Shops in most major centres are open 7 days a week: 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday (with late opening one night a week - usually Thursday or Friday) and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Some supermarkets and petrol stations are open 24/7. Almost all shops close on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Wondering what to buy as a memento of your stay in Australia?
- Australian opals in all different colours, Broome pearls and Argyle diamonds all make stunning souvenirs.
- Wear a slice of Australia back home with contemporary designs by Ginger and Smart, Zimmermann, Alannah Hill, Leona Edimston, Alex Perry, Marcs, Saba, Akira Isogawa or Sass and Bide; or more authentic Australian items from RM Williams, Drizabone or Akubra.
- Let your tastebuds reminisce with some local wines, Haighs fine chocolates or the quintessential jar of Vegemite.
- An original Aboriginal artwork will make a stunning talking piece on your walls back home.
Shoppers should be aware that Australian clothing and shoe sizes are different to the US and European sizes. Check www.onlineconversion.com for a guide to local sizes.
All goods and services are subject to a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) which is included in the displayed price. However international visitors may be entitled to a refund under the Tourist Refund Scheme. The refund applies to goods with a total value of $AUD300 or more in one transaction (substantiated by a tax invoice) that travellers carry with them as hand luggage when leaving the country. The refund can be processed by credit card, cheque or EFT to Australian bank accounts at Tourist Refund Scheme booths after passport control on departure. Check www.abf.gov.au/entering-and-leaving-australia/tourist-refund-scheme for further details.