Are you googling “Markets Near Me“? There are many diverse markets in our local Wollongong, Shellharbour, and Nowra areas. Here at What’s On in Wollongong, we want to give you the lowdown on what each market has and what you can expect. Here are our top 20 Illawarra markets in the Wollongong, Shellharbour, and Nowra areas.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – The Wollongong Makers Market
The Wollongong Makers Market showcases the creative talents of local artists and artisans, with a plethora of one-of-a-kind handmade wares of exceptional quality.
Come along to browse over 80 stalls displaying outstanding examples of ceramics, knitwear, crochet and sewing, macramé, leatherwork and woodwork. You’ll also discover locally made perfumes, original paintings and prints, cards, hand-dyed clothing, handmade chocolates and much more.
We’ll have a wide range of food stalls with an international flavour, along with coffee and local wines. Relax and enjoy jazz from the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music too!
It’s easy to get to the market. You can walk, ride, catch the free green bus or drive and park for free. So please come along for a unique shopping experience and support your local artisans.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Bulli Village Markets
This awesome market has over 70 stalls ranging from delicious food and local produce to homemade crafts and jewellery. Bulli Village Markets are located at Grevillea Park Road, inside the Bulli Showgrounds. Follow the signs on the highway and have an awesome day out in Bulli. The markets are open monthly on the second Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm.
Bulli Village Markets Christmas Markets will be on the 10th of December, so make sure you don’t miss it for some inspired and beautiful Christmas gifts.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Crown Street Night Markets
Crown Street Night Markets is a lively weekly night market held on Thursdays from 5-9 pm. It is full of local and international foods, drinks, and sweets. With live music and a great atmosphere! Vegans and vegetarians are also catered for here. The markets are located at 200 Crown Street, Wollongong (near the amphitheatre).
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Crown Street Friday Markets
As day dawns, Friday turns the Thursday night markets into the Crown Street (daytime) Markets; with local designers and fresh produce on offer, there are so many stalls to explore. This market is also on weekly and is open Fridays from 9 am – 3 pm. It is located in the same location as the night markets (200 Crown Street, Wollongong, near the amphitheatre).
Crown Street Markets will also be running their Christmas Markets from 14 – 16 December.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Nan Tien Health and Wellbeing Market
On the first Saturday of each month, the Nan Tien Temple holds their Health & Wellbeing Markets. These are boutique markets filled with peace and happiness. They are located within the tranquil grounds of the Nan Tien Institute (231 Nolan Street, Unanderra). If you’d like, you can use the footbridge to enter the Nan Tien Temple grounds. This is the biggest Buddhist Temple in Australia. Parking and access are available from either car park.
Activities include free kids yoga classes, free tai chi classes held from 9:30-10:30 am, and free mindfulness and meditation classes held from 10:30-11 am. The art gallery is open from 9 am-2 pm. The vegan and vegetarian cafe is open from 9 am-2 pm. Live music from 12-1 pm.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Red Point Arts: Arts & Crafts on the Grass and The Wentworth Markets
Red Point Arts holds a monthly market at The Wentworth and a monthly Art & Craft on the Grass day. These two events are offset so that every fortnight, there is an event to enjoy and set to inspire you.
Arts & Crafts on the Grass is a thriving art hub with exhibitions and live music. This event is held on the second Saturday of the month.
The Wentworth Markets are full of stalls with flowers, gifts, and collectibles. This artisan market creates a sense of community and a shared love of creativity. It is a firm fixture at The Wentworth, Port Kembla, which is located at 96-106 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla. These markets are held on the last Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. In December, the markets change dates. Here is the link for The Wentworth Christmas Market coming up on Sat 25 November and Sat 16 December. They are sure to help you find some unique and beautiful Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Five Barrel Brewing
On Sunday the 17th of December from 12-5:30 pm, Five Barrel Brewing (located at 318 Keira St, Wollongong) are having their first ever Christmas Creatives Market. Five Barrels is already an awesome venue, with a great atmosphere, so this market is sure to be a hit with market lovers and creatives alike. Come along and find some unique and special Christmas gifts, or something for yourself, and support local creatives. While you are there, try some of Five Barrel’s beers and ciders, you won’t be disappointed.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Kiama Seaside Markets
Kiama Seaside Markets has over 100 stalls. These range from health and wellness products to local art and regional produce. These markets don’t disappoint. They are set along the beach (located at Black Beach, Shoalhaven Street, Kiama), right near the town centre. There are so many stalls to explore here. Whether you want a gift or a fun day out, this market ticks all the boxes. These markets are held on the third Sunday of every month, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Extra markets are occasionally held on a public holiday. Extra markets are held in April, June, and January.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Kiama Farmer’s Market
Kiama Farmer’s Market is a great place to meet with local food producers, artisans, and farmers to buy locally and directly from the farm. Join the community for a fun afternoon and support local food production. These markets are held in the centre of town in the town square (at Coronation Park, Surf Beach, Kiama) and are held in the Pavilion if the weather is wet. These markets are held every Wednesday from 3-6 pm (or 2-5 pm in Winter).
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Coledale Markets
Coledale Markets are held at the beautiful Coledale Public School (699 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale) on the fourth Sunday of the month from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Overlooking the ocean, why not pack swimmers or beach gear and make it a day out? Coledale is a beautiful little town packed with character. It is a lovely place to explore. The markets are full of stalls by local artists, hidden treasures, and good vibes. Due to the markets being held on the Department of Education grounds, it is not a pet-friendly market.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Eats & Beats Markets, Nowra
Having a night off cooking once a month (if not more often) sounds very appealing to me. Eats and Beats at Jellybean Park (Egans Lane), Nowra have you covered. This family-friendly event offers great food and a relaxed, fun midweek evening out. Food truck cuisine includes burgers, Indonesian, pizza, cakes, BBQ, ice cream, and more. This market is on the third Wednesday of every month from 4-7 pm.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Warrawong Markets
These markets have everything you could want. Some of what is available are honey, handmade products, clothes, fruit and vegetables. But there’s much more, too. Warrawong Markets (located at Northcliff Drive, Warrawong) are on every week on a Sunday from 7 am – 1 pm. From the 18th of November, the markets will resume on both Saturdays and Sundays.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Dapto Uniting Church Markets
Come and enjoy their scrumptious cakes, delicious Korean BBQ and pop-up Devonshire Tea and Cafe, variety of stalls with new and preloved goods, craft, cards, plants, bric-a-brac and more! The Dapto Uniting Church Markets are held outside if the weather is fine, and inside if not, so there’s no excuse not to come and check them out. These markets are held at Dapto Uniting Church (122 Princes Highway, Dapto) on the first Saturday of the month (except January), from 7 am – 12 NOON.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Berry Farmer’s Market
What could be better than buying straight from the farmer or maker? Look no further; Berry Farmers’ Market is on every Thursday from 2-5 p.m at Berry Showgrounds’ Cow Sheds (Albany Street). Here, you will find seasonal produce, including Wagyu beef, honey, and milk. There are also eggs, gelato, cider, and wine for sale. Don’t forget the mushrooms, cakes, sourdough bread, ready-made meals, seafood, and food trucks. This is a family-friendly and pet-friendly market, with toilets onsite.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Jamberoo Village Markets
Beautiful Jamberoo holds a monthly market. Stalls include flowers, crafts, local produce, and much more. There is also a skate park and a playground right next to the markets. Jamberoo is a gorgeous village with character and charm to boot. It makes for a great day out with the family. Toilets are available onsite, and this is a pet-friendly (on-leash) market. Jamberoo Village Markets are held at Reid Park (Allowrie Street, Jamberoo) on the last Sunday of every month. The dates for the last markets of this year (2023) will be on the 29th November and the 18th of December (which is a Friday).
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Albion Park Community Hub Markets
The Albion Park Community Hub Markets are a market full of country charm. The stalls include a range of local creations, from salami and deli goods to Aboriginal Art. Fresh flowers, plants, art, crafts, jams, and preserves are available here. These markets are held at 108A Tongarra Road, Albion Park and run on the first Sunday of every month from 10 am – 2 pm.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Gerringong Rotary Markets
Why not spend a day exploring Gerringong? The Gerringong Rotary Markets offer local produce like honey, plants, food, and more. Gerringong itself has lovely shops and cafes right next to the beach, with lots of charm and beauty. Spend the day exploring the markets and wandering through the town. A day in Gerringong always feels like a holiday to me. These markets are held at 106 Fern Street, Gerringong on the third Sunday of every month from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Kangaroo Valley Farmers’ Market
Kangaroo Valley Farmers Market has its local growers and makers at its heart. It aims to provide sustainable food choices and support local growers and makers. Set in a beautiful location. You can expect to find meat, fruit and vegetables, eggs, honey, and olive oil. Locally made pickles, jams, and crafts are also on offer here.This market is located at The Friendly Inn (159 Moss Valley Road, Kangaroo Valley) on the second Sunday of each month from 9 am-1 pm.
