Tasmania has long held a reputation for unspoilt natural beauty, fine local produce, friendly service, delightful architecture, rich culture and a fascinating history – qualities that make it one of Australia’s favourite tourist destinations all year round.
And in more recent times the island state has begun to emerge as a hotspot for the burgeoning farmers market scene throughout the country, with numerous cities and townships hosting great family events on a regular basis.
The list of quality Tasmanian markets is long and varied, with visitors able to enjoy everything from fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood to beautiful handmade arts and crafts from local practitioners.
While Saturdays and Sundays are generally the best times for a fun day out, the Margate Wednesday Community Market provides a fantastic mid-week alternative right throughout the year.
The most of famous of Tasmania’s big markets is undoubtedly the Salamanca Market in the capital city Hobart - with its produce section stretching out towards the Abel Tasman statue alongside Parliament House lawns – while other venues of note include Burnie, Glenorchy and the state’s second-largest city Launceston.
According to The Market Guide, an easy journey across Bass Strait from Melbourne leads travellers to “Australia’s best-kept secret”.
Tasmania’s world-class local produce includes fish, apples, wine and plenty more, so visitors to any of the excellent farmers markets will be able to walk away from a relaxing day out with a bagful of delicious fresh ingredients to take home.
The superb Burnie Farmers Market takes place the second and third Saturday of every month – and for the second and fourth Saturdays there is no more rewarding option than arts and crafts shopping at Launceston’s Civic Homespun Market. More to explore are the markets at Claude Road, Sheffield, the Don Village opposite the Don River Railway, Forth, Latrobe Village, Northdown, Ulverstone, Wynyard Airport and Car Boot and the Wynyard Old Theatre in Goldie Street. Check here for details.
Every Sunday you have the option to get along to Tasmanian Farm Gate in Hobart for a huge supply of culinary delights and tasty goods, while bargain hunters are bound to love the variety on offer at both the Penguin Market and Launceston Esk Market.