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Trail of tales brings hotel’s history to life

HADLEY’S Orient Hotel has launched a free audio story trail, which immerses visitors in the outlandish and infamous tales that have taken place at the boutique hotel over its 188 years.

Narrated by actor Ben Winspear, the Trail of Terrific Tales encourages people to explore Hadley’s and the characters and stories that have shaped its long history.

Hadley’s director of art and cultural experiences Dr Amy Jackett said the hotel has been the site of many significant Tasmanian moments.

“This Trail of Terrific Tales shares some of the fantastic events that happened here at Hadley’s and remarkable guests who have stayed,” she said.

“By going on the trail, you can learn where Tasmania’s first roller skating rink opened in 1867; where Roald Amundsen stayed directly after his South Pole victory; where and how Tasmania’s first ice creams were made in 1850; and how an eloped couple fooled the people of Hobart into believing they were nobility, among many more terrific tales.

“Talented Tasmanian musicians Emily Sheppard and Yyan Ng have composed new music and created custom soundscapes to complement Ben Winspear’s narration and make each story immersive and unique.”

With a map and QR codes for each story, people are encouraged to bring their mobile phones and headphones to explore the wheelchair-accessible trail, which was made possible by a City of Hobart Local Business for a Better Community grant.

“We’re really happy to be a part of this incredible storytelling project,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“We’re seeing more and more of these dynamic creative pieces showing Tasmania’s rich history at a much more personal level.”

Destination Southern Tasmania CEO Alex Heroys complimented the hotel on its commitment to storytelling.

“This imaginative project unearths the earliest stories of Tasmania’s tourism industry, and will appeal to visitors and locals alike,” he said.

“It’s also testament to the longevity of Hadley’s – a hotel doesn’t last 188 years without constant innovation, ingenuity and creativity.”

For more information visit www.hadleyshotel.com.au/trail

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