I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
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Published July 7th 2016
There is so much to see and do at your local markets in Vic
Over the years I have travelled around Victoria and every chance that I get, I try to find out where there is a market going on nearby. One that has quite a lot of stalls that will keep me busy for at least a couple of hours, has lots of fresh produce or something unusual that may catch my eye.
It may be in the form of a Phantom comic book, a mint in box toy car, an old LP of the Beach Boys or some old fishing reels that are no longer made. It may be a market that has great jams or pickles, sells pie and peas or have one of the best sausage and egg rolls.
Markets may not be for everyone. But there are hundreds of markets throughout Melbourne and Victoria where you can pick up your weekly fresh produce, the knick-knacks that you have always wanted, a place where you can take the family for a few hours or a place where you can catch up with friends for a chat.
Have you ever heard the song written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, "I've Been Everywhere" and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962. In this song they go through over ninety towns and places within Australia.
What I have done for this article is put together a list of 40 markets (some I have been to) that have taken my interest throughout 39 places in Victoria. They are Abbotsford, Albert Park, Ballarat, Belmont, Berwick, Camberwell, Castlemaine, Dandenong, Drouin, Echuca, Elwood, Fairfield, Gisborne, Healesville, Heathcote, Jindivick, Kinglake, Koonwarra, Laverton, Longwarry, Mornington Park, Melbourne, Neerim, Nunawading, Oakleigh, Riddles Creek, Pearcedale, Pombo, Rokeby, Scoresby, St Kilda, Tallarook, Trentham, Violet Town, Wadambuk, Wallan, Warragul, Whittlesea and Yarragon.
So whether you are new to the market scene or a veteran? This list will help you get started to find the best market in Victoria. Or maybe you already have one in mind.
Where: Gasworks Farmers Markets - Albert Park When: 3rd Saturday of every month. Time: 9am to 1pm. What's for sale: Deep coloured, ripe and delicious fruit and vegetables, aromatic hand-made cakes and jams, freshly laid free range eggs and just cut flowers. local Victorian produce. The Gasworks Resident Artist Studios are also open during the Farmers Market. Website:www.gasworks.org.au/farmers-market
Where: Akoonah Park 2 Cardinia Road Berwick. When: Sundays. Time: 8am to 1.30pm. What's for sale: Plants, clothing, food, toys and hobbies, books, shoes, scarves, beanies and much more. Website:www.facebook.com/akoonahparkmarket
Where: Abbotsford - held in the grounds of the beautiful Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne. When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month throughout the year. Time: 10am to 4pm. What's for sale: The Shirt and Skirt Market has regular stallholders who include offbeat fashion label Two Threads, which specialises in upcycled, sustainable garments, children's clothing to make you smile by Retrobub, jewellery and accessories, designer Jude, and many more. Website:www.shirtandskirtmarkets.com.au
Where: Ballarat Trash and Trivia - Ballarat Showgrounds, Creswick Rd, Ballarat. When: Every Sunday. Time: 8am - 2pm What's for sale: Now boasts over 300 quality stalls and thousands of visitors. Whether it's arts & craft, fresh produce, plants, clothing, homewares, tools, electrical goods, clothing, unique gifts, home-made or pre-loved goods Website:www.ballaratmarket.com.au
Where: Belmont - Barwon Valley Community Centre, Barwon Heads Road, Belmont When: Every Sunday. Time: 8am to 1.30pm What's for sale: A large indoor/outdoor market featuring craft & bric a brac. A small entry fee applies. White Hat suggests that if you enjoy garage sales then Belmont Market is like having 20 or 30 garage sales in the one location. In addition, the indoor space has a range of low priced merchandise. Website:www.facebook.com/BelmontMarketGeelong
Where: Camberwell Station Street Camberwell When: Sunday. Time: 7am to 12.30pm What's for sale: From records to rings, buttons to boots, as long as it's second-hand, antique or vintage. Website:www.facebook.com/CamberwellSundayMarket
Image courtesy of Rotarys Sunday Markets at Camberwell.
