The Best Markets in Byron Bay

Due to its laidback lifestyle, beautiful nature and tight-knit community, Byron Bay is a popular place for independent business owners to live
Due to its laidback lifestyle, beautiful nature and tight-knit community, Byron Bay is a popular place for independent business owners to live | © martin berry / Alamy Stock Photo
Amy Blyth

Byron Bay isn’t just one of Australia’s top beach destinations, it’s also a hub for creatives and producers who contribute to the town’s thriving market scene. Whether you’re interested in artisan jewellery, vintage clothing, local art or picking up some homegrown vegetables, here are five Byron Bay markets you must visit during your stay.

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Try a health juice made with local produce at one of Byron Bay’s street markets on a hot summer’s day

Byron Bay Markets

Also known as the Byron Bay Community Market, this vibrant gathering is one of the biggest and best in the region. The market stretches several acres along the Main Beach front, with over 300 colourful stalls. Browse for handmade crafts and jewellery, paintings, furniture, sculptures and natural products. You can also pick up some locally grown fruit and vegetables, grab some takeaway and listen to live bands and buskers. Kids will love activities such as tie dying and face painting, as well as vendors dressed in sparkly costumes. Enjoy the festival feel at Byron Bay Markets on the first Sunday of every month.

Byron Artisan/Twilight Market

Come to the Byron Bay Artisan (also known as the Twilight) Market to soak up the culture and buy some unusual souvenirs. This intimate night market is held at the Railway Park on Jonson Street in the heart of Byron Bay and specialises in top local arts and crafts. Expect all kinds of goods, including clothes, photography and homeware, set against a backdrop of Byron artists performing on a small stage. There’s plenty of food on offer, as well as Byron healers and massage therapists to keep you entertained for a few hours. What’s great about this market is that it’s held in the cooler hours of the day, from 4pm until 9pm.

Byron Farmers’ Market

Skip the grocery store, and buy local at Byron Farmers Market

Mingle with Byron Bay residents, who shop at the farmers’ market every Thursday morning for groceries, seedlings and plants. The stalls here are heaving with succulent Byron-grown goodies, be it piles of leafy greens, tropical fruit, macadamia nuts, honey or home-baked loaves of bread. There’s a real focus on seasonality and ethical shopping, with a selection of organic and free-range goods, all sourced and sold by farmers in the area. The Byron Farmers’ Market is also held at the Railway Park and features a variety of food stalls so you can snack while you shop on cakes, coffee and other treats. Don’t miss the freshly squeezed sugarcane juice.

Byron Beachside Market

Byron Beachside Market is held on the foreshore of Main Beach just four times a year. Over 200 market stalls cover half a kilometre of beach front, with products that live up to the market’s “make it, bake it or grow it” ethos. While upcoming Byron musicians busk, you can peruse stacks of locally made gifts and souvenirs, artwork and crafts, garden decorations and fashion, all created by Byron artists and designers. You’ll also find wellness services such as massages on offer alongside baked goods, coffee and smoothie stalls.

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