Your Australian vacation wouldn't be complete without a souvenir or few to remember it with. We are a land of plenty, yielding bush tucker, wool, sheepskin and wine, just to name a few. Taste Australia with native herbal teas, fruit jams and spices. Evoke the Australian outback with a crocodile skin hat or driza-bone coat or luxuriate in a pair of soft sheepskin boots. Wind through Australia's wine regions, buying direct from the cellar door. Following is a rundown of some unique Australian souvenirs and where to buy them.
Australia's diverse environments produce a huge array of native ingredients, from bush tomatoes to wild peaches known as quandongs. Aboriginal Australians have used this produce in food and medicine for thousands of years, and today you can buy it in many packaged forms. Take home jars of Kakadu plum jam and bush tomato relish or add native mint and aniseed myrtle to your spice rack. Other good gourmet gifts include Byron Bay coffee and cheeses from Tasmania's King Island. Choose eucalyptus oil for swollen joints and goanna oil for burns. When it comes to skincare, Australian brands produce everything from soap scented with lemon aspen to lanolin face cream.
For wearable memories, check out Australia's quality sheepskin and woollen products. Prepare for winter with a pair of soft sheepskin boots and all-Australian wool socks, scarves, pillows, rugs and thermal underwear. Embrace the spirit of the Australian outback with an Akubra hat, driza-bone coat or native leather belt, bag or coin purse. Or slip into Australian surf culture with T-shirts, wetsuits and surf gear by iconic local brands such as Rip Curl, Billabong and Mambo.
Get all your gifts and souvenirs in one place in Australia's biggest tourist precincts and markets. In Sydney, visit The Rocks popular weekend markets and the nearby Sydney Opera House Markets on Sundays. For handmade art, locally designed clothes and sophisticated Australiana, try Brisbane's South Bank Markets, Perth's Fremantle Markets and the famous Salamanca Markets in Hobart. In Canberra, shop for collectibles in the Sunday Old Bus Depot Markets. Visit Melbourne's Queen Victoria Markets for bargains in leather, clothes and gifts, or find local design and fashion in the city's laneways and arcades. Shop for Aboriginal art along Todd Mall in Alice Springs, and visit the flourishing art precinct of Parap in Darwin.
Australia is one of the world's biggest wine exporters, and while here you can buy direct from our wine regions, most just a short drive from a major city. The Barossa Valley near Adelaide is renowned for its shiraz and riesling. Just outside Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley produce great pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine. Choose your favourite sauvignon blanc or pinot noir in Western Australia's Margaret River, or head to the Hunter Valley near Sydney for semillon and shiraz. Sample cool-climate styles in the Canberra countryside, and pinot and riesling in Tasmania's Tamar Valley.
Time to write your shopping list for Australian souvenirs!