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23 Of The Best Gold Coast Markets To Browse In August

By Isabel Croker
1st Aug 2022

There's no doubt the Gold Coast has a love-hate relationship with winter. Hot chocolates, cosy sleep-ins and curling up around a fire? Yes please. Freezing beach days, sunset at 4pm and never leaving home without a jacket? Not so much. However, we are massive fans of a good winter market—rugging up in UGG boots, with a hot coffee in hand while grabbing some prime fresh produce and boutique finds. This month is officially the last month of winter so we're definitely going to soak up the last of the winter market goodness.

We’re embracing our love affair with markets and shopping local this month and stocking up on some great winter finds. Grab your reusable bags, slip on your Birks (or UGGs, if you get cold) and satisfy your market-trawling cravings with 23 of the Gold Coast’s best markets in August.

Twilight Markets

Moonlight Night Market

If you’re partial to a bit of street food and love a twilight foodie market, listen up. The Moonlight Night Markets at Dreamworld are the Gold Coast’s newest night markets, opening on the northern end of the GC in June this year. The twilight markets are packed with unreal street food, sip-worthy drinks and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night, from 5pm to 9pm. Best of all, entry is just $2 or free for children under 13 years old. Now that’s ticking all the boxes.

When: Every Friday and Saturday, from 5pm to 9pm

Where: Dreamworld, Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera

For more information, click here.

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: Every 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.

HOTA Farmers Markets

One of the Gold Coast’s biggest and most popular weekly farmers’ markets, HOTA 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.

Racecourse Markets

The perfect place for your weekly shop to buy the freshest produce, directly from the grower, the Racecourse Markets are on every Sunday and they are truly a foodie’s dream. After a six-month hiatus, their grand re-opening will kick off on Sunday 7 August and you can expect the gorgeous family-friendly (and pet-friendly) markets to be packed with locals who have missed these sweet markets, for good reason. The friendly local vendors are always busy serving up food, coffee, sweets, plants, flowers and giftware, so it’s definitely not just your usual produce market. Grab your reusable bags, check your shopping list and get out there.

When: Every Sunday, from 6am to 12pm

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

Lifeline Bookfest

Bookworms, this one’s for you. Due to popular demand, the Lifeline Bookfest will hit the Carrara Markets for not one, but two colossal weekends. From Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 August and Saturday 13 to Sunday 12 August, Carrara Markets will be transformed into a book lover’s dreamland with thousands of second-hand books for sale at cheeky bargain prices. At the Lifeline Bookfest, books will start from just 50 cents and there will be almost every genre you can imagine for sale, so you’re sure to scoop up page-turning reads.

When: Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 August; Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August, from 8am to 3pm

Where: Carrara Markets, Cnr Manchester Road & Gooding Drive, Carrara

For more information, click here.

Paws At The Park

Being a full-time paw-rent is a big responsibility that we take very seriously. Which is why we have to attend Australia’s largest dog event of its kind, Paws At The Park this month. It’s our duty. Voted as the Best Annual Dog Market Event in Australia in 2022 and Queensland's Best Doggie Day Out, there's a reason why thousands of dog lovers (and their dogs) flock to Paws At The Park. This sweet doggie market showcases the best of the Gold Coast and Brisbane’s dog products and services, with free entry to over 100 doggie related stalls, food trucks, music, demonstrations, competitions like ‘Best Dressed and ‘Best Trick’, off-lead play areas and an AWLQ raffle supporting their incredible charity partner, the Animal Welfare League QLD.

When: Saturday 27 August, from 9am to 3pm

Where: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Mudgeeraba Road 

For more information, click here.

The QLD Vegan Markets

​​What better way to spread the feel-good vibes than a day of cruelty-free shopping with your loved ones? The Queensland Vegan Markets are 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 at Broadwater Parklands, the vegan markets will be your one-stop shop for making the world a better place. Bonus: they’re dog friendly so you can bring your fur baby along to join in the fun.

When: Sunday 14 August, from 9am to 3pm

Where: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport

For more information, click here.

Paradise Point Art And Craft Market

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 Paradise Point Art and Craft Market—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. On the fourth Sunday of every month, this boutique pop up market is positioned on the stunning Paradise Point Esplanade, so have a wander and grab a coffee at one of the gorgeous nearby cafes. 

When: Sunday 28 August, from 8am to 2pm

Where: Esplanade North Park, Paradise Point Parklands, Paradise Point

For more information, click here.

Canungra Village Markets

Nestled in the gorgeous country town of Canungra, you escape the Coast’s hustle and bustle with a short trip to this quaint market and you sure won’t leave empty handed. At the Canungra Village Markets, the kids are spoilt for choice with pony rides, an animal farm, a jumping castle and face painting, while you can spend hours wandering around the stalls which boast unique gifts, handmade goodies, plants and funky fashion. On the second Sunday of every month, you can grab a bargain with some farm-fresh produce and your Sunday plans are all sorted.

When: Sunday 14 August, from 8am to 12pm

Where: Moriarty Park Hall, Monarch Drive, Canungra

For more information, click here.

Coomera Country Market

Looking for a unique gift or handmade knick knack or just a collectable that’s a little bit different? 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 on the second Sunday of every month—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 this month and share a dog-friendly ice cream to spread the feel-good market vibes.

When: Sunday 14 August, 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 28 August, 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. On the first and third Sunday of every month, you can 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 7 & 21 August, from 8:30am to 1pm

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

For more information, click here.

Yatala Drive In Boot Bargains Market

Who doesn’t love a cheeky bargain? For all our thrifty penny pinchers out there, you need to head to the Yatala Drive-In on the third Sunday of every month to score deals at Yatala’s Boot Bargain Markets. Vintage clothing, accessories, knick knacks and even fresh produce will be filling up car boots and beckoning you to snag a bargain. With all your leftover coins, you can afford to treat yourself at the retro 1950s diner.

When: Sunday 21 August, from 6am to 12pm

Where: Yatala Drive-In, 100 Jacob Wells Road, Yatala

For more information, click here.

Beechmont Markets

The Beechmont Markets tick every box with breathtaking views, fresh local produce, homemade goods, plants, arts and crafts, a lush community garden, live music, yoga classes and much more. Yeah, they’ve got the goods. On the third Sunday of every month, jump in the car and enjoy a meandering road trip out to Beechmont but make sure to pack a picnic rug, so you can grab your market goodies and soak up the views. Doggos on leashes are also welcome, so no one has to miss out.

When: Sunday 21 August, from 8am to 1pm

Where: 1835 Beechmont Road, Beechmont

For more information, click here.

Hope Island Marina Markets

Our northern friends can thank their lucky stars they have another gorgeous market making its mark on the Northern GC. Held on the third Sunday of every month, this boutique-style artisan market is located along the beautiful Hope Island Marina Boardwalk and boasts an array of boutique shops, market stalls and live music. 

When: Sunday 21 August, from 9am to 1pm

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

For more information, click here.

We love that the markets are one of the cheapest ways to get your fresh produce, so if you're also looking to save your pennies, check out our delicious lineup of the Gold Coast's best cheap eats.

Image Credit: Art And Craft on the Coast

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