Of course there are plenty of free things to do around Sydney and other major cities in Australia, but since a fun holiday should also give you a shot at a little retail therapy, Australia has that covered too.
Shopping tourism, brings in a lot of cash flow into any tourist destination and offers great funding for the economy, and Australia is well tapped-in. From mega malls to market places, to warehouses and outlets, and even high-end brands or specialty boutiques, Australia has something to meet every shopping desire. Even online retailers like Chrono24 have the watch market covered very well in Australia.
Here is a list of some of the best shopping destinations around Australia.
Adelaide, Rundle Mall
The southern capital, Adelaide, offers a really super shopping experience down the pedestrian retail street, Rundle Mall. The area features 500+ shops, from large brand names to Australian retailers, and smaller specialty shops. With so many retailers to choose from and big enough competition between them, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get some good bargains in this area.
Brisbane, Queen Street Mall
It might not be as big of a tourist destination as some of the other capital cities, but Brisbane is not without its charm and its shopping portals. From formal attire to large brand names, and even high-fashion designer brands, you will find what you’re looking for around Queen Street Mall. Furthermore, the mall’s surrounding retail area boasts a vast array of incredible shops and other large shopping centres.
Melbourne, Chapel Street
Probably the best known shopping destination in Australia, Melbourne is bustling with several large drawing tourist attractions, and shopping is certainly one of them. Chapel Street in Melbourne is a prominent area for shopping, dining, and other entertainment. The street contains everything from vintage and antique shops, to pawn brokers and high-fashion retailers, so it has a little something for everyone. There are also a lot of shops that sell clothing that has been made by local designers.
Perth, King Street
Again, Perth is one of the cities that are slightly less “touristy”, but absolutely worth the trip out there. And for shopping, Perth boasts everything from factory outlets down by the harbour to respected brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, or luxury retailers like Rolex, which can be found down the stretch of King Street. Of course, this shopping strip offers other less expensive brands too, so it’s sure to have something for all tastes and budgets.
Sydney, Pitt Street Mall
Being the capital of New South Wales, Sydney is sure to have major shopping destinations. In Sydney, the place to go for great shopping is Pitt Street Mall. It includes both large, well-recognised brand stores and smaller specialty shops. Within easy walking distance are several other large shopping locations, which would make a day out in this area a very fun-filled and profitable shopping experience, to say the least.
Just remember that a lot of these shopping destinations are pedestrian in nature, which means you need to be prepared to do a lot of walking and can get pretty far away from your car. Try to plan your day accordingly, and perhaps make trips back to the car to lighten the load that you’re carrying.