City Hall

City Hall, Brisbane

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Brisbane's most famous landmark features the circular Concert Hall, a world-famous grand piano organ and a majestic view from the clock tower.
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Seymour, Australia47,457 contributions
The first elections for municipal council in Brisbane were held in October, 1859 while Brisbane was still part of New South Wales. John Petrie was unanimously elected as their first Mayor.

The first Town Hall was constructed in 1867 on the site of what is currently Lennon's Plaza Hotel. The lack of functionality of that hall led to this one being constructed. Whilst a foundation stone was laid for this in 1917 by Governor Sir Hamilton Gould-Adams... it was not until 1919 that they engaged the architects to plan the building. A second key stone was laid in 1920 by The Prince of Wales ( who was later King Edward VIII). In 1925 the Greater Brisbane City Council was created and the hall has remained the seat of that council since the building was opened in 1930.

You cannot help but be awed by the majesty of this huge hall which sits on King George Square. When you enter the building again it's interior is something that just wows you. The day I arrived there was a free show - which is apparently a regular event. The staff inside were amazing and very willing to assist.
Written 5 August 2022
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Jade H
Hornsby, Australia436 contributions
Solo
This place is beautiful! The museum on the top floor is a must see while in the building. They offer free tours of the building, I didn't do them but just asked around the building and looked myself.
Written 22 April 2022
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hayleythe888fan
Snug, Australia35 contributions
Enjoyed my time here, the Museum of Brisbane has some really interesting displays. I especially enjoyed the old photos of different landmarks around Brisbane. I did both the City Hall and Clock Tower tours, which were free and quite enjoyable. Brian was my guide for both tours and he was very friendly and knowledgeable. Great way to learn more about Brisbane, and the views from the top of the clock tour are fantastic.
Written 11 April 2022
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QldKaren
Brisbane, Australia308 contributions
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Our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children aged 13 and 11) live in Brisbane, but we had never before done one of the free guided tours of Brisbane City Hall. Last weekend we decided to change that, and did a 15 minute tour of the clock tower immediately followed by a 1 hour tour of city hall. Both were fantastic and I would highly recommend these free tours to both residents of the city and to visitors.

Due to social distancing requirements and the size of the gorgeous old elevator going up the clock tower, our family of 4 essentially had a private tour. The views from the top of this Brisbane icon are fantastic. When you see all the buildings of the CBD around you, it is difficult to imagine that the clock tower was once the highest point in the city of Brisbane and that people could hear it chime all the way out to Moreton Bay! You also get to see the clock face from the inside, which is really cool.

Next up was our tour of City Hall. The tour group size was 6 - our family plus another couple, and the same friendly and knowledgeable guide who had just taken us up the clock tower.

I have been into City Hall many times for orchestra concerts, citizenship and award ceremonies, to vote in elections and even to attend a wedding reception. But I’d never before heard about the history and construction of the building, its various uses over the years and - most interesting of all - the things they uncovered when doing a major renovation of the structure about 10 years ago. The World War 2 soldier’s wall in the basement was fantastic!

Brisbane City Hall is close to public transport. And if you are driving, weekend parking charges in the King George Square car park are very reasonable.
Written 30 January 2022
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Belle Laurens
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions
Try going during the Christmas season where there is often a light show every night projected on the building or the Australian Twelve Days of Christmas displays. If given the option, take a ride up to the top of City Hall, although the rickety 1920s lift used to freak me out as a child so maybe, avoid with young children.
Written 29 December 2021
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia6,668 contributions
The building is the seat of the City Council with main entrance off King George Square and side entrances from Ann and Adelaide Streets. It dates to 1920 with the laying of the foundation stone and a construction period of ten years, opening on 8th April 1930. The building is regarded as one of the city's grandest and finest buildings and is said to incorporate features of the Roman Pantheon and the Venetian St Mark's Basilica Belltower. Having been lucky enough to visit both of these buildings I'd agree that there are comparisons with the auditorium, columns and belltower. It is truly a magnificent building with the imposing main entry flanked by the lions and the columns supporting the pediment which incorporates a tympanum, a sculpture by Daphne Mayo and titled "The Progress of Civilisation in the State of Queensland", and the towering clock-tower.
Free guided tour of the building but you must pre-book online and the Museum of Brisbane is located on Level 3
Written 10 November 2021
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Jeff M
Perth, Australia112 contributions
On my Brisbane tour, I was recommended this place mainly for the small museum on the 3'd floor, however, the building has more art to offer in other parts of the building besides the museum. Photographs of past prime ministers hanged up near the reception, souvenirs gifted to "Australia" by other country's representatives all stacked neatly behind a glass panel, and other pieces of government history can be found at the City Hall.

Especially would recommend if you are into Australian politics or into art in general :)
Written 19 July 2021
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia46,551 contributions
We walked past Brisbane City Hall one evening after having dinner with them on the southside of Brisbane. Looked stunning at night and was listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1978.
Written 16 April 2021
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thewanderingslaters
Perth, Australia248 contributions
This magnificent building built during the 1920 -30's and for me reminds me of Art Deco period. Outside sandstone from Helidon in Qld, the marble comes from Orange in NSW, Belgium and italy. It would have been a massive undertaking in the day.

As you are guided around by a knowledgable tour guide on you free visit you can't help be impressed by this buildings size and how much it has been lovingly restored.
There are free tours of the clock tower and the MoB (Museum of Brisbane). You could lose yourself for the day. Due to COVID you just need to get tickets in advance although they take walk ins if there is room and you register.
Written 11 February 2021
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STEPHEN N
Smithfield, Australia22,837 contributions
Booked to go up into the Clock Tower on Christmas Eve 24/12/20 for 2:15pm, a very interesting lift experience & the tour lasts around 15 mins with some great high views from the top. The young lady operating the Lift was very informative on the history of the Lift & Town Hall Clock.
Free Admission, and have to book the tour.
Written 19 January 2021
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