Time for some more walking around the city centre. Ann Street has several historic buildings.

Albert Street Uniting Church

Brisbane - Albert St Uniting Church

Originally known as the Albert Street Methodist, this heritage listed church was built in 1888-89.

Brisbane - Albert St Uniting Church

School of Arts Building – originally used as a Servants Home for young immigrant women.

Brisbane City - School of Arts

Brisbane City - School of Arts

Daisho’s 180 Brisbane (incorporating the Commonwealth Bank) – a new building worth visiting the foyer to see some amazing architecture – lots of angles and reflections.

Brisbane City - Daisho 180

People’s Palace – Built 1910-1911 as a temperance hotel by the Salvation Army to provide inexpensive “working class” accommodation for travellers. No alcohol or gambling were permitted on the premises.

Brisbane City - People's Palace

Love the mix of old and new in this photo.

Brisbane City - People's Palace

Central Railway Station – built in 1889, the second city station after Roma Street Station.

Brisbane City - Central Railway Station

Anzac Square – This is a state memorial to the men and women who participated in overseas armed service and named in honour of the Anzacs.

 Brisbane - Anzac Square

Brisbane - Anzac Square

It has recently been renovated with gardens, statues commemorating several of the wars and interesting screens along the sides. Take some time to sit here and reflect on our war heroes.

 Brisbane - Anzac Square

 Brisbane - Anzac Square

 Brisbane - Anzac Square

The Shrine of Remembrance with its eternal flame is the focal point of this area. It was created to commemorate all Queenslanders who fought and died in WW1, and opened on Armistice Day in 1930, 18 years after WW1 ended.

 Brisbane - Anzac Square

 Brisbane - Anzac Square

 Brisbane - Anzac Square

Memorial Galleries – These are free and well worth a visit if you have the time.

 Brisbane - Anzac Square

 Brisbane - Anzac Square

St John’s Anglican Cathedral

Brisbane - St John's Cathedral

The cathedral is the second-oldest Anglican church in Brisbane, predated only by the 1862 All Saints Church just across the road.

Brisbane - All Saints Church

The cathedral is the only existing building with a stone vaulted ceiling in the southern hemisphere.

Brisbane - St John's Cathedral

Brisbane - St John's Cathedral

Brisbane - St John's Cathedral

These photos below show the inside of the cathedral at different times. The one on the right is a present photo taken during Covid-19 restrictions with no pews in place. Interesting.

Brisbane - St John's Cathedral

Building began around 1906. However, with the copper-clad western spires being lifted into position in 2008, the cathedral was “finally” complete.

Another interesting building up this way is All Hallows Girls School which was founded in 1861.

Brisbane - All Hallows School

You might like to take a detour from Ann Street via Edward Street to the famous Jacob’s Ladder. The many steps will take you through King Edward Park up to Wickham Terrace.

Brisbane - Jacobs Ladder steps

Old Windmill Built in 1820’s by convict labour, this heritage-listed tower mill in Observatory Park on Wickham Terrace is the oldest surviving building in Queensland.

Brisbane - Old Windmill

It was used to process wheat and corn, but later used as a signal station to communicate shipping news on the Brisbane River. This building has some very interesting history, all of which can be found on the internet.

Brisbane - Old Windmill

Further along the Terrace is the Green House – built in 1907 by Dr Thomas Morgan. It represents Wickham Terrace’s rise as Brisbane’s renowned medical precinct.

Brisbane - Green House on Wickham Tce

Now for some more iconic buildings in the city.

Pancake Manor in Charlotte Street – Built in 1904, it was once the temporary Anglican Cathedral (St Lukes) while St John’s was being built. Converted into the Pancake Manor in 1979, it continues as a restaurant today with its original interior proudly on show.

Brisbane - Pancake Manor

Also in Charlotte Street, the once famous Festival Hall was home to many visiting artists and musicians from Australia and abroad. Yes, the Beatles performed there in 1964.

Brisbane - Festival Hall

It has been replaced by a residential building called Festival Towers. The lobby displays a wall of historical information. Step inside to see some of the shows you may have attended in the past.

Brisbane - Festival Hall

St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral – built in 1870 and having undergone major restoration works, this Gothic revival cathedral is quite plain, but is worth visiting for its beautiful stained glass windows and Jubilee Pipe Organ.

Brisbane -St Stephen's Cathedral

Brisbane -St Stephen's Cathedral

Brisbane -St Stephen's Cathedral

Brisbane -St Stephen's Cathedral

In addition to the cathedral, the site contains numerous buildings that support the cathedral. One of these is St Stephen’s Chapel which was built in 1850.

Brisbane -St Stephen's Cathedral

Walking along George Street:

Built in 1889, the Mansions, a heritage-listed row of six terrace houses is now a residential complex.

Brisbane - The Mansions

Brisbane - The Mansions

Brisbane - The Mansions

The Queensland Club, also heritage-listed, is a beautiful club house built in 1888.

Brisbane - Queensland Club

Walking down the relatively quiet William Street towards the Botanical Gardens you will see so much history from the Treasury Building, Queens Gardens, the old State Library and Parliament House.

Brisbane - William Street

Brisbane - Parliament House

Brisbane - Parliament House

Brisbane - Parliament House

George Street is the location The Queen’s Wharf Project, an entertainment and residential precinct which will be a major boost to the city of Brisbane. Opening in 2022, this area is a mass of construction at the moment. Loved all the cranes on the skyline.

Brisbane - Queens Wharf Project

Next I will take you to Fortitude Valley. You can walk from the city,  take a bus or train from Central Station to Brunswick Station. Or perhaps you could try your luck on one of these.

Brisbane - Scooters

Fortitude Valley – Once a suburb with an interesting past, these days it offers both great shopping and eating experiences. Brunswick Street Mall and Chinatown have been long established icons of this area.

Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

Brisbane - Chinatown

Brisbane - Chinatown

Brisbane - Chinatown

McWhirters, built 1899-1929 by Brisbane draper, James McWhirter is a prominent heritage-listed former department store in Wickham Street. The building has a finely detailed Art Deco corner demonstrating a rare aspect of Queensland’s cultural heritage.

 Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

Wandering around “the Valley”, you will find amazing shops especially if you head towards James Street in New Farm where everything seems to happen. Great place to take a stroll and be part of the atmosphere.

 Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

There are tree-covered promenades studded with boutique shops, funky cafes, bars and restaurants.

 Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

 Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

 Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

While walking around the Valley and New Farm area, check out some amazing houses both old and restored. The exterior décor of the homes sure gives one an insight into the past.

Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

 Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

New Farm Cinemas – built around 1921, it has had many names but one I remember was The Village Twin Cinema where I first saw Rocky Horror Picture Show. I think it ran there for over a year.

Wynberg House and Garden – built in the 1880’s this grand residence has been the home of Catholic Archbishops since 1932. The fountain was a gift of appreciation from the Italians in Australia.

 Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

 Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

 Brisbane - Fortitude Valley

Along with Brisbane’s historic buildings are many new and interesting “skyscrapers” which now dominate the city skyline. Office towers, residential complexes and hotels are constantly taking shape. Look up and get great angles of these buildings.

 Brisbane - city skyline

 Brisbane - city skyline

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