Paddington Suburb’s Surprises & Must-See Spots

With its cute workers’ cottages, leafy streets and quirky boutique shops, Paddington is one of Brisbane’s prettiest suburbs.

But this inner-city haven has some secrets to share – and one of the best ways to unearth them is to book a Brisbane Greeters tour.

Each greeter adds their own personal spin to the tour – and shares some amazing stories about the past and present.

For instance, did you know that Paddington was originally called “Back of the Jail” because Brisbane’s main prison was not far away on Petrie Terrace?

Or that the hills of Paddington were home to hundreds of wild goats?

Or that Suncorp Stadium is built on the remains of the original Paddington Cemetery – where notables like Patrick Mayne and John Cadbury (of chocolate fame) were buried?

Most of the graves were respectfully relocated to Toowong Cemetery when the stadium was built, but a handful remain in a quiet graveyard next to the Cauldron.

Surprisingly, even an elephant rests in peace on the site. Carly was the “Dumbo” of her day – starring in a circus that drew crowds to Lang Park from the 1920s to the 1950s.  When Carly passed away, her considerably large remains were buried close by.

Of course, nowadays Suncorp Stadium is home to first-class sporting clashes and international rock-star performances. If you’re coming to Paddington for either, why not stay on and explore this very cool and quirky suburb?

The exquisite 5-star Gambaro Hotel is at the heart of lively Caxton Street. It has 68 sophisticated one and two-bedroom suites – many with private balconies overlooking Caxton Street or the hills of Paddington.

As for dining, Gambaro Hotel caters for both carnivores and pescetarians.

Black Hide Steakhouse serves up the finest cuts of beef, prepared and cooked to perfection.

Gambaro’s signature Seafood Restaurant remains a Brisbane institution – renowned for the best, freshest fruits of the sea – superbly presented in an elegant dining ambiance.

Why not have your own Paddington experience?

Gambaro Hotel’s Luxury Experience offers a great deal. For $249 per night, you receive a bottle of wine on arrival, late check-out, and $100 credit towards dining at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant.