I used to think “If you’ve seen one market, you’ve seen them all.” I had to adjust my way of thinking since we learned that markets are huge in Melbourne and Australia and since we were about to encounter the biggest arts and crafts market in Australia in our visit up to the Sunshine Coast.
Our friends in Melbourne told us that we must visit the famous Eumundi (pronounced eyu-muhn-dee) Markets. From our hotel in Coolum we took a quick bus ride to the markets. The market boasts over 600 stalls and receives over 1.6 million visitors each year!
We spent over three and half hours meandering through the stalls. We so enjoyed taking in all the sights, sounds, smells and colors.
It was all a bit overwhelming for us. Who wants –or better yet, who needs– jumbo licorice or a wall hanging made out of cutlery? Needless to say, we didn’t end up buying anything. That said, the morning trip was so worth it. We loved experiencing the markets and the small-town charm of it all.
Our favorite stall was the man playing the didgeridoos or didjeridu (pronounced didge-eh-reh-doos). More accurately, he was playing the didgeridoo, the bass drum, and the guitar…all at the same time. The didgeridoo is an instrument from the Aboriginal culture and dates back at least 2,000 years. Some believe it’s been around for 40,000 years!
The man playing the didgeridoo at Eumundi was super talented and that talent coupled with the unique sound and tone of the didgeridoo drew the largest crowd of all 600 stalls.
If you’ve never heard a didgeridoo before, the sound is amazing and unlike anything I’ve ever heard. View this quick video to listen and watch a quick sample although it doesn’t really do it justice.