Sleek and elegant, The Johnson Brisbane is a hotel created by a massive renovation that’s turned a boring public service building into a visual delight. This is a story about an ugly duckling transformed into a swan, but it’s not a fairy tale, instead this stylish stay is a Brisbane Art Series hotel.

The Johnson Brisbane 

I spent many hours sitting on uncomfortable chairs in the waiting room here, wishing that my number would be called so I could update my car registration details and totally missed the clean lines of this building. Now I would be happy to spend that time again to enjoy the ambience of this luxury hotel.

Home to Queensland’s Main Roads Department since 1967, the heritage-listed building was designed by architect Karl Langer and was occupied by the department until 2012. It’s located on busy Brunswick Street, within walking distance of Brisbane’s CBD.

A Brisbane Art Series hotel, The Johnson Brisbane takes its name and style from celebrated Australian abstract artist, Michael Johnson. His art hangs in the hotel foyer.

Strawberry roulade dessert

Stay at Spring Hill Brisbane

The extensive renovation has resulted in a Brisbane Spring Hill hotel with a 50-metre swimming pool, and sub penthouses with dramatic views. Designed to fit into existing office spaces, the rooms are spacious with extensive views over Brisbane’s inner-city Spring Hill. Look out the windows, and you’ll see the distinctive timber and tin architecture as it winds its way around the hills and valleys.

Take a quick walk through this hotel and you’ll see what I mean.



Tumbling Stone restaurant

At the front is Tumbling Stone, a restaurant which fills a corner space between Boundary and Upper Edward Streets. It’s a spacious, light and open space with warm wood detailing, all rather like walking in to someone’s stylish home.

The menu has a focus on local produce featuring Bangalow pork, Vannella burrata, heirloom tomatoes and consists of small and large plates, salads and sides.


Freshly picked strawberries

Where is The Johnson Brisbane?

Find The Johnson Brisbane at 477 Boundary Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane. Close enough for an easy walk to the city centre, Brisbane’s Spring Hill is just far enough from the city bustle for easy access and a relaxing stay.

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Ed+bK rating

The Johnson was a walkthrough only, so no rating from me.  I’ve dined at Tumbling Stone several times, both as a guest and a paying customer, and enjoyed the experience.

Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest of The Johnson and Tumbling Stone at an Australian Society of Travel Writers lunch.