Boomerangs make a lovely gift to take home. They can be bought as Fridge Magnets [not to be thrown - only stuck to the Fridge!] to the real thing.
Surprisingly, prices for a small authentic ones I saw in Brisbane, started around $10.
What you want to buy is an authentic Boomerang. As you can see in my photo, on the back it has a certificate of authenticy. You now can buy RETURNING BOOMERANGS, very handy as my children lost plenty!!!!
There are fairly plain ones and many with really nice artwork.
In the Northern Territory, where most of the Aboriginals live, there is mainly authentic ones for sale, but you can find them all around Australia.
Remember to make sure you are not in the way of the Boomerang as it returns to you, as they come back quite fast and may make a dent or put a lump on your head.
THIS IS FOR ALL THOSE WHO LOVE THE AUSTRALIAN GREAT OUTDOOR'S AND CAMPING.
FREE CAMPING IS QUITE BIG IN AUSTRALIA, BUT HOW TO FIND OUT WHERE THE CAMPS ARE, WHAT THEY ARE LIKE, AMENITIES, AND NEARBY ATTRACTION'S?"
Well, I have the answer for you.
As a 'GREY NOMAD" who travels Australia by Caravan, I have bought what is known as the "Campers Bible," - all us Grey Nomad's have one.
It's a publication known as CAMPS AUSTRALIAN WIDE.
It will tell you about free camps Australia wide, and how to get there, whats there and a lot more.
You can buy online http://www.campsaustraliawide.com/ Price is approx. $50.
I have also bought books on camping from Boiling Billy https://www.boilingbilly.net.au/.
These are very good too, they cover one State at a time and are priced around $25, they can be bought online too!
This makes life on the road much easier!
The souvenir shop at Fleays Wildlife Park deals in large quantities of koala souvenirs - great as gifts to friends and relatives at home!
What to buy: Large varieties of Koala souvenirs and of high quality too.
What to pay: As Fleays Wildlife Park is a major tourist attraction at Gold Coast, the souvenirs sold at the souvenir shop are slightly more expensive than those of the other outlets in the city of Gold coast.
Claims can be made after you have passed through Customs and Immigration outward processing at :
the TRS facilities at international airports at Sydney, Brisbane, Melboure, Perth, Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin and Gold Coast;
cruise liner terminals at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour in Sydney, Cairns, Darwin, Fremantle, Darwin and Hobart.
What to buy: The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables you to claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia. The refund only applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear onto the plane when you leave the country. It does not apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in Australia. Unlike other tourist shopping schemes, such as duty free shopping, you can use the goods before leaving Australia.
What to pay: The refund will be paid on goods totalling $300 (GST inclusive) or more, bought from the same store, no more than 30 days before you leave Australia.
You may purchase several lower-priced items from the one store, either at the one time or over several occasions within the 30-day period, provided the total purchase amounts to $300 (GST inclusive) or more. You will have to ask the retailer to consolidate these lower-priced purchases onto a single tax invoice.
Harbourside is one of the largest and finest shopping malls in the heart of the city of Sydney. It is located at Darling Harbour very close to Sydney's central business district. It offers lots of stores and shops complete with more than twenty eateries. You may find stores located in the mall dealing in items ranging from fashion accessories to souvenir and gift shops. There is also en entertainment center in the building. Stores' opening hours are between 10.00 a.m. and 9.00 p.m. daily. Cafes, bars and restaurants have different opening hours. Don't miss one of the city's finest shopping malls when you visit Sydney on your vacation!
What to buy: Gifts and souvenirs were our favourite items to purchase from Harbourside.
What to pay: Prices of items sold here are a little bit more expensive than other outlets in the city, it has to be said.
We have worked out that the duty free shops at major Australian airports have pretty competitive prices compared to most places o/s. OK - you are going to find some marginally cheaper items in lots of places but the convenience of not having to carry stuff into the country outweighs any small savings.
The current regulations on the carriage of liquids in carry-on luggage has added another reason to buy alcohol and cosmetics after arriving in Australia.
More often than not these stores also have "specials". Typically if you spend a certain amount in the store items such as rum/whiskey etc are available at half price.
