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.
Museum Twilight Markets
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 Tulmur Place, Nicholas St, Ipswich.
Peak Organics at Ivory’s Rock
Ipswich CBD Food Fair in the Square
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
Tivoli Twilight Markets
The best part? These markets are dog friendly, so bring the pooch and settle in for the night. Tickets are $10 per car.