Apart from swimming, surfing and sightseeing, there’s another activity that you should definitely do on the Gold Coast: shopping. There’s something for everyone in this region, so leave some space in your suitcase for all your new goodies.
Wind your way through al fresco markets, large shopping centres in Broadbeach, Southport, Biggera Waters and Robina, and retail precincts situated just off the beach. Want to know what to look for and where to go? Here’s your Gold Coast shopping guide.
Gold Coast Markets
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind pieces to commemorate your visit to the Gold Coast, check out the arts and crafts markets. They can be found at Broadbeach, Burleigh, and Coolangatta. They’re only held on specific days, so be sure to check them out online and plan your visit accordingly. Meanwhile, if you want to find unique clothing, go to the Carrara Markets, which are open on weekends from 7am until 3pm.
Gold Coast Shopping Centres
If you want well-known Australian and international brands, you’ll enjoy wandering around the Gold Coast’s shopping centres. Pacific Fair at Broadbeach, in particular, has over 400 stores including luxury designers and global megabrands. If you love scoring bargains on big brands, check out Harbour Town, the first purpose-built direct factory outlet shopping centre in Australia.
Gold Coast Shopping Precincts
If you’d rather find Gold Coast fashion items between dips at the sea, turn your attention to the many shopping precincts located near the beaches. Surfers Paradise has Paradise Centre, which offers retail, dining, and entertainment options. Burleigh’s boutiques offer everything from hippie headwear to designer pieces and home decor. Meanwhile, if you’re feeling the heat at Coolangatta, duck into The Strand for an air-conditioned retail break.