If scouring a treasure trove of lotions, potions, plants, crafts and produce, handmade gifts and delicious baked goods is your ideal morning out, then the Yorke Peninsula leaves you spoilt for choice.
Here’s a peek at some of what you’ll find in the region this summer.
Stansbury Seaside Markets
The Stansbury Seaside Markets have earnt a reputation for being an enjoyable family day out and begin on the first weekend of school holidays in October, through to April.
During these warmer months Yorke Peninsula is buzzing with excitement and the Stansbury Seaside Markets are a popular weekend attraction. Not many markets can compete, with the location and the quality of the stalls and entertainment making this a must for market goers.
Once the stall holders have packed up their produce and wares, spend some time along the foreshore of Stansbury’s Oyster Bay watching the local dolphins frolicking in the water, enjoy a spot of fishing or take a coastal walk from the Jetty to Pitts Cutting and take some photos of the view towards Gulf St Vincent.
Anzac Parade, Stansbury. Once a month on a Saturday – 9:00am-1:00pm – check the website for details.
The Moonta Country Markets also return during the school holidays and are returning bigger than ever with new and returning stall holders eager to brandish their goods to Moonta’s many weekend tourists.
Summer is the perfect time to take the family to Moonta and visit the local markets for that special souvenir or tasty treat.
For locals it’s a great family day out and opportunity for the community to come together. The variety of jewellery, antiques, collectables, food and preserves, old fashioned sweets, crafts, prints and artworks ensures the Moonta Markets always attract a crowd.
Queen Square, George Street, Moonta. Sundays of the March and October long weekends – 9:00am-2:00pm
If you fancy continuing the retail therapy whilst in Moonta there are some lovely local shops with a market feel like: lots of antiques, The Miners Couch, Taste The Yorke and many more.
Copper Coast Markets
The Copper Coast Market is a monthly market that takes place in the Kadina Town Hall on the last Saturday of the month (with the exception of December) from 8.30am-1.30pm.
The market has something for everyone with a wide variety of stalls including handmade gifts, art and craft, food and produce, bric a brac and more.
For more info contact the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8821 2333.
Taylor Street, Kadina. Last Saturday of the month (except December) from 8:30am-1:30pm.
The Kadina Markets
The Kadina Rotary Markets took place on October 28, November 25 and will again be held on December 16. The popular morning markets run from 8:30am-12:30pm and are hugely popular among local purveyors.
You can expect locally made cakes and biscuits, the obligatory sausage sizzle, cards, jewelry, oils and body lotions, fresh produce, preserves and pickles, pottery bric a brac and more.
The town of Kadina sits inland of Wallaroo and Moonta and is a stop off point for many tourists. The rich heritage of Kadina ensures there’s plenty to see and learn and the markets encourage weekend visitors to stay, wander and chat.
Taylor Street, Kadina. December 16 from 8:30am-12:30pm.
The Maitland Markets are an institution in the seaside town of Maitland. Open every Thursday and Friday from 10:00am- 4:00pm the indoor market sits within the old garage museum making it a unique place to browse bric a brac, homewares, produce, books, crafts, clothing and more.
Stop by for morning or afternoon tea and find the perfect handmade gift and sample some of the delicious food made by locals.
Situated in the Heart of Maitland Complex, Maitland. Every Thursday and Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Wallaroo Markets – Noelene’s Book Café
This quaint market is located inside Noelene’s Book Cafe and Ian’s Fencing and Steel and comprises of homemade wares, gifts, books and artworks.
Stop by on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00am-1:00 pm and try one of Noelene’s famous vanilla slices and see what the Wallaroo Markets are all about.
Evans Road, Wallaroo. Second Saturday each month from 9:00am-1:00pm.
Curramulka Farmers Market
The Curramulka Markets take place on the first Sunday of each month and are packed full of character.
Close to Port Vincent or on your way to Minlaton, stop off and check out the array of stalls, local produce and family fun at the Curramulka Farmers Markets.
Community Court, Main Street Curramulka. First Sunday each month.
If you’re in the lovely seaside town of Ardrossan over the school holidays, you may be lucky enough to be there when Ardrossan has a pop-up market with a variety of stalls selling clothing, plants, crafts, produce and more.
There are lots of other shops and cafes to look around and enjoy whilst in Ardrossan including Bella Yorke for fashion and Meraki Soul, the Coffee House and the Ardrossan Bakery for great food and coffee.
And if you’re in the mood for some wine tasting, Ardrossan is the place, home to Emoyeni Wines and a short drive inland is Barley Stacks Wines Cellar Door.
First Street Ardrossan.
Edithburgh Community Markets
The Edithburgh Community Markets are all about local produce and feature a huge garage sale and delightful farmers market selling fruit and veg, olive oil, fresh baked sourdough bread and other home baked goodies.
Undercover in Blanche Street, Edithburgh. Second Sunday of the month from 8:00am-1:00pm.
Minlaton Pepper Tree Markets – If you can bake it, hand make it, or grow it – it’s likely you’ll find it at the Pepper Tree Market in Minlaton. The market is about all things local with an emphasis on vintage treasures.
Start your day with breakfast and browse the sweet little market that takes place on the second Saturday of every month, behind the Porter Building, adjacent to the Town Hall.
Main Street, Minlaton. Second Saturday every month.
No matter where you are on Yorke Peninsula this summer holidays, there’s a country, seaside or farmers market near you.
Say hi to the friendly and welcoming locals and sample some of their produce. Buy a gift to remind you of your time in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula and savour the many delights of the colourful markets.
Don’t forget to visit local cafe’s, pubs and retailers too, there’s so much to see, do and enjoy, between the regions many townships and national parks.