Heritage trails step into history of Brisbane suburbs

Brisbane’s Albion Hotel, circa 1866. Photo: State Library of QueenslandThree new heritage walking trails through Albion, Indooroopilly and Ascot have been released by Brisbane City Council. They feature in a digital library that also includes trails through the City Centre, Fortitude Valley, Rosalie, South Brisbane, Milton, Bulimba and along the Brisbane River. Guides for the walks and an outline on the history of some of the buildings in the areas can be downloaded from council’s website. If you take an iPad, you can follow the heritage walk as you walk through the suburb. The Albion Heritage Trail – dubbed “Amble About Albion” – takes walkers through one of Brisbane’s most interesting areas. It begins at the Albion Hotel on Sandgate Road, passes the former site of the Albion Flour Mill, up Sandgate Road to the historic residence Whytecliffe, then down the hill to Crosby Park. The Albion Hotel is one of Brisbane’s oldest pubs, dating back to the 1860s. Parts of the Albion Flour Mill were destroyed by fire last year and the building has been demolished, but it still gives the atmosphere of Brisbane’s oldest working flour mill. From Crosby Park the walk passes through some of Albion’s oldest suburban streets, then down Sandgate Road to the historic commercial centre of Albion. The walk through Indooroopilly – Eye on Indooroopilly – takes in some Brisbane’s oldest homes. City visitors can take the train from Central or Roma Street stations along the Ipswich line to Indooroopilly station to do the heritage walk. The Indooroopilly Trail begins at the Indooroopilly War Memorial in Keating Park, goes under the rail bridge to the spectacular Church of the Holy Family. It then travels down the hill to some of Indooroopilly’s grandest houses, the important World War II site at Witton Barracks on the river, up historic Station Road to end at the Shopping Centre. “Eye on Indooroopilly includes the early settlement of the suburb when Brisbane’s well-to-do built stately homes on large estates,” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said. “The extension of the rail-line and the construction of Albert Bridge, the impact of the 1893 flood on the fledgling suburb, Indooroopilly’s important war memorials and the transformation of the suburb’s centre with the coming of the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre in the 1970s are all part of the walk.” The Ascot Heritage Trail, travels up Racecourse Road, past the St Augustine’s Anglican Church, along Windemere Road. It then works its way through some of Brisbane’s best preserved historic sites and ends at the famous Eagle Farm Racecourse.
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“This walk explores the establishment of the racecourse, the suburb’s important contribution to the war effort during World War II, entertainment at the Tivoli Gardens Theatre and some of Brisbane’s most beautiful and historic homes,” Cr Quirk said.

The Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Walk is available here. Cr Quirk gave everybody the chance to learn a little more about Brisbane’s history. “These new heritage trails highlight important historic sites, colourful stories and infamous events that have shaped our suburbs,” Cr Quirk said. The heritage trail information will also appear on promotional postcards available at local libraries. For further inquiries, phone 07 3403 8888.

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