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We get it, because we’re shopaholics too. If you have the urge to splurge, the Gold Coast is the perfect place to shop up a storm.
1. Shopping centres
Malls? You’ve come to the right place. From the recently refurbished Pacific Fair, with its world-class high street stores and free daily shuttle service, to Robina Town Centre which boasts all the Aussie big dogs like Myer and David Jones, you won’t go home without shopping bags. For fashion-forward surf wear, homeware, artwork and itsy-bitsy bikinis, look no further than James Street Strip in Burleigh Heads. And if you like Champagne names at Prosecco prices, Harbour Town open-air outlet centre offers up to 70% off many labels. Catch the complimentary shuttle Tuesday through to Saturday from four GC locations.
HOT TIP: Need to cool off? Pacific Fair's complimentary visitor lounge has hot and cold water, fresh fruit, Wi-Fi, free showers, lockers (for a fee) and shuttle drop off. And don't forget that Harbour Town offers outta-towners a FREE Tourist Discount Card for additional discounts. Simply pick one up from The Tourism Lounge.
Moelleux Store is as fresh and as fancy as it’s French name suggests, so make tracks to its Coolangatta location for must-have investment pieces. Alternatively, Cornerstone Stores (also Coolangatta) is a boutique retail precinct brimming with niceties. Peruse and muse, then head to the café or cocktail bar for a breather. For niche Aussie labels you won’t get your hands on easily in NZ, White Bohemian Store in Palm Beach is full of cult fashion hits – all the ones GC girls go coocoo for.
HOT TIP: For stylish children’s threads, accessories and toys, The Young Ones is owned by mother and daughter, just a quick mooch from Currumbin Beach. And the children's books are especially delightful.
3. Global brands
All the major shopping malls house international faves such as Zara, H&M and Lorna Jane etc, while James Street Strip houses well-established Aussie names such as Rhythm - a goodie for surf dudes and dudettes. Kirra surf in Coolangatta is the largest surf store in the Southern Hemisphere, so if you’re after fashion-forward surf and board accessories, there’s an impressive selection of iconic brands to lust over.
4. Hip markets
Don’t miss the ever-popular Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets held every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night from 4pm - 9pm. It’s a mecca for jewellery, fashion and souvenirs. Another cool hangout is the NightQuarter, divided into separate spaces for food, fashion and live music. Open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm, on Town Centre Drive in Helensvale. Then there’s The Village Markets (locally known as TVM) at Burleigh Head State School which showcase a collection of fashion stalls, emerging designers and food trucks between 8.30am and 1pm every first and third Sunday of the month.
HOT TIP: There’s nothing better than taking a leisurely Sunday stroll around The Coolangatta Art and Craft markets in Queen Elizabeth Park. Held every second Sunday, the combination of market chatter and a beachfront breeze is heavenly.
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