Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : December 30th 2015 Contents PAGE 30 - The South Gippsland Sentinel-Times Tourism Feature, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2015
IT’S the original and still the
best, the Kongwak Market, open ev-
ery Sunday in the pretty little ham-
let of Kongwak, situated in the hills
between Wonthaggi, Korumburra
The beauty of the Kongwak Mar-
ket is that it’s open every Sunday,
you don’t even have to think about
the dates – just go.
“We’ve got great new food; fresh,
contemporary, Asian. Good, clean
food, freshly prepared and full of
flavour at a very reasonable price,”
said the market’s founder, Jane
There’s quite a variety of food in
fact and lots more besides.
Genuinely good live music
by local professionals, selected
bric’a’brac, collectables, designer
clothing, quality recycled clothing,
home wares, produce (fruit, veggies
and more), gifts and great coffee
that Jane and her friend Allyson
Skinner make themselves.
Their coffee machine is centrally
located in the middle of the market
from where they can chat with mar-
ket customers and provide all sorts
of information about what’s on of-
fer, where to get a bargain and even
how to set up your own stall.
“One of our regulars is ‘The Re-
cord Guy’, Rob Henshall, who is
selling his own enormous collec-
tion of LPs and 45s at the moment.
He’s also collected records for a
long time and is very knowledge-
able about what to look for, ” said
The market proper is where the
main action is, but there’s also a
number of associated stores, set
up in the old general store space at
Peta and Peter Frances offer a se-
lection of retro, second-hand and
restored furniture at bargain prices
well below what you’d see it for in
Chris Pascuzzi, Caz Booth and
Rosie Dwyer have combined their
collecting talents in a second-hand
store that has an amazing array if
things from interesting pieces of
furniture, designer clothing, books,
artworks, jewellery, collectables,
lights and more.
“All of the things have a useful
purpose, which is the thing that
probably links them together, ” said
A former antique shop and col-
lectables business operator, Chris
knows a lot and is happy to chat.
There’s also Hamish Trumble’s
bookstore and Caroline’s plant
nursery and outdoor furniture.
It’s the Kongwak Market, it’s fun,
it’s surprising, it’s musical and it’s
open every Sunday of the year.
RIGHT: Fruit and veggie regu-
lars at Kongwak Market, Joanne
Wollard and son Luke bring
the best of local produce and
fresh market produce to town.
230 Ruby-Fairbank Road FAIRBANK
0421 339 575
January 2 - 31
Open daily 11am-5pm
You are invited to the
RES PR DUC
OLLE T LES
T SH TREAS
ART & CRAFT
Collectables Vintage Retro clothes & wares
Trash & Treasure Pre-loved designer & brand clothing
Produce Wine Books Plants Curry
Coffee Live music and more . . .
Stalls change weekly,
so you'll never know what you'll find!
Come early if it's hot!
Kongwak Market is a smoke free event
For stalls 0417 142 478
14kms from Inverloch, 18kms from Wonthaggi
Open every Sunday during summer
PROOF TO BETH
10am - 2pm
Lots of parking available at Kongwak Hall, Tennis courts
and near Kongwak Primary School
Inside and out, It's fun . . . come!
Discover. . .
Arts & Mar kets
Emily’s ‘Painted Wings’
EMILY Koenders is hosting a
magnificent art exhibition, ‘Painted
Wings’, from January 2 to 31, open
daily from 11am to 5pm.
A visit to this hilltop paradise will
guarantee you an amazing experi-
You will enjoy an extensive col-
lection of Emily’s latest wildlife
artworks whilst admiring the out-
standing panoramic vista to Wil-
sons Prom stretching out before
Delight in the beautiful gardens
as you meander through the Maple
Avenue leading to the newly creat-
ed French Parterre garden with its
magnificent fountain and extensive
Recent exhibitions at the newly
built art gallery and studio have left
visitors overwhelmed – exquisite
wildlife paintings surrounded by
Such a paradise to inspire an
artist, as many of the varieties of
birds she paints reside in her own
garden, from Scarlet Robins, to
Blue Wrens, Red-browed Finches,
and Kookaburras and King Par-
rots, not to mention the majestic
raptors such as Peregrine Falcons,
Nankeen Kestrels and Wedge-tailed
Eagles circling overhead.
Emily’s art career commenced at
only 14 years of age when she de-
cided her life’s calling was to be an
artist, claiming she was “born on a
Amazingly many years later, a
discovery was made which con-
nected her to the famous Dutch
Master – Vincent van Gogh – Em-
ily is his great, great, great, great,
Knowing that she is related to the
brilliant painter has inspired her to
work with even greater passion and
depth and in part, it has answered
a yearning she has had for where
her gift originated.
Emily’s artworks are an achieve-
ment from over 20 years of study.
Her most recent paintings have
been executed with such intricacy,
giving sympathy to every detail that
resides in nature.
“Nature is perfection, and to cap-
ture that magic, even to give those
who view my work a glimpse at it, is
what I wish to achieve,” Emily said.
Her artworks are executed in
gouache and watercolour, mediums
which she believes are the most ef-
fective for capturing the detail in
her realistic depictions of nature.
Emily’s travels have taken her to
studying art in the great galleries
She has had amazing wildlife
encounters throughout the world,
which have included feeding a
Sumatran tiger a bottle of milk,
giraffes, bears, and playing with
Emily has won many awards, in-
cluding Victor Harbour (South Aus-
tralia), Leongatha, Korumburra,
Bayswater, Bellarine Peninsula,
and Chirnside Park Art Shows.
Her work is highly sought after
and is in both private and corpo -
rate collections here and overseas
and many noted clients are proud
to call her work theirs.
Emily also paints commissions –
special requests of your very own
can become immortalised in a
beautiful painting, an heirloom in
your family, for many generations
The Emily Koenders Art Gallery
is located on the Ruby-Fairbank
Road and can be approached either
from the South Gippsland Highway
at the large brown tourist signs
(Ruby turn off) or alternatively
take the Wild Dog Valley Road (past
Murray Goulburn towards Fair-
bank and Leongatha North), then
left into Fairbank Road and left
again at Ruby–Fairbank Road.
The gallery is the second property
on the left.
More details are on Facebook,
‘Emily Koenders Art Gallery’, or
email email@example.com or
Please phone for directions on
0421 339 575.
Emily Koenders’ new exhibition opens on January 2.
Why Kongwak Market’s
a Sunday success story
Paul Clark and Elspeth Kiddell, or Saltwater as they are sometimes
known, played a perfect blend of familiar, cruisy, retro tunes when
they visited the Kongwak Market recently. Who will it be this week?
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