24 September 2015
Whether you’re after a bargain or just feel like a day of shopping, Sydney’s outlet shopping delivers some of the best retail windfalls and reduced prices for bargain hunters. From outlet malls to shopping tours, here are five of the best places to shop ‘til you drop (and save) in Sydney.
Around 15 km from the city centre, DFO is near Sydney Olympic Park, and features over 120 stores spread over two levels. There are more than 80 international and Aussie designers in residence, with up to 70% off top brands. The ground floor focuses on lifestyle offerings including homewares, sports and electrical, while upstairs you’ll find fashion retailers. There’s also a massive dining precinct. The centre underwent a $100 million upgrade in 2014, including a major redesign, adding more than 30 new stores and over 800 extra car spaces.
Once an industrial area, the beautifully situated harbourside precinct of Birkenhead Point is well known for its outlet mall. It’s the only outlet shopping you’ll find on Sydney Harbour. This centre has over 100 stores, so you can spend the day shopping, and it’s also easily accessible via public transport, with buses running from the Queen Victoria Building in the city every 5 minutes at peak times. HIghlights include the David Jones factory outlet and the massive Nike store. There are also great Aussie brands, like luxury handbag maker Oroton.
Located on top of Paddy’s Market, close to Central Station, Chinatown’s Market City shopping centre is the only outlet shopping in the City Centre. You’ll find the outlets on level 2 of Market City, with level 3 housing a great food court and level 1 made up of retail shopping, including the IGA Thai Kee supermarket. Market City is a great option if you’re after a bargain in the city and it gives you the best of both worlds, with outlets and retail shopping all under one roof.
Catch a bus to Botany Road or hop on a train to Green Square and explore the outlet stores that line Mcevoy Street and Botany Road. Shops are spread along these streets, so a bit of online research goes a long way – but you’ll find great bargains from the likes of Seafolly, Puma, New Balance, Cotton On, Morrisey and David Lawrence. For kitchenware, check out Victoria’s Basement, Sunbeam, Peter’s of Kensington, and World Kitchen, the makers of Pyrex. It’s also a great opportunity to check out the hip and lively cafes and restaurants in this up-and-coming neighbourhood.
One of the best ways to explore Sydney’s outlets and nab a bargain is on a shopping tour. Tours range from half-day to full-day, with customised tours, small group tours and large group tours available. For a large tour, check out Shop and Save Tours, for something a little more tailored, try Chic in the City. Or if you’re keen to shop on foot and go where the locals go, join one of Clothed’s bargain crawls of Newtown.