Markets on the Gold Coast: Which Ones to Check Out
There are few better ways to spend a couple of hours than wandering around one of the Gold Coast’s local markets, stocking up on great things to eat, and browsing for vintage finds and cool craft items.
The growth of these open-air venues over the last few years mirrors the increasing interest in sourcing fresh and sustainably grown ingredients and finding ways of supporting small artisan producers and suppliers.
Here’s our low down on some of the best markets to visit on the Gold Coast.
Where: Bundall Racecourse
Time: 6am – 11am
The highly regarded weekly Farmers’ Markets at Bundall Racecourse is where locals and visitors alike go to stock up on fresh-from-the-field produce sold by the passionate producers who rear and grow it. Expect seasonal fruits and veggies, organic meats and dairy, breads, olive oil, and much more.
Where: Emerald Lakes Complex, The Boulevard, Carrara
Time: 3pm – 7pm
A great option for those who fancy some late afternoon shopping. In addition to all manner of local crafts, Emerald Lakes also offers hormone-free meats, free-range eggs, and wonderful seafood.
Where: Marina Mirage, 74 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach
When: Saturdays, undercover
Time: 7am – 11am
Located in the chic Marina Mirage precinct, these farmers markets are designed to take foodies on a journey all over the world, with delicious local smoked meats and cheeses as well as French pastries, Mexican empanadas, and gluten-free offerings.
Where: Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
Time: 6am – 11am
Great for those who follow a strictly organic diet, this market provides one of the most extensive ranges of fresh-from-the-farm produce, which is all guaranteed to be Certified Organically grown.
Arts, crafts, and food
Where: Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
Time: 8am – 2pm
It’s worth giving this a try for the setting alone, as Broadbeach Markets are located in the stunning Kurrara Park.
You’ll find about 150 stalls displaying contemporary jewellery, knits, unique fashion pieces, as well as offerings of mouth watering, freshly baked cakes, and biscuits.
Where: Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
When: Last Sunday of the month
Time: 8am – 2:30pm
The entrepreneurs behind these Village Markets are Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller, who started them when they were made redundant from their marketing jobs.
Seeing a gap in the market for stylish fashion wear, the first of their markets opened in 2008 with just nine stalls. They’ve grown a lot since then. Today you’ll find over a hundred stalls with work by established names as well as talented young designers.
Where: Rabbit + Cocoon, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
When: Every Friday and Saturday nights
Time: 5pm – 10pm Fridays and 4pm – 10pm Saturdays
Not so much a market and more of an event with creative stall holders selling funky fashion and daring art, as well as a variety of food and drink outlets, from tapas to Dutch pancakes.
There’s also live music from 6:45pm, and as the sun goes down, fairly lights come on to enhance the slightly magical feel of the whole place.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Marina Parade, Coolangatta
When: 2nd Sunday of the month and 4th Sunday every 5 months
Time: 8am – 2:30pm
This is the perfect way to spend a leisurely Sunday morning in a beautiful setting, right on the beachfront at Coolangatta. You’ll find locally made crafts as well as homemade preserves and all manner of delicious baked goods.
Where: Upper Coomera State College, Reserve Road, Upper Coomera
When: 13 September and 8 November
Time: 9am – 12pm
The name says it all; this market offers pre-loved bargains for those looking after babies and toddlers. It’s an ideal place to sell items like car seats, toys, and clothes that your kids have outgrown or lost interest in, and stock up on what you think you’ll need for their next phase of childhood. New items are also available on some stalls.
Where: Sanctuary Cove, Masthead Way, Hope Island
When: 24 October and 12 December
Time: 9am – 1pm
Don’t be put off by the name, everyone is welcome here and not just mothers. These markets specialise in offering hard to find and original products to take you through pregnancy straight to adulthood. These include kids’ clothing, lovely handmade toys, jewellery, and objects for the home. There are also competitions, entertainment, and some great gourmet food on offer.
Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
When: Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Another venue with a great setting, these markets are held on the Surfers Paradise foreshore. You can find great bargains amongst the huge number of stalls offering everything from artworks to homewares.
Where: Gooding Drive, Carrara
When: Saturdays and Sundays
Time: 7am – 4pm
The motto of this 10 acre market is With 400 stalls, we have more of absolutely everything! And this couldn’t be more accurate. Whether you need to stock up on discounted produce for your pantry, find plants for the garden, or buy new pots and pans for your kitchen, Carrara has it all. There’s also clothing, souvenirs, and just about everything else you can imagine too.
With the arrival of spring, why not take advantage of some of the Gold Coast’s great markets? They’re an awesome resource, whether you’re seeking lovely seasonal produce, plants for the garden, a new outfit, or a unique piece of art for your home.