Photo: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Gold Coast Queensland
Theres much to choose from on the Gold Coast, with some of the best shopping in Australia to be found under the sun.
Whether your shopping for the latest fashions, chic beach gear or for special gifts and souvenirs for friends and family, you’ll find them here.
Indeed, the largest shopping centre in Queensland is to be found at Pacific Fair.
You can catch a water taxi from the wharf at the river-end of Cavill Ave in Surfers Paradise. Travel through the residential canal estates to Queensland’s Pacific Fair. This centre is laid out in a village style, without the trucks or cars.
There is also the Robina Town Centre; an extravaganza of department stores and scores of speciality shops. In Surfers Paradise itself, there is the Raptis Plaza.
Surfers Paradise is one of Australia’s leading retail areas with shopping until 9pm every night. Hundreds of boutique, department and domestic stores to peruse, while the tree lined boulevards shade international brand names like Cartier, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Bally Hermes, Paris and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Cruise boats meander north from the centre of Surfers Paradise along sheltered waterways to Sanctuary Cove. Here the waterfront marine village has shops selling the best of Australian designer labels and creative handicrafts. A good place if your looking for some great quality souvenirs, including paintings, sculptures, Aboriginal originals and crafts.
Sanctuary Cove has the waterfront Marine Shopping Village, with a number of world-renowned artists in residence. Visitors can browse through the galleries or take a more interactive role at the Jabiou Gallery of fine Arts. Here, you can try a unique chance to work with some of the artists.
The Gold Coast Arts Centre on Bundall Road in Surfers Paradise is the largest regional arts and entertainment complex in Australia. The art gallery is open Monday - Friday 10am to 5pm, and weekends 11am to 5pm. The complex also includes a theatre that hosts a number of major productions each year. There is also a cinema, restaurant, and function/community rooms.
In Southport, The Marina Mirage shopping complex, located on the Spit merges the arts and shopping into one experience. Dress and fashion boutiques are alongside world-renowned art galleries. These include the large Schubert Gallery which deals in a broad variety of Australian talent.
A 30-minute drive from the Gold Coast will find you at Tamborine Mountain; a rainforest oasis nestled high on the range. It has attracted a community of interesting artists and their work captures the beauty of the area.
Their artwork features an interesting blend of colour, texture and shape, and includes ceramics, designer silks, sculpture, painting and leather work. Visitors are invited to enter this community through the Gallery Walk located on Long Road, Eagle Heights.
There is also a popular community market that is held from morning to afternoon on the second Sunday of each month.
The Gold Coast is renowned for buzzing outdoor markets for the best buys staged regularly throughout the region. Markets are held as follows:
The biggest market on the Gold Coast can be found at Carrara every weekend.
For the avid shopper, the Gold Coast is an experience of a lifetime perfectly supplied with an amazing array of shopping resorts, innovative boutiques and shopping villages.
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Places to Visit on the Gold Coast
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