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22 Of The Gold Coast’s Best Markets To Browse In September

By Isabel Croker
8th Sep 2021

Spring has sprung, and with it comes a renewed spring in our step as we pack our reusable bags and head off to our favourite markets. As the temperature begins to rise, so does our desire to get out and satisfy our market-trawling cravings. As we all know, September is prime market season—from the warm weather, to the fresh flowers in bloom and the early morning sunrises, nothing screams ‘it’s time for the markets’ quite like September does.

The local markets are the perfect spot to stock up on locally-grown, fresh produce, snag a unique handmade gift and feel totally smug that you’re up early on a weekend. Thankfully, we are blessed on the Gold Coast with an abundance of markets that will satisfy all your market-trawling cravings.

We’ve made your September a whole lot sweeter and rounded up the best food, twilight, fashion and artisan markets happening on the Gold Coast this month.

Twilight Markets

CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY NIGHT MARKET

If you’re looking for things to do this Friday, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Market is where it’s at. Soak up the great atmosphere as you traipse around undercover in the lush sanctuary, bop your head to live music and grab a drink or two at the bar. Entry’s free, so hop to it.

When: Every Friday, from 4pm to 9pm

Where: Village Green of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

For more information, click here.

MIAMI MARKETTA

Our love affair with Miami Marketta started a long time ago and it’s not finishing any time soon. This iconic local gem is held every Friday and Saturday night (and on a smaller scale on Wednesdays) and pulls together some of the best ethnic food stalls from across the Coast. Pair it with an electric vibe, a revolving roster of toe-tapping bands and DJs, multiple cocktail bars, a dessert hall, fashion stalls and a buzzing family-friendly crowd, and you’ve got one of the best markets on the Gold Coast.

When: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 5pm to 8pm 

Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami 

For more information, click here.

SURFERS PARADISE BEACHFRONT MARKETS

Great for an early evening stroll, between your beach dip and dinner at a nearby restaurant, Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets have got to be your go-to this weekend. Held Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during the summer, wander the foreshore and discover local fashion and handmade goods, with a side of ocean breezes. From artisan delights to handmade foodie gifts and kid-friendly goodies, you’re spoilt for choice at these balmy twilight markets.

When: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 4pm to 9pm

Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

For more information, click here.

Produce Markets

ORGANIC GOLD COAST FARMERS MARKET

Do you get depressed when picking through the tiny all-organic veggie offerings at the local Woolies? Well, you’ll find mindful foodie nirvana at the Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market. Popping up at Miami State High School every Sunday morning, this super chill market stocks, you guessed it, nothing but sustainably sourced, spray and chemical-free produce. 

When: Every Sunday, from 6am to 11:30am

Where: Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

For more information, click here.

BURLEIGH FARMERS MARKET

If community vibes and homemade chutneys are your weekend jam, then trot along to the Burleigh Farmers Markets on any given Saturday from 7am until noon, where an abundance of farm-fresh produce sits amongst flower pop-ups, collectables and international street food stalls. Clear your afternoon post-visit, you’ll be in the stay-at-home-and-bake-apple-strudel kind of mood.

When: Every Saturday, from 6:30 am to 12pm

Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

For more information, click here.

MARINA MIRAGE FARMERS MARKET

On a Saturday morning, check out the quaint Marina Mirage Farmers Market. From traditional Portuguese tarts to French savoury crepes, there’s a treat for every taste bud. Handmade local arts and crafts are a highlight and best of all, the entire market is undercover so rain, hail or shine, they will go ahead. While you sip coffee and inhale a freshly-baked croissant, mosey on down to the marina for the real show—rows and rows of million-dollar boats.

When: Every Saturday, from 6:30am to 12pm

Where: Marina Mirage, Main Beach

For more information, click here

CURRUMBIN COMMUNITY MARKETS

Strategically located at the entrance to Currumbin’s fertile valley—meaning a shorter distance from source to market—Currumbin Community Market is certain to become your mid-week ritual. Fill your basket with organic fruits and veggies, meats, jams and baked goods, then stay for the breezy live music, picnic blanket hangs and activities for the little tots.

When: Every Thursday, from 7am to 11am

Where: Opposite Currumbin RSL, Currumbin Creek Road

For more information, click here.

