Regatta Hotel celebrates 140 years

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Regatta Hotel will celebrate its 140th birthday with a week of celebrations from Easter Sunday until Saturday 26 April.

The week will include a special unveiling in “Merle’s Bar” from guest of honour Merle Thornton, who led a defiant women’s liberation protest at Regatta Hotel in 1965, a moment that became ingrained in the nation’s history as one of the first feminist insurgency movements.

Since first trading as a licensed hotel in 1874, Regatta Hotel has witnessed some of Australia’s most memorable moments in time, and is today proud to call herself Queensland’s reigning “Hotel of the Year”, as judged last year by Queensland Hotels Association.

To give back to the community that stood by her for the last 140 years, Regatta Hotel will play host to a “Regatta Gives Back” event – a golden ticket evening celebration to say “thank you” to a room full of lucky winners.

First established as a modest, single-story affair, Regatta Hotel has witnessed Robert De Castella’s marathon win in the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the Great Toowong Fire of 1915 and numerous devastating floods that brought the “Grand Old Lady” to her knees before allowing her to reinvent herself over the years.

It takes a lot of spirit to keep a hotel running for 140 years and we hope you can join us to celebrate this great achievement for the Grand Lady on the River!