These are the best markets on the beach or water in SEQ
Best Coastal Markets In South East Queensland
I enjoy going to the markets, but I love visiting markets in nice places. Some of the most interesting markets are right on the beach or by the sea. Not only do you have the markets, you can also visit the local shops, eat a meal at a local cafe or restaurant, walk along the beach or, if the weather is nice, have a swim.
These are some of the best markets around South East Queensland that are right on the water. Maybe the market itself is not enough for a long journey, but the combination of markets and coastline means if you are going to visit these locations then you should be planning on doing so when the markets are on.
When you think about it, it is very surprising that there aren't more markets on the Coastline around South East Queensland. Especially as there are parklands which would lend itself to this at most great coastal locations.
Beachfront Markets Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise hosts markets right on the beach front. The Beachfront Markets are on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings from 3 to 8 pm. These are one of the most conveniently located and timed markets in South East Queensland.
Because they are obviously trying to cash in to the tourist market, it sells a wide range of souvenir crafts. However they have a lot that is of interest to locals as well. I have often picked up jams, conserves and chutneys at this market.
This is a great market to combine with a day at Surfers Paradise, perhaps lazing on the beach. It is the reason we often end up at Surfers Paradise in the evening if we go to the Gold Coast on a Sunday.
There is a lot to like about these markets. It operates at a convenient time of 8 am to 3 pm ever Sunday. This makes it is a perfect place to visit for lunch while you are in the area. It is nice to walk along the coast from Wynnum to Manly and then stop at the markets. There are many stalls selling food, but there are also restaurants and cafes nearby if you prefer.
The markets attract a more amateur crowd of stall holders than most other markets. This means a lot more products that reflect the creative stylings of local Queenslanders. Though you also get some great stalls and wonderful food as well.
People walking on the shore at Wynnum in the direction of Manly
Of course, in the North of Brisbane is the Redcliffe Jetty Markets every Sunday from 8 am to noon. On the weekends Redcliffe attracts quite a crowd and market day is the busiest. You might want to leave your car at home and take the bus. Or at least drive to Sandgate and take the bus from there.
Redcliffe has a lot to see and do without the markets. You can enjoy one of the beaches, fish off the jetty, swim in the Settlement Cove Lagoon or visit one of the art galleries. Don't forget to pop into Bee Gee Way or the museum. Walking along the coastline here is a great way to relax on a Sunday.
The early closing time of the markets means this is a good place for breakfast, brunch or an early lunch. However if you want a later lunch it isn't really a problem because there are a range of places to eat in Redcliffe, though the budget options are disappearing as the area becomes more gentrified.
Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast is home to a number of great markets. Fishermans Road Markets, also known as the Big Sunday Markets (because the market has over 100 stalls and is held on Sunday), is held at the corner of Fishermans Road and David Low Way every Sunday from 6 am to midday. While not strictly a waterside market, it is held in a park that requires you cross a road to get to the water, but it is close enough for an honourable mention.
However the coastal market to check out is the Nights on Ocean market held on Ocean Street in Maroochydoore on the second Friday of the month from 5 to 8 pm. Go here for the shopping, but stay for the live music and licensed bar. It is a great way to start a fun night out.
Mooloolaba has a great waterside market at The Wharf on Parrearra Channel. The markets spread out from The Wharf itself to the neighbouring park on River Esplanade.The latest information I have about the opening times are that they operate every Friday from 4 to 8:30 pm. However the time of the markets keep switching but usually it is from mid afternoon to early evening. This is perfect timing to start your weekend.
If you do get the chance it is really worth checking out and it is a good excuse to leave work early on a Firday. Being near the heart of Mooloolaba there is also lots of restaurants, cafes and pubs to go to as well.
Noosa Marina Markets
Noosa also has a great waterside market at the Noosa Marina. These markets are held in the Marina itself beside the Noosa River. These markets are on every Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm, which is perfect for people visiting on the weekend and who don't want to get out of bed too early.
The markets combine local produce and local crafts. There is usually something interesting for sale here at the markets. They also have entertainment featuring the many talented local artists in the area.
While not the most spectacular market, it is a great way to spend a relaxed Sunday in Noosa. The Noosa Marina has a number of places to eat, but mostly as you would expect from a Marina, more upmarket.
Bribie Island Jetty Markets
I love Bribie Island as there is a lot to see and do on this island from kayaking Pumicestone Passage, walking the 8 km along Red Beach from one side of the island to the other or swimming at Woorim or Bongaree. There are also markets on every weekend, with different markets on different Sundays.
There is a fruit and vegetable market on at Pacific Harbour Marina every Saturday Morning for 6 am to midday. This lovely little waterside market is worth visiting if you are local.
There is also a market on nearly every Sunday on Bribie Island, with different markets on the 1st ,2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month. If there are 5 Sundays, then there is no Sunday Market. When there is a market on, each time it is a different market in a different place, so you you need to check before heading there.
Photo of Courtesy of Rotary Club of Bribie Island
The two markets beside the coast are the Bribie Island Jetty Markets that is on every 3rd Sunday while the Rotary Markets occur in the nearby Brennan Park on the Pumicestone Passage foreshore every 2nd Sunday.
These markets are well worth checking out if you are on Bribie Island on the right days, but not really worth making a detour for. These markets are held near the little village at Bongaree where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or ice cream from the various cafes and takeaway shops.