The Sacred Tree Markets is a popular market that is held on the Nelson Bay Foreshore throughout the year (see here for the next market and time it will be held). The markets are a mix of local artisans selling a wide range of homewares, gourmet foods, apparel, candles, handcrafted wooden items and more, with up to 80 stallholders displaying their goods at a time. It is also a good opportunity to try some food from the local food trucks set up on the foreshore, with a tasty assortment of international cuisine for lunch, dinner and dessert - all in the one scenic venue.
If you are a local or a tourist on holidays, there is no better way to spend your time than by walking through the markets eating a spicy bao, listening to live music and watching out for dolphins surfacing in the water next to you. Why would you want to be anywhere else?
Go shopping at the markets & enjoying tasty, international cuisine
The markets begin at the D'Albora Marinas in the heart of the Nelson Bay foreshore, with several market stalls set up in the central paved area. On our family's last visit there was Sand Art for the kids, markets selling clothing, art, jewellery and children's accessories - as well as a musician playing acoustically on the small stage by the water.
The markets then continue along the foreshore with inflatable activities for the kids and tents lining the main pathway. If you have kids, they will enjoy stopping at the Nelson Bay Playground along this stretch of path, for a quick run around and to spin around on the play equipment. It may be hard to get them to leave!
Take a walk along the shady foreshore, shopping for local products
While standing at the playground, you can't help but be lured to the smell of the food trucks and market stalls, just a few metres away. The smells of cooking will get your taste buds salivating, with an array of options from countries around the world. On our last visit, there were filled bao buns, Vietnamese cuisine, Thai cuisine, German sausage hot dogs, crepes, freshly made lemonade, churros, macarons, baked goods and coffee. We bought some fresh and flavoursome baos from Bao Brothers Eatery, a Chicken Laksa from VietYUM and a freshly-made lemonade by Hello Lemonade. All of them woke up the taste buds with a burst of flavour and we couldn't get enough! We also bought some takeaway baked goods from Fifi La Femme, which we tucked into before we even reached the car, they looked so good.
If you are looking for a place to sit, there is a creative low table (made from doors) in front of the food stalls, or you can take your food to the waterfront and look for dolphins, or watch kids play in the sand.
A variety of delicious smelling & tasting international cuisine
This family-friendly, relaxed market began in 2012 and it has a strong following with locals and tourists alike. The market is enjoyed by families, couples and groups of friends, gathered together to take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere under the shade of the trees - the sacred trees.
It really is, the perfect way to start the weekend.
Shade and relaxed vibes, at the Sacred Tree Markets