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Gold Coast Shopping Guide

With some of the biggest shopping centres in the Southern Hemisphere as well as boutique strip mall shopping, the Gold Coast is the retail therapy capital of Australia.

While the major centres are mostly full of large retail chains and boutiques, there are also plenty of cool alternate stores on the edges of the main shopping districts.  If you need it, chances are you can buy it on the Gold Coast, you just have to know where to look. How do you know where to look? Read on and we'll tell you…

The Gold Coast also has late night trading on Thursdays with the main centres open till 9pm. Some of the larger retailers like KMart and Big W are also open later each weeknight, and the myriad of restaurants nearby are also open late - check out the individual shopping centre websites for more information.

Note: Gold Coast shopping centres are hard to miss because they are huge, but if you're not driving a car you can get a bus from pretty much anywhere to any of the main centres and shopping districts.

Major Gold Coast Shopping Centres

Robina Town Centre

Robina Town Centre
Robina Town Centre is the Gold Coast's premier retail and leisure destination having recently gone under major renovations. Discover a wealth of shopping choices with David Jones as well as Big W, Target, Kmart, Coles, two Woolworths Supermarkets and over 300 specialty stores. The centre is also home to a new world-class fashion mall featuring some of Australia's most iconic brands such as SABA, Carla Zampatti, CUE, Country Road, David Lawrence, Sportscraft and more. Stay all day and enjoy the air-conditioned 900-seat Food atrium with up to 14 dining options plus enjoy a movie at Event Cinemas, Australia's first fully digital cinema complex including Vmax, 3D and Gold Class Cinemas and it doesn't end there... restaurants by the lake include Grill'd, Groove Train, Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill, Squires Loft, Sushi Bay and Toscani's. 

Opening Hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday and Friday: 9am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 5.30pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Location: Robina Parkway, Robina
Website: www.robinatowncentre.com.au

Pacific Fair

Pacific Fair Atrium
Pacific Fair has become the one stop shop for everything you could possibly need (or want). The shopping centre received a $670 million facelift making it the fourth largest shopping centre in Australia. There are around 420 new stores with many Australian and International high end retailers setting up shop. With a cinema, massive open air seating area surrounded by water features, restaurants and a funky gourmet food court, you can spend all day here buying up a storm, window shopping or dining out in style. If you're staying in Broadbeach, you could easily walk to the centre, or even catch the light rail.

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Wednesday and Friday - 9am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 6pm 
  • Sunday: 9am - 6pm

Location: Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
Website: www.pacificfair.com.au

Australia Fair

Shopping
Australia Fair is a fairly old shopping centre by Gold Coast standards but it has all the shops you'd expect in a big centre and has the added advantage of being in the Gold Coast's CBD in Southport, so there are plenty of independent shops in the surrounding streets. You'll find homewares galore, boutiques, a large food court and cinema which enjoyed a recent upgrade. In fact, many parts of the centre are being rennovated and enhanced with stage 1 completed in December 2017. Stage 2 has already commenced with the food court upgrade, which will turn the old food court into a premier dining precinct that takes advantage of the waterfront views.

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9am - 5.30pm
  • Thursday - 9am: 9pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: 10.30am - 4pm

Location: 42 Marine Parade, Southport
Website: www.australiafair.com.au

Harbour Town

Harbour Town
Harbour Town boasts Australia's first purpose-built outlet shopping precinct in a major regional shopping centre. The idea is that major clothing and homewares brands sell off their merchandise at lower prices and you can generally get some really great bargains from the likes of Sheraton linens, Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Oroton, Nike, and the usual stores you'd expect to see like chemists, supermarkets, and popular retail chains.  Reading Cinemas are also a favourite here featuring a Gold Class cinema and plenty of dining options open late. The centre also offers a free tourist shuttle bus twice per day, 7 days a week with 4 convenient pick up locations in Surfers and Broadbeach, plus a Tourist Discount Card. Just visit the Tourism Lounge and to get your discount card and save even more! 

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9am - 5:30pm 
  • Thursday: 9am - 7pm 
  • Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm 
  • Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Location: Cnr Brisbane Rd & Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters
Website: www.harbourtowngoldcoast.com.au

Other Large Gold Coast Shopping Centres

  • Chevron Renaissance, Surfers Paradise
  • Westfield, Helensvale
  • Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
  • Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, Runaway Bay
  • Centro, Surfers Paradise
  • Coomera City Centre, Coomera
  • Marina Mirage, Main Beach
  • Sanctuary Cove Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove
  • Stockland Burleigh Heads, West Burleigh

Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images

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