Outer Suburbs, Canberra
Canberra does not have ribbon-style shopping development or corner stores. Remember what I've been saying about planning? It's all part of that.
As the city develops and suburbs fill, the next planned suburban area is commenced. From the time development of each suburb begins, it has its own small local shopping centre consisting of typically a small supermarket and a newsagency, chemist, doctor and service station. Some such local centres have grown over the years and, although some have withered and closed, most have survived and are valued neighbourhood assets.
What to buy: Typically the 'convenience' type items you would buy locally.
What to pay: Standard prices.
Without wishing to disrespect the good residents of South Canberra, if the average tourist finds himself or herself in the vicinity of Tuggeranong Homestead Market between the hours of 9am and 2pm (its opening hours) on the second Sunday of a month they are most likely lost, having been taken prisoner by Canberra’s mostly unnecessary profusion of complex and confusing roundabouts, more appropriate in a city of ten million people.
As such, this tip is aimed at lost tourists, longer term visitors to Canberra, residents and those few short term tourists with a particular liking for small local markets who voluntarily choose to visit the market. Joking aside, if you are in the area it is certainly worth dropping in to the market for half an hour, if only to avoid ending up in some ghastly modern shopping mall.
The small outdoor market has around 30+ quite varied stalls and a few small fairground rides for kids, together with a bouncy castle and an interesting display of old engines (small), water pumps and the like by the Canberra and District Historic Engine Club.
When I visited, and I suspect it doesn’t change that much from month to month, I could have acquired some handmade soap, local olive oil and honey, baked goods, floral displays from the boot of a car, towels in local football team colours, a chicken run, wooden boxes and other locally handcrafted curios.
While some nice looking fresh rhubarb was on sale, I resisted the temptation to buy it knowing that I would not have time to make and consume a particular rhubarb tart that I am especially partial too, prior to going away for Christmas. Not having a need for any of the other offerings or for a hot dog from the local Lions Club sausage sizzle (a worthy charity – though I didn’t need to eat), I settled for a pleasant enough coffee from an ice-cream van which enticed market goers with what seemed like hundreds of flavours of ice-cream in all shapes and sizes. It didn’t taste bad either, my friends had one each!
All in all, worth dropping in if you are in the area. Entry (and parking) is by gold coin donation to the local Lions Club. For those unfamiliar with that, it means you make a $1 or $2 coin donation per vehicle.
As the market is exposed to the elements don’t forget to take a hat and sunscreen. In the event of rain I would suggest alternative entertainment.
The market is located close to the historic Tuggeranong Homestead about 20 minutes drive from Canberra City Centre and 5 minutes from Tuggeranong Town Centre.
Next Review – Tuggeranong and Southern ACT
Next Canberra review - July - Nov 2014
What to buy: Local crafts
What to pay: Prices about average.
The Hyperdome is a huge mall with a wide range of shopping options.You can get anything and everything here.
This also has a food court,chinese massage parlour and a post office.
There is a reject shop (opposite to the post office)here which has an amazing collection of soveniers,gifts,toys,home needs,clothes,garden materials,hardware,kitchen needs,art and craft material,cards,gifts and more!The price is reasonable and the quality good.
There is also a shop called GO Lo,which also has an economical range of things
What to buy: What ever you want!!
What to pay: the reject shop is economical
The Belconnen mall has a variety of shopping options to suit different budgets and styles.
There is a Myers outlet for the more upmarket shopping.
There is K-Mart,other small chain of stores that sell average and medium range of items
go lo shop for low end shopping
dollar shops for low end gift shopping
What to buy: the range is amazing
What to pay: from average to below average
the brand depot in Fyshwick has an amzing collection of shops selling all kinds of brands.you get them at the factory price.so if you are into brands-- this is where to go.
What to buy: clothes,bags,shoes,sporting equipment and others
What to pay: less than outside
there are rows of shops in the gold creek village that sell amazing things for the house.there is also a shop selling wedding things.
What to buy: Cute things for the house,clocks,furniture,lights,lamp shades,garden things,clothes,linen,christmas decorations,books and what not!
What to pay: average to above average
There are plenty of shopping centres around Canberra. The main malls are in Woden, Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Civic. These all have the major retail outlets, restaurants/cafes etc. There are also many smaller malls with less shops between the main malls.