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The Sunshine Coast's Eumudi Markets: Fashion, Food and Fun

By BAY OLIVER
Published: February 24, 2009

Eumundi is a small town on the Sunshine Coast (in south-east Queensland, Australia). It is at first unassuming and sleepy, but if you wait until Wednesdays or Saturdays the atmosphere changes entirely.

Each week the Eumundi Markets are set up on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and draw throngs of crowds, especially over Christmas holiday periods. The markets feature hundreds of stalls with everything from jewellery and clothes, to hammocks, hats and hot food.

There really is something for everyone there, and even if shopping is not your thing, there are food stalls, coffee booths and shady trees that are a lovely way to pass some time.

It's nice to arrive at the markets early, around 7am-7.30am, to beat the crowds. This is especially important during the Christmas period when holiday makers crowd the stalls.

First stop should definitely be at one of the coffee stands. There are now two or three to choose from, all of which make amazingly good coffee. For something to eat, the locally made yoghurt is definitely a must. It's creamy and delicious, and goes perfectly with either muesli or fruit salad (which are both offered).

After the caffeine has started to take effect it's time to hit the shops! There are so many amazing local designers at the markets, so if you need some new clothes, head here before you go anywhere else. There is everything from beach wear to tie dye to Japanese inspired designs. Shoes, jewellery, handbags and hats are also in abundance.

There is now a permanent section across the street that houses some lovely shops. These are open all week, all year. It's almost worth the trip to Eumundi just to see these stalls, but if you want to make a morning of it, wait until Wednesday or Saturday to go. Saturday is actually the main day for the markets and will have the best range of everything. But if you don't like crowds then Wednesday is a better option.

The Eumundi Markets have become an institution at the Sunshine Coast, and have developed an amazing reputation. They will not disappoint any avid shopper - just make sure to come prepared to give your wallet a workout!

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