Fish Lane started life as Soda Lane, a critical artery servicing the working docks of South Brisbane.
As Brisbane grew South Brisbane evolved into a bustling commercial hub servicing the young colony via the local fleet – for 150 years a rough and tumble working class dockside suburb.
World Expo 88 forever changed South Brisbane and the subsequent evolution of the South Bank Parklands and adjacent Cultural Precinct bought investment and attention. Fish Lane however languished in the shadows – neglected and forgotten.
In 2006 Brisbane City Council commissioned the first Master Plan for Fish Lane, identifying it’s potential as a key connector linking the CBD and Cultural Precinct to South Brisbane and West End. Little progress was made however until Aria Property Group developed ‘Austin’ Apartments at the head of Fish Lane in 2014.
Together Austin and refurbishment of the adjacent block bought a new focus on retail and the public realm incorporating lighting, signage landscaping and public art. Fish Lane again sprang to life.
Today Fish Lane is an exemplar inner city urban renewal precinct – bustling again with bars, restaurants, cafes, art, galleries, music and events.
- 1885 – Soda Water Lane
- 1890s – Name disappears from record
- 1906 – Re-listed as Fish Lane
- 1988 – World Expo 88
- 2014 – Aria develops ‘Austin’
- Today – Fish Lane Arts Precinct