Murphys Creek Tavern links arms with the Murphys Creek Markets on the third Saturday of each month. It's a relaxing, scenic drive along Murphys Creek Road where you can also visit the footpath vendors en route for fresh produce, firewood or whatever takes the fancy of the local residents to sell.
Rainforest bushland, roadside at Ballard en route to Murphys Creek.
Enjoy a quiet Saturday's shopping for fresh produce at Produce of the Lockyer Valley and Brandis Home Grown relishes, preserves, chutneys, sauces and pickles. From Goombungee, Brandis Home Grown are Australian owned, home made products.
The Gilded Lily Aromatherapy Spa & Beauty Products will relax you with their brand of sensual soy candles. These candles in glass jars bear a crackling wooden wick and come in a wide variety of scents to calm, refresh or invigorate. Because soy never completely sets, the wax can also be used in massage. Massage Candles in small jugs are an aromatic and unusual gift idea.
Hand made children's clothes and knitwear such as beanies are of excellent quality as are shrubs and cacti. The Book Inn is exciting for all you book worms with a large tent sorted by genre. Intrigue yourself with bric-a-brac wondering what some items are for; maybe it's for that project you've been working on. A familiar site to market-goers is Holland Wines; a divine wine tasting experience.
For those on the land there are Akubra hats, leather goods and tools. With the difficulties of farming in today's economy, bales of hay were a welcome site at a stall which also sells bags of 'horse poo'.
In the market for a swag? Stitch TJ Works (Kerry Newberry, 0427 855 541) have top quality Queensland-made swags, gear bags, tonneau covers, canopies, dog breast plates as well as manufacturing custom floor mats to any shape or size. These friendly Aussie gents also upholster cars, motorbikes, boats, lounges and chairs.
The stall holders are interesting characters who are more than happy to pass the time of day with a decent chat. In this part of the world, getting to know your neighbours is the only way to be.
Cheeki Coffee's adorable caravan serves hot, mild-strength coffee with country hospitality for a mere $3. There was only one food stall; a sausage sizzle.
Once known as 'Murphy's Waterhole', Murphys Creek is an unassuming town which began life as a railway link from Toowoomba to Brisbane in 1867. The station provided water and services for steam trains before the steep ascent up the mountain. 'Murphy' was the name of a shepherd who lived by the creek in 1864. By 1877 the town had become 'Fingal' and the station started to take passengers. The town's name change to Murphys Creek occurred in January 1924. With the invention of diesel-electronic locomotives the need for the station decreased and ended in 1992. The population count at Murphys Creek in 2011 was 664.
An unsolved murder of two nurses hitchhiking between Helidon and Murphys Creek was a shock to the community in 1976. The bodies of the two victims, Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans, were found in a paddock off Murphys Creek Road. Police had strong suspicions about the killer/s but not enough evidence to prosecute.
After your visit to the markets, Murphys Creek Tavern is the perfect lunch stop and modern day watering hole . Cosy up around the wood fire as you dine on a Works Burger, Hot Roast and Gravy Roll, Seafood Basket, toasted sandwich or other selection from the menu . Open seven days, the tavern was established in 2010. They specialize in large group bookings and allow camping on their grounds. There are karaoke, games and casino nights.
Escape the Toowoomba winter temperatures for a few hours and come and say a lengthy 'gidday' at the Murphys Creek Markets.
Murphys Creek Markets, adjacent to the Murphys Creek Tavern, Moon Street, Murphys Creek.