Completed in 1973, the 64-metre Wrest Point hotel tower is still Hobart’s tallest building. This site contains a fascinating history of leisure and entertainment in Tasmania, including architecture from Art Deco to Post Modern.
We are offering three tours: a deluxe tour exploring Wrest Point Riviera Hotel (Australia’s pre-eminent pre-war hotel) and the iconic tower designed by acclaimed architect Sir Roy Grounds, along with one of Tasmania’s most significant private art collections; a history tour allowing people to see where Hobart’s gallows once stood and sit where Sir Laurence Olivier and Lady Vivien Leigh dined in 1948; and an art + history tour, looking at some of the winners of the prestigious Wrest Point Art Award, along with the Billich frescos and the Tichy ceramic sculpture that stands 16 feet high.
Bring the kids! From 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday 5 November arts educator Rosie McKeand will lead The Big Draw in the Derwent Room. Our onsite volunteers at Reception can provide directions on the day.
Address: 410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay
Open: 10am–4pm, Saturday 5 November & Sunday 6 November
Highlights: Hobart’s tallest building, art collection, kids’ activities, site history and future on display
Tours: Tours: Pre-booked tours at 10:30am, 12pm & 2pm. Bookings essential
Building specs: Type: Hotel, Built: 1939, 1973, Architect: Keith Wildman, Philp & Wilson, Roy Grounds