It’s little surprise the Gold Coast’s shopping scene is as varied as the personalities of its suburbs. On the northern end, expect high-end glamour with all the brand names, while it’s a more earthy feel heading south. There’s also plenty of home-grown designers stamping their mark on the fashion scene.
Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre
For a little bit of Melbourne in Surfers Paradise, check out this shopping centre where renowned street artist John Kay used 150 cans of spray paint to create large panels of graffiti art. Inside, Destination 4217 (the suburb’s post code) is full of flirty fashion.
All the style icons are here along Elkhorn Avenue in Surfers Paradise, home to high end shopping such as Prada with its one-off bags and where motorcyclist Mick Doohan is said to shop. Hermes, Cartier and Louis Vuitton all grace these tree-lined streets.
There’s plenty of marketplaces along the Gold Coast but few rival the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets for its position. More than 120 stall holders and live music bring a carnival atmosphere to the ocean. The Village Markets at Burleigh is the original boutique creative market.
Burleigh Heads and Nerang are the two destinations for the Gold Coast Farmers Markets where it’s all about farm fresh fruit and vegetables and organic produce. Head to the Local Producers’ Market at Tamborine Mountain for home-grown produce and the Carrara Markets for just about everything.
There’s a tidal wave of tacky post cards to be found on the Gold Coast but for truly cool memorabilia to send back home, head to Currumbin’s Surf World museum. Here, classy old black and white post cards of the Coast cost just 20 cents.
This home-grown designer is making waves with one-off, limited edition, handmade art fashioned on t-shirts, singlets, hoodies, bags, jackets and vintage skirts. Head to Annie’s Pocket in Byron Bay to see more of this eclectic art which transforms recycled buttons, fabrics and kitsch into fashion.
Byron Bay’s Gallit Massuri borrows inspiration from the 40s and 50s to create fashion pieces from natural fibres. These 100 per cent handmade designs are limited editions and can be found at The Beachside Market Byron Bay. Check out her cool lace belts and accessories.
Sean Scott Ocean Art Australia
Burleigh Heads is the ideal location for this local photographer who captures the Gold Coast ocean environs and sells amazing prints, images and calendars. Situated in James Street, this store sells a bit of everything from swimwear and candles to belts, sandals and DVDs.
Nobby Beach Books
For those searching for the perfect holiday reading, head to this adorable establishment, the longest-serving book store on the Gold Coast, which has clocked up 40 years. Become lost among the pre-loved books and latest releases such as Penguin Classics, Lonely Planets, fiction and classics.
20th Century Antiques and Collectibles
The surfie southern suburb of Coolangatta is the ideal destination for this antique store, a veritable Aladdin’s Cave. Fossick through this huge warehouse boasting everything from old vinyl records to clothing. Find Gold Coast flair in the retro surf gear such as the 10ft long boards.