Originally constructed in the 1930s, the Howard Smith Wharves were a project initiated by the Queensland Government to provide locals with relief work during the depression. Largely abandoned since the 1960s, these astonishing spaces are now heritage listed—a rare surviving example of early infrastructure building in the city, with their offices and sheds and wharfage still intact. They lie along the river’s edge, below the cantilever Story Bridge, and are backed by soaring cliffs and 2.7 hectares of natural parkland.
The Howard Smith Wharves project is part of a large-scale vision to transform Brisbane into a world-class tourism, recreation, dining and lifestyle destination, offering access to and from the river in a way that’s sensitive to its history and to the city’s future needs. Having lain dormant for decades, HSW will bring people to the glittering water once again when it opens in late 2018. More than 80% of the precinct has been allocated as public space; ensuring locals are able to enjoy it forever.
At HSW, visitors can sample locally-brewed schooners at a craft brewery, dine at unique restaurants with both rising stars and acclaimed chefs at their helm, or sample locally roasted coffee.
In 2019, HSW Nominees will launch a series of pioneering food and culture festivals to activate the site, cementing Brisbane as the must-visit Australian city.