Is there any better feeling that a spot of retail therapy in the sun?
The Sunshine Coast is far from just a beach destination, and it offers one of the best shopping experiences on the East Coast of Australia! From malls to boutiques, High Street stores to farmer’s markets, flea markets to souvenir shops, you’ll find it all.
Sunshine Plaza is the largest shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and has been servicing the local region since 1994. Coles, Kmart, Myer and Target.
Come and enjoy the enchanting experience of the world famous Original Eumundi Markets – renowned for locally made artisan treasures. Open rain, hail or shine every Saturday from 7am to 2pm and Wednesday from 8am to 1.30pm.
Montville offers something for everyone from boutique shopping, art & craft galleries to quirky cafes, burger bars, tea rooms, confectionery shops, boutique pubs and fine dining restaurants… and much more!
A hidden treasure on the Sunshine Coast, featuring 100 unique stalls, the Caloundra Street Fair has something for the whole family.
Many visitors love to spend a few hours wandering around the local markets, tasting some delicious local foods, made from freshly grown ingredients, whilst purchasing handmade goods and perhaps some local jewellery too. For the ultimate market experience, certainly head to Emundi on a Wednesday and Saturday! This is when the entire town basically turns into a market, and you’ll find a whole host of souvenirs and items to purchase and take back home with you.
Alternatively, the Noosa Farmer’s Market offers the ideal opportunity to try some local snacks and ingredients, such as cheeses, honey, jams, meat, and breads. You’ll struggle to reign in your temptation as you sniff out those delicious treats!
Want more markets? Peregian Beach Market is a great spot, and you can combine a little time on the sand, with some shopping later in the day. Cotton Tree Market is a great family destination too, and you’ll find the accompanying Caloundra Street Fair, with music, street artists, entertainment, and a general merry vibe in the air.
If you want to get out of the sun for a little while, and perhaps head into a slice of air conditioned heaven, head to Hastings Street in Noosa, where you’ll find some upmarket clothes to try! You could just window shop if you don’t want to bash your credit card too much, but you’ll certainly be tempted to take home something new. Alternatively, Noosaville is home to Gympie Terrace, another spot for boutique-style shopping, or head to Montville’s busy shopping streets, with many High Street stores to check out. One of the most popular places to head is Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore. Here you’ll be able to have the ultimate mall experience, with food outlets, coffee shops, air conditioning, and of course, plenty of shops to check out.
If you want more of a quick reference guide, let’s list a few of the must visit spots, for easy reference.
With so many places to shop and do some credit card damage, you might want to bring an empty suitcase for your return journey home! Of course, you might be wondering whether there are any specific souvenirs you should be buying from this area, to remember your time by.
The rural delicacies are certainly things to purchase, but do be careful taking these back home, as border control often restricts the transportation of any type of food or drink. For that reason, buy them and enjoy them on the day! Fill your boots, you’re on vacation!
Aside from that, you’ll find lots of clothing choices to buy, with the surfer, laid back style everywhere you look. Grab some board shorts, some funky flip flops (thongs), and some beach dresses, to show off your Australian style back home! You’ll also find some high quality tailoring and evening dress stores, especially on Hasting Street in Noosa, and in the big shopping malls. Depending on the prices you’re used to paying back home, these might end up cheaper to buy whilst you’re on vacation.