Gold Coast Bookfest hits Carrara Markets

Hold on to your bookmarks, book lovers! The Lifeline Bookfest Gold Coast is back at Carrara Markets.

Head on down to the enormous Events Arena to get your hands on thousands of pre-loved reads from as little as $1 each. There will be second-hand paperbacks and hardbacks in just about every genre, from biographies to sci-fi, plus children’s, thrillers and more.

Every book you buy helps support the 24-hour 13 11 14 Lifeline Crisis Support Line so we can answer more phone calls from Queenslanders in need – reading never felt so good.

Event info

  • When and where

    Where: Carrara Markets (Events Arena)
    Cnr Manchester Rd &, Gooding Dr, Carrara QLD 4211

    When: Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th October
    Times: 8am – 3pm

  • Cost

    Entry is free.

    Books from $1.
  • What’s on and facilities

    • Cards and cash accepted.
    • Please BYO bags/suitcases or purchase a $1 Lifeline bag.
    • More than 300 food, variety stalls and attractions at the markets.
    • Free book bag minding! We can look after your books while you browse the rest of the markets; just collect them when you’re ready to go home.
  • Parking and transport

    Carrara Markets has free parking for more than 4,000 cars.

    For public transport users:

    • Catch the G:Link Tram to Broadbeach South Station, then catch a connecting Translink or Surfside bus to Carrara Markets.
    • Catch the train to Nerang Train Station, then catch a connecting Translink or Surfside bus to Carrara Markets.

  • Bookfest categories

    We have heaps of second-hand books, covering such genres as:

    Paperback, hardback, Reference, Health and wellbeing, Cooking, Childrens, History, Sport, Reference, Religion, Craft and more.

  • Book donations

    Thank you for thinking of us! We will be accepting donations at this event. We also gratefully accept second-hand book donations year-round through our:

  • RSVP on Facebook

    RSVP to our Facebook event for all the latest event information.


Lifeline Bookfest 
Gold Coast

Events Arena, Carrara Markets
Cnr Gooding Drive & Manchester Road

Sign up to volunteer

Our Lifeline Bookfests are a lot of fun. From sorting and pricing books to serving our amazing customers, you could be part of a great community of volunteers. Every minute you give helps us support life.

To become a volunteer, visit our Volunteering Portal

Simply follow our three-step sign-up:

  1. Search and select a volunteer activity.
  2. Fill in an application by creating an account.
  3. Scroll down and click Sign Up in the schedule.

If there are no current activities or opportunities that interest you, please sign up to a waiting list or select “Volunteer My Way” to register your interest.

Every dollar you give helps us save lives

Money raised at Lifeline events supports the Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line, offering 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis support. If you can’t make an event, why not make a donation?


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