Queensland Apps

Geotourism Brisbane App


In addition to the sand and gravel that makes up the ubiquitous concrete structures, our cities are built from an exciting variety of geological material. In Brisbane these range from the warm brown sandstone of iconic structures such as the City Hall and Parliament House to granites and exotic marbles from around the world.

The Queensland Division of the Geological Society of Australia chronicled these fascinating materials as a self-guided walking tour for the International Geological Congress in 2012.

The tour has recently been extended and built into a mobile App that will be available to the public in time for G20. The app presents a GPS linked map with hot-links to the history of each building and details of the building stones used along with both recent and historical photographs.


Welcome to the self-guided walking tour through the heart of Brisbane featuring the use of building stones from the early days of European settlement to the modern expansion of Australia’s third largest city.

The app gives an earth scientist’s perspective on the history and cultural heritage of the sub-tropical capital of Queensland.

The app has a database-like structure with all information pertaining to a particular site related to a grid reference. Each site gives a brief historical and cultural reference to the object described and discusses the relevant geology that can be observed.

Attached photos show the character of the project or site; historical photos show developmental or other changes and detail photos mostly refer to geological observations.

This app was configured through the Global GBM Enterprise Mobility Solutions and will open Brisbane to those interested in geotourism.

Downloading the App
The Brisbane History in Stone and Brick App can be downloaded from the Google App Store and Apple App Store.  This app was created jointly with Global GBM Enterprise Mobility.

This App is compiled by Friedrich von Gnielinski and John Siemon, Version 1.0 November 2014.