COFFEE @ Blue Sky Cafe – NEWSTEAD 4006.
Blue Sky Café is a café and roaster located in a revamped warehouse building in Newstead. Externally the building is ordinary; however the large, open and airy internal space is really appealing.
The open floor plan, timber floors, high ceilings, wall mural and hanging artwork make this café a very comfortable space to spend time in. Large communal tables and private bar tables provide a choice of seating options making Blue Sky Café the perfect spot for groups or a small get together.
The background music and the smell of freshly roasting beans make the Blue Sky Café a heavenly spot to visit.
NOW & THEN around Newstead & Teneriffe.
Teneriffe and Newstead are neighbouring inner suburbs of the City of Brisbane, Queensland.
Teneriffe and Newstead were originally industrial suburbs. Timber yards, asbestos works, wharves and wool stores once dominated the eastern side of Newstead. The economic importance of Teneriffe increased in the early twentieth century as Queensland wool exports grew. The first Teneriffe wool store opened in 1909; a further twelve wool stores opened between 1915 and the 1950s.
During World War II Teneriffe was the location of Australia’s largest submarine base.
Wool trading at Teneriffe ceased when container ships were introduced; the Port of Brisbane was better equipped to handle the large cargo ships. The disused riverfront soon fell into a state of decay. Brisbane City Council commenced an urban renewal project to transition the areas into a compatible mix of residential, commercial, industrial and recreational activities.
A photographic record of my visit to Teneriffe & Newstead, QLD
Today Teneriffe and Newstead have been transformed from riverside industrial zones to mostly high density up-market residential suburbs. The following images showcase some of the former wool stores and factories that have been adaptively reused.
Teneriffe and Newstead fall within the local government area of Brisbane City Council, the largest local government in Australia. The Brisbane City Plan 2014 identifies heritage listed properties and provides information about altering and developing land in Brisbane.
Brisbane City Council website,Brisbane History website, Queensland Government website – Heritage Register.
Historical images courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.