Fashion and shopping
Head for The Rocks, near the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, to buy art, souvenirs and gifts, and browse weekend markets. Other must-see shopping destinations are the elegant Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade.
Australian opals are widely available in specialist jewellery shops. Stock up on Aussie-made boots, hats, fashion and jewellery in stylish shopping centres such as Westfield Sydney, The Galeries and World Square. There are brand outlet stores at Market City, near Chinatown.
Discover great shopping in Sydney
Australian designers wow the world with their innovative take on fashion; a good place to find emerging talent is Paddington, a cool neighbourhood in Sydney’s east. The Intersection, on the corner of Oxford Street and Glenmore Road, is home to local boutiques and upcoming designers.
Browse through top local fashion brands including Sass & Bide, Ksubi, Ellery, Scanlan, and Ginger & Smart. East along Oxford Street, heading towards Bondi Beach, are more funky boutiques and the Paddington Markets, where many fashion designers got their start.
In the city centre, Westfield Sydney sets the pace for sensational shopping with four floors of fashion favourites. Nearby you’ll also find Australia's two largest department stores, Myer and David Jones, which stock many top brands and offer personal shopper and stylist services.
The splendid Strand Arcade is home to a hatter that sells Australia’s famous Akubra hats, worn by farmers and ranchers, prime ministers and presidents. Buy a pair of classic Australian leather boots from the R.M Williams shop on George Street, near the Strand.
From there, walk to the grand Queen Victoria Building, one of the most beautiful shopping centre’s in the world. Completed in 1898, the Romanesque building occupies an entire city block. Known as the QVB, it was elegantly restored in the 1980s.
For Australia’s precious opals, shop at reputable stores in the city centre, including Altmann & Cherny, Costellos of Australia, the and .