I love that you can walk through the streets of Brisbane’s CBD and see lots of historic buildings, often built from sandstone with intricate carvings and decorations. Have you seen the cats sitting atop The Mansions in George Street? Keep looking upwards while you walk along George Street and you’ll notice carved lions, gargoyles and some beautiful, barely clothed ladies looking down at you from their positions high up on the building facades. Sometimes I feel a little sorry for them trapped in their sandstone prisons.
In my book, Brisbane’s Best Bush, Bay & City Walks, I included a History Walk which takes you past many of Brisbane’s historic CBD sites. You can buy it in bookshops or online from the publisher. (www.travelandoutdoor.com.au – search on “Brisbane”)
But if you don’t have the book and would like to take an historic walk through the centre of Brisbane right now, you can download, for free, an excellent guide supplied by the Brisbane City Council. It’s called Reflections on the River – a Brisbane City Council Heritage Trail. Even if you don’t plan to walk the trail, the brochure contains lots of interesting information about historic sites and characters from Brisbane’s past. For example, did you know that Australia’s first female surgeon set up her practice in Brisbane?