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Shopping in Queensland

Retail therapy in the sunshine state

While Queensland may not be the first place you think of when it comes to getting your fix of retail therapy in Australia, the state is full of high-end designer fashion, bustling market places and affordable outlets. No matter where you visit in Queensland, it is a certainty that everyone in your travelling party will find a Queensland bargain to take home!

South East Bargains

In the south east at the sunny Gold Coast, most visitors are drawn to the sunny skies, the surf and the sand. However, the Gold Coast is evolving into a haven for shopaholics and is fast becoming the perfect destination to snatch up a bargain and indulge in high-end designer labels or signature boutique fashion. Big name brands with small price tags can be found in all the large shopping centres scattered across the region like Robina Town Centre, Australia Fair, Harbour Town and the newly renovated Pacific Fair. Check out the beachfront markets along the foreshore of Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta for everything from jewellery and accessories to artworks, services and homewares. Head to Carrara Markets for one of Queensland’s biggest and best permanent market places, where you could easily spend a whole day wondering around the 10-acre precinct browsing the hundreds of stalls.

A little further north in Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, shopping enthusiasts won’t know where to start in the cities CBD. The CBD is a one-stop-shop for shopping in Brisbane, with hundreds of stores scattered across the cities centre and within Queen Street Mall. There are over 700 stores along the Queen Street Mall, and over 1000 within the whole CBD, featuring everything from international labels to local boutiques. Not just the place to find a bargain, Queen Street is also an entertainment precinct of the city. Music echoes through the streets with The City Sounds every weekend and the daily buskers. There are farmer’s markets selling fresh, local produce as well as an Event Cinema if you feel like catching a movie. Fancy yourself a bit of a foodie? Then you must pay a visit Brisbane’s Eat Street for an experience like no other. Over 70 food vendors gather in Northshore every weekend to create exotic and tasty dishes from all over the world. Sample a taste of Asia, Africa or perhaps South America while you enjoy the live entertainment.

Back on the coastline and further north again at the Sunshine Coast, a day spent at the vibrant Hastings Street will not disappoint. If you’re staying in Noosa, it’s likely that your resort is just a short stroll from the excitement of Hastings Street, the hub of this Sunshine Coast suburb. This shopping destination runs parallel to the famous Noosa Main Beach and has everything from fashion, jewellery and beauty products to home wares, art and boutique products. The beach is literally just steps away from the shopping precinct too – what great excuse to buy a new swimsuit! The Sunshine Coast is also home to Australia’s premier artisan market, the Original Eumundi Markets. This iconic market has been operating since 1979 and since then has grown to be the biggest art and craft market in Australia with over 600 stalls and more than 1.6million annual visitation! The market prides itself on focusing on handmade products only to match their ethos of “make it, bake it, grow it, sew it”.

Northern Buys

Head to Tropical North Queensland where the streets are covered in art galleries, unique stores, boutique clothing lines and souvenir shops. In Cairns, head to Cairns Central for everything you could want in one place including men and women fashion, electronics, lingerie, footwear, books, sportswear, accessories, cosmetics and more. Indulge in high-end luxury shopping with designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Coach and Calvin Klein at DFS Galleria. The Cairns Night Markets is sure to have something for everyone too. Over 70 retail outlets come to life each night within this market precinct. So, fuel up at one of the food stalls and find a treasure to take home whether it be clothing, gemstones, beauty products, Cairns souvenirs, arts, crafts and fresh Australia food products. If you’re holidaying in Cairns, it’s likely you won’t be too far away from Cairns Esplanade. Each Saturday, a huge variety of market stalls set up along the waterfront showcasing everything Cairns has to offer, like locally made jewellery, leather work, pottery and clothes. Find a bargain and end the day with a refreshing swim in the Cairns Lagoon!

Further north of Cairns, discover a new shopping experience in Port Douglas. Close to most of the popular accommodation options is the tree lined Macrossan Street Precinct. Slip into the laidback vibe of the town and make a day of wandering around this unique shopping precinct that features boutique clothing stores, designer labels, beachwear and street wear. It’s not just stores either, you can pay a visit to a range of art galleries full of local artworks and Indigenous art and crafts or refuel at one of the cafes or restaurants after a refreshing beverage at one of the bars or pubs. Port Village Shopping Complex is also located on Macrossan Street. The centre is home to many clothing stores offering outfits to suit the warm Port Douglas weather. Pay a visit to the many of shopping centres around Port Douglas including Meridien Marina Mirage and Portico. Sunday mornings are market time in Port Douglas! Head down to Market Park and ANZAC Park after 8am every Sunday and stroll through the stalls that look out over the Coral Sea. The Port Douglas Sunday Markets pride themselves on being a ‘Cotters Market’, meaning everything that is for sale must be sold by the person who made it or their family!

While holidaying in the Queensland heat, the best escape is to grab your credit card and hit the shops! Cool down with tasty treats and find summer fashion for the entire family. All ages, all styles and all prices can be found throughout this beautiful state, so make time for some retail therapy during your Queensland holiday! For more information or to secure your Queensland holiday get in contact with the Queensland Holiday Experts now!