160 Queen Street, Brisbane
Saturday : 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
General access and guided tours

Built in 1923-1924, Brisbane’s oldest and grandest shopping arcade, Brisbane Arcade was designed by Queensland’s most decorated architect of the era, Richard Gailey, Junior and constructed by J & E L Rees and Forsyth & Speering. Owners, Dr James Mayne and his sister, Miss Mary Emelia Mayne had commissioned the design to be modelled on grand European arcades of that time.

Notable architectural features include Edwardian Baroque style street façades, sleek terrazzo floors and stairs, majestic clerestory lighting, carved balustrades and dado panelling.

As a pedestrian thoroughfare, it connects two of Brisbane’s premier city streets – Queen Street Mall and Adelaide Street – and is an ongoing gift from the Mayne family to Queensland.

The Maynes set up two trusts in which to operate Brisbane Arcade, the proceeds of which still today fund the University of Queensland medical school and medical research – so when you shop at Brisbane Arcade, you are helping to save lives.

Brisbane Arcade has undergone many changes but has maintained its popularity as one of the city’s most iconic shopping destinations.

In recognition of its historical significance and architectural beauty, Brisbane Arcade was heritage-listed in 1992.

Brisbane Arcade is celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2024.

Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm *30 minutes in duration

Difference in guided tours for Saturday and Sunday:

On Sunday, the Gallery and Lower Levels are closed.
There will be no guided tours on the Sunday.

Tour Tips

Bookings essential via TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/CSHOA

Wheelchair access


Is Heritage listed


Richard Gaily Junior
Believed to have been under construction in 1923 with the first shops opening early 1924.