January 3, 2019 / By Ricki-Jane Wilton
There’s no better way to preserve a blissful holiday or mini-break vibe than taking home a beautiful memento from your trip, whether it is a keepsake for the office desk to get you through the nine to five until your next much needed adventure, or a one-of-a-kind adornment for your urban nest.
Newcastle has an abundance of outstanding artists and designers showcasing their talents at its many monthly markets, so make a day of it and discover something truly divine with our guide to 4 top markets to visit in the area.
Open from 9am-3pm on the 1st Saturday of the month - rain, hail or shine.
Located in Civic Park opposite Newcastle’s majestic sandstone City Hall, The Olive Tree Market is well known as the area’s ‘Leading Contemporary Handmade Art & Design Market’. Set to celebrate its 10th anniversary in October, visitors will find a carefully curated collection of high quality home wares, textiles, photographic works, jewellery, clothing and ceramics to satisfy the savviest of shoppers.
Many of Newcastle’s local bricks and mortar businesses began their journey here, so it’s well worth getting up early, grabbing a locally roasted coffee and a gourmet delight from the artisan food section and meandering around to meet the makers.
Hipsters, boho’s and the fashion forward gather on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am – 2pm.
Arguably Newcastle’s most fashionable market, The Hunt & Gather Market can be found at the East End of town basking in the fresh sea breeze at Foreshore Park, and within skipping distance to iconic Nobby’s and Newcastle Beaches. Stylish homewares, sumptuous skincare, must-have accessories and unique artwork can all be found under cover in the old railway sheds, providing welcome shelter from the occasional winter rain shower and respite from summer’s blazing days.
In addition to an on-trend selection of new products, Hunt & Gather has a fabulous Flea Market area offering an array of brand name pre-loved and vintage clothing definitely worth diving into your wallet for. Pull up some grassy real estate under a beach umbrella and kick back with a plate of delectable nosh from the food trucks (the bubble tea will blow your kids minds!), there’s no nicer way to while away a Saturday afternoon then to the acoustic tunes of Newcastle’s up and coming performers at the Hunt & Gather. If you happen to be in town in November and December – lucky you! Sunset Gather offers a first-rate night market experience to welcome in the summer spirit.
If you fancy exploring a little further afield then rustle up the family and make tracks for a day trip to stunning Port Stephens. Located an easy hour’s drive north of Newcastle on the Nelson Bay Foreshore at D’Albora Marinas, you’d be hard pressed to find a more picturesque setting for a weekend market. Boasting ocean views and over 80 stallholders, The Sacred Tree Market places an emphasis on sustainability and conscious consumerism, and is home to a broad collection of local creatives, artists and designers.
Time your trip between April to October and combine a sojourn to the Sacred Tree with a whale or dolphin watching cruise, the ‘Love Seafood Festival’ or the ‘Blue Water Country Music Festival’ to experience just a smidgen of what Port Stephens has to offer.
As temperatures begin to rise, The Sacred Tree offers a series of summertime night markets commencing in September so you can spend a lazy day soaking up the sun at any number of the areas pristine beaches and still get your market fix with a fun-filled family night out. The Sacred Tree Market operates periodically throughout the year, be sure to visit their website for the latest dates and times.
Not all souvenirs need to be new. Sometimes, scouting a quirky little curio at a second hand market can really be the icing on your holiday cake, so if you love the thrill of the hunt and vintage is your thang, then fall in love with fabric at The Friday Flea!
Run by the same organisers as The Hunt & Gather Market, last years’ Friday Flea was a ‘ridiculously fun’ mash up of 80’s music meets pre-loved fashion and 2018 promises to be even better. Rug up, grab a cocktail from the island bar and get set to rummage through racks of quality second hand threads and accessories outdoors under festival lighting to a kooky cool set list of 80’s hits. Who said shopping and drinking don’t mix?
With so many talented creatives in Newcastle and engaging ways to explore them, you’d be wise to bring an extra suitcase with you!
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