Where: Castlemaine - Beside the old Market Building, Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. When: 1st Sunday of month Time: 9am to 1pm What's for sale: The Market sells locally grown and made produce. Website:www.castlemainefarmersmarket.org
Where: Drouin Craft and Produce Market - Civic Park, Drouin. When: Third Saturday of every month Time: 8.00am 12.30pm What's for sale: Fresh produce, craft, flowers and plants, clothing, toys, coffee, drinks and there is a BBQ Website:www.drouinrotary.com/page/market
Where: Dandenong 40 Cleeland Street Dandenong. When: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Time: Tuesday: 7am 4pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am), Friday: 7am 5pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am and closes at 4pm), Saturday: 7am 4pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am) & Sunday: 10am 3pm What's for sale: Fresh, local and organic, seasonal and exotic, styles of meats, whole fish and fillets, exotic seafood, spices, dips and flavours, sensational coffee, nuts, exotic breads, chocolates, cakes and gourmet food stalls, Gφzleme, dims sims, Burek, Dandee Donut, live music, clothing, shoes, accessories, jewellery, handbags, toys, plants and flowers. Website:www.dandenongmarket.com.au/about/about-dandenong-market
Where: Echuca - Alton Reserve, 400 Hare Street, Echuca. When: 1st, 3rd and fifth weekends of each month. Time: 8am to 1pm. What's for sale: Farmers to sell direct to the public freshly harvested produce, whilst supporting local farmers and directly putting money back into regional Victorian communities. Website:www.facebook.com/Echuca-Farmers-Market-120121591364993
Where: Elwood - Elwood Primary School Grounds, Scott Street. When: 1st Sat of month (except school hols). Time: 8.30am-1pm. What's for sale: Buy your vegetables fresh from the farm and homemade cakes/biscuits. Browse the stalls get bric a brac, clothes, toys, crafts, plants, used kitchen ware and much more. Whilst shopping enjoy a coffee, sausage and other delights. Website:www.elwoodmarket.com
Where: Fairfield Primary School - Fairfield Primary School, Wingrove Street, Fairfield. When: 3rd & 5th Saturday of month. Time: 8am to 1pm. What's for sale: Up to 40 stalls of the freshest seasonal produce including artisan breads, coffee, eggs, flowers and plants, fruit and veg, herbs and spices, meats, pasta and sauces, olive oil, preserves, handmade soaps and much more. Gold coin entry Website:www.fairfieldps.vic.edu.au
Where: Fairfield - Sherman Green in downtown Fairfield When: Every Sunday - June 19 to mid-September. Time: 10am to 2pm. What's for sale: Fresh produce, dairy, fish, and baked goods. Website:www.fairfieldfarmersmarket.org
Where: Gisborne Service roads of Aitken & Hamilton Streets. When: First Sunday of the month Time: 9am to 2pm. What's for sale: Over 250 stalls offering a large range of products. Catering for all ages and tastes, the market has something for everyone. Food and wine, fresh produce, quality hand-made items, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, books, plants and fresh flowers. You will also find entertainment for your children and products for your pets. Satisfy your hunger with a great range of tasty foods and good coffee, or take a break at one of the local cafes or wineries after the market. Website:www.gisborneoldetimemarket.org.au/index.htm
Where: Healesville - River St carpark (1st Sun); Coronation Park, River St (3rd Sun), Healesville. When: 1st & 3rd Sunday of month Time: 8.30am to 2pm. What's for sale: 1st Sunday you will find 105 permanent stalls from the local scouts with their sausage, burger & cold drink stall getting the taste buds going, to Crafts, Homemade Jams & sauces, Large Variety of Bric-a-Brac, Clothing, Jewellery, Plants, Books, CD's & DVD's, Toys, Tools, Olive Oil, Fresh Produce, Eggs, Fruit & Veggies etc. 3rd Sunday a vast array of homemade products, soaps, honey, jam, crafts, plants, recycled books, DVD's & CD's, children's costumes, sausage sizzle and a coffee van. Website:www.healesvillecommunitymarketinc.websyte.com.au
Where: Heathcote Bush Market - Barrack Reserve - High Street. When: 1st Saturday of month Time: 8am to 1pm What's for sale: Stalls including local produce, tools, plants, clothing, bric a brac, beauty products, jewellery and household goods. Website:www.heathcote.org.au/things-to-do/markets-local-produce
Where: Jindivick Country Market - Jindivick Harvest Kitchen grounds, Jindivick. When: First Saturday of every month except Jan, Jun, Jul & Aug Time: 9.00am 1.00pm What's for sale: Local produce, art and craft Website:www.jindivick.org.au/jcm
Where: Kinglake - located in front of the Kinglake Murrindindi Shire Office 19 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake. When: 4th Sunday of each month - closed over Winter (June to August). Time: 10am - 3pm. What's for sale: Buy direct from the grower, producer or maker. Producers offer the best local, fresh and seasonal produce. Website:www.kinglakemarket.com
Image courtesy of Kinglake Markets.
