Several regional markets operate during the month, but by far the most popular is the Gladstone Quality Markets on the third Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm. Brimming with local food, art, craft and locals who are passionate about their wares, the market regularly attracts a big crowd to this usually quiet riverside village.

For good old fashioned retail therapy the region’s capital, Kempsey, is home to a range of retail specialty stores as well as vintage and old wares treasures. Or head a little further inland and pay a visit to the ever popular Bliss in the Bush for their beautiful giftware and local gourmet foods. When the markets are gone Gladstone is still a popular shopping haunt with some of the area’s best gift stores and galleries.