Check out Australia's biggest arts and crafts market on a full-day tour from Brisbane that also takes you to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. At the Eumundi Markets, peruse wares from more than 600 local vendors before taking off to explore the charming mountain town of Montville. Later at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, snap photos of the Glass House Mountains and take an optional guided walk through the rain forest. Love the ocean? Upgrade your trip to include a visit to Noosa, famous for its gorgeous beach, high-end shops and restaurants.
Choose from two variations of this full-day tour that travels by air-conditioned minivan with a knowledgeable guide. Both options start with morning pickup at the Jen Hotel in Brisbane for a 1.5-drive to the Eumundi Markets. Depending on which tour you select, you’ll have either 40 minutes or two hours at the open-air market. Browse more than 600 stalls that offer furniture, handcrafted toys, household items, one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing by local designers, and more. If you work up an appetite, choose from a range of tasty ready-to-eat dishes, fresh salads, fresh-baked breads, local cheeses, homemade chocolates, cakes and quality coffees. After the market, embark on the next leg of your journey (itinerary options are listed below). Eumundi, Noosa & Hinterland: Spend 40 minutes at the Eumundi Markets then take a short drive to Noosa, where you can explore the relaxed coastal resort town's boasts superb beaches, stylish restaurants and bars for 1.5 hours. You can walk along the beach and boardwalk to watch the surfers, or take in the fashionable shops along Hastings Street. Your tour includes a ferry ride on the Noosa River that takes you into the heart of town. Keep your camera handy for photo ops of Noosa National Park and Laguna Bay. In the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, less than an hour’s drive from Noosa, mountain roads lead to the town of Montville, located at 1,310 feet (400 meters) above sea level. Admire the town’s architecture, with Tudor, Irish and English cottages that sit next to Swiss- and Bavarian-style chalets. Stroll the streets lined with art galleries, restaurants, wineries, cheese factories and small shops that sell items such as handmade candy, clothing and cuckoo clocks. Other notable sights include an old mill with water-wheel and panoramic views over the coastal plain. Once you have explored Montville, continue a few more minutes down the road to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. You can opt to take a leisurely guided walk through the rain forest, gazing up at towering trees and across the Hinterlands at the stunning topography of the Glass House Mountains. Throughout the day, your guide shares the history of the places you visit and tips on the best spots to check out. At the end of your 9-hour tour, you're returned to your starting point in Brisbane. Eumundi & Hinterland:This tour spends three hours at the Eumundi Markets and does not go to Noosa. After perusing the wares at Eumundi Markets, you’ll meet your guide and drive a half hour to reach Montville. From here, the tour continues as above and returns to Brisbane in the early evening.