BUNDALL FARMERS’ MARKET

One of the Gold Coast’s biggest and most popular weekly farmers’ markets, Bundall Farmers’ Market truly is a foodie’s paradise. With more than 80 stallholders dishing up an amazing array of artisan brekkies and farm-fresh food, it’s the perfect place for your weekly shop. So if you want your house stocked with fresh, healthy food, this is where you should be heading this weekend.

When: Every Sunday, from 6am to 11:30am

Where: 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

For more information, click here.

MARKETS IN THE MEADOW

The perfect place for your weekly shop to buy the freshest produce, directly from the grower, Markets In The Meadow is on every Sunday and is a foodie’s dream. The friendly local vendors are always busy serving up food, coffee, sweets, plants, flowers and giftware, so it’s definitely not your usual produce market. Grab your reusable bags, check your shopping list and get out there.

When: Every Sunday, from 6am to 11:30am

Where: Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Dr, Bundall

For more information, click here.

PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN FARMERS MARKET

A weekly must-do on any Palm Beach or Currumbin dwellers’ weekend social calendar, the Palm Beach Currumbin Farmers Markets is one of the best farmers markets on the Gold Coast. This well-patronised market has truckloads of local, leafy, tasty things to eat, so if you’re in charge of the BBQ salad this weekend, make sure you stop here. This is also a plastic bag-free market, so BYO reusable vessels to carry your goodies. 

When: Every Saturday, from 6am to 11:30am

Where: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

For more information, click here.

HELENSVALE FARMERS MARKET

This northern Gold Coast market has everything you need—and plenty you don’t, but you want anyway. From fresh fruit and veg to flowers and, of course, street food stalls; you’ll love the leafy surrounds, cruisy live music and no-frills local vibe of the weekly gathering at the Helensvale Farmers Market.

When: Every Saturday, from 6am to 11am 

Where: Helensvale State High School, 243 Discovery Drive, Helensvale

For more information, click here.

Lifestyle Markets

STREET FOOD MARKET

Word on the street: a new street food night market is kicking off every week and this month is their opening event! Yes, we are THAT excited. KDV Sports will be hosting a brand new street food night market every Saturday, which will be full of delicious food trucks, live music, a kids area, mini golf and a climbing wall to keep the little ones entertained. Now that’s what we call family friendly. Bonus: this night market is pet friendly so you can bring your fur baby along to join in the foodie fun. 

When: Saturday 18 September, from 4pm to 10pm

Where: KDV Sport, 221 Nerang Broadbeach Road, Carrara

For more information, click here.

FROCKARAMA

A one-day fashion event bursting with new and preloved clothing, live DJs and some epic bargains? Yep, we’re listening. Frockarama is Carrara Market’s most loved recycled fashion event, which boasts an awesome lineup of stalls bursting with clothing, shoes and accessories, where you’re sure to score a penny pinchin’ bargain. With over 100 sellers, you’re spoilt for choice and may literally ‘frock til you drop’. Round up the girls, enjoy a drink at the Sirromet Wine Bar and snag some too-good-to-be-true deals.

When: Sunday 26 September, from 9am to 2pm

Where: Corner of Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara

For more information, click here.

HOPE ISLAND STREAT FEAST

Northern friends, listen up. No more do you have to make the long journey down south for some prime market-trawling ‘cause an epic street food market is coming to you this month. This September, Hope Island Tavern is hosting the Hope Island StrEAT Feast, which will be set on the green with live music, exotic world food flavours, an array of market stalls and pop up outdoor bar. Now that’s a jam-packed lineup. Bring the whole family and soak up the ambience at this sweet market set up under twinkling lights. 

When: Saturday 18 September, from 4pm to 9pm

Where: Hope Island Tavern, 87-97 Broadwater Avenue, Hope Island

For more information, click here.

MUMS & BUBS MARKET

This wholesome market is turning eight years old this month and is all about celebrating Gold Coast mums in business. We’re here for it. If you’re a local mum doing your thing with your own small business, this market is for you—and there are no stallholder fees, so it’s a win-win. Come along and show your support by shopping small and supporting locals at the Mums & Bubs Market Day in Currumbin. There will be loads of rack sales, handmade stalls, giant bubble play for the kiddies and barista made coffee to caffeinate those tired mummas. 

When: Saturday 25 September, from 10am

Where: 5 Queensbury Avenue, Currumbin Waters

For more information, click here.

