Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published September 12th 2011
Every market has a little 'something' that keeps people coming back. It's the open friendly atmosphere, the variety and choice in stalls, the fun found in new things, the unbelievable bargains. It can be anything and everything. The North Pine Country Markets, in Old Petrie Town at the North Pine Country Park on Dayboro Road, Kurwongbah, has a lot going for it.
Old Petrie Town is home to many historical buildings, quality speciality shops, food and drink stores, handmade gifts and crafts stores, a Heritage Restaurant and Function Centre and the North Pine Heritage Museum; oh, and the markets every week.
Every Sunday, from 8am until 2pm, Old Petrie Town hosts the North Pine Country Markets; a combination of the stores that already call the grounds home and stalls, entertainment and events that come from all over to take part. There really is 'something for everyone' too.
For the history buffs Old Petrie Town is a gem. Foreman's Cottage, McKenzie's Store, the National Bank, St Thomas' Church, The Town Common, Hyde Homestead, the Courthouse, School Play Shed, the Bakehouse, Coe's Cottage and Piggott's Store are all historical buildings built in the late 1800s to early 1900s that now reside in Old Petrie Town. Each building has its own story and most are still being used.
For example, McKenzie's Store now contains The 'Ole Lollie Shop and within the Bakehouse now dwells a modern day bakery; Old Chooks Bakehouse. The Heritage Museum is also a great place to see and learn about the history of the Pine Rivers area with many books available to browse or purchase.
Aside from the historical qualities of Old Petrie Town; car shows, dance performances, art exhibits, wood-fired pizza, homemade fudge, hippie tie-dye clothes, crystals and geo-science stores, fruit and vegetable stalls, baby chickens, home wares, gifts, collectibles, woodwork, fantasy-inspired chalices and swords, indigenous art and much more can be viewed, browsed, purchased and explored at these markets and certainly draw in the crowds.
Some of the stores and attractions permanently residing at Old Petrie Town are:
Ethel May's Apothecary - aromatherapy, handmade soaps and creams, candles and gifts, natural skincare and short courses in aromatherapy and natural skincare,
Amaruysha - fine jewellery crafted from semi-precious stones,
Tom Petrie's Restaurant and Bar - restaurant, bar and function centre,
Ladybug Giftware - country-style giftware, scrapbook albums, jewellery, collectables, photo albums, journals,
Lilly Cottage - antique-style home wares, lace and patchwork blankets, flowers, pillows, cushions, throw-rugs,
• Northside Naturopathic Clinic - wellness and longevity centre offering naturopathy, herbal medicine, massage and more,
• Trishalan Designs - rustic timber home wares, hand-dyed threads, needlework crafts and tuition,
• Railway Station - unused heritage railway station,
• Rock n' Roll Emporium - 50s-style cafe,
• Vosy's Wood Fired Bakery - bread and pizza making in a genuine wood-fired oven,
• Terry Saleh Art Global Enterprises - unique Australian Colonial and native works of arts and crafts,
• Heritage Museum - containing stores of historic information on the Pine Rivers area and featuring a new display every few months.
I've never quite read something so detailed before. The markets do have a lot of untold beauty <3 I'm glad there are some people who still look past the 'flea market' title and see that it is so much more
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By Danni - reader Sunday, 2nd of December @ 11:45 pm
We just visited here today as our last visit would have been about 10 years ago. The shops are really interesting & I liked the range of New Age shops & stalls/shops with second hand/vintage items. We really enjoyed it.
By Therese B - senior reviewer Sunday, 13th of October @ 09:31 am