Member Profile – Customs House

Multi Award Winning Brisbane Function Venue Customs House is regarded as one of Brisbane’s premier function venues with the ability to cater for wedding receptions, corporate events, conferences and private parties. Our prominent Queen Street location directly overlooking the river, impressive service and facilities match the best Brisbane has to offer. Customs House has six […]

Multi Award Winning Brisbane Function Venue

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Customs House is regarded as one of Brisbane’s premier function venues with the ability to cater for wedding receptions, corporate events, conferences and private parties. Our prominent Queen Street location directly overlooking the river, impressive service and facilities match the best Brisbane has to offer. Customs House has six private event spaces that will impress your guests!  

About

customs-houseCustoms House, one of Brisbane’s heritage icons, is located on the river in the CBD. It is The University of Queensland premier downtown restaurant, function and heritage facility. Behind the grand Corinthian columns you will find exquisite boardrooms, a stunning ballroom, seminar rooms and a restaurant.

Customs House is regarded as one of Brisbane’s most awarded function venues. Customs House caters for both corporate and private functions and is a spectacular venue for a wedding reception. The restaurant provides seating inside in beautiful heritage surroundings or outside on the terrace overlooking the river and the Story Bridge.

History

Customs houses were built in all major Australian ports in the nineteenth century.  Customs and excise duties were an important source of revenue, levied on goods from overseas and in some cases from other colonies.  The port of Brisbane grew quickly so in 1884 the Queensland government agreed to replace its existing Customs House at Petrie Bight, a modest single storey brick structure, with a much grander edifice.  Designed by Charles McLay of the Colonial Architect’s office, it is two storeys high on the Queen Street frontage, while three storeys are visible from the river side.  Its grand public space, The Long Room, is surmounted by a copper sheathed dome. With work commencing in 1886, this imposing and rare surviving masterpiece of the Colonial Architects Office took three years and £38,346 to build.

The Brisbane Customs House is a fine example of Victorian Free Classical style, with its grand colonnades and portico, and a dome which still manages to be a major feature on the landscape, despite being overlooked by adjacent high rise office and apartment blocks.

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After Federation in 1901 the Customs House became part of the commonwealth government’s customs service and some of its elegant rooms were carved up as offices.  Surrounded by busy wharves and trams, it became one of Brisbane’s best known buildings.  In 1988 the Customs House, which at its peak had 300 staff, closed and custom activities left their symbolic home on the river for an office block up the road.  The Customs House is one of the few reminders that central Brisbane was once a great river port.

Pizza every Sunday in January and February

pizzanticaIn partnership with Pizzantica -The Pizza Kombi will be baking fresh pizzas on the River Terrace every Sunday from 1pm in January and February starting from Sunday 8th of January.  Enjoy summer with gorgeous river views, pizza and chilled cocktails.

Sunset Spritz bar is located at Customs House on the courtyard before one of Brisbane’s finest river views. Customs House is fortunate to have uninterrupted river views of the Story Bridge right down to the Kangaroo Point cliffs. The bar will be open till 5pm and all our beverages will be served such as AIX Rosé and Bandini Prosecco. Further drinks may include Sunset Spritz’s selection of Negronis, ranging from the Classico to a fresh spring twist.

The bar will continue to open on Wednesday to Saturday evenings from 4pm for our regular menu but pop in on a Sunday to enjoy some great classic pizzas made by Pizzantica!

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