Find moun­tains of trea­sures and fun

Dalby Herald - - WEEKENDER LIFE - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­by­her­

ON the last Sun­day of ev­ery month, the Bunya Moun­tains come alive as cre­atives, ar­ti­sans and crafters from around the re­gion line the grass with their stalls.

Of­fer­ing an abun­dance of treats in a spell-bind­ing set­ting, the mar­ket is sched­uled to run this Sun­day from 9am un­til around 2pm out­side Poppy’s Cafe.

Two singers will per­form on the day, pro­vid­ing shop­pers with a pleas­ing back­drop while they hunt for trea­sures.

An­i­mal lovers will be pleased to spot the famed King Par­rots and wal­la­bies that roam the area.

Mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing team, Michelle Houri­gan, said the mar­ket had be­tween 20 and 30 stalls and was full of dif­fer­ent kinds of good­ies.

“We have lots. We have plants, soaps, can­dles, jew­ellery, food, jam and more,” Miss Houri­gan said.

The team be­hind the mar­kets is ex­pect­ing to see a larger crowd than usual for the fi­nal event of the year.

“We’re go­ing to be very busy. Ev­ery­one is on hol­i­days up here, stay­ing in the houses,” Miss Houri­gan said.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion around the Bunya Moun­tains na­tional park is booked out.

“Christ­mas time and new year’s are our busiest time,” Miss Houri­gan said.

She said she ex­pected to see “quite a few hun­dred” at­tend­ing the mar­kets on Sun­day.

“We’ve got 100 houses and they’re all fully booked,” she said. The Bunya Moun­tains monthly mar­ket has been run­ning for about five years and spe­cialises in the hand­made and the lo­cal.

While other mar­kets may stock a range of im­ported or mass-pro­duced knick­knacks, the Bunya Moun­tains mar­ket stocks a cu­rated se­lec­tion of good­ies made lo­cally.

“We will only take stuff that’s hand­made,” Miss Houri­gan said.

“It gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to sell the stuff they’ve made and lets us sup­port the lo­cals.”

❝ We will only take stuff that’s hand­made. It gives peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to sell the stuff they’ve made and lets us sup­port the lo­cals.

— Michelle Houri­gan


DAY OUT: Amy Cox chases a bush turkey at the scenic Bunya Moun­tains mar­ket day.

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