A trip to the Sunshine Coast isn’t complete without wandering through at least one or two local Noosa markets.
From where’d-you-get-that handicrafts to epic live music, Noosa markets are filled with an abundance of charms. And sure, Noosa’s best restaurants do some outstanding culinary handiwork for you, but if you’re a sucker for unearthing local produce, sourcing the finest from the markets enables you to throw together a memorable holiday meal yourself. Here, our round-up of the region’s must-visits.
1. Original Eumundi Markets, Eumundi
One of Australia’s most famous markets, the Eumundi Markets are well and truly on the beaten path. But this enchanting country market, just 15 minutes from Noosa, is famous for a reason. It boasts over 500 stalls selling arts, crafts, fashion, fresh produce, gifts and more.
Sip fresh fruit juice while shopping at Eumundi.
Lots of small stallholders try out their business ideas at Eumundi first before moving into permanent premises on the Sunshine Coast. So, if you’re after the next big thing (our money is on Rod’s Brazilian Tapioca – a gluten-free snack brimming with savoury or sweet fillings), don’t miss this Noosa market.
Buy fresh produce at the local stalls in Eumundi Markets.
Where: 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi
When: Wednesdays 8am – 2pm, Saturdays 7am – 2pm
2. Noosa Farmers Market, Noosaville
If there’s one good reason to get up early on a Sunday, the Noosa Farmers Market is it. This welcoming produce market has everything from glossy avocados bigger than your fist, plump olives, trays of fragrant ripe strawberries, fresh macadamias, local seafood, cheeses and lots more. And if you’re desperate to get back to that restorative Sunday sloth life, opt to click and collect your goodies by ordering online before the Thursday prior to market day. The good people at this Noosa market will pack everything up for your arrival on Sunday morning, plus they also offer home delivery if you can’t make it out there at all. How’s that for service?
Drop by Noosa Farmers Market for afternoon refreshments.
Where: 155 Weyba Road, Noosaville
When: Every Sunday, 6am – 12pm
3. Noosa Marina Markets, Tewantin
It’s hard to find a prettier way to arrive at a market than by catching the Noosa Ferry along the Noosa River. It stops right at the Noosa Marina Markets, so hop off and wander past the stalls. You won’t miss their brightly coloured marquees.
Catch the Noosa Ferry along the Noosa River.
Live music and entertainment from local and interstate musicians make for a festive atmosphere, so it’s easy to spend a whole lazy Sunday sampling the local produce, buying local handicrafts and browsing the nearby boutiques.
From local produce to handicrafts, Noosa Marina Markets got it all for you.
Where: Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Court, Tewantin
When: Sundays 8am – 1.30pm
4. Peregian Beach Markets, Peregian Beach
Just metres from the stunning waters of Peregian Beach, this market has something for everyone. Looking for hot-pressed crepes, hand-painted ceramics inspired by the ocean, ethical fashion or kitchenware and bowls shaped from coconuts?
Find artsy ceramics and great fashion finds at Peregian Beach Markets.
This Noosa markets is the place for you. You can have a massage, listen to live music, stock your pantry with artisanal treats and then have a dip in the inviting ocean. Sounds like a perfect weekend out and about to us.
Stock up on your houseplants at Peregian Beach Markets.
Where: Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach
When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, 7am – 12.30pm
5. Sunshine Coast Collective Market, Coolum Beach
Get a feel for the coast’s distinct culture at the Sunshine Coast Collective Market, home to more than one hundred stalls selling everything from fresh produce and condiments to vintage fashion and coastal-inspired interiors. Staged in Coolum, a 25-minute drive from Hastings Street and its excellent boutiques and eateries, this Noosa market is a laid-back hub loved by locals that runs twice a month. Expect bold boho creations, beautiful artistry and great coffee.
Where: Coolum Primary School, Barns Lane, Coolum Beach
When: 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, 8am – 12pm
6. Pomona Country Markets, Pomona
Who doesn’t love a legit country market? In the heart of beautiful Pomona is a market that’s going to make you feel like your nan is shopping right beside you. We’re talking seedlings, homemade cakes and slices, dried fruit and nuts, collectibles, plants and vintage items.
Buy fresh fruits and veggies at Pomona Country Markets.
There’s free parking at this Noosa market and the paths are wheelchair and pram friendly. What more could you want on a Saturday morning?
You’ll also find organic seeds here.
Where: Stan Topper Park, 21, Reserve Street, Pomona
When: 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month, 7am – noon
7. Marcoola Market, Marcoola
It’s hard to resist a seaside night market that’s aglow with fairy lights and colourful bunting, so why try? Welcome the weekend the right way by grabbing dinner from the Marcoola Market. Foodies have their work cut out for them – from Indian delicacies and crispy spring rolls to burgers with the lot and okonomiyaki, choosing just one, or some, isn’t easy.
Satisfy your burger cravings at Marcoola Market. (Image: Jesse Lindemann)
Whatever you do, don’t miss dessert. We think a lemon passionfruit donut from Donut Kitchen is just the thing you need to soak up those weekend Noosa markets vibes on the Sunshine Coast.
Marcoola Market is the place for foodies. (Image: Jesse Lindemann)
Where: 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola
When: Every Friday evening, 4pm – 8pm. It turns into a farmer’s market every Saturday morning, 8am – 12pm.
8. Mooloolaba Sunset Markets, Mooloolaba
Serious foodies converge twice a month for this mouth-watering event that celebrates all manners of deliciousness stemming from food vans and trucks. The drawcard of this much-loved Noosa market is the pure variety on offer. You’ll find piping hot Nutella and jam donuts, melt-in-your-mouth calamari, juicy German sausages, fruity iced teas and all your regular international food sensations. Plus, there’s live musical talent, artisan stalls and that gorgeous sun sinking over the ocean to revel in.
Where: Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
When: 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 5pm – 9pm
9. Kin Kin Markets, Kin Kin
Discover the lovely village of Kin Kin, about 40-minutes north-west of Hastings Street. The Kin Kin Markets, run by the Kin Kin Community Group, is a tight-knit event showcasing the area’s finest artisanal products, produce and second-hand wares. Think car boot sales, fascinating herbal remedies, dream catchers, locally crafted skincare and plenty of space to lounge around while savouring quality caffeine. The area is surrounded by lush Noosa hinterland so escaping Noosa proper for the morning to this serene haven will provide a total change of scenery.
Where: Kin Kin Oval, Kin Kin
When: 1st Sunday of every month, 8am – 12pm
10. Viva La Vintage Market, Eumundi
Been there, done the Eumundi Markets? Bet you haven’t visited the nearby Viva La Vintage Market inside The Imperial Hotel across the road. Tucked inside the legendary pub is an indoor goldmine filled with arts, crafts, collectables and vintage treasures. Vinyl, retro wardrobe scores and killer live music round out a brilliant day out away from the sand, all too conveniently located upstairs from one of the region’s most celebrated bars, which serves drinks from 10am. Hallelujah.
Where: The Imperial Hotel, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi
When: Irregular Sundays each month, 9am – 1pm. Check the website for upcoming dates.
This article was originally written by Lindy Alexander and updated by Kristie Lau-Adams.