Markets Gold Coast

Markets Gold Coast

Markets Gold Coast

Find regular art and craft, fashion, food and farmers markets on the Gold Coast. We’ve also added in kid-friendly notes where you can find out if there’s kids activities or even a just a playground close by.

Broadbeach Markets

Where: Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
When: First and third Sunday of every month
Time: 8am-2pm

For kids: All Abilities Playground and Pratten Park on the southern side of the Surf Club; Carosel in Broadbeach Mall

Burleigh Markets

Where: Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
When: Last Sunday of the month
Time: 8am-2.30pm

For kids: Justin’s Park Playground

Carrara Markets

Where: Gooding Drive, Carrara
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 7am-4pm (Saturday and Sunday)

For kids: The cheapest Mini Golf on the Gold Coast with ‘KIDS PLAY FREE’ with a paying adult. Adult prices at $10 for one course or $15 for 2 courses; pony rides approx $6; face-painting, and lots of toys, clothes and trinkets for kids.

Chinatown Street Markets

Where: Chinatown – Young and Davenport Streets, Southport
When: First Saturday of the month until November 2017
Time: 5pm – 9pm

For kids: free water refills available, children’s activities

Coolangatta Markets

Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Marine Parade, Coolangatta
When: Second Sunday of the month (plus the fourth Sunday of five Sunday months)
Time: 8am-2.30pm

For kids: Queen Elizabeth Park playground


Hide & Seek Children’s Market
Where: Miami State High School, 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
When: Saturday 26 August; 9am to 1pm

For kids: The Craft Palour has pop-up craft + additional kids activities

ITAVA Markets

Where: Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Nerang
When: Every Friday (closed for winter)
Time: 5pm to 10pm

For kids:children’s activities

Emerald Lakes Gourmet Food and Craft Markets

Where: Emerald Lakes Complex, The Boulevard, Carrara
When: Every Thursday
Time: 3pm-7pm

Marketta Street Food – Tapas Club

Where: Rabbit + Cocoon, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 5pm-9pm

Marketta Street Food

Where: Rabbit + Cocoon, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
When: Friday and Saturday night
Time: Friday 5pm-11pm; Saturday 4pm-11pm

Mummy Tree Markets – Hope Island

Where: Sanctuary Cove, Masthead Way, Hope Island
When: Saturday Sept 2 2017 (9am – 1pm), Saturday Oct 28 2017 (9am – 1pm), Saturday Dec 2 2017 (9am – 1pm)
Time: 9am-1pm

For kids: For kids: A heap of entertainment happening on market days for the kids: face painting with the Fig Tree Fairy Parties, pony rides, Music with Monica, a jumping castle and live music by Chantel Maree.

NightQuarter (Helensvale)

Where: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
When: Friday and Saturday nights
Time: 4pm-10pm

For kids: wildlife shows, cooking classes- check their website for what’s on.

The Sanctuary Markets

Where: On The Village Green, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
When: Every Friday
Time: 4pm-9pm

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Where: The Esplanade Surfers Paradise
When: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights
Time: 4pm-9pm

Tamborine Mountain Country Markets
Where: Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds at the roundabout Main Western Road and Bartle Road in Mount Tamborine.
When: 2nd Sunday of each month
Time: 8am-2pm

For kids: Little kids can have pony rides or play in the kids’ castle area, or have some fun with the small kid’s car ride.

The Village Markets (Burleigh)

Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
When: First and third Sunday of the month
Time: 8.30am-1pm

Upper Coomera Zero 2 Five Markets

Where: Upper Coomera State College, Reserve Road, Upper Coomera
When: Sunday 18 September, 13 November
Time: 9am-12pm


Gold Coast Farmers Markets

Bundall Farmers Market

Where: Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
When: Every Sunday
Time: 6am to 11.30am

Burleigh Market

Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
When: Every Saturday
Time: 7am to 12 noon

Helensvale Farmers Market

Where: Helensvale State High School, Helensvale Road, Helensvale
When: Every Saturday
Time: 6am to 11.30am

The Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market

Where: Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
When: Every Sunday
Time: 6am to 11am

Marina Mirage Farmers Market

Where: Marina Mirage, 74 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach
When: Every Saturday undercover
Time: 7am to 11am

Mudgeeraba Sunset Markets

Where: The German Club, Merrimac
When: Every Wednesday evening
Time: 4pm-8pm

Nerang Fresh Produce and Craft Market

Where: Lavelle Street, Nerang
When: Every Sunday
Time: 6.30am to 12pm

Palm Beach Currumbin Farmers Market

Where: Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
When: Every Saturday
Time: 6am to 11.30am


Ashmore Rotary

Where: Ashmore City Car Park, corner Southport Nerang and Currumburra Roads
When: Fourth Sunday of the month
Time: 4am to 11am


Where: Stockland Shopping Centre Car Park, West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads
When: Second Sunday of the month
Time: 5am to 10.30am

Carrara Markets

When: Every Sunday
Time: 6am to 9am

Elanora State High School

Where: Corner of Nineteenth Avenue and Avocado Street, Elanora
When: Every Sunday
Time: 5.30am to 11am

Dodgers Touch Football

Where: Cos Zantiotis Park, corner Olsen Avenue and Jacob Drive, Labrador
When: Second Sunday of the month
Time: 5am to noon


Where: Helensvale Plaza Carpark, Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale
When: First Sunday of the month (except January)
Time: 6am to 10am

Emerald Lakes Gourmet Food and Craft Markets
The Boulevard, Carrara | Open 3pm to 7pm every Thursday.

