The Regatta Hotel on Coronation Drive overlooks the Brisbane River at Toowong, a five minute drive from the CBD. This heritage hotel with three stories of iron lace balconies has a fascinating history. Not only has it survived five (yep, count them) floods – in 1887, 1890, 1893, 1974 and 2011 – but it has a place in Australian pub history too.
In March 1965, two Brisbane feminists, Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bognor, made headlines when they marched into the public bar of the Regatta and ordered a lemonade each. It was illegal for women to enter the public bar of any hotel, but when refused service the pair simply chained themselves to the bar footrail. The cops were called, bolt-cutters found…but the rest is history, as they say. Women visitors are welcome today!