There are cafes and gift shops at Sydney Aquarium, some of which are accessible to non-paying visitors. We didn't buy much here. This was where the children turned in their scavenger hunt cards to get their chocolate.
I shopped here one day before I left Sydney. Everybody comes here to shop. The locals come here to buy fresh products, and the tourists come here to buy souvenirs. This is the place you can get a good bargain price for gifts to your friends back home. I bought some Australian Indegenous arts and crafts, T-shirts and etc here. I think the price is very good.
If you seriously want to shop, please stop by early cause they close at 5pm.
Please check out their shops and opening hour on their website.
What to buy: Souvenirs, Art and Crafts.
What to pay: much less than the average.
The Argyle Gallery is a small store in the Rocks catering to art and antiques. A particular antique map caught my eye on the wall so I inquired. It was very interesting with a nice texture and coloring. Liz decided to scoop it up as one of the many birthday presents she showered upon me during this trip.
If you are very lucky to find it still open, you can find here the only real hand-made boomerangs in Sydney.
The small shop is owned by boomerang legend Duncan McLennan.
He is a very passionate man who has dedicated all his life to making boomerangs and teaching how to throw them.
These are real boomerangs, not just the decorative ones you can find almost anywhere.
Duncan makes them traditionally in the way the aborigenals have made them for centuries.
I read about it on the internet and I was lucky enough to find the shop.
Duncan was going to retire, so if you are around Sydney you should think about checking it out: last chance to find old and even antique boomerangs at amazing prices.
What to buy: There are several different kinds, most of them returning, all with instructions and all handmade:
King Billy Hook returning
V-Shape Mulga returning
18½ Returning Hand painted by Aboriginal artist Julie Paige
Kylies non-return hunting and fighting
Swan Neck non-return hunting and fighting
Goose Neck non-return hunting and fighting
Lil Lils non-return hunting and fighting
There are also some unique competition boomerangs used in international competitions in the '30s, '40s, '50s...
What to pay: Duncan was planning to retire this year (2006), he is selling off his entire collection, including some rare antiques at very low prices. About 50-100 AUD gets you a real collector's item.
Every attraction whether it was the Zoo or a Museum had a gift shop full of souvenirs. During our trip I managed to find some cool souvenirs. One was a Guiness Shirt for my Brother with the map of Australia upside down. I found a cute tee shirt for myself with a shark and "Bite Me' writen below which I found hysterical. My Friend Lisa has a daughter named Sydney" and requested I find anything with "Sydney " on it for her daughter. I found a cute pink tee shirt and hat for her with some Koalas and Kangaroos on it.
Before leaving Sydney, you may want to buy some souvenirs to remind your stay. Paddy's Markets provide cheap souvenirs, clothing and many more in reasonable prices. The market is open from 9 am to 5 pm between Thursdays to Sundays.
What to buy: Souvenirs and T-shirts
What to pay: You can get the best bargains here.
Paddington Market is open on Saturdays from 10 am. You can see many small stalls selling a variety of jewellery, decorations, vintage clothes and local crafts. The prices are quite high which you don't expect from a street market. However, especially for ladies there is a lot of attractive stuff and this is the reason why it took so much time for my wife to leave the place.
What to buy: Jewellery and vintage clothes
What to pay: Expect to pay more than average
This shop is like the mini supermarket cum food kiosk as you can get your bait, even pay for your fishing license and then get some fish and chips (freshly cooked), salad, pies, iced cream, etc. This shop is right in the middle of the Entrance North town proper and the location is fantastic so you can enjoy a good meal - whether good old fish and chips, pies, or burgers with a fabulous view!
You can also hire boats and other equipment like tackles,etc. The shop also sells sunglasses, batteries for your cameras, even sunscreen!We hired a boat here once too when we couldn't get a lot of fish. We come here every year and never get disappointed!
What to buy: fishing bait, fishing license, ice cream, hot food, etc. Whatever you need, even a bucket and nets for fishing - you can get them here!
What to pay: A bit dearer that in supermarkets but still not so bad. the burgers and fish and chips are really good!
Rows of shops that sell a mind boggling variety of products --- from soveniers to clothes,wigs to jewellery,artefacts and aboriginal art.
What to buy: The soveniers are the cheapest you will find in sydney.
Spoons with sydney landmark pictures are 6 A dollars for a set of 6.
The wigs here are so fascinating!!
clothes apart from the usual sovenier t-shirts are also worth a look.
check out the vietnamese tops and sets
opal jewellery is worth a look too.
What to pay: you will not find cheaper than this
Sydney has a huge variety of shopping from department stores to small boutiques. Take a stroll along Pitt Street you'll find Glasshouse, Imperial Arcade, Piccadilly, Sydney Central Plaza, the Strand Arcade and Westfield Centre point. David Jones and Myers are our two largest department stores.
For more specialties shopping you can't past the stunning Queen Victoria Building and directly opposite The Galeries Victoria.
In Castlereagh Street, you will find MLC Center and an array of international brands to tempt you. While more world famous stores can be found at the elegant Chifley Plaza but bring your bankcard with you, it’s not cheap.
No 1 Martin Place in Martin Place is a beautifully restored landmark building offering special wining, dining and shopping.
More stylish shopping areas include Double Bay, Paddington, with antiques found at Woollahra. Market City in Haymarket, offers some fantastic bargains, along with the diverse shops found in Balmain, Darlinghurst Oxford Street, Glebe and Newtown. Mosman is a fabulous trendy area to shop specializing in small boutique European and top label brands.
There is also a wonderful shopping centre at Harbourside in Darling Harbour. If you are looking for something rather unique and special then head to Circular Quay and The Rocks where you will find many wonderful boutiques and Australiania items.
