found on this street.

Dining in New Town

Cafes - yes. Restaurants - yes (some). The beauty of New Town is that while it has its own modest food scene, Moonah and North Hobart are so close - making food options a-plenty.

New Town schools

The Friends School (K-12) and its facilities (gym, pool, sauna, tennis courts) are nestled between New Town and North Hobart. On the northern side of the suburb is the newly formed Hobart City School (7-12).

Brilliant public schools are close by including New Town primary, Lenah Valley primary, and Moonah primary. Elizabeth College is also close - in neighbouring suburb, North Hobart.

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Nearby Suburbs


West Hobart

North Hobart


Battery Point

Sandy Bay

Tolmans Hill

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Fern Tree


Lenah Valley

Mount Nelson

Mount Stuart


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September 2022

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