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Uki is a beautiful little historic village in the foothills of Mt Warning (Wollumbin in the Bundjalung aboriginal language means ‘Clouds Catcher’).  It’s such a tiny place but it has a fantastic community with it’s own Uki Village website full of information and the local Uki News is on-line  for all to view. There are alot of very talented Artists around Uki and environs, and here’s a great website with a list of Galleries called Cloud Catcher.

My good friend Paola Emma of Living Moon Astrology is so passionate about Uki she has offered the following history

‘The cute name Uki, (pronounced yook-eye) may be the aboriginal word for a water fern with edible roots, but many believe that it was derived from the sign, reading UK1, the timber cutters used to put on the first quality lumber, in particular the precious red cedar, that was exported in great quantity to Great Britain in the early days.

Uki Village

Uki Village in the Foothills of Mt Warning

There is a book with real life accounts of the way life was in the Uki, Main Arm area since the first white pioneers started moving to the Tweed around 1860, called ‘The Way it Was‘ . This wonderful collection is full of fresh and interesting accounts of what life was like for the brave men and women of these bygone days. It also provides some ideas of the ups and downs in the relationship between white settlers and aboriginal people. The book was edited by Mary Lee Connery and is a very good read.

The region around Uki was, first of all, settled for lumber cutting and export. Then the sugar cane came and many dairy farms populated the area from the early 1900s. The latter soon became the commercial backbone of the Uki area. The historical Uki Butter factory, affectionately known as The Buttery, was the place where the local dairy farmers used to bring their milk and cream to be processed, until the early 1960s.

Over the last few years the Old Butter Factory has been transformed, through the dedication of community groups and grants, into a busy shopping and cultural centre. There is a good selection of shops inhabiting the Buttery including the Uki CTC (Community Technology Centre) which is run by volunteers.

Uki is also close to the wonderful Mebbin Forest National Park and the Clarrie Hall Dam (only ten kilometers from the village), a haven for sail boating, canoeing, fishing and picnics.

Uki has been hosting a colourful monthly market around the Old Buttery called the Uki Buttery Bazaar while a Local Produce market is held in the Uki Hall every Saturday’.


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With a great line up of entertainment, workshops, exhibitions, an Eco-Expo and more – there’s definitely something for everyone at the Ukitopia Festival this weekend November 14th & 15th, held in the historic Village of Uki

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the unique community that is Uki, nestled at the base of Mt Warning in the Tweed Valley. I’ve always had a soft spot for Uki as I fell in love with the area when I first came here in the early 80’s, and I still enjoy the community atmosphere that pervades the town.

Starting on Saturday there are programs for the kids, live music, workshops, dancing under the stars, and the Anglican Church will host a special concert with doors opening at 7pm.

The Images of Uki Art Exhibition in the Uki Hall opens at 5.45 pm on Saturday and will display over 100 artworks by Tweed Artists, with 25% of all sales going to Ukitopia Arts Collective.

The Uki Buttery Bazaar that is on every 3rd Sunday of the month has been part of the north coast market circuit for as long as I’ve been around here. It’s still a genuine old style trash and treasure market, but this Sunday it will be extra special with a line-up of entertainment all day at the Buttery Market Stage and the Main Stage at Hall Park.

To view the great line up of events click here

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I have found that the Bangalow Markets are the most aesthetically pleasing markets as people enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beautiful grounds taking in all the sights and sensations that the market offers. The large Camphor Laurel Trees create a lovely atmosphere and provide shade, which is a pleasant relief from the heat of the day.

The Bangalow Markets have been on the 4th Sunday of the month since the early 80’s and are still very popular for locals and tourists alike. It’s also pleasant to stroll into the historic village of Bangalow and explore the unique and boutique shops.
For information and Bangalow Markets website click here

A website has just been launched to provide an online business hub for market stall holders near and far, and promote the alternate market place as a viable growth industry. Byron Bay Market Place enables Stall Holders to exhibit their product profile and source other stall holders. It already has an eclectic range of stallholders products profiled and more will be added.

North Coast Markets - A Great Day Out for the Family

North Coast Markets - A Great Day Out for the Family

The website contains individual market stall profiles, a chat room, and a blog for stallholders to publicise their stalls, which includes a comprehensive local monthly market schedule. It even has a link to the Bureau of Meteorology to check the weather – which is very important for outdoor markets!

The north coast is renowned for its monthly market circuit which has been established for over 30 years so it’s fantastic that a website has been gifted to the community for the huge amount of stallholders to connect and share resources.
Byron Bay Market Place now online  click here

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Life has been pretty full on lately with a full-time Web Design course, a house and family to run, and keeping up with my latest creative endeavour – this blog. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback which encourages me, and it’s a great experience for me as I never know what will unfold in the next post!

It’s a fabulous time of the year to explore the hills beyond Byron Bay and visit the famous Channon Craft Market as the weather is just perfect, not too hot and not too cold. The Channon Village is about a 45 mins scenic drive from Byron Bay and the market is held on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

The Channon Markets started in 1976 as a ‘Make it, Bake it, Grow it’ market and has evolved into a huge event for market goers and tourists, as thousands of people converge on the village each month to wander amongst the colour and excitement. There is a colourful website with pictures and information, including a google map to get you there.
To view the Channon Craft Market website, click here

Whilst in the area, it’s a good opportunity to visit the famous and very unique Nimbin. Here’s an interesting YouTube video about Nimbin.

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The next Byron Bay Community Market is on this Sunday 4th October and is a fabulous day out for all the family.

For anyone who has lived on the North Coast for a long time knows, that the 1st Sunday of the month heralds a glorious day trip to beautiful Byron Bay and the Byron Bay Community Markets. It’s certainly a ‘must have’ experience for visitors and globetrotters too.

The Byron Bay markets have evolved into a showcase for the many talents of the region. People flock from near and far to enjoy the festive atmosphere, fabulous food, entertainment and the many handmade and unique items for sale.

Byron Bay Markets are run by the Byron Community & Cultural Centre and is an important event on the social calendar, and a great boost for local charities. Two charities at each market benefit from the Charity of the Day fundraising.

For more information about the Byron Community & Cultural Centre, and Byron Bay Market click here

Does anyone remember the busker in the 80’s that wore a hessian bag and a shower cap? He couldn’t sing or do anything, but he certainly kept the crowds mesmerized by his ludicrous acts!

A new site with listings of Byron Bay Market stallholders will be launched soon, and I will keep you posted about when it comes on-line.

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