Where To Buy The Best And Freshest Seafood On The Gold Coast

Where To Buy The Best And Freshest Seafood On The Gold Coast

08 Dec 2023

For foodies, theres one glaring advantage to our coastal location - fresh and succulent seafood straight from the ocean. Here are some locally loved providers of prawns, bugs, crabs and delicious fish, as fresh as you can get. 


For the freshest seafood look no further than the Gold Coast Fisherman’s Co-op at Main Beach. They take prawns, fish and crabs from local fishing boats that arrive in early hours of the day from their night trawls and unload their bounty right there for you to buy straight off the boat. This means you could be buying something that has literally been pulled from the ocean only hours before; it doesn’t get any better than this, people!
Location: 168 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 


Looking for top-notch seafood on the Northern Gold Coast? Rise early and head to local’s favourite, the Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove for some of the freshest daily catches straight from the ocean. Green and cooked prawns, bugs and crabs are sold by the kilo and based on their reviews, you’ll certainly be coming back for more. The Sanctuary Cove Prawn Trawler docks every Saturday morning and sales start from 8.30am at G Pier Marina – check their Facebook page for other docking days. Be sure to get there early to avoid disappointment. 
Location: G Pier Marina, Santuary Cove, Hope Island


No list of this nature would be complete without the inclusion of this establishment. Peter’s Fish Market has quite the cult following among Gold Coast locals and for good reason. Situated very close to the Fisherman’s Cooperative at Main Beach, the market also prides itself on getting the best and freshest seafood there is going. Renowned for their incredible fish and chips, which is best enjoyed at the al fresco eating area out the front, with views over the Broadwater.
Location: 130 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach


Another super fresh supplier of some incredible seafood is Charis Seafoods in Labrador. The long-time family-owned business makes catering for a large gathering or event quite the breeze. They offer well-priced seafood platters and whole ‘eskies’ with an array of the ocean’s best; perfect for when the sun’s out and the family decide to drop by. And if you’d prefer to save your seafood feast for just two of you, then we won’t judge.
Location: 371 Marine Parade, Labrador


This family owned and operated seafood market has three fishing trawlers out at sea, working hard to bring in the freshest catch of fish, prawns, Balmain bugs, squid, octopus and more. From December 23rd at 6am Tasman Star Seafood Market is open for 36 hours non-stop trading so your Christmas feasting can feature some succulent seafood and fish dishes. 
Location: 20 Casua Dr, Varsity Lakes


Boutique fishmonger, Miami Fish Market, is the hottest place in town for fresh seafood with the most incredible display of responsibly sourced delights straight from the sea. Pull up a stool and tuck into freshly shucked Pacific oysters drizzled with their signature vinaigrette and masterfully sliced sashimi from the oyster and sashimi bar; peruse the cabinets brimming with local delicacies and daily specials; and grab a few gourmet goods to accompany your seafood spread. Open daily.
Location: 1/54 Paradise Ave, Miami 

And there you have it. At great prices and killer seaside locations, look no further than the Gold Coast for some of the best and freshest seafood that money can buy.

Alex Mitcheson
Alex Mitcheson

Alex is often found battling the crowds for a few waves somewhere on the Coast. When he's not salty and covered in zinc, his passions are reading rock 'n' roll biographies, finding fine food and damn good wine. Originally from Northumberland, England, he has enjoyed writing for a slew of travel and lifestyle publications nationally and internationally — but still cannot believe he gets to call the Gold Coast home. Find Alex on Instagram: @alexmitcheson


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