It's something of a Brisbane icon, sitting as it does on the banks of the Brisbane River, nowadays surrounded by high rise apartment and office buildings.
Finished in 1889 (it took 3 years to build) to undertake customs and excise duties. it served its function surrounded by wharves and docks for a century before the docks moved closer to the river's mouth.
University of Queensland took over the running of the building, opening in 1994. It's officially a public building but the reality is it is more for university events, functions alongside music concerts and an acclaimed restaurant.
This renaissance style building with its Corinthian columns and pilasters is a relic from a bygone era but a beautiful one for all that.
The original Custom House was built in 1849 at a bend in the Brisbane River known as Petrie's Bight. It was demolished in 1886 at the commencement of construction of the new Custom House, which was completed in 1889. This building was used for Customs operations in Brisbane for the next 100 years. Originally referred to as 'Custom House', it has been referred to as 'Customs House' since Federation in 1901.
These days the University of Queensland runs the place and it has diverse functions as follows:
Behind the grand columns you will find exquisite boardrooms, a stunning ballroom, seminar rooms, a licensed restaurant and UQ Information Office.
Customs House is regarded as one of Brisbane's premier function and restaurant venues. Customs House caters for both corporate and private functions and is a spectacular venue for a wedding reception. The restaurant provides seating inside in beautiful heritage surroundings or outside on the terrace overlooking the river and the Story Bridge.
Customs House is also the venue for the UQ School of Music Sunday Concert Series. As a visitor to Customs House, for business, pleasure, entertainment or as a sightseer, you will not be disappointed. You will be stimulated by a presence of the past and will enjoy the splendour of this magnificent building's origin.
Brisbane may not have the history of say a Paris or London but still it has it's own story to learn.
Customs House in the inner city plays a part in that history.
Beautifully restored Customs House is used as a headquarters to one of the universities and has a well known restaurant
This would have to be one of the most beautiful old buildings in the city. If you happen to visit the Riverside Markets on a Sunday - it's just up the road.
Entry is free, and the building is open to the public 7 days a week (but closed public holidays)