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Brisbane Customs House

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area

Free Entry 

Customs House, one of Brisbane's heritage icons, is located on the river in the Central Business District. The beautifully restored building is operated by The University of Queensland as a cultural, educational and heritage facility. Behind the grand Corinthian columns you will find exquisite boardrooms, a stunning ballroom, a licensed restaurant and an information centre.

Customs House is open to the public for viewing. Visitors are able to stroll through the building and capture its historic flavour while a display of Customs Service memorabilia from those bygone years stirs the imagination. A permanent display of the Stuartholme-Behan collection of Australian Art is located in the building.

The licensed restaurant is located on the river level in what was once part of the Queen's warehouse. Seating is provided inside in heritage surroundings as well as outside overlooking the river. A range of function rooms is also available for corporate and private functions catering from three to 350 persons.

Customs House is a Brisbane And Queensland tourism award winner. Walk to Customs House down Queen Street or along the river boardwalk. Customs House is readily accessible by CityCat with bus and train stations in the near vicinity.

Open Times

Note: Customs House is open every day from 1000. The restaurant is open daily from 1000 for cake and coffee. Open for lunch Monday to Sunday and dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Sunday breakfast is available from 0900. The free Sunday guided tours are availab

Facilities

  • Conference/Convention Facilities

Other Information

Accessibility:

Wheelchair access and a disabled toilet are available.

Children:

Children are welcome.
399 Queen Street
Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Queensland
Australia

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