Gold Coast shopping centres bracing for more big crowds after Boxing Day bedlam

Shopping centres across the Gold Coast are bracing for another busy day after thousands turned out on Boxing Day to grab a bargain.

People were out early at Pacific Fair, Robina Town Centre, Westfield Helensvale and Coomera and Harbourtown to be the first to take advantage of massive discounts.

The big crowds saw car parks at some of the major centres fill up by mid-morning.


Wednesday also saw major traffic delays on Brisbane Rd and the Gold Coast Highway for those trying to get to Harbourtown with officials there forced to install temporary boom gates at the entrance to the car park.

Others simply gave up and parked on median strips and on the side of the road.

Thousands also flocked to Pacific Fair with surrounding roads also experiencing traffic delays.

Pacific Fair Senior Marketing Manager Kate Halpin says it was by far their busiest day of the year.

“Christmas is big but this is so much bigger,” she said.

“We’ve got foot traffic up almost 200-per-cent on a normal day.”

Meantime people who received Coles and Myer gift cards for Christmas weren’t able to use them yesterday after a technical glitch.

Shoppers vented their frustration after being unable to pay for goods.

Coles and Myer have blamed a third party provider but say the problem has now been fixed.

Customers of ANZ and Westpac also faced issues on Boxing Day.

The ANZ’s banking app was down while Westpac was having issues with its EFTPOS.

Both problems have since been resolved.