Brisbane Open House 2014

Sight-seeing in Brisbane counts as a trip, right? I found out about Brisbane Open House a couple of days before it was on last weekend and was very happy I did. There were some very interesting buildings involved. Just wish I would have had more time to see them!

I dragged my friend, Fay, along on my outing. Our first stop was the Mercy Heritage Building and All Hallows Convent. I’ve walked past this so many times, but had never been inside – didn’t even suspect this existed! The Open House involved a little tour of the public rooms and the Chapel. The more interesting parts of the house weren’t open for this. Might have to come back for the guided tour on a Tuesday or Wednesday!

(As usual, you can click or touch any of the photos below to see them full screen.)

All Hallows Convent and Mercy Heritage Centre
All Hallows Convent and Mercy Heritage Centre
All Hallows Convent and Mercy Heritage Centre
All Hallows Convent and Mercy Heritage Centre
All Hallows Convent and Mercy Heritage Centre

We headed off towards town, along Ann Street. We passed St John’s, which I fully intend to come back to and explore, and the pretty buildings next to it:
St John's Cathedral

A few meters down the road was this statue. I don’t get it, but it was fascinating!
Waiting for the bus

Next stop was the Masonic Memorial Temple. This was of great interest to Fay and me, because it’s not usually open to the public. The building was packed! There were quite a few members explaining things to the interested visitors. It was great!
Masonic Memorial Temple
Masonic Memorial Temple
Masonic Memorial Temple
Masonic Memorial Temple
Masonic Memorial Temple

Next stop was the National Australia Bank, which is also not usually open to the public. It was the most important Victorian buildings in the city and still is. It certainly is beautiful! Fay sat this tour out because she’s been in it many times, but I found it really interesting:

National Australia Bank Building
National Australia Bank Building
National Australia Bank Building
National Australia Bank Building
National Australia Bank Building
National Australia Bank Building
National Australia Bank Building
National Australia Bank Building
National Australia Bank Building

It was time for lunch and we’d decided to go to the Irish Club because it was supposed to be open for viewing today, but that wasn’t the case. So we went to the Malaya Corner restaurant a couple of doors up. The food was absolutely fantastic! They had so many of my favourites from Singapore! I had Teh Tarik and black glutinous rice with coconut milk and dry curry – delicious!! I’ll be back!

It was getting late and Fay wanted to pick up a few things while we were in town, so we did that. I noticed that the Wintergarden has a new skin:

The Wintergarden exterior

And these lovely statues:
Statues on Queen Street

Then went to the Brisbane Arcade to explore that. It’s a beautiful arcade, reminding me a bit of the QVB in Sydney, though it’s a lot smaller. The stained glass windows are just lovely!:
Brisbane Arcade
Brisbane Arcade

And that was that! I wanted to return on Sunday, to see a few more buildings, but was too sick. There’s always next year!

ETA: I created a photo album for this on Google+ here – click on the link at the top in the big photo to go to the post and then again to go to the album. You can click on any photo in there to go to full-screen slideshow:


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