Anyone after a bit of retail therapy is in luck: the Gold Coast has some great places to shop. From huge shopping centres to designer and independent boutiques, whatever your style you won’t have any trouble finding nice things to buy!
Robina Town Centre
Although it is a little out of the way if you are staying in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach, Robina Town Centre is quite easy to get to. It’s worth the trip as after a $400 million upgrade, it has all the shopping, dining and entertainment options you should need. This place is HUGE.
There is a David Jones, Myers, Coles, Big W, Kmart, a fashion mall and well over 300 other stores. For dining there is a wide range of options: restaurants and cafes as well as a food court. The Gold Class, Vmax and 3D cinemas are top-rate too.
Located more conveniently (for most visitors) in Broadbeach, Pacific Fair may have had some of it’s glory taken by Robina Town Centre but it’s still a great place to shop.
Stores include Myer, Target, Kmart, Kikki K, Esprit, Kookai and Seafolly. Again, there plenty of places to eat whether you want a snack or something more substantial. There is also a 12 screen cinema and a TunzaFun amusement/game centre.
Overlooking the Broadwater, Marina Mirage has a lovely waterfront location in Main Beach. After it’s $40 million facelift in 2009 it has become one of the more glamourous places to shop on the Gold Coast. It certainly isn’t trying to be the biggest, with less than 100 shops and boutiques.
You’ll find names like Tommy Hilfiger, Hermes, Carla Zampatti, Calvin Klein, Zimmermann, Christensen Copenhagen and Charlie Brown. It’s a more upmarket shopping experience, with some very high quality restaurants too. Don’t forget your credit card.
Centro Surfers Paradise
Very convenient for anyone staying in Surfers Paradise, Centro has a good Woolworths supermarket – very handy if you are self-catering. It’s certainly not the flashiest shopping centre on the Gold Coast, but it pretty much covers all the basics that you may need.
Shops include Surf Dive ‘N’ Ski, Cotton On, Gloria Jeans and Guess Accessories, there is a medical centre, massage, fast food and a must for younger visitors: Timezone.
About 10 kilometres north of Surfers Paradise, Harbour Town is more of a factory outlet/discount shopping centre. Expect the usual outlets like Levis, Tommy Hilfiger, Alannah Hill, Industrie, Cue, Supre and so on. There is a 14 screen cinema and for eating there are places like Nandos, Maccas and some food court type outlets.
The High Street Surfers Paradise
Located under the Hilton Hotel, The High Street is a new shopping precinct with a very modern vibe. Stores include French Connection, Witchery, Mimco, Costa Moda and there is the Groove Train restaurant for contemporary, casual dining.
Circle on Cavill
Right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Circle on Cavill describes itself as a “boutique shopping centre”. It’s handy if you are staying in town, with a Woolworths supermarket, a selection of shops, a 24 hour gym, a Strike bowling Bar and more. There’s a medical centre too.
Oasis Shopping Centre
If you are staying in Broadbeach, the Oasis Shopping Centre on Victoria Avenue is very convenient. Although much smaller than Pacific Fair, it’s still big enough with a good range of shops with fashion, beauty, homewares, jewellery, gifts and more all covered.
There is a Woolworths for your grocery needs, and aside from the cafes and restaurants, there is also a gym, yoga, naturopathy & kinesiology, massage and a medical centre.
Cartier: The Moroccan, Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise. (07) 5561 0596
Gucci: The Moroccan, Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise. (07) 5531 6966
Hermès: Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. (07) 5532 4959
Louis Vuitton: Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise. 1300 883 880
Palazzo Versace Boutique: Palazzo Versace, Sea World Drive, Main Beach. (07) 5591 8080
Prada: The Moroccan, Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise. (07) 5539 8858