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Grabbing Gourmet Delights at Goolwa
Everybody loves a market and when there are two markets held under some majestic Norfolk Palms within earshot of the water and gentle cooling seabreezes, could there be anything better?

Goolwa Wharf Markets
Goolwa Wharf Markets


The Goolwa Wharf Markets are held on the Goolwa Wharf alongside the Railway Station and feature around 80 stalls selling all sorts of market fare. My forward planning helped in knowing where the location was, and my initial thoughts as to where to park. But alas, I forgot that the Cockle Train also runs on Sundays and was at the station awaiting passengers, and all the local car parks were occupied by market goers, train travellers and numerous other tourists congregating in this becoming part of Goolwa.

Goolwa Wharf Markets, Cockle Train
Other Attractions - Steve Hudson


I found some parking a couple of streets away, and the subsequent walk to the markets became the justification for a coffee. I focussed my attention on what I thought was the largest gaggle of people, and made my way to the near-centre of the market and found a sit-down area and a coffee caravan whereby I satisfied my late morning craving.

Coffee, Goolwa Wharf Markets
Hooray for Coffee - Steve Hudson

Goolwa Wharf Markets
Books and Bags - Steve Hudson


Cruising the two main aisles of stalls, there is an eclectic feel to this market which is abuzz with conversations between buyers and sellers. There is the old and the new, the fresh and the produced, the antiques and the novelties... and then there is the Bull Creek Bakery, which I have previously failed to walk past without buying anything. Today was another failure, and the beef and mushroom pie (a deep pastry pie similar to British Pork pies) coupled with the Portuguese tart meant that the hands were then full, and a rest under a Norfolk Palm beckoned.

Bull Creek Bakery, Goolwa Wharf Markets
Best pies on the Fleurieu - Steve Hudson


After a break admiring the boats on Lake Alexandrina, I continued along the second aisle noting the stalls selling the healthy and healing, the green and growing, the handmade and manufactured, and the farm made and baked sausage rolls. Oh my, was I kicking myself at this point having just finished gorging on my early lunch. The sausage roll stand had numerous fillings including goat, spinach and feta, and pork and cheese, all of which piqued my interest. Luckily they were also selling cold servings, so three of those went in the bag to be devoured 'ron (and they were both delightful).

Goolwa Wharf Markets
Long Aisles of Popular Stalls - Steve Hudson


Soon I was coming to the end of the aisles having seen many different products and varieties of honeys, jams, olive oil, wines, petfood, books, thongs, hats, plants, flowers, crafts, shoes, bags, jewellery, tools and antiques. Although I didn't purchase much of anything else, it was good to browse, to soak up the atmosphere and to indulge in some pastries that were simply divine.

Goolwa Wharf Markets, Sausage Rolls
Simply Divine - Steve Hudson


The Goolwa Wharf Markets are held every Sunday during January, and the first and third Sundays for the remainder of the year. With a number of other cafes in and about the wharf including Hectors on the Wharf, 90 Mile Wines Cellar Door and the Cafelicious Cafe, the area is popular and has plenty of food options for everyone.

For further details on the markets, please refer to the Goolwa Wharf Markets facebook page.

Goolwa Wharf Markets
Collectables - Steve Hudson


For those unable to get to Goolwa on a Sunday, there is an alternative on Saturdays. Just 12km down the coastal road, the Port Elliot Markets are held at Lakala Reserve in centre of Port Elliot. These markets are slightly smaller than Goolwa, and feature a number of stallholders who also exhibit at the Goolwa Wharf Markets.

Port Elliot Markets
Port Elliot Markets - Steve Hudson


A quick tour of the Port Elliot Markets reveals a greater range of plants, flowers and local produce from some of the local market gardens, with fewer bakehouse and other edible foods. However there was a BBQ stall with some bacon and egg rolls that begged for attention. Sadly a coffee stall was not in sight, so if you are visiting these markets and want a coffee, it would be best to grab a takeaway from the township before walking down to the markets.

Port Elliot Markets
Large Parkgrounds - Steve Hudson


The Port Elliot Markets are held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, with the markets also being open every Saturday during January.
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Why? Everybody loves a market
When: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
Where: Goolwa Wharf, Goolwa
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Always good to know where the coffee is when you embark on a serious morning's market browsing.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4116) 1760 days ago
Bull creek pies are the best
by Sharon (score: 1|50) 1761 days ago
This article states at the top that the markets at Goolwa was on August 1 and 2 so Very disappointed to go to Goolwa on Saturday Aug 1 to find the market was only on on Sunday Aug 2.
by carol (score: 1|10) 1571 days ago
It wasn't on today (2/1/16) and we travelled from TTGully, luckily there was an antique fair on in Goolwa to save the day - disappointed
by hjone (score: 0|2) 1418 days ago
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