The Capricorn Coast has a thriving community of makers, bakers, artists, gardeners, designers and all manner of talented crafty people, and this is never more evident than at Yeppoon’s monthly Fig Tree Markets. Held from 8am until 12pm on the first Sunday of every month, the market is exclusively a handmade or homegrown market. You won’t find much cheap, imported plastic junk here!
Because of this, the Fig Tree Markets are on my must-do list every month. It’s such a joy spending an easy Sunday morning browsing all the local stalls, chatting to the stallholders and picking up a bargain. There’s always live music and a sausage sizzle, and a jumping castle for the kiddos. Sometimes there are even camel rides, or mini train rides too.
Above from left: Silk scarf hand painted by local Yeppoon artist Debbie Wilkinson of Beaches Silk; Kate from StoneWoven uses macrame to turn crystals and beads into eye-catching jewellery and accessories; Julie Bickley shows off one of her ‘goddess eyes', Rusty Buckle's blackboard specials highlight their latest bargains.
My husband loves to indulge in the fresh churros and warm chocolate dipping sauce, and usually pairs it with a coffee from Ruby Caravan, who is also a fixture of these markets.
Personally, I love checking out the original artwork from local artists such as Samuel J, picking up a home-baked treat, or having a lovely chat about gardening with Di from Brushwood Nursery. I’ve been coming to this market for years, and so I’m slowly getting to know the regular stallholders. The sense of community that makes Yeppoon and the broader Capricorn Coast special to me is particularly obvious at these markets.
The Fig Tree Markets are always a laid back affair, with many stalls sitting under the shade of giant fig trees that are a feature of Merv Anderson Park, where the markets are held. So if you’re a local, or visiting the area, be sure to make a special effort to attend my favourite markets. I’ll be there, wearing a purple hat and most probably with a coffee in hand!
Above from left: Di from Brushwood Nursery grows all her seedlings locally, and there's nothing she doesn't know about growing plants on the Capricorn Coast; Stunning pendants featuring macrame and crystals by Kate from StoneWoven; Beck from Little Rainbow Creations By Beck has a range of affordable handmade pendants for both adults and children alike.
The Fig Tree Creek Markets are held on the first Sunday of every month from 8am until 12pm.
They are located at Merv Anderson Park, on the Scenic Highway, Yeppoon and next to the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre.