There’s nothing quite like the eclectic vibe of a country market! It’s always a good day out when the community comes together to socialise and share their goodies. Many towns in the Trove are hubs of creative talent, so the local markets offer a wonderful mix of arts and crafts, fresh food and produce, and live music. Visitors are very welcome, and with such a mixed bag, there’s many a gem to be found. Here is our guide to the markets of the Southern Trove – happy treasure hunting!
Kingston Rotary Market
When: Every Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Where: 42 Channel Hwy, Kingston
About: At your leisure, browse stalls selling arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, local produce, plants, and second-hand clothes. Kingston is just a short drive south from Hobart, and has a top view of kunanyi / Mt Wellington.
Kingston Beach Handmade Market
When: Second Sunday of the month, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kingston Beach Hall
About: Just a five minute walk from the sand and surf, this market has indoor and outdoor stalls selling quality handmade items and the freshest local produce. It brings together an eclectic mix of local artists, designers, craftspeople, growers and gourmets, for your browsing pleasure. Buskers and performers provide entertainment, so take the whole family for a fun day out.
Sandfly Community Market
When: Last Saturday of the month, 10am – 3pm
Where: Sandfly Community Hall
About: This market offers a place for locals and visitors to socialise, have a bite to eat, and enjoy live local music. Something is bound to take your fancy, with local produce, handmade wares, arts and crafts, and second hand treasures. The Hall itself is over a century old and has played a big part in the social and sporting history of the area.
When: First and third Sunday of the month, 10am – 2pm
Where: Cygnet Town Hall
About: The picturesque town of Cygnet is a hub for artistic types, and this vibrant community market captures the food, music, and colourful people of Cygnet in one amazing experience. This popular market has around 50 regular stalls, so take your pick of fine fresh food, browse for locally made wares, tap your foot along to the live music, and soak up the wonderful country town culture.
Wille Smith’s Artisan & Produce Market
When: Every Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Where: Wille Smith’s Apple Shed
About: This little gem is a brand new weekly market, showcasing the best local Huon Valley food producers and makers. Meet your local food producers and artisans and pick up your weekly veggie supplies (and maybe treat yourself to a cheeky cider while you’re there, it is made of fruit, after all).
When: Second Sunday of the month, 10am – 2pm
Where: Judbury Community Centre
About: Experience the best of the local community’s crafts and food at this lovely country market. Stalls are shared between the Tree House park and the Community Hall, depending on the weather. Volunteers run the kitchen in the hall, serving good old fashioned fare, such as Devonshire teas, home made burgers, and real coffees. There’s also a BBQ run out of the old fire shed, if you’d prefer a classic snag with sauce in bread.
The Market at Franklin
When: Last Sunday of the month, 10am – 2pm
Where: Palais Theatre
About: This popular little market is held in the historic Palais Theatre, in the charming riverside town of Franklin. Browse the second hand goods, peruse beautiful handmade products, treat yourself to a coffee and cake, indulge in a relaxing massage, or tempt fate with a psychic reading.
Geeveston Country Market
When: Second Sunday of the month, 9am – 2pm
Where: Geeveston Community Hall
About: Support the local community and pick up a lovely gift (or something for yourself) at the Geeveston Country Market. There’s lots on offer, including clothes, jewellery, honey, preserves, baked goods, and second hand clothes.
Dover Community Market
When: Third Sunday of the month, 10am – 2pm
Where: Southgate Shopping Centre
About: The Dover Community Market is a lovely little market in the seaside town of Dover, in Far South Tasmania. They offer all sorts of goodies to browse and buy, and the stallholders are a very cheerful bunch who are always up for a chat!
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