Overlooking the steel-grey waters of the Brisbane harbor, The State Library of Queensland is a treasure trove of knowledge and information. The library provides general information and research services on history, maps, rare books and the visual arts. Moreover, the establishment also offers free Internet (bookings required) and screens free films every Sunday. The library also provides a wide range of services that includes audio/visual stations, photocopying books and manuscripts and helping the local populace trace down their ancestry thanks to their extensive genealogy records.
Since the Gardens' opening in 1976, more than 52 hectares (130 acres) has been developed to represent plant varieties from around the world. Attractions include the Fragrant Plant and Herb Garden; the Exotic Rainforest; Japanese Garden; Tropical Dome Display; Arid Region Plants & Cactus House and the Lagoon & Bamboo Grove. A 30-minute self-guided tour of the Aboriginal Plant Display shows plants used by Aborigines for medicine, shelter and food.
Located in the South Bank Parklands, the Queensland Art Gallery is recognized as one of the most innovative and exciting visual arts centers in Australia. The gallery's diverse series of exhibitions have extensively covered all areas of the visual arts including photography, fine art, modern art, indigenous art and sculpture. Guest speakers, lectures, festivals and lively educational programs have further enhanced the gallery's reputation.
An iconic Brisbane landmark, Story Bridge stretches 777 meters (2,549 feet) and reaches 74 meters (243 feet) at its highest point. More than 300 men were employed for its design and construction, which required nearly 12,000 tons of steel. The bridge took five years to complete, and it was opened to traffic in 1940. Initially named Jubilee Bridge after the Silver Jubilee of King George V, the imposing structure was later renamed Story Bridge in honor of Public Service Commissioner John Story. While it is possible for adventure seekers to go on a guided climb up the bridge, ferry rides and guided tours give all visitors the chance to enjoy unparalleled panoramas of Brisbane.
The Commissariat Store is one of the two oldest buildings in Brisbane, the other one being the Old Windmill. Steeped in history, the building was built by convicts in the 1820s. As new facets of the building come to light (like the recently excavated brick-made drains in the basement), the building becomes more and more intriguing for the common man. Used as an immigrant house in the past, the Store now functions as the headquarters of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. A museum and the well-stocked library are also located in the building. The Commissariat Store is being used to host cultural events like book launches and music concerts too.
The Gallery of Modern Art, affectionately known as GOMA, is among the foremost art venues in Brisbane. While the neighboring Queensland Art Gallery features historic pieces, GOMA, which opened in 2006, celebrates art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum promotes Australian artists and international talent. Known to host some avant-garde and futuristic work, this large contemporary art gallery in Australia, is a haven for the artistically inclined. They regularly host art programs, lectures, and workshops for budding artists.
The MacArthur Museum Brisbane can be found at the MacArthur Chambers, a heritage building, on Edward Street, in Queensland, Australia. It was founded in 2004, by a Memorial Trust in commemoration of General Douglas MacArthur who is the persisting theme on the block. The museum preserves his offices and displays footage and news clippings from the World War II. The museum is open three days a week, as indicated by a notice outside, from 10a to 3p.
Designed in an early English Gothic style, construction began in 1863, but due to lack of funds this Cathedral was not ready for use until 1874, twenty-four years after the small St. Stephen's Church (chapel) was built. The larger cathedral was needed to cater to the growth in Brisbane's population. The main facade of porphyry stone features twin spires and very elaborate stained glass windows. Inside feel the spirituality of an age-old structure as you gaze at the religious works of art. Throughout the year the Jubilee Choir can be heard.
Built in 1850, this lovely small chapel is Brisbane's oldest church. Built of sandstone in a Gothic style, it was the main Catholic place of worship until 1874, when St. Stephen's Cathedral was completed. This inspiring building is built of porphyry stone, with twin spires beside elaborate stained glass windows. Inside look for religious art works, one of "blessed" Mary McKillop who is on the way to being made a saint. Feel the spirituality all around as you sit in this delightful chapel.
The majestic statues and memorials of Anzac Square of Remembrance serve as a poignant reminder of those who fought and died for their country, while the Eternal Flame enclosed within a bronze urn in the impressive elevated shrine burns 24 hours a day as a symbol of faith and hope. Beneath the shrine lies a large crypt containing several memorials of various wars and Queensland contingents of the armed forces. This is a most affecting place to pay your respects, among the immaculately maintained gardens and lawns. The area also provides a beautiful green and open space to rest or walk.
Freemasons Grand Hall is an ancient center of art and history. Catching tourists attention with its timber furniture and gold leaf ceilings, the hall features a large clock, a pipe organ with electric action, and a sound board. Holding a seating capacity of 700 people, the Freemasons Grand Hall is suitable for Grand Installation.