Prepare to settle into your weekly winter market routine—you’ve got your warmest jumper packed in the car, the UGG boots are ready to go and you'll be warming your hands around a hot coffee the minute you hit the markets. Don’t succumb to the warmth of your comfy duvet, be strong and venture out to our favourite markets to snag the best arty, crafty, foody and fashiony goods around.
Winter is not the time to go into hibernation Sunny Coast, it’s time to get out and embrace the cooler weather AKA perfect market trawling weather. Strap on your masks, empty your fridges and market hop your way through our hit list of the best Sunshine Coast markets to check out this July.
Maleny Lane Night Market
The iconic Maleny Lane Night Market is bringing groovy vibes back with a night of sweet tunes and global food this month. Local favourites, the Renegade Funk Jam will be vibing ‘till late, while you chill out and munch on delicious world street food. Round up your pals and make sure to book a table of four or six, so you don’t miss out on the festivities. Sneaky tip—it’s BYO alcohol so you can plan to get funky.
When: Friday 9 July, from 6pm to 9:30pm
Where: Maleny Lane, 38 Maple Street, Maleny
Mooloolaba Sunsets Markets
Sunset lovers, celebrate! Enjoy golden hour the right way on the famous Mooloolaba Sunset Strip, while tucking into some epic street food at the Mooloolaba Sunsets Market. Stroll along the stunning Mooloolaba Esplanade and browse the eclectic craft stalls, boasting an impressive range of local homewares and goodies you didn’t even know you needed. Chow down on global treats from gourmet street hawkers and let the afternoon slip away to the groovy tunes of local artists. Saturdays are sounding good to us.
When: Saturday 17 July, from 5pm to 9pm
Where: Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
A kaleidoscope of colour and flavour, the revamped NightQuarter precinct is home to 40 shipping container-based stallholders serving up global eats, desserts, drinks and speciality retailers. Every weekend you’re treated to an awesome lineup of stalls, entertainment and the hottest local acts. This month NightQuarter will be transformed into a winter wonderland, where you can get cosy around fire pits, warm up with hot winter drinks and enjoy the winter playground. Check out NightQuarter on Sunday 18 July for their monthly epic Sunday Session, which is all about celebrating local brews, colourful cocktails, craft workshops and live tunes. Bonus: Her Wardrobe Markets will be taking over NightQuarter during this month’s Sunday Session, so you can snaffle up a great bargain on vintage clothing and accessories!
When: Fridays & Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm, Sunday 18 July from 12pm to 7pm
Where: 201/8 The Avenue, Birtinya
It’s a Friday night and you’ve got no desire to cook dinner. But you’ve only got $20 in the kitty, so heading to your fave sit-down restaurant is a total stretch. We’ve got two words for you — Marcoola Market. This gem, right in the heart of town, is back in business for your Friday night takeaway needs. Feast on burgers, Mexican, doughnuts, seafood, Japanese or Italian—the choice is yours. The Farmer’s Market on Saturdays is also not to be missed, where local farmers celebrate the best of the Sunny Coast’s locally grown produce, deli products and treats.
When: Every Friday, from 4pm to 8pm, Every Saturday (Farmer's Market) from 8 am
Where: 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola
Noosa Farmers Markets
Everybody has to go to Noosa Farmers Market at least once. This iconic hive of activity brings together ridiculous food and drink stalls, fresh produce, local seafood, honey, and cheeses, plus way more. So, wake up with those really annoying noisy birds—you know the ones—and aim to be strolling the aisles just after 6am to beat the rush. Yep, it’s early, but it’s worth it to be able to go at your own pace.
When: Every Sunday, from 6am to 12pm
Where: Weyba Road, Noosaville
Kawana Waters Artisans & Farmers Market
If you like your markets minus the hipsterness, Kawana Waters Market is as down to earth as they come. Still being held every Saturday at Kawana Waters State College, we suggest hitting up a coffee stall for a steaming brew before filling up your netted bags with fresh produce, creamy cheeses and everything picnic-worthy. Then, use this hidden picnic spot list to find the perfect place to lay down your rug and let Saturday pass you by.
When: Every Saturday, from 6am to 12pm
Where: Kawana Waters State College, Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Yandina Country Markets
The real-deal country farmers market on the Sunshine Coast, Yandina Country Market is one of our faves to hit on a Saturday morning. Rock up with a bit of cash and you’ll leave with armfuls of super fresh spray-free produce, sumptuous deli products and a hefty parcel of local meat. If this weekly market is known for one thing though, it’s got to be their epic plant stalls. Herbs, natives, palms, indoor plants—you name it, you’ll find it here!
When: Every Saturday, from 6am to 12pm
Where: North Street, Yandina
Fishermans Road Markets
An oldie but a goodie, this Maroochydore market has everything you need—and plenty you don’t, but you’ll want anyway. From fresh fruit and veg to take away feeds and pre-loved clothes to spice up your wardrobe, we love the no-frills vibe of this weekly gathering. Bonus points: there’s a bouncing castle to keep the little ones busy while you fill up your bags.
When: Every Sunday, from 6am to 12pm
Where: Corner of Fishermans Road and David Lowe Way, Maroochydore
Viva La Vintage Market
Vintage is IN this season and we are here for it. The Viva La Vintage Markets are taking over the beautiful Imperial Hotel Eumundi this month, so if you’ve been looking for something to spruce up your wardrobe or grab a retro gift, this is the place to be. Head out to the Hinterland to peruse the gorgeous stalls filled with all things vintage, pre-loved and artisan. Bonus: the very popular FIZZ bar will be back, along with coffee and pastries to fuel your market trawling. This sweet market is only held every quarter, so be sure to check it out this month and grab your vintage goodies.
