It's not a single shop but 360 of them crammed into the best shopping centre by far on the Gold Coast. Can't really work out why VT haven't picked up on that yet.
What to buy: With two department stores and 3 major supermarkets (two of the same brand , the only place in Australia I know of with that) it's huge. On a world scale this place rates.
So, pretty much whatever normal type of merchandise you want, you'll find it here.
I go there mainly to eat but have managed to spend time in some of the shops.
Be warned though, make sure you know exactly where you parked your car because some people, me included, have been known to spend some time finding it again.
What to pay: Normal prices
Ten acres and 500 stalls of indoor and outdoor shopping is what the Carrara Market boasts!
These markets are very popular, selling mainly new items, but there is some second hand.
We decided to make an afternoon of the markets, so arrived a bit before lunch and had lunch at the markets. Prices were quite reasonable, food and service good at the stall we chose.
The markets sell fresh food and vegetables, plants, clothing/shoes, craft, jewellery, paintings by a local artist which were very good, souvenirs, Books, pets and a lot more. There are even Pony rides for the children [fee]
We found as we had been here many times before, it didn't take that long for us to look through, but if you are a first time visitor, I think it would take a lot longer, there definitely is plenty of browsing to be done.
There is quite a decent size car-park, which is FREE PARKING.
No car, No problem, catch the Tourist Bus Service which operates every weekend and services locations throughout Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.
Look for the ConXion bus coach marked with the signs CARRARA MARKETS, remember to HAIL THE BUS.
The prices of all ROUND TRIP BUS FARES are as follows:
Children under 14yrs old $2
Children under 5yrs old FREE
The website has a lot more details and a road map
The market is OPEN...Sat & Sun 7 - 4pm
ENTRY IS FREE
Centro Surfers Paradise is just across the road from the night markets. Situated in this shopping mall are the big players such as Woolsworth, Cotton On Body and Hard Rock Cafe.
It's a pretty small mall but it's somewhere that you can still go to pick up little knick knacks.
The Carrar Markets have become a bargain hunters paradise with a huge variety of products from 500 stalls.
Plants, fruit & vegies, clothing, shoes, arts & crafts, watches, jewellery, tools, leathergoods, butchers, bakery & fish chips are all available at bargain prices.
Carrara Markets are the largest permanent markets to be found in Queensland and they are open every Saturday & Sunday from 7am to 4pm.
A market bus service can pick you up from selected points (including Pacific Fair for a AU$1 fare) or you can drive yourself and enjoy free parking and admission.
You get plenty of opportunity to buy all kinds of movie memorabilia at the many shops dotted around Movie World.
There's Warner Bros. Department Store, Warner Bros. Character Store, Lethal Weapon Store, Superman Escape Store, Batman Adventure Store, Shrek® Storeand the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Candy Store to name a few.
Located on Surfers Paradise Boulevarde is the Spirit of Australia Gallery.
I was so glad I found this shop, as I wanted some nice Australian gifts. There was a huge display of anything you could think of that an Aboriginal could paint. Didgeridoo's, Boomerangs, beautiful T Shirts, Coasters,.....the list goes on.
The quality looked very good for all item's on display, nothing looked cheap & nasty, and in saying that, I didn't think the prices were too bad.
Just before I left, an Aboriginal set up his paints at the front entrance and began painting a scene.
For overseas visitor's, take a browse in this shop, even if you don't buy, it is interesting.
What to buy: Aboriginal artefacts and gifts.....Didgeridoo's
What to pay: Gifts from $3 upwards..
When buying your groceries, etc., next time, have a look on the back of the receipt/docket.
You probably will have, what is called a shopper docket. This has all kind of deals with an expiry date, and they can save you a lot of money.
I have photo copied some to give you an idea of savings. .....
CURRUMBIN SANCTUARY .....Adults at childrens prices, up to 5 people, when tickets purchased at Currumbin.... A SAVING OF $16.20 p/p.................
SUBWAY............FREE foot long sub when you purchase and foot subway and a regular drink.
ALBERT RIVER WINES.......Sunday Champagne brunch for $15 pp.
30% discount on midweek lunch........3 course intimate dinner around a log fire for $30pp
These are prices for 2009, and they usually have an expiry date...........so keep a look out for different deals on ALL TYPES OF THINGS!
Perfectly situated overlooking the broadwater, littered with million dollar luxury boats and yachts, this place is just one big expensive shopping centre.
For those of you who may have more expensive taste and may have a little bit more cash to play with, I recommend taking a visit to Marina Mirage.
With fantastic waterfront dining, fabulous views and designer brands to keep you drooling, you will leave this place feeling like you just stepped out of Hollywood.
