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Fill Your Basket At The Best Markets To Visit This October

By Brooke Darling
2nd Oct 2019

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Whether you’re after a gift for a friend, a bite to eat, or just a casual stroll and a browse, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for at one of the Gold Coast’s many local markets. There’s everything happening from early morning grower’s markets, to foodie heaven night markets and everything in between.

These are the best Gold Coast markets to hit up this October.

Twilight Markets

MIAMI MARKETTA

It’s a Friday or Saturday night and you’ve got no desire to cook dinner, but you’ve only got $20 in the kitty, so heading to your fave sit-down restaurant is a total stretch. So, what’s a hungry, not-keen-to-cook person to do? Two words—Miami Marketta. This long-established 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, revolving roster of toe-tapping bands and DJs, multiple cocktail bars, a dessert hall, creative stalls and a buzzing family-friendly crowd, and you’ve got one of the absolute best markets on the Gold Coast.

When: Every Wednesday (5pm to 9pm), Friday (5pm to 10pm) and Saturday (4pm to 10pm) 
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami 
For more information, click here.

SANCTUARY MARKETS AT CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 

Great for a delish and fast feed, this family-friendly night market is held in the space adjoining the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and is filled with international food tents and trailers. Keep this community feel-good market in mind, if a stroll followed by plenty of street eats sounds like your kind of way to end the perfect beach day.

When: Every Friday; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
For more information, click here.

BBQ BAZAAR

BBQ Bazaar is a warehouse in the middle of a Burleigh Heads industrial estate that’s been converted into a bustling marketplace, packed with stalls dishing up more barbecue-inspired eats than you could possibly poke a fork at. Burleigh's permanent night market is welcoming carnivores every Friday and Saturday evening; expect loads of food vendors serving finger-licking noms, a bar with a ‘wall of bourbon’, plus ample seating, a kid’s zone, a rotating line up of live music acts and more. 

When: Every Friday; 5pm to 10pm and Saturdays; 4pm to 10pm
Where: 18 Junction Road, Burleigh Heads
For more information, click here.

The Night Market At Carrara Markets 

Gold Coast’s OG markets are jumping aboard the night market bandwagon with their own installation of the weekend twilight market. Starting Friday 11 October, and every Friday and Saturday going forward, expect all the regular market vendors, plus ample street food options, pop-up bars, bands, buskers and fun for the whole family.   

When: Every Friday and Saturday night; 5pm to 9pm
Where: Carrara Markets, Corner Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara 
Cost: $3 entry (gives $4 redeemable voucher)
For more information, click here

THE GREEN MARQUEE ECO TWILIGHT MARKETS 

At The Green Marquee Eco Twilight Markets, expect all the feel-good community vibes as you wander around market stalls adorned with handmade jewellery, textiles, ceramics, vegan skincare, hanging plants, pre-loved clothing; plus delish food trucks, live music to get you grooving, fresh produce from Ground Grocer, coffee and cakes from Pasture & Co., activities for the kids, plus local tipples from Black Hops, Balter and Ink Gin for the adults. BYO picnic blanket and settle in for one of our favourite Gold Coast markets. 

When: Saturday 12 October; 3pm to 8pm
Where: The Ecovillage, 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley
For more information, click here.

TWEED COAST EAT THE STREET MARKETS

Hosted by the busy crew at Gold Coast Design Collective Markets, Cinderah’s new night market will be loaded with friendly locals when it turns into an evening spring feasting destination. Expect some of the Tweed and Gold Coast’s best street food vendors plus a pop-up bar, live music, makers markets, inflatable fun for the kids and more. Entry is by gold coin donation. 

When: Saturday 12 October; 5pm to 8pm
Where: Tweed Super Sports Centre, 14-18 Chinderah Drive, Chinderah 
For more information, click here

Lifestyle Markets 

THE VILLAGE MARKETS

Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food at Gold Coast’s bi-monthly Sunday ritual, The Village Markets. 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 oh so much more. If you’re searching for one of the very best markets on the Gold Coast, you’ve come to the right place. 

