Treasure Hunting the Eumundi Markets

Written by Phoebe Moisey

 

Recently, I did a long overdue stop-in for some treasure hunting at what I consider to be one of Queensland’s coolest artisan markets. Tucked away on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, a stone’s throw from Noosa and an hour or so from Brisbane, are the Eumundi markets. I was amazed at how these eclectic markets have morphed over the years, and am told, now hold over 600 stalls. Ordinarily a sleepy village, the township comes vividly alive every Wednesday and Saturday, attracting a melting pot of locals and tourists.

 

Scattered around the markets is a diverse group of local buskers and successful musicians. If you love soft blues or the classic Tulsa sound, you’re definitely in the right place. Whether it’s getting in the groove or sifting through the stalls, I couldn’t help but get get caught up in the lively atmosphere.  I absolutely love it. Particularly fossicking through the vibrant, handmade jewellery and exploring for local produce.  Chatting to some of the local stallholders, I could feel their creativity and passion. It was awesome to meet Mel from Willow and Gypsy. Her eye catching bohemian jewellery, home wares, and beautifully decorated stall was definitely a crowd pleaser. In amongst the quirky fashion, furniture and funky artwork, there is also a cool range of health and wellness stands that cater for all things natural and spiritual.

 

Impressed at the diversity of food to choose from, my head was left spinning. Everything from Asian street food to tasty German sausages to Dutch pancakes and Potato Slinkys is available. For something different, I was told to try “hempburgers” (handmade, gourmet vegan burgers), Tibetan momos (veges, tofu and noodles wrapped in wheat flour pastry) and Noosa Cane Juice. Along the main drag, is an alternative restaurant, called Bohemian Bungalow. They have a really interesting menu which caters for everyone’s taste. It includes everything from vegetarian salads to homemade chai tea.

 

Whether you’re a foodie, looking for a something different or just there to explore, I think that getting amongst the vibrant atmosphere is what makes Eumundi special.