Best Tax-Free Shopping Surprises
Oriol Alamany / Alamy
Australia Tax-Free Shopping
Things to Buy: Opal jewelry, Aboriginal art, sheepskin boots.
VAT/GST: 10 percent, included in price. Separate WET (Wine Equalisation Tax) tax on wine, 14.5 percent.
Minimum Spend: AUS $300 (U.S. $300) total in any single store within a 30-day period (no minimum spend required on any single receipt).
Insider Tip: Most countries exclude alcohol from rebates, but the Aussies will refund your tax on wine. So bring some home. In fact, go wild and make it a case.
Refund on a $500 Purchase: $45.