July 3, 2024

The Star Brisbane has announced an array of attractions, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and entertainment hotspots that will debut on Thursday, August 29, 2024. This marks the beginning of the highly anticipated $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct’s multi-phased reveal.

The Star Brisbane Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Finch, shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming openings. 

“From late August into September and throughout the rest of 2024, a steady stream of new restaurants, bars, public spaces, and destinations will begin to open, breathing new life into the previously underutilised 12 hectares of river’s edge,” Daniel said.

“Like the rest of Brisbane, I am excited for this game-changing development to invigorate the CBD, especially our night time economy. We will soon announce more exact dates for your diary,” he continued.

Upcoming Public Spaces and Attractions at Queen’s Wharf

Among the first areas to open are public spaces, including the Sky Deck’s viewing platform, Miller Park, and the Neville Bonner Bridge connecting Queen’s Wharf to South Bank. 

“We are thrilled to commence our phased opening to coincide with Brisbane’s biggest party, the Brisbane Festival,” Daniel said. “However, the transformed grassed public areas along the river, including The Landing and Finger Wharves, will open after Riverfire.”

Art enthusiasts can look forward to incredible artworks throughout the precinct, including a signature piece from home-grown, internationally recognised artist Lindy Lee. Additionally, the Event Centre is ready to host a full calendar of events and conferences starting in early September. The Star Grand, featuring five-star accommodations, will soon open its bookings to welcome its first guests.

Culinary and Entertainment Venues

A variety of dining and leisure experiences have already been announced, including LiveWire, a new live entertainment venue. 

“LiveWire will be one of our first venues to open, supporting and enhancing Brisbane’s nighttime entertainment economy,” Finch said. 

“It will be a safe and vibrant venue bringing the soundtrack of Brisbane to life with music, comedy, live acts, special events, and late-night entertainment.”

Daniel emphasised the importance of a phased roll-out to ensure everything runs smoothly. 

“We want to ensure our team members are prepared, our facilities are tested, our processes are right, and importantly, our guests have an exceptional experience that they will talk about and want to experience again,” he said.

Exciting New Dining Options

The Star Brisbane has previously announced several exciting venues that will open on day one, including the sprawling Sports Bar, a reimagined Fat Noodle restaurant by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, the Japanese stand-out Sokyo, and Cherry. Additional restaurants and bars on the Sky Deck and at The Terrace, where the pedestrian bridge connects to the city, are undergoing final fit-outs and will open progressively.

Building a World-Class City

“Brisbane is building a well-deserved reputation as a world-class city, and we are working hard to contribute to the tourism and cultural fabric that will make locals proud, provide thousands of jobs, and attract global attention,” Daniel said. 

He also highlighted The Star’s commitment to transforming its culture, governance, technology, and operations. 

“Our remediation is crucial and will ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes, We have a responsibility to our community, our guests, and our team members to provide the safest environment possible across the entire business.”

What to Expect in the Coming Months

Here’s what’s set to open progressively from August into September and throughout the remainder of 2024:

  • Public Areas: 7.5 hectares of public space, including Neville Bonner Bridge, upgraded Bicentennial Bikeway, Miller Park, Sky Deck viewing platform, and the Leisure Deck on Level Seven.
  • The Landing: Newly created green space to open after Riverfire.
  • Sky Deck: Trio of restaurants to open progressively during the first phase.
  • The Star Grand: 340 hotel rooms, including four penthouses, three swimming pools, and Sokyo restaurant (Japanese).
  • Event Centre: 1,440 seat ballroom with pre-function bar, outdoor terrace, and views of the Story Bridge.
  • The Terrace Dining, Level Four: Restaurants to open progressively during the first phase.
  • Levels Five & Six: LiveWire, Sports Bar, Fat Noodle (South-East Asian), Food Quarter, Cherry, Main Casino Floor, and Premium Gaming Rooms.
  • Leisure Deck: Gymnasium and more food & beverage outlets.

Future Openings

  • Dorsett and Rosewood Hotel Tower
  • Velo Café and end-of-trip facility
  • Luxury Retail Destinations
  • The Terrace Dining, Level Four: Ice-creamery, Asian dining, and more geographically themed dining.
  • Heritage Buildings: Activated with experiences, retail, and food & beverage options.

Stay tuned for more updates and get ready to experience the vibrant new attractions at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.