Brisbane Open House
25 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane City - rear of St Andrew's Lutheran Church
Saturday : 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pre-booked guided tours only
NOTE: Pre-booked ticket holders only.

Step back in time to Brisbane’s convict and colonial past and explore one of Brisbane’s early streets by joining Brisbane City Council’s guided walking tour of the inner city. Take a journey along Wickham Terrace to discover the stories of Brisbane’s past from the harsh Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, through to a thriving colonial town, and into the modern era.

Delve into the history of Spring Hill, one of the early streets of Brisbane and its most iconic and historical buildings. Experience the grandeur of the City Baptist Tabernacle and beautiful All Saints’ Anglican Church, and hear the tales of several of Brisbane’s most innovative buildings. We’ll pass by Brisbane’s first multi-storey apartment block built in the 1920s for a group of medical practitioners, marvel at Brisbane’s first large-scale fresh water supply system, and explore Queensland’s oldest building, the Windmill Tower.

Take a rare chance to step inside Brisbane’s oldest structure, the Windmill Tower and learn of the difficult life of a convict in Brisbane, and get a glimpse of the majestic arches that support the underground Service Reservoirs that were built to store Brisbane’s early water supply with fresh water sourced from Enoggera Dam.

Missed out on the tour? Find out more about these buildings and Council’s series of self-guided city and suburban heritage trails at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/heritagetrails

Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: 2x pre-booked 60 minute guided tours of Spring Hill historical precinct, including access to sections of Spring Hill Service Reservoirs and Windmill Tower. Access to Reservoirs and Windmill involves some stairs. No wheelchair access. Some stairs and slopes during tour. Wear enclosed, comfortable walking shoes, wear sun protection and bring a water bottle. The meeting point for tours - Opposite All Saints Anglican Church, 32 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill on the grassy patch under the tree on the corner of Wickham Terrace and Turbot Street.

Tour Tips

Wear enclosed, comfortable walking shoes, wear sun protection and bring a water bottle. Some stairs and slopes through tour. Plenty of time for rests between walking sections. Access to Windmill and Reservoirs not suitable for wheelchairs.

Dress Requirements

Enclosed shoes

Wheelchair access

No

Is Heritage listed

Yes

1828 (Windmill); 1871 and 1882 (Service Reservoirs)
Charles Tiffin (Windmill); Builder - Henry Holmes (Service Reservoirs)