The Sunshine Coast is all about shopping out in the sunshine, at one of the region’s famous markets. The biggest and the best is in the hinterland at Eumundi on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, where you’ll find more than 500 stalls selling everything from fashion and furniture to toys, organic beauty products, art, crafts, jewellery and food, but there are also good markets at Noosa Marina and Maleny on Sundays.
For high-end fashion and homewares go to Hastings Street, which is lined with boutiques, although you’ll also find a good selection on Gympie Terrace in nearby Noosaville and along Mooloolaba’s Esplanade. For art, craft, antiques and quirky collectables take a drive up into the hinterland. Pretty Montville is packed with cute and kitschy gift shops, although if you’re looking for authentic locally made arts and crafts Maleny is a better bet.
Our top picks
8 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa
Re-create the stylish “Noosa look” – twee-free beach house chic – back at home with some of the sophisticated beach-themed homewares, gifts and furniture at Casa Noosa. The brightly coloured cushions are a big seller, as are wall hangings, candles and ceramics. If you fall in love with some of their larger furniture or art pieces, they’ll organise delivery wherever you need it to go, in Australia or overseas.
55 Hastings Street, Noosa
Surfing’s almost a religion in Noosa – the annual eight-day Noosa Festival of Surfing in March is one of the biggest longboard surfing events in the world – and Noosa Longboards is the best place to buy a custom-made board, or choose one of the ready-made boards in store. Check out the collection of new and used vinyl records, vintage Hawaiian shirts, cool surfing books, posters and collectables and treat yourself to some new boardies while you’re there.
Shop like a local
The Sunshine Coast is the home of surf culture and there’s no better place to stock up on quality beachwear. The shops on Hastings Street have plenty to choose from, including iconic brand Golden Breed (also in Mooloolaba), and look out for locally designed surf-friendly bikinis (they stick, no matter how big the waves) from Hive Swimwear.
For a special souvenir you won’t find anywhere else head to the hinterland and follow the art gallery trail. Don’t miss shops including Tina Cooper Gallery in Eumundi for mind-blowing glass, Obi Valley Woodworks and Art on Cairncross. You’ll also find quality hand-made art and craft at the Sunday Cotton Tree markets in King St, Maroochydore.