Find mountains of treasures and fun
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.