Brisbane Historic Hotels


Have you dreamt of staying a night or simply hanging out in any of Brisbane's historic hotels? Many of these structures have been religiously revamped, restructured and refurbished with the successful attempt to rekindle their original charm in order to cater the recent world. In addition, these hotels were added with new twists, some have been added with restaurants and stylish bars, attracting Brisbane visitors. Most of these hotels now are transformed into pubs, while some still continue to accommodate visitors.

One of these historical landmarks is the Regatta Hotel which was established in 1874. This hotel named after the rowing regattas on the Brisbane River is located in Coronation Drive at Toowong. Classified by the National Trust of Queensland, Regatta is listed in the Queensland Heritage Register, and the Register of the National Estate of Australian Heritage Commission. It was originally a one-floor wooden structure built by Lawrence Howard Healy and was bought by William Winterford in 1882.


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The Regatta Hotel was restructured in 1897, with its then-newly revamped look, a-three storey of iron lace balconies over looking the river,

preserved and slightly re-modeled throughout the years until what itís now today.

This historical pub has been a location for some of Australia's defining moments. It has become a place for liberation of Brisbane women.

In 1965, an important event in the Australian feminist movement was made by Merie Thornton, the mother of actress Sigrid Thornton, and another

woman after they had tied themselves to the bar protesting the bars' exclusivity to men. Regatta also became an event of a raucous celebration after Australia won the America's Cup in 1983. Expect Regatta to be flocked with human crowd during big storms and floods.

Built in 1864, the Pineapple Hotel is possibly the oldest surviving pub in Brisbane. This family-owned bar is located at Main Street, Kangaroo Point and

has been continuously serving one of the most terrific steaks and booze in the city. The hotel includes a beer garden, a lounge bar, a gaming room, a plantation bar and a party bar. The Pineapple Hotel has also been a popular place where weddings and other activities are held.

The Normanby Hotel is listed by the National Trust among one of the few large suburban hotels which has been built before the 1900s.

It is also recorded in the Queensland Heritage Register. Built in 1890, this hotel is located at the corner of Musgrave Road and Kelvin Grove Road

and was originally constructed out of timber and shingle. This hotel is one of the remaining examples of the commercial work of Brisbane architect John Beauchamp Nicholson. This hotel features a number of bars and guest rooms.

Don't forget to visit other historic pubs and hotels in Brisbane: Breakfast Creek Hotel on Kingsford Smith Drive, Story Bridge Hotel located under the

Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point, Royal Exchange Hotel on High Street, Toowong and Plough Inn at South Bank, Parklands.