Stores, Malls or Markets in Australia

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    The Queen Victoria Building: elegant shopping in Sydney QVB

    by globetrott Written Dec 18, 2014

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    The Queen Victoria Building / QVB in Sydney is maybe the biggest of the elegant, old-fashioned shopping-arcades in the centre of Sydney. It was built in 1898 in the place of a local market and it was restored again in 1984 and it is nowadays not only the most beautiful shoppingcentre in Sydney, but also a place to eat inside some great cafes and restaurants and a place to relax in stylish, beautiful arcades and lots of pieces of art like the famous "Royal Clock" and the "Australian Clock"

    What to buy: There are lots of elegant boutiques, cafes and restaurants in the Queen Viktoria Building, read more about them in the link below !

    What to pay: Prices are mostly higher than in ordinary shopping-arcades, but the shops are also more exclusive.

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    The Strand of 1891: elegant shopping in Sydney

    by globetrott Written Dec 18, 2014

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    The Strand of 1891 is a very elegant shopping-arcade that was built as a connection between Pitt Street and George Street in Sydney, with a total length of 104 meters and it is 3 storeys high.
    The Strand Arcades was built by an english architect named John Spencer and the name was taken from "The Strand" in London, which used to be London's most popular street for shopping & theatre in the early 1900's.
    The Strand was finally opened on April 1st, 1892 and celebrated in the press as "The finest public thoroughfare in the Australian colonies."
    This great shopping-aracde finally was able to survive both World Wars, two depressions and even two major fires.
    You will find some unique architecture in the Strand: at each end of the arcade you will find a magnificent cedar staircase leading to the galleries of the second and third floor and both sides of the galleries are also linked in the middle by a central bridge.
    There are great tiles all over the Strand, some marble columns, finely carved cedar balustrades and shopfronts and some great ironworks, a place where I had some great time relaxing in one of the cafes on the groundfloor.

    What to buy: There are lots of elegant boutiques, cafes and restaurants in the Strand, read more about them in the link below !

    What to pay: Prices are mostly higher than in ordinary shopping-arcades, but the shops are also more exclusive.

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    ALDI: my favorite supermarket in AUS

    by globetrott Written Dec 12, 2014

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    Tourists in Australia will soon realize that everything is quite expensive there and the only escape was the supermarket-chain of ALDI, a company that is well known in Germany and the rest of Europe as well and in Austria they are called HOFER !
    I was glad to find out that ALDI is mostly open even on sundays in Australia, read more about that in the Weblink below !
    ALDI has a certain system to sell high quality products of famous trademarks under their own labels for a much cheaper price than other supermarkets do.
    See their webpage below for more details !
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    In Bathurst for instance they are open Mon-Wed: 08.30am - 07.00pm
    Thu: 08.30am - 08.00pm & Fri - Sun: 08.30am - 07.00pm

    What to buy: Food, Drinks and sometimes even things that you have forgotten to take with you from home, when you travel around in a motorhome.

    What to pay: ALDI-prices are mostly slightly under the prices of other supermarkets.

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    SOUVENIR SHOPS OR ONLINE: A NATIONAL AUSSIE ICON

    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2014

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    Looking for something different to take home as a souvenir from Australia?
    Probably something you haven't thought of, is a Kangaroo hide (skin).
    Recently, I saw quite a few for sale in a tourist information centre for the low price of $55.
    These all happened to be Eastern Grey Kangaroo skins. When you take a close look, you can see this Kangaroo has longish grey hair. There is no distinction between male and female on the finished Grey kangaroo skin rug.

    The Male Red Kangaroo I think is the prettiest as it has red coloured fur. These Big Reds are also known as the 'Boxing Kangaroo'. If you happen to see blue coloured fur, this is from a female red Kangaroo.
    People usually use them as floor rugs or hang them on their walls. They would make a good conservation piece in your home!

    What to pay: Anything from approx. $55 upwards depending on the size and quality.

    Kangaroo hides

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    ONLINE OR IN SHOP: BUY CAMPING BOOKS FOR AUSSIE TRAVEL

    by balhannah Updated Oct 9, 2014

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    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 AUSTRALIA 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. Quite a few Newsagents sell the publication. In 2014, the latest version is "Camps Australia wide 7."

    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!

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    AROUND AUSTRALIA: BOOMERANGS

    by balhannah Updated Sep 6, 2013

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    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.

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    Fleays Wildlife Park, Gold Coast: Shopping for koala souvenirs

    by hopang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Koala souvenirs
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    Tourist Refund Scheme: Do Not Forget to Claim Your Refund

    by Robachu1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Harbourside, Sydney: Great shopping centre

    by hopang Updated Apr 11, 2010

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    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.

    Harbourside, Sydney
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    inbound/outbound Duty Free shops: Duty Free Shopping

    by pedroswift Updated Oct 7, 2009

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    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.

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  • Val Parks: Val parks business shirts

    by Mile_guz Updated Sep 8, 2009

    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.

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    Surf shops

    by SirRichard Written Sep 3, 2009

    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.

    Quiksilver shop in Manly
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    Myer Perth City: A great store

    by hopang Updated Feb 9, 2009

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    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.

    Myer, Perth
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    Supermarkets / Grocery Shops: Cheap food in Australia

    by amandajayne81 Written Aug 11, 2008

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    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.

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    Queen Victoria Market: Fun Local Market

    by DueSer Written May 11, 2008

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    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.

    Queen Victoria Market

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