Fun, food, activities, sustainability and free stuff
One of the great free family friendly events in Brisbane is the Chermside Greet Heart Fair. This will be a day of entertainment, activities, markets, giveaways and sustainability exhibitions. It is worth making a day of it and enjoying the other attractions at Chermside.
Green Heart Fair at the 7th Brigade Park in Chermside
With a wide range of exhibitions, entertainment and activities, you can easily spend several hours at the fair. Activities include things like climbing walls, petting zoo and games for kids of all ages.
The entertainment will also keep the kids busy while you relax. There will be a variety of sustainability and environmental displays. For many people, it is often the council's free native plant giveaways that are the most popular.
For locals, the direction to the 7th Brigade Park is "Behind the Westfield." Which of course is a little vague as that area is full of parks. The official address of the park is 375 Hamilton Road, but this will essentially take you to the wrong area.
The best entrance to the park is near the corner of Murphy Road and Kittyhawk Drive with parking off Murphy Road. I think if you put Kidspace Playground into a Google Maps search, you will find the location that you need.
Driving is an option, but you will find that parking at the park will fill up quickly. There is plenty of street parking around the area and there are several car parks at various park locations and all you have to do is walk through the park to the Green Heart Fair. It is also possible to park free for 3 hours at the Westfield.
The main public transport option are the buses. The Chermside Westfield is a major transport hub with buses terminating or passing through the Chermside Interchange from every location in the Northern Suburbs, the city and even from places as far afield as Mt Gravatt and Mt Coot-tha.
From the Chermside Interchange, the quickest way to the 7th Brigade Park is to walk straight through the Westfield and out the other side and then across Kittyhawk Drive. You will be in the park but you need to wander a short distance down the path to find the fair itself.
Being located on the Downfall Creek bikeway, cycling is a great option. You can take the train to Virginia Station and cycle about 4.5 kms to the fair. There are also bike paths coming from the north, west and south as well. Though cycling from the south means a few hills to cycle up.
When most people think of Chermside, they think of the Westfield. With 2 floors of shops, a cinema and a lovely outdoor dining area, it is worth having a look. Of course, though the shops and restaurants are all chain outlets, which means it is not like you can't find most of the same things elsewhere.
The outdoor dinning precinct at Chermside Westfield
Just over in Chermside West is the Chermside Hills Reserves, a fantastic set of 3 bushland reserves.Visit the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, walk the senses trail or do a 9 km hike around all 3 reserves.
The Green Heart Fair in Chermside is worth the trip and with the wide range of things to do in Chermside, it is even worth making a trip across town, not only for the fair, but for other things in the area as well.