Commenced in 1828, this windmill is reputedly the oldest surviving building in Queensland. Due to a design flaw, the windmill sails were too heavy for the wind to turn, and a convict-powered treadmill was briefly employed before the mill was abandoned. The building was converted into a signal post and later a TV broadcast site and meteorological observatory.

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Nearby Brisbane attractions

1. Shrine of Remembrance


Designed in the Greek Revival style, this graceful monument honours the Australian men and women who have served in conflicts around the world. Its 18…

2. City Hall

0.21 MILES

Fronted by a row of sequoia-sized Corinthian columns, Australia's largest city hall was built between 1920 and 1930. Although free, fascinating heritage…

3. Museum of Brisbane

0.22 MILES

On the 3rd floor of City Hall, this forward-thinking museum explores historic and modern aspects of Brisbane, offering fresh, progressive insights into…

4. Roma Street Parkland

0.28 MILES

This beautifully maintained, 16-hectare downtown park is one of the world’s largest subtropical urban gardens. Formerly a market and a railway yard, the…

5. Treasury Building

0.39 MILES

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…

6. St John’s Cathedral

0.42 MILES

A magnificent symphony of stone, carved timber and stained glass just west of Fortitude Valley, St John’s Cathedral is a beautiful example of Gothic…

7. Riverside Centre

0.46 MILES

Shopping, eating and office complex next to (you guessed it) the Brisbane River.

8. Customs House

0.48 MILES

It might be crowded out by skyscrapers these days, but Brisbane's Customs House (1889) continues to cut a very fine figure with its elegant Corinthian…