Brisbane Travel Guide (QLD, 4000)

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, may be approached from the south by the regular interstate air routes, by rail or road either up the coast or through the New England Tableland, or by sea. The approach to Brisbane by sea is very attractive. From the entrance to Moreton Bay via the North Passage, the unusual forms of the Glass Mouse Mountains may be seen and then, for 15 miles up the winding Brisbane River, there is a succession of views of mangrove swamps, grassy slopes, and tropics shrubs. Later on the modern residences of the outlying suburbs come into view and finally, as a climax, the skyline of the city itself.

Convict leg irons at the Queensland Museum are a symbol of the city’s brutal beginnings as a prison settlement for the “worst class of offenders”. The city developed from a convict outpost to service the huge hinterland to the west and north and has as its heart a jigsaw of Victorian, Edwardian and glass house-modern architecture overlooking the broad expanse of the Brisbane River.

The city and its suburbs extend for several miles along both sides of the Brisbane River, which curves in and out in a succession of pleasant reaches, each with a background of soft wooded hills. Three large bridges link the north and south sides of the river, and ferries run at all the important points. The principal business centre occupies a bend of the river and is for the mots part on level land. Queen Street, which terminates at the southern end with Victoria Bridge, is the city’s principal thoroughfare, and contains the chief offices of most of the lending commercial houses. Queen and Adelaide streets (intersected by George, Albert and Edward Streets) contain most of the city’s retail shops. The insurance and shipping companies are around Eagle Street, while most of the tourist agencies are clustered together in Adelaide Street, near Anzac Square.

On the outskirts of the city are several prominent hills with splendid views of Brisbane and the Moreton Bay district. The parks and gardens of Brisbane are a special feature and contain splendid collections of native flora.

The City Hall is the most dominant structure in the city. The total cost of this magnificent building was one million pounds, and it occupies two acres in the heart of the city.

The majestic Story Bridge is the main engineering feat in the city. The Brisbane River, itself, is full of scenic delight for the sightseer. The Observatory, in Wickam Terrace, is a building with an historical past and is well worth a visit. Other places of interest to the tourist include Parliament House, at the corner of George and Alice Street; the Public Library in William Street; Queensland Museum and National Art Gallery, at Bowen Park near the Brisbane Showgrounds; and Newstead House, the headquarters of the Queensland Historical Society. The surrounding country offers a diversity of attractions combining mountain and sea and tours are conducted to places of historic and scenic interest. The beaches offer all the year swimming and are, in the main, wide, clean and sandy.

The “City of the Seven Hills” reflects the civic pride of the community and is a city worth visiting.

Anzac War Memorial, Anzac Square | Brisbane

The Anzac War Memorial is in the heart of the city, overlooking a small park below Central Railway Station. The memorial is an open colonnade supporting an entablature of stone and bronze. On the inner face are inscribed the names of battles in which Australian soldiers have fought, and in the centre of the circle of columns is a bronze urn upon which burns the never dying "Flame of Remembrance". ...

Australian Koala Foundation | Brisbane

The official website of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), the principal non governmental organisation dedicated to saving the Koala and its habitat.

Botanic Gardens, Brisbane | Brisbane

The Botanic Gardens are on the northern bank of the Brisbane River within a few minutes' walk of the heart of the city, and may be entered from Alice Street. In January, the avenues of poinciana (a Madagascan tree) provide welcome shade and spread a mass of brilliant orange-coloured blossoms overhead. In the Gardens there is a rare collection of palms and bamboos. Concerts are held in the modern ...

Brisbane Attractions | Brisbane

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, may be approached from the south by the regular interstate air routes; by rail or road either up the coast or through the New England Tableland; or by sea. The approach to Brisbane by sea is very attractive. From the entrance to Moreton Bay via the North Passage, the unusual forms of the Glass House Mountains may be seen and then, for 20 kms up the winding Br...

Brisbane City | Brisbane

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, may be approached from the south by the regular interstate air routes; by rail or road either up the coast or through the New England Tableland; or by sea. The approach to Brisbane by sea is very attractive. From the entrance to Moreton Bay via the North Passage, the unusual forms of the Glass House Mountains may be seen and then, for 20 kms up the winding Bris...

Brisbane City Administration Building | Brisbane

The picture shows the Administration Building, in Queens Park, to the east of Elizabeth Street.

Brisbane to Ormiston Trip | Brisbane

A short tour of about 106 km to the southern shores of Moreton Bay returning through Beenleigh. From Cleveland Point where a fine view of the Bay and Islands can be obtained. Tropical fruit including custard apples pawpaws, pineapples, granadillas and mangoes can be seen under cultivation.

