Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 18th 2012
Shopping heaven here on Earth
I did not think markets could be so well organised, arranged and sorted until I attended the Eumundi Markets. Set up in the hinterland town on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday), this is definitely not your average aisle or two of market stalls where you see everything in just one visit. This is a maze of stalls, and there's no wrong way to go. Every little alley way will only lead you to more goodies, each more unique than the last.
We arrived at the markets with only a couple of hours to go on a Saturday and were surprised to see just how busy it was. Inside was such a treat, we found hundreds of stalls all with original, handmade goods. We found artwork, sculptures, furniture, guitars, clothing, jewellery, skincare, ornaments, signage, homewares, photography and much, much more. There was also the fresh goods, including nuts, cheeses, fresh bread, fruit and vegetables. They had stalls just dedicated to the local lime and strawberry growers.
It felt endless. As with any market, be sure to have a good walk around before committing to anything. While no one stall was selling anything identical to the other, there were some things that took our fancy more than others. I was also happy to see that none of the stalls I went into made me feel uncomfortable. Usually if you do as much as make eye contact with a seller they will hound you, but that never happened to me once here.
A lot has to be said about the setting as well. They couldn't have picked a better spot. Eumundi is a hinterland town on the Sunshine Coast and well known for its scenery. We were shaded by these beautiful, tall fig trees most of our time around the market place. It was a beautiful day and with the light peeking through it was just magnificent, it helped to create such as relaxed environment.
In the future I'd be happy to go to Eumundi Markets just for the food on offer. Usually when I go to the markets I'm expecting the cheap sausage sizzle for lunch. Eumundi was practically gourmet. I was surprised to see stalls like Asian Street Food, Hector Vallejo and Palella Fella. This was way beyond the level of food I was expecting to find at a market. There didn't appear to be much seating, I guess the aim is to eat as you walk, which is no problem. If you can grab a seat anywhere though, try near the centre where they had live music playing for the duration of the markets. Don't worry if you run out of cash as well between shopping and eating. There are plenty of ATM's around the place, even one right in the middle of the markets thanks to ATM2GO.
I was also surprised to see so many dogs allowed inside the market grounds. For a while I had thought the rules were relaxed for this place until I checked out the Frequently Asked Questions page on the website. Perhaps this is something that needs to be enforced more, even though it didn't appear to bother anyone.
With all said and done at the Eumundi Markets, it is no wonder they've been running so successfully since 1979. This is a great place to pick up an original gift or to just treat yourself to something none of your friends will have. I'm surprised a market can be so organised and offer such a variety in goods. I'll be bringing family and friends along whenever they visit the Coast just to see what else I can discover.