Psst. Ever wanted to look over someone else's fence, or inside their house? Now you can, without fear of getting arrested. Brisbane Open House is on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October, 2015, and gives ordinary people like us, access to places that are usually off-limits to members of the public. All my favourites (Fernberg - Government House, Torbreck, and the Walter Taylor Bridge) booked out in a flash last year, so book early to avoid disappointment - click on link to website below.
Brisbane Open House has organised many other activities over the weekend, for example, a look at the operations of Queensland Companies like the Merlo Coffee Factory in Bowen Hills, and the Newstead Brewing Co (both perfect for my partner), and for me, a concert at the Old Museum, a look behind the scenes at Dogstar (creators of beautiful clothing in Woolloongabba), and for something a little different, the Mt Gravatt Cemetery Crematoria Back of House Tour. The only down-side is, that there is so much on offer, I doubt there will be time to fit it all in.
A Childrens' Program includes an opportunity to meet fire fighters at the Roma Street Fire Station on Sunday, a singing workshop at the Queensland Conservatorium on Saturday, and a free cupcake from the Shingle Inn City Hall Restaurant, for the first 200 children there, on either Saturday or Sunday.
Open House happens throughout Queensland, throughout Australia, and throughout the world, just once each year, and celebrates all things architectural. It's a wonderful opportunity for locals to explore their own backyards, and for travelers to have a rather unique experience in Brisbane, one of the best cities in the world. For camera buffs like my friend, it provides an opportunity to have a great day out, as well as to win some money in a photography competition ($1,000 prize for adults; $250 prize for Years 7-12) - check terms and conditions for entry on the website listed below.
Other areas close to Brisbane also have some interesting properties on offer. Gold Coast Open House, which debuts on Saturday 17 October, 2015, includes a look inside some multi-million dollars residential properties, including Q1, the tallest building on the Gold Coast. Maryborough Open House runs over the weekend of 26-27 September, 2015, and Toowoomba Open House, on 17-18 October, 2015.
It's refreshing to see that Brisbane Open House encourages the public to send feedback on their experiences of these events, along with any ideas they have. I intend to suggest a house in my area, that I would love to have a look inside.