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Gold Coast Markets

Amber | Presenter

When people think of the 'Gee Cee' they think beaches, theme parks and high rises. While these tourist attractions are certainly appealing… the real 'Gold Coast' can only be discovered by meeting its locals, sampling its produce and understanding its culture. Which is why the markets are a great place to start exploring this seaside city.

 

My top picks are:

The Village Markets

Where: Burleigh Heads State School
When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
Time: 8.30am to 1pm
Since its founding in 2008, The Village Markets has become a local favourite; even being named the 'Gold Coast's Best Market in 2015' according to the Bulletin. It has everything from men and women's fashion, to vintage clothing, high quality pop-up shops and handcrafted furniture - all created by the Coast's best emerging designers. If you're searching for that special 'one-off' you'll most likely find it here!

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Where: The Esplanade Surfers Paradise
When: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night
Time: 4pm to 9pm

These markets are the largest on the Coast, in arguably the most idyllic location. Set along the stunning Surfers Paradise shoreline, pictures of this stretch of sand are seen around the world. It's a great place for an evening stroll or someone searching for take-home souvenirs.

Bundall Farmers' Market

Where: The Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
When: Every Sunday
Time: 6am to 11.30am

Bright and early every Sunday, Gold Coasters grab their fresh food basket and head to the Arts Centre. With everything from locally produced fruit and vegetables, to meats, seafood, homemade breads and coffee - it's the perfect recipe for a relaxed Sunday morning.

Marina Mirage Farmers Markets

Where: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
When: Every Saturday undercover
Time: 7am to 11am

Not as large as some other Farmers Markets on the Coast, the Marina Mirage Markets still offer locals and visitors the opportunity to pick up some locally-produced goods. It's also a great excuse to catch up with friends and indulge in breakfast at the centre afterwards.
 

Chinatown Street Markets

Where: Young and Davenport Streets, Southport
When: 1st Saturday of the month
Time: 4pm - 10pm

Only new to Southport, the Chinatown Street Markets are great for those living on the northern-end of the Coast. It can best described as an, 'international food festival with a local flavour' providing cultural displays and local entertainment. Each month it continues to grow as more people discover it!
 

Carrara Markets

Where: Gooding Drive, Carrara
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 7am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)

For more than 30-years, the Cararra Markets have been a permanent fixture within the Gold Coast shopping scene. With more than 400 stalls, kids entertainment and shows it's a full-family day out.

Sanctuary Markets

Where: The Village Green, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
When: Every Friday night
Time: 4pm to 9pm

This is one for the whole family! With a strong focus on local and international foods, families love the Sanctuary Markets for its setting amongst some of the Coast's cutest and craziest creatures. Boasting the best in local entertainment, it's a fun Friday night for all.
 

Marketta Street Food

Where: Rabbit + Cocoon, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
When: Every Saturday night
Time: 4pm to 10pm

You could be mistaken for thinking you were in the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona or even New York City at the ultra-hip Marketta Street Food; as local food-stores serve up a mix of international cuisines.

Despite the multi-cultural flavour, there's a real local flair - with locally brewed beer, produce and entertainment. In fact, this night-market has become so popular that it's gone from a 'weekend-treat' to a 'mid-week meet' - opening both Friday and Saturday nights, as well as on Wednesday for tapas.

Miami Marketta Arts Creative

Where: Rabbit + Cocoon, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
When: Twice a month - the second and fourth Friday
Time: 5pm to 10pm

Same time, same place (as Marketta Street Food) - but twice a month Miami's Marketta takes a slightly different feel. As Gold Coast's most talented designers and artists utilise the Arts Creative to showcase their stuff. While food isn't the focus, there's still some fabulous finds.

 

NightQuarter

Where: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
When: Every Friday and Saturday
Time: 4pm to 10pm

NightQuarter is the Gold Coast's newest night markets with stacks of market stalls, street food and live music on offer every weekend. In addition to being one of the best music venues on the coast, they also create themed events all throughout the year, and above all, a great night out for the whole family.

 

Amber Wyatt

Amber Wyatt

Presenter

After completing her journalism degree Amber landed a gig in radio, before moving into television reporting both the news and weather for Channel Nine.

She has starred in TV commercials, taken on brand ambassador roles, been named in the Gold Coast’s sexiest list and pursued her love of travel; which has taken her half way around the world. All before winding up back on the Coast presenting and producing prestige property and lifestyle videos throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

These days, Amber stands on her own two feet - after securing multiple presenter, producer and brand ambassador opportunities with companies who's ethos align with her own. She still reports for Channel Nine and in her down time pursues her passion project ‘Amber Discovers’ - documenting her travels and adventures through social media and her website.

You can read more about Amber on her website: www.amberwyatt.com.au or follow her @amberdiscovers.

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