The Market Place...
The Northern Rivers of New South Wales is the birthplace of market culture. Held weekly across the regions various towns and villages, locals and visitors alike flock to some of Australia’s biggest and best markets. Enjoy freshly harvested and home made local produce; with organic vegetables, delicious cheese and meat to savour at home, or sample the many scrumptious goodies on site.
The markets offer a wonderful platform for local artists and designers to display their works. Purchase some beautifully handcrafted jewellery or a one-off antique piece as a keepsake from your holiday. Colorful imports from Asia or Africa add to the cultural melting pot of the region.
Indulge in a full massage; choose from remedial arts, holistic healing or reflexology. Give your body a well deserved holiday treat as experienced hands soothe away the aches and pains. Discover a great range of skin and hair care products, combining locally sourced natural ingredients without the harsh chemicals.
There is no shortage of entertainment as you wander through the eclectic assortment of stalls. Buskers provide the soundtrack to your market experience as your forget your winter blues to the tunes of piano accordians, saxophones, bongo drums and other indigenous instruments.
Face painting and plenty of ‘hands on’ interaction for the kids ensures your trip to the markets will be enjoyed by the whole family.
Byron Bay, The Channon and Bangalow have put markets on the map in the region. Just a short drive from Lismore, Byron Bay or Nimbin, a day trip to the The Channon Country Market is worth your while. With over 250 market stalls showcasing art, craft, children’s amusements and activities, fresh produce and therapeutic goods; the market also plays host to a number of charity and fundraising events. Enjoy a refreshing drink or bite to eat beneath the shade or in the Chai Tent as a large number of buskers and local bands contribute to the vibrant atmosphere. Along with merry-go-rounds and jumping castles, the Channon Market also features story telling and regular puppeteer and craft workshops, a spectacle in themselves alongside the stall holders’ colourful splendour. Attracting up to 10,000 people, this monthly market is one not to be missed.
Local markets continue to support the art, craft and culture that make the Northern Rivers and its people unique. As well as the larger weekend markets, there are also regular Farmers Markets. Many of these are weekday events and well worth checking out.