|Sydney Travel Guide|
Central Sydney is arguably the largest shopping area in
Australia and therefore the South Pacific. It is for this reason that
shopping is cited as one of the main reasons international travelers visit
With names like Cartier, Hugo Boss, Hermes, Celine, Hardy Brothers, Louis Vitton, Chanel, Gucci, Dunhill, Christian Lacroix, Jag Benetton Pierre Cardin and Akubra, shopping here is of an international standard including of course, duty free.
Sydney has established itself as one of the cheapest duty free ports because of the low Australian dollar and the high volume of sales.
Interspersed amongst the myriad of individual shops, boutiques, shopping arcades and duty free shops, are a number of large shopping zones. The largest of these are the two main Department Stores of David Jones and Grace Bros.
To this pair can be added Centrepoint in the middle of the Central Business District (CBD) crowned with the imposing Sydney Tower and the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) the massive and ornate Victorian era building that was the city's produce markets at the turn of the century.
In addition there are a number of other complexes centred on the Pitt Street mall such as the Glasshouse and the mid-city centre. Another interesting precinct is the large Chinatown area and Darling Harbour.
Darling Harbour - Harbourside Shopping Centre
As you can see shopping is important to Sydney and Sydney is the largest
shopping area in the South Pacific. Come and spend a few dollars yourself
and see what this fascinating city has to offer you. Good shopping.
The Queen Victoria Building has been described by Pierre Cardin as "the most beautiful shopping centre in the world". This outstanding example of Byzantine architecture, which occupies an entire city block, was built in 1898 to replace the original Sydney Markets. Later, it accommodated a concert hall, which eventually became the City Library. The building was remodelled in the 1930s and used for different purposes, including municipal offices. In 1984 it was completely refurbished as a shopping centre, with more than 200 shops. The renovations, by the Malaysian company Ipoh Garden Berhad, were highly imaginative and thoughtful. Most important, they retained the turn-of-the-century charm of the building.
The building has a series of domes and domelets with exquisite stained glass windows and extensive wood panelling throughout.
There is a marvellous hanging clock that displays a series of mechanically moving tableaux of British kings and queens every hour on the hour. This "exhibition" is heralded by loud trumpeters and ends with the beheading of Charles I. Permanent and temporary exhibitions have a Sydney at different points on each level and include replicas of the British crown jewels and a highly ornamental, full-scale oriental coach. The building accomodates a series of royal paintings.
The building is a major attraction for both visitors and residents and is open every day. Shops with Old-Worlde shopfronts are located on three levels and here you will find some of the most interesting shopping in Sydney, shops such as New Guinea Arts, which has a remarkable array of native artefacts from New Guinea.