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1. Tourist Attractions

BRISBANE - Tourist Attractions

CITY SIGHTS 'Hop on Hop off' Tour
An introductory tour of Brisbane City for first time visitors. Tours depart regularly so set your own pace - jump off for a bit of sightseeing or shopping, then jump on another bus when you are ready.
Tickets last all day.
Passengers may join the tour from all City Sights bus stops.
Tours operate every day except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
Your ticket allows you to cruise the Brisbane River on the frequent CityCat ferry services.
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ALBERT STREET UNITING CHURCH
A landmark in the heart of Brisbane's CBD for over 160 years.
At the corner of Albert and Ann Streets, opposite King George Square.
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Anzac Memorial

ANZAC SQUARE WAR MEMORIAL
with the Shrine of Remembrance and the Eternal Flame, dedicated to Australian soldiers who died during the First World War.
Built in 1930, the focal point is the rotunda of Doric columns.
Located beside Anzac Square, in the pedestrian tunnel, is the World War II Shrine of Memories, with Honour Rolls, plaques and a mosaic, containing over 140,000 hand-cut Venetian glass enamels and soils from official World War II cemeteries.

The War Memorial is open seven days.
The Shrine of Memories is open Mon-Fri 9am-2pm.

Between Ann and Adelaide Streets, City.

BRISBANE CITY HALL
City Hall The city's most famous landmark, officially opened in 1930. It is easy to find, with its 91 metre (nearly 300 ft) spire.

Go to the observation deck in the clock tower for a panoramic view over the city.

The building also houses a museum and art gallery.

Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm.

Located in the heart of Brisbane, overlooking King George Square.

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Customs House

BRISBANE CUSTOMS HOUSE
One of Brisbane's heritage icons, known for its distinctive copper dome. It is operated by the University of Queensland as a cultural, educational and heritage facility.

Open to the public, visitors can stroll through the building.
There is a display of Customs Service memorabilia.
There is also an art gallery, function rooms and a licensed restaurant. Regular concerts and art exhibitions are also held there.

Open seven days a week 10am-4pm (closed public holidays, between Christmas and New Year and over Easter).

399 Queen Street, Brisbane, on the banks of the Brisbane River.
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Botanic Gardens

CITY BOTANIC GARDENS
The city's oldest part, originally planted with food crops by convicts in 1825.

There are many rare and unusual botanic species.

The Gardens cover an area of about 50 acres, five minutes from the city centre, and run the full length of Alice Street, bordered by Parliament House on one side and the Brisbane River's northern banks on the other side.

The curator's cottage, built in 1905, now houses the City Gardens Cafe, open seven days.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CASTLEMAINE BREWERY
A prominent landmark because of its red 'XXXX' neon sign on top of the building.

See beer being made from brewing to bottling. Chinatown

Tours daily, which include tasting. Bookings essential. Meals available.

Located at 185 Milton Road, opposite Milton railway station.

CHINATOWN
Located in Fortitude Valley, with numerous traditional Chinese restaurants,
cafes and shops and markets.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE
was originally built in 1865 by Johann Heussler, a Brisbane merchant.
It was purchased by the Queensland Government as a permanent
Goverment House in 1911 after Old Government House was handed
over to the University of Technology.

168 Fernberg Road, Paddington QLD
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King George Square

KING GEORGE SQUARE

Recently redeveloped, in front of City Hall, a focal point for civic events, ceremonial and community celebrations.

There are some statues of some famous Queenslanders in a special area called Speakers' Corner.

Bronze sculptures from the Expo '88 site have also been incorporated.

Located between Adelaide and Ann Streets, Brisbane.

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MUSEUM OF BRISBANE
Brisbane's official museum of contemporary culture and heritage,
located in Brisbane City Hall. It features changing exhibitions by local and international artists and writers, of arts, crafts and social history.

Admission free.

Open daily from 10am-5pm, 1-5pm on Anzac Day.
Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
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Old Government House

OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE
One of Queensland's most important heritage sites. Recently renovated and now open to the public as a museum of early colonial life in the early days of Queensland.

Open Sun-Fri 10am-4pm, closed Saturday.
Open on all public holidays except Good Friday.
Admission free.

2 George Street. Brisbane.
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Parliament House

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

An imposing sandstone building in French Renaissance style, opened in 1868.

