Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published May 21st 2017
I've been Sherlock-Holme's-ing for quite a while now and have found that the Sunshine Coast has numerous sensational Markets. We can buy organic fruit and veg, clothing, plants and everything in between. I am sure that there is absolutely no way that I have covered them all….hence, my question, where is your favourite market on the Sunny Coast?
1. Hinterland Harvest Market
Open every Saturday - Image: Hinterland Harvest Markets FB page
We have the Hinterland Harvest Market on every Saturday in Woombye. They even have seasonal times to suit those of us who love a lie-in on a Saturday morning and have introduced later times for winter - 7.00am to 12.00 noon - so no need to rush out of bed to do your weekly shop.
I love the Hinterland Harvest Market that showcases a diversity of produce supplied by local as well as the wider farming communities. Hinterland Harvest Market's aim is to provide fresh, healthy produce to local residents whilst nurturing the relationship between farmers, buyers and local food systems.
Don't buy from strangers - buy local is an excellent mantra for us Sunny Coasters.
The Fishermans Road Markets have to be the 'grand ol' dame' of markets on the Sunshine Coast, having run for more than fifteen years - I still can't believe I've only just discovered them.
By shopping at the Fishermans Road Markets (also known as the Maroochy Sunday Markets) you are helping with the ongoing viability of the stallholders and ultimately supporting many Community Projects, as all monies go back into Lions Club Projects or Local Community Organisations.
The diversity of the Fishermans Road Markets as well as the very affordable prices for fruit and veg make it an absolute weekly must-do. These markets are doggy friendly and are open every week from 6.00am to 12.00noon.
3. Noosa Kids and Baby Market
Noosa Kids and Baby Market held on the last Sunday of every month - Image: Noosa Kids and Baby Market FB page
Noosa Kids and Baby Market is the ultimate market for baby and toddler goodies on the Sunshine Coast. With a choice of new and pre-loved clothing and toys for the littlies in your life, this market is the perfect excuse to give them a total fashion make-over. The downside (if one can call it that) is that the Noosa Kids and Baby Market is only on once a month on the last Sunday of the month; the upside is that this gives you three weeks every month to do a good declutter and set up your own stall. A great way to get a bit of money back before embarking on your next shopping expedition.
Free car seat checks at the Noosa Kids and Baby Market - Image: Noosa Kids and Baby Market FB page
The Mooloolaba Collective Markets are held on the last Sunday of every month, with a 'bonus' one added in every now and again to coincide with school holidays or special events. The venue for this market is at the school oval at Mooloolaba State Primary School at 15 Meta Street in Mooloolaba.
The next Mooloolaba Collective Markets are on the 28 May and JUST FOR THIS DAY, they are showcasing at The Esplanade in Mooloolaba right next to the Surf Club. Their usual venue at the school has been taken up by Surf and Shine, but no matter, being so close to the beach, the views should be awesome and you could perhaps hop and skip between the two.
This is a fabulous market and definitely one of my favourites, buzzing with energy, friendliness and a genuine desire by stallholders to engage you in friendly chatter. With food stalls, food trucks and exceptional local up-and-coming designers showcasing their products, the Mooloolaba Collective Markets provide a relaxed approach to outdoor shopping.
According to those in the know, the Caloundra Street Fair is the best street market on the Sunshine Coast with more than two hundred unique stalls. The Caloundra Street Fair is held under the stunning canopy of trees that line Bulcock Street in Caloundra, surrounded by cafes, boutiques and speciality shops.
The Caloundra Street Fair is on every Sunday from 8.00am to 1.00pm and definitely is a 'must-do' for the whole family, with activities for children, handcrafted locally made products and art, live entertainment and street theatre. Appreciate fresh local food, flowers, fresh juices, tasty breakfasts, coffee, lunch and delectable sweet treats.
Located under the canopy of trees on Bulcock Street - Image: Caloundra Street Fair FB page
The Caloundra Street Fair is extremely popular with locals and visitors, which does make for a very busy Street Fair. The upside is that parking in this area is free on a Sunday.
As mentioned previously, I know I have definitely not covered all the worthwhile markets/street fairs on the Sunshine Coast….so, tell me, which markets on the Sunshine Coast tickle your fancy, for outdoor shopping?