Rotary Club run many events across Australia and this is another one of theirs in downtown Blackburn. With the shopping strip on one side, the market is neatly placed between the shops and the station which is on the north side.
The day I visited there were around 25 stallholders at what I would call ‘hobby level’. Whether it was home made jams, cards, jewellery or plants, crafts, plants or books – there is something here for everyone. It’s not the calibre of a Farmers’ Market but it doesn’t try to be.
A favourite of locals who come to do their shopping at both the market and the local stores, then often have a snack or lunch at one of the many cafes, this market has a loyal following from village shoppers.
One of the highlights for me today was the jazz band pumping out some very cool music. I stopped and listened for around ten minutes as they pumped out some great tunes for everyone. You can listen to it here.
Recommend you bring your own bag or trolley along so plastic bags don’t have to be used. Also try to bring smaller notes. We all know that the ATM’s dispense $50’s and stall holders are prepared for that but when so many people turn up with larger notes it becomes problematic for them.
STALLHOLDERS: If you’d like to have a stall at the market, you can check out their web page here
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 2pm. Operates the second Saturday of every month except in January.
LOCATION: South Parade, Blackburn – right opposite the station and across from the strip of shops.
PARKING: There are a number of places to park. If you’re lucky you’ll find one across the road in front of the strip of shops. Otherwise, any of the streets that run at 90 degrees to the market have plenty of places to market. There is a limit of 1 – 2 hours depending on where you park.
TRANSPORT: There is a bus stop on South Parade and of course, you are right opposite the station. For more information on transport, please click here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on paths. The stalls are in one long line so you don’t have to weave in and out of stallholders.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: Permitted on a leash and under the owners control.
FOOD: There isn’t alot of food on sale but there are cafes across the road that are worth a visit. Of course, there is always a sausage sizzle put on by Rotary.
TOILET FACILITIES: Available in South Parade or at the Railway Station. For more information click here.
Website – Blackburn Station Craft Market
On Facebook – BlackburnStationCraftMarket
On Instagram – no account by #blackburnstationcraftmarket
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