Marina Mirage just north of Surfers on the Southport Spit, is a great place to go to spend an afternoon checking out all the flash tourist shops :o) Also they have alfresco dining and entertainment on the weekend. This is definately a must to visit.
Nike, Esprit, Mambo, Fila, Calvin Klein, Levis, etc..
What to buy: Get cheap beach wear here!! Actually get cheap branded stuff here!!
What NOT to buy : Souveniers. It's very expensive to buy souveniers here. Get them at Pacific Fair or Goldcoast shopping centres.
What to pay: hhmm... it depends.... I spent abt A$200 here... Got a great deal at Nike boutique... Bought a pair of running shoes at A$50 only (costs more than S$100 in Singapore)....
Central Park Plaza has the second's and outlet stores for top surf name brands like Billabong, Quicksilver, Element, Roxy, Kuta Lines, Voodoo Dolls and other not so well known brands in mens and womans swimwear and clothing. There is also a discount sunglasses shop, with old lines of top brand sunglasses at discounted prices.
Trade Secret is an outlet store in Southport, which sells some great brand name surf wear (Mambo & Echo to name a few), ladies, mens and kids clothes, lingerie & manchester at heavily discounted prices.
This is where all the locals go to buy there discounted brand name clothes. Trust me, once you go there you'll never want to pay full price again!!
Open 7 Days:
Mon, Tue, Wed: 9 - 5.30pm
Thursday: 9 - 8pm
Friday: 9 - 5.30pm
Saturday: 8.30 - 5pm
Sunday: 10.30 - 4pm
What to buy: Most surfwear is half price!
Australia Fair is my favourite shopping centre to go to. Is has most of the same shops that Pac Fair has got, but in a more convenient and compact centre. It is also the only fully enclosed and air-conditioned shopping centre with plenty of undercover car parks available.
It also has its own cinema complex, plenty of fast food restaurants and cafes'.
It is easy to just stay in the one general area of the Gold Coast. There is a lot to do in Surfers Paradise. But when it comes time to shop, follow the locals. Even the very few who live in Surfers don't shop there.
There are three main shopping centres on the Coast. Pacific Fair is at Broadbeach but caters for both tourists and locals. Robina Town Centre is at Robina, about a 10 minute drive from Pacific fair and is a mostly locals centre. Harbour Town is the big outlet shopping mall about 15-20 minutes north of Surfers.
But hunt down other places as well. In Southport there is another lesser known outlet area called the Brickworks. It is worth visiting especially if you are in the market for clothes as there is a great shop called Trade Secret selling out end of line name brand stuff. Further out at Ashmore there is another great outlet mall called Central Park Plaza and this is where Billabong, Timberland, Quiksilver etc have their outlet shops. There are sunglass clearance places as well as shoes.
Ask a local cabbie and they will be able to tell you where these places are or just get them to take you. You can get buses but as the system is a bit confusing, taxis are better.
What to buy: As the Gold Coast is the home of Billabong surfwear, there are a couple of places but the cheapest is the outlet at Central Park Plaza. They have board shorts for $10, Bikinis from $15. There is also the major outlet at West Burleigh but it is full price.
Also there are some other local surf brands, Byrning Spears and Mt Woodgee, which are cheap and groovy.
Surfers Paradise is a 7 day late night shopping district on the Gold Coast with
13 shopping centres and arcades so be sure to fill your wallet and shop 'til you drop.
The Carrara Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday.
What to buy: We buy our fruit and veg there every couple of weeks. It's very fresh and cheaper than the supermarket.
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