Retail therapy holidays…the answer to most of life’s dilemmas (and, while we think of it, not a bad gift for Mother’s Day either!). The great thing about Australia is that there’s a shopping experience to suit every taste and occasion – whether you’re medicine’s up-in-lights designer fashion or hidden treasures in the market stalls.
Either way, you certainly don’t want to waste valuable time tracking down shopping hot-spots and well placed hotels. So we’ve done it for you.
Shopping weekend in Brisbane
Along with great wining and dining options around the city, Brisbane lays on the brand name stores including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Lauren, Tiffany, Mimco, Sass & Bide and more.
Great places to start your credit card workout are around Queen Street Mall and along James Street in Fortitude Valley.
The Stamford Plaza Brisbane has a shopping complex right underneath plus an on-site Japanese restaurant with views to the Brisbane River.
Forgetting your toothbrush/underwear/shampoo is no biggie when you stay at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide.
Just seconds away you’ll be amongst the 600 retail stores, three major department stores and 15 arcades that make up the Rundle Mall shopping district. Rundle Street itself is two blocks of cool boutiques, bookshops, cafés, restaurants and pubs.
Norwood Parade, Unley Road and King William Road are also worth a visit. Then there are the outlets at Harbour Town on your way to the airport.
And for a taste of South Australian wines, hit Federal Restaurant and Bar where the waiters really know their quaff.
Why lumber all the way to the continent for luxury European names when you can stroll the Grand Hyatt Melbourne (pictured) shopping arcade?
Find your signature scent at Italian style house Bvlgari and try on something from Paspaley Pearls to match your outfit from Emporio Armani.
If you’ve got something left over for gift shopping, Gallery Freya gives hotel guests 10% off designer trinkets!
Of course, when it comes to Melbourne, the question should really be “Where can’t you shop?!”
In and around the CBD alone, you can head to Swanston St, Bourke Street Mall, Queen Victoria Markets, Collins Street, Melbourne Central, GPO, Southgate and Victoria Gardens.
Show off your plundering at the hotel’s bar RU-CO with cocktails in the courtyard or a private area near the fireplace.
Launceston shopping trips are all about hand-made Tassie treasures, boutique designs, markets, antique stores and fine plonk.
Try the Design Centre of Tasmania for high quality crafts, Sunday at the Evandale Market, the weekly Esk Markets, the Civic Homespun Market on Saturday, and the Canning Street Farmer’s Market once a month.
Then pick up a good read at Australia’s oldest bookstore, Birchalls, and an even better drop from The Pinot Shop, and recline in a nice quiet field of green by the Tamar River.
The Quest Launceston’s pantry shopping service will deliver to your apartment before you arrive so you can whip up a feast in your kitchen.
Sure, Canberra has the luxury boutiques, malls and department stores. However, just like a trip to Tassie, you come here to get away from big city life and it’s flashy trimmings.
In this part of the world you hunt for the local designer fashion, market treasures, books, handycrafts and winter wines that you won’t find in any shopping mega-mall back home.
Try the Old Bus depot Markets, Gorman House Arts Centre Markets, National Libray Bookshop, Smiths Alternative Bookshop and Kamberra Wine Company.
Braddon, just outside the CBD is the place for Canberra designers, unusual gifts and galleries. For antiques, gourmet delights and jewellery head to Manuka and Kingston.
The Medina Executive James Court Canberra sits very nicely right in the midst of it all.