Along with Byron Bay’s famous scenery and beaches are our local markets.
A day at the Sunday markets such as Byron, Bangalow and the Channon is a great way to spend your morning – there are plenty of tasty treats to tempt you as you wander around along with music and performances to keep you entertained – as well as actually shopping!
Byron Bay and the hinterland area surrounding it, has long been a magnet for artists, hippies, creatives and people with a vision. This combination provides a great mix for wonderful markets filled something for everyone. Handcrafted goods include smaller items such as wooden bowls & boards, jewellery, clothes, handprinted cards, pottery, candles, & skin care products, through to locally made furniture and sculpture – you name it and they’ve just about got it.
Another cottage industry that has been building over the last couple of years is that of gourmet local produce, from customized spice and tea mixes, dips and chutneys to locally produced coffee and rice. Either sample what’s on offer at the many food stalls (sugar cane juice anyone?) or buy a jar or two to take home. You will also find fresh local produce on offer and plenty of delicious food stalls for a snack or some brunch or lunch.
Saturday morning markets such as Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads are on a smaller scale, but still have plenty of stalls to keep you interested, Mullumbimby in particular has a great atmosphere and lovely Chai tent which is almost alone worth the visit.
Be aware that the markets start and finish early - normal times are 9-3pm
First Week of the Month
Brunswick Heads Markets - 1st Saturday of the month
Byron Beachside Markets - three held annually Jan, Easter & the Sep/Oct long weekend
Byron Artisan Market - every Saturday October to March annually – Railway Park Byron Bay
Our personal favorites are the local farmers markets which I shop at every wekk. While early morning starts aren’t for everyone these are worth getting to early especially if you want the best. Many local producers actually sell out by 9 or 10 – so get there early (before 8.30) grab a coffee to wake yourself up and enjoy. From locally grown Coopers shoot tomatoes, lettuces, herbs and seasonal produce to local cheeses and bacon to croissants , muffins and bread
Weekly Farmers Markets
New Brighton Farmers Market (New Brighton Oval River St New Brighton) - every Tuesday (8am - 11am)
Rainbow Region Organic Market Lismore (Lismore Showground, Alexandra Pde, Lismore) - every Tuesday (7.30am - 11am)
Byron Farmers Market (Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay) - every Thursday (8am - 11am)
Bangalow Farmers Market (Bangalow Hotel Carpark, 1 Byron St, Bangalow) - every Saturday (8am - 11am)
Lismore Farmers Market (Lismore Showground, Alexandra Pde, Lismore) - every Saturday (8am - 11 am)
Mullumbimby Farmer's Market (Mullumbimby Showground, 51 Main Arm Road, Mullumbimby) - every Friday (7am - 11am)
Blue Knob Farmers Market (10 min north of Nimbin) - every Saturday (8.30am - 12.30pm)