Australia's longest running mental health facility listed in Tassie

Australia's longest running mental health facility listed in Tassie
Australia's longest running mental health facility listed in Tassie

A piece of Tasmanian history that pre-dates the historic Port Arthur has been listed for sale.

The publicly-owned Willow Court compound near Hobart sits on 2,900 sqm and comprises a number of buildings and gardens.

It is the centrepiece of the Royal Derwent Hospital which was decommissioned in 2000. It was Australia's longest-operating mental health facility.

LJ Hooker Commercial Hobart agent Mark Devine is listening to expressions of interest until April 20. Devine said the property will need to be renovated, but has high hopes of it achieving national recognition.

Australia's longest running mental health facility listed in Tassie

“Willow Court was closed in 2000, so while significant refurbishment is needed, the stately facades and internal character will appeal to developers who can recognise a unique opportunity in an emerging tourist market.

“Willow Court has the fundamentals to join Port Arthur, Constitution Dock, MONA and other sites on the growing list of internationally recognised tourism hubs in Tasmania."

The property, expected to be sought after by developers, already has a commercial aspect.

The Argrarian Kitchen opened less than a year ago and has been on the radar of foodies since it was awarded two Hats by the national Good Food Guide.

Australia's longest running mental health facility listed in Tassie

“The Agrarian Kitchen has done a tremendous job in showcasing the quality produce of the Derwent Valley,” Devine said.

“Its success has convinced Council to pursue complementary uses for the site, with particular interests in artisan retail, community and tourism amenities.

  

 

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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