Historic Sites in Brisbane

Historic Sites in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane Historic Sites

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  • walt101
    Doha, Qatar91 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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  • Teresse B
    11 contributions
    This place is Brisbames best kept secret. You do need a car to get there but the grounds, museums, tours and self tours are all excellent and extensive. There is room for the kids to run around and plenty for the adults to appreciate with memorabilia from 1850 to 1930 odd. The volunteers are just lovely amd its just a great atmosphere.
    Written 9 July 2023
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  • Alli768
    Brisbane, Australia302 contributions
    It's been there a long time. Fastidiously maintained. If you want to see the best effort in Christmas decorations hot foot it to this two level arcade. But some hand made chocolates have a coffee in one of the two cafes. Upstairs has many antique jewellers, watchmakers and the Room with Roses restaurant. Upstairs you can get the best view of the Christmas decorations .

    There is a fascinating history of the Patrick Mayne family whose land investments in the late 1800s funded this arcade as well as the land for the Uni of Queensland and the Herston Medical School. If you go to the lift the history of the arcade in on the wall. A Brisbane Ghost tour has a fascinating story also of the arcade and any other time you might run into a ghost or two upstairs of a previous milliner and maybe Mrs Mary Mayne herself from the 1860s occupation of this area of Queen Street.

    Brisbane is lucky to still have this rare arcade. A fascinating selection of stores and heritage architecture. May it last forever.
    Written 6 December 2023
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,217 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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  • manamiss
    Brisbane, Australia121 contributions
    we went there for lunch. the prices are not to bad. Great meal
    It is on the river, so you get a nice view over looking our river
    Written 20 March 2023
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  • Pete D
    Western Australia, Australia187 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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  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, CA7,742 contributions
    Brisbane history at the Victoria Bridge. Right at the base of the bridge by South Banks Park. History story in other reviews so I won’t repeat. Nice to see at night with lightning.
    Written 29 October 2023
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  • Shu Qiang
    Singapore, Singapore39 contributions
    a complimentary 15-min tour not to be missed if you are at Brisbane city hall. Get a good ride at the old lift setting and have quick views when you are at the top. Be sure that you quickly reserve the tour way in advance.
    Written 20 October 2023
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  • AndyJohn74
    Sans Souci, Australia3,188 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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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,217 contributions
    Roadworks were a bit of a nuisance but was directed to the best way to catch our long distance train. We walked from Brisbane CBD which took a bit longer than expected. Vending machines and small eatery to buy food, some seating available, but we didn't have long to wait until we departed. Clean area, informative staff.
    Written 10 February 2020
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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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  • Ruthie Roo
    14 contributions
    Fabulous day out with Cat if Nine Tails, they organised everything and were incredibly entertaining. Everyone was catered from. Moderate walking involved but transport provided for those who couldn’t manage. Incredibly interesting delve into our incarceration history.
    Written 16 October 2023
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