The Best Things to Buy in Australia
The highlights of an Australia holiday don't typically include shopping, but when visiting the Land Down Under there are certainly a few choice purchases we recommend. Instead of the clichéd koala keychain from the airport, keep an eye out for these items during your Australian travels:
It’s no secret that Australia is home to some of the best wine regions in the world, making a bottle of wine (wrapped up securely in your suitcase) a perfect souvenir to bring back home. Shiraz lovers in particular will want to pick up a bottle from the popular Barossa Valley or Yarra Valley wine regions.
A key part of Aboriginal culture, Australian Indigenous art dates back over 60,000 years, when ochres were typically used to paint on rocks and bark as a form of documentation. Since then the tradition and style has been carried down by each generation and, more recently, translated into a popular art form. Aboriginal art differs in style between regions and tribes, but typically involves a series and sequence of multiple dots or lines. The best places to purchase Aboriginal art is from reputable galleries or community art centres which are common in the Northern Territory, Western Australia or Tropical North Queensland.
Around the world the UGG Australia brand is considered somewhat luxurious. In Australia though, the UGG boot itself is considered one of the hallmarks of ‘bogan’ culture. Rumoured to have originally been called ‘the ugly boot’, ugg boots are a style of slippers lined with sheepskin that can be worn outside and are common to most Australian households. The style of shoe is typically sold at a range of outlets like Target and Kmart, making them a lot more cheaper than the UGG-branded boots sold in the UK.
Don’t have a swimming costume to pack for your Australia holiday? As the locals say ‘no worries'. With miles and miles of coastline, the country’s beaches are essential to the culture of Australia, making swimwear almost a national dress. Wait until you arrive in Australia to buy your swimwear and you’ll be able to take your pick from famed surfwear labels like Billabong, Quiksilver and Rip Curl to designer womens' swimwear brands such as Zimmerman, JETS by Jessika Allen, Tigerlily and Seafolly.
Australia is one of the top 10 honey-producing countries in the world. And the most prized type of honey here, Manuka honey, is also one of the most unique and beneficial in the world, used for everything from treating wounds to curing a sore throat, boosting your immune system and of course, as a natural sweetener. This honey comes from bees that pollinate the flowers of a manuka tree or tea tree, both of which are native to New Zealand and Australia. Manuka honey is available at most stores throughout Australia, but to learn more about the type of honey, one of the best places to visit is Pure Peninsula Honey, a honey farm in the Mornington Peninsula.
Lucas’ Papaw Ointment
If you buy just one beauty product in Australia, make it this iconic red tube. Made in Australia from pure Australia papaws, the ointment is most commonly used as a lip balm but can also treat sunburn, cuts, chafing, insect bites and more. Just a little bit goes a long way, but if you won’t be returning to Australia for a while we recommend stocking up.
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