Manoora is a small country town on the Barrier Highway in the Mid North region of South Australia. The town was settled by Europeans in about 1841 and is thought to have been named after the indigenous word for water.
There's a sense of history when you enter the heritage listed Manoora Hall at the Institute building, which has been a centre for the local community for over 130 years, and proudly houses their collection of HMAS Manoora memorabilia. The Soldiers Memorial Supper room in the Manoora Hall was added in 1954 to commemorate local servicemen and women, and is now also used for the Manoora Hall Twilight Market.
Market Stalls at Manoora Hall Twilight Market (Image Supplied)
The Manoora Hall markets are held a couple of times every year, but the Twilight Market is the highlight of the year. A great range of market stalls showcase the best of fresh local produce from this largely agricultural area, and attract visitors to Manoora from miles around.
Find Fresh Local Produce & Haloumi Cheese at the Country Markets (Image Supplied)
Fortunately, the hungry travellers to Manoora Hall Twilight Market have plenty of choice for food. Hot foods include a sausage sizzle BBQ, a selection of Asian food, tea, coffee & scones. Other fresh local produce you can find at the market stalls includes locally made halloumi cheese, marinated olives, dried fruit, chocolates, fresh bread and a variety of rolls, and homemade cakes and biscuits. You will not leave these country markets feeling hungry.
There are plenty of market stalls selling homewares too: natural scented candles, handmade cards, colourful cushions, kitchen wares, handmade jewellery and crafts. Second-hand books, garden plants, ladies clothing and children's toys are usually available too. I'm always on the lookout at country markets for interesting old things - wind up gramophones and old household objects used to be easy to find, but now you need to look more carefully.
Quercus Skin Therapy at the Market Stalls (Image Supplied)
Manoora Hall Twilight Market runs from 4.30pm-8.30pm on Friday November 4. Why not come and visit these country markets at the Manoora Institute Hall, and enjoy life in a small country town for an evening? For more information head over to the Manoora Hall Markets Facebook page where you will find contact details on the event poster.
These country markets are run to benefit the maintenance of Manoora Hall, which locals are keen to see survive into its third century. Unfortunately restoration of heritage buildings is labour intensive and expensive - all the more reason to support the twilight market.
Manoora Hotel 1920: Largely Unchanged Today Except New Paint (Image: SLSA B-74512-15)
The Manoora Hotel a few doors down offers accommodation and can help you out with a great meal, or a nice cold beer. Recreational vehicle owners have found there is ample free parking available for self-contained vehicles on the Manoora Hotel grounds and pets are welcome, with the use of amenities at a small cost.
For railway enthusiasts the Gilbert Valley is a Mecca, with many attractive disused railway stations which reflect South Australia's rich built heritage. Unfortunately many are now in disrepair and they are disappearing slowly every year.