Eumundi Markets celebrates its 40th anniversary

Discover the history behind Australia’s largest arts and crafts market on the Sunshine Coast.

Let’s rewind back to 1979 when two friends, Christa Barton and Gail Perry-Somers, decided to host a small farmers market at the Country Women’s Association Hall in Eumundi at the Sunshine Coast.

The duo’s dream was to establish a European-style artisans and farmers markets for local crop growers and artists, which could create job opportunities for young people in the community.

The first market held at the local hall had three stalls and eight visitors, with a grand turnover of $30.

In 2019, The Original Eumundi Markets is the largest art and craft market in Australia with more than 300 stalls and an annual visitation of 1.2 million people.

This year marks the market’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate, The Original Eumundi Markets will be throwing its stallholders a party after the market on Saturday 23 March.

There will be 40 prizes to be won in the lead up to the event as a thanks to everyone for their ongoing support over the past 40 years.

Eumundi Markets Operation Manager Jan Ammitzboll said the market has kept to the original ethos of “make it, bake it, sew it and grow it”.

“The Original Eumundi Markets offers something for everyone, whether it’s looking for that special one-off item or enjoying some amazing food whilst listening to the chilled tones of a local muso,” Ms Ammitzboll said.

“Our reputation as being the premier market makes us a ‘must-do’ attraction.” 

RACQ members can save on two tours to the Eumundi Markets. Find discounts on the Brisbane to Eumundi Markets and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour or Eumundi Markets return transfers.

Eumundi Markets timeline

1979

 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 the town of Eumundi.

1985

The Original Eumundi Markets had 97 stalls, with an estimated attendance of 143,000 people for the year.

1990

The markets had grown to 203 stalls, with some 260,000 visitors for the year. The Original Eumundi Markets had become a ‘must do’ for interstate and overseas visitors holidaying in the region.

2000

The market had grown to 350 stalls.

2002

The Original Eumundi Markets expanded from just a Saturday market to include a Wednesday market as well.

2019

The Original Eumundi Markets is even bigger and boasts an annual visitation of around 1.2 million people.