Your guide to Scenic Rim’s unmissable weekend country markets

03 Jan 2024
9 mins read
Pack the esky and join us at the Scenic Rim's weekend country markets

The Scenic Rim is a food-lover’s paradise. Renowned for its abundance of local produce, the region is one of Australia’s premier food bowls and is celebrated for its award-winning food and drinks.

Just an hour’s drive inland from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, every weekend beckons with weekend country markets across the region that are your key to sourcing the freshest of the fresh local produce and the best of our artisan gifts, homewares and clothing along with the chance to enjoy some well-earned rural retail therapy.

Pack the esky, buckle up and bring the family for an outing to the weekend country markets in the Scenic Rim.

Not sure where to start? Read on for the lowdown on our country market scene.

Regular markets

Towri Growers Market  – first Saturday of every month, 9am-2pm
“From the farmers on the farm” is an exciting new collective of local Scenic Rim farmers working together to bring you fresh essentials grown locally, all together at the iconic Scenic Rim farm, Towri Sheep Cheeses. This is your one stop market for top-notch produce from award-winning local producers including Towri, Tommerups Dairy Farm, Valley Pride Produce, Harry’s Paddock, the Black Bee Apiary, Christmas Creek Produce and Barney Creek Vineyard, along with skin care and lifestyle products from local artisans. The entrance fee of $5 per person is your ticket to endless sheep pats, sheep milking demonstrations at 10am and 1pm, live music and the chance to sample taste sensations from the chef team from Embers Woodfire.

The Green Shed Market, Tamborine Mountain – every Sunday, 6:30am to 11:00am
Run every Sunday at The Mount Tamborine Showgrounds by the Tamborine Mountain Local Producers Association, The Green Shed Market brings together organic growers who offer a wide range of freshly picked produce, as well as fresh flowers, bread, honey, coffee, jams, herbs and plants. Our recommendation? Pop on your favourite podcast for the short, 45-minute drive from the city or the coast, grab your farm fresh groceries for the week from the market, then tick off a Tamborine Mountain adventure (high ropes challenge, waterfall walk or tasting tour – take your pick!) before returning home.

Beaudesert Marketfest – first Saturday of each month, 7am to 12pm
Offering everything from arts and crafts to thrifting stalls and tasty produce across 150 stalls, set aside the first Saturday of every month to explore the Beaudesert Marketfest. This is a family-friendly event, with everything from donkey rides, jumping castle fun, face painting and taste testing. For parents, there’s handcrafted gifts, baked goods and delicious ingredients for dinners that’ll make the whole family go ‘Mmmmm’.

Tamborine Village Lions Community Markets – first Sunday of each month, 7am to 12pm
Why is Sunday nicknamed ‘Funday’? Because the first Sunday of each month sees the community hall of Queensland’s 2022 Top Tourism Town spring to life with stalls, entertainment, and bargains at the Tamborine Village Lions Community Market. The market is host to rows of stalls guaranteed to intrigue you for hours with clothes, toys, handcrafted woodworks, soaps, candles, leatherwork, novelty items, and produce all for sale. Need a mid-market breather? Grab a bite to eat from the Lions food tent and munch to live music. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket in the Lions raffle – did we mention all proceeds go to the Lions to fund other community projects?

Boonah Country Markets – second and fourth Saturday of each month, 7am to 12pm
Nestled in the middle of the Scenic Rim is a market that blends quality goods and stunning surroundings. Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive to the market at Springleigh Park in Boonah, then shop until you drop at the stalls displaying lavender products, condiments, confectionary, homewares and more. Looking to taste test our homegrown flavours? Check our credentials with a breakfast and coffee from the on-site stalls, but be warned, you won’t want to leave without taking some goodies with you. Block out the second and fourth Saturday of every month to fill the esky in Boonah.

Kooralbyn Valley RSL Subbranch Markets – second Sunday of each month, 8am to 1pm
Wondered what local life looks like in a Lonely Planet global Top 10 region? A trip to the Kooralbyn Valley RSL Subbranch Markets gives you a juicy taste of local life (along with testers of various other sweet and savoury delights). Here, a sea of stalls offering the best of country market bounty can be found at Billabong Park every second Sunday of the month, stocking artisanal crafts, gifts, farm fresh items and more. It’s perfect day out for families, with plenty of kid-friendly activities. Or why not take advantage of its location for a round of golf next door at the famous Kooralbyn Valley Golf Course, after warming up the legs strolling between market stalls.

