First of all, book is a strange word when you’ve looked at it 25 times in two minutes and second of all, it’s really quite a simplistic way to describe something magical and potentially life-changing but who are we to judge.
Clearly we’re here to discuss bookstores today and in particular, the few that still remain on the Gold Coast in an age of Kindles and cries of “print is dead” from people who must not have eyes.
Print is not dead friends, as demonstrated by the below list of beloved bookstores on the Gold Coast and the numerous newsagents about the place but that is a story for another day. We really love books.
From north to south, here they are. Go buy some books.
The newest of the bunch, Book Face in Pacific Fair is a beautiful store complete with a little coffee store at the front and all of the books you’re story-hungry soul could need. From photographic coffee table masterpieces to all the latest thrillers, biographies, travel journals and kids books, you will find something to fall in love with at Book Face. The team there are super knowledgeable too, just let them know what you’re after and they’ll be a. stoked and b. have plenty of epic suggestions to blow your mind (tried and tested). There’s also cars and stationary and the like, all delightful and perfect for gifts.
Where: Pacific Fair, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
Nobby Beach books
It’s been a Nobby’s institution for many years and fingers crossed that doesn’t change anytime soon. It’s a book exchange so you may pop in with anything you might want to swap over and the team will take a look to see if they fit their needs. Of course, if you don’t have any books to swap you may just wander on in and buy up as many epic reads as you fancy. Warning, you might find hours pass while you wander up and down the aisles so give yourself some time to get immersed in the magic.
Where: 2/2227 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Big B Books
Found down a little alleyway in Burleigh Heads, Big B books is jam-packed with both new and used books for your browsing pleasure. It’s a little space but any of kind of read you can possible imagine is on offer there. You’ll find everything from self-help to the mush less serious and, with literal floor to ceiling options, if you can’t find a book here, you won’t find one anywhere. The newbies are at the front and the rest of the store is your oyster. Grab a coffee from Social Brew across the way and spend the morning flipping through the options.
Where: Shop 16, Big B Arcade, James Street, Burleigh Heads
An Australian owned and operated chain of bookstores, QBD books have five locations on the Coast so you can stop in to top up your collection at any available opportunity. From north to south there’s a store at Coomera, Runaway Bay, Australia Fair, Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre so get purchasing. The QBD team stock all the latest goodies and are as passionate about books as we are. There are always lots of books on sale there too so you can pop in and stock up on presents (for yourself and others).
Where: Westfield Coomera Town Centre, Foxwell Road, Coomera
Runaway Bay Shopping Village, 51/10 -12 Lae Place, Runaway Bay
Australia Fair Shopping Centre, 42 Marine Parade, Southport
Pacific Fair, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
Robina Town Centre, Robina
The Coolangatta Book Shop
Down south the Coolangatta Book Shop has you covered with a HUGE array of second hand books so your dollar goes much further. The team there are also super passionate about books and know as much as anyone about the very best reads. The space itself is huge, which means there are many choices and many potential hours of the day can be spent there. Head on down, grab yourself a story or two and pull up a seat on the beach to get immersed in a whole new world.
Where: 34 Griffith St, Coolangatta
Another southern happy place is Bundle O’Books, also filled with second hand goodies to delight your mind (and your eyeballs). It’s an intimate space you can get up and close and personal with all the books. It’s a locally owned store and much-loved by Cooly locals and we highly suggest making a day of it down there. Grab a bit to eat, stock up on reads and then find a quiet spot to enjoy them all. Sounds like perfection to us.
Where: 116 Griffith St, Coolangatta
Words by Kirra Smith