Dorney House At Fort Nelson

24 Gardenia Grove, Sandy Bay

Architect: Unknown (Fort Nelson – 1904), Esmond Dorney (1949, 1966 and 1978)

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.

General Open: 11 am – 4 pm

Accessibility: Mini bus transfers from the top of Gardenia Grove up the drive to Dorney House only – this year we will not allow people to walk up the driveway. Please wear sturdy shoes and be mindful of the hazards on site, including loose gravel, uneven surfaces, steep drop-offs and low head-heights.




Virtual Tour

Building Types



Roof Design

Spectacular Views

Architectural Periods

Late Twentieth Century (1961-2000)

Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)


Architectural Design


Virtual Tour


Level Changes

Stair Access Only

Steep Incline

Uneven Surfaces

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