While it has a very cosmopolitan cafe scene, and opportunities for such adventures as swimming with the whales with the gang at Sunreef Diving, have an almighty feast at Spice Bar, and visit Australia Zoo, the one thing that is always underrated when you’re on a campervanning adventure is hitting the local markets. Problem is, there’s so many of them in this part of Australia.
Which are best? After spending a patch of time in one of Australia’s hottest destinations, here are five you simply won’t be able to resist.
1. Eumundi Markets (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Yep, this one’s the king of them all so you’d better allow a full day to meander around checking out fresh food, homewares, artworks, skincare products, awesome stalls offering foodie delights including churros, pizzas, Asian food, paella and so much more. There’s also no shortage of tarot card readers and mediums if you want to know what’s in store for the future, otherwise kick back and relax with a massage, take the kids on pony rides and check out some of the coolest music at various points on the vast Eumundi Markets grounds.
2. Caloundra Country and Farmers Market (Sundays)
From 6am at the Currimundi State School in Buderim St you’re in for a treat for fresh fruit and vegies, plants, pastries and collectables. It’s a pretty simple offering but a beauty.
3. Noosa Farmers Markets (Sundays)
Footies are locked up in the clubrooms, while market stalls invade the Noosa Aussie Rules footy club facilities at Noosaville every Sunday. Freshly landed seafood is a specialty as well as fresh organic produce, freshly squeezed juices, tasty marinades and sauces, beautiful and aromatic skin care products, nuts, freshly baked bread and creamy cheeses among many more treats for the senses. More www.noosafarmersmarket.com.au
4. Big Pineapple Market (Saturdays)
Deli products, meats, fresh fruit and vegies and loads of other goodies can be snapped up for a bargain at the Big Pineapple Market from 6.30am to 1pm at Nambour Connection Rd in Woombye. More www.bigpineapple.com.au
5. Nights On Ocean (every second Friday night of the month)
Now here’s one with a point of difference that brings Ocean Street in Mooloolaba to life every second Friday with artists, designer stalls, pop-up bars, musicians, and all sorts of gourmet food on offer. It’s an artistic, crafty and cultural event that must be experienced. More www.nightsonocean.com.au