One of the best things about predominantly sunny days throughout the year and mild winters is that you can enjoy stepping outside and experiencing all that the Gold Coast has to offer. From spectacular beaches, beautiful pristine rainforests in the hinterland national parks, theme parks, wildlife attractions, and many other exciting outdoor events coming up, you’ll be sure to soak up that Vitamin D as you explore this spectacular coastal travel destination.
Another advantage to the beautiful weather is that you aren’t just limited to hitting the shopping centres if you are looking to update your wardrobe, find the perfect holiday momento, or grab gifts to bring back with you for loved ones. Although, just quietly, the Gold Coast shopping centres are really pretty impressive.
There’s the recently upgradedPacific Fair shopping centre that closely resembles a tropical resort with its indoor/outdoor design and impressive big name designer brands. Marina Mirage offers not only million dollar Broadwater views but top class shopping experiences as well. Of course we can’t forget the gem that is Harbourtown, a huge discount outlet shopping centre where you can grab high end designer gear for a fraction of the retail price.
If shopping centres aren’t really your thing and you prefer a more casual vibe, then you can take you pick from the fantastic variety of markets that offer everything from fashion, beauty, homewares, art and photography, and street food. The only issue you will have is choosing which one you are more excited to visit!
The Village Markets
An absolute favourite amongst locals, and set just moments from the iconic and trendy Burleigh Heads beach, The Village Markets have gained quite the name for themselves. The place to be for up and coming designers, it takes a certain caliber of uniqueness and quality to be approved as a stallholder, and as a result the offerings as you wander through the markets is first class.
Big names such as Peony Swimwear, Children of the Tribe, and Kivari have all traded at TVM, so you might just find that you are able to get ahead of the game and grab your next wardrobe piece as well as bragging rights that you recognised fashion genius before the label exploded in popularity.
TVM is far more than just clothes though. On the first and third Sunday morning of every month the oval of the Burleigh Heads State School is transformed with over a hundred boutique stalls, as well as live entertainment, food, and a chilled out Gold Coast vibe.
You’ll find a beautiful collection of art, sustainable products, natural beauty products, pre-loved and vintage items, upcycles and handcrafted finds, unique homeware, and so much more. Having won more awards than you would believe, TVM is a community that supports startups in achieving their dreams, and we just get to experience a spectacular shopping experience as a result. It’s most certainly worth a stop on your Gold Coast stay.
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Having run for over two decades now, there’s a very good reason the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are as popular today as they ever have been. Set along The Esplanade, you can go for an evening stroll and soak up the sights as you peruse over 130 stalls lining the street. The variety is astounding, and you’ll love the items on offer from coastal fashion to trinkets, handmade and unique items, beauty products, food produce and dishes, animal experiences, live entertainment, and so much more!
The markets run every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday night, and the stalls are ever changing so you can find different items for purchase on consecutive visits. If you’ve stopped into Surfers Paradise for a meal or after work drink, why not head to the beachfront and peruse the stunning variety of offerings and chat to the locals to become truly immersed in the local culture.
Queensland's largest permanent market, and as quirky and enormous as they come, a stop by Carrara Markets is an experience you won’t soon forget. With over 400 stalls stretching across four hectares, you will find absolutely anything your heart could desire, from second hand books to jewellery, clothing and accessories, homewares, practical jokes, magic, designer knock offs, sunglasses, toys, Australian souvenirs, you name it.
There is fresh produce, plants, and pet supplies, temporary tattoos, and hair wraps. Kids entertainment includes an animal farm, pony rides, putt putt, face painting, and bungee trampoline. It’s a completely delightful mish mash of everything all in one place, and a must if you truly want to experience all that the Gold Coast has to offer.
The Art and Craft on the Coast Markets
These fascinating markets run in Broadbeach, Burleigh, and Coolangatta on different weeks of the month and showcase local talent with 150 stalls of handmade items including fashion, art, craft, creative works, beauty products, homewares, and food. There is a breathtaking array of offerings in every shape, colour, and size that you could imagine.
Hugely popular, you can enjoy a swim and some sunshine, and then finish off the morning with a casual browse through the clever and visually breathtaking stalls along the beach, and grab something to eat or drink to recharge your batteries. With relaxed energy and friendly stallholders to chat to, you’ll be glad you paid a visit to the Art and Craft on the Coast Markets.
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