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Published March 10th 2016
Come for a bargain, and grab a bite to eat
Macclesfield is a small picturesque country town in the Adelaide Hills located halfway between Mount Barker and Strathalbyn. The major Macclesfield attractions are the Macclesfield Gravity Festival which has been held since 2007, and the annual Strawberry Fete.
It is also home to a modest weekly Macclesfield Market held every Sunday - a small affair compared to others in the region, but definitely worth a visit if you are taking a leisurely drive in the area. For a market junkie like me, you could take in the bustling Original Open Market first, or even the eclectic Myponga Wholesale Country Market before taking a scenic drive through Kuitpo Forest to Macclesfield in the Battunga Country. It makes your journey a fun way to see the south Adelaide Hills.
As you enter the town it almost feels like you have gone back in time, with a number of the buildings looking much like they would have a hundred years ago. The Sunday market is held in the venerable 1874 Macclesfield Institute Hall building, with some market stalls occasionally outside.
Market Stalls Selling Bric-a-Brac Outside the Macclesfield Institute Hall
Macclesfield Market has a wide variety of goods on offer at low country prices. You'll find organic fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables, seedlings and plants for your garden, assorted bric-a-brac, handmade jewellery and gifts, artisan crafts and produce, and secondhand books. The vendors at the market stalls are mostly friendly, and often open to haggling. If you want to buy a bargain, this is a good place to come.
You'll Find Market Stalls Inside the Institute Hall at Macclesfield Market
While the market is very compact, you can still see some surprises. While there I bought a small decorative imported Indian box made from camel bone for storing knick-knacks at a very reasonable price. It's handmade and very decorative, and makes a novelty to have on display.
After you have had your fill of the Market, it is only a short walk to see a variety of local businesses seemingly frozen in time - the quaint Macclesfield Service Station, The Macclesfield Hotel or the Three Brothers Arms where the locals will welcome you if you drop in for a pint.
If you're hungry after touring the market stalls, meals from both the Three Brothers Arms and the Macclesfield Hotel come well recommended. I was longing for a fresh country baked pie with a flaky crust, but couldn't find a bakery in Macclesfield. The closest may be in Meadows where the Meadows Bakery and Tea Rooms are very popular.
As you leave the town towards Strathalbyn, there is right hand turn that takes you over the Angas River to the Longview Winery.Just over the river to the left is a picnic area and a sculpture by the old swimming pool in the river.The winery is just a short distance away,with a road leading off to the right.This old converted dairy looks over vineyards on the hilly slopes and valley below,intersected by a dirt road, which you can drive along.Well worth a visit for the splendid views and of course,to sample some of their fine wines etc.After leaving the winery,you may continue on a good dirt road to either Strathalbyn or to Meadows..quite a scenic little drive away from the main roads.