Everyone loves a good market and at this time of the year it can be a great chance to “wrap up” your Christmas shopping – whether it be a bargain or something unique that you wouldn’t have found elsewhere. It doesn’t matter where in Australia you live, there’s bound to be a great market nearby that warrants a visit. Affordable Holidays has compiled a list of the very best, check them out below:
1. Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast QLD – Wed 8am to 1:30pm & Sat 7am to 2pm
Touted as one of the biggest and best markets in Australia and a tourist attraction in its own right, the Eumundi Markets have been operating on the Sunshine Coast for over 30 years and are home to all manner of product; from art and craft to handmade toys and home wares and not to mention foodie-heaven stalls to make your mouth water. The market is also home to some of the best buskers and live performers in the country, so sit back with a soy chai latte and enjoy the entertainment.
2. The Penguin Market, Penguin TAS – Every Sunday 9am-3pm.
The name itself is enough to insight curiosity and the Penguin Market does not disappoint. The markets are home to over 80 stalls encompassing the best of the regions art and craft, jewellery, gift ware and farm fresh produce. The really big attraction here is that the market has it’s own nursery making it a one-stop shop for all of your home improvement needs.
3. Fremantle Markets, Fremantle WA – Fri, Sat & Sun 8am – 8pm
With over 150 stalls stocking everything you could possibly imagine, plus a little bit more, no Fremantle Markets experience is ever the same! Enjoy the thrill of discovery in an authentic bustling market, bursting at the seams with the weird and the wonderful. Feast on fresh local produce including crepes, nuts, coffees and cheeses. Lose yourself in fashion, antiques, jewellery and ceramics. And delight in unique gifts, homewares, souvenirs and accessories that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
4. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin NT – Thursday and Sunday 4pm – 10pm
As a tropical holiday destination, Darwin has it all; palm tree, white sand beaches and a warm climate, and that is the basis for the vision behind the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. The markets came to fruition when a group of like-minded people wanted to bring a taste of Asia’s night markets to Darwin. Now you can sample over 1200 different menu items from 5 different continents at the markets and all of this while you enjoy one of the countries best sunsets over the beach.
5. Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne VIC – Tuesday to Sunday from 6am
The vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere of this historic site has endeared the Market to Melburnians for 130 years. The Market is probably best known for its huge variety of fresh produce. Almost 50% of the Market area is dedicated to the sale of fresh produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood and delicatessen products. The remainder of the Market is used for variety and speciality goods, with Sundays being the most popular day for this category. On Sundays, the hustle and bustle of the weekday Market gives way to a more relaxed and leisurely family day. Queen Street is closed and converted into an outdoor cafe area, with children’s rides and other activities.
6. Bangalow Market, Byron Bay NSW – 4th Sunday of every month – 9am to 3pm
The Bangalow Market Day is a treat for day trippers, a retreat from the city and the rush of the Gold Coast. Bangalow is a window into another world. Come for the day. Part of the continuing success of the market is the beautiful grounds the markets are held in, which are dominated by eleven huge camphor laurel trees which provide welcome shade and rustling leaves and a magic forest atmosphere.
7. Carrara Markets, Gold Coast QLD – Saturday and Sunday 7am – 4pm
Carrara Markets is the biggest permanent weekend marketplace in Australia. With over 500 stalls covering 10 acres it’s a treasure trove of the curious and the unusual. It’s also the home of discount shopping when it comes to fresh produce, fashion, homewares, pots, plants, bric a brac, souvenirs, arts and crafts and just about everything else. Carrara Markets is a popular family day out, with buskers, pony rides, merry go rounds, bungy trampolines and face painters and now home to Luke’s Reptile Kingdom. A breathtaking interactive show featuring dozens of Australia’s unique and unusual creatures.
8. Penneshaw Farmer’s Market, Kangaroo Island SA – First Sunday every month 9am-1pm
Catch the ferry over from Cape Jervis to visit the monthly Kangaroo Island Farmers’ Market in Penneshaw. Aa popular event with locals and visitors alike, bringing local farmers, growers, bakers, home gardeners and a range of artisan producers together with the Island’s community and visitors, who come to taste and learn about the ever-growing range of local produce from the producers themselves. Each month the seasonal selection might include local lamb and small goods, olive oil, organic honey, biodynamic eggs, fresh water crayfish, oysters (in season), sheep cheeses and yoghurts, sticky figs and fig syrup, handmade cordials, curry pastes, chutneys and relishes, local wine, old fashioned biscuits and a range of other handmade delectables, all complemented by fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables.
9. Paddington Market, Sydney NSW – Saturday 10am to 5pm
The Eastern suburbs market boasts over 200 stalls, selling a wide range of beautiful Australian made goods. Celebrated as the home of many famous designers, you will find an amazing collection of fashion, contemporary jewellery, homewares, art and more. Look out also for the ’emerging designers section’ in the courtyard of the market. Paddington markets are perfect to bring the kids along too, with a playground area and surrounded by delicious food stalls and seating for a rest. What many people don’t know about the markets is that the proceeds raised are put back into the Mission, seeing dozens of homeless being feed every day at their Drop in centre.
10. Old Bus Depot Markets, Canberra ACT – Every Sunday 10am – 4pm
Canberra’s national award-winning markets. With a fresh contemporary feel, the indoor markets promise visitors a vibrant atmosphere and a truly sensory experience. You will find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring unique items that are handcrafted by local and regional artists and craftspeople. Located in the Old Bus Depot building on Wentworth Ave. in Kingston, Canberra, the markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy lunch, a coffee or a quick bite to eat.