Visitors to Tasmania seek so much more than cocktails and selfies; instead drawn by adventure, learning, authentic experience and genuine connection. With this in mind, we have created a new category of hotel, a storytelling hotel, that goes well beyond mere historical interpretation, to become an immersive storytelling experience.

With the experiences we offer, you'll be scripting your own legend.

Fireplace Storytelling

Fireplace Storytelling

Few places are more appropriate for sharing stories. The glow of a fire has drawn generations to story time over millennia. The same wide-eyed intrigue in flickering light continues today as our team of Storytellers transport you to another time.

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Storytelling Tours

Our Master Storyteller and his team of full-time Storytellers know things about Tasmania which some thought to be lost in time. These engaging individuals have been hand-picked as scholars of Tasmania's past with a gift for captivating delivery. The 114 Doors Storytelling Tour guides you through the patchwork of stories and artefacts that punctuate our hallways. Our Storytellers then invite you on a tour of the majestic Hobart Waterfront and the dark underbelly of the Wapping district, to meet the colourful characters who have crafted our island spirit. Be warned, these stories are not all triumphs. Some are unexpected, others untold, and some downright dreadful.

For MACq 01 guests, these tours are complimentary ($15 for general public).

Cocktails on Waterfront

Gin Making

Every day we offer the opportunity to learn secrets behind our signature blends. Under the guidance of our in-house cocktail master, experiment with Tasmanian botanicals to create your own gin. The stories that unfold thereafter are yours to craft. 

More details to come on Gin Making, local Wine & Cheese Tastings and our Whisky Experience

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Chef's Table Experience

Let Executive Chef Simon Pockran and his team delight you with a five-course menu with matching wines as they weave a narrative on the origin and stories of the producers. Be captivated with character stories from our Master Storyteller, complemented by the buzz of the Old Wharf Restaurant’s open kitchen.

MACq 01 Hotel Cooking Demo

Cooking Demonstration

When the Executive Chef at Saffire Freycinet, Simon Pockran, decided to head south to Saffire's new sister property, a buzz of excitement ensued. A talent like this must be shared with our guests, not just through his food, but also his culinary theatre. So... our guests are invited to join Simon and his team of MACq 01 chefs for a one hour hands on demonstration, learning everything from cleaning seafood to full dish creation - including tips for seasonal cooking, so you can do next Christmas MACq 01 style.

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