We all like a good market.
There are several markets on the NSW Central Coast, but below you’ll find the locals’ favourites.
The markets range from bric-a-brac to hand-sourced quality products. You’ll find fresh produce, art and craft, home-made food, jewellery and more.
When: Every Sunday
Hours: 8 am – 1 pm
Where: 4 Racecourse Rd, West Gosford
Gosford City Farmers Markets is a great place to go on a Sunday to get artisan and fresh produce by local farmers and producers, especially fruits and vegetables.
There’s a great variety of fruits and vegetables and other delicious food: Organic sourdough bread. Fresh pasta. Eggs. Raw honey. Grass fed beef. Goat cheese and other cheeses. Olives. Homemade chutneys and relish. And more.
There's also ready-made international food: Chinese dumplings. Gozleme. Falafels. And more.
If you like fresh food that’s the place to go.
There are other stalls as well that sell plants, pet items and uggboots.
Parking is off Racecourse Rd.
When: Every Saturday, except event weekends and on event days
Hours: 9 am - 2 pm
Where: Memorial Park - The Entrance
The Entrance is a popular spot with tourists. There’s a lovely waterfront, heaps of pelicans and lots of entertainment.
The Entrance Markets are quite small (20 – 25 stalls). So in my opinion the markets alone are not worth a car trip.
But what’s definitely worth a car trip is all the entertainment at The Entrance: Pelican Feeding, fun fair, the channel walk, pony rides and the markets.
At The Entrance Markets you find clothes, jewellery, pet products and food. My favourite food at these markets is the gozleme (chocolate gozleme anyone?). I also liked the Pixie Rugs last time I visited.
Park for free next to The Entrance Visitor Information Centre.
When: Every 4th Sunday
Hours: 9 am - 2 pm
Where: Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach
At Avoca Beachside Markets you won’t find cheap and mass-produced things. Only quality, locally-sourced and handmade items. It comes with a higher price tag, but it’s completely worth it.
120+ stalls of beautifully designed arts and crafts, jewellery, textiles. And organic and fresh produce and international food like gozleme. You find jams, honey, cheeses, bagels. Little Creek Cheese and Brooklyn Boy Bagels are some of the stalls.
The Avoca Beachside Markets’ vibe is great... The markets on the edge of the lake. There are grassy area. Live music. A little playground…
The markets are dog-friendly.
Parking at Avoca Beach is hard to find when the markets are on. Get there early, or park on The Round Drive and walk a few minutes. Or park at Avoca Beach Hotel and take one of their shuttle busses to the markets.
When: First Saturday of the month
Hours: 9 am - 3 pm
Where: Terrigal Esplanade next to the beach, Terrigal
About 30-40 stalls beside the beach. There are many clothes stalls. As well as candles, jewellery, soaps, relishes & chutneys. And live music.
Enjoy the markets, the beach, boutique shopping, Florida Beach Bar, the beer garden, and walk to Terrigal Haven along the esplanade. Terrigal Markets are in a great spot.
Park at Terrigal Haven or in the free carpark on Wilson Rd.
When: 3rd Sunday of the month
Hours: 9 am - 2 pm
Where: Next to Umina Surf Life Saving Club, Umina
Umina Beach Markets are one of the best markets in one of the best locations.
There are 75+ stalls with everything you can possibly find in a market… Art, fruits and vegetables, clothes, ready-to-eat-food (including yummy churros), jewellery, live music, good vibe and more.
The stalls are beside the beach and Umina Beach Playground. The playground is huge. It has a toddler area, a big climbing net, a flying fox, a BMX track and skatepark. There’s heaps of space for picnics.
The beach is patrolled in summer, so make a whole day of it with your family at Umina Beach Markets.
When: Last Saturday of the month
Hours: 9 am – 2 pm
Where: Cnr Central Coast Highway and Yakalla Street, Shelly Beach
Shelly Beach Markets are held on the grounds of Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College. It’s quite a big market with 100+ stalls and live music. Many stalls are under a roof, so you can visit even if it rains.
There are nice products: Jewellery, clothes, homeware, candles, skin care and more.
There are also food stalls and ready-made food: International food, fresh eggs, jams, relishes, chutneys, breads, treats, oils & vinegars, fruits… The oranges I bought there were the most delicious I have had in a long time. Maybe ever.
Kids enjoy face painting and jumping castles.
When: Second Friday of the month
Hours: 5.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Where: Florida Beach Bar, Terrigal
Enjoy delicious plates from street food pop-ups. Here are some of the foods you can taste:
Some market nights have specific themes such as “Asian Fusion or Oktoberfest.
Inside Florida Beach Bar you can get regular food such as kids meals, pizza, chips and wedges.
Greedy Guts Markets make for a great dinner/evening out with the kids, family or friends. You can also grab a drink from the bar and enjoy live music.
When: Held quarterly in January, April, July & October
Hours: 8 am - 4 pm
Where: Terrigal Scout Hall, cnr Willoughby Rd & Terrigal Dr, Terrigal
If you like antiques, do no miss Terrigal Antique & Vintage Fair! It’s the only vintage market on the Central Coast.
You find a wide array of genuine vintage, antique and retro homewares. Plus vintage clothing and accessories. Rustic farmyard relics. And more. Some of the collectibles include: Fine china. Oil lamps. Typewriters. Vintage cameras and radios.
When: Held twice a year
Entry fee: $2 and children under supervision free
Where: Chertsey Primary School, Willow Road, Springfield
Be transported to Paris at the French Country Market.
The French-inspired furniture, jewellery and textiles are irresistible. And quite affordable.
The food is amazing, too… Indulge with French crepes, pastries, macarons and breads. Have Belgian crunchy chips with Dutch mayonnaise – the best hot chips I’ve ever had!
The stalls are spread on the grassy field of Chertsey Primary School. The entry fees go to Chertsey Primary School to provide services to students with special needs.
If you love everything French, these markets are not to be missed.
Sometimes the markets change their dates due to the weather or other reasons. Make sure you check their Facebook page.