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All The Best Gold Coast Markets To Hit This March

By Brooke Darling - 02 Mar 2018

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We heart the Gold Coast. Big time.

And if you asked us to declare what we love most about our neck of the woods, we’d undoubtedly say, with a smoothie in one hand and a basket in the other, that markets are definitely floating ‘round the top rung.

So, in honour of one of our fave pastimes, we’re rounding up the deets to the best markets on the Gold Coast this March. And our number one tip? Go with a full wallet and an empty belly.

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

Flash Trash Suitcase Rummage 

Love to rummage? Then, as the name might suggest, Arthaus Project’s Flash Trash Suitcase Rummage is for you. Get into it and you might just find yourself a total bargain and some fabulous vintage finds! Expect Smooth Juice for healthy hydration, live music by Dan Irwin and a gold coin donation entry for charity.  

When: Saturday 3 March; 8am to 12pm
Where: Arthaus Projects’ warehouse, 2/5 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach 

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 4 & 18 March; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

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

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 intriguing blend of pre-loved finds, potters, homewares, jewellery, flowers and plants food stalls, workshops and music. 

When: Saturday 17 March; 9am to 2pm
Where: Knox Park, Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah

Hide & Seek Children’s Market

After its raging success in 2017, as of March, Hide & Seek will be happening monthly—hurrah! Dedicated to all things babes and children, 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. #shopsmall  

When: Saturday 24 March; 9am to 1pm
Where: Miami State High School, 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Late-night shopping and eating = hell yes! 

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 3 March; 5pm to 9pm
Where: Davenport and Young Streets, Southport

Gainsborough Greens Food Truck Fest & Outdoor Flicks 

Opening their arms and welcoming the community in for a festive evening of street eats by The Bun Mobile (including a free meal, popcorn and coffee for the first 200 customers!) and movies under the stars. This March 3, the flick is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; so BYO picnic blanket, chairs and friends to this intimate community night out

When: Saturday 3 March; 5:30pm to 9:30pm (movie starts 6:30pm)
Where: Gainsborough Greens, Forest Green Park, Melville Drive, Pimpama

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, recycled clothing, ceramics, vegan skincare, hanging plants; plus delish food trucks, live music by Scott Dalton to get you grooving, fresh produce from Ground Grocer, coffee and cakes from Pasture & Co., activities for the kids, plus local brewskies from Black Hops and Ink Gin for the adults. 

When: Saturday 10 March; 2pm to 7pm
Where: The Ecovillage, 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley

Gold Coast Hinterland Feast In Clagiraba

Take a break from the beach and breathe in that fresh country air at March’s Gold Coast Hinterland Feast. Popping up in the leafy surrounds of Little Clagiraba Reserve in the Gold Coast Hinterland, come for the food truck and street food eats, local musicians, plus rides and activities for the ankle biters. 

When: Sunday 11 March; 4pm to 8pm 
Where: Little Clagiraba Reserve, Clagiraba Road, Clagiraba

The Social Markets

This year, The Social Markets are back into regular rotation on the last Saturday of the month. So, take your posse to Mermaid Beach Bowls Club for market stalls galore, pop-up bars and food vendors, live tunes and DJ, barefoot bowls under lights and a cheery crowd. Cheers to autumn!

When: Saturday 24 March; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Mermaid Beach Bowls Club, Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 

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 10pm), Friday (5pm to 11pm) and Saturday (4pm to 11pm) 
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami 

NightQuarter

Everybody has to go to Helensvale’s NightQuarter at least once. Why? Because this 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 and musicians, all in a well-organised jumble of up-cycled shipping containers. This March, they’ve got a tonne of special events from St Patrick’s Day on Saturday 17 March to an Easter Egg treasure hunt on Friday 30 March. 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 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 night; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin  

Naturally, producing all the yummy goods.

Currumbin Community Markets 

Strategically located at the entrance to Currumbin’s fertile valley—meaning a shorter distance from source to market—this new boutique farmers market is certain to become a 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

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

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

Mudgeeraba Farmers Market 

Drop by the Mudgeeraba Farmers Market to stock your pantry this month. This classic little market in the park has farm-fresh produce, crafts, plants, flowers and street food eats to chew while you shop.

When: Every Saturday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, 115 Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba 

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 Home of the Arts (formally 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. 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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