A one page guide to Gold Coast shopping destinations

The city has plenty of options for the shopper including several large malls packed with major national chain stores and local retailers through to weekend markets that offer that something unique.

All of the malls, or shopping centres, on the Gold Coast are modern and feature many of Australia’s well known major retailers. They offer a complete experience with a diverse range of shops selling clothes, fashion, gifts, homewares and more. Most feature movie cinemas and of course, restaurants and cafes.

The two major shopping malls are Australia Fair located at Southport and Pacific Fair at Broadbeach with each featuring something like 300 plus stores. Australia Fair has anchor tenants including K Mart, Sams Warehouse, Best & Less, Coles, Telstra T Life and for fashion there’s Sportsgirl, Rockmans, Sussan, Ed Harry, Roger Davis to name a few. There’s also several interesting shops outside of the shopping centre along Nerang St and Scarborough St. At Broadbeach, Pacific Fairs’ major stores include Myer, David Jones (coming), K Mart, Target, Best & Less plus many more. Nearby is the casino, the convention centre and Oasis shopping centre.

Harbour Town is popular with bargain hunters as there are many outlet stores there. There is also a large modern shopping mall at Robina, namely Robina Town Centre.

The city has one major market area, namely Carrara Markets, and also several weekly and monthly markets. At Surfers Paradise on the Esplanade there is a small night market every Wednesday and Friday Night. Check out the list of Gold Coast markets:….

Beyond the malls and markets there are also some fantastic shopping streets featuring boutique retailers and local stores that offer things you won’t find at the major chain retailers and department stores. Main Beach has a small collection of upmarket shops that offer unique fashion and fashion accessories as does the nearby Marina Mirage. Broadbeach is not quite as upmarket with prices as Main Beach but offers plenty of interesting little shops in amongst the restaurants and there is also the Oasis Centre which is a small mall featuring restaurants, clothing retailers, jewellery and a handy discount store (like a reject shop/2 dollar shop).

Shopping in Surfers Paradise is starting to grow up, no longer is it just the domain of tacky t-shirts and Koala teddy bears. There’s several clusters of shops including Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre which features several al-fresco cafes, health shops, day spa’s, Coles supermarket and more. Centro Surfers Paradise is the largest mall in Surfers featuring loads of eateries, a Woolworths supermarket, souvenir shops, clothes shops, beach wear, a bowling alley, games arcade and more. ‘The High Street’ is a new addition featuring many luxury brands such as Versace, Witchery and French Connection.

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