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Get Ready to Get Sweaty

Written by Kirra Smith

The Gold Coast is undoubtedly a city built on an active lifestyle. From the early morning joggers to dedicated gym-goers, fitness is a way of life here. So, what better way to embrace our active lifestyle than by wearing the uniform of the GC – fabulously stylish and wonderfully comfortable activewear. Lucky for us, there are a host of amazing brands designed right here on our doorstep for all our exercise-but-make-it-cute needs.

Whether you're hitting the gym, going for a run along the beach, or practicing Pilates, there are a few things that are essential for the perfect workout ‘fit. First and foremost, comfort is key. We've all experienced the frustration of ill-fitting bike shorts or a crop top that just doesn’t stay in place. Second, breathability is a must, especially in the scorching Queensland sun.

And finally, let's not forget the cute factor. Activewear should not only feel good but also make you feel confident and ready to take on the world. Get ready to break a sweat in style as we explore some of the best Gold Coast activewear brands that are making a move in the industry.


If you're looking for activewear that exudes feminine luxury, look no further than Cleo Harper. This local brand is loved for its simple yet sophisticated designs and limited-edition collections. Each piece is carefully crafted with attention to detail, from the choice of fabrics to the selection of colours and patterns.

Founder and Creative Director Vanessa Levey explains, “At Cleo Harper, we blend feminine sophistication and forward-thinking design to curate exceptional activewear that resonates with our community. Our limited-edition collections reflect our commitment to beautiful quality and stunning design for workouts and everyday wear.”

Cleo Harper offers a wide range of activewear pieces, from bralettes to tights and outerwear; and, if you're in need of some motivation to get moving, their luxe activewear is sure to turn heads. Gold Coast locals also have the added benefit of shopping in person at their flagship store in Burleigh Heads.


Kula Athletic, owned by Gold Coast mum Sarah Wallace, is another brand that deserves your attention. Originally created for yoga enthusiasts, Kula Athletic expanded after the team saw the opportunity to deliver high quality activewear for different body types. At the time, no other brands were making leggings or shorts with an inner gusset (no seam, front rise) so Kula Athletic launched their own. The pieces is designed with the purpose of having women feel good and look good.

Derived from the Sanskrit word for ‘community of the heart’ Kula Athletic is all about creating a sense of connection among strong, empowered women. With an emphasis on sustainability and slow fashion, their high-quality pieces are not only good for your body but also good for the environment - with 20 trees planted for every single purchase made - making Kula Athletic the perfect choice for those who want to look and feel their best while breaking a sweat.


In 2017, Paris-Rose Paterson and Samantha Fulton-Kennedy began envisioning a slow fashion activewear brand embodying high quality over mass production, a brand that was committed to excellence in design, style and Australian made pieces that fit and flatter every figure. In 2018, Paris & I came to life with the mission of redefining leggings, empowering women and helping the planet by reducing their environmental impact.

Today, Paris & I have created an inclusive space for women to honour their authenticity through activewear pieces like onesies, jumpsuits, crops and of course, their famous and extremely flattering leggings. No matter your shape or activity of choice, Paris & I have the fit for you.


Moana Smile Club is one brand guaranteed to bring a smile to your dial. Bold, colourful prints and unrivalled quality are the name of the game from the team who gifted us the Gold Coast’s beloved Moana Bikinis. Like their initial brand, Moana Smile Club’s pieces guarantee every wearer stands out from the crowd due to a passion for unique and exclusive prints, comfort and fabric that flatters every body.

Each garment offers four-way stretch, UV protection, moisture management and everything is squat proof. Moana Smile Club also recently released a waterproof active collection complete with anti-chafe technology. What a dream.


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