If you're looking for a bargain, you'll find it at one of the many outlet shops in Sydney. Why pay full prices when you can discover fantastic deals on everything from fashion to homewares? Browse outlet malls, explore suburbs known for their outlet warehouses and join fun shopping tours which take you to lesser-known spots. Find what you're looking for without breaking your budget.
DFO Homebush, Sydney Olympic Park
If you're not sure where to start, this is it. DFO Homebush boasts more than 120 outlet stores spread over two levels. When it comes to fashion, you've got more than 80 of the big-name international and Aussie brands, including the A-list favourite Armani, offering up to 70 per cent off retail prices. There are also homewares, sports and electrical stores and a huge dining precinct.
Catch a train to Strathfield station then hop on the free shuttle service from Strathfield Square.
Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, Drummoyne
Not only does Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet have over 100 stores, it also has a prime position on the waterfront so you can enjoy the beautiful harbour as you shop up a storm.
Style-hunters will flock to big name-fashion brands including Bally, Michael Kors, Coach, Calvin Klein and Simone Pérèle. When it comes to homewares, it's hard to go past the factory outlet for the luxe Peter’s of Kensington.
Catch a bus over the Anzac Bridge and along Victoria Rd. Numerous routes leave from Stand L at Town Hall station.
Market City, Chinatown
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 center of the city. Most of the outlet stores are on level two while 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.
It's an easy walk along George Street from the Sydney CBD or Central and Town Hall stations.
In inner-city Alexandria is home to an array of factory warehouses. It takes some time to discover them along Botany Road and McEvoy, O’Riordan and Bourke Streets, but that's part of the adventure. The shops here are spread across a fairly wide radius, so do your research before you go and you'll be rewarded with bargains on 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.
It's a three-minute walk from Green Square station to McEvoy Street.
There are 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.