Gold Coast Design Collective Markets
Coolangatta State School, Cnr Miles & Staypleton Street, Coolangatta | 3rd Saturday of every month, 9am – 2pm + pop up events.

Do you have an update for our list? Or know of kid-friendly fun at the markets to be included here? Let us know!!




Five Footprint Father’s Day Crafts

Five Footprint Father’s Day Crafts

Footprints turn a simple craft into a sentimental favourite for dads on Father’s Day. We scoured Pinterest and found our favourite five footprint Father’s Day crafts that dads will love!

Follow the links for original how-to instructions.


1. Footprint Guitar

A no-brainer for dads that love to rock out in their spare time.


2. Walking in my Father’s Shoes

A gorgeous gift for fathers who are their little boy’s heroes.

fathers day footprint craft

3. A Free Poem Printable

A handy free printable, complete with space for tiny feet, makes this an easy gift to make a frame. It’s guaranteed to bring a tear to Daddy’s eye.




4. Footprint Heart

Show dad how much you love him with this cute handmade card.

5. One in a Minion

Some dads love a kids movie just as much as the, well….kids!

Albert Park Broadbeach Waters

Albert Park Broadbeach Waters

Albert Park – Broadbeach Waters

Albert Park is a fully-fenced playground on Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters set in a lovely shady natural setting close to the river. There is a car park right out the front, and it’s in a central location, so it’s a handy park to drop in for a quick play to burn some energy.

The playground has a large climbing frame with a large bridge, accessible by stairs, leading to additional climbing areas and a noughts and crosses game. It is a good climbing frame for children aged 4+. The bridge is fun for toddlers but the rest of the frame is too high and advanced for very young children.

The slide is accessible by a chain web or curved circle ladder. Unfortunately the two big pieces aren’t linked, which meant my toddler couldn’t access the slide (except by climbing up it).

For older children there is also a flying fox and swings.

Younger children can play on the small spring toys, the swings and a small manual digging machine that was the star of our visit. The ground is woodchip, so there is plenty of loose stuff to ‘dig’, although little ones will need help to coordinate picking up and moving the ‘dirt’.



There are picnic tables outside of the playground towards the river, and a water bubbler is just outside the fence for when the kids get thirsty.

A basketball court, walking path and off-leash dog park is close by.

Albert Park – Broadbeach Waters

LOCATION Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters

AGES 2-10


GROUND COVER: woodchip

SHADE SAILS: no – but lots of trees


AMENITIES Fully-fenced, water bubbler, shade, picnic tables, carpark

HIGHLIGHTS Play digger, fully-fenced, lots of cool shade.



It’s Children’s Book Week this week and kids all over Australia will be dressing up to celebrate at childcare, kindy and school. Whipping up a costume need not cause huge anxiety with our list of costumes using things you already have at home (really!) and a handy list of websites that have free character mask printables.

Have zero props?

Your child can be Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Use clothes you already have + backpack + this printable from

Diary of a Wimpy Kid usually wears a white t-shirt and black shorts, but in a stretch normal play clothes, the printable and backpack will do.

Have an AFL uniform?

Kids can dress up as Specky Magee. Bonus points if you have a footy too.

Have a netball uniform?

Kids can dress up as their favourite Netball Dreamz character. Again, Bonus points for the ball

Have a construction hat and a tool belt?

The little yellow digger is the book for you. Add overalls and you have Bob the Builder (ok that’s a TV show but you said you were desperate)!

Have a pair of rabbit ears/cat ears?

There are lots of options for you depending on your other props.

Rabbits: Peter Rabbit (+ blue jacket and carrot) , Guess How Much I Love You, Goodnight Moon, Alice in Wonderland (waist coat and clock), Bunny Cakes.

Cats: Slinky Malinky (black clothes + old socks pinned to top for effect), any cat (leopard print clothes).

Left over Halloween costumes?

Witches hat and broom. Black clothes

The Witches, Wizard of Oz (+ green face paint and red shoes) , Harry Potter (+ glasses and scarf) , Room on the Broom, Meg and Mog.

Have a crown or tiara?

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe, the Snow Queen.


Fern from Charlotte’s Web (+ toy pig or spider)

Scarecrow (+ hat and shredded paper hair)

Dance clothes

Angelina Ballerina (+ eye-liner whiskers and ballet shoes).  

None of the above? Print a mask! Animals, robots, dragons, and story characters including the rainbow fish can all be found online. Here are some websites with free printables:


Surfers Paradise Kids Week

School holidays on the Gold Coast are always amazing, but there is no doubt in our minds that the September holidays are the BEST for KIDS….why?

Surfers Paradise Kids Week!!


It’s THE family event of the year and these holidays, characters from the hit movie Despicable Me 3 will take over Cavill Mall.

Join Gru and minions Dave and Mel with the Despicable Me 3 Daily Dance Party and Character Meet and Greet, running three times daily in Cavill Mall. Plus, cuddle up with Australia’s favourite wildlife at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary show!

But wait, there is so much more! From jumping castles and zorb balls to rock climbing walls and face painting, Surfers Paradise Kids Week has well and truly got your September school holidays sorted!

WHERE Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise

WHEN Saturday 23 September – Friday 29 September 2017

TIME 10am-3pm daily

AGES All Ages – Family-friendly event


Find out more…


Want to explore more of kid-friendly Surfers Paradise? Check out our list of family fun:

Things to Do in Surfers Paradise