Brisbane Open House (BOH) is a free annual 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.

Selected buildings are open to the public with guided and self-guided tours encouraging visitors to explore, re-examine and engage with Brisbane’s built environment. The experience opens people’s eyes and minds to good design and curious spaces.

The inaugural Brisbane Open House was launched in 2010 with great success, attracting more than 12, 500 visits. Each year, the event has continued to grow and in 2019, our tenth anniversary, BOH attracted 80,000 visits from over 35, participants across 119 sites. 

In 2020 and 2021 the impact of Covid changed the way we did things. We created year-round offerings for smaller groups of participants. And 2022 marked some exciting changes to our well-loved event with the introduction of an Iconic Precinct to our BOH weekend and the addition of our annual Villages of Brisbane [VOB] event.

In 2022, we partnered with Aria Property Group to celebrate the Fish Lane Arts Precinct and we continue to support this precinct by offering guided walking tours. Find out more here. In 2023 our Iconic Precinct showcased the heritage gems and state-of-the-art medical labs of Herston Health & Heritage.

Our inaugural VOB celebrated Sandgate & Shorncliffe where many local buildings and places were open to the public, but it also featured a speaker series in the Sandgate Town Hall, as well as a number of walking tours and activations. Find out more here. 

For the 2024 event, BOH will once again open a range of buildings and spaces to the public and will focus on New Farm as the VOB. Make sure to sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know about all our upcoming events.

Our objectives

Transformative interactions and raised awareness

  • Positively transform interactions of residents and visitors with the city of Brisbane
  • Uncover stories, experiences, and places within the city to foster civic pride and engagement
  • Provide access to significant public and privately-owned buildings
  • Engage with the urban spaces that occur between our buildings
  • Build the Cultural Capital of the city

Explore and promote:

  • Contemporary and historic architectural and urban/suburban attractions
  • Well-designed built environment settings, including environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable design in our subtropical city
  • The diverse professions who contribute to, create and protect Brisbane’s architectural and design attractions
  • Brisbane on a national and international stage as a design capital and a creative hub

Brisbane Open House Governance


Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland and Professor Graeme Nimmo RFD






Melissa Hoedel, Executive Director

Rozzy Middleton, Marketing Manager

Ian Tomlinson, Event Operations Manager



Image credit: Auchenflower House. Photo: Joanne Thies 2019.