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It is easy to just stay in the one general area of the Gold Coast. There is a lot to do in Surfers Paradise. But when it comes time to shop, follow the locals. Even the very few who live in Surfers don't shop there.
There are three main shopping centres on the Coast. Pacific Fair is at Broadbeach but caters for both tourists and locals. Robina Town Centre is at Robina, about a 10 minute drive from Pacific fair and is a mostly locals centre. Harbour Town is the big outlet shopping mall about 15-20 minutes north of Surfers.
But hunt down other places as well. In Southport there is another lesser known outlet area called the Brickworks. It is worth visiting especially if you are in the market for clothes as there is a great shop called Trade Secret selling out end of line name brand stuff. Further out at Ashmore there is another great outlet mall called Central Park Plaza and this is where Billabong, Timberland, Quiksilver etc have their outlet shops. There are sunglass clearance places as well as shoes.
Ask a local cabbie and they will be able to tell you where these places are or just get them to take you. You can get buses but as the system is a bit confusing, taxis are better.
What to buy: As the Gold Coast is the home of Billabong surfwear, there are a couple of places but the cheapest is the outlet at Central Park Plaza. They have board shorts for $10, Bikinis from $15. There is also the major outlet at West Burleigh but it is full price.
Also there are some other local surf brands, Byrning Spears and Mt Woodgee, which are cheap and groovy.
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