Based on the design of London’s Big Ben, Hobart’s GPO was one of the first public buildings to open in Tasmania after Federation. The building’s foundation stone was laid in 1901 by the Duke of Cornwall and York (the future King George V), with construction completed in 1905. After the Commonwealth took over the project and refused to pay for bells for the clock tower, a public subscription raised £1,465 to complete the building’s tower before it opened in 1906. Explore the four storey tower and rooftop of this landmark building and see the impressive inner workings of the city’s official clock.
Address: 9 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Open: Tours Saturday 9 November
Highlights: Heritage restoration, see inside the clock.
Tours: 10am - 3.30pm (Tours depart every 15min)
Building specs: Type: Post Office. Year Built: 1906. Architect: Alan C Walker
Access details: Tours depart from Macquarie St entry, closed-toe shoes required, adults only as includes steep staircase.