Sydney Markets Plaza
Sydney Markets Plaza

The Sydney Markets are a group of wholesale and retail markets in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Sydney Markets are located in the Inner West suburb of Homebush West, 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Strathfield. The market is the primary distribution hub of fresh produce, flowers and other food products for Sydney. The market has a wholesale sales section that caters to larger business and general sales to the public. The market is the central marketplace for Sydney's farmers to sell their products. It has a history dating back to 1788.[1]

Sydney Markets feature a number of divisions including Produce, Flowers, Growers, Fresh Food, Motor, Swap & Sell, Paddy's Markets and Sydney Markets Plaza.[2]

Paddy's Markets specialises in the sale of fruit, vegetables, fish, clothes, giftware and souvenirs to the general public. The Flower Market is the central provider of flowers to Sydney's florists. The Produce, Growers and Fresh Food Markets are the central provider to Sydney's grocery shops. The Swap & Sell market is a second hand market, where vendors set up a sales stand selling a range of second-hand goods. The Motor Market provides a site for private sellers to show their cars for sale.

Sydney Markets Plaza features a supermarket, hotel, post office and many specialty shops below an office building.

Transport

Flemington railway station is on the Inner West & Leppington Line of the Sydney Trains network, and the concourse is connected to the markets by a pedestrian overpass. Vehicle entrances to the markets are located on Homebush Bay Drive and Parramatta Road.

Goods sidings were originally provided for the market immediately to the north of Flemington station. These have been decommissioned, and the tracks to the north of the station are mainly used for freight train through-traffic travelling between the Main North railway line and the Enfield intermodal freight depot further south.

History

The site of the markets at Flemington was originally a land grant of 200 acres (0.81 km2) to John Fleming in 1806. The bush was turned into paddocks and later was the site of a cattle saleyard. On 12 September 1975, Flemington Markets was opened by State Governor Roden Cutler relieve the Paddy's Markets at Haymarket, in the city.[3]

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References

  1. ^ "Sydney Markets". Destination NSW. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Sydney Markets". Sydney Markets Limited. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  3. ^ Direct Rail Link to New Sydney Markets Network September 1975 page 3

Coordinates: 33°51′42″S 151°04′13″E / 33.8616°S 151.0704°E / -33.8616; 151.0704