Markets, whether they be for produce, trinkets, handmade arts and crafts or for just getting a great coffee and soaking up the atmosphere, are a highlight on many people’s travels. We’ve rounded up four of the best markets around Australia to visit in winter, and all year round.
BAROSSA FARMERS MARKETS
WHEN: Saturday 7.30am to 11.30am all year round
WHERE: Cnr Stockwell and Nuriootpa Roads, Angaston
WHAT: A perfect market for winter as it’s permanently located undercover in the Vintners Sheds, Angaston. This means you can do your shopping regardless of the weather. An amazing array of stallholders sell a beautiful selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, chicken, duck, beef, pork, lamb, specialty breads, the Barossa’s famous smallgoods, fresh milk, stunning pastries and baked goods, honey, olive oil and olives, and confectionery. Oh, and the coffee is really, really good.
Images credit: South Australia Tourism Commission.
FARM GATE MARKET
WHEN: Sunday 8.30am to 1pm all year round
WHERE: Bathurst Street, Hobart
WHAT: Every Sunday, regardless of the weather, a busy street in the heart of Hobart transforms into a bustling farmers’ market. When the big brass bell rings at 8.30am sharp, it all kicks off. The market is all about Tassie produce and seasonal grub. Peruse fresh produce stalls, artisan foods and menus. Trestle tables are laden with the island’s freshest produce: from the sea to the land. Artisan producers also sell their wares. There’s olive oil, cool climate wine, boutique spirits, healthy treats, breads, sourdough donuts, jams, mustards and preserves, locally roasted coffee and hand-blended tea.
Images credit: Tourism Tasmania.
BROOME COURTHOUSE MARKETS
WHEN: Saturday 8am to 1pm all year round. Sunday 8am to 1pm from Easter weekend to Oct
WHERE: Broome Courthouse Grounds, Town Beach Reserve
WHAT: It’s like the market that just keeps giving. Located in a shady tropical garden setting (Instagram heaven) and features pearl and jewellery stands, handmade candles, soaps and leather belts. Loosen your own belt because the Ethnic food stalls are a highlight. The spring rolls and chicken satays are a favourite with locals and on a balmy night, a homemade mango ice-cream goes down a treat. Don’t forget to pick up some gourmet chutneys and jams for the van.
Images credit: Tourism Western Australia.
QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET
WHEN: Tuesday to Sunday (check website for opening times)
WHERE: Crn Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne
WHAT: The Queen Victoria Markets really are the heart and soul of Melbourne. Every trip to the city should include a visit. Explore your way through the iconic food halls and shed where the banter is as fresh as the produce. This is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere and is a 19th century heritage gem. It’s busy, bustling, and the vibe is electric. Take in the sounds of buskers and shop for a huge range of handmade jewellery, leather goods, shoes and clothing as well as delicious food.
Images credit: Tourism Victoria.
This article was published in G’DAY Magazine.