The St Andrews Market, held every Saturday in the foothills of the Yarra Ranges, can only be described as quite the alternative market.
You could almost be excused in thinking that you had stepped back in time to the 70's.
I would lovingly say that this market has to be the best 'Hippy Market' I have ever visited.
From the moment you enter the market you are transported to a time when rainbows and flowers and all things 'hey man' seem totally natural.
Senses come alive with the aromas of curries and sizzling sausages mixed with pungent oils being burned.
Colour is everywhere, rainbows and bubbles and flags fluttering and the sounds of buskers fill the air.
One of outer Melbourne's Saturday markets, St Andrews Market can be described as an eclectic mix of trendy, new age and some old age, colourful and mysterious, modern and not so modern goodies.
There is something at the market for everybody, young and not so young. There is plenty of food and drinks for sale as well at the market, handy as the fresh bush air certainly helps work up an appetite.
I recommend that you arrive at the market as early as possible as parking can be quite a problem and expect to have to walk a fair distance back to your car when you have finished.
That saying, may I suggest that you bring along a basket or decent sized bag to carry all those goodies that you are going to buy.
I usually drag my market trolley along, they are becoming quite trendy these days. You never know what you may find at the market.
I love to browse through the recycled stalls looking for that something I never thought I would need but seeing it I knew I must have!
Expect to be entertained by busking musicians and educated by clever circus entertainers.
Watch the wooden spoon man working his way through a piece of box wood malley or add a colourful feather or two to your hair as a hair extension.
Take the time to enjoy the entertaining and sometimes quite funny buskers that are spread throughout the market. All characters in their own right and so authentically Australian. Don't forget to drop a coin or two down in appreciation.
North East of Melbourne, the market is set up on the corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads.
Check out the time table here to work out your next St Andrews market visit ... Click this link here - Saturday Bus Timetable
The bus is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who supply the community
with a much needed service through this area.
Locals and the Volunteers explain how and why the Saturday Bus is such a help to the Community of Nillumbik and its visitors ...
St Andrews Market provides little Shetland ponies for the kids to enjoy a ride on, always a fun experience for children.
Although finishing at 2:00pm, there is no reason why you still can't continue to enjoy the day, as opposite the market you will find the famous St Andrews Pub - one of Victoria's top live music venues attracting great Blues and Roots musicicians
The 'Pub' sometimes offers an afternoon music program in a true blue 'Aussie' atmosphere. Visit the St Andrews Pub website and make sure there's entertainment on offer.
Feel like a sit down bite to eat then try the excellent restaurant 'A Boy Named Sue' opposite the market, make sure you secure a table.
And perhaps explore the St Andrews Workshop next door for all things secondhand.
All in all there certainly is plenty to see and do up at this unique bush Market held amongst the tall blue gum trees.
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