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Published December 8th 2012
Enjoy a Day in the Heart of NSW's Rainbow Region
Located in the Rainbow Region of far northern New South Wales, Byron Bay is best known for its magnificent beaches, New Age ambiance and laid-back surfing lifestyle. However, with an incredible assortment of artists, musicians and other creative folk living in the town and surrounding areas, it's only to be expected that it would also be the venue for some pretty cool markets.
Held on the first Sunday of every month, the Byron Bay Community Markets reflect the town's vibrant art scene and serves as a forum for the beautiful, eclectic and weird creations of local artisans, as well as a place where one can purchase local produce (much of it organically grown), imported handicrafts from around the globe, delicious snacks, and chill out, while live entertainers amuse and astound you.
Some of the exotic wares which can be found at the Byron Bay Community Markets.
Since the organisers give priority to local stallholders who make or grow their own produce, the markets are a wonderful place to visit if you're looking for a unique, one-off present for someone special in your life. Over 70% of the stalls fall into this category. Creations range from funky fashion items, woodcrafts, ceramics, sculpture, mystical phantasmagoria, hand-crafted children's toys and much, much more.
Beautiful hand-crafted kitchen implements for sale at the Byron Bay Community Markets.
Byron Bay Community Markets are held at the Butler Street Reserve, just a short walk from the town's main street and the beach. They operate on the first Sunday of every month and are open from 8am to 3pm.
Beautiful handmade children's clothing at Byron Bay Community Markets.
In addition to the regular monthly market, periodically other 'special event' markets are held at the Butler Street Reserve, including a Christmas market later in December and a summer market in January. In addition, every Saturday evening, from 4pm until 9pm, an artisan market is held at Railway Park.
Located less than an hour from the Gold Coast or two hours from Brisbane, Byron Bay is a terrific spot to head for when you feel the urge to escape the urban rat-race. If the beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscape aren't sufficient to lure you away from suburbia, perhaps these awesome markets may be the enticement you need. For more information, check out the Byron Bay Community Markets website.