Statement of Significance as recorded under the Queenscliff Heritage Study 2009
Doongara at 62 Hesse Street is of local historical significance as a an early residence in Queenscliff, substantially altered and extended and converted to a guesthouse in the early twentieth century, a period during which guesthouses - as opposed to grand hotels - proliferated in Queenscliff.
It is also of local historical significance for its associations with the early stage coach service in Queenscliff (this is thought to have operated from stables at 37 Learmonth Street, qv) and for its associations with Thomas Stoneman, prominent in both Geelong and Queenscliff.
While not of particular aesthetic (architectural) significance, it is a prominent building in the Hesse Street streetscape. The phases of its history are reflected in the composite nature of its building form, dominated by the early twentieth century additions.