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Open Every Day

Heritage-listed Edwardian Federation Style Hotel built in 1909


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 Bistro

Our bistro contains plenty of tables and chairs, 8-ball table, jukebox, historical photos and paraphernalia.  It is a requirement that you must remain seated at your table while consuming alcohol.


We have a range of beautifully appointed accommodation options, including five rooms with en-suites and nine 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.


Our bistro offers a simple menu with a changing daily special, such as pizza and wings on Friday nights, and a roast on Sundays. 

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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 bistro open if you are still enjoying yourself after 8pm.


Contact Us

20 Main Street, Waratah TAS 7321

(03) 6435 0614

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