If you really want to get to the crux of a place, you’ve got to skip the big chains for a jaunt at the local market. Lucky for you (and everyone else), the Gold Coast is a smorgasbord of produce people, talented creatives and impressive cooks who gather most weekends to share their goods with basket-toting folk.
We’ve strolled around the best markets on the Gold Coast to bring you your October market hit list.
We live for cute market finds (mostly so we can boast about them to our friends).
The Canungra Quarters Music & Foodie Fest
So, you’ve been longing to sink a frosty beverage at the historic Canungra Hotel, but you’ve had a hard time coaxing your lady to the countryside? Well, have we got the excuse for you. Launching for the first time this October, The Canungra Quarters is one music and foodie fest that’s already garnered a tonne of interest. Open for 12 solid hours, come for lunch with pop-up chefs stalls, food trucks and vintage markets, or stay for the evening entertainment including live music and roving performers. We’ve got a feeling this one is going to be a goodie.
When: Saturday 7 October; 11am to 11pm
Where: Canungra Hotel, 18 Kidston Street, Canungra
Carrara Cat Carnival
Crazy cat lovers, unite! Cararra Cat Carnival, a whole market dedicated to your fave feline, is coming to the Coast to melt your heart. Held inside Carrara Markets new events area, a vast range of breeds from Munchkins to Bengals, Devon Rex and Scottish Folds will be showcased by their proud owners. Expect appearances from Gold Coast’s You Tube-famous skateboarding cats, Diga and Boomer, plus a fancy dress cat-character parade, health advice experts on hand, speciality feline products and merchandise, cat-inspired entertainment, displays from cat rescue groups, kitty face painting for the kids and, if you’re ready to make the commitment on the day, loveable adoption cats waiting to find their forever home. Puuuur-fect!
When: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October; 9am to 3pm
Where: Carrara Markets, Corner Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara
Varsity Lakes Springtime Eats
Coordinated by GC Design Collective, Varsity Lakes’ second Springtime Eats Fest promises ample food trucks and live musi. It’s the perfect option to spend the arvo with the family if you don’t have a money tree to spend on a lavish Sunday dinner out.
When: Sunday 7 October; 4pm-8pm
Where: 79 Varsity Paradise, Varsity Lakes
Froth Fest At Miami Marketta
If you hadn’t realised already, vegans are taking over the world, one by one. Froth Fest, popping up in Miami Marketta gives this plant-loving club the perfect opportunity to gather together and celebrate the animals. Bop along to live tunes and taste test your way around your favourite plant-based food vendors from lunch time right up until 8pm. With all proceeds donated to Sugar Farm Sanctuary and Save a Cow, settle in for an epic day of absolute good-doing. The sprinkles on top? All pre-purchased tickets will put you in the draw for a four-night stay at Angourie Rainforest Retreat, a Duranbah Surfboard, Tacoola swimwear and Vegan Frotherz clothing (oh, how fitting).
When: Sunday 8 October; 12pm to 8pm
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Cost: $12.75; kids under 12 free
Jack Evans Boat Harbour Lifestyle Markets
The Social Markets are spreading their wings south, adding Jack Evans Boat Harbour Lifestyle Markets to their rotating monthly roster. Promised to pop up on the third Sunday of each month, with food trucks, local fresh produce, yoga on the beach, flea market and rummage sales, kid’s entertainment, classic cars, live beats and drinks— alfresco-style. This family and dog-friendly event will include, get this, dog wash and grooming services, so your fave four-legged friend can walk away feeling pimp! They’ve thought of everything.
When: Sunday 15 October; 8am to 2pm
Where: Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Coral Street, Tweed Heads
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 15 October; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
LC Sundays Vegan Market
Lovechild Place’s LC Sundays vegan market will be bringing the plant-loving vibes to October, 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 15 October; 10am to 3pm
Where: 1/2436 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
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 15 October; 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 new 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 new Makers & Finders Market is an intriguing blend of pre-loved finds, potters, homewares, food stalls, workshops and music, and if the slick branding and socials are anything to go by, they’ve got serious style.
When: Saturday 21 October; 9am to 3pm
Where: Knox Park, Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah
The Cooly Designer & Vintage Markets
The Cooly Designer & Vintage Markets is a biggie for every small find you could hope for. Think second-hand bric-a-bracs, collectables, plus new and vintage fashion. Once you’ve scoured the market stalls, grab some tasty eats from the ample food trucks and settle down amongst the colourful umbrellas and chairs for some live acoustics in the spring sunshine.
When: Sunday 22 October; 8am to 2pm
Where: Coolangatta State School, Stapylton Street, Coolangatta
Her Wardrobe Pre-Loved Fashion Market
Love thrift shopping? Well, you’ve got to get yourself along to Robina’s Her Wardrobe pre-loved rack sale. Get up early with those really annoying birds, you know the ones, and prepare to hustle your way through racks and tables overflowing with hundreds of new-to-you outfits. We call bargain!
When: Sunday 22 October; 8am to 1pm
Where: 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
Late-night shopping and eating = hell yes!
Club Robina Bowls Club Night Markets
The Social Markets took a hiatus over winter, though they’re back to celebrate springtime and warmer nights, with a new location. Head to Club Robina Bowls Club this weekend for that chill community vibe, makers’ stalls, food trucks, loads of kids entertainment and, of course, free bowls with yo’ shoes off.
When: Saturday 7 October; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Club Robina Bowls Club, 257 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
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 7 October; 5pm to 9pm
Where: Davenport and Young Streets, Southport
Flavours Of Metro Street Party
It appears Southport is the place to be this Saturday arvo, with the Flavours Of Metro Street Party and Chinatown Street Food Markets happening concurrently. A handful of F&B vendors lining Young Street, including SoPo Dining Room, The Burrito Bar and Filipino offering Kubo’s Bar and Grill are throwing a wee street party to celebrate #citylife in the CBD. Drop by Flavours Of Metro for some tasty bites, listen to live tunes (The Black Sorrows are headlining at 7:30pm), then strut around the corner to wander Chinatown.
When: Saturday 7 October; 5pm ‘til late
Where: Australia Fair Metro, Young Street, Southport
The Green Marquee Eco Twilight Markets
If you’ve loved The Green Marquee’s sunny daytime markets, you must swing along to check out their first twilight edition! 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, wholefoods cooking workshops for the adults and local brewskies from Black Hops.
When: Friday 13 October; 4pm to 9pm
Where: The Ecovillage, 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley
The Social Markets
With the onset of warmer nights, The Social Markets are back into regular rotation on the last Saturday of the month. Hurrah! So, take your posse to Mermaid Beach Bowls Club for market stalls galore, pop-up bars and food vendors, live tunes by Felicity Lawless and DJ Elliott Ramsay, barefoot bowls under lights and a cheery crowd. Cheers to spring!
When: Saturday 28 October; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Mermaid Beach Bowls Club, Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Halloween Street Food Truck Festival & Market
Hosted by the savvy GC Design Collective team, this pop-up market series was created to make us all familiar with a location that’ll one day be occupied by The Lanes development and laneway-style foodie precinct. For now, they’re back with another installation—the Halloween Street Food Truck Festival & Market—where you can expect row after row of food trucks, a massive communal alfresco picnic, live music, games for the kiddos, a smattering of market stalls and spooky goodness. Two words, folks: FANCY DRESS!
When: Saturday 28 October; 3pm to 9pm
Where: The Lanes, 5 Lakeview Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters
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
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. 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
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, cruisy 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, 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: The Urban List