The Experience

The Best View In Town

Avalon City Retreat is an oasis in the heart of beautiful Hobart, Tasmania. The Penthouse apartment sits atop a 1963 Dirk Bolt designed office building with arguably the best grandstand views over St David’s Park, Salamanca, Sullivans Cove and the wandering river beyond. The city location provides easy access to the waterfront, ferry to MONA, the seaplane, Salamanca restaurants and the CBD.

The Retreat is a luxury, modular designed ‘Omnipod’ that is cantilevered off each end of the office tower – a spectacular sight. There are two bedrooms with king size custom made beds with deluxe linen and cashmere throws. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom. The unique minimalist form houses the personally curated, elegant and eclectic interiors. The fully equipped kitchen with everything you will need to cook up a storm, including Scholtes cooking appliances is a delight to occupy. Or if you are in the mood for some special room service, Rocky from the Astor Grill will deliver your dinner right to the hotel rooftop.

There is a 3.3 m artisan Huon Pine dining table with generous room for ten. Outside on the evening deck you can cook a barbeque, rest on the illuminated moon lounge or enjoy some wet stargazing from the outdoor craftsman built Huon pine bath.

Tasmania is a place of many contrasts and contradictions. One of the amazing things about this island is the astonishing ever changing light that seeps deep into your being. The Retreat sits just off the bird highway so you watch the circulation of activity on the roads, parks and river and in the sky.

This soothing sanctuary is built for sharing, quiet noise, celebrations, contemplating, dreaming, cuddling and fun. Avalon City Retreat is a sea of calm, an oasis, a memorable escape from the ‘circus’.

Tariffs & Bookings

Avalon City Retreat


Check in time is at 3.00pm. Earlier check in can be arranged depending on the departure time of previous guests. Housekeepers may still be on the site until 2.00pm.

2014 & 2015 Rates*

$680 per night Monday to Thursday and $780 per night Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tariff is for use the entire property (up to 4 guests) includes breakfast provisions.

Check in time is at 3.00pm.
Check out on departure morning is 11am, so you can have a little bit of a sleep in.

Please note: We request a minimum 3 night stay long weekends and 4 nights over Easter thank you.


For bookings phone 1300 36 11 36 or book online:

Terms & Conditions

Avalon City Retreat sits on the roof of an office building. During the day and sometimes at night we have a building full of lovely tenants who are working. We ask you to be respectful of folks at work when you are entering and leaving the building, as if you were working all night to prepare for a big case listening to the roaring laughter of people having a really good time is probably going to be disturbing. So we ask you to hold on to the funny jokes until you are on the rooftop, then only the birds can hear you.

Avalon City Retreat provides for up to a maximum of 4 overnight guests in two king size beds. Should you wish to invite a small number of day time visitors (maximum of 6 extra as above this number attracts a function fee) please check first with your host. Any of your guests are required to be met in the foyer and escorted up to the Retreat so they don’t get lost in the building

Access to the Retreat is via a lift to the seventh floor then 24 steps to the covered walkway. Disabled access is not available. If you experience any mobility issues then the Retreat may also not be suitable for you.

It is very important that you know that without the keys you can not get back into the Retreat, so if you go out please remember to take them with you as we don’t have reception on site. If you do lose the keys and require security to come and let you back in then they charge us a $50.00 call out fee and we will pass that charge on to you.

Access to other floors, other than the foyer, lower ground, car park and the rooftop is strictly prohibited and a breech will result in immediate removal of all occupants from the premises. Avalon City Retreat sits atop a commercial office building and is patrolled by security guards for the security of all tenants.

We are happy to accommodate guests over the age of 12.

The Retreat is a smoke free environment and smoking is not allowed at the property or within 10m of any of the buildings access points.

Onsite parking is restricted to the 2 specific signposted, undercover car parking spaces and strictly available to paying guests only. On street parking is available for the use of your visitors.

There is no access to the area beyond the Omnipod or its decks.

All bookings include breakfast provisions.

50% deposit is required to secure your booking. The balance of your booking will be taken on the day you are due to arrive. Please ensure you have provided us with a credit card for this process. Any minibar charges will be paid with your host on checkout.

