Wrest Point Hotel Casino
The Wrest Point Hotel Casino was Australia's first legal casino, opening in the suburb of Sandy Bay in Hobart, Tasmania, on 10 February 1973.

The Wrest Point Riviera Hotel , built by Arthur Drysdale and opened in 5 December 1939, was originally constructed on the site of the current Wrest Point Casino. During World War II the hotel was "booming" and the hotel was sold to Australia's oldest hotel group, Federal Hotels, in March 1956. In the 1960s, The Federal Group attempted to secure Australia's first casino license. At the time, Tasmania's natural scenery and beauty were not widely known elsewhere, and as a result the state wasn't attracting many tourists. The company hoped that a casino would be the draw-card that would kick-start Tasmania's tourism industry. John Haddad, one of the company's executives at the time, was assigned the role of getting a casino license. He met with then Tasmanian Premier Eric Reece and other state officials. A state referendum was held, and narrowly passed. The development of the casino included the construction of the 17-storey hotel tower designed by renowned ground-breaking architect Sir Roy Grounds, a landmark that is nationally identified with Hobart, and to this day the 64-metre octagonal tower is still the city's tallest building. After the centre's opening in 1973 (after which it was known as Wrest Point Hotel Casino) the casino kick-started the nation's casino industry, with 12 additional casinos opening across the country. This included a second Federal Group casino in Tasmania, the Country Club Casino, which opened in Launceston in 1982. Since the opening of the casino, the state's tourism industry has boomed, as its management had hoped. The building has been extended in recent years, including the conference centre which was opened in 1984, and the boardwalk in 1996.

Bars and Restaurants
Wrest Point has a number of bars and restaurants.
  • The BirdCage Bar (Jazz and Cocktail Bar)
  • The Onyx Bar
  • The Point Revolving Restaurant
  • The Point Lounge Bar
  • Pier One Restaurant and Bar
  • The Coffee Shop (Buffet Restaurant)
  • The Loft Bistro
  • Riverview Snacks
  • Boardwalk Bar
The casino bar (on the main gaming floor)


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