Roma Street Parkland
Formerly rail yards and engine sheds, this area has been transformed by the Roma Street Parkland. New pedestrian links give access from the city centre, so it’s an easy stroll when you need a break from Queen Street shopping. If you are coming into town via train, hop off at Roma Street Station and head to the Queensland Police Museum nearby. The museum has displays on police heritage, the Dog Squad and investigative techniques. Open 9am–4pm Mon–Fri. The military museum at Victoria Barracks has a collection of weapons and medals from 1899 to 1980. Open 12–4pm Sun (or by appt).
Brisbane’s oldest convict-built structure on Wickham Terrace is also Australia’s oldest extant windmill. Built in 1828 to grind flour, it was also used as a treadmill for punishment. In 1861 it was converted into a signal station. Since then it has been used as both an observatory and a fire tower, and in 1934 the first successful experimental television transmittal in Australia was made from it. It no longer has its original sails and treadmill, but it remains as an evocative reminder of the convict past. An information board lists its fascinating history and it is a pleasant walk from the CBD up the Jacobs Ladder steps through the leafy King Edward Park.
Roma Street Parkland
This huge subtropical garden is a wonderful haven in Brisbane’s city centre and an easy walk from Queen Street through King George Square. The 16 hectares of parkland include landscaped gardens, Queensland’s largest public art collection and hundreds of unique plants. Meander along the network of pathways or simply escape from the summer heat under the shade of one of the many mature trees. Kids can spend time in the playground or play on the Celebration Lawn. There is a lake precinct and a subtropical rainforest, and the Spectacle Garden is the parkland’s horticultural heart. Enjoy a barbecue in one of the many picnic areas or have someone else do the cooking at the parkland’s cafe. There are brochures for self-guide themed walks, or you can take a guided tour or hop on the trackless train that travels the paths.
Queensland Police Museum
If you are coming into town via train, hop off at Roma Street Station and head to the Queensland Police Museum nearby. The museum has displays on themes such as police heritage, the Dog Squad and police investigative techniques. Open 9am–4pm Mon–Fri. The military museum at Victoria Barracks has a collection of weapons and medals from 1899 to 1980. Open 12–4pm Sun (or by appt).