When: Sunday 6 & 20 October; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
For more information, click here

NOBBY BEACH STREET FIESTA

Nobby’s first ever Street Fiesta will transform Nobby Beach’s dining precinct with buzzing entertainment, restaurant and pop-up street dining plus fabulous musical acts—celebrating all things Gold Coast with a Latin flair. Dine at any of the existing restaurants or spill out onto the streets where you can enjoy more dining options, including a bar and tapas pop-up from the team at Bine and a pop-up taco stand from Mexicali. 

When: Sunday 6 October; 2pm to 6pm
Where: Nobby Beach dining precinct, Gold Coast Highway
For more information, click here

MOUNT TAMBORINE COUNTRY MARKETS 

So, maybe you don’t need to stock up on polish for your horse saddle. And maybe your teapot isn’t in need of a new crochet jumper. But we challenge you to find a more uplifting market experience than the Mount Tamborine Country Market. Held in the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds on the second Sunday of every month, it’s the perfect excuse to take a country drive, gnaw on a cob of corn and pick up some homemade lemongrass and lavender soap.

When: Sunday 13 October; 7:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Corner Main Western Road and Bartle Road, Mount Tamborine
For more information, click here

MAVIS’ SPRING CELEBRATION AND KID’S MUSIC DAY

Amid the magical grounds of Mavis’ Kitchen and Cabins is where you’ll find one of the sweetest markets happening this October. At the fourth seasonal market of the year, expect a warm community atmosphere as you wander stalls selling freshly harvested goods, plus art, pottery and tasty things to eat and drink. Bring the kidlets to join the family music day with lessons, open mic sessions and more, then throw down your picnic rug and let the live music feed your soul. Those good vibes come for free. 

When: Sunday 13 October; 8:30am to 3:30pm
Where: Mavis’ Kitchen, 64 Mount Warning Road, Uki
For more information, click here

Unicorn Festival

From iced lattes and makeup palettes, to hair dye and inflatable pool toys—unicorn fever has literally swept the world. The Gold Coast has caught the glittery, rainbow bug too with the return of our very own Unicorn Festival at Carrara Markets. Not just for the kids, expect market stalls, craft workshops, selfie booths, glitter makeovers, alpacas, Insta-worthy treats and smiles galore. 

When: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October; 9am to 3pm
Where: Carrara Markets, 
For more information, click here

Vintage Rummage

Who doesn’t like a good vintage find? The gang at Thryft GC are a local charity thrift shop that sells everything for a fiver and then donates all proceeds to Pay A Sack Forward, who create shelter packs for local homeless. That’s serious good vibes. Among vintage fashion finds, the incredible Lily Budiasa will be singing and Mo’s new desert bar ‘The Snakepit’ will be open to keep you going.

When: Sunday 27 October; 2pm to 5pm
Where: Mo’s Desert Club House, 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads 
Cost: Shopping fund
For more information, click here.

Produce Markets

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 vege, meats, jams and baked goods, then stay for the breezy live music, picnic blanket hangs and activities for the little tots.

When: Every Thursday; 7am to 11am
Where: Opposite Currumbin RSL, Currumbin Creek Road
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 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 vessel to carry your goodies. 

When: Every Saturday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
For more information, click here.

NEW 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; we love the leafy surrounds, cruisy live music and no-frills local vibe of this weekly gathering.

When: Every Saturday; 6am to 11am 
Where: Helensvale State High School, 243 Discovery Drive, Helensvale
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; 7am to noon
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
For more information, click here.

BUNDALL FARMERS MARKET

If you like your markets minus the hipsterness, Bundall Farmers Market is as down to Earth as they come. Held every Sunday in the grounds of HOTA (Arts Centre Gold Coast), we suggest hitting a coffee stall for a steaming brew before filling up your netted bags with fresh produce, baked goodies and everything picnic-worthy. 

When: Every Sunday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: HOTA (Arts Centre Gold Coast), 135 Bundall Road, Bundall
For more information, click here

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; 6am to 11:30am
Where: Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
For more information, click here.

Hamper loaded with fresh goodies from the best Gold Coast markets and nowhere to go? Check out these six beautiful picnicking spots and your weekend = sorted.  

Image credit: Hayley Williamson for Urban List

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