Clock tower tour: a classic Brisbane experience
Recreate childhood memories or create new ones with a free, 15-minute tour up Brisbane City Hall’s Clock Tower.
For more than 30 years Brisbane City Hall reigned at the tallest structure in the city. The 92m high clock tower tour was an instant hit when it opened with the building in 1930. Daily tours head up in the gorgeous, restored hand-operated lift – offering a unique bird’s eye view of Brisbane from the observation deck at 73m.
The views from the deck have changed significantly over the past 80 years. Join hundreds of thousands of visitors have taken a ride up to the clock tower, a time-honoured tradition. Located in the heart of the city centre in King George Square, this is the perfect opportunity to come and explore an integral part of Brisbane's history.
When: Daily, 10.15am – 4.45pm, every 15 minutes, plus extended hours until 6.45pm on Friday nights.
Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can obtain a ticket in person on the day at the Museum of Brisbane reception counter on level 3. We advise you arrive early to avoid disappointment – particularly during school holidays and public holidays, as allocations are often exhausted during these busy periods. Tickets are timed so you can collect stubs and come back later. More details about clock tower tours here.
Fun clock tower facts
- The face of each clock (there are four!) is almost five metres wide, and the minute hands are 3m long!
- Four giant bells weighing over 3 tonnes chime every 15 minutes, and a 4.3 tonne bell strikes on the hour mark.
- It contains the oldest working manual elevator in Australia
- The tower is 92m high, and the observation deck is 73m high
- When it was built, it was the largest public clock and most modern time-keeping piece in Australia
- The white opal clock face is held in place with over 1000 screws
- The tower was the tallest building in Brisbane until the 1960s
While waiting for your clock tower tour time, check out the incredible Museum of Brisbane. Here the living history of the city is showcase, examining how Brisbane and its people continue to change over time with interesting and interactive exhibitions. Find out what's on at the Museum of Brisbane.
If you’re looking for a gift, the Museum of Brisbane gift shop is a destination in its own right. Stocking the work of local artisans and designers, find something special and unique or a Brisbane souvenir worth keeping.
Whether you are a local or a tourist to Brisbane, a guided tour provides an opportunity to learn something about the art, architecture and history of City Hall. The building known in Brisbane as "the People's Place", City Hall was built between 1920 and 1930. The heritage-listed Brisbane City Hall is seen as the heart of Brisbane and has been the backdrop to many cultural, social and civic events.
City Hall is the civic seat of the city and is home to the Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor, and plays host to community and corporate events daily. City Hall is a bustling, active working building, so you may find that some of the rooms and features are not open to the public on certain days. Accompanied by a professional guide, these tours provide further access to different parts of the building as possible.
Free guided tours are available inside City Hall seven days a week starting at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.