If an extended stay in Noosa is in order; make sure you reserve a morning for a trip to the famous Eumundi Markets. Widely known as Australia’s biggest and best arts, craft and produce market, with up toi 300 stalls and visitors from across the globe. Humming with local activity, spend the day with the sounds live music; while you shop specially curated and crafted artisanal products in pure Australiana goodness. Have an early breakfast or late lunch while you wander from stall to stall; until you find the perfect thing (we promise it won’t be hard!).
Where and when?
Located 20 km east of Noosa Heads, a short drive just 20-30 minutes will take you straight to the markets. You may get lucky and find public parking; or pay a $5 parking fee to enter the market’s car park which is on Memorial Drive. A local bus also operates regularly and is a 45-minute ride if you’ve arrived in Noosa without a vehicle. The Eumundi Markets take place every Wednesday from 8 am to 1:30 pm; or, Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm. Upon arrival, we suggest grabbing your morning coffee and a bite to eat to keep you going. There is a wide variety of local and internationally inspired cuisines including; those with Italian, French, Mexican, Spanish, and Turkish influences.
What’s on offer?
After you’ve had some your morning caffeine; you can begin perusing the vendors’ stalls ranging from local art and pottery to hand-crafted furniture. Furthermore, you can expect locally designed labels, vintage clothing, jewellery, skincare creams and soaps made from native ingredients. Pick up artisanal cheeses, olives, pastries, and bread at any number of food stalls. You can take a break at any massage stations, meditational music stands, or have your palm read instead. Otherwise, skip to the beat and join in dancing, singing; or simply listening to the whatever musicians are playing that morning.
Bring your family and friends to join in on the festive markets that take place no matter the weather. If you have small children they can run off steam in the park next to the markets. Dogs are also permitted on leash, with shade in abundance on a hot day. If you are thirsty after a hard day shopping; try a cold beer at the Imperial Hotel. The beer is brewed locally at their very own Eumundi Brewery; where you can also enjoy a tour and tasting session.
In conclusion, with items and experiences from mainstream to unusual; the Eumundi Markets celebrate local authenticity unlike any other and will make for a memorable morning.