Markets in Byron Bay
With its creative communities, fertile farmlands and laid-back surf culture, the Byron Bay region has all the ingredients for a thriving market scene, catering to everyone from foodies to fashionistas, artists to antiques collectors.
The Byron Bay region on the North Coast of NSW boasts dozens of regular markets, some attracting thousands of visitors with the promise of eclectic stalls, entertainment and a lively atmosphere. Whichever outlet you visit, a few things are guaranteed: bountiful produce, a bucolic setting and great banter with locals. Most community markets are held monthly on a weekend, while farmers markets are generally a weekly affair.
Markets in Byron Bay
On the first Sunday of each month, the Main Beach foreshore is transformed with the Byron Community Market, uniting 300 stalls selling everything from crafts to global foods – plus a featured busker and face painting unique to each edition. The Byron Twilight Market at Railway Park is a more intimate (but just as fun) incarnation of the monthly event, held every Saturday at 4pm from October through May.
Follow the lead of locals to the weekly Byron Farmers Market (every Thursday morning) – a shrine to regional fare, whether oysters and cheese, honey and bread. Your picnic hamper starts here. Held quarterly during the NSW school holidays, the Byron Beachside Market focuses on people who ‘make, bake, sew and grow’, so expect lots of original art, ceramics, textiles, fashion and craft from local artisans. There’s also live music and some of the region’s famed health and wellness practitioners on-site.
Markets in Ballina, Bangalow & Mullumbimby
Ballina Market is self-billed as the ‘friendliest market around’ – for good reason. You can’t visit without making a friend or learning something new about the region. The setting is 20 minutes south of Byron Bay on the third Sunday of the month; the offering is tasty food, live entertainment, and arts and crafts. The Bangalow Market isn’t far behind in the friendly stakes, its outdoor gatherings are held on the fourth Sunday of the month at the leafy Bangalow Showground; nearby, the town’s Farmers Market is every Saturday from 8am.
The market circuit continues with the legendary Mullumbimby Farmers Market, every Friday from 7am to 11am. Sit under fig trees, listen to music, sip organic coffee and devour piping-hot crepes. Kids enjoy a dedicated play area, too.
For a day trip into the forested hinterland on the second Sunday of the month, drive 45 minutes west of Byron Bay to the Channon Craft Market. Held on the second Sunday of the month, this extravaganza of more than 250 stalls enjoys a serene setting, surrounded by rainforest and mountains, with plenty of entertainment for young travellers.