Gold Coast shopping

According to the locals, there are ten of the Gold Coast’s best places for a dose of retail therapy

General city shopping hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm with late night shopping on Thursday to 9pm. Most shops are open all day Saturday (9am-5pm) and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Pacific Fair: unique shopping environment combining the best of open air resort style shopping with a multiple level air conditioned mall. With more than 300 stores and services, Pacific Fair is the largest shopping centre on the Gold Coast and also home to Myer Department Store. Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach.

Marina Mirage: 80 designer boutiques including a collection of famous international designer labels such as Versace Classic, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Nautica and La Perla, as well as renowned Australian labels Lisa Ho, Carla Zampatti, Covers, George Gross, Harry Who, Charlie Brown and more.There’s also a string of award-winning restaurants and great waterfront views. Main Beach.

Australia Fair: Located across from Broadwater, the multi-level Australia Fair shopping centre at Southport is home to 230 specialty stores along with the key department stores cinemas, and a range of restaurants and cafes that make it an entertainment destination in its own right. Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast

Harbour Town: one of the country’s largest purpose-built outlet shopping centres there are more than 100 designer and manufacturer outlets with prices up to 60 per cent less than regular retail. Names and brands include Nike, adidas, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Morrissey, Lisa Ho, Oroton, Mambo, Sheridan, Royal Doulton, Villeroy and Boch, RM Williams and David Jones. Even better, VIP treatment is extended to all Queensland, interstate and international tourists visiting the Gold Coast at Harbour Town’s Tourism Lounge, where you can chill out with a coffee in the air-conditioned lounge before or after you shop and pick up a Tourism Card that gives you extra discounts. Cnr Gold Coast Hwy and Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters.

Centro Surfers Paradise: more than 120 specialty shops and a new alfresco dining precinct right on the beach in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Cavill Mall.

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Robina Town Centre: the Gold Coast’s only David Jones store as well as Target, Kmart, Coles, Woolworths and more than 220 fashion, homewares, food and leisure retailers. Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market: more than 70 market stalls stretching along half a kilometre of beachfront promenade on Surfers Paradise beach, every Friday night, 5.30pm-10pm. The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise.

Broadbeach Art and Craft Market: beachfront craft market held in Kurrawa Park on the first and third Sunday of every month (8am-2.30pm). The Broadbeach Lantern Market is held each Friday night (6-10pm) during the warmer months (September to May).

Carrara Markets: the largest permanent markets in Queensland drawing huge weekend crowds to fossick amongst the 500 stalls, selling everything from plants, fruit and vegetables, clothing, shoes, arts and crafts, watches, jewellery, tools, leather goods to butchers shops, bakery and fish, all at bargain prices. Every Saturday and Sunday from 7am-4pm. Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Carrara.

The Gallery Walk: Long Road between the villages of North Tamborine and Eagles Heights is home to several crammed galleries, craft shops, coffee shops and antique stores.

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