Traveller’s shock about former family holiday spot

Many childhood summers were spent here with my now late grandparents, building sandcastles on the beach at The Spit, boogie boarding in the surf, shelling prawns and fossicking in rockpools for shells.

When my grandparents moved to Buderim on the Sunshine Coast permanently in the 90s while my family was living in Kuala Lumpur, I longed for our visits during school holidays.

The highlight of these was always the giant passionfruit at breakfast (courtesy of my Granny Shirley, whose pantry was always stocked with our favourite eats) and the Saturday market in the historic village of Eumundi, where I’d often come away with something handcrafted, including a leather belt that I’ve never been able to part with.

A lot has changed in Eumundi since I was last there as a teenager, with three fresh dining concepts, world-class coffee and the opening of a luxe arts stay signalling a new era for the creative village. Here’s what to do in this hip Sunshine Coast hinterland ‘hood. 

Wander Eumundi market

Come for the market, stay for the community. Held every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 am ‘rain, hail or shine, this is the biggest art and craft market in Australia and it’s buzzing with creativity and friendly faces.

Stallholders need to have either made, baked, sewn or grown their wares and you’ll find everything from artisanal cheese and homemade Portuguese tarts to resin jewellery and live tunes.

Stay at HOLA Eumundi

From the owners of Eumundi’s iconic Imperial Hotel comes this luxe new 15-room art-forward boutique stay dedicated to local creatives known as HOLA (House of Local Art).

The rooms are generously sized, with pillow-top beds and decorated with natural textiles and local art, ceramics and crystals, which guests can purchase. The mini bar is complimentary and each room comes with a snack pack of local treats.

Sip cocktails at The Bungalow Eumundi

It may have been hard to find a good cocktail in Eumundi at one point, but not anymore. Bondi export Jonny Powell and his wife Claire are bringing polished vibes to the Sunny Coast hinterland with this cultured offering.

Expect oysters from Bruny Island, grilled Mooloolaba prawns, dangerously good margaritas and reliably good beats.

Drink coffee at Eumundi Coffee Co

In fact, I urge you to go one step further and do a coffee tasting appreciation. Co-owner and gun head roaster Thomas Rumble knows as much about coffee as sommeliers do about wine (and he didn’t judge me for drinking decaf), and has travelled around the world sourcing beans from farms, including in Brazil.

They make four different blends and offer a new menu every Saturday. Try the ‘Cold Fashioned’.

Dine by candlelight at Popina

Tucked away on the edge of town, this tiny new Italian fine-diner from the former owners of Mooloolaba’s Fish on Parkyn is worth seeking out.

In a small courtyard illuminated with fairy lights, you’ll feast on Hiramasa kingfish Crudo, veal cutlet on the bone and the star dish: plump parcels of pumpkin and ricotta tortellini with crispy duck, rosemary and parmesan.

Listen to live music at The Imperial

With its eclectic décor, lively vibe and diverse mix of areas, this historic Queenslander has to be one of the best pubs in Australia. It first opened in 1911 and serves up an extensive selection of pub fare, including pork ribs and burgers.

As well as brewing their own craft beer onsite at Eumundi Brewery, they also distil their own Folktale gin. Live acoustic sets get the locals grooving on Friday nights. 

Long lunch at Bask

Described as “a culmination of their life and travel experiences”, this dining concept from chef-and-interior-design duo Jack (formerly at Sails in Noosa) and Jess opened late last year in an old printing shop.

Plans for the space to be used as a design studio evolved and the couple are now hosting long lunches and seafood nights in a space with design kudos and exquisite service. The house-baked country loaf with almond cream is iconic.

Do yoga at Shambhala Farm

Just a short 10-minute drive from Eumundi, this farm is sprawled over 12 acres with six different accommodations and a yoga shala that’s straight out of Bali. Owners Craig and Chrissie Hubbard met at a yoga retreat in Bali and are passionate about educating people on how to become more self-sufficient.

As well as offering courses on how to grow your own food, they also offer yoga classes led by local instructors, including every Saturday. The farm’s resident pig ‘Peppa’ loves a pat.

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