Every weekend, somewhere on the coast, bunting is being strung, marquees erected and tables dressed with handmade goodies as local markets spring to life. But none has the cult status or draws quite as big a crowd as the Avoca Beachside Markets.
From 9am to 2pm on the fourth Sunday of the month, locals and visitors flock to Avoca where more than 120 stalls pop up on the grass of Heazlett Park.
One of the most popular monthly events on the coast, the Avoca Beachside Markets is as trendy as pink flamingoes, cacti and baby pineapples.
Be prepared to fight for a car park if you’re not one of the first on the scene – traffic comes to a standstill in and out of the small beachside suburb.
Organisers encourage attendees to carpool, catch public transport, jump on the shuttle from the Avoca Hotel, walk or ride a bike to ease congestion.
Snaking their way from the tranquil gum-draped banks of Avoca Lake to the golden sands of Avoca Beach, the market stalls are a seemingly endless parade of pretty bunting.
Clever locals sell all manner of up-cycled, recycled, pre-loved, vintage and bespoke one-of-a-kind treasures.
From manuka-smoked garlic to sunglasses made from skateboard decks, glass chimes dangling from teapots and dream catchers, the markets are a breeding ground for coastal creativity.
Some of the Coast’s most talented exports, including The Voice contestants Ellie Drennan and Nathan Hawes, got their start busking regularly at the markets.
When it’s time for a shopping break, grab a coffee, fruit smoothie or some traditionally fermented ginger beer, and chill out under the trees by the lake.
It’s such a serene location, with paddleboarders gliding by and birds twittering about.
Avoca Beachside Markets is a great day out and you’ll be hard-pressed to head home empty handed.
Whether it’s a bar of goat’s milk soap, some handmade jewellery, original art or some cute baby apparel, there is quite simply something for everyone.
Coastal Chic Tip: Arrive early to beat the crowds, allow plenty of time to leisurely make your way along the lengthy strip of market stalls, take time out to soak up the atmosphere in one of the shady chill-out areas and don’t forget to visit an ATM before you get there.