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All The Best Markets On The Gold Coast To Visit This July

By Morgan Reardon - 29 Jun 2018

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Ok, so we know that the days are getting seriously chilly, the sun doesn’t rise until 6:30am—how rude—which makes dragging ourselves out of the toasty warm comfort of our beds on a weekend morning no easy feat. But we have the perfect anecdote. Glorious food trucks, organic produce, lovingly homemade sweet treats, locally designed fashion, ridiculously cool homewares and live music. 

Got your attention now? Yea, we thought we might. Here on the Coast we’re a lucky bunch because all of the above-mentioned awesomeness is available every week at the various markets located all over the GC.

Because we’re really good people, we’ve done you a solid and pulled together a list of all the places you just simply have to stop by…and leave with a full basket. Here are all the best markets to visit on the Gold Coast this July. 

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-friend 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 bi-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: Sunday 1 July; 5pm to 9pm
Where: Davenport and Young Streets, Southport 

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

The Green Marquee Twilight Eco Markets

At The Green Marquee Twilight Eco Markets, expect all the feel-good community vibes as you wander around market stalls adorned with handmade jewellery, recycled clothing, ceramics, vegan skincare and hanging plants; 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 and local brewskies from Black Hops and Ink Gin for the adults.

When: Saturday 14 July; 2pm to 7pm
Where: The Ecovillage, 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley

BBQ Bazaar

Picture an uber cool warehouse in the middle of a Burleigh Heads industrial estate converted into a bustling marketplace, packed with stalls dishing up more barbecue-inspired eats than you could possibly poke a fork at. Meet BBQ Bazaar, Burleigh's permanent night is welcoming carnivores every Friday and Saturday evening. At BBQ Bazaar, expect loads of food vendors serving finger-licking noms including Meat Buns, Rosticceria and Smoke Barrel; a bar with a ‘wall of bourbon’, plus ample seating, a kid’s zone, local live musos and more. Cue the meat sweats!

When: Every Friday; 5pm to 10om and Saturdays; 4pm to 10pm
Where: 18 Junction Road, Burleigh Heads 

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

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 1 July and Sunday 15 July; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Murwillumbah’s Makers & Finders Market

If you’ve not ventured down to Murwillumbah for a while, the rural town’s hip vintage, handmade and flea market is a very good reason to pack the car, your mates and your favourite tunes, before plunging into the countryside for some of that welcomed fresh air. The Makers & Finders Market is an intriguing blend of pre-loved finds, potters, homewares, jewellery, flowers and plants food stalls, workshops and music.

When: Saturday 21 June; 9am to 2pm
Where: Knox Park, Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah

Hide & Seek Children’s Market

ICYMI, Gold Coast’s adorbs children’s market, Hide & Seek, is now happening monthly—hurrah! Dedicated to all things babes and children, expect beautifully crafted clothing and accessories, decor, toys, furnishings 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, you’ll find yummy food trucks with eats for both the big and little kids, live music, story telling and kids crafts activities. #shopsmall

When: Saturday 28 July; 9am to 1pm
Where: Miami State High School, 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Naturally, producing all the yummy goods.

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 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 Heads 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

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

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

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 the weekly gathering at the New Helensvale Farmers Market.

When: Every Saturday; 6am to 11am 
Where: Helensvale State High School, 243 Discovery Drive, Helensvale

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 five magical scenic drives and your weekend = sorted.   

Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List 

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