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Eumundi Weekend Trip
Eumundi Weekend Trip

Eumundi Weekend Trip

June 15, 2021
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Eumundi – Saturday 9am to 12 noon

A trip to Eumundi wouldn’t be complete without a stroll around the famous “Eumundi Markets”. Every artisan hocks their wares to the public and tourists alike.

From fashion to trinkets, artwork to jewelry, it’s all there at the markets. In fact, the market opens twice a week. Saturday and Wednesday.

The History

It was 1979 when ceramic artist Christa Barton and her friend Gail Perry-Somers came up with the idea of holding a European style “artisans and farmers” market in Eumundi. The area had become a home for artisans, craftspeople and refugees from suburbia. What attracted people then, as now, was the town’s openness, sense of community, and a simpler way of life.

Christa and Gail decided on the CWA Hall as the best-placed venue in town. Their vision was to develop a retail base for local small crop growers and locally produced crafts, as well as offering a retail base for out-of-work young people – to develop their skills in handicrafts and food preparation.

On 24 March 1979, three marketeers gamely set up their stalls around the CWA Hall, with refreshments served inside. There was a grand total of eight visitors and a turnover of $30. The Original Eumundi Markets was up and running!

After only one year of operation, Eumundi Market gained a reputation as a source of energy, variety, freshness, and friendliness, properties that still characterize it today. But it was the ‘locally made’ policy of its founders and the markets auspicing body, the Eumundi Historical Association, that has made the markets unique and this policy is still going strong today.

Eumundi dining

Eumundi Markets Today

Over the years, several independent organisations, including the Eumundi and District Community Association, have also set up other market operations adjacent to The Original Eumundi Markets, making the overall Eumundi Markets now the biggest art and craft market in Australia.

The market community has now grown to more than 600 stalls and boasts an annual visitation of 1.6 million people!

The Original Eumundi Markets continue to focus on handmade products, with the ethos of “make it, bake it, sew it, grow it”.

The philosophy of locally handmade products and services has served the Eumundi Markets well over the last 30 years and it is the originality and uniqueness of the stallholders and their creativity that has customers coming back for more year after year.

Saturday 12noon-2pm

We uhmed and ahhed about where to eat. There are so many dining options that are first class in Eumundi. We chose the Imperial due to it’s handy ‘car park’ and affiliation with the Eumundi Brewing Company.

The Imperial Hotel
A cornerstone of the hinterland village of Eumundi, the iconic Imperial Hotel has been welcoming locals and tourists since its opening in 1911. Now home to the Eumundi Brewery, this majestic Queenslander hotel is a Sunshine Coast ‘must do’.

With its colourful creative décor and murals, sweeping verandahs, sensational beer garden and relaxed vibe, you’ll be drawn to the groove that is The Imperial – and indeed, the creative hub that is Eumundi.

The dining menu features classic pub favourites along with a selection of contemporary dishes – guaranteed to appeal to all the foodies in your tribe. We chose a Pizza between the two of us!
When it comes to brews, try the Eumundi Brewery Lager or Eumundi Brewery Pale Ale. The Pale Ale was my favourite.

The hotel is also a great place to soak up live music, with acoustic sets in The Beer Garden all weekend + some of the best bands in the business playing ticketed shows in the entertainment spaces known as The Bunker and The Brewery.

If you’re looking to host a special event, they have five diverse function areas with flexible layout options.

Check out our pics below!

Saturday Afternoon

We ate too much and had a few too many Pale Ale’s to consider driving home so we had the smarts to pre-book and stay at the Gridley Homestead B&B. It’s only a short 15 minute stagger away from The Imperial Hotel and the Markets.

Gridley Homestead B&B
Louise and Marko are amazing hosts. Not only did they greet us at the door, they provided home-made cake on arrival with berries and cream. They operate a 3 bedroomed homestead as well as The Cottage, a self contained unit with views to Pomona. We took The Cottage and we loved it. Earlier in the day we bought lavender bath salts and had a hot bath. It was amazing.

The Cottage was luxurious. It’s better than some four star hotels I’ve been to. It’s located adjacent to the homestead. In the morning you join the rest of the guests for a home-baked breakfast. In a nutshell, a great weekend away.

1 Sale St, Eumundi
www.gridleybandb.com.au

When it comes to brews, try the Eumundi Brewery Lager or Eumundi Brewery Pale Ale. The Pale Ale was my favourite.

The hotel is also a great place to soak up live music, with acoustic sets in The Beer Garden all weekend + some of the best bands in the business playing ticketed shows in the entertainment spaces known as The Bunker and The Brewery.

If you’re looking to host a special event, they have five diverse function areas with flexible layout options.

3 Camp Grounds around Eumundi

  1. Cooroys ‘No Worries’ RV
  2. Eumundi Showgrounds
  3. Cooroy Mountain Park

Next trip – Bundaberg.

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