The Old Windmill, Brisbane

The Old Windmill, Brisbane

The Old Windmill is Queensland’s oldest surviving building and one of the very few convict built buildings to remain in the city. It was constructed in 1824 to grind maize and wheat to feed the convict population of the colony. Originally a treadmill the mill, but the cloth sails were added a couple of months after its inauguration; however the treadmill was still put to use as a form of punishment. In 1841 two aboriginal men were hung from the windmill after they were deemed to have been guilty of murdering two members of a surveying party at Mount Lindsay.

Around 1849 the windmill was decommissioned and was put to use as Queensland’s first museum and during the 1930s and 1940s it was used as a broadcasting tower. In fact, it is thought that this was the site of the very first TV broadcast in Australia in 1934. In 1866 a cannon was installed at the windmill and was fired each day at precisely 1pm for the residents of the colony to set their watches by.

Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Brisbane. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

The Old Windmill on Map

Sight Name: The Old Windmill
Sight Location: Brisbane, Australia (See walking tours in Brisbane)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Brisbane, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Brisbane

Create Your Own Walk in Brisbane

Creating your own self-guided walk in Brisbane is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Brisbane Introduction Walking Tour

Brisbane Introduction Walking Tour

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is a large metropolis, the third-most populous in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne. Aboriginal Australians have inhabited this area for at least 22,000 years; their estimated population by the time the European settlers arrived in the 1820s had reached between 6,000 and 10,000.

The city is named for the Brisbane River that it straddles, which in turn was...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Brisbane South Bank Walk

Brisbane South Bank Walk

With an enviable location on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, the South Bank is a gorgeous place to spend some down time. Small wonder then that every year, around 11 million people come here to relax and to be entertained.

Unwind amidst the 17 hectares of verdant parkland, dine in world-class eateries, enjoy gorgeous river views and enjoy the fun and spectacle of year-round events....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Historical Churches Tour

Historical Churches Tour

Brisbane has no shortage of religious sites among other things. Renowned for their beauty and cultural value, the historical churches of Brisbane hold a significant place in the city's architectural heritage and attract a huge number of visitors. Let's take a closer look at some of these notable temples.

Our first point of interest is Saint John's Cathedral, an iconic Anglican...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Brisbane Heritage Architecture Tour

Brisbane Heritage Architecture Tour

Brisbane, Australia, abounds in places where you can get a real sense of what it was like in colonial times. Featuring different types of architecture – Colonial, Gothic, or Neo-classic – today these exquisite buildings are used for all sorts of purposes, from cultural events to local administration. Together they make Brisbane a beautiful city while telling the story of its development over...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles