Spend the evening by the beach, just 1 hour from Brisbane
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, presented by Experience Oz, are located on the sunny Gold Coast, just a 1 hour drive south of Brisbane's city centre. They can be found along the beachfront at the end of Cavill Avenue, just a short distance from the entertainment strip and the rolling waves of the most popular beach on the Gold Coast. The outdoor markets are a popular attraction for both tourists and locals alike, as they wander the stalls before going out for dinner nearby (see here for local deals). They are held every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 5pm, with over 100 stalls to explore as the sea breeze rolls in.
Shopping, swimming and sea breezes in summer - why would you want to be anywhere else?
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are held outside all year around, so before you visit, check their Facebook for weather updates as well as details of extra markets, locals deals and hot offers throughout the year.
Thousands of people visit these popular beachfront markets, particularly in summer, so there is a family-friendly festival atmosphere in the air as you walk along. If you have never been to the markets before, you will be surprised at the eclectic range of things to buy, see and do. Stop and get your hair braided, have a taste of local gourmet food, buy a painting you love, try on some beaded shoes, purchase a gift for a loved one, buy yourself a souvenir or simply just soak up the ambience of this unique, quality market by the sea.
Wander along and admire the beautiful hand-made products by local artisans... (Image: Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets Facebook)
As well as enjoying the markets, you will also be amazed by the roving entertainers and musicians who surprise and delight the crowds with live music and laughter. There are also regular entertainers who simply stop you in your tracks, as you try and work out how it's done.
How does he sit still for so long? (Image: Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets Facebook)
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are a popular attraction for those holidaying on the Gold Coast, with thousands of visitors from all around the world enjoying them every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I personally have visited these markets every time I have been on the Gold Coast and they are a highlight of going out each evening, to go shopping before or after dinner. I always ended up buying something!
For the lucky people of Brisbane, it is just a 1 hour drive down the highway to experience this holiday destination - close to home. Why not go to Surfers Paradise for a day trip, have a swim, visit the markets and finish the day with fish and chips on the beach? Or alternatively, visit Cavill Avenue for a "date night" and then wander hand-in-hand along the markets, as fairy lights twinkle over the markets.
Whatever your reason for visiting the markets, you will leave with memories, and purchases, that you will treasure for years to come.
Buy yourself something that will always remind you of your visit to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets (Image: Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets Facebook)