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With a wide range of goods and shopping in Australia is a pleasure for every visitor to the country. On this page I want to share with you information related to shopping Down Under, covering information on what to buy, shopping hours, taxes and so on.

What to shop in Australia

If you're looking for items that are specific or representative of Australia, there are a good variety of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets and knick-knacks to handicrafts and artworks.

Shopping in Australia
Author: TownsvilleUser (public domain)

At the most basic, things that come to mind include fridge magnets in the form the Sydney Harbour Bridge, kangaroos and koala bears. Bigger items include aboriginal arts and crafts, painted ostrich egg shells and boomerangs.

Australia produces high quality goods such as homewares and wines. It has a wide range of fashionable clothing, from camping gear to surfing apparel. The country is also a major producer of gems, particularly opals, 95% of which comes from Australia.

Opening Hours

Shops are usually open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, with late night shopping on Thursdays and Fridays, until 9:00 pm. Deregulation has allowed many shops, particularly those in the big cities, to open on Saturdays and Sundays as well. Bookstores and specialty shops stay open until 10:00 pm, particularly in the downtown areas of big cities. A few supermarkets stay open 24 hours.

Westfield Shopping Town, Chatswood, New South Wales
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How to pay

Cash payment is the preferred method. Most stores are more willing to negotiate a lower price with cash payments. Credit cards from major banks are accepted at most stores, although there is a minimum purchase requirement. There is a Goods & Services Tax or GST of 10% applied to items sold.

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Preparing to visit Australia?

Hello and thanks for visiting my Australia Travel Guide! I am Timothy Tye aka Tim the Traveler. Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and with this travel guide, I want to share with you the wonders of this country with you.

Australia is a huge country with lots to see and do. We shall explore it bit by bit, until we eventually cover every city and every town in the country.

If you are planning your visit to Australia, I hope that this website will provide you ideas and suggestions of places to go. I also want to share with you a few tips to help you plan your trip.

As you plan your trip to Australia, the first thing to do is to look for accommodation. I recommend that you compare prices provided by different hotel booking sites such as Agoda, Travelocity, Expedia, etc. Use this automated search engine to help you.

The currency used in Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD). Here's latest exchange rates in the last 24-hours.

Finally, you consider the following travel books to improve your knowledge of Australia ahead of your visit. You can get them directly from Amazon.