Sydney’s outlet shopping delivers some great windfalls for bargain lovers. From outlet malls to shopping tours, there’s an experience to suit every taste and budget.
A few words of advice before you begin—if you have an idea of what you want to buy, check prices online to ensure you’re really netting a bargain. Shopping out of season (i.e., buying swimwear in Winter) will likely net you some great buys. And, finally, these centres will get busy, so try and go off-peak—weekdays are ideal.
There are a couple of advantages to signing up to a shopping tour: first, there’s very little legwork involved; and second, someone else gets to do all the organising. You can opt for a half-day or full-day tour, or travel in a small or large group (customised tours are also available). For a large tour, check out Shop and Save Tours; if you’d like something a little more bespoke (read expensive), try Splendour Tailored Tours.
This centre features more than 120 outlet stores spread over two levels. There are 80-plus international and Aussie brands in residence (everyone from Armani to Guess to Tommy Hilfiger), offering savings of up to 70 per cent. Homewares, sports and electrical stores are on the ground floor; the fashion is on the next level. When you get hungry, there’s a huge dining precinct—or food court, as the locals call it.
To get there: catch a train to Strathfield station then hop on the free shuttle service from Strathfield Square.
Birkenhead Point still has vestiges of its industrial past, but these days this harbourside precinct is better known for shopping than shipping. The outlet centre’s beautiful position on the waterfront is almost as appealing as its 100-plus stores, with highlights including a massive Nike shop and a factory outlet for leading homewares store Peter’s of Kensington. You’ll find plenty of top Australian brands here, along with international names such as Bally, Michael Kors and Simone Pérèle.
To get there: take the Shopper Hopper ferry from Circular Quay.
Located on top of Chinatown’s Paddy’s Market (a shopping destination in its own right), Market City offers the only outlet shopping in the centre of the city. Most of the outlet stores are on level two; level one has a host of general retail shops. You’re in the heart of Chinatown here, and the centre’s 1909 Dining Precinct on level three has a great selection of Asian restaurants to dip into.
To get there: within walking distance of Central and Town Hall stations.
In inner-city Alexandria, wander down Botany Road and McEvoy, O’Riordan and Bourke streets to find outlet bargains. The shops here are spread across a fairly wide radius, so do your research before you go. Expect Australian fashion brands such as Seafolly and Oxford, sneaker savings at Puma and New Balance, and cut-price kitchenware at Victoria’s Basement and Peter’s of Kensington. When you get hungry, Bread & Circus in Fountain Street is a haven of healthy deliciousness.
To get there: Green Square station is the best starting point—but there’s a bit of walking to be done, so wear comfortable shoes.
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