Remember the big childhood weekend adventure of visiting the tip?
The old days of scrambling over giant piles of furniture, car tyres and household junk may be long gone, but you can still relive that voyage of discovery by following Brisbane's Weekend Trash'n'Treasure Trail.
These days, residents no longer offload their household junk onto a sprawling outdoor disposal site and instead take their unwanted items to one of Brisbane's four resource recovery centres (still affectionately called the 'tips' by many). The good news is all that treasure you loved finding at the tip hasn't disappeared - it's just gotten more organised and abundant!
Brisbane City Council has done all the hard work to ensure good things don't end up buried in landfill. When residents make a trip to one of Brisbane's four tips, they are told any item which can be reused, upcycled or find a new home is to be kept aside so it can skip the tip and end up in the council's tip shops.
Open every weekend, the tip shops are every collector, renovator and fossicker's dream destination and should be visited by every Brisbane resident at least once in their life. With one at Geebung and one at Acacia Ridge, both sides of the river are covered.
Want to visit both in one day? Then take the Trash'n'Treasure Trail, which starts and ends at a tip shop and takes in some of Brisbane's indie junk and retro havens along the way, with some recommended cafes for breakfast, lunch or refreshments and even a microbrewery in the mix.
This north side Aladdin's cave of retro and recycled treasures is the hot spot to find everything from household furnishings and unique collectables to toys, sports equipment and books...more
Take a detour from Geebung to this Northgate mecca of unusual industrial furniture, colonial building materials (including a huge range of French doors) and unusual decorative items...more
Located on a main road of Wilston, this mega barn is a kind of secondhand wonderland packed to the rafters with bargain basement used goods, from furniture to tableware, books to fashion...more
Don't be put off by the ramshackle junkyard appearance of what is actually a World War II factory at Salisbury for within is a renovator's dream with everything from old doors to retro light fixtures...more
An old Oxley warehouse is the suburb's secret go-to for all manner of vintage clothes, vinyl, home wares, luggage, trinkets and bric-a-brac, with a bonus in-house coffee lounge...more
Side by side in an industrial precinct are the mega Lifeline Superstore for second hand furniture and homewares and the Salvos Superstore for clothing, accessories, personal effects etc...more
An absolute must visit is this mammoth shed where you'll find everything from boats and bicycles spas to bathtubs, furniture to fashion, homewares to toys and books, DVDs and videos...more
And if you're looking for a decent coffee, bite to eat or even a beer whilst on the treasure trail, here are some refuelling suggestions:
Laon Cake & Café - A quaint pocket-sized courtyard café opposite Geebung Railway Station is open for breakfast & lunch 'til 4pm on Saturdays
Fox Coffee - Grab a top notch coffee and snack from this Geebung boutique coffee roaster, open from 6.30am Saturdays until midday.
Ballistic Beer Co - Take time out in Salisbury to sample a craft beer brewed in this World War II shed turned microbrewery, open from 1pm on weekends.
Kitchen 8 - This funky Northgate eatery with an Italian twist is open for tasty all day breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday 'til 3pm..
Reload Espresso - A World War II bullet factory has been converted into Salisbury's coolest café, open until 2pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday
Bedouin Brew - A Rocklea warehouse transformed into a cool garden style cafe for coffee and Arabic sweets, open til 1pm Saturday & 12pm Sunday.