There’s nothing better than waking up early on the weekend and heading to a local flea market to rummage for hidden treasures.
Whether it’s another piece to add to your carnival glass collection or that illusive 1956 Australian penny you're in search of, there’s much to be discovered amongst all the bric-a-brac. If you love a good rummage and can’t wait to organise your next Sunday market outing, then take your pick from these Aussie flea markets from all around the country.
1. Salamanca Market, Hobart
An iconic celebration of Tassie produce and culture, the Salamanca Markets are a favourite for locals and travellers alike. As well as delicious food stalls, there’s live music and more than 300 stallholders to take your pick from. So, grab yourself a cuppa and brekky before wandering through the mix of vintage and designer finds between the Georgian sandstone buildings.
2. Suitcase Rummage, Brisbane
As the name suggests, this is the place to have a good rummage of the wares on offer in Brisbane. With markets throughout the country, you can find anything from artwork and clothing to jewellery and records in and amongst the crowds. Good old fashioned haggling is commonplace here, too, so put your best offer forward.
3. Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide
Any market that has been opened since 1870 and is still going strong has got to be good, and that’s certainly the case with the Adelaide Central Market. Here you’ll find antiques, secondhand homewares and fresh produce, too. You won’t have to wait until the weekend to visit, either, as this market is open from Tuesday to Saturday throughout the year.
4. Old Bus Depot Markets, Canberra
The Old Bus Depot Markets is where the locals go for lunch and stay to wander through the more than 200 stalls. From handcrafted jewellery by local designers to vintage collectables, you’ll be hard-pressed sticking to a budget here. Keep a look out for the reupholstered and repurposed antique vintage furniture, too, if you're looking for a special piece for the home.
5. E-Shed Markets, Fremantle
Located in Victoria Quay in Fremantle, the E-Shed Markets can be found in a former timber building built in 1929, from where the markets get its name. Soak up the view of the Fremantle Harbour and meander through the rows of fashion, food and homeware stalls. The E-Shed Markets are open every weekend.
6. Rapid Creek Markets, Darwin
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets may be Darwin’s most famous markets, but Rapid Creek Markets is the longest running and was opened in the 1800s. Just 20 minutes out of Darwin the fun and cultural markets are open each Sunday.
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