Photo by Holly Russell Godard
Walk the riverside esplanade, enjoy a drink in heritage hotels, discover Brisbane’s early history at Toowong Cemetery and wander the Botanical Gardens.

The bustling suburb of Toowong, between Mount Coot-tha and the Brisbane River, is a repository of Brisbane history. visit the 19th-century Toowong Cemetery, have drinks in historic pubs and explore parks dedicated those who died in World War I .

Enjoy cocktails at the grand Regatta Hotel. Two women chained themselves to its bar in 1965 to protest against prohibition of women drinking in public bars. The beautiful Queenslander building covered in cast iron lacework survived the 2011 Brisbane flood. Although it has had a makeover, it still retains its original charm. Dine in style overlooking the river at the hotel’s Boatshed Restaurant.

Another historic Toowong hotel is the Royal Exchange, directly opposite Toowong Village Shopping Centre. Despite its old-fashioned art deco appearance, the “R.E.” as it is known, remains popular with students. Enjoy the casual atmosphere in the huge outdoor beer garden.

Get an insight into World War I Anzac history at Toowong Memorial Park. Designed in 1922, the park and its monuments commemorate the local lives lost. Walk along the park’s hilly ridge for sunset views over the suburb and Brisbane City.

Step farther back into Brisbane’s history at Toowong Cemetery at the base of Mount Coot-tha. Amongst the weeping fig trees discover fascinating monuments including that of Trooper Cobb who died from wounds from the Boer War and the Temple of Peace built by a grieving father for his sons lost in war. Book an evening Brisbane Ghost Tour and learn about the hauntings of the cemetery.

Head to the nearby Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium to wander through Japanese Gardens, discover Australian flowering natives and picnic by the lake. Take in an astronomical show of the night sky and learn about space travel at the planetarium.

Mount Coot-tha also has several bushwalking trails and stunning panoramic views from the lookout over Toowong, Brisbane City and the winding river. Enjoy the view with a drink or dinner at the lookout restaurant.

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