Souvenir Shopping, Sydney (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Sydney without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Sydney, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Australia » Sydney (See other walking tours in Sydney)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: Daniel
Nut Shop

1) Nut Shop

What to buy here: Macadamia Nuts.

Sweet, buttery macadamia nuts are the pride of Australian nuts. Almost every shop in Sydney’s Chinatown district will have a variety of macadamia nuts, and you can buy them canned and roasted, honey coated, chocolate coated or spiced. Macadamia nut butter, oil and cream are also available. Macadamias are not only delicious, but they contain lots of essential nutrients, minerals and fatty acids, and are said to be very beneficial for the skin. Chinatown is located in the Haymarket district of Sydney, a five minute walk from Sydney’s Central train station and Darling Harbor. For a truly nutty experience, you can also find a full range of macadamia nuts, starting at AU$6.00 at The Nut Shop just a short walk from Chinatown at the Strand Arcade on George Street. The Nut Shop is open Monday to Wednesday and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Late night shopping is on Thursdays, so they stay open until 8:30 p.m. and on the weekends they are open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinosaur Designs

2) Dinosaur Designs

What to buy here: Dinosaur Designs Jewelry.

Sydney-siders, Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and Liane Rossler formed Dinosaur Designs in 1985, with the first of their now-famous jewelry sold at Sydney’s Paddington markets. The design trio have gone on to achieve phenomenal success in the design world, with their hand-cast resin jewelry gracing the pages of high fashion magazines and accessorizing the outfits of numerous celebrities. Bangles and rings are the bedrock of Dinosaur Design’s collections, with bangles starting from AU$55.00 and rings costing upwards of AU$50.00. They have also branched into homewares and metal work. Their Sydney stores are located at 339 Oxford Street in Paddington, and at shop 77 in the Strand Arcade in the Sydney CBD. The Paddington store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Strand Arcade store is open Monday to Wednesday and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays is late night shopping in Sydney, so the Strand Arcade stores stays open to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Saturdays it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.
Mick Simmons Sport

3) Mick Simmons Sport

What to buy here: Cricket Bat.

Cricket is considered the national sport of Australia and a cricket bat is a great gift for a sporting enthusiast. Kookaburra cricket bats are world-renowned and used by the cricketing elite. Kookaburra has been making cricket bats and other cricket gear since 1890 in Australia. A Kookaburra cricket bat will set you back from AU$70.00 up to AU$745.00 for a match-grade bat. They are available from the city store Mick Simmons sporting store, located at 249 Pitt Street. Mick Simmons are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Friday. Thursdays they are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is recognized world-wide as the home of Australian cricket. Miniature cricket bats from the SCG are carefully crafted bats approximately 15 inches long, with the SCG logo embossed near the handle in gold. Perfect for getting autographs from your favorite cricket star, these bats make the ideal cricket-lovers gift at AU$25.00. They are only available from the joint Sydney Football Stadium and SCG store, located at the entrance to the SCG complex at Moore Park about 10 minutes drive from the CDB.
Vintage Cellars

4) Vintage Cellars

What to buy here: Penfolds Grange Wine.

Australia boasts some of the finest wines, with the famous Penfolds Grange ranking among the top wines in the world. Penfolds is one of the oldest Australian wineries, and early vintages of the Grange are now considered collector’s items. Penfolds Grange is prized for its deep aroma, with tones of five spice and blackberry and dark chocolately tannins that provide an intense flavor length. While there are plenty of wine bars and great pubs to sample Penfolds Grange and other Penfolds wines in Sydney, for purchasing a bottle to take back home head to the Oxford Street Vintage Cellars. Located at 61 Oxford Street in the trendy Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst, Vintage Cellars not only stock a large range of Penfolds wine, but have some of the most passionate and knowledgeable staff around. For the prized Penfolds Grange prices start at AU$599.99 per bottle for a 2006 vintage. For Cabernet Sauvignon, prices start at AU$43.95. For a Penfolds shiraz, prices start at AU$49.99 per bottle, up to AU$649.99 for the 2005 vintage.

Hours: Mon-Thur: 09:00 - 21:00; Fri: 09:00 - 22:00; Sat: 09:00 - 22:00; Sun: 10:00 - 20:00
Genuine Australian Ugg Boots Shop

5) Genuine Australian Ugg Boots Shop

What to buy here: Ugg boots.

Ugg boots are iconic Australian footwear. Made from the highest quality sheep skin, Ugg boots are warm and comfortable, and are a staple in most Sydney households during the chilly winters. Originally intended for inside use only, Ugg boots have become a fashion statement even outside the house, with big-name celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Eva Longoria seen sporting the comfy boots, although it was Pamela Anderson who first took the trend off Aussie shores. The original Ugg boot can be found right in the heart of Sydney, with the factory outlet of the Genuine Australian Ugg Boots Shop located at shop 1 Williams Street, which is a central thoroughfare in the city. The classic Ugg Boots at retail shops will set you back upward of AU$450 however at the factory outlet you get massive savings with the classic Ugg costing AU$170. Baby Ugg and Kids Ugg sizes are also available, starting from AU$80 at the factory outlet, which is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also find Ugg boots, as well as ladies Ugg heel boots at Ugg At The Rocks, Shop 2 Clocktower Square. They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. also.

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Whether you are in Sydney for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Sydney has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Sydney, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.