Vibrant Valley Heritage Trail
The Vibrant Valley Heritage Trail takes you on a journey through history that highlights important historical sites and events that have shaped Fortitude Valley over time.
The Valley has long been associated with Brisbane's darker side, but there is more to the story. The trail reveals:
- the Valley's rise as a commercial and retail centre in the late nineteenth century
- important contributions by the Chinese community
- emergence of the Valley as the centre for Brisbane's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
- the famous Fitzgerald Inquiry era.
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Vibrant Valley Heritage Trail map and table
There are 20 points of interest along the Vibrant Valley Heritage Trail. The trail begins at the former Post Office on Ann Street, then passes Chinatown Mall to Centenary Place and continues down to Wickham Street. From Wickham Street, walk along the western section of Brunswick Street, back to Wickham Street and end the walk in Warner Street.
For more information, download the Vibrant Valley Heritage Trial brochure.
Use the Google map and information boxes to navigate the heritage trail, or alternatively use the heritage trail table which includes the point of interest number, name, address and description.
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|1.||Fortitude Valley Post Office||740 Ann Street||The Fortitude Valley Post Office was built in 1887 when the Valley was prospering. The ground floor provided postal and telegraph services and the upper floor was where the postmaster and his family lived.|
|2.||Shannon’s Building and Winn Street Warehouse, Tyrrell’s Building||717 and 697 Ann Street||This two-storey set of brick shops was built in 1924 when the Valley was a bustling hub of commercial activity. Behind the Shannon’s Building is the Winn Street warehouse that was constructed at the same time.|
|3.||The Beat||677 Ann Street||In the 1980s this building was converted into a nightclub called the ‘Cockatoo Club’. The name was changed shortly after to ‘The Beat’ and became one of Brisbane’s favourite gay clubs.|
|4 & 5||Bragg's Bakery and Apothecaries Hall||694 and 690 Ann Street||Both these buildings were built in the 1880s and replaced earlier buildings. They reflect the commercial growth in the Valley during the economic boom.|
|6.||The Empire Hotel||339 Brunswick Street||This ornately decorated hotel was built in 1888 and designed by renowned colonial architect, Richard Gailey.|
|7.||Chinatown Mall and TC Beirne Department Store||28 Duncan Street||Brisbane’s Chinatown was officially opened in 1987. The large, decorative building on the north side of the mall was the TC Beirne Department Store that was built in 1902 and had its frontage to Brunswick Street.|
|8.||All Hallows' Convent and School||547 Ann Street||This girls’ school was originally founded on this site in 1863 by the Sisters of Mercy, under the direction of Queensland’s first Catholic bishop, James Quinn.|
|9.||Holy Name Cathedral site||586 Ann Street||The ornate wall is the only remnant left of the ill-fated Holy Name Cathedral that was intended to be the largest Catholic cathedral in the southern hemisphere. Work began in 1928 but was never finished due to the Great Depression.|
|10.||Centenary Place||85 Wickham Street||Centenary Place was created in 1925 to commemorate Queensland’s centenary of European settlement.|
|11.||Interwar commercial precinct||126-144 Wickham Street||This row of shops was constructed in the 1920s after the roads around Centenary Place were reconfigured.|
|12.||Swift's Building||201 Wickham Street||Built in 1905, this building holds a prominent position on the intersection once known as the ‘Valley Corner’.|
|13.||The Prince Consort Hotel||230 Wickham Street||When first opened in 1888, the hotel offered 28 bedrooms, 3 parlours, billiard room, dining room and a very large bar.|
|14.||Foresters' Hall||211 Brunswick Street||Foresters and other Friendly societies were formed in Australia in the 19th century as support societies for their mainly working-class members. This hall was built in 1889.|
|15.||Valley Fiveways Building||187 Brunswick Street||This 1928 brick building became associated with a notorious episode in Queensland’s recent history – the Fitzgerald Inquiry.|
|16.||Site of the 'Whiskey Au Go Go' bombing||356 St Pauls Terrace||This was the site of one of Australia’s worst mass murders after the club was set alight on the night of the 8 March 1973. Fifteen people were killed.|
|17.||The Maternal and Child Welfare Clinic||112 Alfred Street||Also known as the Fortitude Valley Baby Clinic and Nurse Training Centre, it was built in 1923-24.|
|18.||McWhirter’s Department Store||247 Wickham Street||This striking Art Deco landmark was originally the famous McWhirter’s Department Store that was first established 1898.|
|19.||Overell’s Department Store||250 Wickham Street||By 1910 the Overell Department Store, with frontage to Brunswick Street, boasted 20 departments. This same year Overell built a second store with Wickham Street frontage. The Wickham Street store was devoted to men’s clothing, while the Brunswick Street store sold women’s apparel and accessories.|
|20.||Valley Presbyterian Church and School||25 Warner Street||The church was designed by Richard Gailey and constructed in 1885. Beside the church is the 1906 Sunday School, where the congregation’s children were given religious education.|