The Sunshine Coast is often seen as the “quieter” sibling to its southern neighbour the Gold Coast in South East Queensland – and for many that’s the core reason they choose it as a getaway spot in the first place.
Perhaps most renowned for its collection of beaches north of stretching from Caloundra to Noosa Heads, the region also offers an up and coming shopping scene for those looking to indulge in some retail therapy on those days when the weather turns sour, or simply when looking to snatch up a bargain.
There are several main shopping centres on the Sunshine Coast, and visitors may find that they’re somewhat smaller and less flashy then you would find in other destinations. This is because there tends to be a larger focus here on natural, organic and unique hand made products and produce – a reflection on the lifestyle and ethos of the Sunshine Coast as a whole.
What you will find here are a number of smaller shopping villages dotted with charming boutiques that have some great offerings in the way of clothing and unique hand made gifts, home wares and restored antiques, artisan products and artwork.
We take a look at some of the top shopping centres, villages and markets on the Sunshine Coast in our shopping guide below.
Major Shopping Centre Precincts
Image: Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre
- Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre: This is the largest and busiest shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast with several major department stores such as Kmart, Target and Myer and soon David Jones and Big W. In total, there are over 220 stores for you to splurge and find a bargain or two. Shoppers will find nearly all of their favourite chain clothing stores here as well as beauty services and supermarkets. The centre is a meeting hub with several restaurants and cafés to dine out at and a movie cinema. The shopping centre is air-conditioned so you can cool down out of the summer heat but there is also a lovely outdoor alfresco dining area by the creek where paddle boats can be hired. There is ample (paid) parking and Translink bus services also stop here.
- Noosa Civic Shopping Centre: This shopping centre is ideal for visitors who are staying in the Northern end of the Sunshine Coast near Noosa with several supermarkets, services and a selection of clothing and footwear stores just 10 minutes drive from Hasting St. Ample undercover parking is available as well as frequent buses from Noosa. It is not as large as Sunshine Plaza but if you are on a budget and don’t want to be tempted then this might be ideal.
- Kawana Shoppingworld: Kawana Shoppingworld is ideal for visitors staying in the southern end of the Sunshine Coast near Caloundra and Mooloolaba. This smaller shopping centre has all the essentials: supermarkets, banks, restaurants and an assortment of the larger chain stores. This centre currently has FREE parking and again there are buses to get you here if you are without a car. If you want to try and avoid the crowds at Sunshine Plaza then this one maybe a better option for you.
Shopping Village Precincts
Image: Main St, Montville
What the Sunshine Coast is lacking in outlet shops, it more than makes up for in its smaller shopping villages with family run businesses and boutiques selling unique gifts, home wares, art and clothing. The gifts that you purchase here will likely be one of a kind and not found anywhere else in Australia so if you are looking for the perfect souvenir for your family and friends then these are the places to look.
- Bulcock St, Caloundra: Bulcock Street in Caloundra is the main street throughout the beach suburb where visitors can find a number of places to spend their money at. The tree lined street is home to a number of boutique shops and cafes that are very popular among both the visitors and locals. It is also just a short stroll away from the main beach.
- The Esplanade, Mooloolaba: The Esplanade is the hub for visitors staying in Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore. Visitors will find a large choice of restaurants and cafés to dine out at but it is also here that you will find a number of lovely home wares and gift stores. The Esplanade is also the place to go for surf wear, bikinis and surf boards as a number of the international and local surf brands have stores here.
- Main Street, Montville: This lovely town is well known for its wineries, dairy farms, cheese factories and stunning restaurants that overlook the mountain with views out to the ocean. Nature lovers will love the short rainforest walks and waterfalls but shoppers must visit the Main Street in Montville. The street is the main thoroughfare with a number of unique stores including: The Clockshop, Montville Antiques, Hill Top Shoes, The Bowerbird, Verde, Montville Soap Co, chocolate shops, tea shops and stores that sell hand made leather products and opal jewellery. Visitors will need to rent a car or join a day tour to reach this location.
Image: Eumundi Markets
- Kunari Organic Marketplace: This is a fruit and vegetable market with a difference. At the Kunari Organic Marketplace you will find a wholesale warehouse to purchase organic and gluten free produce. The centre also has a garden centre where you can ask all of your questions to the resident horticulturist. Within the marketplace you will find holistic health practitioners, naturopaths, an organic café, cooking demonstrations and a gift shop where artworks and home wares are sold. The Kunari Organic Marketplace has a holistic approach to health and is a one of a kind venue.
Address: 330 Mons Rd, Forest Glen
Hours: Mon- Sat 8am- 5pm Sun 9am- 4pm.
- Eumundi Markets: The history of the Eumundi Markets can be traced back to 1979 when the original markets were first held. The markets were the brain child of the local townspeople. Artisans and craftspeople came together to share their art, music, food and culture with an emphasis on locally made products that provide people with an income. The market has grown tremendously over the years and now houses over 600 stalls and welcome 1.6 million visitors per year. Eumundi is the biggest art and craft market selling furniture, homewares, artwork, ceramics, fashion, jewellery, fresh produce, gourmet sweets and treats, massage, palm readers and live musicians.
Address: 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Hours: Wed: 8am- 1.30pm, Sat: 7am- 2pm
- Caloundra Street Fair: The Caloundra Street Fair is the place to be on Sunday morning when Bulcock street comes alive. This is the best street market on the Sunshine Coast which brings together 200 stalls, kids activities, art, live entertainment and fresh food situated by the beach. This does not include the permanent cafes, boutiques and speciality shops that are just a few blocks from the beach.
Address: Bulcock St, Caloundra
Hours: Sun : 8am- 1pm
- Nights On Ocean Markets: These night markets are held on the second Friday of each month and are a great night out with artists, musicians and foodies displaying their talent and wares. The markets are held by the ocean and attract a vibrant crowd to the Maroochydore precinct.
Address: Ocean St, Maroochydore
Hours: 2nd Friday of each month 5pm- 9pm.
For more information on activities and tours within the Sunshine Coast head to our experiences page.