Brisbane Open House
Building 8 (The Great Court) The University of Queensland St Lucia QLD 4072
Saturday : 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Guided tours

Completed in 1962, the Biological Sciences Building was renamed to honour one of the University’s first professors, Ernest J Goddard. As one of the founding buildings of the university, the Goddard Building helps form The Great Court, a take on the traditional architecture of quadrangles in universities around the world.
UQ has retained the original purpose of Goddard Building since its completion and today it houses the School of Biological Sciences, a vibrant community of life scientists who deliver world-class research and teaching within a broad range of fundamental biological disciplines. Research strengths in the School include Conservation Science, Ecology, Entomology, Evolution, Genetics, Marine Biology, Plant Biology and Zoology. Facilities in the building include world class research laboratories in these disciplines, teaching laboratories for first year and advanced students, collaborative learning spaces, a lecture theatre, and offices for academic staff and students.
The building features a grand central staircase above which a larger-than-life model of a crocodile hangs. Enjoy the history of this building which is steeped in academic discoveries and marvel at the high-tech laboratories housed within this sandstone structure. In the Great Court cloisters outside the Goddard Building, visitors can see stone carvings including grotesques, statues, inscriptions, friezes and roundels.

Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: Tours will depart from the main entrance (in the Great Court) every 30 minutes commencing at 9.00am and the last tour departing at 12.30pm.

Tour Tips

Register at the building on arrival, Great for kids, Visitors must wear covered shoes to enter the teaching laboratory.

Additional Activities

A number of buildings at The University of Queensland will be open on Saturday.

Dress Requirements

Enclosed shoes

Wheelchair access


Is Heritage listed



Recent Architectural or Engineering Awards: In 1972 a stone colonnade linking the Goddard Building to Michie Building was added.

Completed in 1962.
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