Eagle Street Pier is an iconic Brisbane waterfront precinct and home to world class dining options with unrivalled views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Not only is the precinct well known for its award-winning restaurants, casual dining spots, and entertainment hot spots but the history is one from the Brisbane history books…
Eagle Street Pier has had a colourful history over the past 150 years. While the area is now Brisbane’s premier dining precinct, in the 1800's it served as Brisbane’s main wharves for a developing city.
According to Ian Jempsen, CEO of Queensland’s Maritime Museum, the pier played a very important part in our city’s maritime history. Owned by the Australasian Steam Navigation Company, the first wharf was built in 1858 and was the place where many coastal passenger and cargo ships would come into Brisbane. In 1864, the wharf was extended in both directions; upstream towards Margaret Street and downstream towards Mary Street.
By 1900, the Australasian United Steam Navigation Company owned five adjoining wharves with a total length of 270 metres. Passenger and cargo vessels berthed there - right up until 1960 when they fell into disuse.
In their final years, the wharves were used for car parking and eventually demolished to make way for a new development.
The area underwent renaissance when Eagle Street Pier was built in 1989, transforming it into what is known today as Brisbane’s premier riverfront dining precinct.