Hobart is full of history and The Old Woolstore is no exception.
In the 1800s, the area in which the hotel is now located was called ‘Wapping’ and was renowned as the dodgy part of town, with shady characters and curious after-dark activities, a far cry from the popular area it is today. In the 1950s, the
hotel’s site was home to a wool storage and treatment facility. The top floor was
used for wool treatment and required an abundance of natural light, which was granted by the saw-tooth roof. This striking style of roofing is now an iconic
feature of the hotel. Operating until 1995, this store supplied farmers in the area with everything from grain and hay to clothing and dog food. The large double doors facing Macquarie Street, still visible, were open for the farmers to drive in and collect their goods. Wandering around The Old Woolstore today you will find glimpses of the hotel’s history, from the old boundary wall made from a combination of various bricks from different decades, including convict bricks, to unique pieces of wool processing machinery. The Old Bridge Inn (circa 1850) now
houses the Stockman’s Restaurant and Baaa Bar, which provide travellers and locals alike a hearty Tasmanian- inspired menu. The hotel now consists of a choice of 242 apartments and rooms along with a comprehensive range of business, conference and meeting services. With its friendly hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere, The Old Woolstore will have you feeling warm and welcome in no time.
Visit them at 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart or call (03) 6235 5355
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