Take a step back in time with a visit to Old Petrie town located on Brisbane's northside
Old Petrie Town is a historic venue set on 48 acres of land, and offers so many hidden gems waiting to be unearthed. We spent a day exploring the beautiful grounds and have these top picks for you to discover.
1. Sunday Markets
On a Sunday the town comes alive with the weekly markets. Local produce, arts and crafts and second-hand bric and brac are scattered throughout the grounds.
Local musicians add to the atmosphere as you meander through the historic buildings which house handmade arts and crafts. The kids will be happy too, with jumping castles and ride a regular attraction.
2. The Steam, Fire and Heritage Museums
For a gold coin donation, you can view a horse-drawn fire carriage through to a giant tanker in the fire museum, or browse the steam-powered machinery of yesteryear. Rides on a small fire engine also depart from the front of the Fire Museum for a small fee.
3. The Double Deckerdence Mobile Cafe
Pick up a coffee and a snack and climb aboard this Old London Town double-decker bus. A novel way for the kids to enjoy morning tea as you lazily watch the markets below.
Many of the buildings hold significant historical importance, so be sure to read information posts and speak to the knowledgeable local volunteers, who are delighted to fill you in on days gone by.
The grounds themselves offer magnificent picnic options from under the gigantic 300-year-old fig trees to the beautifully manicured lawns.
There is too much to explore for just one day, on the next visit we hope to visit the working blacksmith, art gallery and lolly shop!
Keep up to date with events at Old Petrie town such as The Emergency Services Expo, Steam Up Sunday's and Specialty market days such as Christmas twilight markets. Head to their facebook page for more information.
Address: 901 Dayboro Rd, Whiteside.
Parking: Free and plentiful
Opening hours vary throughout the week, Sunday markets run from 7am.
Facilities: Toilets offer basic changing facilities only. Some buildings are not accessible by wheelchair or pram.
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