It’s no secret we love a good market any time of the year, especially here in the blissfully warm climate of the Sunshine Coast, but markets in the springtime just hit differently. Maybe it’s the gentle spring sun rays, the mornings that remain just a touch crisp, or all the mouth-watering spring fruits and veggies that start making their way to the stalls and from there, to our shopping bags…
Lucky for us, the Sunshine Coast is home to a number of fabulous markets to browse to your hearts’ content. Rise and shine, grab your best tote bag and comfiest walking shoes and head out to these 11 incredible Sunshine Coast markets this month.
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 10 September, from 6pm to 9:30pm
Where: Maleny Lane, 38 Maple Street, Maleny
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.
When: Fridays & Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm
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
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
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 September to soak up the feel-good vibes.
When: Sunday 5 and 19 September 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 usually 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: September 12 and 26 from 8am-12pm (Coolum Markets) and September 18 from 7am-12pm (Alex Markets)
Where: Next to Alex Skate Park, Alexandra Headland (Alex Markets) and Coolum Primary School Oval, Barns Lane Coolum Beach (Coolum Markets)
You’ve satisfied your market-hopping cravings and are looking for something different to spice up your weekend routine. We’ve got you sorted. Fill your life with much-needed fluffy adorableness and spend your weekend patting baby animals with our roundup of everywhere you can pet baby animals on the Sunshine Coast.
Image credit: Lumea Photography