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Coolangatta Beachside Markets for Kids: Our Review

Nothing makes the most of a day at Coolangatta like wandering the stalls at the beautiful Coolangatta Beachside Markets, held on the second Sunday of every month along the foreshore of Marine parade. Running for over 31 years this market is a hit for local families and tourists alike, and it’s pretty easy to see why.

Super family-friendly, the market stretches along the beach, with a playground at either end, and a jumping castle in the middle. As well as incredible art and craft, you’ll find yummy food and live music. You can make this a full day out because when you’re done with the market you have the rest of Cooly, Kirra and their beautiful beaches to explore.

Coolangatta Beachside Markets:

Large, colourful and buzzing with atmosphere, the famous Gold Coast art and craft markets boast over 150 stalls showcasing the best and most original of Australian-made products. We saw baby products, candles, pet accessories, delicious food, shoes, plants, crafts, quirky gift ideas and much more. Oh, and speaking of pets, you can totally take yours for a stroll too, this open ended market means leashed dogs are welcome (not on the beach though, sorry).

Families tip: You can find other places to take your dog on the beach on the Gold Coast here.

In between strolling the stalls you can pop down to the pristine beach at Greenmount and Cooly for a dip in the turquoise sea. It’s a pretty incredible day out.

Coolangatta Beachside Markets type:

The Coolangatta Beachside Markets ar for lovers of Art and Craft!

When are the markets on:

Coolangatta Art and Craft Market
2nd Sunday of the month – Marine Parade
NB: Also on the 4th Sunday in 5 week months
Ph: (07) 5533 8202 Check HERE for the calendar.

What’s on for families at the Coolangatta Beachside Markets:

There’s a tonne of fun for families with kids at the markets. There’s a jumping castle, two playgrounds, face painting, entertainment, great toys … and of course THAT beach!

You’ll find lots of shady places to sit, and tonnes of yummy food to eat.

Families tips:

  • Parking is free, but limited along marine parade. You’ll find additional paid parking underneath The Strand shopping centre.
  • Greenmount Surfclub does a great bistro meal with an incredible sunset view if you stay in town a little longer.
  • Do yourself a favour and walk a little further around the headland to Rainbow Bay. There’s great lizard spotting and the view is incredible. You could spot a whale at the right time of year, and the lookout vantage points make for a great rest stop. If you’re feeling romantic, ‘Love locks’ are a thing there too.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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