There’s something grounding about going to the markets, especially on a weekend. It’s relaxing to wander around aimlessly, looking at plants, books, clothes and knick-knacks. The concept of the local market has gained momentum throughout the Sunshine Coast and there are some excellent Sunshine Coast markets to explore.
From the famous Eumundi Market to local suburban markets, there are plenty of Sunshine Coast markets to choose and visiting a market is one of the things to do on the Sunshine Coast for local flavour.
So next time you’re looking for somewhere to shop, eat or be entertained, check out our guide to markets on the Sunshine Coast.
- Top 3 Markets on the Sunshine Coast
- Maroochydore Markets
- Mooloolaba Markets
- Kawana Markets
- Peregian and Coolum Markets
- Caloundra Markets
- Sunshine Coast Hinterland Markets
Top 3 Markets on the Sunshine Coast
1- The Original Eumundi Markets
Eumundi Markets is on Saturdays from 7 am to 2 pm and Wednesdays 8 am to 1.30 pm on Memorial Drive, Eumundi.
Eumundi Markets is the market to beat all markets and over the years, this historic market has evolved into a thriving tourist destination.
Going to Eumundi can be a bit like going to a funfair, especially on Saturdays when the entertainment is in full swing and buskers sing their hearts out to entertain the crowd.
Quirky and colourfully dressed street artists and minstrels wander through the crowd with fun surprises.
Every time someone comes to visit, I take them to Eumundi Market and they always feel like they’ve been entertained.
Each time I visit, there’s always something different to look at, such as a man holding a beautiful Macaw, or a new event (see this list of upcoming Eumundi market events to help you plan your visit).
If you’re looking for a gift, Eumundi Markets is the place to go for original artworks, sculptures, handmade home decorations and furniture, skincare, candles and clothing.
Stalls are organised in sections, which makes it easy if you’re shopping with a purpose but if you’re just planning on aimlessly wandering you might be surprised at what you end up buying.
There’s a large section of clothing, toys and knick-knacks for kids as well as a selection of jewellery stalls.
There’s an excellent food section with a range of stalls serving up a variety of international fare, from sushi to sausages, cheese, pancakes and even gluten-free organic buckwheat crepes!
Check out the pulled pork rolls at The Pig Out Van, Brazillian tapioca or for something authentically Japanese, there’s a stall that makes Okonomiyaki Japanese savoury pancakes made from cabbage and wheat flour.
My favourite is the Malaysian chicken curry and roti.
Shopping at Eumundi can be thirsty work, especially if it’s a steamy summer day.
A popular thing to do is to head to the ginger beer stall and fill up a bottle of homemade Eumundi ginger beer to quench your thirst.
2- Yandina Country Markets
Yandina Markets is on Saturdays from 7 am to 12noon at Wonga Park, North Street, Yandina.
We’ve become fans of Yandina market is we’ve been redesigning and massively replanting our garden.
Yandina Markets is where we buy most of our plants and so far, all the plants in our garden are doing well.
Over the years, we’ve saved hundreds of dollars buying potted plants at Yandina Market, where tropical plants can cost a fraction of what you’ll pay in a nursery or Bunnings.
Yandina markets is one of the popular local markets on the Sunshine Coast on Saturdays.
Compared to Eumundi, Yandina is less crafty and is a market to choose if you’re looking for a bargain.
This Sunshine Coast market has a hippy vibe with plenty of recycled, pre-loved and vintage items for sale.
If you take the time to look, you’ll even find an assortment of odds and ends for under $10 or even under $5.
Some of these treasures are quite unique and it’s not hard to leave the market with stuff you didn’t know you needed!
How about an old Beatles vinyl record, a 70s vase or a solid posthole digger that has proven its worth.
Myself – I’m a bit of a bookworm and I can’t resist checking out the second-hand books.
There’s a jumping castle to keep the little ones occupied and a few toy stalls the young ones will love.
The food section is quite impressive and you can pretty much do your weekly grocery shopping here.
Besides local fruit and vegetables from growers around the region, there’s a good range of cheeses including haloumi, camembert, Jarlsberg and a range of cheddar flavours.
Stock up on farm-fresh roasting ducks (#12 a kg) straight from the farm or Wagyu beef sausages, lamb shanks, eye fillet and bacon.
3- Noosa Farmers Markets
Noosa Farmers Market is on every Sunday 7 am to noon at Noosa Australian Football Club, Weyba Rd, Noosaville.
At the top of the list of farmers markets, supporting local growers at Noosa Farmers Market is a great reason to pack your granny trolley and head for the piles of pumpkin and pineapple.
The vegetables may not always be much cheaper than in the supermarket but sometimes you can pick up bargains.
Some stallholders travel for hours to sell their produce in these markets and if you take your time to look around there’s plenty of organic produce on sale along with fresh fish prawns and other seafood.
4- Fisherman’s Road Markets
Fisherman’s Road Market is on every Sunday 6 am to noon on the corner of Fisherman’s Road and David Low Way, Maroochydore.
One of our favourite things to do on a Sunday is to grab a German-style pretzel from the German Bakery.
Sometimes when we’re feeling naughty we’ll succumb to the call of a Berliner, which is a round hole less doughnut filled with sweet jam, or a sour cherry pastry.
We recently discovered the chimney roll man (who comes from Prague), who sells delicious chimney rolls sprinkled with sugar.
