Australia Tourist Guide
Map showing shopping areas in Adelaide Adelaide Map (main shopping areas marked in gold).
Welcome to some of the best shopping in Australia - Adelaide.
A haven for keen shoppers, you will find exquisite art works, quirky and fun local fashion, established world brands, fabulous jewellry including gold and Opal, accessories and a myriad of speciality shops.
Shopping venues include department stores, boutiques, specialty stores, arcades and colourful markets.
Adelaide’s Rundle Mall in the city is a great place to shop. Considered the largest pedestrianized shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere with over 800 shops and 14 interconnected arcades. You will find plenty of choices for the latest fashions in clothing, jewellry, gifts and accessories from around the world and Australia.
The Antique Market on Grote Street houses 36 of Adelaide’s leading antiques and collectibles dealers in a 10,000 square foot showroom.
The Brickworks Markets is Adelaide’s largest and is situated just 10 minutes from the Adelaide central business district. The 100 permanent stalls in the market are centered on the historic brick Kiln, established in 1912.
Shops in Adelaide are complemented each weekend with dozens of casual day traders selling products, gifts and art from local crafts people and from around the world. The air-conditioned main market building provides shoppers with thousands of items from the latest clothing to handmade candles and soaps, fashion to floor coverings, leather goods and lace.
The Opal is Australia’s national gemstone... with most of them dug from the red soils in the Outback of South Australia. The three largest main opal fields of Coober Pedy, Andamooka and Mintabie, account for a staggering 80% of the world’s production.
Coober Pedy, also known as the Opal capital of the world, is the largest opal-producing centre in Australia. The Olympic Australis from Coober Pedy is believed to be the world’s largest piece of uncut precious opal and weighs 3.5 kilograms! It was found in 1956, the year the Olympic Games were held in Melbourne.
There are tours available in Adelaide to Coober Pedy, giving you an excellent chance to shop around for a bargain.
Today, Coober Pedy is still known as a frontier mining town, with many of its 3500 residents living underground to escape the soaring 45°C (113°F ouch thats hot) temperatures in summer (June - August).
Visitors can also stay underground in some very trendy, cool hotels.
In Adelaide, amongst the best shops to buy opals are the Adelaide Gem Centre in Hindley St and The Opal Mine in Gawler Place, but there are others, so don’t be afraid to shop around.
Of course, there are plenty of places to shop in Australia. Just about every little seaside village or city suburb will have its own collection of shops, including clothing and fabulous beach wear, but there are the famous, well known areas to shop as well.
Shopping hours in the Adelaide City Central Area are generally 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday & Saturday, 9:00am to 9:00pm Fridays with late night shopping and 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sundays.
See the Greater Adelaide Surrounds Map Adelaide City Map, South Australia.
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