TradeCoast Central Heritage Park Interpretive Centre is at the heart of three heritage sites here at the location of Brisbane’s former Eagle Farm Airport at 87 Schneider Road Eagle Farm. The Interpretive Centre is open from 10am to 4pm weekdays. Entry is free. Parking is available via Backhouse Place, at the southern end of the park, and Amy Johnson Place, at the northern end.
The Heritage Park also features walking trails and outdoor interpretive displays for the heritage-listed convict era Women’s Prison and Factory Site, the World War Two Allison Engine Testing Stands and Hangar 7, the igloo-shaped building to the south west where diligent intelligence work on Japanese aircraft cracked the secrets of the Zero fighter plane, giving the Allies ascendancy in the air over the Pacific.
To learn more about visiting TradeCoast Central Heritage Park, its heritage sites and interpretive displays, choose from the links in the right hand column, including information about our audio walking tours.
Discover the Interpretive Centre
Heritage Park Visits
Three heritage sites at one location.
Three heritage sites here at Brisbane’s former Eagle Farm Airport at 87 Schneider Road Eagle Farm combine stories of Brisbane’s convict era as the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement and two surviving World War Two sites – Allison Engine Testing Stands and Hangar 7.
Whether you are a local, touring from overseas or interstate, a history buff or on a school excursion, you’ll find TradeCoast Central Heritage Park both relaxing and stimulating. You can bring a picnic or enjoy a meal at one of the food outlets, knowing there will always be plenty of parking available and room to spread out over the green grass of the park which covers what was once a Convict Factory, a women’s prison, and a busy airport runway.
There are indoor and outdoor displays, a movie theatrette, an interactive model of the entire prison farm and its buildings, touchscreens, and an expansive viewing balcony overlooking the whole site and its attractions.
The Eagle Farm Women’s Prison and Factory trail starts with the large portal entry about 20 metres from the Interpretive Centre building at 87 Schneider Road Eagle Farm. The walking trail takes you past display panels and life size replicas of women prisoners going about their daily duties.
At the easternmost end of Amy Johnson Place another major orientation portal greets you with information and a map to guide you on the circuit. The path takes a turn to the south, towards the brick buildings of the Allison Engine Testing Stands. This is the best vantage point to see the life-size replica of a mounted engine and an engineer attaching its propeller.
A walk to the heritage-listed Hangar 7 starting from the Interpretive Centre at 87 Schneider Road Eagle Farm gives you a view of the outside of the Hangar 7 building with interpretive displays and a re-creation of the Japanese Zero’s first flight over Brisbane.
Listen your way around the Heritage Park
When you visit TradeCoast Central Heritage Park you will be able to connect to the audio tours with the free wifi available for your smartphone. Please pause the tour if you wish to read or listen to the displays.
Tour 1 Welcome to TradeCoast Central Heritage Park gives you an overview of three heritage sites here at the location of Brisbane’s former Eagle Farm Airport at 87 Schneider Road Eagle Farm.
Tour 2 will take you on a walk through two heritage sites, the Eagle Farm Women’s Prison and Factory Site and the Allison Engine Testing Stands starting from the Interpretive Centre at 87 Schneider Road Eagle Farm.
Tour 3 will take you on a walk to the heritage-listed Hangar 7 starting from the Interpretive Centre at 87 Schneider Road Eagle Farm. On the walk you will view the outside of the Hangar 7 building. There is no access to the inside of Hangar 7 at the present time as it is undergoing substantial repair works. Images filmed inside Hangar 7 can be viewed in the movie showing in the cinema on the first floor of the Interpretive Centre.
Research & links
- The changing face of Brisbane” by Mr E D Mellor, Acting Surveyor-General presented on November 26, 1959 – PDF, 2.6 MB
- Petrie reminiscences of early Queensland – PDF, 8.8 MB
- Rules and Regulations for the Management of the House of Correction for Females, Hobart 1829 – PDF, 2.6 MB
- Selection of contemporary newspaper clippings about women convicts – PDF, 154 KB
- Statement of the origin, condition, and prospects of the German Mission to the Aborigines at Moreton Bay,1841 – PDF, 788 KB
- “Women Transported: Life in Australia’s Convict Female Factories” Parramatta Heritage Centre and University of Western Sydney – PDF, 6.9 MB
- Aerial photograph of old Eagle Farm airfield with heritage sites marked, 2003 – PDF, 1.8 MB
- Allison Handbook of Operation and Maintenance – PDF, 28.3 MB
- Allison Service School Handbook Part 1 – PDF, 24.1 MB and Part 2 – PDF, 19.7 MB
- Allison Operators Manual 1942 – PDF, 30 MB
- Eagle Farm Aviation Society, Inc. – The Legend of Hangar 7
- Powerhouse Museum
- “Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm: An Australian Tragedy”. Cameron Hazelhurst’s books tells the story of the 1940 Canberra air disaster including a biography of James Fairbairn. Go to this link to access free downloads of the book.
- Thomas Macleod Queensland Aviation Collection
- Queensland Air Museum (Caloundra)
- Sigificant Events at Brisbane Airport
- About Eagle Farm Aerodrome
- The Lockheed Altair “Lady Southern Cross”. Sir Charles Kingsford Smiths Aeroplane
- Australia @ War by Peter Dunn – Australia during WWII
- Emil Brizay, the engineer who designed Hangar 7 (To translate from French go to translate.google.com.au)