By The Weekender Travel
December 13, 2020 | 3 minute read
Homegrown @ The Station
The days are getting balmier, the little towns of Australia are stringing Christmas lights down their streets and carols are playing in every store. It must be that magical time again.
This festive season, we’ll be taking a road trip to some of our favourite regional spots in New South Wales to check out the local markets. They may not have the snowy winter vibes of the European Christmas markets but they are every bit as special. Browsing for tree decorations on a sunshiny day with a glass of Chardy in hand? Bliss.
If you haven’t started your Chrissie shopping yet, don’t fret. We’ve got three unique markets for you to hit. Buying from local makers is a wonderful way to support small businesses and you can pick up all sorts of lovely gifts, from artworks to trinkets and wines. The best bit? You’ll feel good about your shopping this year.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
12th - 13th December
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the years it’s that Christmas shopping is infinitely better when there’s wine involved. Handmade in the Hunter is held on the beautiful grounds of Sobels Wines in Pokolbin. Amidst the iceberg rose garden you’ll find all sorts of goodies grown, made and crafted by Hunter Valley artisans.
Everything here is 100% handmade by the locals, who are more than happy to have a yarn about how they were made. When you’re done browsing, you won’t have far to go to indulge in a little wine tasting at the cellar door.
To avoid overcrowding, the market will run across multiple days rather than the usual one, with different stallholders on each day.
This handmade and eco-focused design market has so much goodness to unearth, right in the heart of Newy. The market is held inside Newcastle’s iconic old railway station that has been converted into a community arts and events space.
Enjoy some live music and local food and drinks while you wander through more than 100 stalls. Look out for sustainable clothing labels, indigenous artists and natural beauty products galore. The market only accepts eco-friendly stallholders and there are no disposable coffee cups. Instead, you can borrow a mug from the Mug Library. How sweet is that!
The Homegrown Markets crew are also running markets in the Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie, so you have your choice of days and locations. Otherwise, you can hit them all up if you really love your homegrown wares!
Looking for something a little more eclectic? The Port Macquarie Artists Market promises the most unique and quirky gifts crafted by local artists. Even if you just go for a browse, this market is a feast for the eyes and the ears with live music and vibrant colours shining out of every stall.
The market is held on the grounds of the Maritime Museum and if you get all your shopping done early, you can wander inside. If all the gorgeous goods on display have inspired your own creativity, you can take a workshop with local maker Rhi Rebellion.