Historic Sites in Brisbane

Historic Sites in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane Historic Sites

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  • walt101
    Easter Island, Chile83 contributions
    The tour was fun. I didn't find it scary, though some of the stories were both interesting and gruesome. Our guide was good, with lots of interesting tales of life inside, escapes, executions, ghostly visits by ex-prisoners, and the appearance of a ghostly cat called Tripod (he had three legs).

    I'd also recommend them for their great customer service. Having booked a few weeks in advance, one of our party (my 11-year-old niece) became a COVID close contact and had to isolate for the week, just before the tour. The organisers were so helpful in re-arranging another date.

    So, excellent customer service, great tales of a darker side of Brisbane's history, and a fun way to spend an evening with friends or family.
    Written 6 April 2022
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
    Didn't come here to see the house but lovely outside and surrounds within the park. Free parking available when visiting. Pleasantly surprised by the themed children's park.
    Written 3 December 2020
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  • kpiddy
    Brisbane, Australia12,054 contributions
    Put aside half a day to get the most out of a visit to Fort Lytton National Park. This is a wonderful historical military site to visit in Brisbane, cared for by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. On the Sunday of our visit we joined a free guided tour (donations welcome), at the start it was just the two of us, mid-way, our group had grown to over a dozen or more. The volunteer guide was engaging and very knowledgeable, over 1.5 hours we learnt about Fort Lytton (1880-1945), built as a secret, to guard against enemies entering the city via the river and as a training ground for troops fighting in the Boer War, WW1 and WW2. It was incredible to discover the fort, camouflaged from the river, all the site buildings are well preserved and full of exhibits and information. The park also incorporates the Lytton Quarantine Station (1915-82). The grounds are free to wander, take a picnic and enjoy the views of the city in the distance, make a day of it as we did. We'll be back to learn more.
    Written 18 January 2022
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia5,987 contributions
    Classic construction in the Victorian Free Classic style and dating to 1886, it opened in 1889 as the Brisbane Customs House. It's an imposing building and in my opinion equally impressive when seen from Queen Street and the Brisbane River with the colonnade, pediments and the green patina copper dome above. The building became redundant in 1988 after Customs relocated and was subsequently leased by the University of Queensland with major refurbishment and restorations undertaken. I didn't get to visit the interior but our River Cruise skipper mentioned that part of the building is now a restaurant and function room. The building was heritage listed in 2005.
    Written 12 November 2021
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  • Pete D
    Western Australia, Australia183 contributions
    This historic house is a short 30min bus ride from Brisbane CBD and is a great example of a character Queenslander house that has been owned and maintained by a volunteer women’s group for many years. The house and it’s furniture represent a treasure trove of interesting antiques and historic objects. The volunteer staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. Expect to spend an hour or so here. Perhaps longer if you partake in the cream teas.
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • Ken V
    Brisbane, Australia183 contributions
    Only a stones throw from home, it took us about 8 months to visit after moving here.

    We wandered over when there was a market on (didn't enjoy that much) but loved roaming through the homestead and being taken waaaayy back in time.

    Great way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny arvo.
    Written 5 September 2020
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia5,987 contributions
    The abutment was part of the 4th bridge to be constructed at this location and includes a podium with arch above. The abutment was really a remnant of the bridge which was demolished in 1969 and was not restored to its present state until preparations for Expo'88 were in hand. It was heritage listed in 1992.
    Written 13 November 2021
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  • AndyJohn74
    Sans Souci, Australia1,990 contributions
    The GPO is situated near Anzac Square. The would be a fair amount of history in this building. There are a couple of memorial plaques at the front to those who lost their lives during the two world wars. Worth a look.
    Written 12 May 2019
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  • Michael Sherlock
    Dili, East Timor3,439 contributions
    Located on top of a hill overlooking Brisbane near Mt Cootha - nice buildings and open spaces- my daughter goes here some times as they have a large hall
    Written 3 March 2017
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  • PeterJT46
    Mandurah, Australia2,823 contributions
    Pleasant and helpful staff, but lacking in comfort and amenities.

    For the Brisbane to Cairns train there is a waiting room. It had s tiled floor, laminex topped tables, charging points and a drinking fountain. No refreshments are available.
    Written 18 December 2019
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  • Lynn Tay
    Singapore, Singapore2,673 contributions
    This is small old building Church House located next to the Huge St John Gothic Cathedral Church just a walk away an interesting architecture.
    Written 10 April 2013
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia5,987 contributions
    We have enjoyed visits to similar arcades in various countries during our travels. Brisbane Arcade runs between Queen and Adelaide Streets although the official address is 160 Queen Street. The upper levels of both entrances are very decorative and inside its almost like stepping into a different era of muted style and grandeur, so different to the steel, concrete and glass constructions of recent years. Shops on the ground and first floor shops accessible via stairs, I didn't see an elevator. Shops are boutique style with a nice variety of outlets and restaurants.
    Written 15 November 2021
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  • RobynfromOz
    7 contributions
    We really enjoyed our trip up the Clock Tower in Brisbane city. It is a free activity and needs to be pre-booked through the Museum of Brisbane as only 4 people are taken up at a time. The guide was knowledgeable and going up in a hundred year old lift and seeing the back of the clock faces is very interesting, and you get a fantastic view of the city from the top of the tower. It only takes 15 minutes and is a must-do in Brisbane.
    Written 19 April 2022
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