Potter about Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail

Potter about Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail takes you on a journey through Petrie Terrace, with sites that have shaped the inner-city suburb, including:

  • Aboriginal history
  • the impact of the Great Depression and suburban overcrowding
  • the construction of notable landmarks including Lang Park, The Normanby Hotel and La Boite Theatre.

You can download:

Potter about Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail map and table

There are 18 points of interest on the 2.7 kilometre Potter about Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail. The trail starts at Lang Park, before heading along Caxton Street to the Ithaca Playground, then to the Normanby Hotel, and passing Princess Row. It then winds along towards Petrie Terrace’s gullies and landmarks such as Victoria Barracks and La Boite Theatre before concluding at Petrie Terrace Police Barracks.

For more information about each place of interest, download the Potter about Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail brochure. The brochure map shows nearby public transport, public toilets and hill/land gradients for those with limited mobility. Some parts of this trail are steep and may not be easy for everyone to walk.

Use the Google Map and information boxes to follow the heritage trail. Alternatively, you can use the heritage trail table below, which includes the places of interest number, name, location and description. The starting point of the trail (on the map) is marked with a ‘person’ icon. 

You can also view a larger map of the Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail.

This table provides information about the Petrie Terrace Heritage trail map including number, name, address and description.
Number Name Address Description
1 Lang Park Caxton Street The area that is now part of Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park) was originally the site of the North Brisbane Burial Ground.
2 Ithaca Playground 113 Caxton Street This playground was established in 1918 to provide poor children with recreational facilities. 
3 Stombuco’s terrace houses 15-25 Wellington Street Fine examples of some of Brisbane’s 19th Century terrace houses.
4 Normanby Hotel 1 Musgrave Road Built in 1890, the Normanby Hotel is one of Brisbane’s landmarks.
5 Aboriginal history   The ridge along Petrie Terrace was an important place for many Aboriginal people.
6 Hardgrave Park 155 Petrie Terrace This park is the earliest gazetted park reserve in Brisbane. 
7 Princess Row 194 Petrie Terrace These terrace houses are some of the oldest surviving in Brisbane.
8 'Shawn' Flats 172 Petrie Terrace This fine set of flats was built in 1936.
9 Petrie Terrace's gullies   Parts of Petrie Terrace in the 19th Century experienced overcrowded conditions.
10 Row of cottages Menzies Street An example of Petrie Terrace’s modest timber cottages.
11 Victoria Barracks 82 Petrie Terrace This has been an important military facility since the 1860s.
12 Brisbane Gaol   On this site once stood an imposing gaol which was built in the late 1850s.
13 Prince Alfred Hotel 68 Petrie Terrace This hotel was designed by one of Brisbane’s most important architects, Richard Gailey, in 1881.
14 Oddfellows Hall 15 Caxton Street Known as the Oddfellows Hall, it was built in 1891.
15 Petrie Terrace push   The ‘larrikin’ emerged in Brisbane in the late 19th Century and groups of them caused havoc in Petrie Terrace.
16 La Boite Theatre 69 Hale Street This was Australia’s first purpose-built arena theatre.
17 Jackson and Co's Granary 8 Petrie Terrace A terrible tragedy took place on this site in 1947.
18 Petrie Terrace Police Barracks 61 Petrie Terrace The 1930s police barracks and the 1912 brick stables have been carefully restored. 


Last updated: 9 January 2023

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