What to buy: Buying gifts or requested items for Australian Residents
Ladies cosmetics for friends and family at duty free price. To save the hassle of shopping for someone else get them to do the ordering and buying by dealing directly with the duty free store by phone, paying by credit card. Provide friends/family with your flight details. When you arrive, pick up the items as you pass through the inbound shop. Everyone is happy. They get the item(s) they want at a discount. You have no outgoing cost and no worries about getting the correct stuff. You only have to carry the item(s) a few hundred meters.
Greater Range of Products at Outbound Duty Free.
For Australians going on holidays: If you know exactly what you want or if you don't know and have to look at a range of cosmetics, for example, shop on the way out of Australia. The OUTBOUND duty free shops have a bigger range than the inbound. Pay for them outbound & arrange to pick up inbound.
Valparks is the store that sells business clothing (for men and women). When I was in Australia, my friend took me there and bought me a nice shirt as a gift (I was lucky to find how Australians are generous by myself :-). What I like the most about this store is that they use Egyptian Cotton. I simply fell in love with that material when I was in States. I don't regretting paying few extra bucks for a shirt made out of that material.
If I knew that they have a web site, I'd spare an hour or two to look what to buy :-)
What to buy: In my case it was a business shirt.
What to pay: The shirt I was gifted was $89.99.I don't regret paying that money (especially if it is not me who's paying.
In the main cities (and specially in those coastal towns famous for surfers) you can find many shops (sometimes big 2-3 storey) with surf stull, such as Quiksilver, Billabong, Element... They are not cheaper than in Europe, but they have certainly more stuff and variety, so it's a good chance if you are fond of this gear.
Myer Department Store is a great place to do all your shopping in one roof in the city of Perth. Myer is a chain of approximately 60 super stores in almost all the states in Australia. It is also the largest chain of stores in the country.
Myer Perth city has five floors of shopping spaces for your shopping pleasure. Wide range of items are available in the store ranging from men's and women's fashions to interior decorations. A café cum restaurant and a beauty saloon are also located in the building.
This was an answer to someone asking about bringing tinned food into Australia (in particular to Melbourne)
I am not sure where you are travelling from (you don't have this info on your homepage) but in general in Australia most supermarkets (Woolworths, Coles, IGA, etc etc) sell relatively cheap food. Every suburb in Melbourne probably has all of the above supermarkets plus lots more. Lots of tinned variety and fresh. I definitely would not even try to bring any food through our customs. Just buy it here.
To expand on this I would say nearly all towns of any size (my town has 10 000 people) has at least one major shopping centre (Stanthorpe has 2 - IGA and Woolworths) so you can find relatively cheap food of all varieties very easily. Opening hours are generally 9am to 7pm or even 9pm for grocery shops Mon to Fri and day time on the weekends.
This large collection of vendors is housed in a pretty building in Melbourne. You can find just about anything here from apples to parkas to ducklings.
What to pay: There are a wide variety of prices available at this market - one of the things that makes it so nice.
Any beverage store in Australia that sells alcohol will charge higher prices on beer and liquor. Wine on the otherhand is very cheap.
What to buy: Cask wine, or regular local bottled wine is what you are looking for in the wine category. Even there aged wines are well priced. If you are looking for beer, the prices are expensive, but you may find cheaper prices on more generic beers.
What to pay: Wine: expect to pay anywhere from $6 AU to $40 AU (except for very expensive wine)
Beer: expect to pay anywhere from $20 AU and up.
This market has two locations with over 1000 stalls. Most of the stalls sells souvenirs , you do get people selling face products, clothes, electrical appliences, toys etc. you come in empty handed and you will surely come out with something : ).
What to pay: It all depnds on how shopaholic you are. me not being one spent around 50aud.
Shop? There's lots of them. All designed to remove money from your wallet. Dresses, pies, fruit, antiques, art, lollies, beer. You name it, it's all here in a village preserved for tourists and they come here in their hundreds.
What to buy: One pastry shop won a State award as the best pastry shop, you could spend your money there. My favourites are the arty crafty shops with bits of everything in them, often just in converted houses so wandering around the old rooms is an exercise in itself.
My advice - just go there, it's wonderful
The QVB must be the biggest department store of the city. You can geteprtty much everything here. From clothing, ice cream and coffee to books and art. My favourite shop here has to be the gallery by Peter Lik. He has the most stunning photographs of Australia, and all panoramic. It's great to spend some of your time here browsing through his pics. If you want to buy, mind you, the prices are quite steep.
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