There are conducted tours of the building when Parliament is not in session, and visitors are admitted to the public gallery when Parliament sits.

Open Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm, Sun 10am-2pm, Sat 10am-2pm.

Cnr George & Alice Streets, Brisbane.
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QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY
With a good collection of colonial era paintings.
Part of the Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank.

Admission free, except for special exhibitions.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm.

Melbourne Street, South Bank, South Brisbane.
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Qld Cultural Centre

QUEENSLAND CULTURAL CENTRE
The multi-venue Queensland Cultural Centre, the city's most important complex of modern buildings, spanning two blocks, housing the Queensland Art Gallery, the Queensland Museum, the State Library and the Performing Arts Complex.

Admission free, except for special exhibitions.
Guided tour available as optional extra.

Located at South Bank, Brisbane.
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QUEENSLAND GALLERY OF MODERN ART
Part of the Queensland Cultural Centre precinct.
The Gallery holds mostly Queensland arts, as well as international artworks.
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QUEENSLAND MARITIME MUSEUM
Home to World War II frigate 'Diamantina' and 1925 steam tug 'Forceful'.
See dozens of nautical relics and memorabilia.

Admission charges.
Open seven days 9.30am-4.30pm.
Closed Good Friday and 24-26 December. Reduced opening hours on Anzac Day.

Located on the South Bank.
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BQueensland Museum

QUEENSLAND MUSEUM
With various human and natural historical artefacts including dinosaur skeletons and whale models.
Located within the Queensland Cultural Centre.

Admission free, except for special exhibitions.
Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm.
Anzac Day 1.30-5pm.
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Cnr Grey and Melbourne Street, South Bank.
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QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Located within the Entertainment District of South Bank.
There are a number of theatres and auditoriums for shows and operas.

Located on the corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank.
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QUEENSLAND SCIENCENTRE
Located on Level 1 of Queensland Museum.
The Sciencenter is a hands-on museum of science and technology.
There are 100 interactive exhibits divided into three galleries: Body Zone, Earth Space and Action Stations.

Open 9.30am-5pm, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Open Anzac Day 1.30-5pm.
Admission charges.

Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets.
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QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Built in 1860-62 for the first governor of the new colony.
This handsome building with its gracefully rounded portico and arcading remained
in government hands until 1910, when it became the Gardens Point campus of
the University of Queensland.
2 George Street, Brisbane
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Brisbane Arcade

QUEEN STREET MALL
A pedestrian mall opened in 1982. Located in the centre of the city, it has an open plan, with five major shopping centres, two department stores and four shopping arcades.

Between Edward and George Streets.

BRISBANE ARCADE
Built in 1923 and heritage listed, with exquisite leadlight windows, pendant chandeliers and Victorian balustrades.

It is the centrepiece of Brisbane's shopping precinct, linking Queen Street Mall and Adelaide Street.

50 specialist retailers.

160 Queen Street
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Southern Cross

SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH MEMORIAL

The Southern Cross, the plane in which Sir Charles Kingsford Smith made the first trans-Pacific flight in 1928.

It is housed in a hangar on the Brisbane Airport grounds.

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SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS
South Bank

Formerly the site of Expo '88, covering 16 hectares (40 acres). It has been redeveloped into an area which includes restaurants, parklands, a bike path, market stalls, and a sandy inland beach.

Open daily 6am-12pm
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ST STEPHENS CATHEDRAL
A gothic revival cathedral, the oldest Catholic church in Queensland.
249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane.
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Story Bridge

STORY BRIDGE
One of the oldest bridges in Australia, erected 1935-40, and a key landmark of Brisbane.

Designed by John Bradfield, the designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

It is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.

Bradfield Highway, Fortitude Valley.
The Windmill

THE WINDMILL
The Old Windmill (also known as the Old Observatory) is the oldest building in
the city.

Built by convicts in 1829 for grinding grain for the early colony but there
was a design error and it failed to work properly. The wind mechanism
was converted into a treadmill for prisoners (16 to 25 at a time),
and became known as the 'tower of torture'.

From the middle of the 19th Century it was used as a fire lookout
and weather station.

Historic relics are housed there.

226 Wickham Terrace
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Treasury Casino

TREASURY CASINO

The Treasury Casino houses a hotel, restaurants, bars and a night club.

It is located in the old Treasury Building which was built in 1889.

Open 24 hours daily

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