Carrara Market is Australia’s largest permanent market with over 500 stalls covering a whopping 10 acres of land! Heralded as the most entertaining family fun day out filled with collectibles, curiosities and almost everything else – Carrara Market is definitely worth a visit.
Situated in the shadows of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, there are few better locations to spend a glorious afternoon seeking out a new treasure to add to your collection. There are plenty of discount stores selling fruit and veg along with homewares, but this is a small percentage of the market’s true worth. Bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, fashion and antiques can all be found here in abundance.
Entertaining the family at Carrara Market is the easiest thing you will achieve all day. No expense has been spared in providing visitors with a remarkable day out to remember a life time. Children will scream with delight with pony rides, bouncy castles, trampolines and face painters. For the braver visitors, do not miss the startling interactive animal show. Here you can discover more about some of the rare and wonderful wildlife in Australia including the world’s most venomous snake! If you feel more inclined towards a relaxing and safe piece of fun, there are two mini golf courses on site to puzzle your way through.
The second hand stalls at Carrara Market offer a wide range of collectibles and antiques. Divulge in chic mid-century furniture, ornate ceramics and decorated art work. There are over 100 clothing retailers here offering a variety of vintage clothing and modern designs. History buffs will be overjoyed with the old coins and rare stamps available.
There are 10 cafes on site eager to replenish and serve up a tasty meal. Load up on a hearty breakfast to be ensured of a fruitful day. Silo Cafe is highly recommended for its unique and tasty coffee blends. If you are buying food for home there are a vast number of organic and fresh produce stalls where you can find everything you desire.
For the opportunity to hunt out even more treasures, make sure you visit Carrara Market on the first and third Sunday of the month. From 6 am in the morning there is the added extra of a car boot sale. Here vendors declutter their homes and dealers bring their specialist items. A typical car boot sale where the keen eye is bound to pick up a valuable jewel. However, this will only be a precursor for your day as trading stops at 9am – leaving the rest of the day free to explore the market.
Carrara Market is open all weekend from 7am until 3pm. With so much on offer it is worth coming down early and seeing what you can find. After a spot of dinner there are plenty of tourist attractions in the surrounding areas. Why not take a stroll to the beaches and soak up the sun before really exploring what The Gold Coast has to offer.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
When I’m not able to travel, I check out a variety of online sources overseas and over the years have developed relationships with certain vendors who’ll let me save up my purchases until I have enough to fill a big box.
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