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Gift Shop | Unique Gifts Online Australia
Hardtofind is the home of personalised
whether you’re buying for friends or family or treating yourself to something special.
homewares and jewellery to fashion and prints, there are unique gifts for every person
age – even those notoriously hard-to-buy-for peeps.
We get it, gifting can be a tricky game – you want something meaningful, personal and
of the box (read: no boring multi-pack undies or servo carnations!). But where to start?
We’ve put together a bunch of tried-and-tested tips that’ll guarantee you a rep as the
number-one gift-giver in town. And with thousands of carefully curated online gifts at
disposal, you’ll have this gift-giving gig in the bag.
Tip #1: Think about all the things your giftee likes to do. Maybe your dad is all about
or your bestie thinks cheese is life – whatever their passion, let it guide you to a
gift. Don’t know the person really well? That’s what social media is for! Embrace your
detective and go on a little (totally non-creepy) stalk sesh. You’ll work out pretty
they’re into things like bike riding, coffee drinking, food, wine, travel – and bonza,
in! Take that newfound intel over to our awesome Gift Finder – a nifty tool that lets
by personality (among other things) – and whether your gift recipient is into music, or
love dogs or hanging out at the beach, we’ve got the best gifts to choose from.
Tip #2: Make them laugh. Fact: 99.8% of people prefer gifts with fun slogans on them. So
of getting your little bro a boring plain mug, give him a flippin’ brilliant mug that
all his co-workers that ‘Simon is allergic to mornings’. (Hey, if the mug fits…) And if
going to gift a cheeseboard to your loved-up newlyweds, why not make it a one with a
like ‘Harry & Meghan, together for cheddar and ever’? Funny gifts that make people
you nailed it.
Tip #3: Add a personal touch. At hardtofind, Personalised gifts are our speciality –
a gift with someone’s name, initials, birth date or a heartfelt message is the perfect
ensure your gift goes straight to the poolroom. There are plenty of ways to create a
present for someone special – from engraved gifts and hand-stamped jewellery to bespoke
and printed homewares, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our collection of customized
Tip #4: Turn the gifting experience into an event. Here’s where you can get really
You’ve come to hardtofind, you’ve searched through thousands of cool gifts, you’ve
perfect present (it’s personalised, it’s funny, it’s a winner!), and to really top the
thing off… why not hide the gift and send your eager little gift-receiver on a treasure
wrap the present like a pass-the-parcel and make the recipient discard another layer
music stops! You’re only limited by your imagination.
Tip #5: Shop in the right place! At hardtofind, we’ve taken all the hard work out of
special gifts for the people that matter most – gifts that you won’t find anywhere else,
including more than 10,000 personalized gift ideas. We also have gift ideas for all
important occasions, from Christmas
Mother’s Day gifts and
Father’s Day gifts,
wedding gifts, engagement gifts and christening gifts – so many
to choose from! Plus, we have presents in every price range: gifts under $20, gifts
and gifts under $100.
And if you’re looking for something a bit quirky, we have loads of unusual gifts to
for your left-of-centre friends.
Still feeling stuck? Buy one of our gorgeous gift
vouchers and let your gift recipient choose their own gift! With so many unique
ideas – all made or sourced from a small, creative sellers – they won’t have any problem
something that tickles their fancy.
HARDTOFIND – UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS & PERSONALISED GIFTS
If you want to give creative gifts to your loved ones, you’ll find numerous possibilities in our gift shop. Nothing shows how much you care for or appreciate someone than a timely gift. It does not have to be an expensive gift as long as it expresses your thoughts and feelings towards the other person. That is why many people take the time to buy and send gifts to their loved ones.
At the hardtofind gift shop, you will see an array of items that will certainly make your loved one’s day. Our gifts are also ideal for work colleagues and business partners. Some categories you can expect to find at our gift shop include gifts for boyfriends, gifts for teenage girls, housewarming gifts, bridesmaid gifts, baby shower gifts, birthday gifts and gifts for men.
How can you choose the perfect gift from the gift shop?
A lot of people appreciate the thought behind the gift rather than the cost of the gift. Of course, getting an expensive gift is also another way of showing appreciation but if you wish to get your gift just right, consider the following points.
One of the best ways to ensure that you get the right gift is to think about the recipient. Consider what the person likes and dislikes. For instance, if you wish to give a present to a friend who loves football, consider getting something with a football theme. Girls love jewellery while boys may be more excited to receive video games. The key is to settle on a gift that you know will impress the recipient.
Your relationship with the recipient should be another thing to take into consideration. Something as simple as a coffee mug may impress mum while a daughter can be over the moon for receiving a smartphone or makeup kit. Your dad may love a personalised watch or sunglasses. Romantic gifts such as flowers and wine or personalised bracelets can be ideal for couples.
The age of the recipient
The age of the person getting the gift is another important consideration to keep in mind. A teenage girl is likely to appreciate things like a cute necklace or jewellery case while simple toys can quite impress kids below the age of 10. An older person with kids may love gifts such as waffle makers, glasses cases or even a personalised wooden spoon.
The occasion to be marked is another thing that should help inform your decision. Luckily, the hardtofind gift shop has simplified finding gifts based on every occasion. This means you can easily browse the birthday gift section and pick something ideal for that event. You can also navigate other sections including anniversaries, Father’s or Mother’s days, Christening, Christmas among other occasions.
Think of what they need
Another way to find the right gift is to think of what the recipient really needs. For example, you may have noticed that your mum has a hard time reaching the top counter whenever she is cooking. Getting her a stool to make her life easier can be all it takes to bring a smile to her face. Think of what your daughter or son has been talking about for weeks. Perhaps a bike, earrings, a phone, outfit or whatever it may be and offer that as a present.
Don’t forget to show some personality
Remember, you do not want the gift to reflect the recipient only. You also want to include yourself in the gift so that whenever the person looks at the gift, they will remember you. Including a line or two from your favourite poem or song may be all it takes to add your personality to the gift. You can even add a card with your own words.
Make them laugh
You may not be the funniest of people, but you can always find a gift that will put a gigantic smile on the face of your recipient. At the hardtofind online gift shop, we have some of the quirkiest Australian gifts and that may be all you need to add some humour to your gifting.
Support their dreams
If you are giving a present to an individual who loves to travel, getting them a well crafted wooden world atlas may show them you support their dream. If the recipient loves cooking, getting them cute cutlery or other kitchen items may be ideal. An enthusiastic cyclist will appreciate a pump or even a new bike while an engraved picnic table can be a good idea for couples who recently got married.
Where can you buy unique and interesting gifts?
Find unique and interesting gifts at the hardtofind online gift shop. We pride ourselves in having a vast selection of some of the most thoughtful gifts. From simple key holders to some of the best handmade crafts on earth, we have it all. The best part is that our gifts are available at varying price points, meaning you can be sure to get the ideal gift at a cost you are comfortable with. Get in touch with us in case you want your gift to be personalised and packaged in a specific way.
WHAT’S FOR SALE IN THE AUSTRALIA ZOO SHOP?
INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Insider’s Guide to the Australia Zoo Shop, Beerwah Queensland.
There is a gift shop at Australia Zoo, full of Steve Irwin memorabilia, and Australia Zoo souvenirs featuring the animals, Bindi, Robert, and also Stella, their pug dog!
Take a sneak peek inside the shop below.
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Inside the Australia Zoo Shop
Did you know that when you visit Australia Zoo and buy souvenirs from the gift shop you’re helping us to protect wildlife and wild places as Australia Zoo funnels the profits from these sales back into wildlife conservation!
That makes for guilt-free shopping indeed.
(Same goes for shopping in their online store too.)
Book Now: Australia Zoo Entry with transfers from Brisbane (BEST SELLER)
Best Things to Buy at the Australia Zoo Gift Shop
There are so many options for souvenirs at the Australia Zoo Store.
But these are our faves.
RELATED: Ultimate Guide to the Best Day Out at AUSTRALIA ZOO for Kids!
The Crocodile Hunter Pop! Vinyl Toy
Steve’s dressed in his signature khaki and holding a croc of course.
This is the coolest collector item you’ll ever find.
Bindi Irwin Thongs
Our favorites include Bindi Irwin thongs!
Flip flops, jandals… they go by many names but in Australia, thongs is the correct terminology.
Thongs are Australia’s most essential footwear.
