For the past fifteen years the Lions Club of Mooloolaba have been operating and managing the Fishermans Road Markets. I can't believe, after two years on the Sunny Coast, I've only just discovered them! All Lions Club members are volunteers who willingly offer their free time for no monetary gain, therefore all net profits raised from the Markets are channeled back into either the Lions Club Projects or Local Community Organisations.
This differs to privately operated markets where wages are paid and profits are retained by the operator.
By shopping at the Fishermans Road Markets (also known as the Maroochy Sunday Markets) you are helping with the ongoing viability of the stallholders therefore ultimately you are also supporting many Community Projects. Without the Stall Holders, there would be no markets.
In addition to the Lions Club of Mooloolaba raising funds for the Community, other Community- minded groups are also involved in the Sunday Markets. Various Local Scout Groups benefit by operating a Sausage Sizzle, cleaning the grounds each Sunday after the Markets, and sharing the car parking with another Local Lions Club.
Located in a pristine spot next to the Paynter River - Images: Elaine de Wet
There are up to 128 stalls offering a huge variety of items for sale including local and market fruit and vegies, pet treats, hand tools, books, popcorn, fresh seafood, second-hand items, baby goods, home made toys and furniture. Make time for your weekly massage at the Markets, these are also readily available and ensure your body is ready for whatever the next week has in store for you.
This is my A to Z list of almost everything you can see and do at the wonderfully vibrant, very busy Fishermans Road Sunday Markets.
Apples, bananas and carrots were in plentiful supply (in addition to all the other super fresh fruit and veg) at this vibrant Sunday market and all very reasonably priced too. We managed to get avo's for $1 each! And….capsicums at $2 for three large ones! Where else is this possible on the Sunshine Coast?
Our furry family members are welcome too - Image: Elaine de Wet
The Fishermans Road Markets are furry family member friendly too! (Just for fun, try and say that sentence fast, without getting tongue-tied). I did notice that our four-legged pals were all on leashes and water bowls had been put out at various stalls to ensure our doggy family were kept super hydrated.
Excited... is how I feel every time I find a new market to explore.
Flowers, Fish and Face Painting
Fantastic flowers from Eumundi Roses - Images: Elaine de Wet
Even a pop-up stall from Eumundi Roses, selling beautiful bouquets of flowers direct from the grower to you. They're sure to be open for Mother's Day - for those of us who have forgotten and need to get something for Mum before breakfast.
Divine Ice-cream with exotic flavours like mango, banana and coconut cream or how about a berry, banana and coconut cream. Dairy-free options are available too. There's nothing quite like walking around a market, ice-cream cone in hand to remind me of our family beach holidays when I was ever so much younger.
Jumping castle to keep the little ones entertained - Images: Elaine de Wet
Poo - cow poo, chook poo and all sorts of poo - we all know our gardens love to be treated to this special fertiliser - though in saying that, only certain plants love it - one has to be extra careful when using it.
Quirky - I just love these quirky markets that have everything for sale except the kitchen sink. Come to think of it, I might even have seen one of those.
Do a trade at Quirk Recycled Beads - Image: Elaine de Wet
Got broken or unwanted jewellery? Don't trash it - trade it at Quirk Recycled Beads where all products use components sourced from broken or unwanted jewellery. Eco-friendly and unique handmade jewellery and gifts.
Remember - we all need to remember that these markets are on every week Sunday, come rain, hail or shine.
Visit the Fishermans Road Sunday Markets and you'll discover their venue is in quite the stunning area right next to the Paynter River in Diddillibah. Picnic areas, barbecues and even a childrens' playground, are all easily accessible when visiting the Markets on a Sunday. Why not make a day of it!
Wendy's Soy Wax Candles - Wendy's offers an array of individually hand-poured, beautifully scented soy wax candles that are all totally natural. Wendy's even has a loyalty card giving you 10% discount off every tenth purchase.