The Gold Coast is not just the best place in Australia for theme parks, surfing, and enjoying the beach. It’s also a sanctuary for shoppers. This international tourist destination offers a wide selection of markets for souvenirs, fashion items, arts and crafts, street food and local products. Check-out these top 5 markets of the Gold Coast.
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Located in 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami Marketta is an arts precinct hosting a variety of market stalls for locally produced goods. From quality leather products to art sketch galleries by artist residents, and specialty shops for artsy furniture and homewares. Visit the precinct on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday and experience the Marketta Street Food. The food stalls sell authentic delicacies from different countries and the vendors are different each day. Enjoy your food trip while listening to the live music on stage by some local bands or the community based radio station; Rabbit Radio. Also hosting weekly events like concerts, film screening and fashion shows, Miami Marketta never falls short of great entertainment.
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Carrara Markets is Australia’s largest marketplace. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 7 AM to 3 PM, it offers over 400 food and variety stalls and attractions. Are you looking for fruits and vegetables? Potted plants and flowers? Or maybe fashion items like shoes, bags and jewellery? Name it and Carrara Markets have it. The 24-acre market is home to a wide-array of fresh produce and local products.
Just a 10-15 minute drive from Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, the place is not only a popular Gold Coast shopping precinct for tourist and locals. It’s also a great family destination thanks to attractions like Luke’s Reptile Kingdom, Baby Animal Farm and Carrara Mini Golf.
The Village Markets
The Village Markets (TVM) was created in 2008 to provide a place for local designers and collectors to showcase products like clothing, art and homewares, furniture and handcrafted items. It aims to provide a sense of community for small businesses, artists, and musicians. Lineups of stalls, food trucks, live music and other events give shoppers a positive vibe in this local market. TVM opens every first and third Sunday of the month at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30AM to 1PM.
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‘A Festival Every Weekend’ is the tagline of NightQuarter Market in the suburb of Helensvale. Experience the precinct’s night market with live entertainment featuring Australia’s best local bands and musicians, performing on the music space called “The Poddock”. Enjoy the performances after your shopping from stalls selling locally handmade crafts, vintage collectibles, fashionable clothes and variety of food selections.
Also try some of NightQuarter’s food tours like Dessert Tour, Beer Tasting and Barbecue Cooking, and Backyard Grill Experience. By the way, NightQuarter is not only for adults, so don’t hesitate to bring your kids because they too can enjoy with Kid’s Carnival. Let them enjoy some wildlife fun, cooking classes, and a kids party.
NightQuarter is open every Saturday and Sunday from 4 PM to 10 PM and has an admission fee of $3. Although the place is a good 16 km north of Surfers Paradise, the experience is very well worth the travel time and money.
Another local market located at Burleigh Heads State School in Burleigh Heads, this is a must visit if you are looking for a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and other fresh produce. You can also buy locally made products from assortments of food, arrangements of plants and flowers, to collectible arts and crafts.
The Burleigh Markets is open every Saturday from 7 AM to 12 noon come rain or shine. Enjoy your weekend with best morning market with live performances of some local talents.
Make the most of your stay in the Gold Coast by stopping by any of these local markets. Just make sure to keep your budget in check, because it’s hard to leave these markets without your shopping bags full.