EVERYONE wears them, young and old, but one of Australia’s most iconic sites is to see a ‘bushie’ out battling the muddy roads, or a bogged car, or moving a snake out of the way, while wearing ‘pluggers’.
They are Australia’s go-to shoe at home, the beach, the shops – just about anywhere during the day in fact.
Robert Irwin Dinosaur Hunter books
These Robert Irwin books never get old.
Boys and girls who have a fascination with dinosaurs will LOVE these stories.
Australia Zoo clothing & t-shirts
You can buy ALL kinds of clothing and apparel at Australia zoo, including Australia Zoo t-shirts, AND the good old KHAKI shirt just like Steve used to wear.
Crikey Khaki Clothing
The standard Khaki outfit of the Crocodile Hunter khaki shirt and shorts that Steve was famous for comes in all sizes.
Find it for kids, for teens, for toddlers and preschoolers, AND in adult sizes too.
Shirts are embellished with “The Crocodile Hunter” logo above the pocket.
Oh, the memories of this mad, wild, crazy but intelligent man!
You can also by the Crocodile Hunter costume pack for adults and kids, with bonus rubber snake included!
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Mug
A mug is always a good idea.
It’s a souvenir you can use back home, every single day, to remind you of your trip.
Buy a Crikey coffee mug, or one of the animals.
That’s the best kind of souvenir gift.
Hot tip: Did you know kids can join the Crikey Club? Check the Crikey magazine on their website.
The Crocodile Hunter Souvenirs
Gift ideas for Croc Hunter fans:
- Australia Zoo Calendars
- The Crocodile Hunter DVD collection in entirety
- Crocodile Hunter puzzles
- Crocodile Hunter Crikey! lunch cooler
- Crocodile Hunter signature cap
- Crocodile Hunter stationery – pencil cases,
- Crocodile Hunter car number plate
- Crocodile Hunter tote bags, shopping bags and backpacks
- Crocodile Hunter snow globes
- Wildlife Warrior branded goods
- Crocodile Hunter DVDs
All souvenir sales help the Irwin family and zoo keeper team continue with their conservation projects.
Bindi Irwin Souvenirs & Robert Irwin Souvenirs
There’s a range of Bindi souvenirs including fashion clothing, motivational souvenirs, drink bottles and more.
- Bindi Apparel including t-shirts, hats
- Bindi Irwin dolls
- Bindi Irwin’s “Change” journal
The best Robert Irwin souvenirs are his Wildlife calendar featuring his impressive photography, wildlife prints, bags, hats, apparel, and mugs.
But the cutest one is his photo on the Sea Turtle cushion cover!
MORE Australia Zoo Souvenirs on a budget
There’s also LOTS of pocket money souvenirs at Australia Zoo including:
- animal cups and mugs
- tote bags
- shopping bags
- tea towels
- souvenir spoons
- cloth patches (badges) for the Scout blanket or backpack
Australiana Souvenirs at Australia Zoo
Plus, you can load up on Australiana souvenirs and soft toys such as:
- soft plush koala bear toys
- dingo toys
- kangaroo plush toys
- echidnas and platypus, and
- plush crocodile toys if you fancy too.
Plus, foodie treats including Macadamia chocolates
Australia Zoo Pressed Pennies
The best thing to buy at Australia Zoo if you are a collector of pressed pennies, is this Pennybandz.
You can use to this to wear your favorite pressed penny on your arm, like a bracelet.
Change them out from time to time with pressed pennies from all your best family trips.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: AUSTRALIA ZOO SOUVENIR SHOP
Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated
Address: 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, Queensland Australia
Telephone: 07 5436 2000
Website: Click here
Australia Zoo Opening hours
- Open 9am to 5pm daily
- Closed Christmas Day.
Book Now: Buy your Australia Zoo full day tour tickets here (with transfers from Brisbane, the closest airport/city)
Where is Australia Zoo located?
Take a look at the map below. Beerwah is approximately 1.5 hours north of Brisbane, via train or 1 hour 10 minutes by car, following the M1.
Beerwah is near the Glass House Mountains, north of Caboolture, and slightly inland from Caloundra. It’s slightly North west of Bribie Island.
Toadstool Rating: Australia Zoo Store
Worth at least 30 minutes of your time.
Looking for More Things to do on the Sunshine Coast & Brisbane?
Click the links in blue for more Sunshine Coast & Brisbane attractions.
5 Best Gift Shops in Brisbane🥇
Below is a list of the top and leading Gift Shops in Brisbane. To help you find the best Gift Shops located near you in Brisbane, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Brisbane’s Best Gift Shops:
The top-rated Gift Shops in Brisbane are:
- Monsterthreads Gift Shop – curates the best and most fun art they can find
- Australia the Gift – offers a massive range of Aussie gifts and souvenirs
- Nook – offers a carefully considered and diverse catalogue
- Tourist House – brings you quality souvenirs at the best prices
- Thinking of You Gift – brings a bright and eclectic range of gifts
Monsterthreads Gift Shop
First up, we have Monsterthreads Gift Shop. Here in this top-notch gift shop, you will find carefully curated gifts that come from different parts of the world. You will also enjoy browsing through their homeware and office supply items. In addition to that, they stock up on food and drink choices.
Moreover, Monsterthreads showcases works of art from artists such as Jennifer Bouron and Alejandro Giraldo. You can also find brands such as Addition Studio, Bamboozld, and C2R on their shelves. Stop by this gift shop today!
Backpacks, Accessories, Food, Drinks, Homeware, and more
Address: 4/158 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Phone: (07) 3236 4322
“Cute little store in the heart of Brisbane city!! They sell clothes, novelty items, and so much more cool stuff from designers all around the world!! We love our matching shirts!! 😍😍😍” – Bailie Jorja
Australia the Gift
Australia the Gift makes another appearance on our listings. If you are in search of the best Aussie gifts and souvenirs, this gift shop must surely be on top of your list.
Here, you will find a wide array of Australian gifts that are great for conferences, corporate events, and promotional business items. If you want to send a gift to your loved one overseas, you can depend on their delivery services as well. Check out their website to learn more!
Clothing, Accessories, Toys, Jewellery, and more
Address: 52A Bishop St, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
Phone: (07) 3352 4789
“Scarf is exactly as pictured on the website. Colours are vibrant. Will make a lovely gift for my overseas friend who loves kangaroos and the colours red and black! Delivery was in good time. Great website for gifts for overseas friends. Plenty to choose from.” – Tess Barnard
Nook comes next on our list. Get ready to browse through a carefully considered and diverse catalogue of quality items. They stock up on unique and stylish brands, particularly community-minded Australian labels. You can also find a few international brands that meet the standards of creativity and ethical practice on their shelves.
Since the team behind Nook opened its doors in 2009, they have been dedicated to showcasing the work of local artists, ceramicists, and fashion designers. Truly, you enjoy their collection of clothing, accessories, reading materials, and more.
Clothing, Jewellery, Accessories, Body Products, and more
Address: 19 Browning St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
“Gorgeous products, great customer service, fast shipping to Melbourne during the lockdown.” – J.
Tourist House is a go-to gift shop in the capital. This family-owned and operated business is well-known for its discount souvenirs. For more than 20 years, they have been supplying top-quality gifts and souvenirs in each of their locations around the country. Here in their Brisbane branch, you are sure to find the perfect gift.
In addition to that, the Tourist House takes pride in their excellent customer service. Their top-notch products also come at affordable prices. If your orders go above $100, you can avail of their free delivery services. Check out their website today!
Clothing, Accessories, Stationery, Toys, and more
Address: 86 Queen Street Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Phone: (07) 3012 8754
“Every year I have to buy loads of souvenirs for my big family overseas and I always manage to find something special for myself 🙂 It’s always lovely to see how helpful the staff are and the great prices! Highly recommended” – Kristy Nasrawi
Thinking of You Gift
Finally, Thinking of You Gift completes our list. If you are looking for a premier gift shop that offers products from local, national, and international suppliers, this is the one for you. They also stock up on items that are handmade and made of sustainable resources.
Aside from their products, they also ensure that their packaging is eco-friendly. Truly, you will find an excellent gift for your friends and family members here, no matter what age they are. Take a look at what’s in store for you here today!
