Things to do at the Eumundi Markets

Set close to Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast marks a popular holiday hotspot for both locals and tourists in Australia. Here, the sparkling shallows make the perfect swimming pool, while the charming towns are great for shopping and tucking into delicious food. Combining a selection of both adrenalin-pumping adventures and more laidback activities, there is plenty to do in the region.

One of the most popular attractions is the Eumundi Markets. This craft and fresh produce market is a firm favourite for buying everything from jewellery and handmade gifts to local meats and cheeses. Set up in 1979 by an artist, the idea was to create a space that mixed together the local feel of a European farmer’s market and the creative vibe of a traditional art fair. Today, there is a mishmash of stalls selling both tasty treats and work by artists in the area.

Business started slow, but over time Eumundi Markets gained popularity and became a focal point of the region. Today, there are more than 600 stalls on-site, with around 1.6 million visitors browsing the cornucopia of goods every single year.

If you want to experience this cultural aspect of the Sunshine Coast, here are some of the best things to do while there.

1. Try the Food

The food is one of the biggest selling points of the Eumundi Markets. As well as stalls run by local farmers selling their prized goods, there are numerous hot food stands that are perfect for grabbing a delicious bite on the go. One of the best ways to experience the markets is to arrive early and grab breakfast at one of the stalls to fuel your browsing for the next few hours.

2. Watch the Entertainment

The cultural aspect of the Eumundi Markets is huge, and there are plenty of performances and live music on the schedule to keep shoppers entertained. From live bands to theatrical shows and everything in between, be sure to set aside some time to soak up the hubbub of the stage and surroundings areas.

3. Buy Some Artwork

The Markets pride themselves on promoting local artists in the area. Here, visitors can pick up handmade crafts and one-off art pieces created by creatives in the area to remind them of their time in Brisbane and its surrounds.

4. People Watch

The Markets get busy – with 600 stalls, it’s no surprise. Once you’ve pounded the pavements and browsed the eclectic array of stalls, grab a seat somewhere and watch the world go by.

Explore the Eumundi Markets on our Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Tour.

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