Any cancellations given outside 7 days from time of check in will attract a $100.00 administrative fee. As we would naturally prefer you to stay with us, should you wish to postpone instead of cancel your stay, we will permit you to transfer your deposit booking to another time within 12 months and we will provide you a Gift Voucher for the balance with no deduction of the administrative fee. Any cancellations or postponements with less than 7 days’ notice will result in the deposit being forfeited. Non arrivals attract a full tariff being charged.

Credit card charges

2% for Visa and MasterCard
4% for Diners and American Express

*prices are subject to change at 1st January each year. Rates are current to 31st December 2015


Avalon City Retreat

  • Two bedrooms sleeping up to four people, two ensuite bathrooms.
  • Custom made king size beds (good for those of us who are burdened with the ‘princess and the pea’ syndrome – the bed is our own layer upon layer design, soft on the top and firm below).
  • Jersey knit linen on the beds, just like sleeping in an old comfy t-shirt, we like it much better than the 1200 thread count business.
  • Big fat squishy pillows, goose pillows, latex pillows and more pillows in the cupboard.
  • Somewhere to plug in your phone that won’t fry your brain.
  • Artwork from all over the place - Italy, Tasmania and Italy and yes, Italy.
  • More stuff in the kitchen than you will ever use.
  • Scholtes fancy gas cooktop and oven.
  • Crockery settings for 12 – lovely plain white Steelite (Royal Doulton Commercial range).
  • Lots of utensils and cookware, pans and serving plates.
  • Bunnykins breakfast plates for grown up kids.
  • Nepresso coffee machine with pod things because it tastes good and you don’t need to be a barista to make good coffee.
  • Tea things for the refined tea drinkers.
  • Complimentary Provisions in the kitchen like tea, coffee, sugar, milk, bread, flour, biscuits, rice, herbs, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, glad wrap, foil, baking paper – you know, the stuff you need.
  • A minibar of wines, beer and malt mostly from Tassie but things like Shiraz – well we are just getting started – so the best of Tasmanian wine is here but it is hard to beat a Barossa or Hunter Shiraz.
  • A very special dessert – that is all I am going to say – well apart from – go to town on the amazing choice of Hobart restaurants but come ‘home’ for dessert. It is a French interpretation with a Tasmanian twist. This dessert exists to make you feel happy – our gift to you.
  • A 3.3 M long Huon pine table that seats 10 – made by artisan Stuart Houghton. Stuart knows timber.
  • A comfy feet up leather Arthur G couch.
  • TV – it isn’t big because we are not bogans nor do we have enough money to buy the B & O extravaganza.
  • Musac via Sonos via the Retreat Ipad.
  • Movies via Itunes via Apple TV.
  • A collection of books about design, architecture and Tasmania.
  • Bbq with a hood for slow roasting.
  • Outside table, designed by Craig Rosevear and made by the sons of Cordwell Lane.
  • Illuminated moon lounge we imported from Spain.
  • Beautiful Huon pine outdoor bath.
  • Stars in the sky.
  • Boats on the water.
  • Ever changing colours in the park.
  • Fridge and freezer.
  • Combo washing machine and dryer.
  • Breakfast provisions including eggs, bacon, tomatoes, sausages, muesli, yogurt, fruit, and juice.
  • Binoculars for checking out all the action.
  • Games to play.
  • Some things to draw with if you find yourself in a creative mood.
  • WiFi.
  • Two undercover car spaces.
  • Smiling host to check you in.
  • Entry is via a lift to the 7th floor and then 24 stairs to the rooftop (so if you have mobility issues it isn’t going to work for you).
  • We are good for you to have a maximum of four people sleeping in the retreat.
  • We are also happy if you want to invite up to an extra six people for a drink, dinner or lunch, just let our host know this is what you are planning.
  • We are also good if you want to invite more folks to enjoy your ‘penthouse’. We charge a function fee for larger groups, so go to the functions page on our website or call us for all the details.
  • Comprehensive compendium with everything you need to know and a lot of stuff you don’t.
  • We can organize an in-house chef - but we need a bit of notice for this one.
  • We can organize spa treatments with Jes.
  • There are two push bikes in the car park for guests' use – they are not the road racing type, more your Italian village, go buy the bread and vegies, basket, bell type.
  • Bike helmets and a bike pump are provided.
  • There are fluffy towels in the ensuites, hair dryers and those bake your hair tong things.
  • Proper toiletries of all description.
  • Other things in the mini bar you may need like condoms, our custom bed or an Omnipod.
  • Teddy bear dressing gowns.
  • An iron and ironing board if you have to iron.

