The house was built for Scottish settler Patrick Leslie in 1846, and has been seeped in Brisbane history since its origins. It has been occupied by the first Attorney-General of Queensland, Ratcliffe Pring; was the headquarters for the Historical Society of Queensland; and was occupied by the US military during World War II. Situated at the junction of the Brisbane River and Breakfast Creek, Newstead House also provides pleasing scenic views of the Brisbane surrounds.
Newstead Park in itself is a great spot for family picnics. There are tables and benches, a fantastic Alice-in-Wonderland themed playspace for the kids, and the Brisbane Blooms storyboards, which relay key moments in Brisbane history. A tour of the house and a stay in the park would make an ideal day out for everyone in the family, combining history, sight-seeing, soaking up nature, and fun for the kids in one location.
Public inspection and group tours of Newstead House are available, yet bookings are essential for group tours. On a Sunday you can also enjoy a traditional Devonshire tea, keeping in spirit with the old world charm of the area. A gift store is also available for you to purchase some cute little souvenirs of your visit.