Sydney and regional cities and towns in NSW offer a wide range of choices for shoppers:

    * Supermarkets sell fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, frozen foods, canned goods, bread, paper products, stationery, personal needs and some non-prescription medicines. Many supermarkets have extended shopping hours and are open late at night each day of the week.

    * Department stores sell products including clothing, shoes, furniture, computers, electrical goods, kitchenware, and gifts at a fixed price. Compare price and quality and look out for discount sales.

    * Large shopping centres are located in Sydney's central business district, in Sydney suburbs and in larger regional towns. Shopping centres often include major department stores (David Jones, Myer, Target, K-Mart or Big-W), supermarkets (Coles, Woolworths, Franklins), specialist retail stores (books, clothing, shoes, sportswear, music, etc), banks, cafes and fast-food outlets, and movie theatres.

    * Markets sell a wide variety of new and second-hand goods. There are a number of weekend markets, and you may be able to bargain at some stalls. Some well-known food and clothing markets in Sydney are:
                      # Paddy's Markets in Haymarket and Flemington
                      # The Rocks Markets
                      # Glebe Markets
                      # Bondi Markets
                      # Balmain Markets
                      # Sydney Fish Markets

    * Second-hand goods, from household items to motor vehicles, are advertised in various online marketplaces such as Gumtree ( or eBay ( People may also hold 'garage sales' at their homes to sell personal second-hand items and will usually advertise the date and time in local newspapers.


Most stores open from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, with the exception of Thursday when trading hours are usually 9:00am to 9:00pm. Shops in the Central Business District and major suburban shopping centres open from 10:00am to 4:00pm Sunday.

Almost all shops accept major credit cards or debit (EFTPOS) cards.

In Australia, most items sold in stores are sold at a fixed, marked price. However, there may be some room to negotiate price on higher-priced items (e.g. furniture or electrical goods), if goods are second-hand or are sold at markets and you are paying cash.

Consumers in NSW are protected by Fair Trading.