Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rocklea Markets Rise Again

We love a good market over at MIA and NLQ.

One of our favourites in Brisbane is the Rocklea Markets.

On Saturday mornings, it's a great place to pick up bargain priced fruit, vegies and other produce. Often, we'll bump into friends to have a coffee or a wander around with, and there is always something naughty for breakfast. At times when seasonal produce like mangoes or strawberries are highly priced in the shops, we always come away with cases of them for small change at Rocklea.

On Sundays, Rocklea turns into a flea market, one of Brisbane's most established and iconic. The stalls change regularly depending on who's there, and what they have to offer. Sometimes you'll come home laden with bargains; other times you'll go home with nothing but an over-full tummy from eating too much for breakfast. (Or maybe that's just me...) But it's always worth a look.

Recently, they started Wednesday twilight markets too, which I'm assured are more relaxed versions of the weekend markets. (I've never actually been, so can't vouch for them myself).

In the recent Queensland floods, the entire Rocklea area went under, including the markets. However, an army of firies, SES workers and volunteers have been working tirelessly and I'm told the markets will reopen to the public on January 29.

Give them a good Brisbane welcome back by turning up and grabbing a few bargains in the process.

The kids had Christmas money burning holes in their pockets, so we went to the last Rocklea markets before they were flooded out. This was the scene as we waited for Miss 7 poffertjes. (Dutch pancakes).

We had to eat our breakfast undercover. (Ignore the Red Fanta bottles. I am sure they belong to someone else's children)

Mr 9 spent his money on a finch he named Cynthia. Mumma bought the cage as an early birthday present. (He's an Australia Day baby).

Miss 7 badly wanted one of these, but I told her the resident carpet snake might like them too...

Instead she spent her $10 on a guinea pig she named Star.

 Dogs like our foster toy poodle Zsa Zsa aren't allowed in the market area, but I couldn't help including a photo of her!

The Rocklea Markets are the best place I know to get cheap but beautiful flowers and roses

See what I mean?

 Fancy a budgie?

Or perhaps a guitar?

See what I mean about big breakfasts? (I haven't personally tried this one.)

Get your German smallgoods. If you look closely, you can buy buttbangers on the lower LHS. I'm not sure what they are, and I don't think I want to find out!

 More sausage goodness

Or some old-fashioned boiled lollies

Brisbane markets are at Sherwood Road Rocklea. Entry $1 per adult, free for children. Or $3 per car including parking. Trading hours 6 am-12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays, and 3.30-8pm on Wednesdays.


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You & the kids seemed to have a lot of fun there.

Another place I need to get my butt to when I'm better.

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I can never resist a good market - and Queensland has some of the best I've ever been to. Not handy for my goal of becoming more minimal around the home, but I tell myself that it is more important to support small and local businesses! Now if I could just make Rocklea my "local" I'd be really happy!

Lou Lou said...

Wonderful news! Thank you for informing us!

=- )

Veggie Mama said...

I just love Rocklea <3

Brooke said...

I love this place too. Glad to hear it's opened again.

Adri said...

Wow, I hadn't heard of the Rocklea market before. It's definitetly on my to-do list now! Thanks, Bronnie :)

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