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If the white sands, rolling waves and endless summers haven’t been enough to lure you here yet, the Gold Coast also boasts some of the best shopping locations in Queensland for tourists and locals alike to indulge in some serious retail therapy.

From designer handbags and high-end fashion to all you could dream at bargain prices, the Gold Coast draws visitors to its shopping centers all year round with a unique and diverse retail experience that is bound to suit any budget.

There’s nothing like buying yourself something nice to feel better and chase away the study blues – you deserve it!

For those days when you wake up with an urge to spend your hard-earned cash, we’ve got five of the best spots on the Gold Coast to keep you shopping all day long.

Study Anywhere_ROBINA TOWN CENTRE

ROBINA TOWN CENTRE

As the second biggest shopping center on the Gold Coast, Robina Town Centre is a great option for an all-day out shopping experience. With over 350 stores, including specialty stores, department stores and supermarkets, two large food courts and an outdoor dining extravaganza known as the Promenade, there’s plenty to keep you busy as you search for that perfect bargain.

Thanks to ongoing developments, Robina has also expanded to include big name international brands such as Zara and the soon-to-open H&M, along with a newly styled eating area called The Kitchens where you can feast on dishes from around the world and enjoy the frequent live cooking demonstrations performed on stage as you dine.

Robina Town Centre is going to keep getting bigger and better as new stores are opened throughout this year and next, so get on down there and pick yourself up something special!

 Study Anywhere_SURFERS PARADISE

SURFERS PARADISE

As the central heart of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise has always been a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. Perfectly situated alongside the iconic beachside, Surfers draws millions of sand and sun loving people from all around the world to its shores each year who want to combine their love of retail with the beach culture that has become synonymous with Gold Coast living.

Pick up cheap souvenirs in one of the many tourist friendly stores throughout the district, browse through countless surf shops and fashion outlets, score a bargain at vintage and second-hand stores and don’t forget to visit the famous Cavill Avenue – the main shopping strip in the city packed full of shopping malls, eateries and fun things to do while in the city. You’re sure to pick up the perfect outfit to hit one of the many clubs you can find in the area.

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JAMES ST., BURLEIGH HEADS

When you’re over the crowds at the shopping centers, head on down to Burleigh Heads for a more relaxed and alternative retail experience.

James St. is a popular short one-way street jammed with beachy boutiques and hidden arcades where you can find anything from furniture and homewares, old books, vintage clothes and handbags to scrumptious cafés, health food stores, and artisan bakeries.

The fashion stores on James St. offer visitors something a little different from the popular brands you can get in shopping centers, often at very reasonable prices. Here you’ll find quirky brands and up-and-coming designers who offer designs that stick to the laid back Burleigh fashion code – think bohemian gypsies and Coachella casual – perfect for the chill vibes you’ll get in this area any time of the year.

After you’re done browsing and buying, there’s a great selection of lunch options around Burleigh, including plenty of vegan and organic meals for the health conscious. However, we suggest grabbing some fish and chips, a cold drink and heading for the beach across the road. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day of shopping!

 Study Anywhere_HARBOUR TOWN OUTLET SHOPPING CENTRE

HARBOUR TOWN OUTLET SHOPPING CENTRE

Harbour Town is a must for those looking to buy high-end labels at fantastic bargain prices. Situated at Biggera Waters, Harbour Town is a unique outdoor shopping experience like no other you’ll find on the Gold Coast.

Here you can find big international and local brands that are sold at a fraction of the cost – if you’re lucky you can find items up to 70% off the original retail price in a regular store. There are over 240 outlet stores currently opened at Harbour Town, including Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss, as well as iconic Australian labels such as Oroton, Mimco, and UGG.

There’s also a great selection of dining options available, from restaurants to cafés, and a big cinema complex that offers movies at a cheap rate.

Harbour Town is easily accessed by bus and is only fifteen minutes from the heart of Surfers Paradise – so there’s no excuse for not popping in and grabbing a massive bargain.

Study Anywhere_PACIFIC FAIR SHOPPING CENTRE

PACIFIC FAIR SHOPPING CENTRE

After a huge redevelopment, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre is the largest shopping center on the Gold Coast and it’s easy to spend an entire day here. You’ll find anything from big global brands here, such as H&M, Zara, Sephora, and Uniqlo, to iconic designer labels, to homegrown brands and everything in between.