Accessories, Homeware, Toys, and more
Address: 2/501 Stanley St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Phone: 0432 271 028
“Exceptionally high-quality gifts. (Toys, games, books, etc) A great social enterprise.” – Alexandra McCallum
Gifts & Hampers Delivered | A Little Luxury
First time user of A Little Luxury, found it easy to navigate, reliable delivery and so many choices of gifts, will definitely purchase from this company again and have passed on website to Family and friends
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A Little Luxury allows me to spoil my family in Australia (from the other side of the world) with beautiful, thoughtful gifts. I’ve been using them for a couple of years now to celebrate my family’s milestones and every gift basket helps to spread the love and joy. THANK YOU!
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31 Of Our Favourite Local Brisbane Businesses To Buy Gifts From
If you’re on the hunt for something special and unique to give to their friends, folks, girlfriend, boyfriend, brothers, sisters, mum, dad, children, grandparents, grandchildren, secret santas, in-laws, nieces, nephews, dogs, cats, horses and so on… look no further! I’m sick of buying the same ol’ things and this year, I’d love to gift presents that are not only a little more personal and meaningful, but give back to the community at the same time.
We’re now fortunate enough to have so many amazing small brands and businesses popping up everyday and here at Style HQ, we’re passionate about supporting the little guys too!
We’re forever inspired by clever and talented artisans crafting their own products, with a knack for originality and creativity. One of our favourite quotes is “when you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance!”
We love taking all of these elements into consideration when buying for our loved ones gifts all year round, especially at the most wonderful time of year, Christmas!
Keep scrolling if you want to know where to buy your gifts for everyone and to help support Brisbane and beyond businesses and brands! We are confident that you’ll find a special piece that someone will love for years to come.
The beautiful young artist lives on the Sunshine Coast and her world revolves around art and finding the beauty in everything. Elle is constantly creating new artworks to add to her ever expanding collection and draws inspiration from music, yummy food, people, animals and other things she loves. Her latest collection is based on fruits, her prints are painted with acrylic paints on an A3 canvas paper. The perfect gift for someone you think may need more art in their humble abode.
POTTERY FOR THE PLANET
Good things come in small packages! With one of these hand-crafted ceramic reusable coffee cups made on the Sunshine Coast, both your gift receiver and the planet will thank you.
Brissy-based stationery brand has everything you need for the office working/organisation freak in your life! From diaries, to calendars, cute Christmas cards, planners and reusable bags, these are a gift that your special someone will use all year round.
ARC & FAMILY POTS
Happily married couple/parents who own this lush plant haven literally hand-paint every pot in the place themselves. They put their two littles ones to bed and continue to paint throughout the night to give you freshly unique pots to gift to all the crazy plant lovers in your life.
SLIP SILK PILLOWCASE
We’re huge fans of the original creators of the anti-ageing, anti sleep crease and anti bed-head silk pillowcases. These days they’ve bought out scrunchies, eye masks and even brand new Zodiac sign eye masks!
FARM ANIMAL RESCUE
A sanctuary for farmed animals rescued from abusive situations located in Dayboro, just north of Brisbane. They hold open days so that you can meet their chickens, goats, sheep, cows, pigs and other happy animals who have a forever home at their sanctuary – the perfect educational day out for the family!
Byron Bay based Jai Vasicek is the designer of these decorative tiles to hang around your home and add a punch of colour to any room and each piece is unique and varies slightly. With a large collection of crosses, portholes, beach-inspired, horoscopes and even Frida Kahlo, these designs are a beautifully crafted gift for all your artsy, homewares-loving friends.
MAKERS OF SOMETHING SPECIAL
These handmade plant creations by Brisbane sisters are the cutest little gift for an office desk addiction or for your bedside table. Be sure to check out their range of cacti and succulents
at markets around Brissy.
Cranky’s Farm Animal Rescue Mission is an animal sanctuary where beautiful rescued farm animals get to live the rest of their lives in peace near Stanthorpe. Their calendars are the perfect gift for your animal-loving friends and 100% of the profits from the sales go towards animal rescue and care.
Just based on Brissy’s northside in Banyo is where all the heavenly aromatherapy potions are manufactured. The natural, organic, cruelty free brand has skincare, bath & body, aromatherapy, massage, mother and baby potions to help with sleep, anxiety, stress, relaxation and nausea to name a few of the benefits. Know someone that needs a little calm in their life? Their natural perfumes and aroma kits will enhance positivity and healing for a thoughtful gift.
Their flagship trove located on James Street in Fortitude Valley has become one of our regulars for gift hunting for jewellery lovers. Their dainty jewels range from glam, vintage, minimalistic, statement and simple pieces, suitable for sisters, mothers, friends and lovers of all kinds.
Flowers are always appropriate for every occasion! Just down the road from Style HQ, in store you’ll find hampers of flowers, champagne, home + body gifts, as well as divine bouquet and gorgeous indoor plant gifts styled in fashionable ceramics.
LOCO LOVE CHOCOLATES
Hand-crafted with the finest organic ingredients, Loco Love’s chocolates are vegan, gluten, soy and refined sugar-free, packed up in the most beautiful pink magical gift boxes that look ‘almost’ too pretty to eat!
WORLD FOR PETS RSPCA AUSTRALIA
Looking for a gift for your animal-loving pals? The RSPCA’s World For Pets store has a huge range of items for humans and their fur babies such as cat lady aprons, drink bottles, stuffed animals, animal mugs and ‘I love my dog’ stickers, how could someone not love that?! Plus, most of their funds go towards caring for their animal care. And, if you think a sticker won’t cut it, how about adopting one of their beautiful dogs, cats or other pets for your loved one?! Our idea of present goals!
Brisbane makeup brush boutique, Brush Huis’ Essentials brush set is the go-to gift for any beauty junkie! The cruelty-free and vegan brushes are all you need to perfect a makeup look from start to finish.
We all know a flower lover, so why not give them a vase that’s just as pretty as the blooms themselves? Designed and handcrafted in Brisbane, these hand poured acrylic heart-shaped vases make for the most beautiful addition to any bunch of florals for a keepsake statement.
Aussie designed swimwear label, Skwosh has an eccentric carefree vibe that reflects in their designs, with the funnest prints of cactus, flamingos, cherries, avocados to name a few. These gifts will give any male a grin when ripping open their gift-wrapping. Plus, their kids range has the cheekiest prints that all mums will love!
Know a sun-kissed beach babe who loves spending time by the sea? Help them get glowing golden skin they’re after with luxe skincare products from Bris-based Maui Now that not only look cute in your beach bag, but deliver results with their melanin-boosting blend.
New mother and creative, Caitlyn is the founder, designer and creative director who specialises in paper, curated gifts and dreamy words that make for a kind print your special someone will love! We’re personally in love with the zodiac collection.
GC-based quality textile towel label has 100% cotton poncho towels for the tots, plush striped towels, Turkish beach blankets and everything you need for an Aussie summer! You really can never go wrong with a beach towel when it comes to presents.
BAKE TIME CAKES
You know what they say… Food is the best way to a person’s heart. Cake artist, Telina cooks, paints and packages up her beautifully made customised cookies all by herself in her Brissy home, which we can’t get enough of! For the person that has it all and loves food, we can’t recommend these cookies enough for a delicious sweet treat.
Know of a man that needs a fresh kit? Make a trip to Urbbana’s Portside Wharf and CBD stores for a high-end outfit from head-to-toe for the fella in your life. This is the ideal gift dedicated to the gentlemen in your life.
Brisbane designer Wil Valor is known for his bespoke tailor-made suits, shirts, bags, shoes, umbrellas and eyewear. Handmade in Italy, his pieces are a great present for your brothers, father, brother-in-law, granddad, boyfriend, hubby, son, uncle, nephew or your good mate.
Home to the most beautiful gifts, fashion, homewares and cards in Wilston Village, this little store is always our fave for card shopping with their locally crafted wall on display. We’re also big fans of their jewellery, beauty, clothing, homewares, Christmas decorations, books, pet and kids collection, there’s something for everyone!
THE BEACH PEOPLE
Created by two sisters, the luxe seaside essentials brand is known as the original creators of the round towel. They’re still bringing out epic cool prints and designs as usual, however recently added to their collection is tote bags, straw clutches, beach cushions, bedding, bath and home goods. Plus they’ve recently partnered with The Great Barrier Reef Foundation and are donating $5 from every Original Jute Bag towards protecting the reef and it’s inhabitants. Ideal for all the sun-seekers!
