Campuses and Facilities
The Great Hall, with its distinctive portico entrance, was designed by architect James Cowlishaw in 1879 and built in 1880. It was the School’s main assembly hall from early 1881 until Centenary Hall opened in 1969.
The beautiful stained-glass windows at either end of the building portray the School’s ideals. The northern window shows young Queen Victoria flanked by famous men in British history – maritime and military leaders, statesmen, poets, playwrights, and men of science – inviting the boys to ‘emulate their noble deeds’. The southern window portrays the rewards bestowed by the Crown for loyalty and service.
It is a special venue for student and Old Boy events, from musical recitals and year group assemblies to weddings and memorial services. The Great Hall is the place students enter when they start at Brisbane Grammar School and from where they leave at graduation.
The Lilley Centre
Opened in 2010, The Lilley Centre's design enhances BGS students' learning experiences. The cutting-edge facility accommodates:
- the Senior Library;
- the Forum;
- flexible learning classrooms;
- breakout learning spaces;
- professional development library for staff; and
experimental teaching laboratories.
The Arts Precinct
The Arts Precinct comprises specialist facilities that serve the performing and fine arts at BGS.
The Art Centre reflects the importance of visual art in developing students' creative thinking. The centre has four studios, galleries for displaying student art, and specialist areas including a well-equipped dark room for photography.
The adjacent BGS Theatre hosts dramatic productions and performances.
A spacious music building with air-conditioned practice rooms and a rehearsal gallery provides the ideal environment for music.
Indoor Sports Centre
The large sports hall includes a multi-purpose floor capable of accommodating two full basketball or indoor soccer courts, three volleyball courts, or six badminton courts. A tiered grandstand overlooking the courts seats up to 300 spectators. The hall is used extensively for physical education and sport.
Indoor cricket nets provide three indoor wickets contained within fully retractable netting and with a specially designed rubber compound surface, enabling coaches to use bowling machines and simulate wicket conditions at varying speeds.
A well-equipped weights room includes commercial-grade free weights, pin-loaded machines, lifting platforms and spin bikes, in addition to a range of supplementary training tools. The facility is fully supervised by qualified strength and conditioning coaches.
A 10-lane, 25m FINA-standard swimming pool is used year round. The water is heated to 28°C and caters for a wide range of aquatic activities; from swimming squads through to water polo, lifesaving and kayaking. A viewing gallery accommodates up to 200 spectators.
A purpose-built gymnastics hall is fitted with all requirements for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics. Equipment includes an Olympic-standard full-sized sprung floor, vaults, rings, parallel bars, high bars, trampoline and a large foam pit area with dismounts from all apparatus. Up to 200 spectators can view proceedings from a viewing gallery.
The BGS Tennis Centre includes 10 courts, and is one of Australia's best school tennis facilities. The centre is bound by Victoria Park Road and the Inner City Bypass, and can be accessed by travelling north along the ICB towards the RBWH exit left (after Kelvin Grove Road flyover). If travelling south along Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove (QUT precinct), the Tennis Centre will be visible on your left; take the left exit before the ICB.
Northgate Playing Fields
Brisbane Grammar School’s Northgate Playing Fields are an extensive complex of ovals incorporating specialist coaching facilities, a covered grandstand and function room, and a fully equipped canteen and undercover barbecue.
The fields are used by BGS students for cricket, rugby and football training and matches. Just 20 minutes from the Spring Hill campus, the fields are located at 771 Nudgee Road, Northgate.
Please note that pets are not allowed at Northgate.
The BGS Rowing Shed is situated on the Brisbane River at West End, opposite Coronation Drive, just 10 minutes from the Spring Hill campus. The shed has been home to many of the country’s top rowers; from state and national representatives to Olympians.
As one of Australia’s premier rowing facilities, the shed boasts a dedicated pontoon, multi-bay shed and state-of-the-art fleet.
The shed is often open seven days a week for morning and afternoon training, and is staffed by a full-time boatman.
BGS maintains an outdoor education property on the shores of Lake Moogerah, about one hour and 15 minutes southwest of Brisbane.
Facilities include accommodation, an industrial kitchen, dining room, outdoor eating areas, workshop and laundry. On-site adventure components include a boatshed with canoes and kayaks, climbing tower, low and high ropes courses, and flying fox.
In close proximity to the centre, located on School-owned property is Bitenbar – the local Indigenous name for Mt Alford and Pulpit Rock. Bitenbar substantially enhances the bushwalking, rock climbing and camping experiences for our students. Pulpit Rock at Bitenbar is an imposing volcanic plug which provides a unique opportunity for our students to participate in rock climbing challenges under the strict supervision of our experienced outdoor education team.