Shopping in Australia

With the Australian dollar currently at lower levels, visitors to Australia will be getting more bang for their buck, making it the perfect time to hit the shops. From local designer clothes and homewares to handmade jewellery and classic souvenirs, there are many different ways to experience an Australian shopping adventure. Shopping in Australia
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Shopping in Australia

Time to shop until you drop and take advantage of the falling Australian dollar.


With the Australian dollar currently at lower levels, visitors to Australia will be getting more bang for their buck, making it the perfect time to hit the shops. From local designer clothes and homewares to handmade jewellery and classic souvenirs, there are many different ways to experience an Australian shopping adventure.

The best way to explore Australia’s endless boutiques, markets and malls is on a personal shopping tour. Not only will you be shown the best quality stores and hidden shopping gems, but some tours also offer perks such as carrying your shopping bags, personal styling tips or quirky transport.

A Vintage Outing, Melbourne, VIC

This tour is especially suited to those who have a love affair with all things vintage. You will be chauffeured around in a restored 1960’s Fiat 1500s to some of Melbourne’s finest vintage stores by Betty and Miss Shirley.

Chauffeur Shopping Experience, Sydney, NSW

This tour is all about luxury, with your own driver and a personal stylist for a 30 minute style consultation. The expert stylist will then take you to the best hot spots in Sydney for two and a half hours of shopping bliss.

City Gems Shopping Tour, Brisbane, QLD

With your local guide by your side, this three hour walking tour will take you straight to Brisbane’s hidden shopping spots. But don’t feel you have to stick to the city, they also offer shopping tours in the popular suburbs of Paddington and Fortitude Valley.

Central Market Tours, Adelaide, SA

If food and produce are more your style, this tour will excite your taste buds as you wander the markets meeting growers and sampling fresh gourmet delights. You will be guided through the 140 year old Adelaide Central Market with a local guide who will introduce you to some of South Australia’s amazing produce.

Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide, SA. Photo by Greg Snell.

Those extra Australian dollars will go even further at the moment, with many stores about to start mid-season sales. Some of Australia’s largest retail stores go into overdrive from May, reducing prices on designer clothing, homewares and more. For example, head to the closest David Jones and Myer flagship store to find clothing and accessories by Australian and international designers on sale.

The mid-season sale period isn't the only time to find a designer bargain. In early September, Vogue Australia also holds their annual event in Sydney, Fashion’s Night Out. This event is tailore made for fashionistas with special events, unique activations and exclusive discounts at numerous stores, all for one night only.

Alternatively for those who are visiting in the Australian summer, the Boxing Day sales are not to be missed. While some city stores open up at 5am on Boxing Day, others open their doors on 27 December to a crowd of people excited to score their own bargain. 

Tourist Refund Scheme

Don’t forget that visitors to Australia are eligible to claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax and Wine Equalisation Tax that are paid on certain products you purchase in Australia. On departure, you can make a claim at the TRS counter in an international airport or the cruiseliner terminal at some Australian seaports. For more information on how to take advantage of the Tourist Refund Scheme, visit here

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