Brisbane’s beloved hand letterer, designer and digital content creator is the epitome of Insta-envy! Her unique artworks never cease to amaze us with her originality and creativity. Jasmine’s annual calendar is super eye-catching with a pop of colour. Who wouldn’t love to receive it this festive season?
SISTA & CO
As the name goes, Brissy sisters and their mother run this label founded in the summer of 2017, inspired by their childhood growing up in the Whitsundays! The patterns are uniquely designed and all materials are hand-picked by the ladies, then they are ethically produced in beautiful Bali. These bespoke hand fans are a must for that friend of class and elegance for summer.
Christmas pudding candles, Christmas tree earrings and Christmas decorations in a tasteful manner are all found on the northside at this lovely little gift boutique store, however if you’re not after Christmas décor and just after a sweet present for someone, we’re sure you’ll find something that someone will love!
SUNDAY SUPPLY CO
Summers are based around beach days, sunny skies and good vibes and all that is needed is a little shade to protect against the harsh Aussie rays. These bold, retro-inspired beach umbrellas are designed to accompany every beach trip and an ideal shady spot. Give someone the gift to help them #chasethesun this year.
Biome has a mission to help everyone live more sustainably, by having palm-oil free, zero waste, cruelty-free and plastic free options! They are also passionate about living palm-oil free lives to help save orang-utans. You’d be surprised at how harmful palm-oil really is for the beautiful creatures. With over 3000 gift choices for you and the planet located in four stores and online, purchasing your presents from here will make for the gift that keeps on giving!
Last but not least, we must not forget about treating our furry friends – I mean, they are the ones that bring most joy to our lives on the daily! Stock up on holiday goodies including a fresh collar and lead, balls, toys, treats and everything you can imagine for your pretty kitties and smoochie poochies.
90,000 Smart shopping in Australia: what to bring from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane | Sasha Konovalova
In this article you will find the secrets of smart shopping in Australia and valuable tips to help you navigate the variety of souvenirs that Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other cities of this country offer. Don’t spend a lot of money on Australian flag T-shirts (however, if you’re not saving and really want to, then why not?), Figurines, road signs and kangaroo stuffed animals.Let’s pick something really interesting, unique and useful.
Smart shopping in Australia: what to bring from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Clothes and shoes
When going shopping in Australia, many people want to buy locally made clothes. In this category, it is worth highlighting the brand RM Williams – a world-famous Australian brand. Clothes and footwear of this company in its homeland can be bought without extra charges. It is also worth noting surfing equipment (these are the popular brands Quiksilver, Mambo, Billabong and others) – in Australia it costs relatively less than ours (even when purchased via the Internet).
Of the traditional Australian clothing, things made of sheep wool can be noted – very warm and pleasant to the touch. As well as sweaters and kuji-style dresses (weaving of fine multi-colored threads), which are associated exclusively with Australia.
If you are thinking of what to buy from clothing in Australia, just head to the mall and check out local brands or drive to the market. But be careful – Chinese things are often found in the bazaars.
This souvenir continues to be one of Australia’s premier shopping destinations.Ugg boots made from local sheepskin are a good gift for yourself and any girl you know. Of course, they can also be ordered via the Internet, but if you find yourself in the homeland of these shoes, then you should at least try them on. Moreover, there is always a surcharge on the Web (even with free shipping, long-distance transportation is already included in the price of ugg). In a word, it is most correct to buy Australian ugg boots here.
Natural sheepskin ugg boots will cost you around AU $ 100.The peak of popularity of these shoes in Russia has already passed, but all over the world they are still in high demand.
Thongs or flip flops in Australia are called thongs. Australians attribute their invention to themselves (however, like representatives of a number of other countries). In shops, markets and souvenir shops there are very interesting, bright and original slippers. Thongs with a picture of the Australian flag or with a picture of a kangaroo road sign will help to become an excellent souvenir and at the same time a practical purchase.
It makes sense to bring clothes, shoes and accessories made of crocodile, kangaroo and emu leather from Australia. Leather items made from the skins of other animals are also found here very often, but it is worth paying attention to the three listed types of leather. Due to the fact that all three species of animals are considered exotic for us, the prices for goods made from their skin in Russia are very high, but in Australia they are much lower. True, you can’t call them budget anyway. Look at belts, wallets, bags, gloves, shoes, jackets, etc.e. It is best to buy leather goods in the shops of shopping centers. In the shops, be sure to ask for a quality certificate.
Alpaca wool is very soft and fluffy to the touch. When going shopping in Australia, be sure to take a closer look at them. This country produces amazing sweaters, cardigans, scarves and even warm underwear that is very pleasant to the body. You can buy such things in shops and craft shops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other cities.
Smart shopping in Australia: what to bring from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Many women know that today you can buy good Australian cosmetics on the Internet. It is expensive, but it is recognized as one of the most effective and high quality. If you are visiting this country, go to a beauty store to find your favorite products. If you know how much it costs what you usually buy, then you will immediately be pleasantly glad, because the prices for Australian cosmetics in Australia itself will, of course, be lower.
If we are not talking about Australian brands, but about the cosmetics itself, we advise you to take a closer look at the following products.
Emu oil in its pure form and as part of cosmetics is another “chip” of Australia. If you find emu oil products in another country, they will be Australian or New Zealand, but definitely not local. So it’s better to buy them in the homeland of the manufacturer. If you are looking for what to bring from Australia as a gift for a woman, you should take a closer look at products based on this oil.
It is believed that emu oil has unique moisturizing and anti-aging properties and contains a whole complex of omega acids. You can buy emu oil and cosmetics based on it (creams, serums, masks, etc.) in pharmacies and specialty stores that are in most shopping centers in Australia. Pure emu oil is more profitable to take in pharmacies. If you have questions about specific products, please contact the consultants in the stores – they are always happy to help customers.
It is more profitable to buy this unique oil in Australia. It is highly regarded all over the world and is of the highest quality. A bottle of natural eucalyptus oil (50 ml) costs about 9-10 local dollars. It is more profitable to buy a 100 ml bottle – it will cost about $ 15-16. To go shopping for this oil and cosmetics based on it, go to the pharmacy or cosmetic department.
Smart shopping in Australia: what to bring from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Australian shampoos, hair balms, shower gels and soaps based on papaya are a great gift for yourself and your loved ones.Australia is famous all over the world for its papaya-based cosmetics, so it really makes sense to buy it in this country. Prices start at AU $ 3-4 and are sold in beauty stores and supermarkets.
In Australia you will find a wide range of souvenirs for every taste. Particular attention should be paid to things with traditional motives, which were invented by the local aborigines and have remained popular to this day. Prices for souvenirs in Australia, like everything else, are not too low, however, having gone on such a long journey, you should still afford to buy at least something unique as a keepsake.
In any souvenir shop in Australia, you will definitely see a leather bag with a picture of a kangaroo. It is made of, let’s say, the “manhood” of a male kangaroo. Such bags are very popular: they are believed to bring good luck. This is a good gift for a man from Australia. True, we are not too used to this, so we advise you to choose a person with a good sense of humor as the recipient.
Prices start at AU $ 10 and vary by bag size.
The skin of this animal is considered the most durable in the world. A kangaroo leather hat does not get wet, does not deform and does not wear out for a very long time. This is a good gift from Australia for a man who is often in nature.
Hunters and exotic lovers should like this souvenir. A beer opener with a real kangaroo paw is sold in any gift shop in Australia and costs around 15-17 local dollars.If you’re out shopping looking for an Australian souvenir for a man, this is one of the classic options.
Smart shopping in Australia: what to bring from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
If you want to bring some national souvenir from Australia, you should pay attention to boomerangs. This accessory cannot be called a useless trinket – many children and adults love to launch it.
Boomerangs in Australia can be bought at any souvenir shop.The simplest ones cost only 4-5 local dollars, and boomerangs with ethnic patterns in the spirit of Australian aborigines will cost you already 10-15 dollars.
We advise you to buy a wooden boomerang in Australia – it flies better and looks more beautiful than its plastic counterparts. If you want to bring such a souvenir to someone as a gift – all the more so take the most beautiful one made of wood.
Inverted world map
It may not be the most useful gift in the world, but a very interesting souvenir from Australia.Bring it for yourself as a memory of an unusual trip or as a gift for a tourist friend. These cards are sold not only in gift shops, but also in hypermarkets and bookstores in Australia.
