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Customs House, one of Brisbane’s heritage icons, is located on the river in the CBD. It is owned and operated by The University of Queensland as a cultural, educational and heritage facility. Behind the grand Corinthian columns you will find exquisite boardrooms, a stunning ballroom, seminar rooms, a licensed restaurant and UQ Information Office.
Customs House is regarded as one of Brisbane’s premier function and restaurant 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.
Customs House is also the venue for the UQ School of Music Sunday Concert Series. As a visitor to Customs House, for business, pleasure, entertainment or as a sightseer, you will not be disappointed. You will be stimulated by a presence of the past and will enjoy the splendour of this magnificent building’s origin.
1985 National Trust John Herbert Award for excellence in Queensland Heritage Conservation
1999 Queensland Tourism Award (Heritage & Cultural Tourism)
1999, 2000 & 2001 Brisbane Tourism Award for Heritage & Cultural Tourism and induction into Hall of Fame
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.
Learn more about our history.
Public areas of Customs House are limited but are open to the public. As you absorb the history, style and grandeur of the building, your every sense will be stimulated by a presence of the past. As a visitor for business, education, music, art, entertainment, or as a curious sightseer, you will enjoy the splendour of this magnificent building’s origins.
Free guided tours operate on UQ concert days. Click here for concert dates.
BRISBANE’S LIVING HERITAGE NETWORK LTD.
If you are interested in other historical buildings and sites in Brisbane click here to access Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network Ltd. website.
Unique, Unmatched & Unforgettable…With its magnificent architecture and stunning views of the river, Customs House is a classically elegant and romantic setting for a wedding reception – the perfect venue for your special day.
Our expertise, quality cuisine, renowned service, and personalised attention will ensure that your wedding reception is a truly memorable occasion.
Our Event Co-ordinators will simply take the worry out of your wedding day. They will assist you to arrange everything from photographers, floral arrangements, chair covers to catering and service. A Banquet Supervisor will oversee your reception and a senior waiter will be dedicated to look after the bridal party.
An Event Co-ordinator is on duty Monday to Saturday for site inspections. Appointments are essential.
General enquiries: + 61 7 3365 8999 (Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm)
Restaurant bookings: + 61 7 3365 8921
Facsimile: + 61 7 3365 8900
Address: 399 Queen Street, Brisbane
Postal address: PO Box 2223, Brisbane QLD 4001