Butchers aren’t really talked about much.
Let’s face it, it’s not easy to make raw chicken legs look Instagram-worthy and a double page spread of dead carcass doesn’t exactly sell magazines. That said, having a good butcher in your life is actually priceless.
When it comes to meat, there are a plethora of things to consider… free range, organic, locally-sourced, farm practices, hygiene, freshness, and most importantly taste. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to hunt down the best butchers the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Ahh, vegetarians you might as well stop reading now, ain’t nothing to see here but meat, meat, and more meat.
Mount Coolum Meats
The friendliest butchers you’ll meat (*ahem, meet*), within a few visits to Mount Coolum Meats you’ll be on first name basis. Packed with free range meats, each has a nifty little sign informing you where it’s sourced. They also cure their own hams in store, smoke their own bacon, and make their own sausages. Oh, and they’ve got a sweet selection of organic Barambah milks, yoghurts, and creams.
Where: Shop 4, 2 Suncoast Beach Drive, Mt Coolum
Sunshine Coast Organic Meats
Conveniently located next door to Kunara Organic Marketplace, Sunshine Coast Organic Meats boast one of the most extensive ranges of organic meats on the Coast. They’re known for having great relationships with their farmers so you can get boatloads of info about where your meat came from and how it was raised. Hell, you might even be able to find out your whole roast chook’s name. Too weird?
Where: Forest Glen Shopping Village, 5/330 Mons Road, Forest Glen
Peregian Springs Meats
Dog-lovers, these guys got you covered. They literally have a whole fridge dedicated to pet mince and bones. Rest assured, their meat for humans is awesome too—high quality and super fresh. What we love most though is the fellas at Peregian Springs Meats are always ripe with cooking suggestions.
Where: Shop 5 / 1 Ridge View Drive, Peregian Springs
Eumundi Meats feels more like a gourmet meat showroom than a butcher. Even the building is divine, nestled sweetly in the concrete piece of architectural niceness that is Belmondos. Here, you will stumble upon a large and carefully-selected range of meats plus some interesting additions like duck, goose, turkey, an amazing sausage range, damn good charcuterie, and snack-sized biltong and jerky.
Where: 59 Rene Street, Noosaville
Specialising in all things free range, gluten-free, and local, at Yandina Butchery you will find Mary Valley organic pork, free range poultry from the Gympie region, eggs from Woombye and 100 per cent grass fed beef. What you won’t find however, is even a skerrick of gluten. Not even in their sauces, marinades, crumbed goodies, or pies! Oh, and Paleo peeps, they have over 15 flavours of housemade sausages—all free from preservatives, gluten, and grains.
Where: Shop 2/10 Farrell Street, Yandina
Cotton Tree Meats
Tucked in the retail strip of Cotton Tree is a butchery that’s been standing strong for over 30 years. This family-run business boasts organic chickens, free-range Bangalow pork, house-smoked bacon, dry-aged beef, and pretty much every cut of lamb or cow you could possibly dream of. Oh, and don’t go past the Cotton Tree Meats’ natural dog biscuits for your furry friends.
Where: 2/9 King Street, Cotton Tree
If you’re a “direct-from-the-farmer” kinda meat seeker then head to the farmers markets in Noosa or Kawana, where you’ll be surrounded with ample supply of homegrown meats. Most stalls even display shots of their animals roaming around all happy as pie… apparently oblivious to the fact that they may eventually become pie.
Where: Noosa—155 Weyba Road, Noosaville; Kawana—LOT 200 Sportsmans Parade, Birtinya
Image Credit: Eumundi Meats