GOLD COAST FASHION MARKET

There’s nothing quite like snagging some gorgeous pre-loved clothing for a bargain and we’ve got you covered, with the Gold Coast Fashion Market hitting Coolangatta this month. Get the girls together for a fabulous shop-’til-you-drop afternoon, where you're guaranteed to snatch some awesome deals with thousands of clothes, shoes and accessories up for grabs. If you’ve got some goodies to sell, you can also sign up to sell your wardrobe (and make a pretty penny while doing it). Sustainable fashion is IN this year.

When: Saturday 25 September, from 9am to 1pm

Where: Coolangatta State School, Stapylton Street, Coolangatta

For more information, click here.

THE GOLD COAST VEGAN MARKETS

What better way to spread the feel-good vibes than a day of cruelty-free shopping with your loved ones? Since arriving on the Coast last year, the Gold Coast Vegan Markets have become a much-loved favourite and the regular crowds of patrons are testament to their popularity.  Feast on delicious plant-based food and listen to chilled-out tunes while browsing the array of funky vegan stalls. With plenty of stalls and food trucks to keep you busy, the vegan markets will be your one-stop shop for making the world a better place.

When: Sunday 12 September, from 9am to 3pm

Where: Southport State School, 215 Queen St, Southport

For more information, click here.

COOMERA COUNTRY MARKET

Looking for a funky market to browse on the north end of time? Don’t worry, the good peeps at Coomera Country Market have got you covered. This well-patronised market is a godsend to our northern friends—they’re spoiled with an impressive range of boutique gifts, funky knick-knacks and scrumptious food stalls. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly so bring your furry friend down and share a dog-friendly ice cream! Sounds like our kind of Sunday morning.

When: Sunday 12 September, from 8am to 1pm

Where: Coomera State School, Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera

For more information, click here.

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN STATE SCHOOL MARKETS

Tamborine Mountain is just a short drive from the Coast, but with lush rainforests, misty valleys and vintage shops, it seems like a different world. Make the trip to this stunning slice of paradise when you visit the Tamborine Mountain State School Markets and experience authentic local Tambo life. Up to 130 stalls fill the wonderfully diverse markets on the last Sunday of every month and attract flocks of locals and tourists alike. Browse all things country, with handcrafted goodies, homegrown produce and eclectic homewares galore, then soak up the cruisy vibes while listening to the tunes of local musicians.

When: Sunday 26 September, from 7am to 1pm

Where: Tamborine Mountain State School, Corner of Long and Curtis Roads, Tamborine Mountain

For more information, click here.

THE VILLAGE MARKETS

One of our favourite Gold Coast markets and the perfect place to pick up a unique homegrown gift are the iconic The Village Markets. Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking away with an empty wallet with the likes of ceramics, homewares, bohemian linen threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products and so much more. 

When: Sunday 19 September, from 8:30am to 1pm

Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

For more information, click here.

CARRARA MARKETS

One of the most well-loved and iconic markets on the Coast, the Carrara Markets are rightfully hailed as a bargain hunter's paradise. Claiming the title of Australia’s permanent largest marketplace, they boast over 400 market stalls, food vans and attractions. Walk-in butterfly house, anyone? The markets are a must-see tourist attraction and if you’re a local who hasn’t ventured there yet, what are you doing? Get onto it! 

When: Every Saturday and Sunday, from 7am to 3pm

Where: Corner of Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara

For more information, click here.

HOPE ISLAND MARINA MARKETS

The northern Gold Coast seems to be in short supply of funky markets, so when one pops up, you check it out. We love everything about the Hope Island Marina Markets—from unique artisan gifts to fashionable clothes, stunning flower displays and adorable knick knacks you didn’t know you needed (but definitely do), there’s something for everyone. This boutique pop up market is positioned on the stunning Marina waterfront, so have a wander and grab a coffee at one of the gorgeous nearby cafes. 

When: Sunday 19 September, from 9am to 1pm

Where: Hope Island Shopping Centre, 10 Santa Barbara Road, Hope Island

For more information, click here.

Got your market-hopping fix? If you’ve satisfied your market-trawling cravings on the Gold Coast, we reckon it’s time you load up the car and make tracks to Brisbane. This month, Brisbane has a next-level lineup of events hitting the city—we’ve done you a favour and rounded up the best Brisbane events worth the road trip this September.

Image credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Urban List

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