Frequently Asked Questions


What is Brisbane Open House?

Brisbane Open House is a free-of-charge event, providing residents and visitors with the rare opportunity to discover the hidden wealth of architecture, engineering and history in buildings and places around Brisbane city. Held annually, selected buildings are opened for the public with guided and self-guided tours to encourage them to explore, re-examine and engage with Brisbane's built environment.

What is the date of Brisbane Open House and its operating times?

Brisbane Open House is held annually in October.  Mark 13/14 October 2018 in your calendar now!

What buildings are open during the event?

This year over 90 of Brisbane's best buildings and spaces participate in the program. 

Where can I get a Brisbane Open House Guide?

Stay tuned for 2018 suppliers.

Is Brisbane Open House free?

Yes, admission to all buildings is free.

Where can I get more information?

Visit this website regularly, subscribe to our email newsletter, like us on Facebook, and Instagram, and follow us on Twitter for updates.

Will there be tours at each building?

Many Brisbane Open House buildings offer tours. Please look for the 'Saturday Tour Times' or 'Sunday Tour Times' sections on each building page on this website or in the guide to confirm.

Can I pre-book or reserve my tour to secure access to Brisbane Open House buildings?

Most Brisbane Open House buildings cannot be pre-booked with visitors admitted on a first come, first served basis. Each year, however, a small number of buildings do require pre-booking

Where can I get a map that shows the buildings involved?

Each building page will have a map showing its location. There will also be a map featuring the locations of all the participating buildings in the official Brisbane Open House Guide.

Can I sponsor this event?

Each year the Brisbane Open House Board offers a limited number of high profile sponsorship opportunities to selected organisations with an interest in Brisbane’s built environment and a desire to contribute to the city and the region’s cultural and economic future. For further information please email

Can I volunteer?

Yes! Volunteers are integral to the success of Brisbane Open House. Volunteer registrations for next year’s event will open in 2018, and we look forward to welcoming you then!

How can I get my building into the Brisbane Open House program?

The Brisbane Open House Board, event team and associates researches and coordinates the involvement of the buildings each year. Occasionally we do receive suggestions for buildings or places which could be included and we consider these on their individual merits. Buildings invited to participate in the Brisbane Open House event are selected based on their architectural significance and the fact that they are not usually accessible to the general public. If you would like to suggest a building which could be included in the program, please email

Are children welcome at the buildings?

Yes definitely! Brisbane Open House is family friendly, with many buildings offering children's activities.

Am I allowed to photograph or record inside the buildings?

Generally yes. A small number of buildings and spaces do not allow photography. Please look for the 'Tour Tip' section on each building page on this website or in the guide to confirm. If you enjoy capturing the character and essence of buildings bring your camera along on the day and enter your best photographs in our Photography Competition.

Is there access for people with disabilities?

Most buildings have access for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, a small number of buildings have limited or no wheelchair access. Please look for the 'Tour Tip' section on each building page on this website or in the guide to confirm.

Is parking available at each building?

No. There is no special parking for Brisbane Open House. There is limited paid and street car parking in each of the precincts. We recommend using Brisbane’s public transport system, or enjoy walking and riding between buildings and precincts.

How can I enter the 2017 Brisbane Open House Photography Competition?

This competition is open to everyone interested in architecture and architectural photography. Entries are open for photos taken on the Brisbane Open House weekend (Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October) and uploaded to the Brisbane Open House website (based on competition guidelines). Click here to see this year's competition.