In our Scenic Rim Region we are very fortunate to have a number of country markets on the different weekends of the month. All the markets have their own individual atmosphere where stallholders vary in craft, produce and food.
The markets which are closest to Mt Barney Lodge are the Boonah Markets. These markets are held every second and fourth Saturday of the month at Springleigh Park, Coronation Drive, Boonah from 7 am to 12 noon. You will find all kinds of bargains from plants to bric-abrac and food.
While you are visiting Boonah you should also explore the local town for its wares as well. A well-known store is Maynard’s Department Store in High Street where you will find a haberdashery of goods for young and old. Boonah also has art and photography studios and great cafes and bakeries to delight all. And don’t forget the historical Dugandan Hotel for a coldie and some tucker.
Also located between Mt Barney Lodge and Boonah is the township of Mt. Alford which is becoming known for its artisans’ markets. These markets commenced in 2017 and are held four times a year (summer, autumn, winter and spring) at Mt. Alford Hall, Reckumpilla Road, Mt. Alford. These markets feature recycled, upcycled, reused, handmade, organic, local products, crafted and curated by local artisans. Stalls include homemade ice cream, artisan bread, jewellery, plants, books, ceramics, original art works, vintage clothes, weaving, food, chutneys, vegetarian food, organic produce, macaroons, fresh herbs and lots more. The next market is Saturday 16 March 2019.
The markets are family and pet friendly. As an environmentally conscious community, Mount Alford Artisans Market is committed to reducing plastic waste and encourages market goers to bring their own bags to take home all their goodies. They also have a washing up station to self-clean the crockery and cutlery. Also, don’t forget to visit the Mt. Alford Hotel and the Scenic Rim Brewery which is coming known for its crafted beers.
Another community market which is worth a visit is the Darlington Community Country Markets in the lovely picturesque Kerry/Darlington Valley. These markets are held at the local Darlington State School usually four times a year. The market days are a day of fun for all ages in the family and they also have several artisans’ stalls. The food stalls are especially good. This market/fun day is special as you can make a day of it and picnic on the grounds of the school where the Albert River passes along side of it. Darlington School is approximately 35 mins from Beaudesert and 45 mins from Mt Barney Lodge.
Other markets in the Scenic Rim include:
Koralbyn RSL Markets which are held at the Billabong Park, Kooralbyn every second Sunday of the month from 7.00 am to 12 noon.This market is about at a 35-minute drive from Mt Barney Lodge.
Beaudesert Market Fest which is held on the 1st Saturday of each month at Dick Westerman Park, Enterprise Drive, Beaudesert.This market begins at 7.00 am and winds up around 12 noon.It is a market of great abundance and is very popular in the Scenic Rim.This market would be a 45-minute drive to Beaudesert.
If you were coming to Mt Barney Lodge from the Gold Coast or leaving to head home, you may be interested in the markets that happen along your drive.
The Tamborine Mountain Country markets which are held every second Sunday of each month at Main Western Road, Tamborine Mountain from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm is the biggest market in our Scenic Rim Region. They have heaps of craft stalls showcasing their wares, locally grown plants and vegetables, local art and so much more.To do this market justice you will need to plan an hour or two to wander through the market. There is also plenty of food stalls, excellent coffee, profferties and German sausages with mustard. There is often live music and other entertainment for the family giving these markets a relaxing country atmosphere.Large shady trees keep you cool in summer and some open areas allow you take in the sun in the cooler months. The Tamborine Mountain Country Markets are definitely worth a visit.
Tamborine Mountain School Markets are held last Sunday of each month from 8.00 am to 12 noon.They are held in the car park across from the school, Long Road, North Tamborine.
Canungra Valley Markets are the last Sunday of each month as well, from 8.00 am to 12 noon and held at the Canungra School of Arts.Canungra is a lovely small town with cafes, antique shops and a number of small shops to pop in and browse.
If you were thinking of going home and taking in the breath-taking scenes of Beechmont, their markets are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 8.00 am to 12 noon.These markets will be found in the Beechmont Community Centre, Beechmont and Binna Burra Roads and offer many goodies for the family.You can also enjoy music from local entertainers.The Beechmont Community Gardens also open on the same day as the market for seasonal and organic vegetables.
Last of all there are markets to found in Tamborine and Tamborine Village. The market at Tamborine is called the Tamborine Craft and Collectibles Market and is held every third Sunday of each month from 9.00am to 2.00 pm at the Bearded Dragon Hotel on the Tamborine Mountain Road, Tamborine. The Tamborine Village Markets are held on the 1st Sunday of each month from 7.00 am to 12 noon at the Tamborine Memorial Hall, Tamborine -Waterford Road.
As you can see, we are very fortunate in the Scenic Rim Region to have so many markets all showcasing our various artists in our area. Be sure to weave at least a visit to one of these country markets into your stay at Mt Barney Lodge.