The imposing Brisbane City Hall reopened in 2013 after a 3-year multimillion-dollar restoration. Built in the 1920s and once the city’s tallest building, City Hall is the heart of Brisbane. Free guided tours are offered daily at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. Tours are hugely popular and numbers are limited, so it’s essential to book your spot ([tel] 07/3403 8463). This is still a working civic building, so at times some of the rooms and features are not open. Separate free tours are run to the top of the Clock Tower every 15 minutes daily from 10am to 4:45pm. You cannot book ahead for these tours, but it pays to arrive early because the heritage elevator only holds seven passengers. You’ll need to get a ticket from the Museum of Brisbane reception counter on Level 3, and then wait your turn. The museum is also well worth spending time in; it provides an insight into the history and essence of Brisbane. Changing exhibitions relate the stories, events, and ideas that have shaped the city. This is a beautiful building—don’t miss it!
- Frommer's Staff