Next to the Goodwill Bridge
South Bank, Q. 4101
Phone: (07) 38445361
Our Maritime heritage and memorabilia is preserved and presented at the Queensland Maritime Museum situated on the Brisbane River at the southern end of its South Bank Parklands, next to the Goodwill Bridge and a short walk across the Victoria Bridge from the City centre.
The Museum was founded in 1971 and now features a two level Exhibition building presenting historic sailing ship models together with Merchant shipping, from early cargo ships to modern container ships, tankers and cruise liners.
One of its many maps displayed is of the Queensland coastline with its Great Barrier Reef and markings of many of the 1500 plus shipwrecks which have unfortunately occurred. For example, the SS Quetta in 1890 and the torpedoed hospital ship Centaur in 1943.
Outdoor displays feature Happy II, a very small aluminium sailing boat which sailed from the USA east coast through the Panama Canal across the Pacific and eventually made a landfall at Ballina New South Wales.
A powerful steam tug Forceful, built in 1925 is berthed at the Museum wharf with regular steamings down the Brisbane River into Moreton Bay.
Australian Naval memorabilia featuring World War II exploits in the Pacific can be inspected on board the River Class frigate, HMAS Diamantina permanently displayed in the Heritage listed dry dock. On board, it is possible to visit and browse through the extensive records of Australian Naval activities and visualise life at sea in the Royal Australian Navy.
Our volunteer members will welcome you to our entry facing the Ship Inn, provide you with guide brochures and answer any questions you may ask. Please add to the Internet contact you have had with us by visiting our Museum and enjoy a few hours with an informative walk through Maritime history.