At the junction or George St and Margaret St is the Mansions, an unusual three-storey, red-brick Romanesque terrace which was cobbled together in 1890. Look for the cats atop the parapets at each end of the building.

Around the corner facing Alice St, fronted by palms, is the opulently styled Greek-revival Queensland Club.

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1. Queensland Club

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The Queensland Club is so exclusive that even its website is members-only. While you may not be schmoozing in its hallowed rooms any time soon, the…

2. Parliament House

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With a roof clad in Mt Isa copper, this lovely blanched-white stone, French Renaissance–style building dates from 1868 and overlooks the City Botanic…

3. Commissariat Store Museum

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Built by convicts in 1829, this former government storehouse is the oldest occupied building in Brisbane. Inside is an immaculate little museum whose main…

4. QUT Art Museum

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Head to this little champ for regularly changing exhibits of contemporary Australian art and works by Brisbane art students, plus temporary exhibits, some…

5. City Botanic Gardens

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Originally a collection of food crops planted by convicts in 1825, this is Brisbane’s favourite green space. Descending gently from the Queensland…

6. Treasury Building

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At the western end of the Queen St Mall is the magnificent Italian Renaissance–style Treasury Building, dating from 1889. No tax collectors inside – just…

7. Old Government House

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Queensland's most important heritage building, this 1862 showpiece was designed by estimable government architect Charles Tiffin as a residence for Sir…

8. South Bank Parklands

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Should you sunbake on a sandy beach, saunter through a rainforest, or eye-up a Nepalese peace pagoda? You can do all three in this 17.5-hectare park…