Here on the Sunshine Coast, just 60 minutes north of Brisbane, we’ve always been blessed with an abundance of natural food resources, dating back to our first peoples the Kabi Kabi and Jinibarra peoples who walked these lands thousands of years ago!
In fact, although Aboriginal Tribes were known for their nomadic ways, our first peoples had no need to roam, the natural resources here were plentiful and our ancestors were fortunate to be well catered for.
Today, our Sunshine Coast Food Trail can connect you with over 400 food experiences dotted all around our region! Simply jump on to your phone, follow the link and tick what food experiences you’d like to taste. This site will prepare an itinerary especially for you, complete with maps and driving times. All sorts of food experiences are on our trail menu, just make sure you leave yourself with enough time to enjoy them all. At least 2 nights should do it!
For a sensory explosion why not team up your food trail tour with some of our exquisite luxury lodges and escapes, also dotted around the region.
If you’d prefer a guided tour, then let us tell you about Live-it Tours!
This is not just another tour! No, this tour offers authentic Australian bush food secrets, a behind the scenes visit to renowned local Chef Peter Wolfe, an expert in bush food and the importance of flora and fauna to the indigenous Australian Culture.
Lemon myrtle, macadamia (bunya) bush spice and bush salad dressing, on this tour, we’ll shock your taste buds with a variety of seasonal bush foods that you can taste, touch and smell. Here, our sweets are sweeter and our sours are sourer, but that’s all part of the magic.
You’ll also get an opportunity to visit Eumundi (named after an Aboriginal Chieftain) Markets, with over 600 stalls, the largest food and artisan markets in Australia – and one of the most sustainable! Open Wednesdays and Saturdays.
For 30 years, this market’s mantra has been “make it, bake it, grow it, sew it” and each year it welcomes around 1.6 million visitors.
Meet local growers and farmers and sample some very unique tastes – camel milk coffee, fresh organic produce, marinades and sauces, cheeses and baked goods, freshly squeezed juices, ice-creams, nuts, seeds, herbs, olives and tasty tapenades. And that’s just the food – the artisan products are just as fabulous.
If you’re self driving, other markets that you might like to visit include – Caloundra Steet Fair and Noosa Farmers Markets.
For a beautiful Australian “country” overnight option, you might like to consider Mary Valley Country. Both Amamoor Lodge and Melawondi Spring Retreat come highly recommended by our visitors for their beautiful ambience and delicious country breakfasts. Oh – and if you’re feeling particularly fit – get them to show you where our elusive platypus are hiding.
They’re close by but you might need a kayak!