Gold Coast MarketsWeekend, Beachfront & Twilight 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 (or moonlight, depending on which markets you choose to visit) and grab yourself a bargain at one of the markets listed below!
Art & Crafts Markets
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
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 come alive from 5pm 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 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: 5pm - 10pm
Where: Young and Davenport Streets, Southport
For more information visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/chinatown.
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
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
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 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
NightQuarter - New Location Coming Soon!
These night markets are like no other on the Coast; located just off the Pacific Highway across from the Helensvale Westfield shopping centre, you'll see a shipping container village home to an impressive myriad of micro-restaurants, food stalls, bars, games and boutique stores with a festival-like atmosphere that offers a great time for all ages.
Separated into distinct precints, you can take your pick from the wide range of eateries along Tapas Street, Hawker Street or High Street Food with dishes from literally all over the world. For a spot of shopping, NightQuarter presents The Alley, filled with designer homeware and unique crafts, Side Street which gives you an eclectic mix of services like a barber, psychic and massage, crossed with a number of bohemian stores, and finally High Street Fashion where you'll find a range of boutiques for women, men, and kids within the containers.
The entertainment precincts are another major drawcard, with The Backyard Bar & Barbeque remeniscent of a traditional Aussie shearing shed and outback pub where you can grab some food, a beer and listen to live music and watch the footy on the screen. Then there's The Paddock, which has been home to some pretty big acts sinces its inception. An undercover venue with both ticketed (once per month) and non-ticketed events, this area has a bar, VIP area, pool tables and a space to enjoy your food while listening to one of the local artists on stage.
Where: New Location Coming Soon!
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.
Palm Beach Food & Farmers' Markets
When: Every Saturday, 6am - 11.30am
Where: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
Mudgeeraba Farmers' Markets
When: Every Saturday, 6am - 11.30am
Where: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds - 115 Mudgeeraba Rd, Mudgeeraba.
Bundall Farmers' Markets
When: Every Sunday, 6am - 11.30am
Where: The Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall.
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 entertainment for the kids 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
Enjoy street food from all corners of the globe and live music at Miami Marketta, a night market experience not to be missed in the heart of the industrial area of Miami. Each week this market comes to life with international and local cuisine in a laneway full of food trucks and stalls. From New York to Thailand and everywhere in between, undercover seating plus bar with original cocktails, local beer and wine, and great music to give visitors a great night out. There's even a dessert hall filled with traditional gelato, crepes, cakes, slices and gluten free donuts!
When: Every Wednesday (5pm - 9pm), Friday (5pm - 11pm) and Saturday (4pm - 11pm)
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Other Markets on the Gold Coast
Cuisine on the Green
When: Every Saturday; 5pm to 9pm
Where: 1 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters
Currumbin Valley Harvest
When: Saturday & Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm
Where: 1380 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
Website: Facebook page
Gold Coast Organic Farmers' Market (Miami)
When: Every Sunday, 6.30am to 11,30am
Where: Miami State High School, 2137 - 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
Emerald Lakes Market
When: Thursdays, 3pm - 8pm
Where: The Boulevard, Emerald Lakes, Carrara QLD
Website: Facebook page
Marina Mirage Farmers' Markets
When: Every Saturday; 7am to 12pm
Where: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Nerang Fresh Produce & Craft Market
When: Every Sunday, 6.30am - 12pm
Where: Lavelle Street, Nerang
Paradise Point Art & Craft Market
When: Every 4th Sunday
Where: The Esplanade Parklands, Paradise Point
The Sanctuary Markets
When: Fridays, 4pm - 9pm
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Village Green, on the corner of Tomewin St & Teemangum St, Currumbin QLD
Website: Facebook page
Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images