We’re on Day Two of Laurel, Gary and Mark’s A-Z of Brisbane Icons, and today’s letter is ‘B’.

What springs into your mind when it comes to the “B’s” of Brisbane?

Is it the Broncos, the Bullets, the Botanic Gardens, the Bellevue or something else?

We chatted to our listeners this morning and they came up with some really good ones that we missed!

We spoke to Brisbane Bullets legend Leroy Loggins, and talked to listeners about Bishop Island, Bee Gees Way, Boris’ Breakfast Club and the first Brisbane Arcade.

The NRL team, the Broncos are an obvious icon of our city.


They were founded in 1988 and have fostered legendary players like Wally Lewis, Allan Langer, Shane Webcke and Darren Lockyer.

2015 Qualifying final v. The Cowboys (AAP)

We also dug up some of the old Broncos Club Songs…


The iconic Bellevue hotel was on the western corner of George and Alice Streets, and was demolished against public objectification.

Built in 1885, it served as Brisbane’s premier hotel, located conveniently across from Queensland Parliament House.

It was knocked down overnight in April, 1979.

The Boggo Road Gaol in Dutton Park has been open for tour groups for many years in Brisbane, but it will be closing down in late 2015 for redevelopment in 2016.


The heritage-listed Gaol will be adaptively reused, with parts demolished to make way for bars, restaurants and cafes…

The Brisbane Bullets were an iconic part of the Australian NBL, and they announced their return for next year’s season! 

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