Wickham Park Precinct | Brisbane City Council

Wickham Park Precinct

Located at the northern end of Albert Street, the Wickham Park precinct is an informal collection of parks. The parks form a green gateway between the Central Business District (CBD) and Spring Hill. The 8.5 hectare area includes Wickham Park, Observatory Park and Emma Miller Place. It contains some of Brisbane’s most treasured heritage sites including The Old Windmill and Spring Hill Reservoirs. 

Brisbane City Council's Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 identifies the Wickham Park precinct and surrounding areas as a key inner-city space for future revitalisation. Council continues to work with stakeholders and the community to: 

  • enhance the precinct for safer community use
  • revitalise the parks and key facilities to allow for increased use
  • deliver better accessibility and connectivity through the precinct
  • maintain and enhance the leafy and tranquil character of the precinct 
  • protect and showcase the rich heritage sites and values
  • champion and facilitate partnerships to activate key spaces.

Wickham Park Precinct Plan area

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History and heritage

Wickham Park was first gazetted as a park in 1887. It became a welcome green space for residents to enjoy in the city. More than 120 years on, the precinct continues to echo the past with a number of historic sites still remaining. Council commits to respecting and preserving these important sites to be enjoyed for years to come.

Some notable facts about the history of the Wickham Park precinct follow.

  • Built in 1828, The Old Windmill in Observatory Park is the oldest surviving building in Brisbane. 
  • In 1934, Brisbane’s first television broadcast transmitted from The Old Windmill tower.
  • In the early 20th century Wickham Park was a regular venue for concert performances. A stage and seating for 1000 people was added to the park between 1916-17. This was for Sunday performances by the Brisbane Municipal Concert Band.
  • The Spring Hill Reservoirs built in 1871 and 1882, continued to supply water to Brisbane’s city centre until the 1960s.
  • There are two former WWII air raid shelters in Wickham Park which now function as park shelters. They are two of 235 air raid shelters constructed in Brisbane’s city centre during the war.

More information

For more information about the Wickham Park Precinct, you can:

  • email the project team
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • write to:
    Wickham Park Precinct Plan
    City Planning and Sustainability
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.

 

29 March 2019