Brisbane Open House

What is Brisbane Open House?

Brisbane Open House is a FREE 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 will be held 13 & 14 October in 2018!

Opening times of each building will vary but you’ll find the specific open times and extra information on each building page.

Over the BOH weekend the BOH team will be at our info booths located in King George Square and Burnett Lane from 9am till 4pm.

What buildings are open during the event?

This year over 114 of Brisbane’s best buildings and spaces will participate in the program. You’ll find the full list here

Where can I get a Brisbane Open House Guide?

Limited copies of the BOH 2018 guidebooks can be collected from Avid Reader Bookstore, Mary-Ryan Bookstore New Farm, Mary-Ryan Bookstore Milton, Folio Books, Riverbend Books, Books At Stones and Museum of Brisbane (by request).

You can also pick up your Guidebook at either our Burnett Lane Information Booth (new in 2018) or our King George Square Information Booth over the Brisbane Open House weekend for a gold coin donation.

Is Brisbane Open House free?

Yes, admission to all buildings is free.  Most events are free, however a few may attract a cost.  This cost will be clearly identified in the Events webpages and in the printed guidebook.

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.

Preparing for the weekend - Building access and tips!

Most buildings do not require bookings, however private homes and some special heritage buildings do require bookings.  We understand each year the demand for tickets is high, which is why we try and keep the pre-booked buildings to a bare minimum.

Buildings which require bookings are identified with the text ‘Booking Required’ on the building pages and in the guidebook.

Tips for booking:

  • Bookings will open at 9am Friday 28 September 2018.
  • Bookings can only be made through this website.
  • Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis.
  • Each pre-booked building has a booking link on its building webpage – this will link through to the ticketing platform Eventbrite.
  • To book you will need to create an Eventbrite account.
  • As tickets go quickly we suggest you create an Eventbrite account before 28 September to help fast track your check out once tickets go live.
  • If you are unsure how to perform an online booking, consider asking for help from a friend or family member, or drop us a line at

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

Each building page will have a map showing its location with directions! Maps of each precinct can also be found in the guidebook.

In addition to this buildings can be viewed on interactive maps which can be sorted by precinct and building type on this website.

Can I sponsor this event?

Each year Brisbane Open House offers a number of 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 are now open! Register here

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

Brisbane Open House researches and coordinates the involvement of the buildings each year. Buildings invited to participate in Brisbane Open House 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 next years program, please complete a building suggestion form here.

Are children welcome at the buildings?

Yes definitely! Brisbane Open House is family friendly, with many buildings offering children’s activities. You’ll find more information here

Am I allowed to photograph or record inside the buildings?

Generally yes. A small number of buildings do not allow photography. Please look for the ‘Tour Tip’ section on each building page on this website or in the guidebook 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 guidebook 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 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 13 and Sunday 14 October) and uploaded to the Brisbane Open House website by 5pm 19 October (based on competition guidelines).