Kingston is a town on the outskirts of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Nestled 12 km south of the city between and around several hills, Kingston is the seat of the Kingborough Council, and today serves as the gateway between Hobart and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel region, which meets the Derwent River nearby. It is one of the fastest-growing regions in Tasmania.[3] The Kingston-Huntingfield statistical area had an estimated population of 11,200 in June 2012.[4]

Although the Kingston-Blackmans Bay region is statistically classed as a separate urban area to Hobart by the ABS,[5] Kingston is also part of the Greater Hobart statistical area.[6]


In 1804, the botanist Robert Brown visited the area. Browns River, that runs from Mount Wellington to Kingston Beach is named after him. The area was settled in 1808 by Thomas Lucas and his family, who were evacuated from Norfolk Island, and quickly the land became actively used by many pioneers who spread out to form the beginnings of Kingston's localities today.[7] In its early years, the area was also named after Brown, but when the population grew and a commercial district was established, Kingston was proclaimed a township in 1851.[7]

The Kingston region comprises many suburban estates, including Blackmans Bay and Kingston Beach.

Kingston has close ties with the Dutch community, where after 1950 many post-war immigrants moved to an area they called 'Little Groningen' (today Firthside). The Kingston Dutch community were primarily members of the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia, which they set up the local church of in 1952. Calvin Christian School was founded by the Dutch community in 1962.[8]

Kingston was named by the Best Suburb in Australia for families by Aussie Home Loans in their annual study of 3800 Australian towns.[9]


Kingston hosts the national headquarters of the Australian Antarctic Division. It has two major shopping centres, Kingston Town Shopping Centre and Channel Court Shopping Centre. The newest shopping centre complex opened in 2008 its new name is, Kingston Plaza, which was built over the existing Coles supermarket site, comprising a new one and 15 other shops.


Kingston is served by two free publications; the full-size newspaper Kingborough Chronicle[10] and the weekly newsletter Kingston Classifieds.[11] Kingston is served by Pulse FM Kingborough and Huon and Huon FM 98.5.


Kingston is served by a pair of public schools, Kingston High School (Grade 7–10) and Kingston Primary School (grade 1–6). It is also served by three private Christian schools; Calvin Christian School (kinder to year 12)[12] and Southern Christian College (kinder to year 12),[13] both of which are nondenominational, and the Kingston campus of St Aloysius Catholic College (grade kinder to year 4) at Kingston campus, grade 5 to year 10 at Huntingfield campus).[14]

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kingston (Tas) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c d "Climate statistics: Kingston". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Population Distribution". Resource Planning and Development Commission. 2 May 2005. Archived from the original on 29 September 2006. Retrieved 3 December 2006.
  4. ^ "3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2011-12". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Selected Characteristics for Urban Centres, Australia" (PDF). Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2001.
  6. ^ "2021 Greater Hobart, Census All persons QuickStats". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Kingborough Council - Early Development". Kingborough Council. 22 August 2006. Archived from the original on 17 September 2006. Retrieved 3 December 2006.
  8. ^ Jupp, James, ed. (2001). The Australian people : an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins ([New ed.] ed.). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press. p. 271. ISBN 0521807891.
  9. ^ "It's official: Tassie suburb Kingston the best in Australia for families". The Mercury. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  10. ^ "local news". Kingborough Chronicle. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  11. ^ "". southern business services. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Calvin". Calvin Christian School. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Southern Christian College". Southern Christian College. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Campuses". St Aloysius Catholic College. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Australian Sister Cities Association, Registrar of Interests". Australian Sister Cities Association. Archived from the original on 19 August 2006.

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