Old Petrie Town

Old Petrie Town_Shady street

Step back in time, do a spot of shopping, have a bite to eat and let the kids play at the charming Old Petrie Town. The markets have been operating for more than 30 years on Brisbane’s northside and are a favourite among locals and visitors, particularly during the cooler months.

Visiting the Old Petrie Town Markets is a wonderful, inter-generational day out. There is something for everyone: – markets stalls, food vendors, activities for the children, museums and beautiful grounds to explore (be sure to find the massive Moreton Bay Fig Trees). 

Whilst the Sunday markets are a regular event, there are also other specialty market events throughout the year, including Twilight markets. Old Petrie Town is usually fully operational on market days, but certain components are also open during other times and by prior booking.

Many hidden gems can be found throughout the grounds, so be sure to take your time and explore all Old Petrie Town has to offer.

Market Stalls

Old Petrie Town_Main street

  • Arts and crafts
  • Handmade clothes, towels, quilts
  • Antiques and collectibles
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Food stalls – Dutch pancakes, donuts, waffles, fresh juices, burgers and more
  • Plants
  • Books and magazines
  • Music records
  • Honey
  • Bric-a-brac
  • And lots more

Food at the Old Petrie Town Markets

Old Petrie Town_Eating donut

Whether it is a snack, breakfast or a more substantial meal, you are bound to find something to whet your appetite at the Old Petrie Town Markets.  The Heritage Hotel and Function Centre is open for breakfast and lunch on Sundays and is located perfectly at the entrance to the markets.  As you stroll around Old Petrie Town you will come across plenty of places to get a bite to eat including a big red double-decker bus which houses as a café, the Emporium Milk Bar,  The Ole Lollie Shop and Mumford Barn, where multiple food vendors can be found. You can also bring a picnic blanket and find a shady spot (of which there are many) and enjoy soaking up the casual atmosphere of the markets.

Kids Will Love

  • Pony rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Jumping Castles
  • Face painting
  • Little fire engine rides
  • The Ole Lollie Shop

 NB. Whilst entry to the markets is free, there is a small cost associated with some activities.

Old Petrie Town Market features

  • Ample, off-street parking (free)
  • Most areas are accessible, with ramps and concrete paths, though there are some areas which are not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • Toilets including accessible toilets
  • ATM on site

Old Petrie Town_Clothes stall

Top Tips

  • Bring cash as most vendors accept cash only.
  • Be sun safe and bring drinking water, hats and sunscreen
  • Make use of the beautiful surroundings, bring the camera and snap some pics of your family.
  • If your dog is sociable, put them on a lead and bring them along for a day out.
  • Wild koalas have been known to frequent the trees in and around the markets, so keep your eyes peeled.

Museums at Old Petrie Town

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

Old Petrie Town_Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

Learn the history of the local area through multimedia presentations and relics on display at this informative museum. Teach the kids to dial an ‘old school’ manual phone, discuss the products of yesteryear and wander around an early example of a kit home. The museum is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays). Find more about them here

Queensland Fire Museum

Old Petrie Town_Fire Museum

The Queensland Fire Museum at Old Petrie Town will excite youngsters as they can view fire fighting vehicles, uniforms, helmets, photographs and other firefighting memorabilia. For a small fee, visitors can also take a ride around the grounds on the little old fire engine, known affectionately as ‘squirt.’ The Fire Museum is open during the Sunday Markets.

Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society


Old Petrie Town_Old tractor

Wandering around the large shed that houses the Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society will have you walking past a large variety of steam rollers, stationary engines, traction engines and portable engines which have been lovingly restored. You can also take in the sounds, sights and smells that accompany working steam engines. The society is open during specific times outside of the markets- you can find those hours here.

Old Petrie Town_Fig trees


Old Petrie Town can be found at 901 Dayboro Road, Whiteside QLD 4503


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