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The market, with a home amongst the gum trees
Held twice a year amongst the gorgeous eucalypt trees in the Moonta Railway Station car park, the Moonta Station Markets are a delightful addition to long weekends on the Yorke Peninsula and a great way to keep the whole family entertained for a day.
The Moonta Station Markets feature around 40 stallholders who set up their stalls in the morning shade of the eucalypts with stallholders being a mix of local arts and craft producers, bric-a-brac stalls, and some stallholders who have made the trip up from Adelaide for this long weekend market.
Clothes stalls are always an attractor at markets, and this market is no different. Dresses, tie-dye shirts, sweaters, jumpers and t-shirts are complemented by scarves, bags, ribbons, hair-ties, caps, hats and numerous other add-on accessories, with another stalls to keep any fashion conscious buyer occupied for hours.
Stalls peculiar to the region include wooden artefacts, brass telescopes and seawares, while one of the more unique stalls was an irodised glass stall where beautiful and colourful geckos and owls were available. These decorative pieces are individually labelled and named, and are certain to be a fantastic conversation starter in someone's home.
Food and ingredients stalls includes the spices and seeds from the Tymar Spice House (of which I must recommend the Bush Dukkah), jams, preserves, chutneys and local pre-made cakes, slices and bread. A BBQ, with proceeds to the Moonta Scout Group, provides the bacon and egg sandwich options for the breakfast needs of the early-risers, and the sausage sizzle to keep visitors and stallholders satisfied during the day.
Rounding out the stalls, which spread past the magnificent tall and shady gum trees and in to the large car park, are the various jewellery stalls, plants, flowers, books, candles and candlebra, toys and fishing equipment. And just so your beloved pet dog doesn't miss out, make sure you pay a visit to the dried dog food stall and bring home a treat.
Options for the families, and in particular the younger kids, include the couple of toy stalls. The adjacent playground with the replica train from the 20th Century is also a great attraction for kids who are able to create many imaginary games to keep themselves occupied for some time.
The Moonta Railway Station, which is now the local Visitor Information Centre, is also open from 9am to 5pm daily, and has a range of information brochures and souvenirs for those looking to do more while at Moonta, including details on scenic tourist drives, heritage walks and the best coffee in town.
Moonta Railway Station (Visitor Information Centre) - Steve Hudson