Canungra Village Markets – second Sunday of each month, 8am to 1pm
Tick a dose of fresh air and time in nature off your wellness checklist as you head for the charming town of Canungra to explore its market at the Moriarty Park Hall and Showgrounds. Presenting top wine, produce, baked goods, clothing and gift producers from the Scenic Rim and its surrounds, this open-air market holds bargains for all types of shoppers. Say hi to the friendly locals as you browse and learn about the journey your farm fresh goods took from the fields right up to entering your esky? Held on the second Sunday of each month, make the trip to Moriarty Park in Canungra a family tradition (man’s best friend is also welcome) to enjoy great food, company, and live entertainment.

Tamborine Mountain Country Markets – second Sunday of each month, 7:30am to 1:30pm
Start your Sunday the right way browsing a gorgeous array of hand-made artisan crafts and delicious local produce at the Tamborine Mountain Country Markets. Held in the Tamborine Mountain Showground, meander through over 150 stalls packed with locally produced goods, all while being serenaded by local buskers. You’ll find these country markets on the second Sunday of each month, and with less than one hour’s drive from the coast, it is the perfect weekend outing with friends. Bring a gold coin donation for parking and support the Lions Club and local SES.

Beechmont Markets – third Sunday of each month, 8am to 1pm
A popular hotspot on the third Sunday of each month, you can rely on the Beechmont Markets for your dose of great produce, fresh air, and tasty treats. With panoramic views of the coast at the Old School in Beechmont, this market ticks all the scenery and retail therapy boxes with clothes, artisan goods, food stalls, pop-up op shops, plants and more. Soak in the sounds of live music as you browse the stalls and grab a post-peruse snack from the BBQ stand, or the Headmaster’s Café.

Rathdowney Country Markets – third Sunday of each month, 7am to 12pm
If you like to spend your Sunday in serenity, point the car towards Rathdowney for their Country Markets, held every third Sunday of the month. Set in a town famous for its access to iconic outdoor experiences and lush pastoral land, the Rathdowney Country Markets brim with quality goods and are more than worth the one and a half hour drive from Brisbane or the coast. Why not stay local and take Saturday to explore Mount Barney with a trek to the Lower Portals, then spend Sunday tantalizing your taste buds with farm-fresh goods from market stalls, and stocking up on pantry essentials and homewares.

Tamborine Mountain State School Markets – last Sunday of each month, 7am to 1pm
End your month the right way with a visit to the Tamborine Mountain State School Markets, situated in one of Australia’s most beautiful locations at the corner of Long and Curtis Roads. With over 130 stalls featuring local artists, craftspeople, fresh produce, plants, vintage items, collectibles, crystals, and much more, this monthly market offers a diverse range of goodies that’ll lure you in for hours of browsing. Don’t forget to try the delicious dishes from the food stalls with a side of live music and friendly company.

Seasonal Markets

Winter Harvest Festival – Saturday 29 June
The Winter Harvest Festival is the Scenic Rim celebrated in one glorious, flavour-filled day, and everyone is invited! The Winter Harvest Festival is the finale event of Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Month and your opportunity to wander delicious food and produce stalls, and pick up tips from demonstrations and masterclasses given by the Scenic Rim’s Food Ambassador chefs, local growers, producers and flavour makers. Better yet – don’t miss the chance to sign up and test your strength with the world-famous Tractor Pull!

Summer Land Camels
Saturday 6 April (Autumn),
Saturday 20 July (Winter), Saturday 14 September (Bush Festival), Saturday 2 November (Christmas)
For the mother of all markets bringing together your favourite producers from Eat Local Month and Destination Scenic Rim’s Farm Gate Trails, stop in at the seasonal markets held at Summer Land Camels. While there are only four markets a year, each event coincides with the school holidays, making for the perfect family outing. Let the kids loose to enjoy camel rides (best to book ahead of the day), face painting, dancing, and taste-testing camel ice cream while you relax, shop and enjoy the ambience of a welcoming country event.

The Vintage and Country Brocante –  31 March and 3 November 2024.
Searching for the perfect artisan homewares, vintage collectibles or one-off artwork? Look no further than the bi-annual Vintage and Country Brocante set in the beautiful grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard. Here you’ll lose track of time browsing vintage finds, plants, flowers, antiques as well as stunning works by local artisans. And to top it off, wine tasting, picnics and lunches are available from the Vineyard on the day.

Looking for more great food and drink experiences in the Scenic Rim? The Scenic Rim is one of Australia’s premier food bowls, is celebrated for its award-winning food and drinks and bursting with award-winning restaurants, cafes and bakeries. Click here to explore.