With Byron Bay being the hippie central of Australia; it is a must to immerse yourself in their weekly markets. Filled with a great and funky atmosphere and people of all sorts. The dress code is strictly no shoes, dreadlocks, patterned flowing pants and a smile.
I had the perfect timing of being there on the weekend of the biggest market at Byron, only held three times a year. With stalls selling bracelets, tea cups and coconuts stretched out along the front of the beach with one of the most peaceful ambiances.
The markets outdid any other markets that I have wandered upon, not due to what they were selling but the people that filled up the alley ways between stalls. Second to New York City, Byron Bay is one of my favourite people watching places (no matter how creepy that sounds). Taking a seat on one of the grassy grounds to the edge of the markets you can watch people of all sorts wander through with their dreadlocks, funky clothes, green Mohawks, indie jewelry and guitars strapped to their back. Mobile phones seemed banished from the area, with a fair few people replacing them with Amsterdam legal smoke. People danced between stalls and the music played at a mellow tone from the stalls.
With the goal in mind to get one of the hair attachments that my best friend got in Byron as well, I walked straight over to a stall occupied by a lady who had more beads and feathers in her than actual hair. Along the side of the stall, feathery dream catchers blew about in the wind and on the table lay out a selection of colorful feathers and dreadlock like hair extension. Choosing a lovely blue one (my favourite colour) with a cute feather on the end, she then started plaiting it into my hair. She told me the meaning behind the hairpiece that I had chosen and how all of her designs for them and the dream catchers come through her mother visiting her in her dreams. The particular one I had chosen symbolized the love for change and story sharing – which is me in a nutshell. As she continued to put the blue hair piece into my hair she talked about her dreams, the spirits that bothered her and then mourned over losing her babies (selling her dream catchers). Showing off the pure essence of Byron Bay, Medicine Woman Woven Magic was a stand I am very glad to have wandered over to.
Byron Bay Markets are one of the highlights of a must see destination in Australia, a perfect place to road trip to. Check out when these snazzy markets are on below!
Byron Bay Markets Schedule:
First Week of the Month
- Brunswick Heads Markets – 1st Saturday of the month
- Murwillumbah Markets – 1st Saturday of the month
- Byron Bay Markets – 1st Sunday of the month (+ 3rd Sunday Dec & Jan)
- Pottsville Markets – 1st Sunday of the month
- Lismore Markets – 1st Sunday of the month
- Lismore Car Boot Market – 1st Sunday of the month
Second Week of the Month
- Kingscliff Markets – 2nd Saturday of the month
- The Channon Markets – 2nd Sunday of the month
- Alstonville Markets – 2nd Sunday of the month
- Lennox Head Markets – 2nd Sunday of the month
Third Week of the Month
- Byron Bay Markets – 3rd Sunday December & January
- Lismore Car Boot Market – 3rd Sunday of the month
- Mullumbimby Markets – 3rd Saturday of the month
- Pottsville Markets – 3rd Sunday of the month
- Uki Buttery Bazaar – 3rd Sunday of the month
Fourth Week of the Month
- Kingscliff Markets – 4th Saturday of the month
- Nimbin Markets – 4th and 5th Sunday of the month
- Bangalow Markets – 4th Sunday of the month
Additional Byron Bay Markets
- Byron Beachside Markets – three held annually Jan, Easter & the Sep/Oct long weekend
- Byron Artisan Market – every Saturday October to March annually – Railway Park Byron Bay