Coffs Harbour Markets

1 Jul

The Hunter Gatherers were lucky enough to escape Sydney last week and spend time in Coffs Harbour. Naturally we researched where and when the local markets would be on and found there were 3 held every Sunday just in Coffs Harbour with many other regular markets in the surrounding towns also. You can do this by Googling the area you are traveling to or just pick up one of those little Tourist magazines like Monthly iMag

Harbourside Markets

The pick of the 3 had to be Harbourside Markets for its in a picturesque location by the sea on the jetty foreshore. The market has a lovely atmosphere under the trees. It was spacious and chilled out. Plenty of space for a snooze on the grass while the kids dance to the buskers nearby. You can even take a Camel ride! Here we found lots of local fresh produce. We picked up locally grown mandarins and bananas for a fraction of the price charged in the supermarkets and beautiful creamed honey from Kempsey. You can also find local arts & crafts and handmade food products like chutney and cakes. We love tea and were more than happy to support local sea changers from Sydney, The Tea People.  After sniffing all their sample teas and chatting with the owner we came away with a selection of their teas that we can’t wait to try; Black teas in Caramel Delight, Scottish Breakfast and Sencha teas in Quince and Lime & Coconut.

Just up the road are the Coffs Harbour Jetty Markets which operate under the Jetty Village shopping centre. This is a small market selling nothing much of interest to us in a dimly lit car park. Its redeeming feature was the Pirate entertainer offering the kids free games of ring toss and prizes. The other reason to visit is the artisan bakery upstairs on the outside of the shopping centre, K’pane. We snacked on yummy pastries, gourmet pies and strong coffee.

Our final market for the day was the Coffs City Uptown Markets located in the Big W car park. Yes another car park, such uninspiring places to hold a market – cold, dark and grey but at least this one was a little more open and had a few more stalls than the Jetty market even if the wares were pretty much more of the same. Little Miss bought an outfit for one of her teddy bears, a blue beret and a pair of purple overalls for $4 knitted by lady selling handmade baby clothes & blankets. 

It seemed to strange to us that the city hosted 3 markets on the same day every week in close proximity to each other? The Harbourside Market was busy enough to sustain the stall holders but the other 2 markets were practically empty. There wasn’t really any second-hand goods on offer. The odd thing here and there but not the garage sale type stalls we love to fossick through. We would have loved to been able to visit the nearby Bellingen Market (held on the 3rd Saturday of the month). Bellingen is our sort of town – laid back, arty, friendly and bohemian.

Do you have a market recommendation for the Mid North Coast? We’d love to hear about it. 

Coffs City Uptown Market

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2 Responses to “Coffs Harbour Markets”

  1. Chard July 1, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Lime & Coconut tea – sounds great!! Don’t have a recommendation for mid-north coast, but I nag Stu all the time about wanting to go back to the Eumundi Markets near Noosa, they were fabulous!!

  2. The Beauty Philosopher July 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    This one looks great! You have given me the treasure hunter drive again!

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