The Old Windmill, Brisbane

The Old Windmill, Brisbane (must see)

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.

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The Old Windmill on Map

Sight Name: The Old Windmill
Sight Location: Brisbane, Australia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Brisbane Heritage Locations Walk   Brisbane Landmarks Walking Tour   City Orientation Walk   Haunted Brisbane Walking Tour  

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 Heritage Locations Walk

Brisbane Heritage Locations Walk

Brisbane is home to many places where you can get a real sense of what the city was like in colonial times. Each of these exquisite buildings highlights different types of architecture, whether it be colonial, gothic or neo-classic. Used today for everything from cultural events to local administration, these sites are all must see attractions for any visitor to the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Haunted Brisbane Walking Tour

Haunted Brisbane Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Art Galleries and Museum

Art Galleries and Museum

Brisbane is the perfect spot for visitors interested in cultural activities, and particularly for art lovers. Conveniently for visitors, all of the city's major art galleries are located close to one another. Take our Walk to see the most remarkable art galleries and the Queensland Museum in Brisbane.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Brisbane Modern Architecture Walk

Brisbane Modern Architecture Walk

Apart from its beautiful colonial era buildings, Brisbane is also home to a number of notable contemporary structures, some of which are recognized worldwide for their design. Take our tour to see the best modern buildings in Brisbane.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
History Museums of Brisbane Walk

History Museums of Brisbane Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Brisbane Remarkable Places of Worship Tour

Brisbane Remarkable Places of Worship Tour

Brisbane has an amazing collection of religious buildings. Renowned for their architectural beauty as well as cultural value, they attract a huge number of tourists. Take our tour to see the best of these stunning masterpieces, which will impress anyone with their skill, creativity and devotion.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km