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Hot Air Ballooning including Champagne Breakfast from the Gold Coast or Brisbane
"If you've always wanted to go floating in a hot air balloon come and experience the best balloons and the best ballooning experience at the best price! Yes this Hot Air Ballooning including Champagne breakfast tour comes highly recommended which is why it is Australia's most popular balloon ride. The spectacle of balloons being inflated at dawn is always surprising and definitely impressive. Did you know the balloons are as tall as a ten storey building? Take off gently and experie floating over the scenic rim of the Gold Coast hinterland. You will be flying with Australia's biggest and most experienced ballooning company and with the newest state of the art ballooning equipment. After landing join the friendly team at O'Reillys Grand Homestead for a freshly cooked hot breakfast
From AUD280.00
Gold Coast River Cruise with Optional Morning Tea or Lunch
"Enjoy a morning tea cruise or lunch cruise on the Gold Coast. Cruises depart daily from Surfers Paradise to cruise the spectacular waterways of the Gold Coast. You'll cruise past Chevron Island Paradise Waters and out to the Broadwater while being entertained by informative commentary highlighting the history and interesting facts about the people and properties along the waterways. You'll then cruise into the marina precinct past Palazzo Versace and the southern end of the Seaworld area. Along the way keep an eye out for the local birds and wildlife.The vessel has indoor seating a covered deck area and a large open sundeck that is fantastic for capturing those special photographic opportunities.Choose from a morning tea cruise and indulge on cakes with tea or coffee or opt for the Gold Coast lunch cruise that offers an o""Indulge yourself in either a morning tea or lunch cruise on the Gold Coast. Departing daily from Surfers Paradise and cruising the magnificent Gold Coast waterways and canals you will enjoy morning tea or lunch served on board. Sit back and relax whilst ttitle=Highlights&1=1.5-hour+cruise+around+the+Gold+Coast&2=See+Surfers+Paradise%2C+Paradise+Waters+and+Broadwater+from+the+water&3=Spot+landmarks+like+Palazzo+Versace+and+SeaWorld+as+you+cruise+around+the+Gold+Coast&4=Enjoy+morning+tea+or+lunch+on-board&5
From AUD20.00
Gold Coast SkyPoint Observation Deck Ticket
"SkyPoint is Australia’s only beachside observation deck and is an incredible introduction to the Gold Coast destination with information about the entire spectrum of experiences on offer including hidden hinterland walks the best surf breaks and the region’s most action packed attractions such as Dreamworld and WhiteWater World.Travel from ground to level 77 in less than 43 seconds in one of the world’s fastest elevators before stepping out onto the 360 degree platform where you will capture your first views of the beaches hinterland and Gold Coast skyline from 230 metres above sea level. Relax with family and friends while enjoying breakfast lunch or dinner (at own expense) from the sumptuous menu at SkyPoint’s Seventy7 Café and Bar. High Tea is also available (at own expense) and comes served on a three tiered display plate inspired by the tall contemporary design of the Q1 building. the Observation Deck transforms into a chic high altitude lounge bar with music every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm to late. Then on Sunday from 3pm
From AUD25.00

Carrara Markets and others Tips (6)


Carrara Markets have 500 market stalls that sell everything from brand new to second hand.
These are permanent markets and a lot are under-cover.

Living here and going to these markets, I really don't find them much! I find these days, they are full of cheap and a lot of items come from Asia. Australian souvenirs being sold are not Australian made, these come from Asia.
There is clothing, I guess not badly priced, shoes, caps that can have your name put onto them, pots & plants, crafts, really all the market type gear you can think of. The only item I saw I thought was really good were paintings done by a local Artist, these were excellent.

Meals here were reasonable. We had the all day breakfast for lunch, cost $6.50 and was good.
Probably if you don't live here, and are on your first visit, you will like it.

There is FREE PARKING for 4000 cars.
NO CAR - NOT A PROBLEM, for a small fee, you can catch the Carrara Markets Bus.
It operates every weekend and services locations throughout Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach!
Simply look for the bus stop closest to you and check the bus timetable for weekend pickup and return times. Remember to hail the Driver! [see website]
Look for the ConXion bus coach marked with the signs CARRARA MARKETS.

The prices of all ROUND TRIP BUS FARES are as follows
Adults $4......Children under 14yrs old $2...Children under 5yrs old-FREE


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Sep 11, 2012

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Gold Coast is not only about theme parks. It is also famed for its night market. Every Wednesday and Friday, stallholders will bring out their wares to wow the crowd. There are magicians to singers and even artists.

Located near the beach and a string of shopping malls, you can really stroll along and enjoy what the more than 100 stalls have to offer.

As for my family, we could not have left te place without buying anythng right? My children was pestering my wife and I for a toy and a sponge lizard caught they eyes. So we bought them each a sponge lizard.

They are opened from 4.00pm to 9.00pm.

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Aug 15, 2012

Night Markets

Surfers also has a few night markets.
On a Wednesday & Friday, Surfers (Cavill Ave & in Broadbeach). This could be seasonal and/or rotational so check the local tourist guide (Cavill Ave info centre or most hotels have a copy).
There were a lot of the same stalls at the night market that were at the Sunday market; local art, photos, paintings, kids toys etc. But there were a few new things and it was pretty seeing it all at night.
Any market lover would get a kick out of it.

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Aug 09, 2006

Sunday Markets

So the Gold Coast has this rotating Sunday market (the week we were there it was in Burleigh Heads). Awesome day out for everyone.
The market itself was a lot of craft and local art, but one the end of the market they had a few kids rides (bouncing castle/ pony rides etc), huge food area (usual carnival food vans & local businesses - go the Indo satays!!!) as well as an adults only drink area (which may have been hosted by the surf club).
Lots to see and lots to do!! See any of the local tourist booklets to find out where it is when you're there!!

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Aug 09, 2006
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Gold Coasts' Markets !

The Gold Coast has many quality markets staged regularly throughout the region that provide shoppers with an opportunity to purchase handmade local arts and crafts, a wide variety of fresh produce and delicious food.

Some of the markets are as follows:- Surfers Paradise beachfront - every Friday evening; Broadbeach - first and third Sunday; Burleigh - last Sunday; Coolangatta - every second Sunday; Robina Town Centre - every Saturday.

Tamborine Mountain - second Sunday of the month; Canungra country market - first Sunday; Paradise Point Art and Craft Market - fourth Sunday.

The original and biggest market on the Gold Coast is held each weekend at Carrara. Open Saturdays and Sundays 6 am to 5pm.

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The Carrara Markets

Open Saturdays and Sundays (from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm). Everything from clothes, crafts, food, plants / flowers! Huge place with indoor and outdoor stalls.

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