Shopping for Expats in Australia

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: August 2013

No matter if you are already in Australia or you are going to Australia, shopping there will not disappoint. You can find anything from unique Australian gifts and souvenirs to top international brands. The most popular places for shopping are the larger cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. It has been reported that nearly half of the population in Australia are living in these two cities.

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and has the best shopping. You cannot miss the Queen Victoria Building (also known as QVB) if you want to go shopping in Sydney.  QVB was completed in 1898 and accommodates more than 180 of the finest shops, such as fashion boutiques and jewellery shops. There are also many delightful cafes and restaurants. For more information, you can visit here:

You also can go to Pitt Street Mall, which is a world of luxury international brands. It may not be well known but Pitt Street Mall is one of the top five shopping streets in the world, comparable to Fifth Avenue in New York, L'Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Oxford Street in London and Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. You can find more information here:

The Rocks Market, on the other hand, is the place where you will find a large variety of traditional handicrafts, antiques and souvenirs. You can find more information here: If you would like further information about other shopping places in Sydney, you can visit here:

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is also a great place for shopping. The first place you need to visit is the Queen Victoria Market. This was opened in 1857 and is the third largest open market in the world. You can find it easily as it is situated in the city centre. You can find fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and sea foods. You also can find many types of commodities with low prices. Through some winter and summer months the night market may open offering street food stalls, local artisans and live music. Its website is here: Other shopping sites in Melbourne include Swan Street, Melbourne Central, Toorak Road, Bridge Street and Myer. You can find further information about shopping in Melbourne here:

For everyday shopping you could go to one of the larger superstores, such as Woolworths and Coles, or you could go to the corner shops near your home. Woolworths is the largest superstore chain in Australia and it brands itself as the ‘ fresh food people’. Woolworths is also called ‘Woolies’ by local people. Coles is the second largest superstore chain and often it stays open later than Woolworths, some even stay open until midnight. There are also other stores such as Big W and K-Mart, which are discount stores. For more information about these stores, please visit their websites below: 

Big W           

You can also find Sunday markets in some cities or towns, where you can buy fresh foods and vegetables. You can get this information from local newspapers.

For more information about shopping in Australia, you can visit:


Shopping hours  

Shops in Australia normally open between 9am and 5:30pm from Monday to Friday. They may stay open later on Thursday and Friday. Most will open on Saturday and some will open on Sunday. Convenience stores usually open until 8pm. Superstores may open 24 hours a day in big cities or towns and open until 10pm in smaller towns. If you want to know the exact business hours for a particular shop, it is better to check on its website.




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