In Australian markets and in any souvenir shop in the country, you will find a huge selection of paintings and clothing with a variety of designs. The main thing that unites them is the painting technique. The picture is made up of hundreds or even thousands of small dots.This technique was invented by the Aborigines, and it is still popular in Australia.
When going shopping in Australia, be sure to take a closer look at such gizmos. If you want to buy something traditional, but at the same time modern – these accessories are for you. Prices for paintings start at AU $ 10-12, and painted headscarves start at A $ 15-16.
Another traditional souvenir from Australia. The didgeridoo is a musical instrument invented by the aborigines.It is a pipe (from half a meter to one and a half meters) made of eucalyptus, often decorated with traditional dot painting. Prices start at AU $ 12-15. If you have friends who are fans of ethnic music or you want to bring some souvenir for yourself and surprise your friends, feel free to buy a didgeridoo. You can find it in souvenir shops and in the markets of popular tourist cities in Australia.
Australia is famous throughout the world for opals – this country is the leader in their extraction.In addition, there is something completely unique here. True, it should be noted right away that not everyone can afford to buy interesting jewelry with precious stones in Australia. If you have the means, do not deny yourself this pleasure. But with semiprecious stones it is easier – they are much more affordable.
Smart shopping in Australia: what to bring from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
This semi-precious stone can be safely called the visiting card of Australia.Wherever you buy opal jewelry anywhere in the world, chances are they will be Australian. In this country you will find a rich selection of accessories. It is more profitable to buy them in large cities (combine this with shopping in Melbourne or Sydney) and in specialized stores (in Australia there are stores that sell only jewelry with opals) or in jewelry stores.
It should be added that it is best to buy opals from factories – prices are always lower there. Be sure to keep your purchase receipts – sometimes they are asked to show them when leaving the country.
Australia is also renowned for its highest quality pearls. It is mined here in large quantities. Both in jewelry stores and factories, you can buy pearl jewelry at relatively affordable prices. The choice of jewelry with Australian pearls is simply huge. Again, it is best to keep receipts.
Diamonds and sapphires
Of the precious stones, sapphires and pink diamonds should be singled out separately. The latter, by the way, are not mined anywhere else on the planet.Of course, the prices for sapphires and unique diamonds will be high. But there is also a big plus – the quality of jewelry with precious stones in Australia will be the highest, and they look just great.
Food, drinks, alcohol
Alcohol in Australia is quite expensive. The prices for it stand out strongly against the background of the cost of the products. So, a small bottle of beer will cost about 3 Australian dollars, a medium-quality wine – 10-15 dollars, and prices for good wine start at 30-40 dollars.With food, things are better – prices are slightly higher than in Moscow.
Smart shopping in Australia: what to bring from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Tea and coffee
Australian teas and coffee cannot be called famous, but the reason for this is not their quality, but only the geographical position of the country. In Australia, buy herbal tea and coffee from Byron Bay. Connoisseurs will love their amazing taste. It is better to buy in specialized stores.
Macadamia nut is a very expensive nut by Russian standards.However, if you go shopping in Australia, you should like the prices there much more; in this country they are comparatively lower. This nut is expensive due to the long transportation.
Australia is the birthplace of the macadamia nut. You can buy nuts in souvenir shops, in the market, in a supermarket, and in a specialized store. Sometimes they are sold by weight, but most often they are found in packs.
This pasta can be safely called the national Australian delicacy.Many people compare it to peanut butter, but this is not entirely true. The only similarity is that Australians love their Wedgeite as much as Americans love peanut butter. Well, they eat Vegemite most often for breakfast.
Vegemite paste is made from remnants of beer wort. The taste is salty with a slight yeast aftertaste. Reviews of Vegemite are different: they either love her from the first spoonful, or hate her fiercely. It’s definitely worth a try, and if you like it – grab a couple of jars home for yourself and as a souvenir from Australia for loved ones.You can buy Wedgeite in supermarkets, duty-free shops and gift shops. If you want to save money, we advise you to choose the first option.
Do not know what to bring from Australia for children and adults with a sweet tooth? Buy local Tim-Tam biscuits. It has a wide variety of flavors (chocolate, caramel, berries, peanut butter, etc.) and is sold literally on every corner. Tim-Tam is not a publicized sweet for tourists, it is loved by the Australians themselves. Prices for a pack of Tim-Tam biscuits start at AU $ 2-3.It is more profitable to buy it in supermarkets.
When shopping in Australian supermarkets, you will probably see Cherry Ripe bars and chocolates on the shelves. Another popular treat among Australians, this juicy cherry filling is paired with delicious chocolate. Sold in the form of candies, bars, chocolates and large sets. If you want to bring home something tasty and Australian from Australia, grab the Cherry Ripe bars. They cost just over a dollar.
Australian honey is called medicinal. It is believed that some of its types are even capable of replacing antibiotics. It’s up to you to decide whether this is true or not, but it’s still worth a try. This honey tastes different from ours, because bees “produce” it from plants that do not grow in our area.
Australian honey is more expensive than ours, but due to the fact that it is considered curative, the high price for it is considered justified. You can buy Australian honey in markets and specialized shops, and it is also often found in souvenir shops.
Jam from lilly-pilly
Lilly-pilly is a bright pink Australian berry. You may be able to taste it fresh. If not, buy some jam or jam. It has a very unusual exotic taste and is liked by many. Such a gift will be an excellent sweet souvenir from Australia for loved ones. Take a closer look at other exotic fruit jams – this is always a good gift.
Australia has interesting jerky that you’ll hardly see anywhere else.These are crocodile, emu and, of course, kangaroo meat. You can find exotic jerky in Australia by marking “jerky”, and then the name of the animal will be spelled out (most often it is also drawn on the pack, so you won’t be confused). The price for a small standard bag of jerky is about 10-13 local dollars. You can buy it in almost any Australian supermarket, and sometimes in souvenir shops. In the first case, the choice will be wider, and the prices will be lower.
Australian wines are known all over the world.Connoisseurs should visit local wineries and taste, and then purchase the drink they like. Well, for ordinary lovers or those who want to buy wine in Australia as a souvenir or a gift for themselves and loved ones, it is best to go to any specialty store.
Pay attention to the region of origin. If it is not specified, this may mean that production residues have got into the bottle, and the quality of the drink may upset you. Also, based on the reviews of many experienced tourists, you should not stop your choice on wine from the south of Australia.However, if you do not consider yourself a wine connoisseur, then this should not be a principled point for you.
Prices for good wine in Australia start at $ 20 or more. The rest is also decent, but you can no longer call it the famous Australian quality wine.
Another shopping item is Australian rum, which is eagerly drunk by the locals. Bottles with the Bundaberg Rum label are available at duty free and specialty stores.For connoisseurs of dark rum and collectors, a bottle of such alcohol will be a great gift. This rum can be safely called the hallmark of Australia.
Stubby is an Australian beer in puffy 0.33 bottles. Despite the fact that it is this alcohol that many tourists seek to buy, it cannot be found in souvenir shops. Sold by Stubby in specialized alcohol departments.
Beer is considered a symbol of Australian life. In addition to Stubby, locals often choose Fosters, Coopers, Tooheys, Four XXXX and others.By the way, if you are afraid that you will not be able to bring beer from Australia to your home, buy at least a Stubby holder as a souvenir – a special case for Stubby, which is sold in any souvenir shop. The most popular variants are with the flag of Australia and the colors of the local football clubs.
Where to buy?
When shopping in Sydney, take a look at Paddy’s Market, central Sydney. It is located in Chinatown and is open on Friday and weekends. It is believed to be the cheapest souvenirs in the city.The Australians themselves buy vegetables, fruits and local produce here. Also in Sydney there is a huge number of shopping centers, where you can find almost everything you need.
One of the most popular markets in Melbourne is Victoria Market. There is a large selection and prices are relatively low. Well worth a visit if you have time. Do not ignore the large shopping centers.
Canberra Shopping Center is one of the most popular shopping centers in Canberra. It makes sense to go shopping here.
If you don’t know what to bring from Brisbane, just walk around the city center. The main trade is concentrated here: markets, shopping centers, supermarkets, souvenir shops – all nearby and in large quantities.
