Customs House, one of Brisbane's heritage icons, is located on the river in the Central Business District. Customs and excise duties were an important source of revenue, levied on goods from overseas and in some cases from other colonies.
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. The Brisbane Customs House is a fine example of Victorian Free Classical style, with its grand colonnades and portico, and a dome which still manages to be a major feature on the landscape.
A licensed restaurant is located on the river level in what was once part of the Queen's warehouse. Sit inside the heritage surroundings, or outside on a terrace overlooking the river. A range of function rooms are available for corporate and private functions for up to 350 persons.