Dorney House At Fort Nelson

24 Gardenia Grove, Sandy Bay, TAS

Saturday, Nov 14

Booking required


Architect: Esmond Dorney (1902-1991)

Described by ArchitectureAU as ‘a humble masterpiece’, this groundbreaking Esmond Dorney building is the third iteration of the architect’s own home. Located atop the abandoned fortifications of Fort Nelson, it features multiple radiating split levels with a sunken lounge and interior providing stunning views of the River Derwent (the view is worth the visit alone). The heritage-listed Dorney House is one of Hobart’s most loved modernist homes.

Built: 1904 (Fort Nelson) 1949, 1966 and 1978 (Dorney House)

Tour Times: Depart every 30 mins from street

Duration: Please allow at least 1 hour (including 20-30 minutes to walk up a steep hill to the house). Note that there will be no bus this year due to distancing requirements. Appropriate walking shoes are required.


2020 Open House Hobart Program Launch feat. Runaway Belles & Harpist Emily Sanzaro at Dorney House – If you missed the program launch from the iconic Dorney House at Fort Nelson, it is now available to view on YouTube.



Sandy Bay

Building Types


Intact Interior


Roof Design

Spectacular Views

Architectural Period

Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)


Architectural Design



Stair Access Only

Steep Incline

Uneven Surfaces

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