Posted February 16th, 2013, 02:24 PM
As previous posters mentioned, due to the strong Aussie Dollar, you are unlikely to find "bargains" or stuff that is cheaper in Australia.
Unique things, Yes.
Perhaps best avoid any shop that has lots of Japanese and Chinese advertising in the window. They tend to be a real rip-off!
Better stick to major shopping centers for shopping, other than your koala/kangaroo toys and touristy stuff.
Ugg boots can probably be had by mail order in the US for the same price.
A company called R.M. Williams makes excellent boots, "cowboy" style hats, coats etc.
Not cheap, but superb quality. Australian Opals or Western Australian pearls are an excellent, but pricy gift. Don't buy these in souvenir shops!
A cheap and delicious gift that can be found in every supermsrket and 7-11 are Tim Tam, the world's best chocolate biscuit. Seriously adictive. They come in a variety of versions, but the original is the best. Just ask anybody in the shop which one it is.
Another Aussie speciality is Vegemite. Aussies LOVE the stuff on buttered toast, but the rest of the world finds it pretty disgusting. 25 years in Australia and I still can't eat it.
Buy a jar to scare your neighbors!