Gold Coast MarketsWeekend, Beachfront & Twilight Markets
Once upon a time, the Gold Coast was home to one marketplace; the Carrara Markets. Each weekend local market goers 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 among now dozens of markets lining the coast.
Gold Coast's market scene is as diverse as it is vast. Some community markets follow the philosophy that what one person considers trash, another might view as treasure, and others nurture the local arts, crafts and fashion scene.
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
Dreamworld Night Market
Expect fire twirlers, stuntmen, and live art that will elevate your Night Market experience. With Friday Art & Craft Markets, Paint & Sip Sessions, and changing lineups, the fun is endless. Opening June 10, join us every Friday and Saturday, 5 pm to 9 pm, for an exceptional experience.
While Dreamworld's rides are on rest, revel in the joy of good food, laughter, and entertainment. Entry is $2 for adults, free for kids under 13, and complimentary for Dreamworld Annual Passholders and existing Dreamworld guests.
When: Every Friday & Saturday night 5pm until 9pm.
Where: 1 Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera QLD 4209 (yes, at the Dreamworld theme park).
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
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays the Esplanade along the beach becomes a hive of activity with colourful stalls setting up for the twilight markets. The market ethos of make, bake or grow makes sure that the 100 market stalls sell quality local, handmade and homegrown products. Stroll by the beach and find unique gifts, fashion, interesting jewellery, artwork, photographs, handmade beauty products and one-of-a-kind homewares. It's a wonderful way to spend a summer's evening with the family.
When: Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 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 marketgoers a brilliant day out with friends where you can talk to the artists and designers about their wares, catch some live music and enjoy yummy food and drinks too.
Head on down and pick up something new and pretty to wear or handmade crafts 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
Food & Farmers' Markets
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.
Helensvale Farmer's Market
When: Saturday 6am-11am
Where: Helensvale State High School
Marina Mirage Farmers Markets
When: Saturday 6:30 am – 12:00noon
Where:74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
There is quality entertainment for the kids while you shop with face painting, pony rides, an animal farm and a merry-go-round. The markets offer a courtesy bus which only costs $1 for pick up and return so combined with free admission it is a cheap, fun day out for the whole family!
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Where: Corner Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara
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
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
Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images