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A guide to Ipswich’s best markets
Few things in life beat a crisp weekend morning spent strolling through market stalls with a pastry in one hand and takeaway coffee in the other. It may surprise you to know, as it did this Gold Coaster, little-old Ipswich has been gaining some serious market scene momentum.
Producing much more than the standard Saturday rounds, Ipswich also combines market experiences with museum tours, steam train rides and drive-in movies! With the weather cooling and weekends slowing, it’s the perfect time to check out some of the best markets Ipswich has to offer.
Pick up an afternoon treat at the Springfield Markets, held on the first Friday of the month from 3pm-8pm at Robelle Domain. These markets are a great option for families. There is a playground and lagoon for kids to have a splash, arts and craft stalls, local produce, multicultural food trucks and live music. Pack a picnic blanket, pick up a pizza and make an evening of it with free entry and onsite parking available.
Museum Twilight Markets
Grab your torch and head to the Museum Twilight Markets at the historic Workshops Rail Museum. There’s something for every family member to enjoy with live music and a licensed bar, children’s entertainment and mouth-watering food truck offerings. You’ll find stacks of quality, handmade goodies and there’s even a free craft workshop for those wanting to get in on the creative action.
The Museum Twilight Markets are held bi-monthly on Friday nights from 5pm-9pm. Entry is $2 per adult and free for kids under 15 years of age. Torchlight tours of the Workshops Rail Museum are available for $10 per person.
The Handmade Expo Market
There are up to 100 stalls at The Handmade Expo Market selling a range of goodies that fall under the ‘making, baking, growing’ banner. There are sweet treats, handmade homewares and produce, as well as face painting and a jumping castle for the little ones.
Motor history buffs can take a break from shopping and hop on the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway for a half hour return trip from Bundamba to Box Flat. The Handmade Expo Market is held monthly on Saturdays from 8am-1pm at the Ipswich Turf Club.
Peak Organics at Ivory’s Rock
Purchasing produce at the very same farm it was harvested from is a real joy and Ipswich locals have that chance at Peak Organic Markets every Saturday. This small, NAASA certified organic farm at Ivory’s Rock in Peak Crossing opens to the public from 9am-2pm and offers a wonderful range of fresh fruit and vegetables including lesser-known ingredients like nettles and amaranth.
Peak Organics Market is run by volunteers and supplies produce to some of Ipswich’s cafes! Some new additions to the team include dozens of chooks! The view from the spot is one unlikely to be rivalled at any other market, it helps with the nature connection and makes you want to hike before the shop!
Ipswich CBD Food Fair in the Square
How do you feel about spending six hours eating your way around the culinary world? Pretty darn excited if you’re anything like me. Around 50 food trucks park themselves at Ipswich City Mall each month for the Ipswich CBD Food Fair in the Square. There is an absolutely incredible selection of food from traditional dishes to unheard-of-but-totally-works creations.
Pull up a chair, enjoy live entertainment and taste your way through Italy, Turkey, China, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, India and more. The Ipswich CBD Food Square Fair is held on the last Saturday of the month from 4pm-10pm. It’s free entry and free market parking is available.
Ipswich Showplace Markets
If there’s an item you’ve been hoping to come across for a while now, chances are you’ll find it at the Ipswich Showplace Markets. These markets are for the serious bargain-shopper. There are rows and rows of stalls selling everything from new and secondhand toys, clothes, books, arts and crafts to DVD’s, hardware, hot food and produce.
The Ipswich Showplace Markets are held every Sunday at Ipswich Showgrounds from 6am-11.30am and entry is a coin donation. This is the type of place where you’ll enter wanting a croissant and walk out with a bookcase, a painting, 10 DVDs and a bag of broccoli.
Twilight Markets in the Ipswich CBD
A new addition to the markets on in Ipswich is the Twilight Markets in the Ipswich CBD, on Fridays from 5pm-8:30pm. They were launched back in January. There’s plenty of local produce, craft and food stalls to keep an eye out for. Entry is a gold coin donation.
Tivoli Twilight Markets
Parking is made super easy at the Tivoli Twilight Markets at the Tivoli Drive-In. Here you can shop about from 4pm every Saturday before climbing back into the car and enjoying drive-in movies from 7pm. There’s a jumping castle, live music, face painting, stalls and a decent selection of American fast food including burgers, pies, hotdogs and calamari rings.
The best part? These markets are dog friendly, so bring the pooch and settle in for the night. Tickets are $10 per car.
Twilight Flicks Outdoor Market
A brand new experience has arrived at Cameron Park. The Twilight Flicks Outdoor Market will be held every second Saturday of the month and feature great flicks, market stalls and food trucks. Bring a picnic blanket or a few camp chairs, grab some hot food and sweet treats and enjoy a couple of movies under the stars. These markets are set to get bigger and better with buskers, comedians, kids entertainment and more. Watch this space!
Booval Family Fair Twilight Market
Held on Saturdays from 5pm-9pm, the Booval Family Twilight Market has an assortment of food vendors – guaranteed to please the tastebuds! There’s plenty of stalls and family fun for a wholesome weekend experience. Entry is $2 per person and children are free. This market is another newbie to the scene, launching in February.