Brisbane Open House
Corner George and Alice Streets, Brisbane City
Saturday // 10am to 2pm
Sunday // 10am to 2pm
General access (self guided)

Visitors can journey through the Chambers and rooms occupied by Members of Parliament since 1868.

Parliament House, Brisbane, was built in 1865-68 to the design of the Colonial Architect Charles Tiffin. It was Queensland’s first purpose-built parliamentary building, replacing temporary chambers in former convict barracks on another site. The building was extended in 1888-91 and a high-rise Annexe was added in the 1970s to provide additional offices and services, including meeting and function facilities and overnight accommodation for Members. The nineteenth-century building was extensively renovated in 1981-82 and continues to house Queensland’s Parliament.

The building stands on an important site in inner Brisbane next to the Botanic Gardens and the former Domain, and overlooking a bend of the Brisbane River. The whole site is entered in the State Heritage Register and is subject to the provisions of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992.

The building was remarkably ambitious for a young colony. It is a three-storey, sandstone structure in the Renaissance Revival style, its mansard roofs, projecting tower-like structures and arcades recalling the Louvre. Initially, the building was to be four wings ranged around a courtyard, to house both Parliament and public offices, but was not completed in that form.

The building layout is intact, with the principal rooms located on the first floor. The George Street wing, the earliest, contains the double-height Legislative Chambers and the original Libraries, though the Council Chamber has not been used since the Council’s abolition in 1922. The later Alice Street wing contains offices and Members’ facilities. The building interior is ornate and the principal rooms retain much of their original, purpose-made furniture.

What's Open

Level A and B Parliament House

Tour Tips

No singlets or thongs // Must have footwear

25

Parliament House

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1865-68, 1878-79, 1888-91
Charles Tiffin (1867) // Conrad Gargett Refurbishment (1980 - 1982)