There is an excellent shopping-mall in the pedestrian zone of Wollongong and you will find all shops there that you might need when travelling through Australia as a tourist.
What I found quite strange in the big electronical shops there is the fact, that I was able to "haggle".
I bought an adapter for loading my european batteries by the car-battery and the original price for that device was 120 AUS, but I said, no, thats too much for these only 14 days of travel in Australia !
But then the man made me an offer of buying that same item for just 80 AUS and I agreed !
What to buy: You will get almost anything there !
What to pay: Prices will be the same as in other parts of NSW.
You have so much choice from Myer to David Jones to many smaller discounters and speciality stores.
It's up to you.
What to buy: Well I shop quite a lot for travel tickets to Asia but you may not. ;-)
I can say there ia a good range of clothing shops in the City and some great little cafe's for when it's all a bit too much.
What to pay: Up to you.
Shellharbour Square is about a 15/20 minute drive south of Wollongong. I personally hate this place! It is absolutely jam packed at all times. Parking is a nightmare, and it seems to be a haven for young mothers and their 5.5 kids. Its aweful. But if by chance you cant find what your looking for in Wollongong, it is an option. It also has the regions only Target store.
What to buy: In Shellharbour square you will find all the usual grocery and department stores. ie- Coles, Franklins, Target, Kmart...along with misc jewellers, shoe stores and ladies apparell etc.
The Crown Street Mall really isnt a shoppers haven at all. They do have a variety of shops from department stores: David Jones, Grace Bros, Best N Less to boutique style fashion shops. You could check out the many surf shops, or have a bite to eat in the food court. I would recommend anyone wanting to do some serious shopping head to either Westfield Miranda (45 min drive north) or Westfield Parramatta (aprox 1 hour north west).
Redback is the place to go for all your music needs. If they dont have it and cant order it, you wont get it in "the gong".
Along with cd's they have a great dvd section. You can get all the latest gig guides, music mags, local bands discs etc.
Also purchase concert tickets here.
I love Beach Street. I always seem to find something different there as opposed to other larger chain type surf stores. Think General Pants, Surf Dive N Ski, Sandy Bay Co.
Just a 15 min drive south of Wollongong,and I think its worth the trip. They have a great range in a few different locations such as Warilla,Shellharbour, Kiama.
What to buy: All the well known brands. Billabong, Quicksilver, Rip Curl, Rusty etc.
What to pay: The prices are average for this type of surf/street wear.