An impressive number of markets are in the Byron Bay region, selling everything from fresh local produce to handcrafts, clothing and antiques. Browse one of the community markets for souvenirs and special gifts made by local artisans and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
Many of the markets include live music from local performers and buskers, and you can savour cooked food made from fresh local ingredients. You'll find most community markets are held once a month on weekends, and farmers markets are weekly in the mornings.
Mullumbimby Farmers Market is every Friday, from 7am to 11am. Sit under the fig trees and listen to live music, and taste delicious local produce. There's a dedicated space for kids to play too. With rich soils and sustainable farming practices, the Byron Bay region also hosts a number of food and wine festivals every year - check out the events calendar when planning your trip.
The Byron Bay Community Market is on the first Sunday of the month and the Bangalow Market in Bangalow is on the fourth Sunday. For a day trip in the gorgeous hinterland, drive 45 minutes west of Byron Bay for the Channon Craft Market, where you’ll find more than 240 stalls.
Ballina Market is every third Sunday in the home of the Big Prawn. Stalls to browse include food, fashion and gadgets. With great cycle paths in Ballina, hire a bike from Transition Cycles, The Bicycle Emporium or Sunrise Cycles and pedal to the markets and explore the river and coast.