Hannah Stratham

6 things you didn't know about Skygate

Like all good things, there’s more to Skygate than first meets the eye.

When you dig a little deeper on this shopping precinct, you’ll see the retail offering goes so much further than just clothing stores. 

Among its mix are retail heavy weights including DFO Brisbane and Skygate Home & Life, along with a number of first and onlys – including a 24/7 Woolworths – that make Skygate worth putting on your shopping (centre) list. 

For proof Skygate is full of surprises, here’s a few things you might not know about this retail precinct. 

1.    It’s home to Queensland’s ONLY 24/7 Woolworths

Have you ever run out of self-raising flour at 11pm on the eve of your child’s birthday party? Us too. Queensland’s only 24/7 Woolworths to the rescue, found here at Skygate.

Primed for those times when you’re in an ingredient emergency, are a shift worker, or arriving home after a flight to an empty pantry, Woolworths Skygate has your grocery needs sorted – all without the overinflated 24/7 local convenience store pricing. 

The best parking for Woolworths is right outside its doors – perfect for late night grocery dashes.

2.    Skygate has free parking

Do you get frustrated by shopping centres where you have to navigate pokey car parks and boom gates to reach shopping nirvana? Good news, Skygate is not one of them.

At Skygate you’ll find five, free, open-air car parks and one paid multi-deck car park located within the precinct. 

With free parking in the open-air spaces, there’s ample time to stop and shop at Skygate. 

If you need more time for the level of retail therapy you have planned, the paid multi-deck car park starts from $2 per hour for the first 5 hours.

3.    Public transport services the centre

No car? No worries!

You can easily travel to Skygate via bus taking Translink’s 590 bus service (view the timetable here), which connects destinations including Mount Gravatt, Carindale, Cannon Hill, Eagle Farm and Toombul with Skygate, seven days a week.

From the Domestic or International terminals, passengers can catch a free Skygate Airport Transfer Bus to Skygate, which operates seven days a week.

The train equally services Skygate, using the Airtrain service and connecting from the terminals via the terminal shuttle. 

4.    There’s a school holiday program to keep little shoppers entertained

We know tiny shoppers have needs of their own, which is why Skygate proudly coordinates a school holiday program aligned with Queensland school holidays and also supports a range of amenities, shops and dining options all year round. 

A full children’s activities program can be found online, with popular programs involving a meet and greet with Bluey, scavenger hunt across the precinct and regular kids’ eat free meal deals.

Outside of school holidays, there’s still something for little ones at Skygate. Kids love the giant Great Barrier Reef playscape outside Skygate Dining, a sculpture-come-playground that affords parents a little P&Q while enjoying a meal. 

If your little ones need a little more than a playground to burn off energy these days, try your hand at Golf Central BNE’s putt putt course just across the road. The course will put you through 18 destinations – so you can travel the world without leaving Skygate.

5.    More than just shops, you’ll find services

Looking for medical services with great parking? Enter Skygate.

On site you’ll find the likes of Skygate Dental, Queensland Xray and Sonic Health Plus (Medical Centre) – all under one roof. 

Services take a more relaxing turn too with Anton Steele, Beauty Stop and Chi Link Massage and Beauty Centre taking care of your beauty needs. 

6.    Find over 160 speciality stores

If you thought Skygate was just a Woolworths and Dan Murphy’s think again. 

There’s over 160 speciality stores in the precinct with everything from Homewares – think TK Maxx and Nick Scali to pharmacy needs like Direct Chemist Outlet.

Within DFO itself, you’ll find discount designer ware – with everything from Seed to Timberland, City Beach to Mimco, Lorna Jane and Ralph Lauren to name a few. 

With over 160 stores within the precinct, maybe you will need more than a few hours parking after all?