The star of the heritage buildings that line the Elizabeth Street Bus Mall, Colonial Mutual Life contains more than enough reasons to get out your GoPro and jam Instagram. The building features reconstituted stone cladding from Queensland, Picturesque multi-coloured roof tiles, owl-like gargoyles, mock balconies of carved stone with lions heads, seven storeys of the stairs of your dreams and the city’s oldest still-operating mechanical lifts. The views of central Hobart and the waterfront are epic from the rooftop caretaker’s flat, with immediate proximity to Alan Cameron Walker’s General Post Office clock tower just across the street and Bush Park Shugg and Moon’s NAB House, the second-tallest building in Hobart. You can also look down on lush Franklin Square and historic Constitution Dock to the Old Wharf.
Address: 18 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Open: 10am-4pm, Saturday 5 November
Highlights: Gargoyles, expansive rooftop views and multi-coloured, hand-painted terracotta tiles
Building specs: Type: Office building, Built: 1934–36, Architect: Hennesey & Hennesey