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Heritage-listed Edwardian Federation Style Hotel built in 1909

We are open every day except 25th December to 2nd January each year.


A Brief History

The Bischoff Hotel was built in 1909 and was the first concrete building in Waratah.  Messrs Ikin and Harold Illingsworth, formerly local carriers, were then licensees and had the present hotel built for them by Boags Brewery.  It takes its name from Mount Bischoff which was named after Mr. James Bischoff, chairman of the Van Diemen's Land Company in 1828.

The first Bischoff Hotel was built in the early 1870s shortly after the discovery of the Mount Bischoff tin mine.  It was built from timber and flat iron with an imitation brick pattern and was destroyed by fire in the late 1890s.  There were several more fires over the years that fully or partially destroyed the Bischoff Hotel and surrounding buildings.

In 1883 Mount Bischoff Mine was the first industrial plant in Australia to be lit by electric light.


Philosopher's Bar

Our bar contains plenty of tables and chairs, 8-ball table, jukebox, dart board, historical photos and paraphernalia.  We close at 8pm if no-one is in the bar, however will stay open until 10pm if people are still enjoying themselves.


We have a range of beautifully appointed accommodation options, including five rooms with en-suites and ten with access to shared bathrooms (separate ladies and gents facilities).  Special amenities are accessible only to in-house guests. Call the hotel directly to get the best available rates.


The bottle shop is located within the hotel during opening hours (10am - close).  Choose your favourite beer, wine, spirits, pre-mixes, cider, soft drink, crisps, pork crackle, nuts and chocolate.


We serve classic pub food daily from 12-2pm and 5:30-7:30pm; plus pizza and chicken wings on Friday nights. 

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The Bischoff Hotel is the perfect base to explore Waratah and surrounding areas of the north-west.


Electric Vehicle Charging

We have both Tesla and universal charging stations at the hotel.  All patrons of the hotel are welcome to use these at no charge.

Beer Tap

OPEN EVERY DAY* 10am to 8pm

We keep the bar open until 10pm if you are still enjoying yourself after 8pm.

*We are closed from 25th December to 2nd January each year.


Contact Us

20 Main Street, Waratah TAS 7321

(03) 6435 0614

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