Smart shopping in Australia: what to bring from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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Rest in Australia and tours at the prices of tour operators
Australia, despite its remote location from other continents, attracts travelers from all over the world like a magnet.A vacation in this amazing exotic country lasts at least 10 days, during which you need to have time to visit the famous opera house, as if floating above water, make a trip to the Aires Rock monolith, visit national parks and botanical gardens, bask in the sun on Bondi Beach, plunge into the underwater kingdom of the Sydney Aquarium.
Most of Australia’s popular beach resorts are located on the east coast of the mainland. The most famous of them are the Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef.The best time for a tourist trip to Australia is summer (November – February). The capital of the country is Canberra. Largest cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns.
How to get to Australia
There are several flight options to Australia. The codeshare flights of Aeroflot, Qantas and JAL Moscow – Sydney are operated via Tokyo. The docking time is about 12 hours. Japanese airlines provide tourists with a free hotel room, as well as a tour of the Japanese capital.In this case, a transit visa is issued for up to 72 hours. The Australian cities of Sydney, Perth, Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane can be reached by Emirates Airlines planes via Dubai, by Korean Air planes via Seoul, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Singapore Airlanes via Singapore. You can also fly to Sydney via London, Vienna and Hong Kong. When choosing any flight, it is worth remembering that the total time spent on the plane will be at least 20 hours. To visit Australia, citizens of the Russian Federation need a visa.You can arrange it either yourself or through a travel agency.
It is prohibited to import into Australia: drugs, firearms and ammunition, food, some medicines, items made from rare species of animals, materials of plant origin. Duty-free goods can be transported in an amount not exceeding 900 Australian dollars (AUD), 2.25 liters of alcohol, 250 g of any tobacco products, if all this is packed in luggage.The imported amount of money in excess of 10,000 USD must be declared. The export of corals, sea shells, plants and animals is prohibited from Australia. It is also prohibited to export wooden, leather, bamboo products, items of historical and cultural value without special permission.
Australian hotels have their own classification system. The tourist class corresponds to the usual 3 *, superior tourist class – 3 * and a half, first class – 4 *, de luxe – 5 *.Service in hotels is fully consistent with the declared class. There is always an iron and a kettle in the rooms of any hotel. Tourists are advised to choose hotels located as close to the city center as possible. Firstly, the largest number of attractions is always concentrated in the center. Secondly, it is easier to get to any excursion point from central stations. Most of the hotels in the country offer accommodation without a boarding house, the cost of breakfast is not included in the payment of the cost of living, the all-inclusive system is very rare, only in remote hotels or on “islands-hotels”.
Sights and entertainment
The country’s largest modern city, Sydney is by far Australia’s most popular tourist destination. The main attractions that have found worldwide fame and have become a kind of symbols of the city are the unusual building of the Sydney Opera House and the largest bridge in the country, the Harbor Bridge. For everyone, there are special excursions, during which it is allowed to climb up the main arch of the bridge, from here a stunning view of Sydney opens up.The city has the tallest tower in the entire southern hemisphere of the globe – the Sydney Tower. Its height reaches 305 meters; many small shops, restaurants and viewing platforms are open inside the tower. Fans of the underwater world should visit the famous Sydney Aquarium, which is home to over 600 different species of fish and other marine life.
In Sydney, there are special buses for transporting tourists, their route passes through the most interesting places and covers 27 city attractions.The trip itself lasts about 2 hours. In Sydney, you should look at the largest church in the country – the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship, visit the observatory and see with your own eyes the starry sky of the southern hemisphere of the Earth, go to the film in the largest cinema on Earth – the IMAX cinema (the height of the cinema screen reaches an eight-story height at home). The most popular beaches in Sydney are Bondi and Malney. The best way to get to the second one is by boat, there is a very beautiful embankment, many souvenir shops and shops.
The capital of Australia, Canberra is a beautiful, green city. Its main attraction is the Australian National Gallery, which houses a large collection of portraits of famous Australian and world artists: John Webber, Thomas Clark, Hugh Ramsay, Frank Rotary, Eva Collins. It is also worth visiting the War Memorial, built in honor of Australian soldiers who died in all wars, the National Museum, founded in 1980, the Australian Science and Technology Center Questacon, the Botanical Gardens and the Canberra Zoo.
Australia is home to many national parks and reserves that are protected by UNESCO: the Blue Mountains, famous for eucalyptus forests, the oldest natural park Dentry, national parks Kakadu and Namaji. Another natural attraction of Australia is the island of Tasmania, almost untouched by civilization. The capital of the island is the city of Hobart, built in the neo-Gothic style. It is here that the infamous Port Arthur is located, which for a long time has been considered the most impregnable prison in the country and is of particular interest among tourists.There are even special “prison tours” that include visits to 11 Australian convict prisons. Five of them are located on the island of Tasmania.
Surfing is especially popular in Australia. Where else in the world can you ride a board among the waves of two world oceans – the Indian and the Pacific! The most popular destinations are Cape Bellarin (Victoria), the Gold Coast, Trigg Island and Hobart Beaches.
Restaurants and local cuisine
The main national dish in Australia is meat.Seafood and fish, local cheeses, vegetables and exotic fruits are just an addition. Foreign guests should try the delicacies of shark fins, crocodile meat, and possum fillets. Currently, Asian dishes are gaining popularity in Australia, which are prepared either from raw products or from specially processed products. For sweets, try the chocolate sponge cake “Lamington” sprinkled with coconut crumbs. Australia is a country of tropical fruits, here on the plantations of Cairns they grow the best varieties of bananas, mangoes, pineapples, po-po and lychee.Australia is also famous for its good wines, and some varieties of beer produced here are exported to other continents. Tipping in restaurants is optional, but the waiters usually do not refuse them.
As souvenirs from Australia, they bring: pottery, wooden crafts of Aboriginal people, permanent boomerangs, sheep wool products – sweaters, gloves, scarves, branded Australian tea, spices for every taste. Local cheeses and coffee grown in Byron Bay are very popular with foreigners, as well as Australian natural cosmetics – creams, oils, balms to maintain healthy and youthful skin.Gemstones – pearls, sapphires, opals, pink diamonds mined only here are a kind of visiting card of Australia. Shops are mostly open from 9 am to 5 pm, on weekends – until 6 pm. In big cities there are many markets where you can buy absolutely everything: from clothes to rare spices and seasonings. It is best to exchange currency at banks or the airport, where the exchange rate is most favorable. Credit cards are accepted for payment only in large cities, in small towns they will most likely be useless.
The most convenient mode of transport for long-distance travel is an airplane. There are many airlines in Australia, often competing with each other, offering fairly low ticket prices. Railway transport in the country is rather poorly developed, and train tickets are not cheap. The cheapest way to get around the country is by bus. City shuttle buses run from early morning until late at night. Travel through them is carried out using special cards, which can be purchased at almost any kiosk.There are metro lines in Sydney, and ferries run across the bay to carry passengers. The best way to call a taxi is by phone, the fare for them is about 3 AUD per 1 km. Baggage is paid separately.
To move around the city comfortably, you can rent a car or van (for a period of 7 days or more). This requires an international driving license and a credit card. If you don’t have a credit card, you can apply for a deposit. A person under the age of 21 cannot rent a car.There is left-hand traffic in the country, seat belts and special chairs for transporting children are required. The roads are in excellent condition. In Sydney, it is better to walk or take the subway, as it is almost impossible to park here.
Tropical climate prevails in northern Australia, temperate in southern regions. The hottest months are November-January. The average daily temperature during this period reaches + 32 degrees. In the center of the country it reaches + 42 degrees.The country is characterized by sharp temperature changes, with sunset it can drop sharply by 10 degrees. From June to August it is quite cool, the temperature at this time does not rise above + 18 degrees, and sometimes drops to zero. Heavy rains are frequent in June.
Sunburn is a serious hazard to sunbathers in Australia. On the beach, you should use sunscreen, avoid direct sunlight on your head, and protect your eyes with sunglasses.On the excursion, it is best to wear light, loose clothing made of natural cotton. The safest areas of the sea coast are marked with yellow-red or green flags, in such places there are no underwater currents and strong waves. In places marked with red flags, inexperienced bathers and children are advised not to approach the water at all. In Australia, snakes and poisonous insects are common, therefore it is not recommended to walk barefoot, especially on the grass. Smoking in public places is prohibited in the country, and drinking alcohol is allowed only at certain times and in a designated place.When traveling in the northern states, be sure to use mosquito nets or mosquito cream. Native mosquitoes carry Ross River fever and Dengue fever.
