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. Soak up the atmosphere of Fremantle Markets, near Perth, or the Saturday markets in Hobart’s historic Salamanca Place. Shop beneath the palm trees on Darwin’s Smith Street Mall or hit the huge shopping centre in Canberra’s Civic. Shops are generally open until 6pm, with late night shopping offered either Thursdays or Fridays. You’re covered by Australia’s consumer protection laws which require businesses to treat you fairly.
Find most brands under the sun in Melbourne Central or head to the historic Melbourne General Post Office, which covers an entire city block. Every day at the vibrant Queen Victoria Markets, you can buy fresh produce, clothes and gifts. Find high-end fashion and homewares in the QV laneways, and more obscure labels in the city’s other alleys and wrought-iron arcades. Discover upmarket designers and delis in and around Prahran’s Chapel Street. Browse funky boutiques on Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street or explore the nearby Rose Street Artists Market. For everything from fashion to furnishings at fantastic value, visit Bridge Road in Richmond.
Combine history and high fashion in the Queen Victoria Building or elegant Strand Arcade, both built in the 1890s. Also in the CBD, hit the Market Street department stores, trawl Pitt St Mall or do international designers on Elizabeth and Castlereagh Streets. Head to Paddington for Saturday markets and the eclectic Oxford Street shops. Find retro fashions, edgy boutiques, homewares and cheap eats on Crown Street in Surry Hills or King Street in Newtown. Mix vintage chic with local designs in Bondi’s Saturday markets or back streets. Snap up a second-hand bargain at Rozelle’s weekend markets or the Glebe markets on Saturday.
Discover more than 500 stores and Brisbane’s biggest shopping centre in Queen Street Mall. It sits right in the CBD but has no traffic lights to slow your shopping pace. In the nearby heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade, you’ll find designer fashion, jewelry, gift and antique shops. Trawl the 50 specialist stores while admiring the 1923 terazzo floors, elegant balustrades and dado paneling. You can pick up handmade art and crafts, fresh produce and locally designed clothes at South Bank Markets, where buskers wander the open air aisles. For unadorned bargains, join a shopping tour to the city’s cut-price fashion warehouses.
Indulge your inner shopaholic in Rundle Mall, home to 500 shops across 13 arcades. Find funky clothes and homewares on Rundle Street to the east. To the west, Hindley Street offers bookshops and boutiques. Bag a bargain in the clearance stores on nearby Glen Osmond Road. For fashion, furniture and books, visit King William Road at Hyde Park. Shop for antiques in Grote Street or on Maylands’s Magill Road, where you’ll also find retro furnishings. Mix Australian designers and Italian coffee on North Adelaide’s Melbourne Street. For beachside shopping, head to Glenelg. There’s lively Jetty Road, the summer Moseley Square Markets and a direct outlet centre nearby.
Check out local and European fashion on Perth’s King Street or designer dazzle along the Colonnade in Subiaco. For fresh produce, as well as flowers, art, fashion and jewellery, visit the weekend markets at the Perth Cultural Centre. Move from retro to runway on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley, just 10 minutes from the city. Explore the vintage stores in nearby Inglewoood or go undercover at one of Perth’s mega malls. Karrinyup’s centre offers more than 170 stores while Morley’s multi-storey complex houses 220 shops and a cinema. Watch buskers, buy local artworks and have your tarot cards read at the colourful weekend markets in Fremantle.
Visit galleries, boutiques and furniture stores in sandstone warehouses on Salamanca Place. At the Saturday markets, you can buy from organic food producers, glassblowers, potters and painters. Browse chic boutiques and Hobart’s 1950s Bank Arcade in Liverpool Street, in the city centre. On nearby Murray Street, you’ll find a shopping mall and everything from homewares to men’s fashion. Hop between major national chains in Elizabeth Street Mall or check out smaller shops in The Cat and Fiddle Arcade. Head to Sandy Bay for fashion and North Hobart for gourmet delights. For a one-stop-shopping centre, visit Glenorchy in Hobart’s north or Rosny Park on its eastern shore.
Shop for Aboriginal art on Smith Street Mall, in the heart of Darwin’s relaxed, tropical CBD. Wander from the Mall to Mitchell and Cavenagh streets through 20 elegant arcades. See historic photos and specialty shops in the Air Raid Arcade and visit the open-air Vic Arcade, where a twisted bougainvillea still blooms. There are 200 stores to explore, not counting more than 40 in the mall on Mitchell Street. For Darwin’s biggest shopping centre, head to Casuarina, 15 minutes north of the city centre. Buy exotic handicrafts from across the world at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, from May to October.
Explore over 200 specialty shops in the huge shopping centre in Bunda Street in Canberra’s Civic. In Manuka and neighbouring Kingston, fashion, furniture and jewellery shops line the leafy streets. Wander the shopping centres in Dickson, Woden, Riverside, Erindale and Belconnen. In Tuggeranong, you’ll find a centre with over 170 stores and a vibrant community market on the last Sunday of the month. Enjoy entertainment and exotic food while browsing craft and collectibles in Kingston’s Old Bus Depot Markets, held every Sunday. Check out the Gorman House Markets in Braddon each Saturday. Head to Hall for Australia’s largest craft markets, held on the first Sunday of the month.