Saunter through Spring Hill Heritage Trail

The Saunter through Spring Hill Heritage Trail winds along the inner-city suburb's narrow streets, with its rows of modest 19th Century cottages. The trail provides a snapshot of the area's rich history, sites and events, such as:

  • early European settlement
  • the Spring Hill Baths
  • World War II
  • the Plague.


You can also download the following brochures for the Old Windmill Tower and Spring Hill Service Reservoirs in your preferred format:

Saunter through Spring Hill Heritage Trail map and table

There are 21 points of interest along the 3.2 kilometre Saunter through Spring Hill Heritage Trail. It begins at the Lady Bowen Hospital on Wickham Terrace, then proceeds down to Boundary Street and along picturesque Fortescue Street. It winds down the hill to Water Street and up to Rogers Street. After passing the impressive Villa Maria Hostel, the trail travels into historic Gloucester Street and ends at the Alliance Hotel on the corner of Leichhardt and Boundary Streets.

For more information about each point of interest, download the Saunter Through Spring Hill Heritage Trail brochure in your preferred format. The brochure map includes additional information such as the location of public transport, public toilets and access for people with limited mobility (by way of gradient ranges). Some sections of this trail are steep and may not be accessible for people with limited mobility.

Use the Google map and information boxes to navigate the heritage trail. Alternatively, use the heritage trail table below, which includes the point of interest number, name, address and description. The start point of the trail (on the map) is marked with a 'person' icon.

Map of Saunter through Spring Hill Heritage Trail points of interest including columns with number, name, address and description.
1.Lady Bowen Hospital497 Wickham TerraceBuilt in 1889 to help expectant mothers.
2.Boundary StreetBoundary StreetOriginal town boundary.
3.Spring Hill Baths16 Torrington StreetThese baths are the last remaining covered baths in Australia.
4.The Lady in Blue122 Fortescue StreetThis is the former site of the Presbyterian Mission Hall where Deaconess May Walker helped Spring Hill's poor.
5.Park Terrace130-146 Fortescue StreetThis row of 1880s cottages was built as rental investments and called 'Park Terrace'.
6.Victoria Park454 Gregory TerraceThis historic park was first gazetted in 1875.
7.Gregory Terrace Officers' Camp454 Gregory TerraceDuring World War II this was the site of the Gregory Terrace Officers' Camp.
8.Mrs Long's cottage116 Issac StreetThis is one of Brisbane's tiniest houses.
9.Spring HollowWater StreetThe valley where Water Street now runs was originally called Spring Hollow.
10.Spring Hill Quarry33 Quarry StreetThis quarry supplied stone for much of Spring Hill's late 19th Century street improvements.
11.A kingdom of happiness8 Love StreetThis park was established in the 1930s for disadvantaged children.
12.Rogers and Victoria Streets134 St Pauls TerraceThese are two of Spring Hill's most picturesque streets.
13.The plagueSt Pauls TerraceThe first case of bubonic plague struck Spring Hill in May 1900.
14.Villa Maria Hostel171 St Pauls TerraceThis beautiful building was built in the 1920s for the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.
15.Thornbury Street cottages1-15 Thornbury StreetThese 1870s cottages are a rare example of this style of housing in Brisbane.
16.Dahrl Court43 Phillips StreetThis set of architecturally designed flats was built in 1936.
17.Gloucester StreetGloucester StreetGloucester Street has several important examples of 19th Century duplexes.
18.Spring Hill's larrikinsSt Pauls TerraceThe 'larrikin' emerged in Brisbane in late 19th Century and groups of them caused havoc in Spring Hill.
19.Former site of the Hospital for Sick Children43 St Pauls TerraceThis was the former site of Brisbane's first children's hospital.
20.Leichhardt Street289 Boundary StreetThe Spring Hill Picture Palace previously stood on the corner of Leichhardt and Boundary Streets.
21.Alliance Hotel320 Boundary StreetThere has been a hotel on this site from as early as 1864.


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Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.