If you're heading out south of the city, perhaps to the McLaren Vale wine region or to Victor Harbor, there is a great place to visit and stretch your legs while you browse collectibles and enjoy fresh locally produced food.
Myponga is a sleepy town on Main South Rd, not far past the beautiful sweeping coastal views you see on the right while driving south. It has been a centre for dairy produce since the last century and is still home to the Fleurieu Milk Company, makers of yummy full cream milk.
From the 1930's to the 70's the Myponga Cheese Factory produced award winning cheeses for the local and export markets. Since its closure The Cheese Factory has become home to the Myponga Wholesale Country Market, a diverse collection of stalls selling new and used goods including vintage collectables, books, vinyl records, old tools, Balinese art and crafts, musical instruments, toys, produce and lots more.
After passing the BBQ at the entrance (I couldn't resist a bacon and egg sandwich made with some of the freshest bread I have tasted in years) turn left into an area stuffed with clean used books in good condition which will keep you browsing happily for some time.
It is easy to find time slipping by as you meander this busy market, your attention drawn by the quirky and nostalgic items for sale. This has to be one of SA's hidden gems, with an enormous variety of goods at prices that are more affordable than at larger or better known events. There is even a garden store with books and plants for sale at the rear of the site.
Hi Dave. My name is Simon Dunstone, I've just recently taken over as manager of the Myponga Market and wanted to say thanks for the review and that I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Next time you're down make sure to find me and say hello.