City of Lights

Brisbane City Council's City of Lights initiative aims to activate the city, bring people together to celebrate our enviable lifestyle, support small businesses and create a strong local economy.

Lighting and projection outcomes can support events, create a unique identity for Brisbane and introduce elements of surprise and discovery enhancing the city experience for residents and visitors.

Find out about the lighting up of other Council assets including Story Bridge, Brisbane City Hall and William Jolly Bridge. 

City of Lights Strategy 2017

Brisbane City Council recognises that in order to deliver a holistic City of Lights, it is essential for property owners and developers to consider creative lighting for buildings and developments.

The City of Lights Strategy 2017 has been developed to assist property owners and the development industry in preparing plans for creative lighting on new developments and existing buildings in Brisbane.

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Creative Lighting Grant Scheme

To encourage creative lighting of private properties, Council has developed the City of Lights - Creative Lighting Grant scheme.

The scheme has been developed to financially assist private property owners to deliver creative lighting outcomes for their buildings and assets through monetary grants, and encourage a collaborative city lighting approach to enable more lighting installations to activate the city.

Find out more about the Creative Lighting Grant Scheme.

Lighting up our assets

Decorative lighting has been installed on local assets, such as buildings, bridges and trees to highlight our city and its features, to create an exciting, vibrant city at night.

Find out about the lighting of Council assets including Story Bridge, Brisbane City Hall and William Jolly Bridge. 

Brisbane City Council has installed lighting in the following locations:

This table provides information on lighting on council assets including project, suburb and description.
Project Suburb Description
Victoria Bridge Brisbane City 236 economical LED light fittings have been installed under the footpath. These lights can be programmed for variable displays similar to Story Bridge and Brisbane City Hall.

King George Square

  • Commonwealth Bank Building
  • Hitachi Building, 239 George Street
Brisbane City Programmable colour-changing lighting installed on top of City Hall aimed to wash the King George Square facing façades of the Commonwealth Bank building at 79 Adelaide Street and Hitachi Building at 239 George Street. The colourful façades add to the vibrant atmosphere of King George Square as an engaging night-time destination and exciting event space.
 Underside of William Jolly Bridge Brisbane City Programmable colour-changing lighting installed at the base of the William Jolly Bridge at Montague Road, South Brisbane. The lighting can be programmed to produce a warm white light to accentuate the features of this important historic bridge.
Queen Street Catenary Lighting  Brisbane City Installation of new wire suspended warm golden festoon lights to the wires suspended over Queen Street between Edward and Creek streets.
Reddacliff Place Brisbane City 15 geodesic spheres ranging in size from 1.3 metres to 2.6 metres in diameter, internally lit with colour changes light. Artwork is Steam by Donna Marcus (2006).
Breakfast Creek Road, Ann Street and Wickham Street Fortitude Valley Programmable colour-changing up lighting installed at the base of six Queensland Kauri Pines located in the median strip at the intersection of Breakfast Creek Road, Ann Street and Wickham Street. The lighting creates a visually exciting night-time gateway into the Valley entertainment precinct .
 East Street Fortitude Valley Bud lighting in a fig tree at the corner of Ann and East streets to complement bud lights previously installed by a private property owner on the opposite side of East Street.
Bowen Park Herston

Bud lighting in a pine tree and fig tree on the edge of Bowen Park in Herston. The bud lighting creates an ongoing spectacular visual outcome and gateway into the city and Valley along Bowen Bridge Road, while also turning the park into a stunning night time venue. Combined with the recently upgraded band stand, the park is now well-suited as an evening wedding venue.

To enquire about booking Bowen Park phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

City Botanic Gardens Domain CBD

Energy efficient LED bud lighting to two fig trees at the City Botanic Gardens domain area adjacent the Goodwill Bridge. The bud lighting of the expansive tree canopy showcases Brisbane's treasured Botanic Gardens while providing an inviting, vibrant and exciting gateway to the gardens, CBD and South Bank areas. This stunning night time activation enriches the experience for visitors and locals, pedestrians and commuters.   

Captain Burke Park Kangaroo Point

Bud lighting to the feature fig tree at the end of the main axis pathway at Captain Burke Park in Kangaroo Point. The bud lighting acts as a beacon highlighting the parks landmark peninsula location on the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point.  The spectacular visual outcome contributes to an enchanting night time space and stunning backdrop for celebrations and events. With great views from within the park as well as across the river, the bud lighting of the fig tree contributes to Brisbane as a vibrant and inviting night time destination.

To enquire about booking Captain Burke Park phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

All Hallows School, Ann Street Gateway project Fortitude Valley Energy efficient uplighting of the State heritage listed tuff stone Gatekeepers Lodge/Almonry building facade and the column arched gateway entrance along the Ann Street All Hallows School boundary.
Nundah Gateway, Nundah Village Nundah

Energy efficient uplighting to two Poinciana trees within the Woods Reserve, Sandgate Road, Nundah.

Sandgate Gateway, Rainbow Street Sandgate Energy efficient bud lighting to two Ficus Benjamina trees in the road reserve area, on the corner of Rainbow Street and Bowser Parade.
Kenmore Gateway, Moggill Road Kenmore Energy efficient uplighting to three Hill's Figs trees in the road reserve area, corner Moggill Road and Marshall Lane.
Newstead Park Newstead Newstead Park, located at a visually important peninsular at the mouth of Breakfast Creek and on a bend in the Brisbane River, is a State Heritage listed park and acts as grounds for Brisbane’s oldest surviving house, Newstead House. Features permanent programmable colour changing LED lighting to the main fig at the entry to Newstead House and the two mature trees that flank it. Newstead House is lit in warm white, enhancing the heritage features of the house while projection lighting on the lawn features designs created specifically to reflect qualities of the park and house.  The creative lighting provides a vibrant and festive park atmosphere for residents to enjoy; providing a night time presence that celebrates Newstead Park and its importance.  

Further lighting projects are currently being investigated across the city.

City of Lights map

Discover the public and private assets that have been lit up around Brisbane.

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Last updated:27 April 2019