Perth is bursting at the seams with genuine creative talent, and Perth weekend markets have become the place to find their wares.
All year round, you'll find beautiful gifts made by local artists, designers and craftspeople; and as Christmas approaches, extra markets are popping up to provide a space for these amazing creatives to bring even more products to eager shoppers.
Perth Weekend Craft Markets
Where: Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia, Crawley
When: Sunday 25 November, 10.00am-4.00pm
Each quarter, Perth Upmarket brings together more than 180 sellers from among Perth's most talented artists, craftspeople and gourmet food producers.
This weekend market in Perth's magnificent Winthrop Hall is your chance to connect with the creatives and purchase some unique gifts from amongst the artworks, jewellery, clothes, homewares, skin care products and more.
Perth Upmarket pledges to include only the highest quality items that are genuinely designed or made in WA, so you can be sure that your gift will be treasured and lasting.
There are onsite parking bays at UWA, and more along Matilda Bay. Do check the signs, as there are some restrictions.
After your shopping spree, enjoy a coffee at Bayside Kitchen right on Matilda Bay, where there's lots of room for kids to run around or mess about in shallows of the Swan River.
Perth Makers Market
Where: Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Applecross
When: Sunday 4 November and Sunday 16 December, 9.30am-3.30pm
This is another popular weekend market featuring Perth and WA creatives. Only handmade products are sold at the 150-plus stalls on the southern banks of the Swan River. Some of them offer discounted items created by students and emerging artists - a great way to give new talent a space to get started.
As well as the stalls, look for the artist open studios, the on-site art gallery, and a chance to have a go at the potter's wheel. Children will be happy with the pirate ship playground, and you can purchase food here too and soak up the stunning views up, down and across the river.
An added attraction at this time of year are the jacarandas. There are so many of these beautiful trees blooming in Applecross that it has become famous for them, and even has an annual Jacaranda Festival. This year, the festival falls on 24 November, when there will be more stalls for you to browse.
Twilight at Yagan Square - Christmas Market
Where: Yagan Square, Perth
When: Sunday 16 December, 4.00-9.00pm
Perth Makers Market brings special events to other venues too. This year, there will be a twilight Christmas market in Perth's new Yagan Square precinct, which promises to become a regular event.
The same criteria will be applied to the products on sale here - high quality arts, crafts, jewellery and homewares, handmade in WA only. And yes, Santa will be there too!
Yagan Square and neighbouring Northbridge have lots of cafes and restaurants waiting for when you're feet and tummy start to complain.
Christmas Markets at the Quay
Where: Elizabeth Quay, Perth
When: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, 10.00am-6.00pm
This is another pre-Christmas weekend Perth Makers Market, this time located at Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River. More than 100 stalls will feature hand-crafted arts, crafts, jewellery and homewares to kick off your Christmas shopping.
Bring the kids for the free face painting and craft workshops, and if you want to meet Santa, make sure you're there between 3.00 and 6.00pm. There will be plenty of food, drinks and entertainment to keep you energised for this fun shopping spree.
If you feel like relaxing afterwards, head to one of the many nearby bars or eateries, such as The Lucky Shag on Barrack Street Jetty, Riverside Cafe next to the Bell Tower, or The Revelley rooftop bar.
Weekend Markets in Perth's Port City
Where: South Terrace and Henderson Street, Fremantle
When: Every weekend, Friday to Sunday, plus Monday public holidays, 9.00am-6.00pm, open until 8.00pm on Fridays
Fremantle is home to one of Perth's most popular weekend markets for fresh produce, gifts, jewellery, toys, homewares, novelties, souvenirs and clothing. It also has some excellent and eclectic takeaway food stalls, and a few seating areas if you're lucky enough to get a spot! There are also endless cafes and restaurants along South Terrace.
Located in the heart of historic Fremantle, the 120-year-old Markets are filled with atmosphere and good-hearted chatter as visitors rummage around 150 stalls featuring hand-painted ceramics, original photography, wooden toys, bohemian beachwear, delicious cheeses, fresh loaves - all of life is here!
Kids will want to look out for baby animals, who visit on Saturday mornings, and fairies on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Perth Makers Market will join with Fremantle Markets on 2 December for a special event, bringing 40 of its stallholders with their local hand-made arts and crafts.
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre
When: Friday 30 November, 5.00-9.00pm, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December, 9.00am-5.00pm
Over a full weekend of markets in Perth's port city, 50 creatives will be selling their wares in the grounds of the iconic Fremantle Arts Centre. Browse for ceramics, woodworks, textiles, jewellery and clothing from amazing creatives - a fabulous opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts.
The cafe sells delicious food and drinks, and there will be a bar set up for the opening night under the stars, with the markets continuing through the weekend.
Where: Victoria Quay, Fremantle
When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am-5.00pm; food court open to 8.00pm
E-Shed is a great place for novelties and souvenirs, ideal for those who love to rummage. It's one of the most affordable weekend markets in Perth, so you're sure to come home with a bargain or unexpected treasure.
If you're heading to the northern hemisphere for Christmas, Australian sheepskin products make fantastic gifts. Get a glimpse of the future while you're there, with numerology, tarot and psychic readings.
Parking is easy here, and there's plenty of food on the go, or head into Fremantle to sample one of the many Italian restaurants.
Made on the Left Christmas Market
Where: Princess May Park, Fremantle
When: 17 and 18 November, 9.00am-5.00pm
Made on the Left claims the accolade of Perth's oldest weekend market supporting independent artists and designers from WA.
Meet the makers, help to celebrate their tenth year and fill your Santa's sack with some gorgeous gifts. More than 60 stalls will be laden with products handmade or produced on the left side of Australia, including artworks, clothing and homewares.
Princess May Park is right in Fremantle, so you'll find lots of places close by to grab a bite to eat.
Markets for a Weekend Trip out of Perth City
Where: Mandurah foreshore
When: Every Sunday from 7 October 2018 to 12 May 2019, 9.00am-4.00pm; check their Facebook page for changes
There are various weekend markets in Perth's Mandurah and Peel region, Mandjar being the one for arty and crafty gifts.
Browse in the shade of the trees handmade treasures and gourmet food products. Then stroll along the foreshore to pick out a place for lunch or dinner.
If you have the whole family with you, it'll be hard to beat Cicerello's, which you might already know from Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour. You'll find the same great seafood, family friendly atmosphere and invigorating sea air here on the Peel Inlet.
Mandurah is within an easy train ride of Perth, or choose to self-drive for a great day out.
Kalamunda Artisan Market
Where: Kalamunda town centre
When: First Saturday of the month, 8.30am-2.30pm
This weekend market in the Perth Hills makes for a great day out, showcasing a mix of more than 170 WA makers and growers.
Among the stunning items on sale are handcrafted jewellery, homewares, ceramics, prints, clothing, natural soap and skincare products. You'll also find a range of delicious gourmet food products to take home.
Kalamunda is a great place to start your day out in the Perth Hills, where you'll find many other weekend markets if you're a real fanatic. Alternatively, after a morning of shopping, browse the art galleries or explore one of the many walk trails with a picnic lunch.
Stirling Square Markets
When: Third Sunday of the month, 9.00am-2.00pm (closed January)
The charming little town of Guildford is the gateway to the Swan Valley wine region. These markets are a wonderful way to start your day out, with more than 70 stalls of fresh food and unique handcrafted, vintage and collectible items.
Let the children burn some energy on the bouncy castle and fill them up from the Foodies Hub before settling back into the car for a meander around the vineyards.
For more weekend markets in and around Perth, including farmers markets, go to this link: Weekend Markets in Perth.