Brisbane to Southport & Coolangatta Trip | Brisbane

From South Brisbane the journey brings you to Beenleigh, until the coast is reached a few km on the Brisbane side of Southport and Surfers paradise. This is Queensland's most famous beach resort and fast becoming the best known spot on the Australian eastern coast. Cooloongatta is further south on the N.S.W. border. Round trip from Brisbane is about 241 km.

Brisbane to Toowoomba & Darling Downs Trip | Brisbane

Leaving south Brisbane turn right at Wooloongabba Fiveways and drive to Ipswich. Beyond Ipswich there are farming areas and the historic towns of Marburg, Helidon famed for its Spa, and Gatton at the foot of a spectacular climb through the Dividing Range to popular Toowoomba. Toowoomba has gardens, fine buildings and wide streets. Round trip from Brisbane is about 270 km.

General Post Office, Brisbane | Brisbane

The General Post Office is one of Brisbane's most elegant buildings. Constructed of local stone between 1871 and 1879, with a slender-columned upper veranda on an arcaded base. The Building is situated on the site of the former infamous female factory prison.

John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley | Brisbane

John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (1783 to 1828). John Oxley, Naval Officer and Surveyor arrived in Sydney in 1802. Oxley undertook a number of explorations to inland Australia in search of a belief that he would find an inland sea. On 24 April 1817 he set out to trace to Lachlan River discovering Bathurst Falls shortly after starting. He described the country as: "Impossible to fancy a worse c...

Moreton Bay, Moreton Is. & Stradbroke Island | Brisbane

Moreton Bay is the gateway to Queensland. Ocean going liners pass regularly through the northern Passage between Moreton Island, providing a wide stretch of calm water. Excellent bay cruises are available to the visitor. Moreton Island, about 20 kms east of the mouth of the Brisbane River, is 24 kms long and boasts the world's highest permanent sand dunes-Mount Tempest (278 metres elevation) and ...

Mount Coot-Tha | Mount Coot-Tha

Mount Coot-Tha Mount Coot-Tha (225 metres), Brisbane's most popular vantage-point, is perched on a shoulder of the Taylor Range. Soon after Brisbane was settled, the hill was cleared of thick timber by convicts for a military look out. One tree only was left and it stood for many years, giving to the place the name of "One Tree Hill". "Coot-Tha" is an aboriginal word meaning "place of wild honey"...

Observatory, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane | Brisbane

There are few buildings in Brisbane that recall so vividly the early life of the settlement as the old Observatory, which stands in a corner of Albert Park at the top of Wickham Terrace. It was erected by convict labour in 1829 as a windmill, with ponderous wooden sails to provide power to grind the convict-grown maize and wheat. Because of some defect, however, the windmill refused to work. Since...

Parliament House, Brisbane | Brisbane

The construction of Parliament House commenced in 1865 to a design by colonial architect Giles Tiffin. The large renaissance-style building features impressive mansard roofs, domed over a central block and tapered at the end wings. Located at the south-western end of the Botanic Gardens or can be approached along Alice Street.

Public Library, William Street, Brisbane | Brisbane

This is one of the finest buildings in Brisbane. The free treatment of the Renaissance style gives grace to a design dignified by the Corinthian columns which form the distinctive feature of the facade. Built as a museum, it was converted to its present use in 1902, when the first free Public Library of Queensland was established. The John Oxley Memorial Library of Australian literature and histor...

Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art | South Brisbane

The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art are located 150 metres from each other, on the south bank of the Brisbane River. Entrance to both buildings is possible from Stanley Place, and the river front entrance to the Queensland Art Gallery is on Melbourne Street. The Galleries are within easy walking distance to the city centre and South Bank Parklands.

St. Johns Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane | Brisbane

Occupying a commanding position on the heights overlooking Petrie Bight, is probably the finest of Brisbane's ecclesiastical buildings. The foundation stone was laid by King George V when he visited Australia in 1901 as Duke of Cornwall and York. The Cathedral was designed in the twelfth-century English Gothic style by J. L. Pierson, R.A., who was responsible for Truro Cathedral. Within the cath...

St. Stephens Church Building, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane | Brisbane

This old structure in the grounds of St Stephen's Cathedral is the oldest existing ecclesiastical building in Brisbane, but is not now used as a church. It was designed by Augustus Webley Pugin, who was associated with Sir Charles Barry in drawing up the plans for the Houses of Parliament at Westminster. The church illustrates Pugin's admiration for late Gothic architecture, and is built entirely ...

Bishopsbourne | Milton

Built in 1868 using tufa with sandstone trims Bishopsbourne was home to the first Bishop of Brisbane. The main feature is the arcaded loggias that form a deep shade screen for the living quarters. Pointed gothic arches shape the ecclesiastical look to the building.