When: Sunday 8 August, from 9am to 1pm
Where: Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi
Maleny Handmade Markets
You’re on the hunt for your next quirky and unique gift. Where do you go? One answer: Maleny Handmade Markets. These cute-as-a-button handmade markets are all about everything handmade, handcrafted, hand-baked and hand-sewn—which means you’re bound to snap up some adorable goodies. Think two whole days, 30+ stallholders and loads of craft workshops so you can DIY your next gift. Head to Maleny Handmade Markets for wholesome vibes and some gorgeous handmade bargains.
When: Saturday 24 July & Sunday 25 July, from 8am to 3pm
Where: Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny
Kenilworth Country Markets
The sweet town of Kenilworth comes to life every Saturday morning, when their weekly country markets bring crowds and locals flocking. Bursting with all things arts, crafts and fashion, there are some seriously good bargains to snag at this gorgeous market. If you’re stuck for gift ideas or want to snaffle a funky new homewares piece, Kenilworth Country Markets has got your back. We love that this market is dog-friendly so fur babies won’t have to miss out.
When: Every Saturday, from 8am to 1:30pm
Where: Kenilworth Town Park, Charles Street, Kenilworth
Sunshine Coast Fashion Market
Her Wardrobe Markets has found its new Sunny Coast home at the much-loved NightQuarter, so get the girls together for a fabulous shop-’til-you-drop afternoon. You're guaranteed to snatch some awesome bargains with 10,000+ clothes, shoes and accessories up for grabs. Sustainable fashion is IN this year. NightQuarter will be open at the same time and you’ll find plenty of delish street food to fuel your shopping antics while grooving to the chilled tunes of local musicians.
When: Sunday 18 July, from 12pm to 4pm
Where: NightQuarter, 201/8 The Avenue, Birtinya
Beerwah Tower Green Christmas in July Market
Winter is well and truly here and if you want to join in the festive fun or just want to grab some warming winter noms then you need to get down to the Tower Green Christmas in July Market this month. This monthly artisan market overflows with community spirit and everything is hand baked, hand made, hand sewn or hand-grown so you can feel good knowing you’re giving back to the local community. The Beerwah Tower Green Market spills out onto the Beerwah Tower Green lawn and is the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday, sampling the delights of this gorgeous town and warming up from the winter chill.
When: Saturday 10 July, from 8am to 12pm
Where: Beerwah Tower Green, Beerwah
Caloundra Street Fair
With loads of stalls, live music, locally-made products and food stalls that are perfect for that Sunday hangover brekkie, the Caloundra Street Fair is one of the best street markets on the Sunshine Coast. Let Sunday pass you by as you spend a lazy morning browsing over 120 quirky stalls. Bonus: you won’t need to worry about keeping the kids entertained—there’s plenty of entertainment to keep the whole family busy.
When: Every Sunday, from 8am to 1pm
Where: Bulcock Street, Caloundra
Perhaps the most well-known market in the Sunny Coast, after 41 years of operating, Eumundi Markets has rightfully created a name for itself as a market like no other. Eumundi Markets is the biggest arts and craft market in Australia (absolutely bucket list worthy) and attracts an array of talented locals displaying handcrafted furniture, artworks, jewellery and fashion. Get to know the farmers behind your produce, groove to the live music and when you need a shopping break, rejuvenate with a massage. If you only visit one market on the Sunny Coast, this is the one.
When: Every Wednesday from 8am to 1:30pm, every Saturday from 7am to 2pm
Where: 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Cotton Tree Markets
You’d be hard-pressed not to find something interesting at the artisan Cotton Tree Markets—clothing, jewellery, gifts, books, plants, homewares and many other eclectic surprises await you. And the best part? The 70+ stalls are all set in amongst the gorgeous Cotton Tree shopping village precinct and yes, that means endless coffee options and treats with the beach nearby. If you need any more convincing to check out this market goodness, the Cotton Tree Markets are not-for-profit events, which raise much-needed funds for Bloomhill Cancer Care. We love a good market and we love a market for a good cause even more.
When: Every Sunday, from 7am to 12pm
Where: King Street, Cotton Tree, Maroochydore
These gorgeous artisan markets are the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday summer morning. The Peregian Markets are renowned for their homewares, clothing, craft, health therapies and of course, their delectable range of street food. Everything here is upcycled, recycled, locally designed, handmade, organic or homemade so rest easy knowing your purchases are benefiting both the environment and the local community. Grab your reusable bags, slip on your Birks and head to Peregian Markets this July to soak up the feel-good vibes.
When: Sunday 18 July, from 7am to 12:30pm
Where: Peregian Park, Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach
Sunshine Coast Collective Markets
The Sunshine Coast Collective Markets aren’t just your average markets. Over 100 local Sunny Coast designers, foodies and artisans gather to create a magical space of design, creativity, delicious street food and soulful tunes. The Collective Markets are held in two locations; Coolum Beach and Alexandra Headland, so you can check out these stunning markets twice in one month. Winning! You’re spoilt for choice with plenty to see, speciality goodies and coffee and fresh produce galore. Weekend plans = sorted.
When: Sunday 25 July, from 8am to 12pm
Where: Coolum Primary School, Barns Lane, Coolum Beach
When: Saturday 10 July, from 7am to 12pm
Where: Alex Skate Park, Alexandra Headland
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Image credit: Amy Higg