Shopping is alot more fun when it involves street food, live music and bargains from local producers, designers and creatives.
So we're helping you satisfy all your stall-hopping cravings, with this March roundup of the best markets on the Sunshine Coast.
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 on every Friday night and pulls together some of the best food trucks and stalls from across the Sunshine Coast. A little warning though: The word has spread and the food does sell out, so get here early to beat the crowd.
When: Every Friday from 4pm to 8pm
Where: 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola
Nights On Ocean Carnivale Twilight Markets
Nights on Ocean is a feast for the senses... a smorgasbord of international street food, stalls of handcrafted goods and epic live music. Fill up on all of the good stuff at the markets, or use it as the ultimate amuse-bouche before settling into dinner at one of the restaurants or bars along the strip—they’re getting in on the action too, with featured cocktails and dishes.
When: Friday 6 March from 5pm to 9pm
Where: Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Currimundi Lake Twilight Markets
The Currimundi Twilight Markets are ready to fill the gap in the lives of all the night market-loving crew down the southern end of the Coast. Popping up on the foreshore of Currimundi Lake, this twilight event is an intimate affair of unique food stalls, bar and an entertainment area. We suggest packing your own picnic blanket for all the eating and lazing you’ll be doing, plus your swimsuit or boardies for a sunset swim in the lake. Now that’s one chilled out way to wrap up the week.
When: Friday 20 March from 4pm
Where: Currimundi Lake, Westaway Parade, Currimundi
Noosa Farmers Markets
Everybody has to go to Noosa Farmers Market at least once. Held every Sunday, it brings together ridiculous food and drink stalls, fresh produce, local seafood, honey, and cheeses, plus way, way more. Let it be said though, that this market gets packed. As in super packed. So, wake up with those really annoying noisy birds—you know the ones—and aim to be strolling the aisles just after 7am 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 7am 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. Held every Saturday at Kawana Waters State College, we suggest hitting 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 brunch.
When: Every Saturday from 7am to 12pm
Where: Kawana Waters State College, Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
The real-deal country farmers’ market, Yandina 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, a few vintage finds for your home and a hefty parcel of local meat. If this weekly market is known for one thing though, it’s got to be their plant stalls. Herbs, natives, palms, indoor plants—you name it, it’s 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 plants and, of course, rainbow bagels, we love the no-frills vibe of this weekly gathering.
When: Every Sunday from 6am to 12pm
Where: Corner Fishermans Road and David Low Way, Maroochydore
Peregian Beach Markets
More of a creative’s market than a foodie’s haven, Peregian Beach Markets falls on the first and third Sunday of every month. If you’re still struggling to spend your Christmas money from nan, then make this your new open-air shopping destination. Homewares, fashion, vintage knick-knacks…it’s all here!
When: First and third Sunday of every month from 7am to 12.30pm
Where: Kingfisher Park, Peregian Beach
Caloundra Street Fair
With over 200 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. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking home with an empty wallet, but not an empty stomach.
When: Every Sunday from 8am to 1pm
Where: Bulcock Street, Caloundra
A tourist hotspot but still worth the write-up;the iconic Eumundi Markets are only for those that can handle crowds and never-ending lanes of stalls. Need an intermission? Duck across to Humdrum Espresso for a smooth iced coffee or if it’s beer o’clock, a chilly brew at local institution, Imperial Hotel is your best bet.
When: Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 1.30pm and 7am to 2pm respectively
Where: Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Cotton Tree Markets
Drop by Cotton Tree Markets to pick up a gift for that friend who just announced she’s having a last-minute birthday dinner this weekend, or, you know, a gift for yourself. One of the longest running artisan markets on the Sunshine Coast, you’ll be very unlucky to walk away empty-handed.
When: Every Sunday from 7am to 12pm
Where: King Street, Cotton Tree
Sunshine Coast Collective Markets
Coolum Beach and Alexandra Headland
Popping up in Coolum Beach and Alexandra Headland, the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets are the perfect place to while away a lazy weekend morning. With the Sunshine Coast’s best coffee, foodies, artists, musicians and designers on display, it’s easy to get carried away here.
When: Saturday 14 March from 7am (Alexandra Headland) and Sunday 22 March from 8am (Coolum Beach)
Where: Alexandra Headland near the surf club and Coolum Primary School, Coolum Beach
Image credit: Lumea Photo for Urban List | Marcoola Market