What to buy: Wholesale shopping can be found at Birkenhead Point a large complex offering discount prices on clothes such as Country Road, Marcs and Events. Other areas where you can pick up bargains are Redfern, Surry Hills and Alexandra all these areas are where the serious bargain shoppers go on weekends.
There are also a number of markets at the weekend. The largest is probably Paddy's Market (Ph: 1300 361 589) in Market City (Ph: (02) 9212 1388). The plentiful stalls are open from Thursday to Sunday and are well worth a look.
For a more trendy market visit Paddington Village Bazaar held on Saturday in the Church Grounds, Cnr Oxford & Newcombe Streets. Tarpeian is an arts and crafts market held on Sunday next to the Sydney Opera House.
BONDI PUBLIC SCHOOL - 9am-4pm Sunday(bus 380)
GLEBE PUBLIC SCHOOL-10am-4pm Saturday (bus431-4)
Glebe Point road
ST. ANDREWS CHURCH ( A great way to explore Balmain on a Saturday afternoon)bus433,434,442)
FOR AUSTRALIANA GOODIES the best area to shop is The Rocks or Darling Harbour. There is an Aboriginal and Tribal Art Centre located at George Street The Rocks and another in Darling Harbour called the Gavala Aboriginal Art Centre located in the harbourside shopping arcade.
Australian Wine Centre: 1 Alfred Street Circular Quay 9.30am-6.30pm mon-sat. - Take a sample of Aussie wine home.
What to pay: Bondi Junction Shopping Centre also offers the same quality type of shopping with its department stores and boutique shops. Catch the bus to Bondi Junction from Circular Quay or the train.
R Williams : 389 George Street City , sat/sun 11-5pm thurs till 9pm, mon-wed 9am-6pm. Buy your original Aussie boots and moleskin coats, trousers and other interesting articles.
Opal Fields: Queen Victoria Building City, 9am-6pm mon/sun Buy your beautiful Australian opal and jewellery at this special store. Other Opal stores can be found at The Rocks.
Collette Dinnigan : 33 William Street Paddington.10am-6pm mon-wed,sat 10am-7pm.Discover one of Australia's finest dress designers and take home an absolutely stunning silky number.
Mambo: 17 Oxford Street Paddington.10am-6pm Mon-Sat 12-6pm Sunday. You cannot go home without an original Mambo t/shirt, an Australian classic and icon.
Paspaley Pearls: 142 King Street City.10am-5pm Mon-Fri Sat 9am-4pm.
It has all kinds of stuff underone roof - clothes, shoes, accessories, toys, feng shui stuff (China Town is near by) and many stalls selling souvenirs. My sister forgot her sunshades and bought a pair for $A10
We found one particular stall that had the best prices. It's the largest souvenir stall there so you probably won't miss it. It was also the first we went to and we thought we would walk around to compare prices but found that it gave the best deals. The owner is very friendly and teased us about deciding to finally return to his stall!
There are also many food stalls. We bought kebabs from one stall and the owner was very friendly. He was chatting with us and when he found out we were tourists, he gave us free coffee insisting that we were his guests! And then he pointed us in the direction of Darling Harbour because that was where we were next headed. I was very glad for the hot coffee because it was cold outside!
What to buy: You can get very nice souvenirs for a mere $A2. Let's take the most basic of souvenirs from Australia ... you know those clippy koala things? Well, you can get 10 for $A2 at Paddy's Market. We found that souvenir shops in the city were selling those at up to $A18 a dozen!
A classy looking pair of koala phone tags - $A2
A bronze coloured metallic fridge magnet in the shape of the map of Australia was also $A2 (nothing like the cheapo plastic things at the airport)
A set of 6 pretty coasters cost $A5. I saw the same stuff going for $A10 at another souvenir shop
Half a dozen pens in traditional Australian motif set me back by $A2 and these are really nice ones and the ink is very smooth
A mouse mat also cost $A2
you get the idea....
What to pay: Well, it really depends on how many people back home you want to buy for! It's definitely the place to buy souvenirs and gifts. Just remember all transactions are in cash so bring enough of it.
Money: Australian currency is the Australian Dollar and is displayed on the current exchange as AUD. It is a decimal currency system with the smallest denomination being 5 cents. Traveller's Cheques can be cashed at any bank, major hotels and Bureau de Change. Commission free transactions can be obtained from The Singapore Money Exchange situated in Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Kings Cross and Centrepoint (not Australian Travellers Cheques). Automatic Teller Machines are located throughout Sydney and operate 24 hours a day and accept most credit cards and international transactions. The are simply referred to as ATM's. All major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Australia. AMEX seems to have lost acceptance across the board.
If you want to know anything about bargain shopping in Sydney this is the Website to head to.
What to buy: Website has everythingto do with bargain shopping in Sydney.
All the markets in Sydney, factory outlets, mens clothes, ladies clothes, food, fragrances, name brand labels, sporting goods etc.
It gives you an indication of how much of saving you make
address, phone numbers, opening hours -
It even gives you the bus numbers or trains you should catch to get there.
Kings street, in Newtown is a great place to shop if you like the unusual. There are shops selling wares from, Egypt, Mexico, Afghanistan and Greece. There are themed shops for the Goth, Rave or retro inclined. There are a couple of interesting second hand shops and some that looked too expensive for the bargain hunter in me. The street is also dotted with restaurants, cafes, shoe shops, hairdressers and tattoo artist. There are a few Kings streets in Sydney so make sure you let the taxi drive know what suburb. There are several hostels on this road and given its proximity to the train station its a great place to stay.
Sydney Central Plaza is located on George St is ideal for people who just like to shop! There are shops for everyone. I think the Myer store is the best store as especially in January there are a lot of sales.
What to pay: Half the price(after xmas with the sales). After the sales are over expect to pay a bit more.
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