Sydney’s main shopping focus is the stretch between Martin Place and the QVB in the CBD. Apart from its charming old nineteenth-century arcades and two department stores, David Jones and Myers. If you’ve run out of time to buy presents and souvenirs, don’t worry: the revamped Sydney Airport is attached to one of the biggest shopping malls in Sydney, with outlets for everything from surfwear to R.M. Williams bush outfitters, at the same prices as the downtown stores. The Rocks is the best place for souvenir and duty- and GST-free (VAT-free) shopping.

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