Originally a busy city street a section of Queen Street was turned into a pedestrian mall in 1982 as part of the preparations for the Commonwealth Games. It was designed with the aim of bringing more people into the city centre. The first section was between Albert Street and Edward Street and it was extended to George Street for World Expo in 1988. It is about 500 metres long and takes two city blocks from George to Edward Streets.
Some 700 businesses are to be found in the precinct including major shopping outlets, boutique stores, restaurants, cafes and food courts and theatres. There is an undercover outdoor entertainment area at the junction of Queen and Albert Streets. There are buskers and street performers. There is something for everyone in the Queen Street Mall.
The Queen Street Bus Station is located under the mall
The Bank of New South Wales is a very impressive building at the River end of the Queen street mall.
It isn't the original Bank located on this site, THE ORIGINAL WAS QUEENSLAND FIRST BANK which opened in 1850.
Interesting is the fact, it not only contained the bank offices, but also accommodation for staff! Imagine that these days!
This building was later demolished, and a new bank built in 1930, the one I saw today. This served as the Queensland head office of the Bank of NSW, now known as "Westpac" until 1970, when a new building was constructed further down Queen St as the head office. Now, the former head office contains a branch of the Westpac Bank.
What else caught my eye with this building, was the Coat of Arms located above the impressive doorway. It was different to any I had seen before. On one side was an Emu, and a Swan on the other, both holding a shield with the Rising Sun above. Now I know why!
The Bank of New South Wales amalgamated with the Western Australia Bank, so that is why the Swan is on the coat of arms. The Swan is the Bird symbol for W.A. Also included on the shield are a ship, two sheaves of wheat, a sheep, a cow, and a crossed pick and spade. All are representy different things, like industry, Pastoral and Agriculture.
I wonder what it is like inside?
The Queen Street Mall is the main shopping centre in Brisbane itself. It has five major shopping centres, two Department stores and some lovely arcades. There are often free events, and Buskers.
You must visit the heritage listed Brisbane Arcade which is three levels high and was built in 1923.
It runs off the Queen Street Mall through to Adelaide street.
Also in the Mall are Cinemas and Restaurants, plenty of souvenir shops and a large Tourist information centre.
A good website for information on Brisbane is:- www.visitbrisbane.com.au
The Brisbane Arcade was Brisbane's first shopping centre.
At 90 years old, it has been kept how it was, still has the leadlight windows, the beautiful polished wood and delighful lighting.
It is all through Patrick Mayne, an Irishman who arrived in Australia as a 17-year-old in the early 1840’s, that we have this beautiful Arcarde.
There is quite a story about Patrick Mayne, a man who became extraordinary wealthy and had six children, all of whom died without having had children of their own. By 1940, the Mayne family no longer existed. It sounds like he wasn't a very pleasant man, described as cruel and a brutal bully, one who confessed to the murder, robbery and dismemberment of a body shortly before he died, probably of syphilis, in 1865. The confession was made even worse by the fact, that Patrick Mayne had let an innocent man hang for this murder. Patrick was also suspected of at least two or three other deaths, a suicide, scandal and rumours of depravity.
Not a nice person, but his Arcade is beautiful. There are three levels of shops (basement, street, gallery levels) The Edwardian Baroque style street facades, original terrazzo stairs, balustrades and dado panelling made the Brisbane Arcade a Heritage Listed building.
The shops here are very expensive. It is where you find the designer clothes, jewellery and other kinds of exclusive shops. It is where the wealthy come to shop or have "High Tea" and the "others" come to window shop.....It is well worth a look.
Shop opening hours - Mon to Thurs & Sat 9 - 5pm
Fridays 9 - 8pm Sundays & Public Holidays `10-4pm
We stayed at a hotel right in the heart of Queen Street Mall. We really enjoyed a casual stroll through the shops, stopping to have seafood crepes in the food court and very cheap Chinese dinner. I was fasinated by these lovely lights in the night that made different colourful patterns on the pavement, bit like the old disco ball only heaps better!! Here's a pic looking up at the roof in the food hall :o)
If you do decide to stay in Brisbane and see the city, you may want to check out the Brisbane 1-Day Itinerary at http://1dayitinerary.com/1-day-brisbane/
See the Clock Tower, Queen Street Mall, Modern Art Museum, Botanics Garden, and live music.
The Queen Street mall is Australia's biggest and most successful shopping mall. It covers Queen St for 2 blocks and is constantly being upgraded in one way or other.
There is shopping galore, Cafes, Food Halls, Bars, Movie Complex's you name it it is here, and at one end is Brisbane's Casino
The mall is easily accessable from Train (Central or Roma St Stations) Bus, City Cat and Ferry's.
There are 2 stages that are often used for free performances by various groups. Street theatre is also common here along with buskers.
Another added advantage for visitors is the tourist information office which is in the centre of the mall.
Queen Street is Brisbane’s main street, leading from the north through the city to the Victoria Bridge at the south. Back in the distant days when I called Brisbane home, it was served by regular tram services. Brisbane’s trams have long gone, and Queen Street now is fully pedestrianised between George Street and Edward Street. Down its centre are extensive awnings to provide shade, plus landscaping and eateries. There even is an open air stage. What is not obvious is the major underground bus interchange beneath the street, the main hub for this mode of public transport.
The shops alongside have been rebuilt extensively and there are numerous arcades and department stores. My adult daughter may not have spotted the fashion stores at Southbank, but here she was in her element! The shopping hours are another major change since earlier days – where once the shops closed at 1200 on Saturday, not to re-open until Monday (and the place then became deserted), now they remain open all day until 1700 on weekends. I was truly surprised at the vitality of the place and the number of people in the street – a change from being locked away in shopping malls (though Brisbane has those also).
Main photo: Queen Street Mall, near Albert Street
Second photo: Queen Street Mall, looking south near Edward Street
Third photo: From the same position as the second photo – how it looked in 1964.
Queen St Mall in the City Centre is the one place nearly all tourists visit at one time or another.
The Mall is a very popular central area. Unlike some other cities the shopping in inner city Brisbane has always been focused on the mall. If the shop was no located in a shopping centre accessable by the mall it wasn't worth visiting.
The Queen St Mall has 2 stages where events like fashion shows or special street performances occur. Also there are 4 mall restaurants from which you can take up people watching.
There are many shopping centers and restaurant on this street. You can spend your time shopping here..... Your pockets may become empty after passing this street!!~~
There is an Tourist Information Center in the middle of the street. You can ask for help if you get lost. They can also help you book day tours to Gold Coast, Theme Parks and others!~~ Remember to get a free Brisbane City Map from them!!!