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Brisbane Open House 2018

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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
Doting grandmother and grey nomad who should join Volunteers Anonymous and is greatly in favour of a ten day week. So much to do, so little time.
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Come celebrate all that makes Brisbane a vibrant city
Let the show begin

So you think that Brisbane Open House is for crusty old men in Tweed suits and Miss Marple lookalikes? Well, do I have news for you. Whatever your interests, from technology to dancing in the streets, BOH 2018 has something for everyone.

Brisbane Open House, Brisbane Greeters, Walter Taylor Bridge, Indooroopilly
Welcome to the Walter Taylor Bridge


There are 114 buildings ready to throw open their doors, sixty of them heritage listed. Some have proved so popular over the years, such as the Brisbane Greeter guided tour of the Walter Taylor Bridge, that you will have to get in quick smart from 9am Friday 28 September to book a viewing at www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au - definitely one for those who are excited by snooping around buildings generally not open to the public. The Old Windmill Tower is another which fits into that category. Bookings are also required for City Hall tours. You may think you know Brisbane's iconic logo, but you can't claim that until you have had a glimpse behind the scenes with one of its knowledgeable guides.

Brisbane Open House, the windmill, convict building,
Who cleans The Windmill windows?


Brisbane Open House, Brisbane City council chambers, Brisbane city Hall
Brisbane's future is decided here


No need to book for such interesting venues as the Albert Street Uniting Church where in World War 2 there were up to sixteen weddings solemnized per day. Guides will be available to give you such interesting aspects of the church's history. Amongst the other churches open for inspection you can view interesting memorabilia like the communion chalice used at Gallipoli, and a coin collection containing one that predates Christianity.

Brisbane open House, Albert St Uniting Church
Sixteen weddings a day


Brisbane Open House 2018, St Andrews Uniting Church, Gallipoli memorabilia
Home to Gallipoli Memorabilia


Brisbane open House, St Johns cathedral, coin collection
Find the treasue within


Looking for some architectural ideas for free? Speed date an architect. Thinking of becoming an architect? As a Year 10, 11 or 12 High school student you can book a 90 minute session to assess whether this is for you. Want to party? Burnett Lane's the place on Saturday night. During the day it is a bit more subdued with stimulating designer talks, stalls, great food and guided tours.

Brisbane open House 2018, Burnett Lane, Blue Art Xninja
Busy at work In Burnett Lane


Explore the city by the light of the crescent moon and street lamps as you discover BOH after Dark. The City Hall clock tower will give you a bird's eye view and the Mt Crosby Pumping Station will give you an insight into the hydration of a city. What better place to view the cult classic Jaws 2 than in the relaxing warm waters of the heritage listed Spring Hill Baths.

Brisbane Open House, Brisbane City Hall clock tower
A bird's eye view


Brisbane Open House 2018, Spring Hill Baths
Beware of Sharks


You think you know all there is to know about Brisbane's built environment and heritage, music and pop culture, history, general knowledge and sport? Well, you have a chance to prove it at a Trivia Night Dinner where you may find yourself competing against such teams as Les Quizerables. There will be a special prize for the team with the best name.

Where am I?


Like a good story? Storytellers will be on hand at selected buildings to tell you some true rather than tall tales of their history. You are welcome to discuss them at the end of the storytelling session. You may have some of your own knowledge to add. Renowned Brisbane artist, Vida Lahy, has come back to educate us on Brisbane's street art and its galleries, along with her personal history and that of her good friend, Daphne Mayo.

Brisbane open House, Daphne mayo, Brisbane City Hall tymphanum, photoshop
Where's Daphne?


If music be the food of love, you will simply love the offerings of the BOH weekend. There will be strings, percussion, wind, brass and keyboards and sweet voices playing all over the city. The Tivoli is hosting a free Concert, The Glory of Brass, on Sunday at 2pm.

Brisbane Open House, The tivoli, Fortitude Valley
From pop to the brass classics


The Munchkins, as usual, have not been overlooked this year. Many of the 'houses' offer children's activities, most of them free of charge. The sweetest of them all would have to be patty cake decorating at the Shingle Inn. None of your Yankee cupcakes in Brisbane's oldest café. High Tea will be held each day at 10am and 1pm, $15 per child.

Brisbane open House, Shingle Inn, patty cakes
Ready for imaginative decoration


BOH 2018 is offering a feast of Brisbane's best, be it music, art, food, theatrics, and even architecture. Have I whetted your appetite? These activities are just the tip of the Bombe Alaska. Don't miss out. Start planning now by heading to the website www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au and should you be interested in volunteering, there are plenty of interesting opportunities athttps://brisbaneopenhouse.com.au/about/volunteer/volunteer-first-dibs/

Brisbane open house, 480 Queen Street
480 Queen Street


Don't forget your camera. There is money to be made by artistic photographers.

Brisbane Open House 2018, View from 480 Queen St
City patterns from the air
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Why? To celebrate all that Brisbane has to offer as it throws its doors open to one and all
When: Various days from Thursday September 20 to the weekend of October 13/14
Where: Throughout the Brisbane area
Cost: Mainly free but some activities attract charges
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