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What's the Most Iconic Landmark in Brisbane?

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Published July 28th 2011
Those of us fortunate enough to reside in glittery Brizvegas know that there is more than just one landmark that defines our city.

But which do you think screams "Brisbane" the most loudly?

Is it the Story Bridge? The striking cantilever bridge with its structual detailing was first opened in 1940 and connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point.

Story Bridge


What about City Hall? Its impressive clock tower rings out Westminster Chimes that can be heard far and wide. This feat of engineering located adjacent to King George Square has an 81-year history and is known as one of Brisbane's proudest landmarks.

City Hall


Perhaps Parliament House? Iconic for its French Renaissance inspired structure, this is superlative architecture with a purpose - to house the Parliament of Queensland.

Parliament House


Or the Wheel of Brisbane? This is a relatively new addition to city scenery. But the looming structure undoubtedly inspired by the London Eye is a treat to behold and perhaps Brisbane's newest and most iconic landmark.

Wheel of Brisbane


How about Anzac Square? A place for remembrance that is undeniably part of what makes Brisbane great. Is this the city's premier landmark?

Anzac Square


Is it Brisbane River? Mother Nature's most abundant gift to the city provides joy and sometimes despair (as we saw with the recent floods). Just like the Thames is the heart of London, is the River as 'Brisbane' as it gets?

Brisbane River Aerial View


The Old Windmill? This may not sound too exciting, but the Windmill really lives up to its name; it's actually the oldest surviving building in Queensland. Is that enough to earn the title of Brisbane's foremost landmark?

Old Windmill


South Bank Parklands? A place where many Brisbanites seek some fun in the sun, South Bank was a place hit hard by the floods. But with the precinct is back in business, does the parklands scream Brisbane loudest to you?



How about the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art? Every city needs a bit of culture, and Brisbane is definitely not lagging behind in that department. Having housed exhibitions such as the works of Andy Warhol and the designs of Valentino, is this how we think Brisbane should be defined?

Gallery of Modern Art


Or the City Botanic Gardens? A place of refuge for hardworking employees in and around the CBD as well as a popular spot for students from the nearby Queendland University of Technology, the Botanic Gardens are a place of beauty for everyone to enjoy. Is this Brisbane at its best?

City Botanic Gardens


The Gabba? Most Brisbanites have an appreciation for sports, and the Gabba is the city's pride and joy of sporting venues (and our answer to the MCG). Housing up to forty-two thousand spectators, is the Gabba the best Brisbane has to offer?



St John's Cathedral


Our final contender is St John's Cathedral. Boasting some of the most beautiful architecture you will find anywhere, is the Cathedral Brisbane's best and brightest?

With so many choices and so many Brisbane icons to be proud of, this writer (as you will too) must make a tough decision.

I'm going to put my trust in the power of nature and say that Brisbane River is our city's most iconic landmark. We've seen its fury recently, but we are also graced with its beauty day after day. Do you agree? Cast your vote below.
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Great question Elise, and a pretty tough one too. I would personally have to say the Story Bridge. It's a shame that the Wheel of Brisbane can't really be our icon because of the London Eye and 5 million other places that have copied it, but I still love it, especially when they light it up with all different colours. Hooray for a beautiful city! Also, speaking of things lighting up different colours, what about the Treasury Casino???
By Ben Carey - senior reviewer
Friday, 29th of July @ 10:23 pm
Not so much a landmark, more an iconic Brisbane thing, used to be the goths congregating at King George Square.
By Carly Ogborne - senior reviewer
Monday, 22nd of August @ 05:39 am

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