Shopping in the Gold Coast
Gold Coast is an Eldorado for shopping enthusiasts, and does not stand behind
what you can find in e.g. Sydney. It is packed with shopping centers and
specialty shops. In addition, there are several large and exciting markets to
visit. Several of them are pure tourist magnets.
Souvenirs in the Gold Coast
As a tourist, maybe you are looking for souvenirs? It is not uncommon for
people to buy some of the local specialties in the category of alcoholic
beverages. Tamborine Mountain Distillery, tucked away in the hinterland region
west of the Gold Coast center itself, is Australia's best-known distillery. Here
you can buy good liqueurs, snapps and vodka. The address is 87 - 91 Beacon Road,
North Tamborine Queensland. Open all days except Sundays from 1000 to 1700.
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Craft products are always popular souvenirs. If you are lucky enough to visit
the Gold Coast when the Coolangatta Art and Crafts market is
open (the second Sunday of the month), then take a tour. Here you buy jewelry,
interior products, leather goods, toys or food. Much of what is sold here is not
something you find in the store! Open from 088 to 1430. The address is Marine
Parade in Queen Elizabeth Park in the suburb of Coolangatta 24 kilometers south
of Surfers Paradise.
Surfing Paradise and Shopping
The Gold Coast shopping center can be found in Surfers Paradise and Cavill
Avenue Street. If you are looking for different types of products then the
Centro Surfers Paradise center in just Cavill Avenue is a sure winner. If you
want to look at expensive haute couture and maybe buy a bag from Prada or Louis
Vuitton, you will find these stores on Elkhorn Avenue in Surfers Paradise. Also
visit the High Street for everything in food and fashion.
Markets in the Gold Coast
Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening there is something called Surfers
Paradise Beachfront Markets. If you are a small (or big) treasure hunter then
this is the place. There are more than a hundred market stalls offering
everything between heaven and earth. Entrance at The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Carrara Market goes for being the largest permanent market in Australia. Here
there are more than 400 sales stalls spread over a large area and you can buy
everything you didn't know you wanted. Carrara Market also has facilities such
as mini golf, toilets, restaurants and much more. Open 7 days a week from 0700
to 1600. The address is Crossing Gooding Drive and Manchester Road in the
Carrara district, about 11 km southwest of Sufers Paradise.
Outlet shopping in the Gold Coast
Australia's largest outlet center is on the Gold Coast. Specifically, at the
intersection of Gold Coast Highway and Oxley Drive in Biggera Waters, about 9
miles north of Surfers Paradise. The outlet center is called Harbor Town and has
more than 220 stores and offers brands with at least 30% off normal retail
price. Open every day of the week from 0900 to 1900 (1700 Sundays). For the
shopping mad, Harbor Town has the medicine. You bring it with you in bags home
to the hotel.