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.
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.
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.
Most of you have probably heard of Chinatown in New York and other big cities but yes, we also have one in Sydney. In fact, it is a rather major focal point for the Chinese Australian Community (which, by the way, is large).
From backpackers to cashed-up diners seeking the ultimate in Chinese food, this Chinatown is good fun and great experience for all.
Chinatown is centered around Dixon Street, a pedestrian-only street mall, and is not far from Central Station & Darling Harbour. Once I start at the top of Dixon Street, I like to close my eyes, breathe in the chinese medicine type smells, open my eyes and then pretend that I am in Hong Kong for a while...
What to buy: Dixon Street hosts many Chinese restaurants that are mostly just a tourist magnet and over-priced. If you want the good stuff (ie the expensive but worth it) then you're best heading to: Marigold located at Level 4 & 5, 683-689 George ST, Sydney Chinatown,
02-9281 3388. This is good if you have 4+ people and be prepared to spend $40-$100 per person. Also a great restaurant for Chinese New Year, but book well in advance!
Attention HUNGRY BUDGET TRAVELLERS. Check out Chinatown for good quality, delicious, authentic Chinese food. There are many food halls that host many Asian (but especially Chinese) takeout places. For those of you who are a little adventurous, I recommend the Coconut Pearl Milk Ball drink. It's like a liquid coconut milk with a fat straw that can suck up the gummi-like balls at the bottom of the drink. A great way to finish off a Chinese meal.
Paddy's markets are also located in Chinatown and have an array of bargains... plants, sunglasses, jewellery, souvenirs, clothing, toys, perfumes, make-up... the list is endless. It gets crowded on weekends, so if you go there, just make sure you are in no rush and happy to "go with the flow" of people.
For more info on Chinatown, go to www.chinatownsydney.com
What to pay: $0 - $1000
You will find little flower stalls all over the Sydney CBD. They offer a fantastic variety of seasonal flowers at very reasonable prices. Either buy them by the bunch or ask the florist to make up a bouquet or box for you.
What to buy: Beautiful, colourful flowers - either for yourself or for that special someone.
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 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.
ALDI is originally a German discount grocery store chain, but now have stores in many countries world-wide. The first ALDI store in Australia opened in 2001, and is quite a new concept for grocery-shoppers here and definitely a fierce competitor for the over-priced supermarkets! YEAH!
What to buy: ALDI is especially good for every-day groceries. The prices are considerably better than supermarket prices. Apart from groceries, there will also be some random special items, for example, a computer or washing machine. You can be lucky with these special items, but generally, I stick with the every-day items.
What to pay: How much you spend depends on how much you eat! What ever you buy, it's a good deal. This weeks special is a washing machine for $349 - not bad!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
I'm a big fan of Sanrio so I visited all the shops I could find.
We don't have them in Argentina, so perhaps that's why I'm mentioning it.
Lots of Hello Kitty, My Melody and Snoopy items. As well as other characters I'm not very much familiar with.
Great place to shop for girls (from 1 to 99 years of age!)
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