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Uncover Australia's most popular souvenirs
From sheepskin boots to skimpy swimwear, here are some classic Australian mementos you can’t resist taking home.
By Bonnie Jackson
You won’t have any trouble remembering your trip to Australia. But in addition to your memories, you’ll no doubt want to take something tangible home with you as well. You might want to grab a jar of Vegemite, just to see how many people back home actually like it. Or perhaps pick a couple of things from the list below. From precious opals to traditional Aussie hats, here are some classic souvenirs to remind you of your time Down Under.
Opt for opals
The opal is Australia’s national gemstone, and up to 95 per cent of the world’s supply is produced here. With origins told through Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, where opals are said to be created when the colours of the rainbow touched the earth, they are a true Aussie treasure that will always remind you of Australia’s rare sparkling beauty. You can shop for opals in any major city, or visit the opal mining capital of the world, Coober Pedy in South Australia. Here you can discover the history of the opal as you walk through a 100-year-old opal mine.
Live in luxurious pearls
The Kimberley region of Australia is home to some of the finest pearls in the world. In Broome specifically, there is a rich pearling heritage dating back to the nineteenth century that you can experience on a tour, by visiting a farm or in one of the stunning jewellery showrooms. With so much history and prestige, it is no wonder pearls are a national icon and why they are the perfect take-home treasure to remember your time spent here.
Ease into some Ugg boots
With the wide iconic range of souvenirs offered in Australia, you’ll be hard-pressed finding any more comforting than the classic ugg boot. Made with genuine sheepskin, all Ugg Australia® products are 100% Australian made so you can pack these in your suitcase knowing that you have an authentic piece of Australia returning with you. Every time you tuck your toes into the soft wool lining, you’ll be reminded of your holiday.
Take home a piece of art
It’s impossible not to fall in love with the spiritually meaningful artwork of Australia’s First Peoples. From wood carvings and sculptures, to painting and textiles, Aboriginal art is a form of expression that shares stories of the Dreamtime through its colours and designs. The style of First Nations art differs widely between regions, so be sure to visit galleries at every stop on your holiday to find a style and story that speaks to you.
It is common to find artworks in places like the Northern Territory, the Red Centre and Darwin. To ensure you’re buying ethically, look for certification such as membership of the Indigenous Art Code.
Get a bite-sized slice of Australia
Traditional snacks are some of the most sought-after Australian souvenirs. The beloved Tim-Tam biscuits, smooth Haigh's chocolate, Vegemite and macadamias are among the most popular take-home treats. But Australian craft beer, spirits and wine are souvenirs that will take you back to your holiday in a matter of moments, as the distinct flavours make you recall your visit to an Australian winery, distillery or brewery.
Australia has a number of world-class wine regions, so while you are here, pick up a bottle or two of your favourite drops. Beers, lagers and ciders such as the iconic James Squire and Young Henrys are famously made in Australia. If you have a taste for spirits, you must try well-known labels such as Archie Rose, Four Pillars and Bundaberg Rum. Or if espresso martinis are more your flavour, check out the smooth Mr Black Coffee Liqueur.
Squeeze into some Budgy Smugglers
You might know them as men’s swim briefs, speedos or swimming trunks. In Australia, they’re more likely to be called ‘budgie smugglers’. The best thing about them is their small size, which makes them easy to fit into your suitcase to enjoy back home (or bring back a handful as gifts for friends!). These playful briefs come in colourful prints, making them a fun swimwear choice for the confident beach goers among us. The brand Budgy Smugglers is 100% Australian made and family-owned, meaning you can’t get more Aussie than this!
Make a fashion statement
What better way to take Australia home with you than with a new wardrobe staple? Dating back to 1876, the Akubra is a typical Aussie hat, and an essential item. The brand originated in Hobart, and today, Akubras are not just souvenirs, they are an Aussie tradition. They are loved and worn by Aussie outback cattlemen, Australian Olympic athletes, soldiers and city slickers alike. Find a store close to your next holiday destination.
Another luxurious fashion item quite common among Aussies are R.M.Williams leather boots. Established in 1932 in South Australia, these one piece-of-leather boots are the product of meticulous craftsmanship and are designed to last for decades to come.
Share the magic of an Australian picture book
Whether you are taking the kids on a Wiggly Road Trip, or discovering bush folklore with Possum Magic, enter a world of imagination as you explore classic and contemporary Aussie picture books. Titles such as The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, The Magic Pudding and Skippy the Bush Kangaroo are among the most popular picture books in Australia. They make great gifts for kids, introducing them to Australian animals, songs and culture through the lens of colourful and memorable characters.
Replenish your skin with Aesop
The perfect gift for someone who loves to be pampered, Aesop is one of the most renowned Australian brands for botanical hair and skin care products. Their vegan and cruelty free products are meticulously formulated and embody stunning sustainable packaging. Stop in to one of their stores, located around the country, for a sensory experience that you’ll want to take home with you.