Road Trip Yandina to Eumundi Markets


Road Trip Yandina to Eumundi Markets, Queensland. Australia

As Brisbaners though and though, we have lost count of the number of weekend getaways from Brisbane we have done over the years. From rugged mountains to coastal seascapes, sleepy towns to countryside’s, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to go on a road trip from Brisbane. Set close to Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast marks a popular road trip for both locals and tourists in Australia. Here, the sparkling shallows make the perfect swimming pool, while the charming towns are great for shopping and tucking into delicious food. Combining a selection of both adrenalin-pumping adventures and more laidback activities, there is plenty to do in the region. The call of the Sunshine Coast and its hinterland is hard to resist, with an abundance of lush rainforest, unspoiled beaches, fine food and swathes of natural beauty. Curious travellers who wander off the highway will find a treasure trove of villages, such as charming Yandina and Maleny, hidden around every bend on the way to Noosa.

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So we fired up the playlists and headed north on the Bruce Highway to the town of Yandina. Yandina is one of the oldest towns on the Sunshine Coast - famous for its pub the Yandina Hotel, The Ginger Factory, Yandina Station and its charming town centre full of heritage-listed buildings. The curious traveller will be well-rewarded with surprises like natural swimming holes, abundant wildlife, one of the Sunshine Coast’s best weekend markets and one of Australia’s most famous restaurants – Spirit House Restaurant & Cooking School.

We first dropped in for a coffee at Cafe Invigor8 and were pleasantly surprised with great coffee, friendly staff catering for healthy vegetarian, vegan and everyone’s all time favorite bacon and eggs. It’s all house made with lots food options, fresh juice, organic meals and a lovely garden area to sit.

Coffee in hand we wandered the postcard perfect Saturday morning markets. 

The Yandina Markets are one of the best places to get your fruit and Veg, cheap plants for the garden, as well as second hand gear with approximately 100 stalls with close to half being plants, fruits and vegetables. The Yandina Markets are renowned for being the largest plant market on the coast, with herbs, natives, palms, indoor plants and more. Browse through and find food, fresh produce, bric-a-brac, second-hand treasures, collectables, clothes shoes, books, toys and a stack more.

It was time to get behind the wheel and head down Old Gympie Road which then turns into Cooloolabin Road. Eventually you’ll turn onto Buckby Road which is unsealed so you’ll need to ensure your car can handle it. You then follow this along and head to Point Glorious Lookout. Much like the name suggests, this lookout is straight up gorgeous boasting views of Mt Eewah. Trust us, the 3km return walk is absolutely worth it.

From there you’ll cruise back along Buckby Road and head north until you get to Eumundi-Kenilworth Road. Then it’s all about rolling the windows down, soaking up the scenery and fresh air until you arrive at Eumundi.

At Eumundi we caught up with friends Stuart and Kate and sat down for brunch at Eats – Meals That Matter. EATS was established in Eumundi and are on a mission to create meals that matter. They are a social enterprise dedicated to empowering people out of generational poverty via education, opportunities and kindness.

After breakfast it was time to explore the town, which is home to some fantastic eateries, including The Imperial Hotel and Eumundi Brewery, and is the place to discover talented visual artists, a thriving live-music scene as well as renowned galleries, studios and theatres. Beyond the colourful stalls there’s still plenty to explore. The streets of Eumundi are lined with historical buildings such as the Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, art galleries, original works by David Suters Timbercraftsman Showroom Gallery.


Activities at the Eumundi Markets

1. Try the Food

The food is one of the biggest selling points of the Eumundi Markets. All the stalls are run by the local farmers of the region, selling their prized goods such as organic meat, delicious jams, and homemade bakery goods. If you are after some on to-go meals to enjoy while you shop the market, there are numerous hot food stands that are perfect for grabbing a bite on the run. One of the best ways to experience the markets is to arrive early and grab breakfast and a coffee at one of the stalls, letting you fuel your browsing energy for the next few hours.


2. Watch the Entertainment

The cultural aspect of the Eumundi Markets is huge, and there are plenty of performances and live music on the schedule to keep shoppers entertained, from live bands to theatrical shows and everything in between. Or you can either soak up the hubbub of the stage and surrounding areas as you browse the many market stalls, or you can give them full attention as you enjoy a meal or simply rest your feet for a minute on the soft coastal grass.


3. Buy Some Artwork

The Markets pride themselves on promoting local artists in the area. Here, visitors can pick up handmade crafts and one-off art pieces created by creative’s in the area to remind them of their time in Brisbane and its surrounds.


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4. People Watch

The Markets gets busy – with 600 stalls, it’s no surprise. Once you’ve pounded the pavements and browsed the eclectic array of stalls, grab a seat somewhere and watch the world go by.

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