20 Best Markets Wollongong – Moss Vale Showgrounds Market
Moss Vale Showgrounds Market is set in the grounds of the Iconic Moss Vale Showground (16 Illawarra Highway, Moss Vale) on the third Sunday of each month from 9 am – 2 pm. It is a beautiful location with shady trees and an undercover area. This market features many local artisans with handmade crafts, jams, relishes, soaps, candles, giftwares and art. Live music will play throughout the day with rides, show bags and great fun activities for kids. The miniature train rides run throughout the day on every market day. Come down, wander through the grounds, and grab a coffee, freshly baked bread, street foods, pastries, and fresh flowers every market day.
This market aims to please everyone and accommodates public toilets and plenty of parking. They also love fur babies, so bring them on a leash. All of the funds raised will go to help build community infrastructure in the Moss Vale area.
The Christmas markets are on the 17th of December from 9 am – 2 pm.
If you feel like driving down a little further outside of the Wollongong area, there are markets almost every week.
Milton Village Showground Market: located in the Iconic Township of Milton on the South Coast. Their Christmas Markets are on the 25th of November from 4-10pm. With over 90 stallholders selling some unique handmade and specialised gifts for everyone. Live music will play throughout the day, and you can enjoy some delicious street foods, coffee and pastries, freshly baked breads, pancakes and homemade jams, relishes and local honey. For the over 18’s, you can sample some local wines, gin, vodka and liqueurs while there and spicy salamis too. Milton-Ulladulla Lions will have their BBQ operating on market days, and during holiday times, the Ferris wheel ride will be there for the kids to enjoy. Bring a picnic blanket with you. There are plenty of open spaces to laze in the sunshine while enjoying the market vibe. It starts at 9 am and finishes at 2 pm.
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum Market: During the cooler months these are held on the first Sunday every month (May to September) at Jervis Bay Maritime Museum (Woolamia Rd, Huskisson) from 10 am-3 pm. During the summer months, the markets move to the Saturday evening and become a twilight market (October to April), which is held on the first Saturday of each month.
Culburra Beach Markets: Held on the first Sunday of every month from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Located at Culburra Community Centre (210 Prince Edward Avenue, Culburra Beach).
Callala Bay Markets: On the second Saturday of every month from 8 am-1 pm. These are at Callala Community Centre (42 Emmett St, Callala Bay).
Sunday Market Bateman’s Bay: Held on the first and third Sunday of the month, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. along the Waterfront Foreshore Precinct (Clyde Street, Batemans Bay).
Huskisson Markets: These are on the second Sunday of every month. Located at the Huskisson Sportsground (Kiola Street, Huskisson).
Pyree Village Art and Handmade Market: Held on the fourth Sunday of every month 9 am – 1:30 pm (In December they are held on the third Sunday of the month). These are at 888 Greenwell Point Road, Pyree, NSW, 2540.
Moruya Country Market: If you are down in the Moruya area on a Saturday morning, these markets are a not to be missed event. They are set on the beautiful Moruya River and run from 8 am – 12:30 pm at Riverside Park (on Ford Street, Moruya). Hosting 130 stalls, there is every kind of stall including bakery goods, gourmet pizza, local meat and produce straight from the farm, local seafood straight from the boat, and even blueberry ice cream from Clyde River Berry Farm (when blueberries are in season). Add to this, the gorgeous flower arrangements, and craft goods, and a playground right at the beginning of the markets to keep the kids happy, it’s a fantastic morning out. If you are staying in the area, check out the Tuesday SAGE Markets as well, where local farmers come to sell their produce, straight from the farm, or straight off the boat. They are on every Tuesday from 3-5 pm.
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About the Author: Lisa Hagan
Lisa grew up in Thirroul and is a mum of four children. A student to life, Lisa loves learning and searching for the most fun things to do with her kids. She loves exploring the Illawarra and its surroundings. Searching for fun and educational activities are her favourite for her kids, whom she homeschools.