If you haven’t heard about Eumundi Markets Sunshine Coast then it’s time you found out all about this beautiful part of Australia.
Eumundi is a small town in Queensland, approximately an hour north of Brisbane, (by car) and just 15km from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
This is a popular vacation spot for thousands of Australians and foreign visitors every year. That’s not surprising considering how beautiful the Sunshine Coast is. However, if you decide to visit this area then a trip to Eumundi is essential, there are plenty of things to do in Eumundi alongside the market.
A Little History
The market first started in 1979 in the CWA Hall in Eumundi, it had just3 stalls and 8 visitors! But, by staying true to the principle of locally made only it is now home to over 600 stalls and attracts in excess of 1.6 million visitors a year!
The Secret Of Success
It may seem amazing that a market can do so well in an era where digital technology has taken over and practically anything can be purchased at the click of a mouse. The reason that the market still does so well is that you must create the produce locally if you want to sell at the market.
Of course, the fact there is an impressive array of products on offer is an attraction in itself and a testimony to what people can achieve when they want to.
There are always new stalls appearing and new items to find.
The product range includes local cheeses, salami, a variety of fruits, (including native Australian Finger Limes), and even some lycees.
The array of fruit is dazzling but, it’s the Finger Limes you really need to try. They are produced locally and you simply cut them into small balls and enjoy the burst of lime as it hits your mouth.
In fact, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a mojito.
It’s worth noting that the market has become so big that it is now laid out in sections. This helps you to find what you’re looking for or to simply get your bearings! It also helps to create enough space for all the stalls as the original location simply isn’t big enough.
The good news is you can easily stroll between the different sections, along with all the other visitors. The three sections are:
The original Eumundi market place, between Napier Road and Memorial Drive
Pavillion Market which is just off Memorial Drive
Eumundi Square, off Napier Road.
The market sections are on a slight hill, the square is the lowest section and the Pavillion is the highest, but you don’t need to be an expert hiker to navigate your way around this enchanting place.
It’s going to get busy when you visit, which means starting early is a good idea. You also need to put a cold pack in the car and remember where you parked it, you’ll want to keep your fresh food fresh!
It’s best to start in the original section which is in the middle, this is the largest section and where you can get a coffee to keep you going as you start to meander through the stalls.
Don’t forget the market is there every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 am until 2 pm, it’s enough time to appreciate it all but start early and have a plan for where to meet, in case you get lost.