The Byron Bay markets are an eclectic mixing ground of music, art and original creations. The Community Markets are held on the first Sunday of every month (+ the 3rd in summertime – Dec and Jan).
When you wander out here you will find an amazing melting pot of musicians, artists, hippies, backpackers, travellers and rich tourists. With the diversity of over 300 stalls there is something for everyone with the main focus on arts and crafts, local coffee, organic foods, gemstones, original creations of all shapes and sizes with colourful imports from Africa and Asia. The Byron Markets are famous for their range of produce, new age funkiness and great atmosphere.
We came across a guy playing to a massive crowd of people and I wish I had bought his album. He was playing guitar, harmonica and percussion while singing and telling stories. True talent.
There is undoubtedly a huge hippy vibe in Byron with endless positive energy, wafts of sticky green and dreadlocked bracelet makers smiling at you as you wander around. Many of the stalls are selling things like reflexology and tarot readings for a cheaper price than the shops in town.
If you have no money because you spent it all on beer the night before, it is easy to spend a few hours just laying in the sun and watching the fire spinners and listening to the musicians.
There is an awesome selection of food to choose from (Jamaican chicken, fresh juices, local roasted coffee, fudge, chocolates and sugar cane juice are personal favorites), so make sure you’re hungry. The scents wafting your way are irresistible.
So if you ever make it to Byron Bay (hands down – my favourite place in Australia), then check out the markets and enjoy the experience 🙂