We are well and truly into autumn with just a hint of winter on the early morning breeze, so we’re diving into the market scene before winter officially kicks in (not that it’s ever really cold in the Sunshine State, right?).
If there’s one thing the Sunshine Coast excels at—aside from our stunning beaches and generally being awesome—it’s our bustling market scene. From funky artisan pop-ups to overflowing produce stalls and cruisy twilight beachfront markets, we are spoilt for choice with an abundance of epic markets.
Whether you’re after a gift for someone special, a bite to eat, or just a casual stroll and a browse, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for with our list of the Sunshine Coast’s best local markets to check out in April.
Currimundi Lake Twilight Market
Set on the stunning Currimundi Lake, this oh-so-cute market is a local favourite (when the locals love it you know it’s gonna be good). Over twenty mouth-watering foodie stalls line the lake, so you can grab dinner, set up your picnic rug and watch the sunset over the picturesque lake. We love that the Currimundi Lake Twilight Markets are completely eco-friendly, using no power or generators and with all stallholders using eco-friendly packaging. Rest easy knowing your purchases are good for you and the environment.
When: Friday 16 April, from 4pm to 8pm
Where: Currimundi Lake Conservation Park, Currimundi
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 April, 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 3 and 17 April, from 5pm to 9pm
Where: Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Twilight Markets Caloundra
This family-friendly market is held on the last Friday of every month, overlooking the stunning waterfront at Bulcock Beach in the heart of Caloundra. Over 70 stalls line the waterfront and we think there’s no better way to spend a Friday evening than strolling along the waterfront, with the tempting smell of food stalls wafting on the breeze. The Twilight Markets Caloundra are the area’s largest twilight market and you’re spoilt for choice with live music, delicious food and unique arts and crafts stalls.
When: Friday 30 April, from 5pm to 9pm
Where: Bulcock Beach Esplanade, Caloundra
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. Check out NightQuarter on Sunday 18 April for their monthly epic Sunday Session, which is all about island vibes, 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 April 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
Maleny Handmade Markets
If quirky, one-of-a-kind goodies are your thing, you’ve come to the right place. For all things handmade, handgrown, hand sewn and hand brewed, the Maleny Handmade Markets have got you covered. These bespoke, quaint markets are nestled in the centre of Maleny and boast some of the cutest gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Spend your morning browsing and discovering find hidden treasures, then relax in one of Maleny’s sweet coffee nooks. Sounds like a pretty sweet weekend to us.
When: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 April, from 8am to 3pm
Where: Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple St, Maleny
Listen up folks ‘cause we’ve got exciting news. The StrEATside Markets are back in business, baby! Postponed since December, these much-loved markets will be popping up under the iconic market umbrellas this month and we couldn’t be more ready. Boasting delish street food, craft brews, lawn games and live tunes, these are a must-do on your Sunny Coast market bucket list. It’s just like your classic Sunday picnic in the park—but you don’t need to bring anything. Winning.
When: Saturday 10 April, from 3pm to 9pm
Where: Corner of First Avenue and South Sea Islander Way, Maroochydore
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 April, from 12pm to 4pm
Where: NightQuarter, 201/8 The Avenue, Birtinya
Beerwah Tower Green Market
Easter is just around the corner and if you’re ready to start planning for Easter festivities (and chocolate overdose) then you need to get down to the Tower Green Easter 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.
When: Saturday 10 April, 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 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 month to soak up the feel-good vibes.
When: Sunday 4 and 18 April, 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 April, from 8am to 12pm
Where: Coolum Primary School, Barns Lane, Coolum Beach
When: Saturday 10 April, from 7am to 12pm
Where: Alex Skate Park, Alexandra Headland
Barely Worn Pre-Loved Clothes Market
Nothing says sustainable living like some pre-loved clothes, right? Although it’s not technically in April, the gorgeous Pre-Loved Clothes Market will be held on May 1 (close enough, right?), so grab your diary and pencil this date in. Kick May off sustainably by supporting slow fashion and you’re sure to scoop up some fashionable bargains at the stalls which boast a huge range of second-hand clothes, perfect for spicing up your wardrobe. Chill out to the sweet tunes of local artists, bring along your picnic rug and settle in for a relaxing beach-side morning of great deals and good vibes.
When: Saturday 1 May, from 8am to 11:30am
Where: 2-4 Park St, Coolum Beach
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Image credit: Amy Higg