Markets are one of my favourite things to explore, with the possibility of fresh food, live music, hand-made stalls, flowers, and crowds of like minded people. I am known for frequently waking my partner up at ungodly hours because I heard of a new market in town, and I needed to suss it out. So when we happened to be staying at Broulee for a weekend, I was incredibly excited to find out we were close to one of my all time favourites, the Moruya Country Market.
Created in 1978 in an effort to draw together local farmers, artists, and musicians, the Moruya Country Market has now grown to stand as the best weekly market in the far south coast. Still committed to that initial intention, the market is still crammed full of local musicians, fresh food, vegetables, herbs, and artists, and invites not only locals, but all tourists to come and enjoy. Located at the Riverside Park, the wide concrete paths allow for you and your dog to wind through the regular 120 stalls with ease, and not notice the massive crowds that have also turned up.
Despite the gloomy weather, and the late arrival (12pm- we went for a swim first), the markets were thriving when we showed up, greeting up with the smell of fresh pizza, and donuts. We were instantly drawn to the flower array, with mamma bear treating me to some beautiful Australian natives after I was caught gushing and photographing their blooms. The blueberry icecream is also said to be a local favourite, but similarly to the wood-fired pizza, the word is out, and the lines are long.
The markets have a community feeling that runs through the place, with locals greeting you warmly, despite any obvious tourist appearance, and a sense of utter relaxation that comes from both being next to a river, and from hearing the music that wafts through the stalls. To make it even better, the Moruya Country Market is run as a non profit organisation, donating to local hospitals, schools, charities, special needs, and other local events, making you feel good about spending so much that morning.
If you have the time, and want something nice to explore, these markets are definitely worth a look, also only about 15 minutes drive from Broulee- which is an absolutely stunning beach.
Location: Riverside Park, Moruya NSW
Open: Saturday (8am-1pm)