Wrest Point was Australia’s first casino and today it radiates comfort, tradition and excitement. With an absolute waterfront location, Wrest Point is Hobart’s premier choice for accommodation, dining and first-class entertainment. Located on the shore of the River Derwent, Wrest Point has a long and proud place in Tasmania’s history.
In 1936 a local entrepreneur named Arthur Drysdale purchased land the casino now sits on and declared his intention to build “Australia’s finest hotel”. Neither the Great Depression nor the imminent start of World War II was able to dissuade him. True to his word, Drysdale opened the Wrest Point Riviera Hotel and it quickly became the “place to be seen”.
In the early 1950’s when Greg Farrell senior honeymooned at the Riviera with his wife Dolores, the connection that he felt to the property was immediate. The seeds of future possibilities had been planted. He didn’t know it then, but years later he would be the driving force behind the Riviera’s conversion to Wrest Point Casino and Hotel.
The casino was initially conceived to address the seasonal nature of Tasmania’s tourism industry, designed to be an attraction that would entice visitors to the state all year round. Over the ensuing years the development of the casino had a profound impact on the social and economic fabric of the state. It boosted economic confidence, generated publicity for the state and paved the way for Tasmania’s now thriving hospitality and tourism industries.
These days, its waterfront location and close proximity to central Hobart continues to make Wrest Point an ideal location for guests to base themselves while exploring the sights of Australia’s southernmost capital city. It offers a range of accommodation options and dining experiences, from fine dining at the Point Revolving Restaurant to relaxed meals at The Loft bistro.
Wrest Point is the hub of Hobart entertainment and the home of world-class events, catering for private functions through to conferences and concerts for up to 1,600 people.
If you would like to find out more about Wrest Point, please visit www.wrestpoint.com.au