Seven years after the old Queensland government executive building was demolished, the Queen’s Wharf casino and entertainment complex is nearing its much-anticipated opening, albeit two years later than initially planned.

Phase one unveiling:

The Star Brisbane has announced the commencement of its phased opening starting from August 29. The first wave will feature the main casino floor on levels five and six, alongside a selection of bars and restaurants. This marks a significant transition as the existing Treasury Casino prepares to close its doors in anticipation of Queen’s Wharf’s launch.

CEO Daniel Finch highlighted the gradual rollout of new venues and public spaces leading up to the end of 2024. “We are excited to introduce a steady stream of restaurants, bars, and public areas,” he remarked. Among the initial openings will be the Sky Deck viewing platform, Miller Park, and the Neville Bonner Bridge linking Queen’s Wharf to South Bank.

As Brisbane Times reports, following the August 29 debut, additional highlights include the LiveWire bar, an expansive event center accommodating up to 1440 guests, the Star Grand Hotel with 340 rooms, and various dining options. Finch emphasized the phased approach to ensure optimal readiness and guest satisfaction.

Finch reaffirmed The Star’s commitment to meeting high operational standards and addressing concerns regarding regulatory compliance and recent controversies. “We are dedicated to remediation and ensuring a safe environment for our community,” he asserted.

The Queen’s Wharf project, managed by the Destination Brisbane Consortium, comprising The Star Entertainment Group, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, and Far East Consortium, has faced regulatory challenges but remains poised to redefine Brisbane’s CBD skyline.

Detailed phased opening schedule:

On August 29, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will open the Star Grand Hotel, Cherry cocktail lounge bar, Sky Deck public viewing platform, Fat Noodle by Luke Nguyen, Sokyo – inspired by the hatted Star Sydney venue, LiveWire entertainment and live music venue, Neville Bonner pedestrian bridge, Main Casino Gaming Floor, Bicentennial Bikeway, and an Event center with Brisbane’s largest 1440-seat ballroom pre-function bar and outdoor terrace.

In September and October, additional venues will open, including The Sky Deck restaurants and bars, The Landing riverfront public space, and The Terrace Dining on Level 4.

According to Brisbane Development, future stages will introduce luxury accommodations, retail experiences, and dining options, including Dorsett and Rosewood hotel towers, Velo Café, and upscale retail outlets, with specific opening dates to be announced.

Initially proposed nearly nine years ago, Queen’s Wharf has been lauded as a catalyst for revitalizing Brisbane’s CBD foreshore. Despite delays due to COVID-19, the project’s imminent launch promises to elevate Brisbane’s profile as a premier destination.

In addition to its commercial offerings, Queen’s Wharf will showcase a significant public art collection, including the monumental sculpture “Sheila” by Brisbane artist Justene Williams. The collection aims to enrich visitor experiences through diverse artistic expressions, with installations nearing completion before the August opening.

With its phased opening strategy and commitment to operational excellence, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane stands poised to redefine entertainment and hospitality standards in Queensland’s capital. As anticipation builds for its August debut, the project represents a milestone in urban development, promising a vibrant future for Brisbane’s cityscape.