What's a trip to the country without taking the time to potter around a hand made market? Thankfully, Southern Queensland Country has plenty of these from which to choose. Amble, shop, enjoy.
Nobby Country Markets
Fresh from the country town that brought us Rudd's Pub and Dad and Dave, the Nobby Country Markets retain a sense of old-fashioned Australian values. With the mantra: Make It, Bake It, Grow It, you'll find wholesome country produce, farm-fresh foods and flowers at these markets held on the first Saturday of every month.
The Warwick Pig and Calf Markets
So, they're not quite hand made, but they are home grown. There's two elements here – the Pig and Calf Sales plus the Fruit and Vegetables Market. There's also guinea pigs, goats, farm equipment and furniture. If you like your food as fresh as it comes, this is the place to be.
The Mummy Tree Markets
With a name like these, you're bound to find the best there is on offer. Mothers are always right, remember? The concept behind these markets is supporting local mum entrepreneurs and the result is a range of products and events designed to be chic, inspired and unique.
Queen's Park Craft Market
With a setting such as Toowoomba's beautiful Queen's Park, you can't go wrong with this marketplace. Held on the third Sunday of every month, you'll find specialty stalls including fine food, handmade jewellery, arts and crafts, clothing, gifts and home wares. Best of all, the money paid for stalls goes towards the purchase of medical equipment for patients at St Vincent's Hospital.
Head to St Luke's Church Hall on the first Saturday of every month and you'll discover everything from bunting, to jewellery to chocolates. There's loads of gourmet food and homemade wares. Again, this is a market with a conscience with stall holder fees contributing to the Anglican Parish of St Luke its charities such as weekly food parcels for the needy.
Toowoomba Boutique Markets
One of the highlights of these markets is that most of the stall holders don't operate as retailers so you know what you are buying here is unique. There's everything here from designers, dressmakers, artists and craftspeople, all hand selected to host their stalls.
Glengallan Seasonal Farmers Market
You'll only find these markets on the first Sunday of every season, but they are well worth the wait. Staged in the grounds of the gorgeous and historic Glengallan Homestead, near Allora, they boast farmhouse and gourmet goods plus arts and crafts. There's also homestyle cooking within the Heritage Centre and Coffee Shop.
Cobb & Co Handmade Under the Stars
The location is at Toowoomba's Cobb & Co museum but this is a twilight market which means you get to do your shopping under the stars. The emphasis here is on quality products, and you'll find interesting items such as silks, ceramics, glassware, jewellery and gourmet food.
Roma Farmers & Artisans Markets
When in Roma, be sure to check out these cheerful and colourful markets. Set in the Big Rig Parklands, you'll find local fresh produce, handmade art and craft, and home baked goods. There's an emphasis here on locally-grown fruit and vegetables.
Pittsworth Country Markets
These markets bill themselves as homemade, quirky, fresh and farmed and you'll find them on the last Saturday of every month. There's fresh honey, woodcraft, candles, skin care, art, gift ware, home baking and plenty to keep you entertained here.
Staged on the last Sunday of each month, the Cabarlah Markets promise a taste of the sights and sounds of a country atmosphere. You'll find arts and crafts, trash and treasure, tools, pet accessories, food and vegetables and plants among a range of homemade and recycled treasures on offer here.
Kingaroy Handmade Expo Markets
There's some really cool stall holders at Kingaroy's Handmade Expo Markets held one Sunday each month. Meet the woman behind Kingaroy's newest baking sensation, Cake & Whimsy, which has just opened a shop front in Kingaroy where you can eat the cutest cupcakes on fine China.
Nindigully Pub Markets
Head to the historic Nindigully Pub on the fourth Sunday of the month for its markets. This historic pub, with resident ghost to boot, is also home to the annual pig races, its awesome New Year's Eve parties and is prone to painting itself pink to raise money for breast cancer so expect a marketplace which is quirky and full of fun.
Crows Nest Lions Village Markets
On the first Sunday of every month you'll find the Crows Nest Lions Village Markets in Centenary Park. Expect local wine and honey and home-made pickles, relishes, jams and biscuits.
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Author: Tourism and Events Queensland
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