The Brisbane Financial District

11 Feb

business district of Brisbane.Brisbane has an impressive central business district that is dominated by office blocks, some breathtaking skyscrapers, botanical gardens and many old buildings that date back to the nineteenth century. At the Brisbane CBD is the Brisbane Financial District with its many financial institutions and the headquarters of numerous corporations and multinationals. The busy financial district during the day gives way to a network of entertainment spots that roar to life during the night. One of the main attractions amongst the countless entertainment complexes is the Conrad Treasury Casino that sits along the famous Brisbane River in the central business district of Brisbane.

Along the Brisbane financial district are some of Australia’s oldest buildings. These include the Parliament House and the Observatory. It’s an eclectic mix of the old and the new with old buildings of the Victorian era sitting by side with newer buildings in the financial district that have a more contemporary architecture.

One of the most popular attractions in the financial district is the ANZAC Square that is built with multiple stairs to commemorate the two world wars.  Close to this is a walkway with baobab trees from South Africa. This is another commemorative landmark in the Brisbane financial district. This one commemorates the Boer wars fought in South Africa at the turn of the 20th century. You will also find many war statues and even date palms planted in commemoration of both WWI and WWII.

The Post Office Square is the other major square in the financial district. It sits on the road to Brisbane’s landmark GPO or the General Post Office. It is so important a landmark in Brisbane that almost all directions on the city are given relative to the GPO.  It is often regarded as the city’s official centre and was built as far back as 1872.  From here, you can walk to the Elizabeth Street in the financial district. On crossing the street, you will find yourself at the Brisbane’s Cathedral of St Stephen, a beautiful Catholic church that is built in the Gothic style.  The construction of this Church began as far back as 1864 making it one of the oldest structures in Brisbane.  The Cathedral of St Stephen is surrounded by the glittering skyscrapers of the Brisbane financial district that hosts most of the city’s financial institutions and the headquarters of many other corporations.

Through the cathedral grounds, you will arrive at the Charlotte Street of the financial district.  The area has numerous shops and restaurants where you can shop and dine.  You can also get a breath-taking view of the Story Bridge from here. The bridge was constructed in 1940 and connects the Brisbane CBD to the Kangaroo Point. Another old relic close to the financial district that you can access from here is the old Customs House where the ships once docked years ago.  It was constructed in the late 19th century.  Other popular attractions and landmarks in the Brisbane Financial District include the city’s botanical gardens, an open air amphitheater and the world famous Queensland University of Technology.

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