A place to call home
Ronald McDonald House Hobart
for families with children undergoing care at Royal Hobart Hospital
Staying at the house
Ronald McDonald House Hobart gives children receiving treatment the best gift of all – their families. Our warm and supportive home-away-from-home provides the whole family with a comfortable place to stay and peace of mind, knowing they can stay together and close to the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Our family bedrooms offer much-needed comfort and privacy, while our communal facilities and rooftop garden (featuring some of the best mountain views in Hobart!) are wonderful spaces to relax, socialise, share experiences and create new memories with fellow families.
Our dedicated team of staff are guided by Chelsea Emery, ready to reach out with a helping hand whenever things get a little tough. Thanks to our amazing army of over 60 volunteers, we’re able to accommodate families 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Who’s eligible to stay with us?
Keeping the family together can be extremely tough without support, which is why we offer accommodation for parents with seriously ill kids who need to travel to the Royal Hobart Hospital for treatment. Our House also supports mothers going through high risk pregnancies.
We try to accommodate the needs of families where we can, but this is always subject to availability. Priority is given to families whose children have been recently diagnosed, seriously injured or who require emergency treatment, as well as families of premature babies.
Ronald McDonald House understands that being away from home for long periods of time can put families under financial pressure. That’s why our accommodation is free for eligible families of seriously ill children.
While our policy is to provide free accommodation, your stay at the House may require you to claim financial support towards accommodation and travel from the relevant government transport assistance scheme in your home state. Our friendly team are happy to work with you to apply for the relevant financial support.
To find out if you’re eligible for government financial assistance, contact your hospital social worker or talk to one of our team.
Want to know more?
We try to make living in our House as much like being at home as possible. We supply basic food items such as bread, milk, cereal, tea and coffee, and even the occasional home-baked goodies brought in by our volunteers. For everything else, there is a Woolworths supermarket just a few doors down.
Our House is right across the road from Royal Hobart Hospital, so whenever your child needs you, you can be by their side within minutes. Being located right in the centre of Hobart, everything is within easy walking distance – shops, restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, the harbour foreshore and Salamanca Markets.
How to get there
Ronald McDonald Hobart has limited onsite parking, located in a secure car park next door to the House.
Ronald McDonald Hobart is accessible by bus lines #500, #725, #726, #736 and #737. Get off the bus at Hobart City Terminus and walk along Collins Street towards Argyle Street. Cross Argyle Street and after 100m RMH Hobart will be on your right.
Our three storey House is designed to be as homely as possible, with private nooks to retreat to after a long day, warm communal spaces and play areas for kids big and small, and of course, our amazing rooftop garden and BBQ rooftop.
Our 11 bedrooms offer a peaceful and private escape with beds for parents and kids, away from the clinical environment of the hospital.
Most of our rooms have private ensuite bathrooms, and there are also convenient communal bathrooms on each of our two accommodation floors. If you need an extra bed or port-a-cot, all you need to do is ask.
Kitchen and Play Space
Our combined kitchen and dining room is the hub of the House. This is where families meet, eat, and share in a journey of togetherness that can truly work wonders in the most trying of times.
The kitchen has a dishwasher and everything you need to cook your favourite meals. We provide each family with allocated space in the fridge, freezer and pantry for their own food, as well as a locked storage cupboard.
Adjoining the dining room is a sitting area and playroom for under 5s, so you can watch the little ones at play from the comfort of our lounge setting.
Lounges and Games Room
Sometimes you need a bit of extra space to enjoy the company of visitors or an extra cosy spot to curl up with a good book. Our two accommodation levels each have their own lounge, so usually, there’s one free to enjoy at your leisure.
Our second floor lounge also doubles as a chill out space and games room. The perfect place for older kids to get some me time away from the babies and toddlers. The X-Box, PlayStation 3 and Wii will keep kids (and any video game loving mums and dads) entertained for hours.
No matter where life takes you, laundry is a chore every parent has to deal with. Our communal laundry is equipped with machines, drying and ironing facilities to help you keep on top of washing duties.
Absolutely our favourite part of the House, the Rooftop Garden is what makes Ronald McDonald House Hobart unique and special.
Just five minutes in the fresh air can lighten the load of a tough day, and the sensational views of the mountains surrounding the outskirts of the city certainly help to soothe the senses! There’s space for kids to ride a bike or play while you rest in a bean bag and watch the clouds float by. Complete with a barbecue and outdoor tables, the rooftop has a fantastic atmosphere for spending time with visitors or enjoying a meal in the sunshine.
Ronald McDonald House Hobart is an independent charity that relies on the work of our volunteers and the financial support of individual and corporate donations.
Without their generous contributions, we would be unable to keep our doors open to families in need 365 days a year. Thanks to the public, we’ve been able to continually expand our operations to help more families and communities in Hobart.
There are many ways you can contribute to our vital programs including our Houses, Family Rooms and Learning Program.
Fundraise for us
What could be more fulfilling than bringing people together to transform the lives of the families who need our help?
Fundraising is an easy, meaningful and fun way to raise money. From sausage sizzles and trivia nights, to raising money on personal celebration days in lieu of gifts, you can give the gift of togetherness to families with seriously ill children.
So what’s the first step?
It’s never been easier. Simply start an online RMHC Group Give Fundraiser and let your network know about it!
Please contact us as at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Our volunteers are an invaluable asset to the House and are actively involved in a number of roles from housekeeping to administration and special events to cooking food for our families. Click here to find out more about volunteering opportunities.
Adopt A Room
Adopting a room is a unique opportunity to assist us in providing the highest level of comfort possible to our families. The proceeds of your adoption allow us to cover the costs associated with that room, including linen, electricity, maintenance, etc. Your adopted room will bear a plaque with your name on it, and we will keep you up-to-date with news, events and invitations to the exciting things happening at our Houses. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com
Make a Meal - Our Make a Meal dinner program gives families a welcome break from preparing a meal and having to wash up, and gives them the chance to spend some quality time together.
Baking with Love - Baking with Love gives our families a lovely home baked treat to brighten their day. Teams can bake and cook up a range of sweet and savoury treats together, before packaging them up for families to snack on.
Made with Love Frozen Meals - Made with Love frozen meals ensures our families have access to healthy, home cooked meals when they need it most.
Working Bee - A Working Bee may involve housekeeping duties such as general cleaning and maintenance tasks, assembly of furniture, organisation/redecoration of spaces, or any other tasks we need assistance with.
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Leave a Gift in your Will
Leaving a gift in your will, or a bequest, is a wonderful legacy for future generations. Anyone can leave a charitable bequest. It is a powerful way to make a positive impact on the future, without affecting your finances in the present.
Whenever the time is right for you, please consider remembering Ronald McDonald House Charities Victoria & Tasmania in your Will. Your gift will provide love, care and support for seriously ill children and their families whenever they need it.
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