It’s also good to note that Pacific Fair is a nice looking shopping center. It’s sprawled between two large main indoor centers and an outdoor area that connects the two with plenty of comfy seating and dining areas to relax in between.

There’s a real resort vibe at this shopping center with the numerous fountains, bridges, lighting and tastefully decorated outdoor space – it will make you feel like you’re relaxing by the poolside with a fancy cocktail after a hard day’s work.

There isn’t much you can’t find here and there’s always bound to be a sale going on somewhere for those looking for a bargain. It’s official – Pacific Fair is a retail lover’s dream and your ultimate shopping experience on the Gold Coast.

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There is always something going on in Sydney. But if you are want to slow down and just to walk around some areas with some shopping feel, we recommend you to visit one of these markets. Each of them is known for their special atmosphere and specific offers.

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1. Glebe

Glebe markets are for you if you are after some second-hand clothes. This vibrant market located in the heart of Glebe will welcome you with some nice food and music and you will get this little hippie feeling. Once when the sun is up, this is a place where you can hang out all day long. Be ready to negotiate, some of the people love to do it, some not, but it’s always worth to ask for a better price – you never what will the answer be.

The Glebe Markets

When: Every Saturday from 10am to 4pm

Location: Glebe Public School, 9-25 Derwent St

For more info click here

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2. Rozelle

Rozelle known for their Collectors Market are for you if you are looking for a place where you can find anything that you could think of. Very similar to those flea markets in Berlin, where you can walk around and we will bet that you won’t find the same thing twice. This market is all about recycling items, where for someone it can be a trash and for other a total treasure.

Rozelle Collectors Market

When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm

Location: Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling St, Rozelle

For more info click here

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3. Bondi

This cool market brings you everything you can think of from fresh produce to original fashion and jewellery pieces all just steps from most famous Bondi beach.

Bondi Markets

When: Every Sunday from 10am to 4pm

Where: Located in the grounds of Bondi Beach Public School

For more info click here

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4. Paddington 

Looking for an edgy fashion scene or emerging artist collections? Well, here you are at the right place. This market located in the middle of Oxford street will surround you with art, fashion and craftsmanship of the local producers.

Paddington Markets

When: Every Saturday from 10am to 4pm

Location: 395 Oxford St, behind the Paddington United Church.

For more info click here

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5. The Rocks

Located in the picturesque area in between Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This market offers you over 200 stalls full of handmade goods, prints, jewellery or delicious international food.  Also walking around The Rocks will give you a nice cozy feeling and a little glimpse into a historic part of Sydney.

The Rocks Markets

When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm

Location: Located on Playfair Street, George Street and Jack Mundey Place

For more info click here

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6. Chinatown

Chinese markets, well known among tourists who want to buy cheap souvenirs. You can find all koalas, kangaroos key holders, pens, magnets, tees, just to name few.

Also, it’s worth to have a look in the part where the fruits and veggies are sold. You can find pretty good deals over there. Especially if you go on Sunday afternoon before closing, the stall holders are trying to get rig of the stock so you will be able to shop even cheaper. All you will hear is “One dollar!” deal.

Paddy’s market

When: Wed – Sun 10am-6pm

Location: Market City, Hay St & Thomas Street, Sydney NSW 2000

For more info click here

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7. Kirribilli 

Kirribilli Art and Design market combined to Kirribilli Fashion market give you combined forces. Over 100 stalls will offer you vintage, recycled and new fashion, but also accessories, collectibles, and home wares.

The Kirribilli Markets

When: Every second Sunday of the month, 9am to 3pm

Location: Alfred Street and Burton Street, Milsons Point

For more info click here

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8. Fish Market

If you are after something completely different as just arts&crafts, you should definitely go to a fish market. Go there in the morning to experience the real life, taste some wine and baked goods and shop some fresh seafood. And by the way – they do offer the cooking classes for how to prepare the real seafood.

Sydney Fish Market

When: Mon-Sun 7am-4.30pm

Location: Bank St & Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney NSW 2009

For more info click here

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9. Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are held pretty much in every bigger area over the weekends. You should definitely  look for them if you are interested in fresh and organic produce, vegetables, fruits that come from local farmers.

Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comment below or tell us about your favourite one!

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