After sending Matthew to Gold Coast/Coolangatta Airport, we headed to Carrara Markets in Gold Coast because it was only 7 am when we dropped him off so we decided to go “shopping”; also, it’s a Saturday, so the market would be open! 😉
Carrara Markets has been marketed as “the biggest permanent weekend marketplace in Australia” as well as “Queensland’s biggest & best permanent markets with a massive 10 acres of indoor & outdoor shopping“, hence sounded pretty massive and interesting to check out.
We took the entry along Market Street onto Gin House Road:
The market is indeed quite large, with lots of stuff to get distracted and lost in.
Along Family Fun Lane, there’re pony rides:
There’re also merry-go-round rides, bungy trampoline and face painting stalls.
Along Chelsea Lane are interesting stalls of “shabby chic homewares, luxurious rugs and cushions, interesting arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, furniture, second-hand treasures and spectacular outdoor pots”
Along Chelsea Lane is also King Tutt’s Putt Putt, which one is unlikely to miss:
Outdoor ‘Ancient Temple’ 18-hole course:
Walking along Haymarket Street, we ended up at the Market Street entrance where we ended up at a pet area:
There was a pet store there, but we didn’t manage to get any photos of pets (fish, rabbits, kittens, puppies) because the store owners didn’t seem too friendly (too early in the morning perhaps?).
We then crossed the bridge:
And we got to Flemington Street, where we saw even more stuff! “Menswear, hats, educational toys, cool mobile phone accessories, sunglasses, CD’s, women’s fashion.”
Obvious from our photos, the market’s pretty empty… We’re probably wayyyyyyy too early and hence missed the weekend crowd! 😛
With merely random walking, we ended up at the Big Shed, which has “over 120 stalls under one roof; it is a treasure trove of the curious and the unusual. Heaps of fashion, handbags, antique jewellery, art, costumes, perfumes, gifts and souvenirs“.
This is possibly J’s favourite store in Carrara Markets because of the beach/nautical wares sold!
We’d love to have a beach/nautical-themed home in future BUT maintenance as well as practicality of our interior design are keeping us (or rather, J especially) from purchasing any items for now. (Phew?)
(Owner is Jan, who may be contacted at 0401 530 545)
We even managed to do some fresh grocery shopping at the Big Shed:
We ended up just outside the Big Shed, where we bought Wagyu Rump Steak at only $23.39 per kg, Chicken Breast at $6.99 per kg (for 2 kg lots) and Pork Fillets at ‘Buy 2 get 1 free’!
It’s absolute value-for-money in terms of the quantity we’re getting; we didn’t buy a lot because we wanted to find out the quality for ourselves and then may be return for more in future. 😉
We then returned to the Big Shed for more shopping:
Camping items for sale:
They even had items for Chinese New Year!
This is possibly J’s second favourite shop in Carrara Markets…
J really loved these nautical boxes, but we didn’t buy them because we aren’t too sure about the theme to our home yet…
We were stuck in this bookstore for awhile as well:
They sell second-hand/pre-loved books so we were browsing them for a bit; a little of a bookworm perhaps? 😛
When leaving Carrara Markets, we walked by Luke’s Reptile Kingdom, “a new permanent feature attraction at Carrara Markets and home to a large collection of Australian Reptiles in the one location in Australia.:
Nope, we did not visit the attraction because we weren’t in the mood for it.
We think Carrara Markets has a lot to offer with its wide variety of stalls. Although interesting to see, we just weren’t in the mood to stay the whole day – probably because we started our day really early?
Corner of Gooding Drive & Manchester Road
(Details on getting to Carrara Markets found here)
Free entry & Free parking
Tel: (+61) 07 5579 9388
Hours of Business: Every weekend – 7am to 4pm (Closed on Christmas Day)