My famil and I have just finished dinner and were planning to head back home. Everywhere else were closed but only to spot a store with green stripes, red words and lots of lights. Woolsworth! We had actually driven past the store and had to make an about turn to get back to the store.
Humans! Shopping! Something that is quite hard to come by in the CBD area at 8.30pm!
What to buy: All kinds of food stuff and fresh fruits.
Located around Brisbane are the suburbs, of which many have huge Shopping Centres.
These centres have everything, if more than what you find in Brisbane itself.
This keeps a lot of traffic out of Brisbane, which is good, plus, all the parking at these shopping centres is FREE much better than paying a fortune for parking in Brisbane.
Usually you will find a Cinema centre, sometimes a big outdoor screen, plenty of eateries including Restaurants, and the shops.
I find Sizzler good value at the Logan Hyperdome, and you don't have to book.
Buses run to and from these Centres, so they are quite easy to reach.
Address: Brisbane suburbs
If you want some iconic Australian clothing or leather accessories from R M Williams, the best place to get this is at the Ekka! There is a large R M store in the Queen Street Mall, where you can get the full priced items, but, the large tent shop at the Ekka is by far the best way to get a bargain.
My husband and I both have yearling Craftsman (best style) boots from the Ekka, purchased for about half the full price - which is about $300 now. While they are basically "seconds", mine has just a small nick in a fairly invisible place, and do not diminish the standard or durability of the boots.
Best to get in early, on the first day or two of the Ekka, as the stock goes quickly. The smart people, in the know - ie. the country folk - are there on the first day, which is cattle judging day. This is a good day to come to the Ekka anyway - if you are interested in the "real deal" Ekka - minus all the townies there for sideshow alley - and looking more at the business of the country.
What to buy: There are hundreds of shirts, jeans, jackets, t-shirts, belts, shoes and boots, belts, bags, caps etc.
What to pay: Usually ranges between half and a third of the full price - well worth the venture.
Directions: The tent (pictured) is situated near all of the display pavillions, just where you cross the road between the main pavillion and behind the main ring.
If there is anything you need for travel, particularly adventure range items, head for Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. Conveniently situated in one street most of the best stores - Mountain Design, K2, Paddy Palin, Silk Road and the Scout Shop - and a few minutes down the road in Ann Street is a huge fairly new Kathmandu store.
Having all of these stores clustered makes it easy to compare products and prices. There's also a discount outlet for Mountain Design supeceded stock tucked around the corner. This is usually where I start!
There are smaller stores in the city, but the range and availability of reduced price items is mugh greater in the Valley stores.
What to buy: Any outdoor travelling needs
Address: Wickham and Ann Streets, Fortitude Valley