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Published July 13th 2014
No shortage of colour on a winter's morning
What's a great way to spend a winter Sunday morning at Maroochydore? That question has dozens of answers, though today for me and a friend, it was the Fishermans Road Markets along the river front at Maroochydore.
If you are looking for somewhere to go that is full of colour, where you can meet all sorts of people, eat breakfast or brunch, pick up your vegies, or just look for some special you are guaranteed to see it all and then some.
Fresh local mango juice, asian and seafood, as well as the usual burgers and sausage sizzle every Sunday
I saw bargains of every kind, and more second-hand clothes stalls than I've seen at any other market recently, since Oxford Street Paddington.
Following the laneways I could have chosen anything from baby gear to Bali fashion, and quite a bit of vintage too. I could pick from a gold fish to a road registered motorbike, with all the gear, and everything in between.
If you are heading out for fruit and vegetables be early as stalls were starting to run out late in the morning. There's one local producer who simply fills up the back of his truck with his fresh picks of the day, ready for you to fill a bag, and it matters not what he has it's all cheap.
For those who want more than a sausage sizzle, you can select Chinese, fresh seafood, mango juice, hot olives, and of course jams and treats, fresh and local. Of course there are the bacon and egg burgers, as you wander through, and a great new seating area under shade to stop and enjoy your tasty snack.
I would advise you to wear comfortable shoes, the ground can be a little uneven in places, and you may need to walk a distance to parking along the river front, though it's certainly worth the journey, if nothing else you will see colour in the stalls and on the people visiting. I could tell it was winter when I saw a well-tanned lady donned in cami and mini with her furry ugg boots, and you could tell it's an arty sort of place when I saw the brightest purple outfit I had seen for a long time. Satin pants and lots of bling meant you certainly wouldn't get lost in the crowd.
I took photos so you can see just a little bit of what's on offer, though for privacy and respect have not uploaded images of some of those I've described here. Let's just say, it's more than a shopping experience, and the shoppers have more colour than some of the stalls.
I will say the fruiterers were all friendly, some offering even cheaper than their signs advertised, as they were determined not to take anything home at the end of the day. The best part is the funds raised from these markets goes back to support community and charity projects in the local community, which is great.
If you are looking to have a stall, bookings are a must, this market's on every Sunday from 6am to midday, on the corner of Fishermans Road and David Low Way Maroochydore. For bookings phone Lions Club of Mooloolaba Inc. on mobile 0429 109 149