When traveling abroad to scour the world’s best shops, Australia probably isn’t likely to be on your list of countries to visit but it should be. Not only does Australia have great shops to buy from but the total shopping experiences on offer in the country are definitely something you don’t want to miss.
The Strand Arcade
The Strand Arcade in Sydney is one of the ultimate shopping experiences. As a Heritage listed site the buildings architecture from the original arcade, which opened back in 1892 remains intact. As the last of five Victorian era arcades built in Sydney and the only one that has been preserved you really don’t want to miss out on shopping here. Originally the most fashionable arcade in Sydney the building fell into disrepair but was thankfully restored in the 1980s and is now home to extraordinary boutiques, restaurants and other attractions.
Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania, is one of Australia’s most loved outdoor markets. Open every Saturday morning along the historic Salamanca place next to the spectacular Hobart waterfront this shopping destination cannot be beaten. The market features an eclectic mix of over 300 stallholders selling everything from clothing and jewellery to Tasmania’s finest gourmet foods. Listen to and watch the talented buskers as you shop and then grab something to eat and relax on the parliament lawns.
Melbourne is perhaps Australia’s most renowned shopping city which has two main shopping areas, Chapel Street and Bridge Road. Chapel Street is Melbourne’s dining and entertainment precinct. You’ll find everything you could ever want here, from high fashion at any of Chapel Street’s upmarket fashion boutiques to eccentric, vintage finds at the pawnbrokers.
If you’re not up to the challenge of navigating yourself around Melbourne’s various malls and shopping districts then book yourself a tour. One of the most popular tours is the Bargains and Bubbles tour which takes you on a day trip to the best outlet shops so you can shop till you drop. Drop down with a glass of bubbly that is.
Flowers abound at the Fremantle Markets in Perth. Meet the market fairies who perform random acts of kindness as you shop. Local artistic talent features in almost every stall, so if you’re looking for gifts to bring back to your friends and family or even yourself after an Australian shopping holiday away this is the perfect place to find them. Fremantle Markets is one of the leading tourist destinations in Western Australia. The markets date back to 1897 and feature over 150 stalls.
Robina Town Centre
Robina Town Centre is the Gold Coast’s top shopping district. Unlike the historical shopping centres featured in this list, if you’re looking for something more modern then this one is for you. The shopping centre is large enough to spend an entire day shopping, with 350 retail stores on multiple levels over 34 hectares of land. When you’re ready for a break, simply step outside and you’re at the beach in one of Australia’s most magnificent coastal areas.