October 21, 2016
We’ve focussed on many of the things that make our region naturally fabulous in previous blogs so in this week’s missive let’s talk about shopping.
Whether you’re a shop till you drop kind of person or only venture out to grab necessities, the Moreton Bay Region abounds with shopping opportunities making it simple and cost-effective to shop locally. Not only do we have marvellous boutiques and shopping centres, we have an abundance of magnificent local markets. And, with the silly season rapidly bearing down on us, where better to find a bargain?
First up, this Saturday (22 October) is the annual Lioness Spring Festival at Beachmere, from 8am to 2 pm in Clayton Park, Moreton Tce, Beachmere (just the other side of Caboolture River from North Harbour). Lots of shopping choices from a variety of stalls including 3D pics, Cambodian scarves, sarongs, jewellery, potted plants (including gingers, anthuriums and more), cosy cushions, Lions Christmas cakes and puddings, farm-fresh fruit and veggies, Springvale wines and honey, icecreams, gluten-free snags and more.
Entertainment includes face and body painting, sumo wrestling, clowns, baby chicken display, scorpion line dancers, Beachmere State School Choir, Community Choir, Dance4Kids, Zumba, and singer Lyndal Smith will be performing.
Some other fun events include the Famous Annual Pet Parade, and this year, a Thong Throwing Competition. There will also be a Dry Regatta – folk make their own “boat”, which must be environmentally friendly and safe.
One of the biggest local markets is just up the road about 15 minutes north of North Harbour at Caboolture. Held every Sunday, the Caboolture Country Markets house over 500 stalls including food, plants, fruit, vegetables, art, craft, new clothing, footwear, computers and general bric-a-brac. It’s a huge event and well worth a visit – make sure you take a hat, water and a comfortable pair of shoes…it’s massive and you’ll probably need more than one visit to get it all in.
Caboolture Country Markets
Caboolture Showgrounds – Beerburrum Road, Caboolture.
Phone: (07) 5495 3759
Website: Caboolture Country Markets
Open: Every Sunday: 6.00am – 12.00noon. Except Caboolture Show Sunday & Christmas.
A bit further north again are the Sunday markets on Bribie Island, located about half an hour’s drive away and well worth the trip. These markets are the place to buy art, accessories, adult clothing, bric-a-brac, books and magazines, belts, children’s clothing, crystal, cushions, cacti, cakes, drinks, dolls and much more. We recommend enjoying lunch at Saviges or Sandstone Point Hotel on your way home…tried and tested by the North Harbour team of foodies!
Qld Cancer Council Markets
Brennan Park – Welsby Parade, Bribie Island
Phone: (07) 3408 1896
Open: First Sunday of each month: 7.00am – 12.00noon
Bribie Rotary Markets
Brennan Park, Toorbul Street, Bongaree Bribie Island
Open: Second Sunday of each month: 6.00am – 1.00pm
Bribie Island Art & Crafts Fair
Bribie Island Community Arts Centre – Sunderland Drive, Bribie Island
Open: Last Sunday of each month: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Also about 30 minutes south, on the opposite side of Deception Bay, and this time on a Saturday, are the Handmade Redcliffe Markets. Made with love is the motto of these markets. Enjoy an ambient atmosphere with live music, delicious food and stunning handmade products that excite the soul and indoor markets and food, craft, fruit, vegetables, plants, bric-a-brac.
Handmade Redcliffe Markets
Woody Point Memorial Hall, Corner Oxley Avenue and Hornibrook Esplanade, Woody Point
Phone: 0403 776 378
Website: Handmade Redcliffe Markets
Open: Usually the 1st Saturday of the month from 2.30pm to 7.00pm. Check web site for dates.
Redcliffe also offers two more markets:
Redcliffe Jetty Markets
Redcliffe Parade , Redcliffe
Phone: 0425 304 678
Website: Redcliffe Jetty Markets
Open: Every Sunday: 8.00am – 2.00pm
Wander through the wide variety of art, crafts stalls, fresh fruit and vegetables while listening to very changing entertainment.
Redcliffe Showgrounds Markets
Redcliffe Showgrounds – Scarborough Road, Redcliffe
Phone: 0418 191 578
Open: Every Sunday: 6.00am – 11.00am except Redcliffe Show Sunday & Christmas.
Cost: 20c donation for different local charity each week. Stalls including food, plants, fruit & vegetables and general bric-a-brac.
There’s also heaps going on further south. Just 20 minutes from North Harbour is Old Petrie Town Market. Selling arts, retro wares, jewellery and antiques, crafts, plants, homemade treats, fruit and vegetables and plenty of food. The Old Town also houses a selection of boutiques, a working blacksmith, pottery and plenty to see and do every Sunday such as horse rides, bouncy castle, face painting, massage and even psychics! Well worth a visit and wear stretchy pants – there are a lot of gorgeous food opportunities from German sausages to Thai food and waffles….mmmm waffles….
Old Petrie Town – Dayboro Road, Kurwongbah
Phone: (07) 3285 5934
Open: Every Sunday: 8.00am – 2.00pm
Also to the south are the Strathpine State School Flea Markets. Another sizable weekly event, with all-weather market indoor and outdoor stalls. This market offers so much – haircuts, massage, food and drink, music, lots of trash and treasure, arts and crafts, hardware, plants and much much more!
Strathpine State School Flea Markets
Pine Rivers Showgrounds – 757 Gympie Road, Lawnton
Phone: 0403 054 085
Open: Every Saturday: 6.00am – 12.00 noon
And finally, further inland are the Wamuran Country Markets. It’s a very beautiful drive to get there, about 15 minutes from North Harbour and well worth a visit, maybe on the way to lunch at Woodford. Enjoy a BBQ and cake stall run by the Wamuran Men’s Shed, Devonshire teas on the verandah of the Old Wamuran School, pre-loved books, 2nd hand stalls, fresh locally-grown fruit and vegies, herb seedlings, jams and pickles/relishes, lots of crafts and plants, cakes and slices and much more. Come along for a browse, buy your supplies and gifts, have a feed and a cuppa in the fun and friendly atmosphere.
Wamuran Community Hall grounds, D’Aguilar Highway, Wamuran
Phone: (07) 5496 6526
Website: Wamuran Community Website
Open: Fourth Saturday of every month from 7.00am
You can find contact information and more details for each market by visiting this site. So much to do locally is just one of the many reasons to buy North Harbour’s houses and land for sale in the Caboolture region. Our beautiful Moreton Bay Region just gets better and better!
North Harbour Sales Office & Display Village is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm (excluding public holidays). For more information regarding available Land for Sale in the Caboolture Region or to make an appointment call Aidan on 5433 1111, email .
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