Brisbane Open House

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) is Founding Partners of Brisbane Open House. The inaugural Brisbane Open House was launched in 2010 and over the years, this annual event has attracted thousands of people. With this year marking 10 years of Brisbane Open House, National Trust of Australia (Queensland) is extremely proud to be a part of what is an incredible program.

Held on the 12 & 13 October, Brisbane Open House is a FREE event, providing residents and visitors with the rare opportunity to discover the hidden wealth of architecture, engineering and history in buildings and places around Brisbane city. Over this weekend, our very own Wolston Farmhouse will open their doors to the public.

Leading up to this weekend, Brisbane Open House is having a series of events which fall under their Speaker Series and BOH After Dark. The Speakers Series will explore what influences the shape, experiences and growth of our city and its buildings. BOH After Dark events invite you to experience a different side of our city. Join in on the conversations and activities bringing Brisbane alive after dark in the lead up to Brisbane Open House!

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) is holding two events during this time being:
– The Trust Talks – The City: More than just an architectural backdrop
– Flying High: The remarkable life of aviatrix Lores Bonney, Brisbane Open House  ‘After Dark Series’

Learn more about our events and others below!


The Trust Talks – The City: More than just an architectural backdrop

Date: 2 October, 2019


  • 5pm: Drinks & Canapes
  • 6pm: Talks commence
  • 7.30pm: Evening close


  • Members: $15
  • Non-members: $25
  • BOH Registered Volunteer: $15

Location: 97 Boundry Street, West End QLD 4101

“There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.” ― Jane Jacobs

In the age of place makers and city shapers, our speakers move to explore the city beyond its mere fabric and look at Brisbane with a different lens to examine; what forms the heart of a place?

Our speakers will focus on how people and their attachments to the past build connections to places and create a vibrancy that our cities are craving.

Beyond the conventional approach of the city as architectural backdrop, how do non-material aspects of places and their intangible values influence the way we interact with the built environment?  How can we recognise the importance of the intangible values of places?  And more importantly, how can we protect, conserve and celebrate them in our rapidly changing cities?

The Trust Talks are a series of speaker events that provide up to date, relevant information, discussions and debate about heritage and its place in Australia.

The Trust Talks aim to open the doors for innovation, collaboration and celebration of our heritage. Each talk showcases some of the industry’s brightest talents, who join us in exciting heritage locations to examine the issues involved with protecting, conserving and celebrating our built, natural and cultural heritage.


Flying High: the remarkable life of aviatrix Lores Bonney, OPEN HOUSE ‘After Dark Series”

Date: 30 September, 2019

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost: FREE

Location: The Gresham Bar – 308 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Bookings: Bookings are not required 

The National Trust’s Brisbane Branch is excited to present this wonderful event as part of Brisbane open house.  The first woman to circumnavigate Australia and the first woman to fly from Australia to England, Lores Bonney led a remarkable life and pioneered aviation for women in the 1930s. Come and hear all about her and her incredible adventures, whilst soaking up the old world charm of the sumptuous Gresham Bar in one of Brisbane’s most stunning heritage buildings.

Hosted by the Brisbane Branch of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), the talk will be given by Janet Marshall, with an introduction on the history of the venue and its connection to Lores by Marianne Taylor (The House Detective).


Tour Wolston Farmhouse

Date: 13 October, 2019

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Wolston Farmhouse – 223 Grindle Rd, Wacol QLD 4076

Bookings: Bookings are not required 

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Brisbane Stories: From Suburbia to the Corridors of Power

Date: 11 October, 2019

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Cost: $45

Location: Level 41 – 1 William Street QLD 4000

You are invited to enjoy sunset drinks at this unique location – on the eve of the Brisbane Open House weekend. Enjoy the unrivalled views and an intimate Q&A with Trent Dalton, Matthew Condon, Sallyanne Atkinson and Rhianna Patrick discussing Brisbane Stories: from Suburbia to the corridors of power.

This event is presented by Brisbane Open House Founding Partners – The Queensland Government, The Committee for Brisbane and National Trust (Queensland).


Brisbane Open House International Lecture – Shaping Singapore

Date: 3 October, 2019

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Cost: $50 Students – $55 General Admission

National Trust members are entitled to a 20% discount by applying the code ‘BOHfoundingpartner’ – this code is applied as you checkout of Eventbrite.

Location: La Boite – 6 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059

BOH is delighted to announce Charu Kokate, Principal and Director of Safdie Architects, Singapore will deliver the inaugural Brisbane Open House International Lecture.

You are invited to join us at this signature event as we explore the architectural trends, long term planning and collaboration of projects in South East Asia and discover what lessons can we learn and apply here in Brisbane.



The Great Debate: Good design can save the world

Date: 10 October, 2019

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: $20 per person

Location: La Boite – 6 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059

Design has always been the forerunner of change – from the Bauhaus movement and classical architecture to the Renaissance it has the ability to change how we perceive the world around us. Now it might be our only hope to solve our greatest issues.

Climate change, refugees and pollution seem to be defeating governments, global agencies and other organisations that are supposed to find solutions. Is it possible that good design could address – and solve these issues?

Or should we step aside and let policy makers and powerbrokers fix things? For better or worse, architects and design thinkers might be our only hope.

Is there a design solution for the cause of the global discontent that produces a situation like Brexit? Perhaps massive refugee camps are actually new cities – rather than a temporary stopping place. Good design might our only chance against climate change.

Are these the kinds of problems that we should be turning to designers to seek solutions …. or, has design caused these issues?

In this light hearted, old school debate, six leading architects, designers, planners and business leaders will pitch their arguments – for and against this controversial topic.