Heads Up, Gordon Park! Check Out These Fresh, Gluten-free Macarons

Wondering where to buy freshly made, gluten-free macarons in Gordon Park? Head on out to Thistle St, and check out these artisanal goodies.

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Founded by wife and husband team Trish and Bernard Hollamby in 2015, Marche du Macaron specialises in beautiful handmade macarons which come in a variety of flavours. 

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Photo credit: Marche du Macaron/Facebook

The usual ones include chocolate, mint choc, orange, and strawberry whilst seasonal specials include Ferrero Rocher, champagne rose, plum pudding macarons, Macadami honey, and Belgian Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts. 

Everything is handmade on site to guarantee their freshness. Another thing that makes their macarons special, is the fact that they use ganache for the fillings instead of the typical buttercream.

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Photo credit: Marche du Macaron/Facebook

Before opening their brick and mortar store in Brisbane, they have been operating online since 2011 and their family was known for making macarons for special occasions like weddings, christenings, milestone birthdays and corporate events.

Trish, who has been a coeliac since 1997, has been very hands on with the business. They take coeliac disease and gluten intolerance incredibly seriously, hence, customers can make sure all the treats they order are 100% gluten-free. 

Besides the macarons where they are best known for, this lovely little cafe also offers other sweet and savoury items and an ever-changing brunch menu. 

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Photo credit: Marche du Macaron/Facebook

The counters are always full of cookies, chocolate cheesecake scrolls, caramelised onion and herb focaccia, and muffins, as well as toasties and egg rolls. All items go perfectly with their coffee and hot chocolate. 

One more plus factor, especially for pet lovers, Marche du Macaron is a dog-friendly place where they even have a special ‘dog station sculpture’ out front with designer leash to attach your fur babies.

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Photo credit: Marche du Macaron/Facebook

They are open Wednesday to Saturday in their Gordon Park store. Takeaways are also available. They hold macaron classes from time to time in their shop in Ashgrove. 

To learn more about Marche du Macaron, don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and on Instagram @marchedumacaron.


Kedron Has Highest Covid-19 Numbers In Brisbane’s North

Kedron has the most number of COVID-19 infections in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, with 1,072 cases from 13 December 2021 to 19 January 2022.

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Based on data from Queensland Health, Kedron has recorded around 1,072 cases whilst nearby Gordon Park has recorded 696 cases for the above period. As of the latest census, Kedron-Gordon Park has a population of 13,700. 

Other nearby suburbs such as Wavell Heights (457) and Stafford Heights (283) recorded far fewer cases. Ascot, located seven kilometres away from Kedron, is one of the suburbs with the least Covid-19 infections with just 188 recorded cases for the same period.

Here’s an overview of some suburbs in Brisbane’s northside, from 13 Dec 2021 to 19 Jan 2022

Brisbane SuburbCovid-19 Cases
Chermside 827
Gordon Park696
Wavell Heights457
Ferny Grove378
Stafford Heights283
Chermside West 256

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Queensland ended all domestic border restrictions on 15 Jan 202, removing the need for border passes and the presentation of negative COVID-19 test results for anyone entering the state. Unvaccinated individuals no longer have to present quarantine requirements; however, establishments will still require proof of vaccination from their customers.

As of 24 Jan 2022, Queensland’s new COVID cases 10,212 with 878 patients at the hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state has had around 335,342 cases in total. Queensland has 89.2 per cent fully vaccinated individuals whilst 91.8 per cent have had their first dose.

Gordon Park Among Brisbane’s Cheapest Suburbs To Rent

Gordon Park has been listed as the fifth cheapest suburb to rent a unit in Brisbane, based on Domain Group’s median weekly rent data over the past 12 months.

According to Domain Group’s latest property reports, Brisbane is one of the capital cities where you can rent the most affordable house or unit in Australia. Current median rent price for units in Brisbane is at  $370 per week while units in Sydney and Melbourne are priced at $550 and $410 per week respectively.

Making it to the top of the list of Brisbane’s cheapest suburbs to rent is Grange with a median weekly rent of $295 a week. Others suburbs that followed are Bardon at $305 a week, Gordon Park at $325 a week and Newmarket at $328 a week.

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When it comes to the choices of rental properties, Brisbane has lots to offer with the number of new residential developments in and around the CBD. According to experts, one of the factors that affected the prices of units in the said suburbs is the number of older apartment buildings in those areas. While the prices of units in suburbs close to the city centre remain competitive, units in other suburbs have reportedly suffered.

In order to compete with newer developments, older buildings with no facilities needed to bring down their prices to increase their demand.

According to Domain Group, rents in Gordon Park fell by three percent over the past year, as did rents in Grange which went down down by 1.7 percent, Newmarket down by 0.8 percent, and Bardon down by 4.7 percent.

When it comes to the current demand for properties in Gordon Park, figures from realestate.com.au show that the suburb currently has a high demand market with 953 visits per property over the last 12 months.

If you want to know other suburbs in Brisbane with the lowest prices for units for rent, here are the 10 cheapest suburbs to rent a unit in Brisbane.

  1. Grange: $295
  2. Strathpine: $300
  3. Bardon: $305
  4. Red Hill: $320
  5. Gordon Park: $325
  6. Newmarket: $328
  7. Camp Hill: $330
  8. Herston: $330
  9. Clayfield: $335
  10. Wooloowin: $335

*Based on median weekly rent data over the past 12 months. Source: Domain Group