Fishermen’s Wharf Markets are located right on the wharves in this historic suburb of Adelaide. The bustling market is the perfect place for a weekend visit and could be the home of your next treasure.
About the Fishermen’s Wharf Markets
The Fishermans Wharf Market Port Adelaide is in the huge, enclosed shed frequently referred to as “Shed 1”, the last remaining shed on the wharves of Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour. There has been constant talk for years that this shed will be demolished “soon”, but until then, the markets continue every Sunday and public holiday Monday.
With over 120 stalls, the two level markets have the benefit of being a great place to visit even in the winter when the weather is not the best. Probably best described as a bric-a-brac market, the stalls here are perfect for rummaging through to find that rare gem. I always get stuck at the used book stands, and end up going home with more than I planned to buy every time.
You can also find stalls selling homewares, furniture, collectibles and memorabilia of all kinds. You could hunt down that rare vinyl record you first bought in your teens, or find that missing piece of Grandma’s antique tea set.
While most of the stalls sell second hand items, there are also some selling new products too. You can pick up hardware products and pet supplies, clothing and craft supplies.
When you get hungry after all of your fossicking, grab a coffee and cake from the vendors inside the market or the food vans outside. You should be able to find snacks such as donuts, or slightly more substantial foods like hot dogs or yiros, but the food trucks do change from time to time. Sit on the wharf to eat and enjoy the views over the Port River.
Regularly you will find entertainment outside the markets with buskers and other performers mixing with the crowds. You will often find a fortune teller to predict your future and a face painter for the kids.
The Fishermen’s Wharf Markets run every Sunday and Monday public holiday from 9am to 5pm.
What Else is Nearby?
On the wharf right outside the markets is the ticket office and boarding point for the Dolphin Explorer. Jump on board to take a short trip up and sown the Port River to spot some of the local dolphins. While of course it is not guaranteed since these dolphins are wild, I have spotted them every time I have done the cruise.
The wharf is also a good place to start if you would like to check out some of the amazing street art in Port Adelaide. The area has now been the location of three Wonderwalls festivals, and each time another new selection of artwork appears. Click here to read more about it.
Within only a few metres of the Fishermen’s Wharf Markets you will find Commercial Road which is lined with pubs and restaurants just perfect for a Sunday lunch.
For more things to do in Port Adelaide, read my full post here.
Other Port Adelaide Markets
While in Port Adelaide, consider visiting these other local markets
- The People’s Markets – located on the corner of St Vincent Street and Mundy Street. Specialises in local fruit & veg, organic products including bakery and dairy products and all sots of other bits and pieces. Hours are from 10am to 4pm Friday to Sunday
- Torrens Island Markets – located at the end of Moorhouse Road, Port Adelaide (often referred to as North Arm) these are wholesale fruit and vegetable markets with the producers arriving in their trucks and selling from pallets. Also available are eggs, baked goods, cured meats and olives, local honey etc. Some vendors are there week after week, others only come sporadically. This is a great location to stock up of your bulk fruit and veg for a great price. Hours are from 6am to 1pm Sundays.
How to Get to the Fishermen’s Wharf Markets
It’s easiest to get to the Fisherman’s Wharf Markets by car. There is plenty of paid parking on site, but there is also free parking in the streets further away. Watch the time limits carefully is you do not want to get a parking ticket.
You can also reach Port Adelaide by train from the Adelaide city centre. It’s about a twenty five minute train ride, and it will take about 10-15 minutes to walk from the train station to the markets.
There are also a variety of public buses that pass through Port Adelaide, most of them stopping close to the Commercial Road/St Vincent Street intersection.
A single trip, adult peak ticket is currently $5.50AUD for both the trains and buses. Tickets may be cheaper than this if you purchase a MetroCard and add credit to it in advance, if you have a concession, or if you travel in off-peak times. Tickets are available on board buses and trains as well as in many shops and newsagencies around the city. For more information on public transport, look at the Adelaide Metro website. Use the Adelaide Metro Journey Planner to discover your route.
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Josie is a forty-something budget traveller. She only discovered travel in her late thirties, but since then has travelled extensively including taking an adult gap year. She is now based in Australia and loves sharing all she has learned about travelling on a budget but with the comforts a Gen Xer requires.