Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

Coordinates: 27°28′10.56″S 153°01′30.72″E / 27.4696°S 153.0252°E / -27.4696; 153.0252

The Queen Street Mall is a pedestrian mall on Queen Street in the centre of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

It is Brisbane's predominant retail district, featuring shopping centres, hotels, restaurant and coffee shops, cinemas, clothing, music, jewellery and book stores, newsagencies, and banks. The mall attracts 26 million visitors a year.

History

Opened in two stages, the first stage of the Queen Street Mall was opened in time for the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games, and extended from Queen Street and Edward Street intersection — to the Queen Street and Albert Street intersection.

The second stage, further extending the Mall from Queen Street and Albert Street to Queen Street and George Street, was opened in time for Brisbane's hosting of World Expo 88.

Features

The Mall prides itself on being the 'one-stop shop' for all retail in Brisbane, with access to numerous eateries, shopping destinations and more, all within a smart grey slate rendered footpath finish, with Australian native tree and flowering shrub enclosures, bench seating on the sides, and flowering vines and art work.

The Mall itself also hosts four 24-hour restaurants and coffee shops, Milano's fine a la carte European dining at the top of the Mall (George Street), Jimmy's on the Mall, for Chinese and Asian food in the centre of the Mall, Cafe East for eastern and western fusion, and the Pig 'n' Whistle for traditional British pub fare, at the bottom of the Mall (Edward Street).

It also features two newsagencies, one at the centre of the Mall (Rankins On The Mall), and another at the bottom of the Mall (City Mall News), and an extensive Visitors Information Centre near the Centre of the Mall. An entertainment stage for music, model shows, and other performances features at the near the top of the Mall.

In the development of stage one and stage two of the Mall, significant heritage-listed building facades were preserved, giving the Mall a wonderful restored yesteryear feeling.

Shopping Centres

There are several significant shopping centres located on the Queen Street Mall. These include the Wintergarden (opened in 1982), The Myer Centre (opened in 1988), Broadway on the Mall (opened in 1989) and the lavish Queens Plaza, situated at the northern end of the mall, which was opened in two stages, the first in 2005, and the second in 2008.

The Wintergarden is a three level shopping centre with over 70 specialty stores including a gymnasium, ten pin bowling alley, Georg Jensen, lululemon athletica, Lisa Ho, Wayne Cooper and R. M. Williams.

In November 2009, it was announced that the Wintergarden will undergo a $A100 million refurbishment in two 12-month stages. The new Wintergarden will once more become of the Brisbane central business district's premier shopping destinations, and an impressive architectural site.

The Myer Centre is the Brisbane CBD's largest shopping centre. It has almost 200 stores spread across 6 floors including Queensland's largest department store, Myer, as well as Target and Birch Carroll and Coyle.

Broadway on the Mall is a four level shopping centre with around 60 stores. It has a top floor Harvey Norman store as well as Australia's first Scotch and Soda store.

QueensPlaza is the Brisbane CBD's most upmarket shopping centre. It has around 80 stores on three levels including Australia's largest single location David Jones department store, as well as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Montblanc, Bally, MaxMara and Max&Co luxury boutiques. Australian designers Alannah Hill, Leona Edmiston and SABA and prominent clothing labels Esprit and French Connection also have stores in QueensPlaza.

There are other smaller shopping centres and arcades on the Queen Street Mall. These include the historic Brisbane Arcade, the Q&A Building (home to JB Hi-Fi, a two storey Dymocks, a two storey Kathmandu and Australia's flagship two storey Guess store) the Queen Adelaide Building (with Rebel Sport) and the heritage Tattersall's Arcade.

Refurbishment

The mall also underwent refurbishment in 1999 from its signature terracotta tile footpath to a grey slate tile footpath, with several significant art commissions and new tree and shrub enclosures (with bench seating) throughout.

Further developments

In 2006 the other end of the George Street engagement with the Mall ('top of the Mall') saw the opening of Brisbane Square which further extended the grey slate tile rendering of the Mall, and, in 2008 extension of the Mall along Albert Street to the corner of Albert Street and Adelaide Street.

The Brisbane City Council announced in 2009 that Burnett Lane, a narrow laneway that runs between George Street and Albert Street, and parallel to the Mall, will be integrated into the Queen Street Mall precinct with a vibrant boutique bar/restaurant scene on the cards.

Miscellaneous

Beneath the Queen Street Mall and The Myer Centre is the Queen Street Bus Station.

Management of the mall is covered by The Local Government (Queen Street Mall) Act, a state government act, which also originally granted the Queensland Police specific powers within the confines of the mall. However, these powers have been repealed with the introduction of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act.

Photos of Queen Street Mall
  • Queen Street Mall Albert Street crossroad

  • Queen Street Mall

  • Queen Street Mall Edward Street crossroad

  • Queen Street Mall — Visitor Information centre

  • Queen Street Mall — how the Mall originally looked


Building Activity

  • removed a media
    about 6 years ago via OpenBuildings.com