Brisbane Open House
14 Torrington Street, Spring Hill
Saturday // 10am to 4pm
Sunday // 10am to 4pm
General access (self guided)

Constructed for the Corporation of Brisbane in 1886 at a cost of £2,526, the Spring Hill Municipal Baths provided the city with its first inground public baths. They replaced in popularity the older floating baths in the Brisbane River, and provided an important hygiene/sanitation facility in Spring Hill.

They were erected during the 1880s expansion of Brisbane municipal works, which included construction of the second reservoir on Spring Hill and an extensive drainage system in Spring Hollow.

On the evening of 9 December 1886 and amid great ceremony, the baths were opened by the Mayor of Brisbane, James Hipwood, who took the first plunge.

Until construction of the Wickham Street Municipal Swimming Baths in 1926, the baths at Spring Hill remained the venue for most of Queensland’s competitive swimming, both school and amateur. In 1927 it was one of the first pools in Australia to allow mixed bathing, and it remains one of the oldest still in use. In recent years the club room has accommodated an art gallery, and the pool has been used for a variety of purposes, including community theatre. Explore more of Brisbane’s hidden secrets at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for ‘heritage trails’.

Tour Tips

Must mention 'Brisbane Open House' to gain free access (entry not valid for swimming) // Wear comfortable shoes - no heels // No photography

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Spring Hill Baths

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1886-1913
Original: Designed by City Engineer Thomas Kirk // Conservation (1993): Riddel Architecture