Art & Design

All The Best Markets To Visit This August

By Brooke Darling - 30 Jul 2017

best markets on the gold coast

Just admit it — shopping is way more fun when it involves street food, live music and bargains from local producers, designers and creatives. Which is why we’re lovers of the humble market. 

And thankfully, unlike our tans, the best markets on the Gold Coast aren’t going anywhere this winter. So, rug up and grab your groceries, fashion buys and Aunty Nelly’s birthday pressie, thanks to this all-in-one hitlist.

Take your pick of all the best markets on the Gold Coast worth visiting this August!

We live for cute market finds (mostly so we can boast about them to our friends). 

Paws At The Park

Dog lovers unite! Paws At The Park, a whole market dedicated to your fave four-legged friends, is coming to the Gold Coast to melt your heart and give you all of the warm and fuzzies. For one day only, Mudgeeraba Showgrounds will transform into a total puppy paradise with over 60 stalls showcasing the likes of locally made dog and pet products, demos, talks, Insta-famous pooch appearances, best dressed and best trick competitions, and an off-leash play area so you can cuddle and stay all morning. Plus, our favourite yogi Michelle from Hot Tropical Yoga will be hosting Doga (AKA dog yoga)… naw cute!

When: Saturday 5 August; 9am to 1pm
Where: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, 115 Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba 

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 threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products, babies wear so adorable your ovaries will burst, and oh so much more. Are you searching for one of the very best markets on the Gold Coast? Well, you’ve come to the right place. 

When: Sunday 6 August and Sunday 20 August; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

The Green Marquee Eco Markets

Finding an ideal home in the welcoming arms of the Currumbin Ecovillage in the lush Currumbin Valley, The Green Marquee Eco Markets is all about bringing together creators and doers who go above and beyond in the sustainability stakes. Expect all the feel-good community vibes as you wander around market stalls adorned with reclaimed timber furniture and artefacts, to handmade jewellery, organic baby accessories, textiles, ceramics, vegan skincare, hanging plants, farm fresh produce and natural ice creams; plus delish food trucks, live music, Eco Explorer activities for the kids and wholefoods cooking workshops for the adults. Bless! 

When: Saturday 12 August; 8:30am to 1:30pm
Where: The Ecovillage, 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley

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 August; 7:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Corner Main Western Road and Bartle Road, Mount Tamborine 

Hide & Seek Children’s Market

A brand new children’s market offering, we’ve been told to expect beautifully crafted clothing and accessories, decor, toys, furnishings, family photographers, doulas and oh so much more. Stallholders are handpicked, with an emphasis on those using quality materials and goods that are ethically produced. Adding to the whimsical family-friendly atmosphere at Hide & Seek, there will be yummy food trucks with eats for both the big and little kids, live music, story telling and kids crafts activities headed up by the loveable Rach of The Craft Parlour. 

When: Saturday 26 August; 9am to 1pm
Where: Miami State High School, 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami 

Nostalgia & Retro Pop Up Picnic 

Running in conjunction with the annual Canungra Show, pull out your picnic blanket and retro threads for an all-day fiesta celebrating classic cars and bikes, vintage machinery, market stalls, dance and all things rockabilly. You’ll just need to swing the $15 entry fee that gets you into both the annual country show (hello, carnival rides!) and the vibing picnic soiree.   

When: Saturday 26 August; 9am to 6pm
Where: Moriarty Park, Monarch Drive, Canungra 

Robina Farmers, Designer & Street Eat Sundays 

Another pop-up project by the GC Design Collective team, we sense this new community market is going to be a beauty. Launching late August, the Robina Farmers, Designer & Street Sunday Markets (basically, all of your favourite things), is being toted as a test event. So, residents from Robina and surrounds, that’s your cue to come with your bells on to ensure it becomes a permanent fixture!

When: Sunday 27 August; 8am to 2pm 
Where: Robina State School, Killarney Avenue, Robina

Late-night shopping and eating = hell yes! 

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, fashion 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 11pm) and Saturday (4pm to 11pm) 
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami 

Chinatown Street Markets 

Kicking off a busy month of market hopping, dig your teeth into some delicious Asian street food at Southport’s monthly Chinatown Street Markets. This tasty ethnic precinct is really getting its hustle and bustle on, and is a fun (not to mention drool-worthy) way to celebrate our multi-cultural community. 

When: Saturday 5 August; 5pm to 9pm
Where: Davenport and Young Streets, Southport 

Never.Ever.Studio Laneway Night Market

If this market doesn’t sound familiar, it’s probably because it only first popped up in June. This sporadic but delightful designer sample and vintage rummage market is hosted inside Mermaid’s new photographic and styling space, Never.Ever.Studio, and coordinated by Laneway Official. Check it out for seriously good pre-loved fashion finds, laneway films, food truck eats, live music and a hip crowd—all under twinkling lights.  

When: Friday 11 August; from 6pm 
Where: 3/5 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach

LC Sundays Vegan Night Market

Given the resounding popularity, Gold Coast’s adorable new and socially conscious vegan market has just expanded to bi-weekly! Lovechild Place’s LC Sundays night market will bring the plant-loving vibes to August, again gathering together various vegan vendors selling treats that’ll make any foodie weak in the knees. Add to that, DJs tunes, animal product-free fashion threads, plants, flowers and all the warm and fuzzy feels. 

When: Sunday 13 & 27 August; 4pm to 9pm 
Where: 1/2436 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 

NightQuarter

Everybody has to go to Helensvale’s NightQuarter at least once. Why? Because this vacant lot turned buzzing night marketplace really is something else. Held every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm, it brings together ridic food and drink stalls (do NOT eat dinner before you get here), dessert carts, boutique creative retailers and musicians, all in a well-organised jumble of up-cycled shipping containers. Let it be said though, that this night market gets packed. As in PACKED, packed. So, bring $3 coinage for entry, your lazy weekend mood and just go with the flow. 

When: Every Friday and Saturday night; 4pm to 10pm 
Where: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale 

Sanctuary Markets 

Great for a delish and fast feed, this family-friendly 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 night; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin  

Naturally, producing all the yummy goods.

Palm Beach 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 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

Burleigh Farmers Market 

If hay barrels 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 morning; 7am to noon
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Helensvale Farmers Market

An oldie but a goodie, 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, loads of street food stalls, we love the leafy surrounds, cruisey live music and no-frills local vibe of this weekly gathering.

When: Every Saturday; 6am to 11:30am 
Where: Helensvale High School, Helensvale Road, Helensvale

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 the Arts Centre Gold Coast, we suggest hitting a coffee stall for a steaming brew before filling up your netted bags with fresh produce, jams and pickles, baked goodies and everything picnic-worthy. Then, use this picnic spot list to find the perfect posi to lay down your rug and brunch.

When: Every Sunday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall

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

Hamper loaded with fresh goodies and nowhere to go? Check out these six beautiful picnicking spots and your weekend = sorted.   

Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List 

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