The Story of the Federal Group


Coffee breaks

Federal Group is the oldest operating hotel group in Australia.

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Dogged Determinism

Wrest Point has a long and proud place in Tasmania’s history.

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An Australian Pioneer

The current owners, the Farrell family, enter the storyline through their father – Greg Farrell senior.

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Honeymoon in Paradise

The Farrell’s honeymoon in Tasmania, spending much of their time at the Wrest Point Riviera Hotel. They are both taken with the beauty of the island.

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A new frontier

Federal Hotels purchases the Wrest Point Riviera Hotel in the Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay.

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A fateful encounter

Greg Farrell senior embarks upon a new transport business in partnership with Gordon Barton.

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Tasmania says “Yes!”

Tasmanians were asked to vote on whether they were in favour of granting a casino license to Wrest Point Riviera Hotel.

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Raising funds

IPEC Holdings acquires a controlling interest of Wrest Point – allowing construction to commence.

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An icon is born

Construction of Wrest Point Casino officially begins.

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Australia's first casino

The official launch of Wrest Point Casino.

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Country Comfort

Federal Group develops Country Club Casino and Resort, located in parkland on the rural fringe of Launceston. It would be Australia’s first resort-style casino development.

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A tough decision

Unless major assets were off-loaded – the whole empire was about to collapse.

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Unconventional

Federal Group opens the Wrest Point Convention Centre, Australia’s first purpose built conference and convention centre.

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Moving forward

The birth of a new transport company – COPE Sensitive Freight and the privatisation of Federal Group.

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The network spreads

Federal Group establishes Network Gaming to manage the distribution of gaming machines and TAS Keno throughout the pubs and clubs of Tasmania.

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A new direction

Greg Damien Farrell takes over the role of Chairman, and soon thereafter the Managing Director role.

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Add Vantage

Federal Group establishes Vantage Group to operate the freehold community-based hotels owned by the company.

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Local liquor

Federal Group purchases the 9/11 bottleshop retail liquor business.

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A dedicated art hotel

A fusion of art and design, history and modernity… The Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia’s first dedicated Art Hotel.

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Creation of a sanctuary

An iconic Luxury Lodge of Australia on Tasmania’s East Coast, Saffire has been named the World’s Best Boutique Hotel.

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Looking to the future

Federal Group announces its partnership with VOS construction to operate MACq01.

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Unforgettable Landscape

Landscape Restaurant and Grill creates an unforgettable dining experience on Hobart's waterfront within the original sandstone and timber fabric of the 1830s IXL building.

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MACq01 Opens

In June 2017, Federal Group opens MACq 01, Australia’s first Storytelling Hotel, on Hobart’s Waterfront. It became TripAdvisor’s #1 rated Hotel in Hobart 5 weeks after opening and has remained there since.

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Evolve Spirits Bar

Evolve Spirits Bar opened its doors on the 17th November 2018. As a luxury lounge bar, Evolve offers a sophisticated and intimate hospitality experience on Hobart’s historic waterfront within the MACq 01 building.

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