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Brisbane Powerhouse

Nestled on the banks of the Brisbane River, this charming stone-walled former electricity plant is an iconic venue for all things artistic and creative.

Brisbane Powerhouse showcases the city's history and heritage proudly within the walls of a magnificently converted power station. Loaded with personality, Brisbane Powerhouse is a must-see for every visitor to the city. Come along and choose from a diverse range of activities to stimulate your soul, including comedy festivals, photography exhibitions, burlesque performances and jazz concerts. Check out the independent film screenings and alternative plays that are staged here, along with a vast array of musical acts and festivals.

Between the late 1920s and 1971, the Powerhouse was Brisbane City's primary electricity plant. Unfortunately, once it became disused, it was left to rot and its structure began to deteriorate. The next 30 years saw this old abandoned electricity plant become the surprising home of underground artists, musicians and squatters. Fortunately, plans to bulldoze the building fell through and, instead, the city council made the decision to convert it into an art and culture venue.

With a significant amount of the original brickwork saved, the Powerhouse reopened in 2000. Wonderfully restored, it now houses two restaurants with bars and terraces overlooking the river, several theatres, an open stage for live performances complete with viewing galleries, and an exhibition basement.

Indulge in some gourmet dining with a visit to the Watt Bar & Restaurant downstairs, or check out Bar Alto upstairs for a bite to eat or a sneaky cocktail. The lift inside the Powerhouse allows you to get a better view of the original stonework and graffiti.

The Brisbane Powerhouse is centrally located a mere 3.2 kilometres from the city centre. Getting here by bus is probably the easiest option, with a number stopping just a short walk away. Parking spaces are free but can be in short supply when events are staged. A quirky way to get here is by ferry but it takes time so plan in advance.

There are regular free performances during the weekends which visitors can simply walk in and enjoy. However, the more high-profile events will incur a fee, so check the Powerhouse website for details before you visit.


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