More than 8.8 million tourists visit the land down under from all over the world to not only visit popular tourist destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House, but to shop till they drop in one of the country’s countless swanky malls as well. Whether you find yourself in Melbourne, Queensland, or Perth, you are bound to be enticed to spend a day or two exploring the ins and outs of one of many upmarket shopping centres such as the following.
Chadstone – The Fashion Capital
Chadstone – The Fashion Capital is currently the biggest shopping centre in Australia and home to more than 550 stores including world-renowned brands such as Alice McCall, Armani Junior, Louis Vuitton, and Oakley. Situated a mere 17km from Melbourne’s CBD and only a 45-minute drive from the airport, the mall also offers visitors a large variety of eateries to choose from including the likes of Burger Project, Jimmy Grants, and Koko Black. Shopping in designer stores and munching on scrumptious food is not all there is to do at Chadstone. The LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is an absolute paradise for children up to the age of 10 while HOYTS has successfully reimagined the conventional cinema dining experience, offering guests a cinematic experience like none they have ever experienced.
Westfield Carousel Cannington
The newly-completed Westfield Carousel Cannington shopping centre in Perth is the biggest in Western Australia and boasts more than 330 retail outlets as well as a state-of-the-art entertainment and dining zone. With stores such as Angus & Coote, kikki.K, H&M, and Miss Maud beckoning shoppers to part with their money it is no surprise that the architectural masterpiece is fast becoming one of the favourite places to shop in Australia. You can literally spend an entire day at the carousel as there is plenty to do for the whole family apart from shop. After grabbing a bite to eat why not head on over to HOYTS to catch a movie or work up a sweat at the Goodlife Health Club – it is, after all, never too late to get that beach body you always wanted.
The spectacular Pacific Fair shopping centre is the pride and joy of ardent shoppers in Queensland and a sought-after dining and shopping destination for visitors from across the country and abroad. Currently the fourth-largest shopping centre in the country, Pacific Fair now boasts in excess of 400 stores and has parking facilities for approximately 6,500 vehicles. Popular stores to look out for include Adidas, Billabong, Givenchy, and Peter Alexander as well as restaurants such as Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co, Chong Co Thai, and Outback Steakhouse. The entire family will enjoy an outing to Pacific Fair thanks to Event Cinemas and the iPlay Pacific Fair which is fitted with a laser tag arena, tenpin bowling lanes, dodgem cars and more than 50 arcade games.
Whether you are a self-confessed shopaholic or simply like walking through a shopping centre from time to time, you are bound to be impressed by the variety of shopping experiences Australia has to offer. Whether you are fortunate enough to call the country home or are merely passing through, don’t miss the opportunity to spend some of your hard-earned money during a typical Aussie shopping spree.