Only a few hours by car or train from Sydney CBD and Canberra, you will fall in love with the Southern Highlands and its rural vibe and rich history, along with jaw-dropping scenic backdrops and more natural beauty than you can fit in just one weekend. Keep this list handy as you will be back for more Southern Highland market charm throughout the year.
1. Berrima Schoolyard Market An historic Southern Highlands village, located just over 1.5 hours from Sydney CBD, 3.5 hours by train from Central station. When: The fourth Sunday of each month (Feb-Nov) & 2nd Sunday in December (no January market) 9:00am – 2:00pm Where: Berrima Public School, Oxley Street, Berrima, NSW, 2577 Highlights: 50 stalls featuring hand-made artisan jewellery, fashion and homewares with live music, children's activities, including a jumping castle, face painting cars and playground. Make sure to visit the school's very special Stephanie Alexander "Kitchen Café" and wander the stalls to find delicious fresh produce, home-made jams, sauces, pies, sweets, French cheeses, charcuterie as well as hot food including BBQ, Japanese pancakes, gozleme, Chinese, Danish and French food.
Mittagong, known by those who are familiar with its beauty, as the Cinderella of the Southern Highlands. The town lies between two volcanic peaks - the famous "Gib" (Mount Gibraltar) and Mount Alexandra. It is the perfect place to begin your exploration of the Southern Highlands. When: Third & Fifth Saturdays of every month, 8:00am – 2:00pm Where: Uniting Church Grounds - Corner Alice & Albert St Mittagong, NSW, 2575 Highlights: The Mittagong Markets are for the whole family including the dog! Enjoy a country market full of friendly smiles with plenty of unique products on offer. Expect to find handmade dog treats, dog soaps and other dog-related products, unique wood products and jewellery, children's clothes, local salami goods. This market is great because it has easy access for people with mobility issues, flat terrain and plenty of parking. Dogs are permitted on market grounds during market days – Please ensure your dog is always on a hand-held leash and bring a bag to pick up after your dog.
The Mittagong Markets
3. Bowral Public School Markets If you want to experience European elegance close to Sydney, then Bowral is where you want to go. You'll find hotels, exclusive guest houses, and boutique shops all wrapped up in Southern Highland charm. While you are here on Bendooley Street - Check out Stafford Cottage and Bowral Courthouse, only a few steps away. When: Every second Saturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Where: Bowral Public School, Bendooley Street, Bowral, NSW, Highlights: This market presents itself as a high-quality Maker's Market, Producer's Market, and Artisan Market combined into one. Those who know it, say it is like a traditional European Market, but set in the beautiful Southern Highlands and that is it one of the best markets in the region. You can bring your dog along, on market days, with a leash and a bag to clean up after your dog.
4. Railway Street Farmers Markets, Moss Vale A rural town, Moss Vale is home to livestock saleyards, farms markets and a traditional agricultural show. A must see is Leighton Gardens in Autumn and Spring and Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve while you are in the area. When: Every Thursday on the Green, 11:00am – 2:00pm Where: Railway St, Moss Vale, NSW 2577 Highlights: An authentic farmers market with an accent on primary produce grown locally using regenerative farming practices. Hosted by a non-profit community group with a vision to build a resilient local food system. Selling produce including fruit vegetables, fruit, eggs, sourdough bread, pastries, honey, olives and olive oil, sauces, jams, preserves, quiches, delicious coffee and cakes, locally grown and freshly harvested. Live music most weeks.
5. The Farmers and Flea Markets, Moss Vale When: Fourth Saturday of each month, 8:00am – 1:00pm Where: Moss Vale Showground, Illawarra Hwy, Moss Vale, NSW, 2577 Highlights: Most of the produce you find at these markets is from this area. You'll find breads, pates, jams, honey, cakes, organic vegetables, fruit and local beef, olives, oils, wines, hazelnuts, coffee, BBQ, home-made pies, toasties, plant trees, lollies, oysters from Greenwell Point, home-made heat bags, dog coats etc. Some shabby chic and home-made items. Live music and buskers when available. Markets are held rain, hail or shine, with ample on-site parking.
6. Kangaroo Valley Farmer's Markets Known as Australia's most beautiful valley featuring sparkling creeks and rivers, lush rainforest, stunning escarpments welcome you. There is an abundance of plants and wildlife to surround yourself with and there are no traffic lights. Just a 35-minute drive south east from Bowral, a two-hour drive from Sydney and Canberra. Check out the Pioneer Village Museum while you are here to get the most out of your visit. When: Second Sunday of each month, 8:00am – 1:00pm Where: 159 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, 2577 (Behind the Friendly Inn) Highlights: Pick up fresh olives, oysters, pickles, organic meats, coffee, olive oil, biscuits, herbs, pastries, jams and lots more direct from the growers.
7. The Colo Vale Village Market Known colloquially as "The Vale" Colo Vale is located just over an hour's drive south west from Sydney or just over 2 hours by train from Central Station Sydney. When: First Saturday of each month (except January) Where: 28 Railway Avenue, Colo Vale (opposite the historic Colo Vale Railway Station). Highlights: Each market has a different theme such as Vintage Cars plus fresh local produce and great Devonshire Teas. The Village Men's Shed provide an assortment of unique hand-made items. A team of volunteers provide gourmet food for lunch.
8. The Robertson Markets The Village of Robertson sits above Macquarie Pass and the Illawarra Escarpment. As such, it is very different from the rest of the Wingecarribee Shire. Known locally as the "Green Heart of the Highlands" Featuring forests and waterfalls, lovely wedding venues, charming restaurants and shops, a variety of accommodation options, a thriving art community, a friendly and unpretentious "working village" atmosphere. While in Robertson, you must visit the Robertson pie shop. When: Every second Sunday of each month from 8:30am until 3:00pm Where: The School of Arts building (middle of the village) 55 Hoddle Street, Illawarra Highway, Robertson, NSW, 2577 Highlights: In this indoor/outdoor market, you'll find hand-made pies, biscuits, eggs, cakes, jams, handmade bric-a-brac, tools, dolls, candles, jewellery, face creams and lots more. Wheelchair friendly.
9. The Exeter Markets A flourishing village, home to many English-style estates, as well as a picture postcard historic stone church and country railway station. Make sure you visit the Exeter General Store which is a working post office, store and café and the historic St Aidan's Church while you are in the area. When: First Saturday of month. 9.00am -1:30 pm Where: Exeter Village Hall, Exeter Road, Exeter, NSW, 2579 Highlights: Featuring bohemian, vintage and bric-a-brac wares, to satisfy any market enthusiast in the middle of a beautiful bush setting. You'll find plants, seedlings, bread, fruit, vegetables, eggs, coffee, baked goods, honey, jams, olive oil, relishes, sauces, preserves, handcrafted chocolates, knitwear, jewellery, candles, dumplings, gozleme, wine tastings, homewares, furniture, fashion and great design. You can also rest between stalls when you sit and enjoy a coffee or cake at the outdoor tables and surrounding gardens.