9 reasons to plan a Marburg day trip

We've got your next weekend day trip destination sorted - Marburg. This hidden gem is full of touristy goodness from antiques, to boho gifts, historic pubs and mansions to great coffee and unique home decor. Find out why you should plan a Marburg day trip this weekend...
05 Mar 2020
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

There’s something in the air in Marburg, a vibrancy that has come about as the whole town works together to create the ultimate day trip destination.  Here’s nine places to check out on your trip to Marburg.

The Soul Nook Collective

Taryn Ryan from The Soul Nook Collective

The Soul Nook Collective, famous for styled picnics, recently opened a new retail venture inside the refurbished Old Marburg Church.

Stocking beautiful homewares, boutique clothing, handmade gifts and more this gorgeous shop is a must-visit destination on your day trip itinerary.

Owner Taryn Ryan grew up in Marburg and said the town remained close to her heart.

“Having grown up here and watched the sleepy little town come alive over the last few years, it really was a no brainer to call it home.

“It has so much country charm and is quickly becoming a destination in its own right.

“The Old Church and its grounds are so beautiful offering so much potential to create boho picnics, events and artisan workshops.”

As well as their retail offering The Soul Nook Collective will be running their styled picnics for two up to 30 people on site which are perfect for birthday celebrations, work functions and girls’ days.

They are also running regular Picnic with Soul events, the first one being held on March 7, sold out in less than one day.

Inside the store you’ll find handpicked gift ware including artesian soaps, Karhi Collection semi-precious gemstone diffuser bracelets, essential oils, and handmade Boho Posies.

Also in the retail space is room for workshops with classes from gemstone diffuser bracelets, to floristry, guided art classes, chocolate making and kid’s classes.

Visit The Soul Nook Collective at 89-93 Queen St, Marburg.   

Opening hours are Wednesdays 9am-3pm, Thursdays 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-3pm and Saturdays 9am-3pm.

The Black Museum

The Black Museum

The next stop to check out is the newly opened The Black Museum.

An eclectic space for unique and quality items for your home from antiques to contemporary furnishings.  This is the latest addition to the Scotland Yard Antiques family.

Until recently, The Black Museum site was part of Scotland Yard Antiques and sold un-restored furniture.  Athol Birnie said his sister Emily came up with the name, The Black Museum, which carries on the theme his dad started when he opened Scotland Yard Antiques 30 years ago.

“Being a Scotsman, Dad started Scotland Yard Antiques when he came out here. Then when Emily opened, she came up with Special Branch Collective, which is the British police force’s specialist unit and ‘branch’ which connects to the plants she sells,” Mr Birnie said.

“And a lot of people don’t know, but the Black Museum is where they keep all the memorabilia and artefacts from past crimes at Scotland Yard headquarters, so it fitted in well.”

The Black Museum is open Saturday and Sundays 9am – 4pm or by appointment.

Visit The Black Museum, Special Branch Collective and Scotland Yard Antiques at 64 – 66 Edmond St, Marburg.

Scotland Yard Antiques

Scotland Yard Antiques

Next door to the Black Museum is Scotland Yard Antiques

The Antique store is one of the region’s most successful and long-standing businesses. 

The store belongs to Les Birnie and started in 1991 stocking a range of different antiques from collectables to furniture.

Open 7 days from 9am-4pm.

Special branch collective

Special Branch Collective

Grab a coffee at Special Branch Collective next door to Scotland Yard Antiques, run by Emily Birnie.  They specialise in coffee, plants and all things special for the garden.

Browse the gift lines, including garden decor and plants that are sold here and treat yourself to a beautiful cake or biscuit to go with that coffee.

Open 7am-2pm Wednesay, Thursday and Friday and 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Marburg Hotel

The Marburg Hotel

This historical pub has just undergone a facelift and is known for serving up great meals. 

The Marburg Hotel was originally built in 1881 and there’s a few ghost stories here, so stop in and ask the owners about the history.

Woodlands of Marburg


Call into Woodlands of Marburg for a great coffee or some lunch and check out the stunning gardens surrounding this heritage-listed property.    

The land was originally purchased by Charles Smith in 1870 who ran a sawmill onsite. 

His son Thomas planted sugar cane and constructed a sugar mill and built the mansion in 1891.

The property later became a home for missionaries and seminary. 

It is now owned by a local family and is popular for weddings, but also has onsite accommodation, a church, grotto and cafe.

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm

While you’re in the area pop by the Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm. 

Get up close to friendly farm animals and feed them. 

There’s even a small plants nursery on site and a café serving up handmade treats and delicious coffee!  Just ring ahead to book a spot to see the animals.

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

On your way through to Marburg stop by Watercress Creek Olives and Limes and visit the farm-gate shop. 

Browse the shelves lined with infused oils, vinegars, tapenades and jams all made on site near the olive grove and orchard.

It’s only 15 minutes from Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm, or 20 from Woodlands of Marburg.

The Llama Farm

About 10 minutes drive from Watercress Creek Olives and Limes is the Llama Farm.  Ring ahead if you’re planning to stop by as this one is open by appointment only, but well worth the trip. 

This is Queensland’s largest herd of llamas, you can choose to walk a llama along a trail, or just give them a cuddle. 

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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