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.

Storytelling Tours

Our Master Storyteller and their team know tales of Tasmania which some thought to be lost in time. These engaging individuals have been hand-picked as guardians of the stories of Tasmania’s past with a gift for captivating delivery that engages the imagination.

The 114 Doors Tour guides you through the patchwork of stories and characters that reside in our hallways, while the Sticky Stones & Secrets Tour invites you to creep behind the scenes of the old Hunter Street buildings, exploring haunts and hangouts, discovering the sticky surprises and stories of the jam factory, and uncovering the traces they left behind. Hidden Hobart: The Viewfinder Tour takes you from Old Wharf to New Wharf, using retro viewfinders to time travel and compare the world through the eyes of someone who stood in the same spots somewhere between 35 and 150 years earlier. Or join Allan Mansell as he shares stories of his life as a First Nations man of Tasmania with the Yarn with Allan experience. This is an opportunity to forge a deeper understanding of Tasmania’s past and present connection.

For MACq01 guests, these tours are complimentary ($20 for general public). Please call 03 6210 7600 to enquire about availability.

Drinks with the Distiller

Explore your passion for whisky or ignite a new love with expert guidance from an Overeem distiller, exclusively at MACq 01 Hotel. This whisky-tasting experience at Evolve Spirits Bar invites both connoisseurs and newcomers to delve into, experiment with, and savour some of Tasmania’s finest whisky.

Pioneering whisky maker, Casey Overeem, embarked on his ambitious journey in 2007 with a vision to craft a Tasmanian whisky that would proudly rival the best in the world. Overeem Whisky has since earned widespread recognition as one of Australia’s most respected, luxury whiskies. Listen to captivating tales straight from the expert distiller, as you expand your understanding of the intricate whisky-making process and uncover new ways to appreciate this beloved spirit.

Lavada Day Spa

Welcome to Lavada, a truly unique wellness destination located on Hobart’s iconic waterfront, just a short stroll from your room. We are here for your relaxation, your skin, and overall wellbeing. Our offerings include a range of luxury spa treatments, dermal therapies, and medical aesthetics; Lavada also offers Tasmania’s first purpose-built IV nutrient therapy lounge.

Lavada is a brand new architecturally designed wellness space, featuring a deluxe couple’s suite and relaxation lounge; the space showcases the work of some of Tasmania’s finest artisans, with beautifully crafted ceramics, local artwork, and custom-made pieces.

Our range of services are available to view and book at www.lavada.com.au or feel free to contact us on 0416 620 069.

We are located in the IXL Courtyard at 19A Hunter St – We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Key Spa Treatments

– Lavada Signature Experience (Foot Ritual + Full Body Exfoliation + Wrap + Massage + Facial)

– Unify Couples Treatment (Exfoliation + Massage + Custom facial)

– The Purification (Massage and Facial)

Go Wild

Awaken your naturally, adventurous self through connection with Tasmania’s unique environment, history and culture using the world’s most exciting e-bike technology.

Adventures are hosted as private, customised day trips using pedal-assisted electric mountain bikes to experience the wildlife, beaches and cultural stories of Maria Island National Park and Bangor on Tasmania’s sublime east coast.

Immerse yourself for a day in wild Tasmania and return with tales to share.

Unique Experience Options:

  • On Country Adventure with co-host Sheldon Thomas – Tasmanian Aboriginal culture & ceremony guide.
  • Summer Snorkel/Ride Adventure exploring Maria Island National Park and marine reserve above and below water.
  • Fly/Ride Adventure. Scenic flight and e-bike adventure of Maria Island National Park or Bangor with optional onward flight to Saffire Freycinet.

Port Davey Escape

A bespoke expedition cruise with On Board

Explore a pristine, remote harbour on the edge of the world on a 5 or 7-day expedition cruise through southwest Tasmania’s world-heritage wilderness – to Port Davey, Bathurst Harbour and beyond. Ashore and afloat, On Board’s small group tours discover this untouched landscape on daily excursions led by expert local guide and skipper. With tailored itineraries, accommodation aboard a boutique floating hotel, and fine Tasmanian fare prepared by an onboard chef, it’s perfect for those seeking adventure, but not so keen on roughing it.

The Maria Island Walk

The Maria Island Walk is recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding guided walking tours. Set in a beautiful island national park of Tasmania’s East Coast, this leisurely four day guided walk is a journey of relaxation and discovery.

Experience the fresh air, the crystal clear waters and the breathtaking beauty. In small groups of just ten guests and two friendly guides explore pristine beaches, tall ancient forests, rare Tasmanian wildlife and world heritage sites by day then relax with candlelit gourmet dining at night.

IXL Tasmanian Art Gallery

The IXL Tasmanian Art Gallery is home to a bespoke collection of works showcasing remarkable local talent. Step inside to discover walls illuminated with courage, alight with humanity and glowing with desolate beauty.

A showcase of extraordinary Tasmanian art and design.

Seaplane Experience

Above & Beyond operate Tasmania’s only seaplane, conducting scenic flights and charters from Kings Pier Marina in the heart of Hobart’s iconic waterfront, right outside MACq 01 Hotel.

Tasmania is world-famous for it’s natural beauty and spectacular landscapes. Now, Above & Beyond are providing the rare opportunity to experience this remarkable island from the air and touch down in some incredible locations.

From a quick 10 minute amphibious experience to the remote south-west wilderness or sunny east coast, Above & Beyond exists to provide its guests with an experience they will never forget.

So treat yourself or someone special, go ‘above and beyond’ today.

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