Deck the Halls (with loads of candles!)
Here we go again! It feels like only last week we were seeing paper bunnies in every shop window and giving out chocolate eggs. But it’s almost the holiday season again, so here is a short guide about the upcoming summer markets held around Australia, to get you ready for the silly season.
Melbourne and Victoria:
From the weekly Rose Street Market to one-off events such as the Spring Craft and Market Day at the Abbotsford Convent, there is no denying, Melbourne is spoilt for choice when it comes to craft markets. We’ve scoured through every market and come up with our top three markets for the Melbourne and Victoria region…
The Creators Market
This quirky little ‘travelling’ market makes its way around Victoria; with events held in Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and the Bellarine Peninsula. The Creators Market aims to showcase all the fantastic home-grown products by crafters around Victoria. The market is free to attend. They have three events coming up in the next three months, so get pouring and book your stall now for either the 29th October at Terindah Estate (Bellarine), 25th November at Prahran Town Hall or 10th December at Dromana Estate (Tuerong).
Location: Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bellarine Peninsula
Hours: Weekends only
Contact info: http://www.thecreatorsmarket.com.au/
Makers Market (Heidi)
Encased by the serene backdrop of the Heidi Museum of Modern Art sculpture park, comes the Makers Market. This market was established by the Heidi Museum and the Rose St. Artists’ Market, to offer a beautiful space where makers and artists alike can debut their goods and produce. Held on the second Saturday of every month, the next market will be held on the 11th November. What a fantastic way to spend the weekend, in such a picturesque part of Melbourne!
Location: Heide Museum of Modern Art - Sculpture Park
7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105
Hours: 10-3, on the second Saturday of each month.
Contact info: http://www.heidemarket.com/
Moonlight Market (Bendigo)
With its mix of eclectic local designs, art and vintage and handmade goods, with some great live music and food trucks, the Moonlight Market is one to watch, especially over this summer season. Located at the Hargreaves mall, this market just keeps growing! The next market will be held on October 21st, then November 25th, but check the website for more information. From clothing, crafts, homewares and more, this Saturday night market is a must for local talent to share their goods!
Location: Hargreaves Mall - 265 Hargreaves St, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia
Hours: Saturday 5pm – 9pm
Contact info: http://www.moonlightmarketbendigo.com.au/
New South Wales:
From bustling cities to lazy beachside towns, New South Wales has an array of produce and local talent on offer. And where better to showcase this than at weekend, night or seasonal markets! Here’s our top 3 picks for New South Wales…
The Grounds Markets
Located at the Grounds Storehouse, the same site as the old Salts Meats and Cheese warehouse, the Grounds Markets is a generously sized market (80+ stalls) has a rotating schedule of stallholders which changes weekly, keeping it different every visit! Entry is free, so check out this market before it ends for the year on 21st December.
Location: The Grounds of Alexandria – 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
Hours: Weekends, 9am – 3:30pm
Contact info: https://thegrounds.com.au/the-grounds-markets/
Hunter Wine Country Market
This market offers local products from clothing and fashion, jewellery, soaps, candles, woodworks and pottery as well as locally grown produce and much more. In rain or shine, the Hunter Wine Country Markets give a great snapshot of what the Hunter Valley region has to offer.
Location: De Bortoli Wines - 532 Wine Country Drive Pokolbin NSW
Hours: Saturdays, 9-3pm (no markets in January)
Contact Info: https://www.facebook.com/Hunterwinecountrymarkets
Located at the beautiful beachfront grounds of Bondi Beach Public School, the Bondi Markets showcase NSW finest goods. Offering food and produce, arts and crafts or fashion and jewellery, there is no question about it, the Bondi Markets are the perfect place to buy, sell shop and eat! Established in 1993, the Bondi Markets have launched some fresh young local talents.
Location: Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Hours: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Contact info: http://bondimarkets.com.au/
Queensland and the Northern Territory:
The best part about visiting markets in both QLD and the NT is that it’s always market weather! Unlike in the southern states of Australia, it is always the perfect climate for visiting a market in QLD and the NT, here are our top 3…
An Australian institution, the Eumundi Market has been a favourite among candle pourers since 1979! You name it, they’ve got it at the Eumundi Market, from premium quality artesian goods, produce and gourmet food options, the Eumundi is the quintessential Aussie market. Open rain, hail or shine!
Location: 80 Memorial Dr, Eumundi QLD 4562
Hours: Wednesday: 8am – 1.30pm and Saturday: 7am – 2pm
Contact info: http://www.eumundimarkets.com.au/
A farmers-cross-artisan market located in North Brisbane, the Carseldine Markets showcase QLD’s finest in genuine produce and crafts. The markets combine a passion for locally sourced and created goods with the vibrant atmosphere of Brisbane’s growers, artists, designers and crafters.