Where: Koonwarra - Memorial Park, Koala Drive, Koonwarra. When: The first Saturday every month Time: 8.30am-12.30pm What's for sale: This regional Farmers Market proudly presents and identifies South Gippsland's food cultural heritage with its friendly monthly community event. We proudly support and promote the freshest of healthy produce direct from local farmers, growers and speciality food makers. Website:www.kfm.org.au
Where: Laverton 8-18 Leakes Road Laverton North. When: Saturday and Sunday. Time: 7am to 4pm. What's for sale: On14 hectares and has 1,400 stalls and 1,000 car-spaces nearby. There is a huge outdoor area, with stalls selling second-hand and new items at unbelievably low prices. The undercover area consists of two 3,500 square metre pavilions with stalls selling everything from clothes to hardware and fruit and vegetables. While browsing, you can grab a doughnut or quick snack from one of the many food vans. Website:www.market.com.au
Where: Mornington Park, Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington. When: Every 2nd Saturday of month. Time: 8.30am to 1pm. What's for sale: This community-run event offers fresh, seasonal food direct from the producer, including vegetables, fruit, local mussels, grass-fed meats, cheeses, conserves, sweet treats. Live music, breakfast BBQ and other ready-to-eat food available at each market. It is close to playgrounds, the beach and Main Street shopping precinct. Website:www.facebook.com/MorningtonFarmersMarket
Where: Queen Victoria Market - Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne When: Tue & Thur 6am - 2pm, Fri 6am - 6pm, Sat 6am - 3 pm, Sun 9am - 4pm Time: Tue & Thur 6am - 2pm, Fri 6am - 6pm, Sat 6am - 3 pm, Sun 9am - 4pm What's for sale: One of the biggest around that has just about everything that you are after. Website:www.facebook.com/QueenVicMarket
Where: Nunawading - in the grounds of the Whitehorse Civic Centre. When: Every fourth Sunday of each month from February to November, with a special Christmas Twilight Market on the second Sunday of December. Time: 9am to 2pm. What's for sale: Nunawading Market's motto is 'Make It, Bake It, Grow It' providing community access to a diverse range of goods ranging from baby ware, clothing, toys, jewellery, gifts and plants to gourmet foods and fresh produce. Website:www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Nunawading-Market.html
Image courtesy of Nunawading Markets.
