Brisbane Open House

Brisbane Open House is a free annual event. We provide 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 opened for the public with guided and self-guided tours to encourage 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. In 2019, our tenth anniversary, BOH attracted 85,000 visits from over 35,000 participants to 120 sites.

In 2020 we changed the way we do things. We created year-round offerings for smaller groups of participants, so that we can ensure the safety of our staff, visitors, and volunteers.  Look out for special expert-lead tours and digital content that we will be sharing online throughout this year.

We have now positioned Open House activities for the public. and look forward to exploring some beautiful places and discovering more hidden treasures with you!

We have shifted our next free weekend to 2022, pending confidence in our community’s Covid safety and economic recovery.

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

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

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland


Darren Lockyer


Ann McLean, Executive Director

Kate Bennett, Producer