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ICONIC AUSTRALIAN GOODS
Wondering what souvenirs to buy in Australia? There is a wealth of popular iconic Australian items to choose from and I will guide you on the best things to look for. It’s always best to take home things you can actually use after your trip.
Any good holiday is remembered fondly with souvenirs and mementos collected along the way. I always love coming home with a few special items to treasure, some for myself and a few for special people in my life, if they’re lucky. Preferably something that can be used and enjoyed. When you visit Australia you will no doubt be tempted to purchase some of the amazing products on offer as you browse the markets and shops. Here are a few quintessential Australian souvenirs that are popular in Australia.
You may not know that Australian opals make up 95% of the world’s supply of opal gemstones. Australian opals are also the most expensive in the world. Two of the most sought after are Black Opals and Fire Opals. Opals are mined in 3 states: Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. Jewellery made with opals can be bought all throughout the country in jewellery stores, and of course, vary in price. Definitely worth checking out if you love rainbow coloured stones. They are simply beautiful.
Traditionally painted Aboriginal items are very popular Australian souvenirs. Indigenous painting is often done using the ‘dot painting’ technique and many other unique styles. To learn more about Aboriginal Art read my article. It’s quite mesmerising and the paintings have an almost 3D effect. There’s a certain energy about them. Alice Springs in central Australia is one of the best places for Aboriginal art, with many galleries in the centre of town.
You may like a boomerang, a canvas or other unique artwork to take home.
Australians love wine. Did you know Australia is the 5th largest wine producer in the world? The Australian Wine industry is huge with every state producing wine. There are in fact 65 wine regions in the country. Australians prefer to drink their own wine over international wines, which make up only 20% of the market. More than half of the total wine produced is exported overseas. Fun fact: the Barossa Valley is the oldest wine region in Australia.
So buy a bottle and take it back with you. Most airlines allow at least one bottle of alcohol per person.
Australian Beauty Products
There is a wealth of beauty and makeup products made in Australia that are very popular. Some of these are Nude by Nature, Australis, Napoleon Perdis, Sukin, Bondi Sands and Jurlique, just to name of few. These are all iconic, much-loved brands, that are readily available in most shopping centres. You should give them a try. I have personally used all of these products over the years.
Australian Ugg Boots
The original Australian classic Ugg Boots are very sought after as souvenir items. They are made from 100% natural sheep skin and are fleecy on the inside. These boots are popular for indoor and outdoor use because they are sooo comfortable.
Australian Designer Clothes
There are tonnes of Australian clothing brands, designed in Australia. Many of them are popular overseas. Some of my favourite Australian designers that you can easily find in shops in all major Australian cities are: Billabong, Camilla, Tigerlily, Swank, Country Road, Saba, Zimmermann, Seafolly, Witchery, Zanerobe, Tony Bianco, Carla Zampatti and many more. Check out the website, Finder, for all the Australian designer labels.
Australian Akubra Hat
You may recall seeing the Akubra Hat in Australian movies, such as Crocodile Dundee. The classic Aussie hat is great for the harsh outdoor conditions. But they are not only worn by cattlemen. Anyone looks good in them, even females. They have different colours to choose from too. Akubras have become a fashion accessory, often seen worn at the races.
Australian Football League (AFL) Gear
AFL is the much loved sport of the country. If you’re a sport lover, you will most likely see a match, if you happen to be in the country during the crazy football season. So, get into the spirit of the game and buy a Sherrin football or a football jersey of your chosen team. The authentic AFL products can be found in AFL Stores everywhere.
That’s my list of recommended Australian products and popular souvenirs to buy in Australia.