Where: Oakleigh - corner of Atherton Road and Hanover Street, Oakleigh. When: Every Sunday. Time: 8am till 1pm. What's for sale: There are over 150 stalls of mainly second hand goods, plants, flowers and hardware. Website:www.rotarymonash.org.au
Where: Riddells Creek - Riddell Primary School When: 3rd Saturday of the month Jan-Nov & as a twilight market on the 2nd Friday each Dec. Time: 9am to 1pm. What's for sale: Locally grown produce, hand-made products. Website:www.riddellscreekfm.com.au
Where: Pombo - 2846 Princes Highway, Pomborneit North. When: Thursday to Monday, public holidays and 7 days per week during school holidays Time: Friday: 9:30am - 5pm, Saturday: 9:30am - 5pm, Sunday: 9:30am - 5pm, Monday: 11am - 4pm and open most Thursdays: 11am - 4pm. What's for sale: With several quality Antique dealers offering an extensive range of Antique furniture, Collectable's, China, Records, Memorabilia, Retro, Kitchenalia and Bric a Brac, you will have the time of your life browsing for that elusive item. Website:www.pombomart.com.au
Where: Rokeby Community Market - Main Road, Rokeby. When: The market is held on the second Saturday of the month for nine months of the year. The Market does not operate during the winter months of June, July and August. Time: 8.00am 1.00pm What's for sale: The Rokeby Market is one of Victoria's longest running markets. With over one hundred stallholders offering products and services that fit within the - Make it, Bake it, Breed it, Grow it. Website:www.rokebymarket.org.au
Where: Scoresby 1280 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby When: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. Time: Wednesday 8:30am 3:00pm, Friday 8:30am 2:30pm and Sunday 8:30am 4:30pm. What's for sale: It is the main attraction of the park comprising of approximately 1,200 undercover stalls and 150 outside stalls. In the market you will find a unique and interesting shopping experience and be amazed by the variety, bargains and product range. Fresh produce, accessories, huge computer and IT section, household products, men's, women's and kids clothing and shoes, tools, toys Website:www.caribbeangardens.com.au
Where: St Kilda St Kilda Beach. When: Every Sunday. Time: Mat to September 10am to 4pm and October to April 10am to 5pm. What's for sale: Over 150 unique stalls of hand crafted artwork, bags & accessories, body products, metal & wood products, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, accessories and new foodie zone. Website:www.stkildaesplanademarket.com.au/index.htm
Where: Tallarook 44 Main Road Tallarook. When: 1st Sunday of each month. Time: 9am to 1pm. What's for sale: A variety of local produce, including fresh fruit and vegetables, locally raised beef and lamb, wine, olive products and many others. Visitors will also find fresh coffee and hot food to sustain them as they shop. Website:www.facebook.com/TallarookFarmersMarket
Where: Trentham Curtin Lane, Trenthan. When: Every 3rd Saturday of the month. Time: 9am to 1.30pm What's for sale: Greeting cards, garden ornaments, soaps, hand knitted clothes, knits, wooden toys, children's and toddlers clothes, home decor items such as handmade oven mitts, scatter cushions and numerous other products. Website: None available.
Where: Violet Town Honeysuckle Community Market - Recreation Reserve in Tulip Street Violet Town. When: Every 2nd Saturday of the month. Time: 8.30am-1pm. What's for sale: Fresh produce, arts, crafts, jewellery, wine tastings, plants, tools, furniture and more! Relax and enjoy live music, hot food and great coffee. Website:www.violettown.org.au/market
Where: Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre, 35 Calendonia Street St Andrews When: Every 2nd Saturday of the month. Time: 9am to 1pm. What's for sale: With the amount of talented local artisans and crafters in the Shire of Nillumbik, this market is sure to grow and grow throughout 2016. All items are handcrafted original designs and include art, photography, cards, textiles, wood, ceramic, jewellery, sculpture, clothing, toys, home dιcor items and more. Website:www.standrewscommunitycentre.org/wadambuk-makers-market.html
Where: Warragul Arts Market - Civic Park Warragul. When: Third Saturday of every month, Oct - Mar Time: 10.00am 2.00pm What's for sale: Local art: sculptures, printmaking, pottery, photography, and much more Website:www.facebook.com/artsmarketwarragul
Where: Yarragon Community - Yarragon Public Hall, Campbell Street, Yarragon. When: Every fourth Saturday of every month, except December 2014 when it is held on 21 December. Time: 9.00am 2.00pm What's for sale: Craft, plants, fresh nuts and dried fruits, jewellery and gemstones, sausage sizzle, knitted baby clothes, relishes, bread. Activity table for the kids. Live music, local honey, woodcraft, herbs, massage, kids polar fleece toys, dog treats, fresh baked goods, baby accessories, and scatter pillows. Fresh brewed coffee, soaps, candles and much more. Website:www.facebook.com/YarragonCraftAndProduceMarket
Where: Wallan Old Time Market - Hadfield Park, Northern Highway, Wallan. When: Every second Saturday of the month. Time: 7.00am - 2.00pm What's for sale: There are around 150 stalls selling trash and treasure as well as community food stalls. Website:www.facebook.com/WallanMarket