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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
Green Heart Fair at the 7th Brigade Park in Chermside


What's On

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.

Climbing wall at the Green Heart Fair
Climbing wall at the Green Heart Fair


Food can vary with a variety of food trucks. But you can bring a picnic, use one of the free electric barbecues or even get some takeaway from the food hall across the road at the Westfield.

Food trucks at the Green Heart Fair
Food trucks at the Green Heart Fair


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.

Fun and education at the Green Heart Fair
Fun and education at the Green Heart Fair


Where is it

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 7th Brigade Park in Chermside
The 7th Brigade Park in Chermside


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.

Getting There

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.

You can park free at Westfield for 3 hours
You can park free at Westfield for 3 hours


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.

Part of the Downfall Creek Bikeway
Part of the Downfall Creek Bikeway


Other Attractions at the 7th Brigade Park

The 7th Brigade Park has long been used as a staging area for troops going to war. Look around for some of the historical information displays in the park about its long history.

There is also a great sheltered climbing fort, barbecues, a basketball half court and a handball/tennis wall. If the Green Heart Fair isn't on, the park is worth visiting anyway.

Barbecues and play area at the 7th Brigade Park
Barbecues and play area at the 7th Brigade Park


You can also cycle or walk the 9 km return path to Virginia Station and back. It is a pleasant walk along Downfall Creek, even if you only walk up a short way.

Downfall Creek
Downfall Creek


Other Attractions at Chermside

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
The outdoor dinning precinct at Chermside Westfield


The Chermside Pool is always a wonderful spot to visit. Now that they have added heating, it can be worth visiting in winter as well.

Of course, there are plenty of other shops and restaurants in the area. Why not go to the Dawn Tea Rooms for a traditional Devonshire tea or pick up some Asian groceries at the Good Morning Mart.

Try a traditional cup of tea at the Dawn Tea Rooms
Try a traditional cup of tea at the Dawn Tea Rooms


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.

Family friendly bushalnd at Raven Street Reserve
Family friendly bushalnd at Raven Street Reserve


Overall

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.
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Why? Fun, food, activities, sustainability and free stuff for the whole family
When: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: 7th Brigade Park.
Cost: Free
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