The Sunshine Coast’s famous Eumundi Markets rank among the biggest arts and crafts markets in Australia. With more than 300 stalls including everything from fashion designers and jewelry makers to local art galleries and interior designers, from artisan foods to homemade beauty products—there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.
The markets make a popular half-day trip for travelers staying on the Sunshine Coast. While it’s not a far journey, you want plenty of free time to browse the stalls. Day tours from Brisbane often combine a morning visit to the markets with a tour of the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands, with possible activities including a rain forest walk in the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a visit to the Ginger Factory, or a tour of Montville in the Glass House Mountains.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is no entrance fee for the markets, but there is a charge for parking.
- On-site facilities include restrooms and picnic areas, and there are plenty of options for food and drinks.
- The Eumundi Markets are outdoors, so wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly for the weather.
- The markets are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get to There
The Eumundi Markets are located along Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, about a 20-minute drive west of Noosa or 1.5-hour drive north of Brisbane. The most popular way to visit is by private vehicle or as part of a day tour, but shuttle buses also run directly to the markets from most towns along the Sunshine Coast—and some even offer hotel pickup.
When to Get There
The Eumundi Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday year-round, no matter the weather, and they always draw a crowd. The busiest months are December and January, when it’s advisable to make an early start if you want to shop before the masses arrive.
The Eumundi Market Experience
A visit to the Eumundi Markets isn’t just about shopping. As well as a fine selection of art and handicrafts for sale, there are massage booths, palm readers, face painting, and live entertainment from street performers, artists, and musicians. Foodies will also find an abundance of regional specialties and homemade delicacies to try, and there is an enormous variety of ready-to-go foods and drinks on offer, from Brazilian tapioca and Japanese noodles to old-fashioned lemonade and handmade fudge.