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Map showing Howard Smith Wharves

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Originally constructed in the 1930s, the Howard Smith Wharves project was initiated by the Queensland Government to provide locals with relief work during the depression. These astonishing spaces were largely abandoned since the 60’s, but are now heritage listed. They’re a rare surviving example of early city infrastructure, with offices, sheds, and wharfage still intact.

Its vision was to breathe new life into a historic Brisbane site that has laid dormant for decades. Nestled at the bend of the Brisbane river, beneath the Story Bridge and the sheer face of riverside cliffs, this 3.4-hectare site has now been transformed into an agenda-setting entertainment and lifestyle precinct surrounding the heritage listed buildings.

More than 80% of the site has been allocated as public space; ensuring a community playground for all of Brisbane to enjoy. Cycle or walk through 500m of river’s edge, or stop and enjoy the abundant green spaces, urban agriculture, dynamic cliff lighting, and theatre-like public seating. A place for the whole community to eat, drink, play and stay.

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