There are lots of other things but you can have fun finding them when you get to go through all the cupboards.


Avalon City Retreat

City Retreat

152 Macquarie Street
Tasmania 7190

When you arrive we would like to meet you to show you where to park and how to access the rooftop. So we call you the day prior to your stay and arrange a time to meet you.

152 Macquarie Street Foyer

152 Macquarie Street Building


Avalon City Retreat

For bookings phone: 1300 36 11 36 (International callers: +61 428 250 399)


Avalon City Retreat

Functions at Avalon City Retreat - The best view in town.

Functions at Avalon City Retreat - Tasmania

These terms and conditions are in addition to the accommodation terms and conditions found on our website.

Accommodation tariff for 2014:

$680 per night Monday - Thursday
$780 per night Friday, Saturday & Sunday. These tariffs are for the entire property, accommodating up to 4 guests in 2 luxurious bedrooms.

Function tariff charges are below and are in addition to the accommodation tariffs above:

Up to 10 people: Complimentary
11-20 people: $300.00
21 - 40 people: $550.00

Function fees include:

  • The venue
  • Existing internal and external lighting
  • Barbeque
  • 2 undercover car parks for guest use
  • Rubbish bins
  • Guests must ensure premises are cleaned to the same standard as they were provided, both internally and externally after your function. Please discuss with the manager if furniture is to be re-arranged. Please note the Huon Pine bath and the outdoor table on the deck cannot be moved as the bath is plumbed in and the table weighs a tonne.

Guests will need to arrange:

  • Caterers, we can provide a list
  • Crockery
  • Glassware
  • Cutlery
  • Additional seating and tables
  • Linen
  • Music
  • Security (as the building is locked) after 6pm or during the weekend for the duration of the function to provide access and ensure that guests are directed to the venue and not lost in the building.

Avalon City Retreat is a smoke free property

Functions at Avalon City Retreat - Tasmania


Check in time is at 2.00pm. Earlier check in can be arranged depending on the departure time of previous guests. Housekeepers may still be on the site until 2.00pm.

Other: Please note for weddings, due to the location of the venue, we do not allow fireworks, confetti, rice or flower petals, and for obvious reasons no wood/bead fired bbqs - far too risky! We request no 'gaffer tape'be used at the property by musicians.

Information to assist with planning your function

Dimensions of outdoor area at Avalon City Retreat:

Rooftop deck:
Width: 6.8 metres, Length: 5 metres (includes Huon pine bath, table and sunlounge)

Dimensions of main living room:
Width: 10.2 metres (includes island bench), Length: 5.3 metres

Dimensions of the Huon pine dining table: 3.3 metres x 1.1metres


There are 2 sign-posted undercover car parks for guests of Avalon City Retreat in the building at 152 Macquarie Street, Hobart. On street parking is available your visitors.


50% deposit of the function is required to secure the booking and the balance is payable 7 days prior to the function, payable by credit card (fees apply) or by direct deposit. Please contact our booking office on 1300 36 11 36 if you wish to make alternative arrangements (direct deposit, alternative credit card) otherwise we will debit your credit card 7 days prior to your stay.

Functions at Avalon City Retreat - Tasmania

The Overboard Clause

One of the things you will understand when you come and stay with us is that we trust you with all kinds of beautiful and precious spaces and things. So if the property is not left how you found it, apart from the reasonable and expected use, we are going to hit you up for the extra cleaning costs and any repairs from damage or loss. Please have fun but make sure everyone keeps themselves and Avalon nice.


Avalon City Retreat

Conditions for the use of photos

Please email us to let us know where and when you intend to use our images. They must include the name of the property ‘Avalon City Retreat – Tasmania’, the name of the photographer, Jonathan Wherrett and where possible the website address We would greatly appreciate a scan or link to the published article or post a copy to PO Box 2161 Mornington 3931 Australia if it is not possible to email.

Please enjoy the beautiful photographs and should you require any additional information please contact us.

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Spectacular - from St David's Park

A beautiful space

Huon pine table for 10

Fully equipped kitchen with Scholtes appliances

Luscious Custom made king size beds

Heavenly beds and cashmere throws

Moon lounge for star gazing

Grandstand views out to the cove and beyond