Then we find a seat at the coffee van, nibble our pastries, sip coffee and watch the parade of people walk by.
If you’re visiting with hubby, point him towards the tool shed or the fishing stall and he’ll be a happy man.
I have it on good authority the tools are good value and the second-hand tools are a bargain!
Fancy a Dalek anyone? I’m thinking of getting one of those for my desk. Who would have thought to look for a Dalek at the Sunshine Coast?
How about fresh king prawns, squid, mussels, flathead, bream, mullet or coral trout for dinner?
The Fisherman’s Road market is run by the Lion’s Club and there’s convenient car parking in the field right next to the market ($2 to charity).
5- Nights on Ocean
Nights on Ocean is on the second Friday of every month from 5 pm to 9 pm on Ocean St, Maroochydore.
What’s different about this market is its location on Maroochydore’s vibrant eat street.
No longer a sleepy part of town, the revival of Maroochydore’s Ocean Street has seen a clutch of cool alfresco restaurants and the popular Solbar, which the spot to go for live music.
So it’s not surprising that the night market is well patronised.
From original artworks and handmade crafts to clothing, jewellery and homewares, it’s fun to wander around the stalls after dinner.
The street has a collection of restaurants dishing up international cuisine or you can grab a casual bite at one of the market stalls.
Who knows what you might end up doing afterwards – from Mexican music and margaritas to learning how to salsa or tapping your feet to a local band, there’s plenty going on after dark on Ocean Street.
6- Cotton Tree Markets
The Cotton Tree Markets are on every Sunday from 7am to 12noon on King Street, Cotton Tree.
For more markets in Queensland bookmark our Gold Coast markets guide.
7- Mooloolaba Beach Market
Mooloolaba Beach Market is on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 8 am to 1 pm at the Mooloolaba State School on Douglas Street, Mooloolaba.
A range of stalls selling all kinds of things, fresh produce, food trucks and live entertainment in Mooloolaba.
8- Kawana Waters Artisans & Farmers Markets
Kawana Waters Artisans & Farmers Markets is on every Saturday 7 am to noon at Kawana Waters State College, Sportsman Parade.
If it’s a friendly chat you’re after, you’ll find it really easy to strike up a conversation over cob of corn or a basket of sweet potatoes.
Top up your fruit bowl with passionfruit, pineapples, lemons, mandarins and oranges.
If you’re not planning on buying, just talk and taste. I’ve struck up plenty of conversations over a plate of sweet mandarins!
Check out the range of produce available at this market here.
9- Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Market
Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Market is at Talara College, Talara St, Currimundi.
Save a ton of money by shopping for pre-loved items or buy new and handmade things for babies and children at the Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Market.
The market offers affordable shopping for a range of items for the baby such as formula, bottles and nappies along with other kids stuff like clothes, toys, cots and prams.
Peregian and Coolum Markets
10- Peregian Beach Markets
Peregian Beach Markets is on the first and third Sunday of every month from 7am to 12.30pm at Kingfisher Park, Kingfisher Parade, Peregian Beach.
The Peregian Beach Markets has over 100 stalls and is a market that focuses on arts and crafts, ceramics and jewellery.
With a fabulous beachside location, this market is a relaxing place to shop for homegrown and organic gifts.
These beachside markets have been going for over 20 years and provide support to the surf lifesaving club.
11- Sunshine Coast Collective Markets
Sunshine Coast Collective Markets is on the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm at Coolum State Primary School.
A collection of over 100 designers, artists and creators, the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets in Coolum takes pride in their policy of only selling handcrafted items.
It’s a smaller market with a selection of quality jewellery and crafts created by talented local artisans.
You won’t find mass produced or cheap imported products.
This market has a relaxed vibe and the rows are spread out so that there’s enough space to wander around without jostling in the crowd.
12- Caloundra Street Fair
Caloundra Street Fair is on every Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm on Bulcock Street, Caloundra.
Located in Caloundra’s main street a couple of blocks from Bulcock Beach is the Caloundra Street Fair with 100 stalls, family activities and live entertainment.
Although it’s not as big as some markets the location on the main street alongside cafes and boutiques makes this a worthwhile destination to shop.
From hand-woven baskets to crystal jewellery, the market is a fun spot to stumble upon a cool gift.
You’ll most probably end up buying something for yourself or your kids or other family members.
Enjoy fresh local food and flowers, fresh juices, tasty breakfasts, coffee, lunch and delicious sweet treats.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Markets
13- Maleny Sunday Market
Maleny Sunday Market is on every Sunday from 8am to 2pm in the RSL hall on Bunya Street in Maleny.
A small and friendly market with 30 stalls and a country atmosphere.
14- Maleny Lane
Maleny Lane is open from Friday to Sunday 9am to 3pm off the Maleny’s main street.
It’s a cool spot for international food and live music on the weekends.
15- Montville Growers and Makers Market
The Montville Growers and Makers Market is on the second Saturday morning of each month at the Village Hall.
Unlike many of the markets in Asia (such as Mongkok Market in Hong Kong, Maekhlong Railway Market and other Bangkok markets), the markets in the Sunshine Coast and other parts of Queensland are clean and have toilet facilities.
Christina Pfeiffer lives on the Sunshine Coast and has spent a small fortune buying plants at various Sunshine Coast markets.