Addresses and telephone numbers
Australian Embassy in Moscow: Podkolokolny lane, 10A / 2. Phone: (495) 956-60-70, 956-60-75.
Russian Embassy in Australia (Canberra): 78 Canberra Avenue, Griffith. Phone: (2) 629-590-33.
Russian Consulate General in Sydney: 7-9 Fullerton Street, Woollahra.Phone: (2) 936-353-91, 932-617-02.
Police, ambulance, fire brigade: 000, from a mobile phone – 112.
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Gold Coast (Australia), tours to the Gold Coast, prices for holidays in the Gold Coast
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Excavations of scientists have shown that people lived on the territory of the modern Gold Coast 23 thousand years ago.Europeans began to settle here at the beginning of the 19th century, and the development of the region as a tourist center began in the 1920s. Many years have passed since then, and today we know the Gold Coast as the most popular resort in Australia.
What attracts tourists here from all over the world? First of all, it is a coastline stretching for 57 kilometers with some of the best beaches. The names Broadbeach , Greenmoung , Kirra , Mermaid Beach , Surfers Paradise and Tallebudgera are heard by any surfer, yachtsman or avid traveler.Magnificent waves, soft sand and sunny weather will impress anyone who comes to relax on the coast.
The Gold Coast is the kingdom of beaches, but it can be safely called the kingdom of entertainment. Few places in the world have so many attractions and theme parks in one place – Dreamworld , Sea World , Wet’n’Wild Water World , Warner Bros. Movie World , Currumbin Sanctuary , Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country .Spectacular shows, state-of-the-art entertainment, a water park and adventure inspired by old Australia will give you unforgettable memories.
Needless to say, great weather is one of the most (if not the most) important features of the resort? The subtropical climate of this region has given the Gold Coast mild, warm winters and hot, sunny summers.
The Gold Coast is located in southeastern Queensland, south of the state capital, Brisbane.The region officially stretches along the coast from Logan City and Russell Island to the border with New South Wales.
Moscow time plus 7 hours in winter and plus 6 hours in summer.
How to get there
Locals say that “all roads lead to the Gold Coast.” Departing from Moscow, you will have to change trains in Japan, Singapore or Hong Kong and get off in Brisbane. Dream beaches are only 80 kilometers from Brisbane.Gold Coast Airport serves domestic flights only.
Thousands of tourists who come here on vacation can have a snack at any of the hundreds of food outlets. Whether you want to get out to a friendly get-together with your friends, or organize a family lunch, or a romantic dinner for two, there will be a suitable place here, where everyone will be satisfied.
The choice is striking in its diversity: an incredible amount of seafood, meat and fresh fruit dishes will be appreciated by everyone.For every taste and budget – European, Mexican and Asian cuisines.
Children will be delighted to spend the day in any of the amusement parks on the Gold Coast. Take them to a dolphin show at Sea World, an amusement park or water park.
It is difficult to imagine the Gold Coast without the ocean and all those sports that involve the proximity of great water. It is a true paradise for surfing, windsurfing and water skiing, jet skiing and yacht cruises along the coast.
Tennis courts and more than 50 golf courses will keep you entertained, while a professional velodrome and prepared tracks for extreme cyclists will be appreciated by connoisseurs of fast driving.
North of the Gold Coast, in the suburb of Runaway Bay, is the Sports Super Center , a world-class sports center. The complex has a swimming pool, jogging tracks, a 3000-seat stadium and a spa center.
Shopping and the Gold Coast go hand in hand.You can wander the coastal areas all day long and not visit all the shopping centers, shops, shops and kiosks, which are scattered in large numbers along the crowded streets. The abundance of goods scatters eyes, and many supermarkets deserve to be compared to entertainment centers.
The huge Pacific Fair will bring to the attention of the enchanted tourist goods from all over the world. Of course, most of the guests choose souvenir shops and shops with original Australian goods: clothes made of fine wool of merino sheep, aboriginal works – weapons, ceramics, woodwork, leather, opals.Tired of shopping, you can stop at a cafe or watch a movie. By the way, shops and art galleries coexist under one roof in Marina Mirage , another center: admire the works of art and choose gifts for yourself.
In Broadbeach , souvenir shops are found at every turn, and on weekends there are spontaneous bazaars.
Surfers Paradis e is not only a first-class entertainment center, but also a great shopping destination.Lively streets and open-air festivals complement the elegant boutiques on Elkhorn and Orchid Avenues, while Paradise and Chevron Renaissance are a real boon for anyone who is accustomed to dressing only the most fashionable and expensive.
At the resort everything is done so that you can enjoy your leisure to the maximum. A number of entertainment centers will pleasantly diversify your vacation; it is impossible to visit them at one time, so choose a day and a park and go for new unexplored adventures.
Sea World is a magnificent park with an unforgettable show of sea lions and dolphins, a water park and exciting attractions.
At Warner Bros Movie World , you will find yourself in a whirlpool of events related to the film industry. Here you will see how films are made, you can take part in fantastic shows and feel literally “like in a movie.”
Water attractions, wave pool, waterfall and slides await those who choose the Wet ‘n’ Wild water park.
Learn more about Australia’s nature at Currumbin Reserve, where birds and animals live as close to natural conditions as possible. Kangaroos and emus walk there completely freely.
When night turns to day, a new life begins on the Gold Coast, nocturnal. The lights of convenience stores, bars, restaurants and nightclubs transform the streets into an extravaganza of color and light. The epicenter of night activity can be safely called Surfers Paradise , because it is there that most of the entertainment venues are concentrated.Some establishments, such as club Melbas or Avenue , combine a bar, a restaurant, and sometimes a dance floor where you can dance all night long to trendy rhythms.
South Bank Waterfront, South Bank – Brisbane
- Location: South Brisbane, QLD, Australia;
- Infrastructure: restaurants, cafes, boutiques, souvenir shops. Modern Art Gallery, Queensland Maritime Museum, Queensland Cultural Center, Performing Arts Center, Griffith University, Sculpture Park, Nepalese Peace Pagoda;
- Visiting time: around the clock;
- Entrance fee: free.
The state of Queensland is located in the north-east of Australia, its capital is Brisbane. In this amazing and beautiful place on the shores of the Coral Sea, there is a wonderful South Coast promenade that stretches across the city. It has collected in itself all the main attractions of the city, and some of them are of a national scale. Moreover, the embankment connects the main districts of the city, for example, the Central Business District, located on the North Bank, and the South Bank of Brisbane, where the best entertainment and recreation areas are located.
What to see?
When visiting Brisbane, it is difficult to go around the entire Embankment at one time, because all the most interesting is located here. One of the main attractions of Brisbane, which all Australia is proud of, is the Nepal Peace Pagoda, made for an exhibition in Nepal, and then brought to Brisbane. This amazing building is dedicated to oriental culture and meditation, so there are always people here who want to saturate their spiritual life with knowledge and tranquility.
A completely different, but no less interesting attraction is the park with sculptures, where you can see the amazing works of local craftsmen and walk along the paths in the jungle.The parkland of the embankment is visited by more than 11 million tourists a year. After that, you can visit one of several restaurants or cafes, try national cuisine or European, performed by Australian chefs. Those who want to inspect the entire embankment in half an hour are invited to the Ferris wheel, from where a significant part of the city is visible. The landscapes that open before you will not leave you indifferent.
The South Shore Waterfront is also home to important natural culture sites such as the Queensland Maritime Museum, the Performing Arts Center and Griffith University.
Where is it?
The embankment is located in the southern part of the city, which can be reached both by public transport and by car. Any Brisbane taxi driver will happily drive you to the Quay and advise where to start.
Queensland Cultural Center
The Queensland Cultural Center is a comprehensive arts and culture center designed by Australian architect Robin Gibson in South Bank, Brisbane.
This architectural complex includes the Queensland Museum, Queensland State Library.It is also impossible to imagine it without the Queensland Performing Arts Center and the Queensland Art Gallery.
In December 2006, the Queensland Gallery of Contemporary Art, built in the style of neo-constructivism, joined the complex.
The Cremorne Theater, which was built in 1911, was located on the site of the current Theater Arts Center until it burned down in 1954. The theater was a popular meeting place and many theater actors, directors and artists of Australia began their ascent there.The Cremorne Theater has been restored and incorporated into the Center for Performing Arts.
