The Best Gold Coast Markets You Should Visit

Night time drone view of the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Attention backpackers, are you ready to dive into the vibrant market scene of the Gold Coast? Look no further than these top markets, each offering its own unique vibe and treasures to discover. Whether you’re searching for unique fashion finds, delicious street food, or a glimpse into the local culture, these markets have something special in store for you.

Our top five Gold Coast Markets worth a visit:


1. The Village Markets

Hostel guests visiting The Village Markets at Burleigh
Sourced: The Village Markets Instagram Page

When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 8:30am-1pm

Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh

With a mix of up-and-coming local designers and seasoned stallholders, The Village Markets is a hotspot for fashion lovers. Browse through racks of preloved, vintage, and brand-new clothing while enjoying the laid-back atmosphere. Don’t miss out on the variety of homewares, jewellery, accessories, plants, and art available, and be sure to grab a bite from the food trucks while soaking in the live music.

Burleigh Heads is also one of our top pics for the best Gold Coast Sunsets.


2. Gold Coast Art & Craft Markets

Crowds at the Gold Coast Art & Craft Markets, Broadbeach
Sourced: Safari

Where: Broadbeach, Burleigh, Paradise Point and Coolangatta

When: Broadbeach (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month), Coolangatta (2nd Sunday of the month). 8am-2pm, Paradise Point (4th Sunday of the month) Burleigh (4th Sunday of the month)

Sundays on the Gold Coast are known for leisurely strolls along the beach and exploring the Gold Coast Art & Craft Markets. Held in Broadbeach, Burleigh, Paradise Point and Coolangatta, these Sunday markets have been a staple for over 20 years. Wander through the stalls filled with fashion, food, plants, homewares, and crafts, then take advantage of the nearby beaches for a refreshing swim or surf.

If you’re down Coolangatta way, take your surfboard as it is a pick for best surf spots on the Goldy.


3. Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Night time drone view of the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Sourced: Destination GC Website

When: Friday and Saturday, 4pm-9pm

Where: Surfers Paradise Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Experience the iconic twilight markets along the Surfers Paradise Esplanade. For over twenty-five years, locals and tourists alike have flocked to stroll through over a hundred stalls adorned with fairy lights. These markets offer a lively atmosphere perfect for exploring fashion, food, art, crafts, and souvenirs, plus live music to add to the ambiance as you stroll along the waterfront. You’ll discover one of the reasons Surfers Paradise is an awesome place to stay as a backpacker.


4. Desert Digs Vintage Market

Backp[acker sorting through clothes rack at Desert Digs Vintage Market, Burleigh Heads
Sourced: Desert Digs Vintage Market Instagram Page
When: Every sixth Sunday (check their socials for the next date- @desertdigsmarket)

Where: 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads

Who says style has to come with a hefty price tag? Say YES to sustainability and score some unique finds at the Second-Hand Fashion Markets, where you can revamp your wardrobe with quality recycled clothing at great prices. With quality recycled clothing at unbeatable prices, these markets offer a guilt-free shopping experience that’s as eco-conscious as it is fashionable.

Thrifting is highly recommended especially as a rainy day activity on the GC.


5. HOTA Farmers & Artisan Market

Hostel guest carrying box of groceries at HOTA Farmers & Artisan Market
Sourced: HOTA Markets Instagram Page

When: Every Sunday Morning from 6am-11:30am

Where: HOTA- Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall

Get a taste of local produce and artisanal goods at the HOTA Farmers & Artisan Market. Meet the farmers and producers behind the products as you shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, or maybe grab yourself a gorgeous bunch of fresh flowers and more. Make it a day out by starting with breakfast, browsing through the market stalls, set up a picnic rug by the water and enjoy the live music and finish by exploring the HOTA gallery.


Whether you’re on the hunt for fashion, food, art, or just soaking in the local vibe, these markets offer something for everyone. They make for the perfect day out on the Gold Coast with your besties, so grab your shopping bags and head out to explore the best that the Gold Coast has to offer.

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