Can anyone recommend places to go shopping in Melbourne as i only have one full day to shop. I am staying in collins street and want to utilize my time. Also is there any "must see things whilst I am in the city. Thank you
Thanks Jo will certainly check it out.
I'd simply head into the city center and check out the shops there. Melbourne is pretty big, but not so big that you can't visit all the shops in one day. And this way you get to absorb the whole Melbourne vibe and get some serious shopping done too!
Chapel Street in Prahan is another popular place for shopping, and some of the choices there you won't find elsewhere in Melbourne.
Along Spencer street near Bourke st junction, there is a large Outlet Store Mall. Has loads of big chain outlet stores, and seriously some great value stuff there. I'd defo recommend that for a look.
Melbourne is great for shopping! The Bourke/Spencer street outlet is a great start. If you wanted to break the day up a little you could try catching the tram to 1) Chapel Street (as mentioned, make sure you also go to Greville Street), or 2) Brunswick Street (for more alternative/quirky shops), or 3) Bridge Road (for some more outlets and also boutiques). Also, Flinders Lane and Little Collins street in the city have some cute boutique shops. Of course, being in Collins street you'll have to walk the Golden Mile (starts at no. 1).
As for a must see, I'd say go to Fed Square and take a walk around ACMI, or go to the Royal Arcade between Little Collins and Bourke Street Mall.
My family will travel to Melbourne this coming Christmas and New Year. Should we bring holiday gifts from US or just buy them when we arrive?
I personally think the US is cheaper to shop than Australia at most times, but given that the Australian dollar is almost on parity with the US dollar this difference is more significant, so I would definitely be buying my gifts in the US at present. You probably already know this, but try to avoid any item as a gift that needs to be plugged into a wall; Australia has 240 volts compared to the US 120 volts and it will fry any goods unless a converter is provided.
Thanks again. That's what I thought also. Most of the things are very cheap in US when they are on sale.
Since I live and work in China now, I just want to relax and spend time with friends and relatives on my home leave. Only very mininun shopping.
Yes, I know voltsages are different but we still fried a thing or two by accident when we moved to China early this year.
Any particular things I should bring with me from US or China?
Well, if you are in China, there are a wealth of choices there. Not sure what you could bring from that part of the world as you know the recipients' tastes better than me, but I could say with a large degree of confidence that anything you buy in China (apart from a Drizabone Jacket or Akubra hat) will be cheaper than in Australia.
When travelling back from Asia I always see someone from that part of the world getting caught in Quarantine with some food item or another forbidden item. Basic rule is that Australian (and New Zealand) quarantine restrictions are amongst the toughest in the world - apart from candy and chocolates - anything you eat may not be allowed, and the same with any wood products (unless it is a polished wood). The full list is found at the website of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
, so please check it out.