New South Wales’ North Coast is lined with small (and bigger) towns offering weekday, weekend and even monthly markets that span from fresh produce, night markets and even family-friendly events, plus arts and crafts festivals.
We’ve rounded up the best of the best so all you have to do is pack your re-useable bag and jump in the car.
Where: Woolgoolga Beach Reserve, Lismore
When: First and fourth Saturday of each month from 7.00am – 2.00pm
Enjoy the colour, sounds and flavours of India at this beachside market. With live music, local produce and plenty of stalls selling everything from arts, crafts and Indian clothing to delicious street food, it’s no wonder this market is a hit among the locals.
Whilst the name may suggest this market is solely limited to Indian stalls, in reality, it celebrates many regions around the world including Thailand, Japan, Fiji and Africa, and is a great way to taste and acquire items not available in conventional shops.
Where: Marina Drive (Besides the Jetty), Coffs Harbour
When: Every Sunday from 8am to 2pm
Grafton Farmers’ Market has it all. From local, seasonal produce served straight from the growers themselves to homemade knick-knacks, clothing and accessories. Oh, and did we mention the live music?
Their philosophy is “locally made, locally grown” so you are guaranteed a unique experience. The markets also offer workshops, chess, games and even yoga classes – so be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what’s coming up.
The entertainment is also second to none, each week expect to see fresh new talent performing. What could be better than listening to live music, in the sunshine along the harbour?
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Where: 1493 Pappinbarra Road Hollisdale Hall, Hollisdale
When: First Sunday of each month from 9am to 12pm
Known as the area’s friendliest market, this market was created around the “re-use, recycle, upcycle and re-purpose” mentality, where local residents could bring their farm produce excesses to the local hall to barter and share with other residents. Nowadays, the market has grown substantially, selling everything from vegetables and fruits to seedlings, plants and baked goods. Only a 45-minute drive from Port Macquarie, this little, hidden gem is well worth the visit. Whether you’re coming to do your weekly food shop, looking for unique Christmas or birthday presents or simply want to have a fun day out with family or friends, this market is the ultimate weekend activity.
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Where: Bangalow Showground
When: Fourth Sunday of every month from 9am to 3pm
Nestled under a canopy of fig trees in the beautiful Bangalow Showground, lies the Bangalow Markets. Filled to the brim with over 300 stalls selling everything from ceramics and clothing to fresh produce and coffee.
There is plenty of live entertainment at this market, and lots of shady spots to chill out and enjoy a bite to eat while listening to local bands. These are the kind of markets that you’ll end up spending the whole day at. With a chilled out vibe, friendly locals and that gorgeous Queensland weather, it’s no wonder people make the drive.
A percentage of the market’s profits are donated to local community groups and charities with the markets being run by the Bangalow Park Trust who care for and maintain the luscious market grounds and parking area.
Where: Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay
When: First Sunday of each month from 8am to 3pm
One of the biggest and best-known markets along the NSW North Coast in the Byron Bay Community Market. Stretching over several acres and with +300 stalls, there is always plenty to see and do. Let the kids get their face painted, shop for local produce sold straight from the farmers or grab some hot food from the fresh food stalls catering for a wide range of tastes. There is always a live band and buskers scattered around the site so if you like to have a little boogie with your morning coffee, this is the place.
Where: Ford Park, Clarence River
When: Fourth Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm
Come and spend a wonderful Sunday morning by the river at the Yamba River Markets. From early morning yoga classes in traditional yurts to face painting for the kids - it’s no wonder this market is getting bigger by the month. Have your tarot cards read, dig into freshly baked pastries or give the kids their pocket money and let them run wild. They’ll love playing on the grass and dancing along to the local performances. This family-friendly market is one to put on the calendar.
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