Local handicrafts and artisanal items to pick up on your trip
Quality local wines, spirits, and beers are available at the Australian Wine Centre (One Alfred Street, Circular Quay; www.australianwinecentre.com). Ask about wines from Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, the Hunter Valley, 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Sydney.
Colorful, unique Australian Aboriginal art is big business in Sydney: paintings, weavings, jewelry, prints, and textiles. Reputable dealers include The Artery (221 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst; www.artery.com.au) for modern, unusual, and affordable pieces from emerging Central Australian artists; and Hogarth Galleries (Seven Walker Lane, Paddington; http://www.aboriginalartdirectory.com/) for impressive artifacts and gorgeous canvases.
Pick up some durable, locally made Aussie clothing designed for the rugged interior: an Akubra hat from Strand Hatters (Strand Arcade, 412 George Street, Sydney; www.strandhatters.com.au) or an oilskin jacket from R.M. Williams (389 George Street, Sydney; www.rmwilliams.com.au).
Casual, comfortable surf wear is mandatory for Sydney’s beaches. Clothes from Aussie company Mambo (80 The Corso, Manly; 80 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach; www.mambo.com.au) are emblazoned with kooky, sometimes disturbing imagery.
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