The unveiling of Howard Smith Wharves
Howard Smith Wharves (HSW) has been transformed by an A$110 million development project.
What is it?
Howard Smith Wharves (HSW), located in the heart of Brisbane right under the Story Bridge, are wharves originally constructed in the 1930s as a project by the Queensland Government to provide relief work during the depression years.
In 2017, work began on transforming the heritage listed 3.4 hectare (8.4 acre) site into the precinct that it is today – featuring the 5-star Crystalbrook Vincent , event spaces including overwater bars and rooftop terraces, as well its own craft brewery, Felons Brewing Co.
Good to know
- The whole site offers a full liquor licence, so whether you’re planning a cocktail event on the lawn or a sit-down dinner at Bougainvillea House, the team at HSW have you covered.
- Want to own the town? The team at HSW can liaise with Brisbane City Council to customise coloured lights on the Story Bridge to match your event theme.
- Location, location, location…as HSW is situated under Story Bridge, right on the Brisbane river front, so much of the site offers panoramic views of the river and city.
It’s very tasty
One of the most critical components to any event is the food and drink. HSW Director of Culinary, David Finlayson has some serious street cred in Australia for working with restaurants including Melbourne's Chin Chin and Kisume.
Menus featuring produce sourced from Queensland’s best growers and makers are in keeping with the ‘fresh and local’ theme, and you can also take advantage of HSW’s on-site coffee roasters and their brewery, Felons Brewing Co.
HSW are also in the process of developing a permaculture program to cultivate organic produce on site, for use in their menus.
It’s a work of art
The luxury on site six-storey Crystalbrook Vincent offers 166 contemporary suites hotel original artworks by Fantauzzo throughout. The hotel also has complimentary multiple restaurants and a rooftop pool and bar with views of the river.
It’s a workhorse
Felons Barrel Hall
The newest of the HSW venues is the Felons Barrel Hall.
264 seated capacity
East Lawn, one of three lawn spaces at HSW, enables your guests to kick off their shoes and enjoy Australia’s weather.
400 seated capacity and 500 people for a cocktail style event
The heritage listed Rivershed is one of four original wharf buildings at HSW, now rejuvenated.
270 seated capacity and 310 people for a cocktail style event
HSW has four houses available for venue hire. The first to open and the largest of the four is Bougainvillea House.
80 seated capacity and 124 people for a cocktail style event
Published: 6 March 2019