Australia Fair shopping centre in Southport, Australia, is undergoing a A$50m ($33.84m) redevelopment. Credit: Shiftchange/
A 1,900m² Planet Fitness gymnasium was opened as part of the redevelopment. Credit: Jonathan Weiss/
The Broadwater Lane comprising a diverse range of culinary options will be opened at the mall. Credit: Faiz Zaki/

Australia Fair shopping centre is a dual-level regional shopping centre located in Queensland, Australia. It is undergoing a redevelopment with an investment of A$50m ($33.84m) to improve the overall retail, dining and entertainment experience for visitors.

Opened in 1983, the shopping centre is operated by Retail First. It was initially known as Scarborough Fair and renamed Australia Fair in 1990 following a series of renovations.

The redevelopment project is being undertaken in stages and is expected to be completed in late 2023.


The Australia Fair shopping centre is located at 42 Marine Parade in the Southport area in Queensland, Australia.

The trade area population near the shopping centre is more than 170,000. The location attracts more than 11 million customers a year.

Australia Fair shopping centre redevelopment details

The Australia Fair shopping centre redevelopment will help increase retail offerings by welcoming new retailers. Stores of existing retailers and brands including Bras N Things, Breadtop, the Commonwealth Bank, the Crown Currency Exchange, Just Jeans, Professionail, Simetics Beauty and Williams Shoes have been renovated and expanded.

In addition, new brands have been opened at the retail centre, including City Fertility, Cotton On, Dolce Nails & Beauty, Medical@Australia Fair, Priceline Pharmacy and Tasty Malatang & Noodles.

A 1,900m² Planet Fitness gymnasium opened on level one, offering a range of exercise options. A 600m² Asian supermarket will be opened.

Broadwater Lane, a dynamic space designed to offer an enhanced food and beverage experience, will be developed on the ground floor of the shopping centre. It will house 11 operators, providing a diverse range of culinary options for shoppers and visitors.

Two additional food kiosks will be added, along with two renowned dining establishments, PappaRich and Nene Chicken, new dining spaces and a new rooftop bar and cafe.

Infrastructure upgrades and amenities

Exterior renovation and lighting upgrades are key elements of the redevelopment project. The outdated exterior facade will undergo a makeover with the addition of new architectural elements and materials that will reflect the coastal and urban character of the Nerang Street entrance.

The redevelopment will also improve accessibility from Marine Parade into the shopping centre by installing a lift and ramp access at the northern end. These replace travelators and will provide a more convenient and inclusive entry point for all visitors.

The skylights are being replaced to enhance the lighting and visual appeal of the centre. The replacement works are currently underway and expected to be completed by early 2024.

New amenities have also been added on the ground floor, including general and disabled toilets. A full-sized changing facility to accommodate disabled adults and a parents’ room have been added on level one.

Contractors involved

Buchan, an architecture firm, is responsible for the redevelopment project design, while Mettle, a construction company, is the builder.

Project Strategies Australia is the project manager.

Australia Fair shopping centre details

The Australia Fair shopping centre has a gross leasable area of 55,248m². It houses 235 retailers with Coles, Woolworths, Daiso Japan and Kmart among the major ones.

Other retailers include AllGood Korean Cosmetics, Ally Fashion, Bella Nails, Connor, Dolce Nails & Beauty, Footcare Haven, Footlocker, Jay Jays, Lowes, Lux Hair, Simetics Beauty & Laser Clinics and UPA Hair & Beauty.

Australia Fair shopping centre hosts a variety of restaurants and dining options including Boost Juice, Cycho’s Buffalo Wings, Great Wall Takeaway,  IT Bar, KFC,  Max Brenner, McDonald’s, Muffin Break, Nando’s, Pho Vietnam, Soy Bar, Top & Grind Cafe, Uncle Bill’s Kitchen, Vintage Grind,  Woka Woka Yuyin Chinese Cuisine and Zhang Liang Malatang.

Entertainment options include Event Cinemas on level one, which features eight cinemas with big screens, and two Gold Class theatres. Little City is a play area for children aged between three and eight years, while Ticket Time is an arcade venue for all age groups.

Parking is available for 2,500 vehicles at the multi-level car parking within the shopping centre and in the adjacent Australia Fair Metro car park. The parking areas also feature electric vehicle charging stations.