Duration: 1-2 hours
Price Guide: $0
Brisbane’s heritage-listed City Hall, combined with the Museum of Brisbane, offers an in-depth insight into the history of Brisbane.
Start from Central Station.
Exit via the main entrance onto Ann Street. Cross the road and immediately turn left down Edward Street.
Edward Street is host to some of Australia’s most renowned designers, including menswear stores, high-end fashion and, for those who need pampering after shopping – day spas!
Take the next right onto Adelaide Street.
Upon quick passing Adelaide Street seems dull, unexciting, with little to offer except mundane views of office buildings. Do not be so hasty to dismiss it – for those who are dedicated enough to seek it out, there is a heritage strip on the west end of the street (near South Bank) which features some one-off speciality shops.
Continue walking for about a minute; soon you will see King George Square to your right.
King George Square was opened in 1975. It is a public square, located between Adelaide Street and Ann Street. It was named after King George V, following his death in 1936. (Just south is Albert Street, which is named after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband). The square was closed to traffic in 1969.
‘Speakers Corner’ is a section of the square that is home to statues of famous Queenslanders. These include: Emma Miller (1939-1917), a suffragette who had huge influences on women’s votes and rights in Australia; Steele Rudd (1868-1935), a famous storyteller; and Sir Charles Lilley (1830-1897), a former Premier and Chief Justice of Queensland. Other statues within the square include the Petrie Tableau, which depicts the Petrie family, who were the first free-settling family in the local district. The Forme Del Mito statues were designed by Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro – the Brisbane Council bought them in 1988. A rectangular fountain was built in the centre of the square to replace the previous circular one – unfortunately due to drought it is non operational; instead now it is a water-efficient garden.
As you enter George Street Square, the City Hall/museum is to your left.
the Lord Mayor’s Office, the Ithaca Auditorium and Balmoral rooms. Howeverm bear in mind the majority of these are empty function rooms or offices, so are not hugely exciting – the observation platform above the bell tower is probably the best part to visit.