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Brisbane Open House 2014

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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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Step inside Brisbane's brightest and best buildings
They say that curiosity killed the cat, but I'll bet it learned a lot before it shuffled off this mortal coil. Your friends have been raving about Brisbane Open House for the past four events, so now your curiosity too can be satisfied about many of Brisbane's emblematic buildings. Who knows, you may win a prize for a brilliant photo taken over the weekend.

Over one hundred buildings will be on offer, including a sneak peek at the new Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. There are thirty-five new participants. Pre-booking is required for the Speaker Series, the guided walking tours, and the new addition to the program, the Made-in-Brisbane experiences. All of the pre-booked tours are free. Don't hesitate to book at or you may miss out.

This year one of the new additions has already seen a steady stream of visitors through the Brisbane Greeters program. Brisbanites just can't seem to get enough of the Walter Taylor Bridge. Who used to hang that flapping washing from the Indooroopilly side? Was it home to a family? Brisbane Greeters will be happy to give you the grand tour.

Walter Taylor Bridge,Indooroopilly
Bridge over oft troubled waters

Are you wondering how 215 million dollars was spent on the Brisbane City Hall during its three-year refurbishment period? Its initial building budget was 364,000 pounds which blew out to an astounding one million pounds. Take a look inside what was known throughout Australia as the million pound town hall after its opening and see why its refurbishment was such a worthwhile project.

Part of its refurbishment was the rekindling of the love affair Brisbane has had with the Shingle Inn since 1936. This iconic restaurant, based on Ye Olde English Tea Shoppe, has been brought out of storage and restored to its former well-loved glory. Find out the significance of the special placement of the sugar bowl.

Shingle Inn sugar bowl
The tradition lives

Familiarise yourself with the halls of power by visiting Parliament House. What is the background to that magnificent copper roof?

Queensland began as a convict colony. Unfortunately there are only two convict buildings left in Brisbane. Why miss the chance to see inside both of them over the BOH weekend. The Commissariat Store has many memenTOES of those times, including the odd fingertip.

Two historic buildings have become true money-spinners for the State. The Treasury building now houses a casino, and the former Lands Office provides accommodation for its patrons. Goodness knows what Queen Vic thinks of all this, but she isn't giving much away as she holds her regal pose in Queen's Park. Maybe she's not amused.

Queen's Park
Queen of all she surveys

Brisbane can boast two of Australia's most beautiful cathedrals. Why not visit both of them over the two days and make sure you see Queensland's first church in the grounds of St Stephen's which holds that most moving sculpture of Australia's only saint, Mary MacKillop.

After traipsing round the city, you may feel a thirst coming on. Mr Fourex will be pleased to give you a tour of the historic Fourex brewery, a long time landmark on Milton Road.


Fourex brewery
Roll out the barrels

Fourex brewery museum
Yesterday's Heroes

Everything you ever needed to know about Brisbane Open House to be held over the weekend of October 11 and 12 2014 can be found on its website.
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Why? To satisfy your curiosity about Brisbane's built environment
When: Various times in September and October
Where: City of Brisbane including some suburbs
Cost: Free
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