History

The Observer Hotel flourish

We've Been Around.

The Observer Hotel has been a long standing pub in the historical Rocks area. It was originally built part of two former hotels: The Observer Tavern and the Waterman’s Arms.

Learn more about the history of this classic Aussie watering hole with our handy timeline.

The Observer Hotel flourish

1844

Frederick Wright Unwin subdivided the site of the Waterman’s Arms, building the sandstone building Observer Tavern.

1848

Established as The Observer Tavern on the same site as The Waterman’s Arms run by Robert Moore

1850

John Speerin was the publican whilst operated by Ferguson family till 1925.

1908

Plans for the new ‘Observer Tavern Hotel’ were approved in May 1908 prepared by Halligan and Wilton, demolishing the Waterman’s Arm.

1909

The current Observer Hotel was built. Tooth & Co purchased the site and held freehold title until the land was again resumed by the SCRA in 1877.

1992

The hotel was reopened by William Balmain.

2017

A brand-new life has been pumped into The Observer Hotel, celebrating life’s greatest pleasures – eating & drinking.