Australian markets to visit this year
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Australian Markets I Want to Visit this Year

I’ve set myself a little project this year – to visit at least one Australian market per month throughout 2017.

Last year I was very lucky to spend three weeks in London exploring the wonderful London markets.  You can read about that trip here.  I managed to discover 20 markets in the space of three weeks and could easily have visited another 20 had I more time.

I can only dream of repeating that amazing experience!

As I have my own market to run as well as family commitments, I’ve decided to start the project small and local and aim to visit Australian markets this year (unless I get lucky and a trip overseas falls my way!)

The Rules?

Well, there are no hard and fast rules really.

(1)  I just need to try to visit at least one market a month for the remainder of the year.

(2)  Preferably markets I haven’t already visited, but this is not essential ….

(3)  A visit to any type of market counts.  Markets include: handmade markets, farmers markets, flea markets, antique markets, fashion markets, children’s markets, school fetes, car boot sales, fashion markets, festivals that host market stalls, bazaars, etc.

(4)  I probably shouldn’t include my own River & Wren Markets in the count!

The Markets

I’ll be far more accountable to myself if I make a wish list of the markets I’d like to visit.  So here they are, in no particular order.

(1)  Capital Region Farmers Market – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

      √    I visited this market a few weeks ago and you can read about it here.

(2)  Bright Markets, Bright, north eastern Victoria

      √   My daughter and I did a day trip to Bright last Saturday and you can read about it here.

I have a weekend in Sydney in March so have big plans to visit as many markets as possible …

(3)  Paddington Markets (my market crush!) – Sydney, New South Wales

(4)  Balmain Markets – Sydney, New South Wales

(5)  Glebe Markets – Sydney, New South Wales

(6)  Rozelle Collectors Market – Sydney, New South Wales

(7)  Bondi Markets – Sydney, New South Wales

(8)  The Rocks Markets – Sydney, New South Wales

(9)  Carriageworks Farmers Market – Sydney, New South Wales

(9)  Trove Makers’ Market – Bendigo, Victoria

(10) Handmade Canberra, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

(11)  Old Bus Depot Markets (my old haunt when I lived in Canberra), Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

(12)  Hall Markets – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

(13)  Finders’ Keepers Market – Sydney or Melbourne

(14)  Round She Goes Pre-Loved Fashion Market – Sydney or Melbourne

(15)  Riverina Producers’ Market – Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

(16) Eumundi Markets – Eumundi, Queensland – this is obviously not local, but a girl needs to fantasise occasionally

(17)  Byron Market – Byron Bay, New South Wales – another one for the fantasise list!

These are just the markets that have popped into my head without too much thought.  There are so many other amazing Australian markets that could be on this list.

I expect that I won’t make it all of the markets I’ve listed.  And I imagine that I’ll find other markets to visit as I travel throughout the year.  That doesn’t matter, as long as I’m exploring markets every month I’ll achieve my goal and hopefully visit far more than 12 markets during 2017.

Wish me luck!

Do you have any suggestions of markets I should be visiting – Australian or in another country?



Comments (11)

  • If you make it up to Byron Bay, make sure to visit the Bangalow Markets. You should also put Foragers Market at Bulli (near Wollongong, NSW), on your list.
    Happy Marketing!

    • Thanks for the suggestions Jodie. I’ll add both to my list! I grew up in northern NSW so a trip to Byron Bay and Bungalow would be a highlight of my market travels.

  • Oh Jennie xxx A fabulous list of markets there. Look forward to seeing you at Trove. Geelong Piccadilly is another lovely market and my annual favourite, Nargoon Christmas Fair, which isn’t just for makers but certainly a gorgeous country event and lots of fantastic makers go to show their wares. Happy travelling and can’t wait to read more xx

    • Thanks Kylie. I forgot about Nargoon! Silly me! I didn’t make it last year but might need to make it my November market this year! I’ll add Geelong Piccadilly to my list as well! I need to do some more research into Melbourne and Victorian markets. Just need to wait until after March River & Wren.

  • It was great to see you at the Bright markets last Saturday Jenny.

    • Thanks Maree. Alice and I had such a lovely time at the beautiful Bright Markets! I’m so envious of the gorgeous location – though I expect it probably gets a tad cold during winter! William loved his brownie thank you and the melting moments didn’t last long! Will need to stock up when you’re at River & Wren next week!

  • You must visit the ever popular Violet Town Market – 1 hour 28 minutes from Albury/Wodonga! Second Saturday of each month – 250-280 stall holders swelling to 4,000 happy customers each month – well worth a visit!

    • Thanks Simone. That’s definitely do-able and sounds like well worth the trip! I’d best start saving up for all the spending I’ll be doing at all the markets I’m about to start attending!

  • Millthorpe market is a great market to visit. Its on twice a year the first one being on the 2nd of april.

    • Thanks so much Ashliey. I’ve put Milthorpe Market on my list. 2 April might even be possible. Do you go to this market?

  • The Made with Love markets based in Coffs Harbour on 4x per year!


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