By Rosie Stevens
September 10, 2020 | 3 minute read
Contemplating a weekend getaway to the Central Coast? Alongside the pristine beaches, beautiful bushwalks and laid-back cafe culture that’s yours to enjoy, why not incorporate a market trip into your weekend? Offering an abundance of fresh produce, local art, clothing, homewares and more‚ these unmissable weekend markets on the Central Coast are well worth a wander.
* 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.
On every Saturday, the Entrance Markets are a fun, family-friendly way to engage in the Coastal community and sample the eclectic offerings of local artisans. You’ll find farm-fresh produce, gourmet delights and a diverse range of crafts, homewares, fashion and fresh flowers. The perfect way to kick-start a weekend away!
When: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm every Saturday
Where: Memorial Park, The Entrance
Avoca Beachside Market
A monthly occurrence that draws the best of the Central Coast’s art and music community to Avoca Beach, these award-winning markets boast a creative and relaxed environment that is perfect for exploring as a family, with a partner or with a group of friends. With a focus on sustainability, the markets engage in many local initiatives encouraging more environmentally-friendly practices, such as plastic-free stalls, branded canvas tote bags and a free shuttle bus to the markets each Sunday. The markets boast over 110 stalls, live music, an eco-kids art zone, water rides, fresh produce area and an abundance of international food stalls. What more could you want?!
When: Every 4th Sunday, 9.00 am - 2.00 pm
Where: Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca
The Coast’s biggest undercover monthly marketplace, the Shelly Beach Market offers a local collection of boutique fashion, homewares, arts, crafts, jewellery, photography, music, food, a Kids Zone and a whole lot more. Coming to Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, the Entrance Campus on the last Saturday of every month, the markets aims to bring together over 100 passionate stallholders that produce original creations of the highest quality.
When: Last Saturday of every month, 9.00 am - 2.00 pm
Where: Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, The Entrance Campus
Gosford City Farmers Market
Connect with the Coast’s foodie community at the Gosford City Farmers Markets, held weekly each Sunday from 8am to 1pm. Here you can buy directly from farmers and learn about the business—and people—that grow the produce. The market showcases the best of local providers, spanning produce from boutique wineries, gourmet bakeries, artisan stallholders and lifestyle brands. The markets offer the opportunity to pick up the region’s finest vegetables, seasonal fruits, meats and cheeses all year round. A staple visit for any foodie!
When: Every Sunday, 8.00 am - 1.00 pm
Where: Gosford Showground, Showground Road, Gosford
Eclectic and energetic, Ettalong Markets takes place in a huge arcade every weekend from 9am - 4pm and on Monday public holidays, and they’re worth a visit just the for the decor of the piazza alone. Offering a diverse range of goods, from bric-a-brac and knick knacks to handmade toys, garments and second-hand books—the markets are also located in the same complex as some excellent restaurants; meaning there’s plenty to sample while you spend a leisurely morning browsing the stalls.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday and Monday public holiday, 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Where: 189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
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