The best spring markets in and around Wollongong

Photos from top left: The opening of Sculptures at Killalea by The Mann Project, fairy floss fun at Sculptures at Killalea and burgers from Eat Street Bulli.
Photos from top left: The opening of Sculptures at Killalea by The Mann Project, fairy floss fun at Sculptures at Killalea and burgers from Eat Street Bulli.

The Illawarra is home to some of the most exciting foodie, artisan and trash and treasure markets in the state. 

We’ve compiled a list of new and long-standing markets around the region in one handy guide so you don’t miss a thing this spring.

Twilight Food Market at Killalea State Park, Saturday, September 22, 2pm-7pm

As part of Sculptures at Killalea, the twilight festival will feature makers and creators markets, food, beer and wine, music and entertainment –and all the amazing artworks around the park. Details.

Puckeys Night Market at UOW Innovation Campus, Wednesday, September 26, from 4pm

From the creators of Coledale Markets, this recent addition to the local market scene offers live music, handmade products, second-hand and vintage wares, food vendors and more. Details.

Eat Street Market at Bulli Showground, Friday, September 28, from 5pm

The Crown Street Mall favourite will be popping up in Bulli later this month. Grab a bite to eat, a drink at the bar and find a spot on the grass to enjoy some live music. For the kids, a free jumping castle. Details.

Dapto Showground Markets, every Sunday, 7am to 1pm

Dapto’s trash and treasure markets have recently undergone a revamp. The fresh new look includes areas dedicated to new and handmade items, fresh produce, food and dessert stalls and more. Details.

Coledale Markets at Coledale Public School, Sunday, September 23, from 9am

Rifle through the stalls of pre-loved clothes, books, earrings, crockery, paintings, beautiful handmade knits and soaps, amid the scent of curry and coffee, fresh bread and cakes. Details.

Foragers Markets, Bulli Showground, every Sunday, 9am-2pm

An all-weather indoor and outdoor farmer’s market; on the second Sunday of each month the market expands to include artisans, designers, homewares, fashion and art; fourth Sunday of the month becomes a vintage market. Details.

The Collective Beat in Gerringong at 107 Fern Street, 10am to 4pm

Posy & Poppy dresses and Alex & Hope leather goods at the Collective Beat in Gerringong.

Posy & Poppy dresses and Alex & Hope leather goods at the Collective Beat in Gerringong.

The Collective Beat is home to more than 70 pop-up shops selling homewares, artwork, fashion and accessories, furniture, giftware, toys and antiques – all under the one roof. Details.

Gerringong Village Markets, third Saturday of every month, 8.30am-1.30pm 

Held in Gerringong Town Hall, this Rotary market offers handmade crafts, local produce, toys, books, jewellery, plants and clothes, hot food stalls, coffee and cakes. Details.

The Farm’s Market at Killalea State Park, first Sunday of the month

More than 90 stalls stocked with the latest fashions, local producers, sweets, brewers, artisans, florists and food in one of the most scenic settings in the Illawarra. Details.

Warrawong Markets by the Lake, every Saturday, 7am-1pm

On Northcliff Drive, opposite Bunnings, stallholders sell new and secondhand goods, fresh produce, plants, craft, fashion and more. There are buskers, entertainment, food and drinks and plenty of space to sit and relax on beautiful Lake Illawarra. Details.

Eat Street in Crown Street Mall, every Thursday, 5pm-9pm

A delicious range of food stalls from local restaurants and traders - ribs, dumplings, hot dogs, Asian salads, burgers, and desserts, as well as live music and comfy seating. Details. 

Friday Forage in Crown Street Mall, every Friday, 8am-3pm

Enjoy your weekly shop of fresh produce and tasty treats, take in the talent of local traders and musicians at Friday Forage on Crown.

Kiama Farmers’ Market, Coronation Park at Surf Beach, every Wednesday, 3pm-6pm

A huge selection of seasonal produce direct from the farmer or maker. Along with fruit and veg, you’ll find find oysters, local beef, honey, eggs, milk straight from the local dairy, gelato, fresh cut flowers, cider and more on Manning Street. Details.

Kiama Makers and Growers Market, fourth Saturday of the month, 9am-2pm

A 'Make it, Bake it, Grow it, Sew it' market at Black Beach in Kiama, offering gourmet food, produce and handmade goods. Details.

Kiama Seaside Markets, third Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm

More than 100 stalls offer everything from handcrafted gifts, locally designed clothing, jewellery, art, vintage and up-cycled products, holistic health and wellness products, as well as a range of other unique products that are locally sourced, designed and created. Details.