Sydney Airport (SYD)
Things to do in Sydney Airport (SYD)
You’ll have to pass through the Volare bistro and beer garden and take an elevator to get to this bird’s-eye-viewing deck. It’s the perfect perch for catching a glimpse of the planes as they take off and land.
Open to first-class passengers on Qantas and British Airways flights (along with British Airways’ oneworld club members), the recently revamped Qantas lounge is the white-marble vision of designer Mark Newson.
The busiest airport in the nation, Sydney Airport has three passenger terminals and provides flights to 48 international, 23 domestic, and 28 regional destinations. The airport is a major hub for Qantas and serves as a secondary hub for Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways.
Located in the central lounge of Sydney Airport’s Terminal 1, Lonely Planet is a retail shop for world travelers. The store’s shelves are lined with travel guides and maps for destinations around the globe; portals link users to online interactive digital content from Lonely Planet.
Head to this encyclopedic drugstore for pre-flight essentials, such as paracetamol (Tylenol), eye drops, lotion, and dissolvable Berocca tablets, Australia’s hangover miracle-cure (trust us, it works!).
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Popular with the business crowd, this intimate wine bar is part of the Bambini Trust Restaurant, located on the ground floor of the 1923 St. James Trust Building.
Want to continue the Man from Snowy River fantasy after you return home? Pick up a jaunty Akubra hat made from rabbit fur (try the Traveler or Cattleman styles), a pair of pull-on craftsmen boots, and an all-weather Driza-Bone jacket from this legendary outback outfitter.
At the separate Qantas Domestic Terminal, check out the slick, Scandinavian-style (but all-Aussie) designer stationery and gifts chain.
Sure they’re Brazilian, but comfy Havaianas flip-flops may very well be Australia’s signature footwear. Pick up a pair, along with items from the country’s homegrown beach labels Billabong, Quiksilver (now based in California), and Mambo.
This local accessories specialist is renowned for its line of moderately priced bags, jewelry, and hair accessories that are always one step ahead of the trend curve. Stop in to get your signature bag for the season or a simple hair clip that just seems to tie everything together.
Australia is renowned for its sheepskin products, and this boutique is a smart spot to stock up on the country’s coziest exports: Ugg boots and slippers (the ultimate Christmas gift), hats and gloves, and even rugs.
This popular chain is known for its stylish—and affordable—clothes and accessories for women. Look for great shoes (especially summer sandals), oversize handbags, and flirty dresses and skirts.
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If you didn’t get a chance to visit Sydney’s fantastic Aboriginal art galleries, there’s still time to see some great indigenous arts and crafts.
The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables you to claim a tax refund on goods purchased in Australia.
To claim a refund you must: