2018 Special Events

BOOKED OUT QUICKLY! // APAF Architectural Tour of Stradbroke Island

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018, 10.00 am - 1.45 pm

Cost: Free! Tickets available through Eventbrite.

About the Event: 

North Stradbroke Island has long been synonymous with family camping holidays, beautiful beaches, pristine nature and the humble beach shack. Over the years housing on Stradbroke Island has ranged from sleep outs, cabins and fibro shacks to architecturally designed beach houses.

As part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, Brisbane Open House is proud to present an exclusive tour of select Stradbroke Island properties on Saturday 10 March.

This tour is presented in conjunction with Brisbane architects Shaun Lockyer and Paul Butterworth.  

Join Shaun and Paul as they discuss the tradition of subtropical housing - both the beach shack and the ‘Queenslander’ and the evolution of the shack from the fibro structures of the 1940’s through to the contemporary beach architecture of today.

Join in the discussion of key characteristics including raised structures, natural cross ventilation, verandahs, open plan and the blending of inside and out. Learn more about the design process and taking inspiration from the natural surrounds.

This exclusive tour invites you to explore:

  • Straddie Shack at Allure (10am) Architect: Donovan Hill // Alterations: Shaun Lockyer
  • Pandanus Retreat (11.30am) Architect: Paul Butterworth
  • Mooloomba House (1pm) Architect: Shaun Lockyer

From Mooloomba House we’ll take a short walk through the neighbourhood and have a curbside conversation outside some of Straddie’s most iconic houses.

Pop over to Straddie for the day, or make a weekend of it!

Everything you need to know:

Tickets and Logistics

Ticket holders will be required to make their own way between each property (travel between the properties is not included in the ticket) – once your ticket is booked, we’ll send you an itinerary with addresses, and a map to assist with navigation.

Getting to Straddie

North Stradbroke Island (Straddie or North Straddie), is an island that lies within Moreton Bay, 30 kilometres southeast of Brisbane – and it’s surprisingly easy to get to!

Stradbroke Island is accessed via ferry (passengers and cars) or water taxi (passengers only) at Toondah Harbour, 3 Emmett Drive, Cleveland. Cleveland is about 40 minutes’ drive from the CBD and is also serviced by trains and local buses. 

Stradbroke Ferries provide vehicle and passenger ferry services to North Stradbroke Island and the trip is around 50 minutes. Services are hourly and it’s best to book ahead.  

The Stradbroke Flyer provides the water taxi service to North Stradbroke Island and the trip is around 25 minutes. Services are hourly and no bookings are required. 

Getting around Straddie

Most roads are sealed and easily accessible and it should take you around 15 minutes from Dunwich (ferry landing) to Amity Point and around 20 minutes to Point Lookout.

Vehicle Access Permits are required for driving on designated beaches and bush areas. These permits are available from Straddie Camping. For more information click here.

The bus service meets the water taxi services (some late and early services are not met) and transports passengers through Dunwich to Myora, Amity Point or Point Lookout. For more information click here.

Cab service is available to transport passengers around the island, contact directly to book. For more information click here.

It is approximately 22km to cycle from Dunwich to Amity Point, Point Lookout or to the Causeway Access to Main Beach – and is recommended for experienced cyclists. For exploring Point Lookout bike here is available at Straddie Super Sports or Fishes at the Point.

Staying on Straddie

Accommodation on Straddie ranges from camping, beach shacks and budget stays, to apartments, private homes and 5-star luxury. For more information visit:

Visit Stradbroke 
Accommodation Stradbroke  

This event has been made possible through the generous support of Shaun Lockyer Architects and Paul Butterworth Architects




BOOKED OUT // Walking tour of Robin Gibson & Partners' CBD projects

Date: Saturday 17 March 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost: Free! Tickets available through Eventbrite 

About the Event:

Join PhD student Lloyd Jones of the University of Queensland, School of Architecture, on a tour of key architectural projects by the eminent Queensland architect Robin Gibson (1930-2014) and his practice Robin Gibson & Partners.

The tour will meet on the lawn on the river side of the Queensland Art Gallery completed in 1982, near the start of the Victoria Bridge. The QAG was the first building completed for the Queensland Cultural Centre, a collection of highly disciplined brutalist buildings that has been credited as the catalyst for the development of the South Bank precinct and was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2014.

Using an interactive map developed by Masters Students at the UQ School of Architecture in 2016, the tour will then visit several examples of the firm’s commercial, religious and public projects within the Brisbane CBD. Highlights include the Colonial Mutual Assurances building at 300 Queen Street, the ANZAC & Post Office Square and the award-winning restoration work of St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Throughout the tour your guide will describe the history of the practice and provide a running commentary on the significance of Gibson’s work on Brisbane’s built environment.