Market Operation Suspended due to COVID-19 concerns

The Ballarat Market has operated for over 40 years with no breaks apart from when market days coincided with important holidays and when the Ballarat Showgrounds were taken by other events.

The health and safety of all persons at the Ballarat Market is our top priority. The Ballarat Market management committee and the executive of the Rotary Club of Ballarat South assessed the risk of the COVID-19 virus to the public, stallholders and volunteers and the experiences of all jurisdictions with the effects of this virus.

The messages from the authorities have at times been conflicting and we understand that this pandemic is a rapidly evolving and complex situation and advice needs to change as circumstances dictate.

In view of our risk assessment and in respect of the wellbeing of all attending the Ballarat Market we have decided to suspend the Ballarat Market operations starting Sunday 22nd March 2020.

We understand that this is a cautious approach and we will review this suspension each week and when we are assured the health and safety threat to the Public, stallholders and volunteers has been mitigated, we will be reopening the Ballarat Market for business as usual.

Planning on how to lower the risk of the effects of COVID-19 at the Ballarat Market is well underway in preparation for a resumption of operations.

For updates on the situation please return to this website or the Ballarat Market Facebook Page, .

Stallholders with booked sites can request a refund of fees paid or the fees can be held in credit for when the Ballarat Market reopens.

Please see the Booked Site Refund for 22nd and 29th March 2020 article on how to apply for a credit.


Formation of the Rotary Club of Ballarat South

The Rotary Club of ballarat South was chartered on 31st July 1967.

The Grand Opening of The Trash 'n' Trivia market

On the 18th November 1979 the gates opened for the first Trash 'n' Trivia market with four stalls.

The market is a success

At the end of the first Rotary year of operation the market had 36 stall holders and raised over $3500 for community projects. The future of the market looked rosy.

Rebranding of Trash 'n' Trivia

The market had become so much more than Trash 'n' Trivia so in xxxxxx the market was re-branded to "The Ballarat Market"

The Ballarat Market continues to change

Many thousands of people visit the market each year to pick up bargains and hard to get items. The Market is a also place to socialise and is a Sunday morning outing for many.   The market has changed over the years and will continue to do so as shopping habits change. The emphais of the market will be on items not easily sourced elsewhere, fresh produce, plants, etc., and will not forget its genesis as the Trash 'n' Trivia market.