Your Australian holiday wouldn’t be complete without shopping for uniquely Australian gifts and souvenirs. Evoke the ancient mystery of Aboriginal culture with an Aboriginal artwork or artefact. Buy a signature piece of jewellery made from opals, our national gemstone, or Australian pearls and rare pink diamonds found only in the Kimberley. Let Australia’s fashion designers fit you with the greatest of elegance or for the outback, city and beach, or luxuriate in a pair of soft sheepskin boots. Whether it’s high end fashion or our city and local markets with their diverse array of stores, Australia has a unique array of artefacts and souvenirs for your shopping pleasure. You’ll find high end shopping and shopping precincts across our cities, markets in the cities and local communities. Don’t forget to explore the opportunities to shop in Australia.
Shop till you drop in Australia’s markets, mega malls, warehouses and high-end boutiques. Discover Australian designers in Melbourne’s hidden laneways or trawl Surry Hills in Sydney for retro chic. Shop up a sub-tropical storm in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall or browse at least 500 stores in Rundle Mall in Adelaide. Learn more about shopping Australia.
Get a taste of Australia’s vibrant markets, which sell everything from fresh produce to hand-crafted gifts and high fashion. Browse boutique souvenirs in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct or see the creations of local potters, painters and glassblowers in Hobart’s Salamanca Markets. Stock up on fresh, organic food from Brisbane’s many farmers markets or discover the country’s largest arts and crafts markets in Canberra.
Australia’s fresh, fun and innovative designs have made an impact in everything from fashion and jewellery to furniture. From Collette Dinnigan to Ken Done, following is an overview of some of the hot Australian designers to look out for.
Every colour of the rainbow appears in opals, Australia’s national gemstone. Indeed, according to Aboriginal legend, the swirling colours were created when a rainbow fell to earth. Australia produces 95% of the world’s opals, making these mesmerising stones a uniquely Australian souvenir.
Nothing says prestige and romance like diamonds and pearls, both produced in Western Australia’s Kimberley. Shop for South Sea pearls in Broome, the beach town with a pearling history stretching back to Aboriginal owners. Travel from Kununurra to the vast Argyle Diamond Mine, where most of the world’s rare pink diamonds are extracted.
Your Australian holiday wouldn’t be complete without souvenirs 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.