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The Gold Coast is home to some of Queensland’s best, and most unusual, indoor and outdoor markets. Shop by the sea at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets or head to Miami Marketta for outdoor dining, colourful stalls and talented local musicians. Whether you are after a cane toad purse, designer fashion, delicious food, antiques, or original artworks, you’re sure to find it at one of the following Gold Coast markets.

Coolangatta Art & Craft Market

What is it? Beachfront market at Coolangatta.
Why? Listen to talented local musicians and browse artworks, jewellery and homewares made by artists from the Gold Coast and nearby Northern Rivers at this attractive beachfront market. The Coolangatta Art & Craft Market is on the second Sunday of every month.

Sanctuary Markets

What is it?  Food and craft market at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Why? Take a delicious journey around the globe with cuisine from Japan, Brazil, South Africa and Italy, washed down with beer from Burleigh Brewing every Friday night from 4pm. The undercover dining area at the Sanctuary Markets has aircon in summer and heating in winter.

The Village Markets

What is it?  Morning market at Burleigh Heads State School.
Why? Talented local creatives come together on the first and third Sunday of every month to sell vintage and original designer fashion, art, homewares and handcrafted furniture at The Village Markets. Food trucks and great live music add yet more reasons to visit.

NightQuarter

What is it? Delicious night market at Helensvale.
Why? Bring your appetite to the NightQuarter markets which are open from 4pm every Friday and Saturday. With 120 food stalls, cute stores, carnival games and a live music space called The Paddock, you’ll want to make a night of it.

Carrara Markets

What is it? Australia’s largest marketplace.
Why? The mighty Carrara Markets includes everything from bric-a-brac to one-off fashions and the world’s most venomous snakes (thankfully, these aren’t for sale!). More than 400 stalls can be found here every Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 3pm.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

What is it? Beachfront market at Surfers Paradise.
Why? This market takes place under the famous Surfers Paradise sign on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights from 4pm. Stalls at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are fairly touristy but they’re good for quirky souvenirs. Live entertainment and the market’s central location create a lively, upbeat vibe.

The Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market

What is it? The Gold Coast’s first Organic Growers Market.
Why? Held on the oval at Miami High every Sunday from 6am, the Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market is packed with delicious Certified Organic fruit and veges. It’s ideal for those with self-catering accommodation and offers free environmental awareness activities and healthy snacks.

Miami Marketta

What is it? Pumping street food market at Miami.
Why? Shared tables, funky bars and talented local artists make Miami Marketta the place to be on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. This live music venue, creative hub and outdoor dining venue has plenty of tasty street food and seating for 450 people.

Disclosure: The writer loves the Gold Coast’s markets and spends way too much money each time she visits one. 

Looking for some accommodation on the Gold Coast? Read our reviews of Oaks Calypso Plaza, the Surfers Paradise Marriott, The Star Gold Coast, voco Gold Coast and the retro La Costa Motel. Or you can check out this Gold Coast accommodation roundup.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.