We may be young but we have a story worth telling and hearing.
Brisbane may be a relatively young city compared with other international destinations, but we have an eventful and interesting story to tell.We have grown from a regional centre to a bustling metropolis, which has seen our suburbs develop and take shape rapidly around us.
As Australia’s New World City it’s important to treasure our local heritage and share these stories with others, so that we can remember our city’s rich history long into the future.
Our historic built environment, from the grand buildings of the CBD to shops, schools, churches, factories and dwellings in our suburban neighbourhoods, all make up a rich cultural landscape and help define the character of our city.
People may not be aware that there are over 2000 heritage-listed places across our city on Council’s Heritage Register, each with a story to tell about Brisbane’s past.
To make Brisbane’s history more accessible to residents and visitors, Council has developed 10 suburban heritage trails, three of which were launched recently in July.
The three new trails include Albion, Ascot and Hamilton, and Indooroopilly, and have already been downloaded over 350 times in their first two weeks online.
They add to the existing trails at Bulimba, Milton, Rosalie, South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, City Centre and the Brisbane River.
The trails are self-guided, offering residents and visitors the chance to uncover more of the city’s rich suburban history in all-digital online brochures.
You can download the brochures from Council’s website which detail the points of interest along the walking trail, as well as maps and historical images.
The trails are all easily walkable with the heritage sites dotted out to form the path for people to enjoy walking along at their leisure. Best of all, residents can experience these heritage trails at their own pace with family and friends.
The trails highlight important historic sites, colourful stories and infamous events that have shaped our suburbs.
They bring to life the suburb’s interesting past, allowing residents and tourists the chance to reminisce or learn something new. It’s an important way of conserving the unique character of the city.
We hope to foster an appreciation of our city’s history by continuing to develop these heritage trails for residents to explore.
So go on, you may be surprised to discover the story behind the suburbs in which you live, work and enjoy.
Simply visit Council’s website at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘heritage trails’ to download the free guide brochures and enjoy taking a step back in time in the suburbs.