Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on; A Change of Scenery Is as Good as a Holiday for Stressed-Out Mums, Reports Shirley Sinclair

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on; A Change of Scenery Is as Good as a Holiday for Stressed-Out Mums, Reports Shirley Sinclair

Article excerpt

aYOU'RE brave coming out in this weather.a

Just about every stallholder we came across at Eumundi Square greeted us with the same comment this cold, wet and miserable day.

But they didn't know just how determined three mums could be.

We had found ourselves in the renowned markets town early on a Sunday morning.

Of course, every Sunshine Coaster knows that Saturday and Wednesday are the two big days of the week in this hinterland hub.

On those days, the entire town is embraced by thousands of shoppers from all over the world browsing more than 500 stalls of the Original Eumundi Markets and Eumundi Square stalls, plus galleries and shops on the main street and down alleyways.

Public carparks and car spaces on Memorial Drive and surrounding neighbourhood are at a premium, buskers' voices or instrumentals can be heard around every corner, Joe's Waterhole is providing lunchtime ales and a place to rest tired feet, and cafes and restaurants do a roaring trade in cappuccinos and lattes, bruschettas and raisin toast.

But with work schedules and busy lives, this was the only day the three of us could find completely free in our diaries.

Even a change of scenery is as good as a holiday to us.

So rain or no rain, markets or no markets, we were having a girls' day out.

And we were determined to pack in as much fun as three mums could muster in eight hours.

Parking virtually right outside the historic Eumundi Trading Post building, we took our first coffee of the day in the warm of Berkelouw Book Barn and Cafe a a place to get lost in words, worlds and wonder, but where a taste of reality lies in the enormous Anzac biscuits and other menu treats.

With still half an hour before the Eumundi Square shops opened, we wandered up deserted Memorial Drive to Food@Eumundi, which was enjoying a brisk breakfast trade despite the cold conditions.

There, more coffees and croissants or Turkish bread with homemade jam hit the spot. …

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