What to buy: Expect to spend big here with boutiques specialising in Versace, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Escada, Zampatti, Dolce & Gabbana, Charlie Brown, George Gross and so many more.
Keep in mind this shopping centre isn't just for ladies of luxury, there are many shops catered for the more refined man too.
Marina Mirage doesn't keep the indulgence restricted just to fashion, you can also purchase jewellery, pet fashion (yes, for your beloved fido!), gifts and homewares, and you can experience a tantilising range of restaurants and cafes.
If you do get a little nibbly I reccomend Omeros Brothers. Although a little pricey, the food is sensational and you can expect for your tummy to be filled with the freshest Australian seafood and the most delectible desserts! Try their crepe suzette ;)
What to pay: Get your credit cards ready because shopping here doesn't come cheap!
Carrara Markets has been on the Gold Coast as long as I can remember. The markets have a great relaxed atmosphere and its so easy to gobble up time just strolling around looking at everything.
The Markets have fixed buildings and temporary stalls which change from week to week. So you if you find a stall you particularly like, its guaranteed the same stall will be there next week.
Open on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00am until approximately 4:00pm, this place is always pumping! Never once have I been there when it has been quiet.
I often go to these markets to buy shoes as they usually have the same shoes as the retail stores but at the fraction of the price. They also have a fantastic range of fruit and vege amongst other things.
Also they have some great food stalls that serve breaky from about 6:30am. Also serving a greasy aussie breaky, great for the ill fated hangover!
What to buy: The best way to describe the goods on sale at Carrara Markets? They sell EVERYTHING! With approximately 500 stalls, you will be entertained or lost for hours, which ever one comes first.
What to pay: One should note that haggling is rarely used in Australia, fixed pricing has always been the way. The only real time you may question a price is when you purchase one or more of the item. Feel feel to try and bargain with the merchants, however you may not always get your desired outcome.
Explore more than 120 market stalls stretching over half a kilometre of beachfront promenade along Surfers Paradise beach, every Wednesday and Friday evening.
What to buy: Expect to see locally made items including accessories, artworks, homewares, jewellery, music, beauty products, textiles, photoraphy, memorabilia and much more.
What to pay: Although these markets aren't the most exciting around, they are great to kill an hour over. You may find there prices aren't as cheap as other markets on the Gold Coast, so if you are after a bargain take the time to shop around.
Surfers Paradise has approximately 14 shopping centres and arcades within its vicinity. The best way to see all of these is by donning on a pair of comfy shoes and exploring the Surfers streets yourself.
The shopping in Surfers Paradise offers both retail and duty free with an extensive range of designer boutiques including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Coach, Dior, Bettina Liano and the like.
Most of the stores unlike the rest of the Gold Coast are open for late night shopping 7 days a week. So if you aren't used to the usual 5pm shutting time Australia has, then head to Surfers Paradise to continue on!
What to buy: As mentioned above, expect to discover designer boutiques, duty free stores, clothing including desiger surf and street wear and the like.
What to pay: Surfers Paradise stores a full retail or duty free so expect to pay full price unless you can supply the duty free stores with a passport and boarding pass.
This is the stylish "Cult" shop next door to Billabong and, on the other side is Rip Curl so, it matters little what you want in surfwear, if you head for the back of Burleigh you're sure to find something to please you.
At the back of Burleigh Heads there's a bunch of large surf shops, one of which is the world famous Billabong which my eldest son just happens to work for at the time of writing.
There's a group of shops taking up a few blocks and this just happens to be Billabong's second biggest outlet (after their seconds shop).
What to buy: Clothing is the main thing here though they also have associated surfing gear like boards, hand paddles etc.
What to pay: Like name brands everywhere they tend to be less cheap than you can find in discount stores but, hey, you want to be up with the style don't you?
Lots of shopping malls in Surfers have discount vouchers at the info desks for tourists, you just need to show some ID to get the vouchers.
Places such as Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Chevron Renaissance and Centro Surfers Paradise all have discount vouchers available.
Another good site to go to is http://www.pointout.com.au/
You fill in your address details and they sent me out a booklet FULL of vouchers!! Things such as a free shaker if you visit Draculas, a free picture if you visit Old Time Photos, $2 off King Tutts Putt Putt, a free t-shirt if you ride the Vomatron, $2 off Infinity admission, discounts on meals, the list goes on…
I love free stuff!!
This has many Gold Coast shopping malls and markets, their addresses, a bit of about what they sell and their opening hours, plus links to their actual websites.
A really handy little website if you are a shopaholic like me!! :)
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