When it comes to our city’s eclectic market scene, there’s no shortage of local hubs to check out. Whether you’re fossicking for one of a kind fashion or wanting to fill your bags with fresh produce, here’s our top picks for your next market haul.
SURFERS PARADISE BEACHFRONT MARKETS
The Surfers Beachfront Markets are an institution, running for the past 23 years. Evening strollers can browse more than 120 stalls featuring mainly handmade or home-grown wares, while enjoying the live entertainment and beachfront location. “There are local artists, including a glassblower, who’ve been selling at the markets for years,” manager John Noble says. “We’ve got macaws and reptiles for tourists and we constantly refresh the stalls for locals.”
Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights from 4-9pm in June & July, and from 5pm in August through to May.
Where: Surfers Paradise Esplanade
Set on the Sanctuary’s Village Green, the Sanctuary Markets feature a slew of international street food trucks with live music from 5pm. Director Terri Askew says there’s no need to fear the elements, with undercover dining areas boasting aircon in summer and heating in winter. “It’s become a real locals’ meeting place for an end-of-week catch-up,” Terri says. With free off-street parking and free entry, the markets run every Friday (except Good Friday) from 4-9pm.
Where: Currumbin Sanctuary, corner Tomewin and Teemangum Streets, Currumbin
ART & CRAFT MARKETS
The Art and Craft on the Coast markets feature more than 150 stalls of handmade fashion, jewellery, homewares, skincare, food, plants and the creative wares of local arts and craftspeople. Many a tourist has snared a unique souvenir during the market’s 20-year history and locals enjoy browsing the stalls on their way to and from the beach. The Art and Craft markets’ are located at Coolangatta (every 2nd Sunday of the month), Burleigh Heads (every last Sunday of the month) and Broadbeach Markets are on the first and third Sunday of the month. Check them out between 8am-2pm.
Where: Broadbeach, Burleigh and Coolangatta
BUNDALL FARMERS MARKETS
HOTA comes alive on Sunday mornings as locals emerge to stock their pantries for the week ahead. There are more than 80 stalls manned at the Bundall Farmers Markets by local farmers, growers, producers and creators of fine artisan foods. As well as ticking off the food shopping, market-goers can take in breakfast or brunch, enjoy live music and wander the arts precinct, including the gallery, Evandale Lake and the children’s playground. Remember to bring your own bags as single-use plastic ones aren’t available on-site. The markets operate from 6–11.30am every Sunday.
Where: HOTA – Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall
THE VILLAGE MARKETS
From its humble beginnings as a boutique fashion market, The Village Markets has been the launching pad for a string of successful local labels including Peony Swimwear, KiVARI boho creations and designer pet outfitter Bones Society. TVM prides itself on its carefully curated selection of funky fashion, preloved and vintage clothing and homeware stalls, with food trucks, live music and its trademark relaxed Sunday vibe thrown in. Co-founder Marissa Bowden says she’s particularly proud the markets have morphed into a collaborative hub for emerging creative businesses over the past 10 years. Visit on the first and third Sunday of every month from 8.30am-1pm.
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh
PALM BEACH FARMERS’ MARKETS
This popular fresh-produce market, the Palm Beach Farmers’ Markets stars around 80 stalls selling organic, biodynamic and conventionally grown produce as well as meats, fish, breads, preserves, coffee, honey and other staples. Organiser Coralie Harris says the interaction between farmers and their customers is what makes the markets special. “It’s all about education and promoting the value of local, seasonal food,” she says. “That communication is such a big part of the experience.” The markets are on 6- 11.30am every Saturday.
Where: Palm Beach-Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
No list of Gold Coast markets would be complete without Queensland’s largest permanent market, Carrara Markets with more than 400 stalls covering four sprawling hectares. There’s almost no limit to what you can find – new and second-hand treasures, fashion, accessories, food, fresh produce, pots, plants, homewares, art, books, toys and collectibles. This is the original bargain hunters’ stamping ground. There are around 10 cafés on-site and attractions for kids, including mini golf, pony rides, jumping castle, bungee trampolines and face painters. Open weekends 7am-3pm.
Where: Gooding Drive, Carrara
GOLD COAST ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS
The Gold Coast Organic Farmers’ Markets is the Coast’s first organic-only growers’ market, providing guaranteed certified organically-grown produce. Find a wide selection of “picked yesterday” fruit and veg, herbs, coffee, teas, preserves, dry goods and cosmetics. There are also community stalls promoting environmental awareness and natural health. The markets are regularly visited by specialist vendors selling products such as organic clothing and even the rare as hens’ teeth, wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Open Sunday from 6-11.30am.
Where: Miami High School, 2137-2205 GC Highway, Miami
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