Location: The Old Qut Carseldine Campus – 532 Beams Rd (Cnr Beams & Dorville Rd), Carseldine.
Hours: Saturdays 6:00am – 12pm
Contact info: http://www.carseldinemarkets.com.au/
A true mix of everything the Northern Territory has to offer, the Parap Markets are bursting with vibrant, tropical sights, flavours, smells and sounds, every Saturday all year round! This is just one of the reasons the Parap Markets were at the top of our list for the NT. Combining local flare with artistic and specialist crafts, this market is everything and more.
Location: 36 Parap Rd, Parap, Northern Territory
Hours: Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Contact info: http://parapvillagemarkets.com.au/2017/index.php/markets
WA is such a huge chunk of Australia, so this made our job of choosing only three markets very, very tricky. After sleepless nights debating which markets we thought deserved to make this list, here it finally is, our 3 favourite markets in WA!
Artisans’ Collective WA
This newly launched, pop up market caters to handmade and local goods from around WA and Australia. featuring goods from very talented designers, crafters, and artists the Artisans’ Collective is a funky new market concept which should be on everyone’s radars over this festive season.
Location: Floreat Forum, 1 Howtree pl, Floreat, WA
Hours: 9am – 5pm (check website for specific dates)
Contact Info: https://www.facebook.com/artisanscollectivewa/
Broome Courthouse Markets
For a truly enjoyable weekend, head to the Broome Courthouse Markets. Here you will find anything and everything Broome has to offer; local food, plants, gifts, arts and crafts, clothing, jewellery, even tour information can be found at this little market! Located in the heritage listed gardens surrounding the old Broome Courthouse, the markets have been running for 25 years long and they were forever growing.
Location: Broome Courthouse - Cnr Frederick and Hamersley St, Broome.
Hours: Saturdays: 8am – 1pm (year-round), Sundays: 8am – 1pm (from April – October)
Contact info: https://www.broomemarkets.com.au/
Perth Makers Market
An exclusive selection of local handmade goods is offered at this market. For those of you from WA who are lucky enough to get this awesome concept market in your state, there is a range of every type of handmade product imaginable, strictly by Western Australian hands only, of course.
Location: ever changing, check the website for details (the next market will be held on 5th November in Applecross – 58 Duncraig Rd.)
Hours: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Contact info: http://perthmakersmarket.com.au/
Every person and their dog knows about the Salamanca Market; Hobart's premium market space, attracting tourists and locals alike, every Saturday of the year. So, we decided to keep this obvious market off our list and put together a top-three left of centre markets which you may not have heard of or visited.
Held at Hobart’s Masonic Temple six times a year, ‘The Market’ prides itself on giving local, independent Tasmanian artists and designers an opportunity to promote their wares. Operating since 2009, the founders approach remains the same, to offer high quality goods, and high-quality exposure for fresh Tasmanian creators.
Location: 3 Sandy Bay Rd (directly opposite St David's Park) Hobart
Hours: Sundays 10am – 3pm (the next event will be held on Sunday 3rd December)
Contact info: https://www.themarkethobart.com/
Tassie Makers Market
This little market just keeps growing! What began as a small group of craftspeople in the Tamar Valley, has turned into a real haven for artisans’ specialising in handmade goods and producers. From cakes, breads, arts, crafts, jewellery, clothing, homewares, children’s clothing and toys, soaps, candles and much, much more, if you can make it, you can sell or find it at the Tassie Makers Market.
Location: Fulton St, Legana, Tasmania
Hours: Second Saturday of every month, 10am – 2pm
Contact info: https://www.facebook.com/tassiemakersmarket/
Richmond Farmers & Makers Market
This market has community at the heart of it, emphasising locally grown, made and sourced products from the Coal River Valley and surrounding areas. A newly born market which is continuously growing, this market offers food, entertainment and locally crafted goods. Located in the historical village of Richmond, the volunteers who run this market make sure that everything sold or bought is truly unique to the area, and the money made is reinvested into the community.
Location: Town Hall, 52 Bridge St, Richmond, Tasmania
Hours: Saturday 9am – 3pm
Contact info: http://richmondvillagemarket.com.au/
If you know of any great upcoming markets please share them either in the comments or on our Instagram page. We love supporting our candle-pouring family and sharing market secrets is just one way we can help each other.
Journal by: Georgia Cavin Photography: Andrew Robles @andrewroblesphotos