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Published January 10th 2019
Go shopping under the trees
The Nelson Bay Legacy Markets are held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of every month, at Fly Point Park between Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay. It is a convenient location close to both towns, with holiday accommodation nearby so that visitors can take a leisurely walk down to the markets along the Nelson Bay Foreshore. It is held on the alternate weekends to the Tomaree Markets, with similar market stalls and a few more interesting surprises.
Nelson Bay Legacy Markets are the longest running markets in the area and are still going strong after 35 years. It began as an art and craft market and now also includes a wide range of products - from second-hand tools and clothes to arthritis cream and candle oils. The money that vendors pay for the market stalls goes to Legacy - which then goes straight back into the community, completing the full circle of giving.
Shop for a wide range of products, under the shade of the trees at Fly Point Park
Fly Point Park is a popular venue all year around, as it has a large skate bowl and it is used for various community events and festivals. On our visit, the Nelson Bay Family Carnival had arrived in town and was fenced off in the back of the park, with the market stalls positioned around it, along the path that winds through the trees.
It doesn't matter where you start your market experience, you just get on the path and walk in either direction and start exploring. This market showcases the artistic talent around the local area with handmade products, as well as selling plants, new toys, clothing, jewellery, homewares, garden accessories and more. There is also a coffee van for a caffeine pick-me-up and on our visit, we found a stall that sold fresh, juicy watermelon straight from the farm. It was so juicy, that we had watermelon juice dribbling down our arms - yum!
What stalls do you like stop at, when you walk around the local markets? Do you like to sift through the racks of second-hand clothes? Or stop to admire handmade jewellery? As you wander around the Nelson Bay Legacy Markets, there will be something that will catch your eye and make you walk closer for a better look. Everyone is different and that is the beauty of these markets - there is literally something for everyone.
According to friends who visit the market all year around, you will find a wide range of products at the stalls which change regularly throughout the seasons. Go back each visit and pick up your favourite jams and chutneys, as well as buy a scarf in winter or potted blooms in spring. If you are shopping for a gift, you will find something unique at these markets that the recipient will have never seen before. So check the calendar, take some recycle bags and have a wander around the Nelson Bay Legacy Markets. It is a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning, under the trees.
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