Unlock the city with Brisbane Open House

On 12 and 13 October, Brisbane Open House will celebrate Brisbane's architecture, engineering and history by unlocking private spaces across the city for your behind-the-scenes access.

To celebrate its tenth birthday, Brisbane Open House 2019 will open 119 buildings and spaces for free, with 99 of the sites not needing any bookings to visit. Some private houses and heritage buildings do require bookings.

Enjoy this free, public festival and explore, re-examine and engage with Brisbane's built environment and spaces. With more than 70,000 attendees last year, this is a must-do event!

The full program is on the Brisbane Open House website, but to get you started, we've put together a list of our top 2019 picks.

Get subtropical on The Capital rooftop

Make your way to the rooftop at The Capital in the city centre (above the old Regent Theatre) anytime between 10am-7pm on Sunday 13 October. Council is hosting a rooftop open day with free entertainment (including a DJ) and talks by guest speakers and designers on subtropical design. There'll be heaps of activities including 'host your own street party' conversations, a 'design your favourite subtropical space' interactive station and rooftop yoga. A very chilled sunset cinema will show films about design in Brisbane to wrap up the day.

Entry to The Capital is via the Visitor Information Centre on Queen Street Mall.

Take a tour

Take a guided walking tour through some of Brisbane’s most significant precincts and buildings. Brisbane City Council is running several walking tours including tours of Toowong and Mount Gravatt cemeteries, Fish Lane in South Brisbane, inner-city heritage sites (booked out*) and Brisbane permanent and temporary public art. There is even an after-dark tour to explore our ever-expanding City of Lights sites (booked out*)!

Take a bus tour of Mount Gravatt Cemetery and discover its history and stories from the last 100 years. Alternatively, take a bus tour of historic Toowong Cemetery which was opened in 1875 and was once the city's main cemetery.

Council is also leading easy-paced cycling tours over inner-city bridges and along our bikeways. The 10-kilometre rides will include plenty of stops along the way for information and discussion. Bring your own bike or hire a CityCycle. Helmets are a must for these tours.

Explore our heritage 

We've got a bunch of Council heritage buildings, structures and spaces open for you to explore. Book online for guided tours of Brisbane City Hall, Centenary Pool, Museum of Brisbane, Old Windmill Tower (booked out*), Brisbane Powerhouse and Walter Taylor Bridge (booked out*). You can also take self-guided tours of much-loved Brisbane civic buildings, structures and spaces including Anzac Square, Spring Hill Baths, Spring Hill Service ReservoirsWickham Terrace Carpark and Valley Pool

Grab a shuttle bus

Get on board one of the heritage shuttle buses to explore one of three festival loops – City Centre, Spring Hill or South Brisbane. All routes start and end at stop 21 in Adelaide Street, Brisbane City. Jump on and jump off as you please. The suggested cost of a ride is a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to the Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society.  Find out more about the shuttle routes.

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Brisbane City Council is proud to be the official government partner of Brisbane Open House. Council has supported and sponsored the event for the past 10 years. It’s just another way Council is providing more for residents and visitors to see and do.

*This blog was last updated on Thursday 10 October to reflect the Open House Project City Tour date change from 12 October to 13 October, due to forecast rain. 


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Last updated:24 October 2019
Topics: things to do