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Gold Coast Weekend & Beachfront Markets

Gold Coast Weekend & Beachfront Markets

Once upon a time the Gold Coast was home to one market place and that was the Carrara Markets. Each weekend locals and tourists would flock to this treasure chest to purchase everything from plants to old books to current fashions. The Carrara Markets are still a favourite but now there are dozens of markets that line the coast.

Some markets follow the rules that one man's trash is another man's treasure and others nurture the local arts, crafts and fashion scene.

With a prime location to beautiful farmlands it is no wonder that gourmet Farmers' Markets are springing up all over the Gold Coast. Pick up your weekly groceries for half the price or indulge in some homemade jams and antipasto or pick out a bunch of flowers for the week.

Get out into the sunshine and grab yourself a bargain at one of the markets listed below!

Art & Crafts Markets

Beachfront markets The Beachfront Art and Craft Markets are a colourful affair with over 150 friendly store owners selling wonderful gifts, souvenirs, local art, jewellery, craft and lots more. Each week the Art and Craft Markets change from one beautiful beachside destination to another as they work their way down the coast from Broadbeach to Coolangatta to Burleigh HeadsShop in some of the most beautiful Gold Coast destinations and then hit the waves for a swim and a surf. The markets have been running for 20 years and are always a hit with visitors looking to snap up something a little bit different.

When: 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, 8am - 2pm
Where: Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach

When: 2nd Sunday of the month*, 8am - 2pm
*plus every 4th Sunday in months with five Sundays
Where: Marine Parade Park, Coolangatta

When: Last Sunday of the month, 8am - 2pm
Where: The Esplanade Park, Burleigh Heads

Chinatown Street Markets

Chinatown Street Markets with StatueCome and enjoy an authentic Asian food experience with your family and friends at the Chinatown Street Markets. This free event is being held on the first Saturday each month, commencing 2 May. Chinatown will again be transformed into a vibrant street food and entertainment scene as the first Asian-inspired food market takes over the streets of Southport.

Cooked in front of you while you wait, taste your way through Asia with a selection of cuisine from Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and more. The street markets will come alive from 4pm to 10pm with local retailers and restaurants expected to extend their trading hours during market times. Best of all you can catch the G:Link, the new light rail system, into Southport and get off in the heart of the precinct!

When: First Saturday of the month (starting 2 May 2015)
Time: 4pm - 10pm
Where: Young and Davenport Streets, Southport
For more information visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/chinatown.

The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise Beachfront MarketsThe Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are a great way to shop and enjoy the beautiful sea breezes coming off Surfers Paradise Beach. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays The Esplanade along the beach becomes a hive of activity with colourful stalls setting up for the night time markets. The market ethos of make, bake or grow it make sure that the 100 stalls sell quality local, handmade and home grown products. Stroll by the beach and find unique gifts, fashion, interesting jewellery, artwork, photographs, hand made beauty products and one of a kind home wares. It's a wonderful way to spend a summers evening with the family.

When: Every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday night
Time: 4 - 9pm all year round
Where: The Esplanade, the northern end of Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise
Please visit the dedicated Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets Facebook Page for news and updates. Due to the many events in Surfers Paradise there are times when the markets relocate or are held on a different day. 

The Village Markets

Village marketsThe Village Markets was only founded in 2008 but has become a favourite with the cool kids that live on the Gold Coast. It's an open air market space that sells unique art and fashion.

The team at Village Markets nurture emerging fashion designers, vintage collectors, jewellery designers, artists and the crafty by giving them a space to sell their beautiful (and well priced) goods. It offers market goers a brilliant day out with friends where you can talk to the artists and designers about their wares, catch some live music and enjoy gourmet food and drinks too.

Head on down and pick up something new and pretty to wear or to put in the home.

When: Every 1st & 3rd Sunday, from 8.30am - 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School Oval, Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

When: 4th Sunday of the month, 8am - 1pm
Where:  Paradise Point Park, Cnr The Esplanade & Ephraim Island Parade

Palm Beach Food & Farmers' Markets

Due to the popularity of the Turf Club Markets the team opened up Palm Beach's own Food & Farmers' Markets so the locals on the other end of the Gold Coast could enjoy the bounty. Each Saturday there are 80 stallholders selling a wonderful array of fresh fruit and vegies, seafood, poultry, honey, pickles, jams, fresh flowers and the list continues. If you're planning a picnic or a dinner party it is a great place to go to pick up fresh produce that everyone will enjoy. There's also lots of stalls offering hot jam donuts, gelato, pita breads, pies and pastries and something for every sweet tooth out there.

When: Every Saturday, 6am - 11am
Where: Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

Carrara Markets

Carrara Markets are a Gold Coast institution and are enormously popular with locals and tourists looking for a bargain. Stroll throughout over 500 diverse stalls offering beauty products, tools, shoes, fishing gear, candles, plants, toys and there's even a tattoo studio. There really is something for everyone! The market opens before 7am with a delicious breakfast, later in the day after a busy day of bargain hunting you can pick up fresh donuts, soft drinks, a cold beer and even fresh food to take home for the night's dinner. There is quality entertaining while you shop with face painting, pony rides, animal farm and merry-go-round. The markets offer a courtesy bus which only costs $1 for pick up and return so combined with free admission it really is a cheap, fun day out for the whole family!

When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Where: Corner Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara

Turf Club Food & Farmers' Markets

The Turf Club Markets are the biggest and the best Farmers' Markets on the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Turf Club is only 5 minutes from Surfers Paradise and maintain a reputation for only selling quality produce. At these markets you'll be enticed by delicious smells coming from over 80 stalls selling organic fruit and vegetables, meats, locally ground coffee, gluten free goodies, freshly baked bread and homemade jams. We recommend you hold off before you head to the markets as there are plenty of stalls offering ready made treats like churros, donuts, cupcakes, bakery favourites and delicious juices, coffee and tea.

When: Every Sunday, 6am - 11am
Where: Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Bundall

Other Markets on the Gold Coast

Marina Mirage Farmers' Markets
When: Every 1st & 3rd Saturday
Where: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Currumbin Valley Community Markets
When: Last Sunday of every month
Where: 1226 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley

Jacobs Well Bayside Tavern Markets
When: Last Sunday of each month, 7:30am to 1pm
Where: 1170 Pimpama Jacobs Well Rd, Jacobs Well 

Markets at the Wharf
When: Every Saturday
Where: Mariners Cove, 60 - 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Miami Organic Farmers' Markets
When: Every Sunday
Where: Miami State High School, 2137 - 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Miami Marketta Fresh Produce & Gourmet Food
When: Every Sunday
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami

Monaco Markets
When: Last Sunday of each month
Where: 'Monaco Centre' Cnr Rio Vista Boulevard & Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters

Mudgeeraba Farmers' Markets
When: 2nd & 4th Saturday
Where: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Cnr Mudgeeraba & Worongary Roads, Mudgeeraba

Nerang Fresh Produce & Craft Market
When: Every Sunday
Where: Lavelle Street, Nerang

Palm Beach Currumbin Markets
When: Every Saturday
Where: Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

Paradise Point Art & Craft Market
When: Every 4th Sunday
Where: The Esplanade Parklands, Paradise Point