Brisbane has a variety of shopping experiences - everything from exclusive international boutiques, department stores, bustling markets and factory outlet centres. Check out our local secrets section for some of our favorite shopping destinations.
TIP! If you are just visiting Australia you can claim a refund on the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) on goods you buy in Australia. This refund is subject to certain conditions – see www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Tour for full details.
- Woolworths and rival Coles sell groceries, fish, meat, fresh vegetables, baby and household products and as they fight for market share they try to improve their offerings. Cut price Aldi, joined the competition a few years ago with stores in selected suburbs and is also gaining market share.
Many Australians are moving towards buying little and often so you will also see great support for local stores offering good products.
Wine, Beer & Spirits: Supermarkets are not licensed to sell alcohol so you will find wine/beer and spirits are sold seperately in Bottle Shops or Liquor Stores. They even have drive through bottle shops for those keen to stock up on the move. To find a store near you try Dan Murphys (www.danmurphys.com.au ), Vintage Cellars (www.vintagecellars.com.au ) or BWS (www.beerwinespirits.com.au ) . Some stores have loyalty programs or are affliaited with the supermarket loyalty program so sticking with one can reap rewards.
Markets & Fairs
Boutique Markets at Portside are a national boutique thats sells handmade and high quality crafts made by local talent.
There will be a range of goods to buy, not only from local farmers but also from providers within the local community.
When you first arrive you may want a temporary solution to your communication needs. You can purchase a cheap phone (expect to pay around $35) and sim card on a pay as you go basis. Being on a contract is a more economical long term solution but for short stays or until you have an address/bank account this can be hard to set up. You can top up your credit for your phone in supermarkets, post offices and phone shops.
You can also buy a wireless modem that connect you to the internet (expect to pay around $85 if not as part of a contract deal). This you can also have on as a pay as you go contract.
Click on the links below to find your nearest store.
Or you can try independent retailers such as:
For tablet/laptop and other electrical appliances (nationwide)try:
www.priceline.com.au (discount chemist nationwide)
- General: Try Ikea (www.ikea.com.au ) and Freedom Furniture (www.freedom.com.au ) for household basics. For kitchen essentials and household accessories such as sheets, towels, plates, cutlery etc go to Target (www.target.com.au ) or Kmart (www.kmart.com.au ). If you are looking for mid range stylish furniture try Domain (www.domain.com.au ). For top end designer furniture you can’t go past Coco Republic (www.cocorepublic.com.au )
- White Goods: For electrical appliances try Harvey Norman (www.harveynorman.com.au) Bing Lee (www.binglee.com.au) or 2nds world for Factory 2nds at reduced prices (www.2ndsworld.com.au ).
- Rental Furniture: You can rent individual items of furniture as required (such as a fridge or outdoor setting) or you can rent a 2/4/6 person furniture package that will include everything you need in one go. Try Pabs (www.pabs.com.au) or Valiant (www.valiant.com.au ). The longer you rent for the cheaper the price becomes. You will usually need to pay a months rental in advance, a security deposit refundable on return and will be charged a delivery fee.
- Second Hand Furniture: Many people resell their furniture, at a fraction of the cost, when they leave Australia. Try www.gumtree.com.au ( a website with free listings of everything from jobs wanted to furniture for sale), ebay (www.ebay.com.au )or the local charity stores to find a bargain near you.
Shopping for Kids:
Cots/Highchairs/Strollers etc: Try Baby Kingdom (www.babykingdom.com.au ), Mothercare (www.mothercare.com.au ) and Target (www.target.com.au ). You can buy nappies in Bulk online from www.gotoddler.com.au
Renting Kid’s furniture: You can rent car seats/strollers etc if you only need them for a short while or when you first arrive.
Clothes: Cotton On (www.cottonon.com/AU/shop-by-brand/cotton-on-kids/?region=AU) does great fun, colourful, affordable clothing for kids. Target (www.target.com.au ) and Kmart (www.kmart.com.au ) are great for cheap basics. Seed (www.seedheritage.com ) and Gumboots (www.gumboots.com.au )caters for stylish youngsters and Industrie Kids (www.industriekids.com.au ) offers trendy street wear for the under 14s.
Toys: For all the mainstream, branded toys try Toys R Us (www.toysrus.com.au ) Myer (www.myer.com.au ) and Kmart (www.kmart.com.au ). For quality toys and great gift ideas try Kidstuff (www.kidstuff.com.au ) or shop online at www.iqtoys.com.au .
Coles and Woolworths offer an online ordering service for your supermarket shop. Perfect for those time poor, with young children or those who need extra assistance.
www.aussiefarmers.com.au (for farm fresh dairy and deli products plus fruit and vegetables.)
www.furnish.com.au (Australia’s number one online furniture store)
www.ikea.com.au (order Ikea online to save a trip to their store)
www.gumtree.com.au (second hand furniture sold by area)
www.westfield.com.au (department stores –various)