Kingston is a suburb and region on the outskirts of Hobart, Tasmania, 15km south of the CBD. It is the council seat of its wider municipality, the Kingborough Council, and 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.
Kingston was once considered a holiday beach resort. Its urban sprawl has not detracted from the beautiful coastal environment. Although the Kingston-Blackmans Bay region is statistically classed as a separate urban area to Hobart, Kingston is part of the Greater Hobart area. This is in part possibly due to the continuous urbanisation along the river front, its significant size, and the high number of residents working in Hobart.
The Kingston region comprises many suburban estates, including Blackmans Bay and Kingston Beach. While the town is commercially sustainable on its own, most residents work in the city but enjoy living in a quieter environment only a short drive away.
Kingston has close ties with the Dutch community, where many post-war immigrants moved to an area they called ‘Little Groningen’ (today Firthside). Kingborough is sister city of Grootegast, in the Netherlands. Kingston is home to six schools, a large sporting complex and a golf course, the headquarters of the Australian Antarctic Division, and major shopping centres including Kingston Town Shopping Centre, Channel Court Shopping Centre and Kingston Plaza. Kingston is served by hospitals in Hobart.