In 1972, the decision was made to build a new Art Gallery at its current location in South Bank.
Later, in 1974, the Queensland state government decided to implement its long-standing idea of creating a single Cultural Center in Brisbane, which would include the Performing Arts Center, the State Library, the Museum, and the Art Gallery. The center was needed so that all these institutions of culture and art were collected in one place, close to each other, and all would be located within the Central Business District of Brisbane.
The Art Gallery (formerly the National Art Gallery) opened in 1895. Since then it has changed many buildings until it moved to its current location in the South Bank Cultural Center in 1982. The Gallery building has an area of 4700 m² and includes a large outer courtyard with a water alley, fountains and gardens. The Gallery (tel: 07/3840 7303) is one of Australia’s most famous art galleries, with spacious, light halls and fountains inside and outside the building. It is the main platform for all artists in Australia, where the most significant exhibitions of the followers of Renoir, Picasso and Van Gogh come.It also features works by Australian painters, sculptors and other artists. The local collection of Australian Aboriginal art is also impressive. The gallery has, among other things, a gift shop and a cafe. The entrance to the gallery is free.
The Gallery of Modern Art, which now complements the Art Gallery, was built near the William Jolly Bridge and opened in December 2006.It houses collections of works by Australian artists, including indigenous people, as well as artists from Asia and Oceania. The Gallery of Modern Art also houses two cinemas showing Australian retrospectives and themed films, as well as a cinema museum. Both galleries are open from 10.00 to 17.00 on weekdays and from 9.00 to 17.00 on weekends.
The Performing Arts Center (QPAC), also located in South Bank and also part of the Cultural Center, opened in 1985.QPAC includes some of Brisbane’s major theaters (Lyric Theater, Concert Hall, Cremorne Theater, and the 2,000-seat Theater Venue).
The Queensland Museum was opened back in 1862, and since then has had residences in many places, including the Old Windmill (1862-1869), the Houses of Parliament (1869-1873), the General Post Office on William Street (1873 – 1879), which was later the seat of the John Oxley Library, the Exhibition Hall, now called the Old Museum (1899-1986). The museum moved to the South Bank Cultural Center in 1986., in a building with a total area of 6500 m².
The Queensland Museum (tel: 07/3840 7555) is located at the corner of Melbourne and Gray Streets. In 2003, this museum was almost completely refurbished, and now it is a modern exhibition complex, in the exposition of which you can see many interesting exhibits, ranging from fossils to a German tank from the First World War.The kids in the museum are most fond of the blue whale model and dinosaurs, as well as the interactive science center on the 1st level. In addition, the museum has a café and a souvenir shop. Admission is free except for the interactive science center and temporary exhibitions. The museum is open daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm
The Queensland State Library was established in 1896 (until 1902 it was called the Queensland Public Library). The library was housed in a building on William Street (1899 – 1988), and then moved to its current location near the Queensland Museum and Art Gallery, in the Cultural Center.In 2006 the Library was reconstructed.
Queensland Cultural Center buildings are linked by a footbridge overlooking the Cultural Center Busway Station. A pedestrian bridge connects the Performing Arts Center, State Museum and Art Gallery
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90,000 Top 11 Attractions in Brisbane, Australia
The Australian city of Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia (after Sydney and Melbourne), the administrative center of the state of Queensland.More than 2,000 people come to the city every week to stay in it forever. Brisbane ranks first in Australia (second in the world) in terms of population growth. More than 2.4 million people live in Greater Brisbane today. From 2011 to 2014 alone, the annual population growth was 5.11% per year. The city has a lot to see and visit. We bring to your attention our overview of 11 attractions in Brisbane.
1. Brisbane Bridge (Story Bridge Climb)
Brisbane Bridge is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.The history of the bridge began in 1947, when it connected the northern and southern districts of the city across the Brisbane River. But a unique feature of the bridge is, not only that it is the largest or the oldest, but that the whole city is perfectly visible from it and it is a real tourist attraction of Brisbane, excursion tours are organized on it. A guided tour ascends the bridge and from there the guide tells the history of Brisbane and the surrounding area.
In addition to the city, the bridge offers a magnificent view of the picturesque Glashhouse Mountains in the north, and in the south you can see Lamington National Park.To the east, enjoy views of Moreton Bay and some of the world’s largest sandy islands, and to the west, find Forest Park.
2. Koala Park (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary)
Founded in 1927, Koala Park is the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary. If you love nature and animals, then seeing these cute and funny animals will bring you real joy.
In addition to koalas, the reserve is home to other Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas, Tasmanian devils, dingo dogs, snakes and even crocodiles.There are also a variety of colorful Australian parrots and cockatoos and other Australian birds, emus and cassowaries.
Koala Park is a 20-minute drive from the city center on the banks of the Brisbane River.
3. Cultural Center of Brisbane
Brisbane’s Central Cultural Landmark, the Cultural Center, is located on the banks of the river in the heart of the city and is a Mecca for cultural experiences and art.
The cultural complex houses the State Library of Queensland, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Museum.The center is surrounded by a real subtropical forest, and not far from it are the Queensland Conservatory building and the Brisbane train station.
4. Brisbane Casino (Treasury Casino)
The heart of Brisbane’s gambling and nightlife is the Casino, housed in a historic Treasury building, 1901, the only casino in Queensland. The historic building used to house the state treasury, and now, in addition to the casino, there are 5 restaurants, 7 bars, a nightclub and a hotel.
5. Roma Street Parkland
A great place to walk and relax after sightseeing, on a hill overlooking the city, you will find an oasis known as Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane’s central park. Considered one of the world’s largest subtropical gardens in the city center, the park contains many themed gardens and recreation areas. With 1,800 unique plant species to be found in the park, this subtropical park features bamboo thickets, soft lawns, several waterfalls, lakes, streams and winding paths through the botanical garden.
Roma Street Parkland was developed and implemented by the Australian Society of Gardeners, the founder of the park is considered to be Colin Campbell of the ABC Canal, who in 2001 planted the first shrubs on the territory of the former freight yard of the railway station. Since its opening, the park area has become a popular open space where various entertainment events are constantly held.
6. Queen Street Mall
Nearly a kilometer of shopaholic happiness, Royal Shopping Street is one of Brisbane’s top tourist attractions.The street is entirely dedicated to pedestrians and shoppers, stretching from George Street to Edward Street, there are more than 700 different shops, from grandiose boutiques to gift shops, as well as 6 large shopping centers. It is estimated that more than 30 million tourists and locals visit the street every year.
7. Queensland Art Gallery
The main cultural attraction in Brisbane is the Queensland Art Gallery.Her collection includes over 16,000 works, ranging from 19th century artists to contemporary painting. The Art Gallery of Queensland is one of Australia’s leading art galleries. It is divided into two spaces, the first, the Queensland Art Gallery, which opened its doors in 1982, and the modern art gallery, which opened to the public in 2006.
The vast majority of the gallery’s permanent collection features works from all corners of the globe, but with a particular focus on contemporary Asia-Pacific art.Highlights include works by Australian artists such as Arthur Boyd, William Dobell and George Lambert, a varied collection of Australian Native art, and a dedicated Children’s Art Center.
8. Old Windmill
Oldest building in Brisbane and oldest existing mill in Australia. The Old Mill, built in 1828, was originally used to grind wheat and corn for the nearby colony, but the tower remembers many terrible moments in its history, from the horrific daily life of prisoners to the crucifixion of two Aboriginal people on the beams of the mill in 1840.
9. Commissariat Store
The Commissariat Warehouse, 1829, is one of only two surviving buildings that date back to the Queensland convict period, the first Mill. Built by convicts in just 4 months, it is considered the place where the development of Brisbane began. The Commissariat Warehouse is now surrounded by the gleaming skyscrapers of Brisbane’s Central Business District. The Commissariat is known as the birthplace of Brisbane, symbolizing the beginning of European settlement in Australia.
10. River cruises (CityCat Ferry)
Traveling by water is undoubtedly the best way to experience Sunny Brisbane and admire the city’s vibrant array of colorfully lit landmarks at night. On a river cruise, see the ultra-modern Kurilpa Bridge, the glowing Ferris Wheel, the historic Treisuri Casino and the impressive cliffs of Kangaroo Point.
11. Brisbane City Hall
City Hall is the seat of the Brisbane City Council and is located next to King George Square.