Moranbah Sunday Markets History
The Sunday Markets in Moranbah have been running for around 30 years.
It was operated by the local Lyons Club for many of those years.
The Moranbah Freemasons took over the running of the Markets three years ago, when the local Lyons Club closed down.
Who operates the Markets?
The Moranbah Freemasons are proud to carry on this local tradition.
It’s a great day for local families, friends and workers to get out together and enjoy the Moranbah Community spirit in the relaxed and enjoyable surrounds of the Town Square.
The funds raised by the Markets are put back into various projects and charities within the local Moranbah Community.
The Freemasons have a strong commitment to education and families and are always contributing to the locals that need a hand. The Moranbah Sunday Markets run once a month from February thorough to December every year.
When are the Markets on?
These local markets are held on the Last Sunday of every month except in December when they are held on the second Sunday. This way its not too close to Christmas time and the school holidays,
There are no markets held in January, particularly as this is a very wet time of year and the Moranbah weather is quite unrelententing at this time. Traditionally theres is a lot of flooding and road closures in the area so its best to hold over till February.
What time do the markets open?
The Markets are from 8am till Noon.
Although for the early birds the stalls are setup and many people are already stopping to pick-up breakfast and other offerings from around 7.30am
What’s on at the markets?
Some of the stallholders travel quite a way to bring their best to Moranbah. We have regular stall holders traveling from Bowen, Home Hill, Prosaphine, Ayr, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Mackay, Sarina, St Lawrence.
The Markets are famous for there Barbecue Food put on by the Freemasons themselves. These are the freshest man-sized servings of hot sausages, bacon and egg rolls that can fill the heartiest of appetites. There are many locals that make it a must to stop by early on their way to work to be the first to get breakfast from the BBQ stall.
There is also other hot foods available such as the beautiful variety of Asian foods on offer. Or you may be tempted by the delicious curries. For the sweet-tooths you will be tempted with a range of Cakes, Fudges and other sweets. The health conscious are also well taken care of with great natural products and excellent advice from the knowledgeable locals that have some great expertise to share.
There is fresh fruit and veggie stalls and you can always pickup some of the freshest seafood too. There are lots of different clothing available, from young children’s fashions, beachwear, sportswear, ladies fashion and a great variety of t-shirts for the blokes.
Browse the great Toys and games for the young ones..for bigger kids there are other things to interest you with gadgets and household items.
You will find many great gift stalls to browse and find the perfect gift that you’ve been looking for with lovely candles, oils, incense, fashion jewelery and beautiful sapphires.
Or enjoy some time out with a relaxing massage.
And for the Kids…
The park is a great place to relax with the kids. Let them enjoy running around in the park and playing on the equipment. There is face-painting and other great activities at the markets.
There are often information booths onsite where the local service providers will have representatives to answer your questions about there services in Moranbah. Some of these are the Isaac Regional Council, The Moranabah Dental Practices or our Local Politicians.
This is a great informal way to connect and find out info in a relaxed environment.
There is always entertainment on the stage.
It’s great to hear the music in the background and adds so much to the Market atmosphere. We are often entertained by infamous local sounds musician Peter Panther on Drums.
Peter has been playing on local stages in and around Moranbah for almost 40 years. Its always a delight to see as he engages the kids with the drums and often invites them on stage to join in the fun.
The Sunday Markets is organised as a family day, this means that it’s an alcohol free event. The park is a public place so you are welcome to bring your dogs along too.
Dogs must be on a lead in this area, and of course remember to bring your plastic bags along just in case.
There is plenty of parking in close proximity to the Town square and is easily accessible.
It is a good walk from many areas of town, or you can ride you bike with Bike racks accessible by the Council Offices.
The facilities in the park, including the public toilets are well maintained.
For Stall Holders
Can I get a Stall at the Markets?
New stallholders are always welcome!
Whether you are a Moranbah Local who wants to showcase your business or a market regular that wants to bring your goods to town, please get in touch with us.
If you would like arrange to have your own stall in town, all new enquires are asked to contact the Market Coordinator.
What time do I need to be setup?
As a stall holder your stall must be set up by around 7:00 and all vehicles must exit or be stationary by 7.30 am and can not be moved until the markets have finished at noon.
How big are the sites and how much does it cost?
The sites are based on the standard Gazebo size. A 3 Metre by 3 Metre site will cost you you $10 for the day.
The fees are collected early in the day to make sure that you aren’t busy with your customers.
How are the sites allocated?
Regular stall holders have preference over the location of their site over the occasional or new stallholders. If you hold a regular booking you must advise the Market Co-ordinator if you will not be attending the Markets.
This way your site can allocated to someone else for the day.
Any absences of more than two months may mean forfeiting a regular site.
Powered sites may be available upon request. Make sure that you provide as much notice as possible and they will always do there best to help you make the day a success.
You will need to make contact with the Market Coordinator upon arrival on the day, even if you are a regular.
Do I need insurance?
All stallholders will need to have public liability insurance and be able to show the certificate of currency upon request at the markets.
If you need help with Insurance you are welcome to use the Insurance that the Moranbah Freemasons use as they are very familiar with the Moranbah Sunday Markets.
Contact Heidi, Marsh Pty Ltd, on 07 3115 4555.
Are there Registrations or Licensing needed?
The food stalls may be limited to ensure that the existing food stall holders are not disadvantaged – so you would need to be offering something just a bit different to what’s already available at the market, if your not sure then just contact the Market Co-ordinator to discuss.
All food stalls must be licensed and registered with the local Isaac Regional Council.
If you are selling dogs there are requirements that must be met. You must be registered, the dogs must be microchipped and vaccinated.
Can I bring Household items to sell?
You are always welcome to get together with your friends and bring your bric-a-brac along. With all this local traffic, your sure to get some interest and pass along your pre-loved items or unwanted items.
What do I need on the day?
You will need to provide all your own equipment on the day.
Make sure that you are well prepared with everything you need.
You will need to have adequate change for the day as there is no where to get this near by.
Its always best to make sure that you have help on hand to setup and pickup.
How do book a stall or get more info?
A minimum of two weeks notice is preferred for Moranbah Sunday Market bookings.
You can contact the Market Coordinator on 0438 932 506.
This is a volunteer position and they will endeavor to get back to you within a couple days whenever possible.
(Please be patient if this is taking a little longer).