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Shopping and eating out
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Aug 2019

The Sunshine Coast offers a wide array of retail shops at both small and large shopping centres.

Groceries and retail

Most local people do their grocery shopping at large supermarkets such as Woolworths, Coles, IGA or Aldi. Supermarkets are located in most neighbourhoods. The prices in the supermarkets are fixed. 

There are also specialist shops such as bakers, butchers and chemists for medical supplies. 

Australians like to cook ethnic recipes, so you will find a basic selection of familiar cooking ingredients in the international sections of the supermarkets. There are also smaller specialist shops listed in the Directory and Handbook[1983KB].

Local farmers markets are another great way to find fresh produce and gourmet products. Some of the local food markets include:

  • Fisherman’s Road Markets in Maroochydore
  • Eumundi Markets
  • Kawana Waters Farmers Market
  • Noosa Markets
  • Yandina Markets.

Clothing, homewares and appliances can be found in the large shopping centres at:

  • Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore
  • Noosa Civic Shopping Centre
  • Kawana Shopping World
  • Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre. 

You can also purchase these items second-hand from various recycle and charity stores, such as

  • The Salvation Army
  • Lifeline
  • St Vincent de Paul.

You may be used to shopping 24-hours. However trading hours are limited on the Sunshine Coast and not all shops have the same operating hours. Some shops will have reduced operating hours on a Saturday and some may close on Sundays. Many shops are closed on public holidays:

  • Anzac Day
  • Good Friday
  • Christmas Day.

Eating out

You will find a wide variety of excellent multicultural food on the Coast, such as:

  • fresh seafood
  • tropical fruit
  • local produce.  

The Sunshine Coast also has a great café and coffee culture, with breakfast or lunch a popular time for people to catch up with friends and family at their favourite café. 

You can ask for what you would like when dining out. If you do not eat meat or if you are allergic to certain food products, let the staff know. If you let them know they are often able to provide an alternative. 

It’s also fun to pack up a picnic or pick up some take away food and dine outdoors in a public park. 

Drinking

It’s generally safe to drink water from the tap. There are exceptions, and these are indicated with the sign "not drinking water". 

The following rules apply for alcohol:

  • Supermarkets in Queensland are not licensed.  
  • Only retailers who are granted licenses to operate a bottle shop as well as restaurants and hotels, can sell alcohol. You must be 18 years or older to purchase alcohol.
  • In some places you are not permitted or are discouraged from drinking alcohol, for example on public transport. 
  • Rules apply in Australia to drinking alcohol and operating a car, bike or machinery.

Not everyone in Australia drinks alcohol. People will not give you strange looks if you would rather drink water, juice or a soft drink when you are out.