Discover The Gabba’s Hidden Gems Heritage Trail

Discover The Gabba’s hidden gems as you journey through Woolloongabba, exploring places that have shaped Woolloongabba including:

  • The Gabba, Brisbane’s iconic cricket ground
  • Stanley Street – historic business and commercial area
  • the historic Princess Theatre.

Download the trail brochure or view the online map:

Discover The Gabba's Hidden Gems Heritage Trail map and table

There are 20 places of interest on the Discover the Gabba’s Hidden Gems Heritage Trail. The trail begins at Stanley Street before moving along to the Mater Hospital Brisbane and the Princess Theatre. It then winds past the Merton Road cottages, passing The Gabba, then travels towards the Woolloongabba Baby Clinic located in the Logan Road precinct.

For more information about each point of interest, download the Discover the Gabba’s Hidden Gems Heritage Trail brochure in you preferred format. The brochure map includes further information on the location of public transport, public toilets and access for people with limited mobility along the heritage trail route. Some sections of this trail are steep and may not be accessible for those with limited mobility.

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

Map of the Woolloongabba Heritage Trail. Column headings from left to right including number, name, address, description.
Number Name Address Description
1. Stanley Street Stanley Street Stanley Street was a commercial hub in the late 19th and 20th Centuries.
2. Newtown Stanley Street After extensive road works, this section of Stanley Street was reopened in 1928 and the area was unofficially renamed 'Newtown'.
3. Mater Misericordiae Hospital  537 Stanley Street The Mater Misericordiae Hospital was opened in 1910.
4. Princess Theatre 8 Annerley Road The Princess Theatre is the oldest surviving purpose-built theatre on the Australian mainland.
5. Phoenix Building 647 Stanley Street The Phoenix Building, built in 1889-90, had a bookseller, tailor, bank and an undertaker as its first tenants.
6. MUIOOF Hall 18 Merton Road MUIOOF Hall was built in 1891 before being purchased by the Protestant Church in 1923.
7. Merton Road cottages Merton Road The two timber cottages and timber duplex were constructed on Merton Road in 1885.
8. Holy Trinity Anglican Church 68 Hawthorne Street The Holy Trinity Anglican Church is one of Queensland’s best examples of Italian Romanesque interwar architecture. It was built in 1930.
9. The plague Hawthorne Street The bubonic plague arrived in Brisbane in 1900, with the first case in Woolloongabba.
10. Woolloongabba Post Office 765 Stanley Street Woolloongabba Post Office was built to cater to this section of busy Stanley Street.
11. David Webster’s Tea Rooms 765 Stanley Street In 1898 David Webster established a bakery and tea rooms on Stanley Street.
12. Woolloongabba Fiveways Woolloongabba Fiveways The Woolloongabba Fiveways was once Brisbane’s busiest intersection.
13. St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral 344 Vulture Street The St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral was the first purpose-built Russian Orthodox church in Australia.
14. Brisbane German Club 416 Vulture Street The first German Club on the site was built in 1890.
15. The Gabba 411 Vulture Street The first cricket game was held at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, The Gabba, in 1896.
16. Woolloongabba Police Station 848 Main Street The Woolloongabba Police Station was built in 1913. It had a residence for the commanding officer, two storey barracks for the constables and a mess and day room.
17. Fight talk place Cnr Stanley Street and Main Street ‘Woolloongabba’ is believed to be an Aboriginal word meaning ‘fight talk place’.
18. Broadway Theatre 18 Ipswich Road This was the site of the Broadway Theatre which was destroyed by fire in 1962.
19. ‘Moral suasion’ 10-14 Logan Road The People’s Cash Store was built between 1889 and 1890.
20. Woolloongabba Baby Clinic 23 Logan Road Built in 1928 to provide babies and new mothers with health care.


Last updated: 9 January 2023

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