A Market Guide


With only one sleep to go, it’s time to think about the practicalities of coming to Handmade this weekend. You already know that there will be 270 stalls of the finest Australian design and produce, all under one roof, in the Budawang and Coorong Pavilions of EPIC. You already know that we have a whole hall devoted to food and drink, with so many options that whatever your taste, you won’t go hungry or thirsty. And you’ll already know that Handmade is the place to find the perfect gift, piece for your wardrobe, present for the kids and items for your home. But here are some things you might not know.


Canberra’s Light Rail is almost finished. At the moment, they’re testing and tidying up, with the first service starting on April 20th. While you won’t be able to take the Light Rail until the June Market (29 & 30 – put it on your calendars!), the roads are fairly clear of roadworks around EPIC. Morriset Road and Old Well Station Road are now open, so you can access EPIC from all sides. There are three entry points – one from Flemington Road, one from Stirling Road (by the McDonalds) and the other from Old Well Station Road.You can find a map link HERE.

Whichever entrance you use, head to the arena, where parking attendants will be waiting to help you. It’s then a short walk to our three halls, the Budawang Building, Conference Centre and Coorong Pavilion. We know it’s going to be busy so the EPIC team has laid on as many helpers as possible, but your patience would be much appreciated. Of course, there is disabled parking at the front of the Pavilions. And parking is FREE.

As usual, Transport Canberra has regular bus routes that run past EPIC, so if you want to come on public transport, head to the WEBSITE for timetable and fare details. We have been told that buses will be running as normal, but check timetables for any variations.

OK, you’re in, so apart from designer gifts, homewares and fashion and a gourmet food hall packed with local producers and street food vans, what else can you find? Here’s a list:


The market is open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. If you would like to arrive in the morning, there will be coffee and snacks available in our gourmet food hall from 9.50am so you can start the day with your caffeine fix before shopping begins at 10.


Most of our designers and producers have eftpos facilities to take payment, but there are smaller emerging designers that may not, so we recommend you bring along some cash. There are three ATMs in the two halls, so you won’t be caught short.


Where do we start? Coffee, cold drinks, snacks, meals and sweet treats are all available in our gourmet food hall, the Coorong Pavilion, along with wine and other drinks. There is also an area for refreshments in the Budawang Building. Finding the right food for you will not be a problem. Making a decision might be!


If you have come to visit particular designers, or maybe you are on a strict time limit, there is a list/map of stalls between the halls. Or seek out our friendly Handmade staff at the reception desk. For a full directory listing by category, including stall locations, check out the DIRECTORY on the website. And you can pick up one of our useful market guides at the door or from reception with a handy list and map. You can also find a listing and some beautiful images in our online HANDMADE MAGAZINE, or to find out more about our amazing designers and producers, head to our BLOG for articles and interviews.


There are several toilets in each hall, with baby changing and a breastfeeding room available in the corridor adjacent to the Coorong Pavilion. Please ask at reception (between the halls) if you’re lost.


Entry to the Handmade Market is free. We do ask however, that you give a gold coin donation to our chosen charity as you walk in. The smiling team from MENSLINK will be our door greeters this weekend. This local organisation aims to help young men go through the tough times through counselling, mentoring and education programs. Over the last fifteen years, they have helped thousands of young guys get through tough or lonely times. They help young blokes reach their full potential and become the great adult men they want to be. Thank you for supporting this great cause.


We hope you have a wonderful visit to Handmade, thank you for supporting Australian designers and wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend. Please share your experience at Handmade, using our hashtag #handmadecbr – we’d love to see your purchases!