The Land Down Under offers up beautiful landscapes, interesting history, and great cultural milestones that must be visited while you’re travelling to the remote local in the Southern Hemisphere, but what can you take home that’s as unique as the rolling desserts, Indian Ocean sunsets and extensive bush landscapes that you saw on your trip?
Aside from the standard t-shirts, shot glasses, and fridge door magnets, Perth offers up great take away gifts that keep on giving, so don’t settle for the norm, break out into the original works of art, fine wines, and fuzzy animals that the unique region has to offer.
Aboriginal culture dates back over 30,000 years and ever since colonization by the British, Aboriginal arts and artifacts have been a main export of the country due to the unique style, and diverse aesthetics that the culture encompasses.
While a didgeridoo may be a little hard to carry on the plane—although we don’t dissuade you from taking this back as it makes an incredible gift—other pieces may be a little more up the alley of a tourist hoping to make it through customs with ease. Print making, fabric art, paintings, weavings, sculpture, and rock engravings are all great gifts that represent the very valued, and extensive Aborginal history in Australia.
Check out these locations for great examples of original artworks:
Japingka Gallery. 47 High Street. Opens at 10am.
Creative Native Perth. Shop 58, Forest Chase. Opens at 10am.
Digeridoo Breath. 6 Market Street. Opens at 10:30
Is there anything more typically Aussie than tanned skin accompanied by a just-used surfboard and a bikini tan? Don’t just head to the beach of Cottesloe, make sure you also grab the beachwear that is almost as famous as the big waves.
Swimwear designers like Seafolly, Zimmermann Wear, and White Sand Australia are more designer than the stateside favorite Billabong and Oakley, which means you’ll make a stand at any resort you frequent once you get back home.
When it comes to off-the-wall things to do in Perth, going antique s definitely one of those things. Not that the beloved hobby isn’t anything other than totally joyous, just that Perth may not be known internationally specifically for it’s antiques; and the key to overturning that is just to check out the wide selection of vintage finds available.
From local musicians and records and clothing to fishing equipment and great furniture finds, there’s plenty to keep you occupied on a rainy day or as the focal point of your holiday. The main draw to these secondhand shops is getting up close and personal with the merchandise; the carefully selected collections are all about detail so don’t be afraid to spend some quality time overturning every piece.
Head for these shops to discover great finds on your own:
Curio Warehouse. 141 James St Guildford. 10:30am.
Bluebird Vintage. 288 Cambridge St Wemberley. 10:00am.
Effies Emporium of Guildford. 141 James Street Guildford. 10:30am.
Fat Shan Record. The Basement, 37 Barrack Street. 10:00am.
Swan Valley is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Perth and for good reason; the wineries produce a wide selection of great vintages, as well as great beer brews. Whether it’s a white wine, or a dark red, bringing home a vintage is a great way to impress the boss, treat the neighbors, or prepare for the holidays in advance, so don’t just enjoy the full-day cruise complete with dinner, dessert, and a never-ending selection of wine, but bring home the fun for later as well.
These wineries may or not be on your tour, but if not you should definitely make sure to book a taste test:
Ugly Duckling Wines. 7790 W Swan Rd. 11:00am. Best Buy: Liqueur Shiraz.
Tyler’s Vineyard. 301 Padbury Ave. 11:00am. Best Buy: 2014 Red Grenache.
Coward & Black Vineyards Swan Valley. 448 Harmans Mill Rd. 9:00am. Best Buy: Semillion Sauvignon Blanc
Step aside kangaroos and koalas, there’s a new Aussie favorite in town and this little cuddlebug is going to make any animal lover squeal with joy, which is exactly why you’ve got to take one home. While this is in no way a suggestion to grab a live quokka before leaving Oz, there doesn’t seem to be any harm in a plushy stuffed animal version leaving the toy store to finding it’s way into the arms of friends and family back home.
These smallest editions of the Wallaby family are almost part kangaroo and part mouse, but they’re 100% cute. After checking out these adorable creatures at the Perth Zoo, head for the gift shop to grab one for the ride home—you certainly won’t regret that you did.
Whether you’re in The Down Under for two days or a month, it’s always great to bring home a little of your holiday home with you, and when it comes to Perth, these five gifts won’t only be great on their own, but they’ll be a wonderful reminder of your stay. Happy shopping!