With its international designer fashion boutiques, discount outlets, charming craft villages and bustling markets, Queensland's Gold Coast is one of Australia's most versatile shopping regions. At the luxury end, the waterfront Marina Mirage (74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach; www.marinamirage.com.au ) is one of the area's most exclusive precincts. Top names such as Versace, Escada and Hermes, as well as leading Australian brands such as Lisa Ho, can be found among the 70 elegant stores. Window displays are sleek and stylish and many of the boutiques are spacious and contemporary. Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove ( www.sanctuarycove.com ) is the place to buy unique designer resort wear. Yours International offers a colourful range of sophisticated Sunseeker swimwear (from about A$200; HK$1,184), tasteful multicoloured beach bags (A$69) and bright Trudi Fischer resort sandals with transparent heels (A$99). One of the main drawcards at the Marine Village is Sanctuary Cove's 292-berth marina, which plays host to Asia-Pacific's largest on-the-water boat show, the annual Sanctuary Cove International Show. If bargain-hunting is your cup of tea, head to the designer-outlet warehouses at Harbour Town (top; on the Gold Coast Highway; www.harbourtown.com.au ). Harbour Town is set up along the lines of the enormous factory outlets in the US and feels like Disneyland without the rides. Families are well catered for with a mini train, bouncy castles and plenty of places to eat. Brand names such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Adidas, Oroton and Bendon sell their surplus fashion and end-of-season lines at prices up to 60 per cent below retail. If you have the patience to elbow your way through the weekend crowds, you'll pick up some terrific bargains. In the Royal Doulton shop, an Oneida Ebony 56-piece cutlery set costs A$59, slashed from A$199. The picturesque mountain village of Mount Tamborine ( www.tamborinemtncc.org.au ) has a cluster of galleries and quaint craft shops at which you can pick up creations by local artists. Housed in cute timber cottages and European-style buildings, the shops sell paintings, sculptures, ceramics, porcelain and wooden items. Robin's Nest ( www.robinsnest.com.au ) carries the works of a number of artists such as Alison Bennett, who creates colourful lady-like vases (left; A$185 each), Natasha Hodgson, who makes quirky ceramic animals (from A$32) and Jill Palmer, who produces a range of stylish dolls. Junu's Gallery offers some outstanding works of art made using Australian native hardwoods. You can even buy a genuine Black Forest cuckoo clock from the German Cuckoo Clock Nest ( www.cuckooclocknest.com.au ). Don't forget to join the crowds at the Gold Coast markets. Surfers Paradise holds a night market on Fridays, Broadbeach hosts lantern-lit markets from September to May and at weekends, more than 500 stalls constitute Carrara Markets. For more information, see www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/markets .