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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Wander to Wonga, you won't get lost
The Wonga Park Market is worth visiting just for the drive to get there. Whether you come from the north, south, east or west, you will enjoy the scenic drive.

Market banner
You are getting close.

Held in the grounds of the Wonga Park Primary School, many of the stalls are undercover in a very large 'carport.'

The market.

There is an off-road car park at the entrance but it quickly fills up giving patrons a short walk from surrounding streets. After paying your gold coin entry, there is a slight downhill walk, passing through potted shrubs for sale on either side of the walkway.

The pot lined entrance path, with playground in background.

The schools playground is adjacent and on my visit it was very popular with the young fry.

The undercover area could almost be called the food court as half the stalls were vending edibles. Everything from coffee to falafels, arancini, profiteroles, and bread. The central area was set up with several tables and chairs to enjoy those tasty morsels.

Market food court.
The food court.

There were several unusual stalls. One that looked very colourful was Divine Mushrooms. Simply fantastic fungi is what co-owner Simon calls them and they looked fantastic with their strange shapes and colours. The public is often warned about eating mushrooms of an unknown origin or paddock picked, but Simon's are grown on his property and are certainly safe and delicious to eat.

Simon and his mushrooms.

Very colourful.

A labrador in a leopard print coat caught my eye. He was manning a stand called Hotrod Houndz. I found out he doesn't drive hotted up cars, but sells, "Kustom Dog Wear & Accessories for the Dog Lover."

Market stall
The Hotrod Houndz stall.

His business partner is Rachel, who makes all the products they sell. One item that caught my eye was a sort of cushion made up from strips of fabric and called a 'Snuffle Mat." Naturally, I asked what a snuffle mat was. Rachael explained that you fill the mat with doggie kibble and watch your canine friend find the treats hidden within the mat.

Snuffle mat.
This is a Snuffle Mat.

Some floral displays looked very interesting, made from flesh flowers. Katie, from KT Blooms is the floral designer and justifiable proud of her creations.

Flower stall
Katie and a bunch of friends.

They would made ideal presents when you wanted to say more than just what a bunch of flowers say.

Floral display.
Katie's floral artwork

Ever wondered what happens to old nuts, bolts, screws, washers spanners, chains and ball bearings? We throw them out, but Tony collects them and with his welding skills turns them into recycled metal artworks.

Metal art.
Tony and his creations.

He operates as InDustyRealDesigns and every piece of his art is different and distinctive. If you are looking for a present for someone who has everything, they won't have these.

Metal mower
Mower man.

Crafted by Bees was the most appropriate name for the stall selling eight different honey varieties and offering tastings of them all.

How sweet it is.

Apart from the playground, children are also entertained by Jindi, "the zoo that comes to you." Baby goats, lambs, hens and ducks allow the kids to get up close and personal to the furry and feathered creatures. I think the animals enjoyed the encounters as much as the kids.

Baby goat.
A baby goat in the Jindi zoo.

Adults were entertained by Jackson with his acoustic guitar and vocal chords, singing softly in the background.

Jackson and guitar.

Fresh vegetables, and newly picked oranges were some of the fresh produce available.

Very fresh vegetables.

Freshly picked oranges.

All the photos with this article were taken at the August market, so there is no guarantee that the same stalls will be at the October market.

Market stalls.
The outdoor stalls.

If you are a market junkie, this is one not to be missed.
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When: 26 October 2019. 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.
Where: Wonga Park Primary School, Dudley Road, Wonga Park.
Cost: Gold coin entry
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