Historical Wollombi village is just under two hours’ drive from Sydney, or a little longer if you take the scenic route on Tourist Drive 33. This postcard-perfect village with its 19th-century sandstone buildings, timber slab and corrugated iron roof cottages is not one to be missed. What better way to experience this village than when it comes alive for the busy and exciting Wollombi Markets. Here is our brief travel guide to Wollombi village and its market.
Begin the trip to Wollombi via a scenic drive along Tourist Drive 33, which follows parts of the Great North Road (also known as the Convict Trail), a historic road that was convict built in 1836, which still connects Sydney to the Hunter (see our guide for more information about travelling on Tourist Drive 33). Feel relaxed as you pass scenic surrounds and catch a glimpse of the farm animals that graze on acres of grassy paddocks.
There is also another market in Wollombi: Wollombi Village Market, this is a not-for-profit market and is held on the second Sunday of every month – with its boutique style stalls and intimate atmosphere, this is a lovely community event that offers products ranging from organic bread, fresh produce, wine, handmade pasta and handicrafts. The stalls for Wollombi Village Market are set up on the grassy areas alongside of the main village road.
Wollombi Market is located adjacent to the Wollombi Tavern property and is held in the cattle sales yard, its rural significance is a highlight of the area. Wherever you stay in Wollombi, whether it’s pre-booked accommodation or free camping on the grounds of Wollombi Tavern, everything is within 5-minutes walking distance, such as cafes, galleries, a restaurant, a cellar door, and a general store. This is an important aspect if you are travelling in a campervan, due to the fact that Wollombi Markets attracts thousands to the usually quiet and peaceful town every long weekend Monday holiday. Once you’re set up accommodation wise everything here is easy!
Have an evening walk and spy on the markets in setup mode as the night before the exciting atmosphere begins, cars journey into the village, some stalls begin to be set up during the night, while some just need that finishing touch. By morning, you’ll be surprised by just how quickly the space transforms into an organised event and are already brimming with people. There are over 100 colourful stalls well-stocked with plants, crafts, food produce, a wine stall, clothes and accessories, jewellery, tools and bric-a-brac. It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique gift or something special for yourself.
Savvy B Designs Stall, Wollombi Markets (Easter Holidays)
Top Featured Photo: Wollombi Village: From left to right; Harp of Erin Gallery and Cafe, Wollombi General Store, Grays Inn (Noyce Brothers Cellar Door) and the Panino Restaurant
At the end of your market adventure and given that you’re in the Hunter Valley, you might like to visit Wollombi Wines with its beautiful vineyard and wine tasting room. This seemingly isolated vineyard is only a few minutes drive out of town and is in one of the most peaceful and picturesque settings. Perhaps you may just want to end the day in the village and enjoy a café meal from Myrtle House, or a la carte or al fresco dining at Grays Inn; for wine connoisseurs it also includes Noyce Brothers Cellar Door, or a quintessential Aussie pub experience at Wollombi Tavern. If you need to escape the heat of the outdoors market, head to Harp of Erin Gallery Café, which provides not only an air-conditioned café and gallery but this quaint building retains much of its 19th-century history and charm. It’s a lovely place to cool down and savour refreshments and some of the best gelato around. While you sit back and relax – admire your new market purchases, and absorb Wollombi’s historical surrounds!
Wollombi Markets (Easter holidays), sale items; plants grown in upcycled tin cans – by GleanedCreate your own adventure!
Shelley has published a variety of online articles. With a master’s degree in Special Education, this has allowed her to write in the area of Education, through platforms such as the Huffington Post. Being an outdoor enthusiast, she is currently writing for the Weekender Travel and Kombi Lifestyle. She is keen to share her knowledge and enjoys writing informative articles that help the discerning traveller prepare for road travel and holidays in Australia. Shelley is the founder and editor in chief of Kombi Lifestyle.