The growers market in the Hunter Valley, one of many great local market experiences around Australia

Five friendly must-do local markets for Aussie holidaymakers

Local market culture is all about interesting food, wine, fashion and art. Exploring local markets while on holiday is often such a fabulous thing to do for an insight into how the locals live, and to uncover hidden treasures in your chosen destination.

We’ve compiled five of our favourites, including some lesser known community market ideas, for you to consider on your next stay with Accor Vacation Club in Australia.


The Shed Markets, Busselton Western Australia

We all know that a morning coffee stop is a small – but very important – part of any holiday itinerary! If good coffee is your thing, you can rest assured that The Shed Markets will deliver on your next stay in Busselton. The markets, which are open Thursday to Sunday weekly, now offers a ‘hole in the wall’ style coffee outlet, perfect for a caffeine hit before heading out to sightsee and enjoy the region.

Of course, this eclectic market offers so much more than just coffee. Inspired by their experience at the Earth Fair Food Market on a holiday to Cape Town, South Africa, owners of The Shed Markets, Chris and Donna Carlyle, have created a beautiful community space prioritising gourmet produce and culinary delights. If you like a market atmosphere that calls to all your senses, then this is definitely one for you to stop by.

If you’re after a spiritual encounter, take in a new age experience, or simply relax with a massage. Alternatively just enjoy some great food courtesy of local food trucks, organic fruit and vegetable stalls, and even the expertise of a butcher and fishmonger. For families, there is a kids play area, and groovers will love the live music sets that play every Friday night, creating a magic soundtrack to any Busselton market experience.

 When: Open 10am-6pm Thursday and Friday and 9am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Where: 12 Caves Road, Abbey, Busselton


Sydney Fish Market, NSW

There are two types of people – those who don’t like seafood, and those who can’t live without it! If you fall into the latter category, then the Sydney Fish Markets at Pyrmont are a must do bucket list inclusion.

The market is permanent, so is open year round, for professional chefs, and amateurs alike. Let your foodie dreams run amok here as you enjoy energetic produce auctions, oyster bars, and fresh sashimi. For an unforgettable Sydney seafood market experience choose a piece of fresh fish and have it cooked up right in front of your eyes. Now that’s service!

 When: 7 days a week, 7am to 4.30pm

Where: Bank Street & Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney



Creswick Market, Regional Victoria

 Located in the picturesque and historic township of Creswick, just 20 minutes from Ballarat or the spa district of Daylesford, the Creswick Market is a great day out for the entire family. Even dogs are welcome here, for those visiting with a pooch on board.

Jewellery, great takeaway food and coffee, kid’s entertainment and live music are all draw cards for this country style gathering. In fact, there are more than 90 stalls to check out, so wear comfortable walking shoes so that you don’t miss a thing. The arts and crafts section is interesting with many designers there in person for you to speak with directly about the items they have produced and their inspiration and creative process.

There is an open-air section and great gardens to explore, plus a sheltered indoor section, so it a great place to visit no matter what the weather forecast. They are open every single month of the year and on special occasions they even hold twilight markets so you can stock up on some great unique gifts for Christmas or Easter.

 When: Every third Saturday of the month, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, Victoria Street Creswick.



Palm Cove Markets, North Queensland

North Queensland’s premier community markets, the Palm Cove Markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, plants and produce, wellness stalls and food.  The markets include great family activities such as crazy golf, henna tattoos and entertainment.

When: First Sunday of every month from April to December, except in October when it coincides with the Reef Feast Event. From 8am-2pm.

Where: Williams Esplanade, between Cedar Road and Harpa Street. These streets are closed for the market allowing visitors to browse safely.



Handmade in the Hunter Markets, Pokolbin NSW

Enchanting is one great word to sum up the experience at the Handmade in the Hunter markets in picturesque village of Pokolbin.

This country style market has the distinction of being the longest-running, genuine, handmade market in the vineyard area, so it’s easy to see why many choose to plan their visit to the Hunter Valley around a visit to this charming venue.

There are many wineries come concert venues close by including Hope Estate, Bimbadgen and Roche, and Handmade in the Hunter Markets are held to coincide with concert dates and other major vineyard events.

It’s a great idea to check out the schedule to make sure the market is available on the day you’re in town, and to see if there are any other great entertainment and concert events on in the area at the same time, to make a true long weekend or week of it.

Come along to see, taste, try, buy and marvel for yourself at what the vibrant Hunter Valley artistic and creative community has to offer.

When: Saturdays 9am to 3pm. Some Sundays 9am to 2pm. The markets are held, weather permitting. Check out the market calendar for Sunday dates.

Where: Kevin Sobels Winery, 5 Halls Road Pokolbin NSW


These are just five of the hundreds of amazing local markets you can explore around Australia.

If you are interested in visiting any of our top five markets on your next holiday, check out the Accor Vacation Club Apartment options available in each location to stay and explore in style. 




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