The Macquarie Point Site
A once-in-a-lifetime development opportunity, Macquarie Point is one of the last remaining vacant urban infill locations in any of Australia’s capital cities.
The development of Macquarie Point presents an unrivalled opportunity to create a new and dynamic mixed-use precinct and be a significant place for the people of Tasmania. It has the capacity to significantly shape Hobart’s future landscape.
The 9.3 hectare site adjoins the Hobart docks and waterfront and sits adjacent to the Regatta Grounds, the Cenotaph and the Queens Domain. The location of the site is perhaps its most commanding appeal. Hobart’s docks are home to an array of unique festivals such as Dark Mofo, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and the Taste of Tasmania.
On the other side of Sullivans Cove is Salamanca Place, with its sandstone warehouse buildings, symbolic of the city’s early days as a maritime economy. Today, the area is the home of the renowned Salamanca Market, along with a diversity of shops, galleries, art studios, offices, restaurants and cafés. Next door to Macquarie Point is Hobart’s international cruise ship terminal, which last season hosted around 40 cruise ship visits. To the east is the River Derwent, while to the west, the CBD is overlooked by kunanyi/Mount Wellington.
Development at Macquarie Point will have to complement and contribute to its surrounds and must take into account its location alongside the working port.
Previous site uses
The Hobart area was home to the indigenous Muwinina band of the South East Tribe and evidence of their activity has been found in the site’s surrounding areas. Macquarie Point has a rich history of use associated with early European settlement, including defence, sanitation, industry (including the Hobart gasworks) and transport. Until recent years, the site was largely used for rail and freight handling. These activities moved in 2014, allowing site responsibility to be progressively handed to the corporation – although a rail corridor will be retained as a potential future link to Hobart’s northern suburbs.
Given the site’s industrial past, extensive remediation is required and will, in part, be determined by future site usage.
The Macquarie Point Development Corporation has been working through a range of remediation and development issues.