Shopping Hours: Shopping hours in Perth are from 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, since the recent introduction of extended trading hours. However, in many shopping centres and malls, only a small selection of stores will be open for extended trading beyond 5.30pm.
Shops are also open from 8am to 5.30pm on Saturday. Some areas such as Perth City and Fremantle also have special trading hours and general trading hours in these areas are 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, as well as Saturday, 9am to 9pm on Friday and 11am to 5pm Sunday.
Smaller operators carrying essential items such as some pharmacies and delis (corner shops) and mini-supermarkets will also be open beyond the normal trading hours and many of these smaller shops are open until 9pm daily and open 6-7 days a week.
On public holidays most shops will be closed, however in areas such as Perth City and Fremantle trading will normally continue, and many small operators in the metropolitan area will also be open for business. Most businesses and shops will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Xmas Day and Boxing Day.
Currency and Paying for Goods: Perth and the rest of Australia use a decimal currency of Australian Dollars ($AUD), i.e. 100 cents = 1 dollar. Australian notes come in the following denominations: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and coins in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.
Since 1c and 2c coins were discontinued some time ago, totals when paying for goods are rounded up or down to the nearest 5c. All goods and services in Australia have a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) applied.
Credit Cards: Standard credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout retail outlets in Perth. Other cards such as Amex and Diners Club are also accepted in many outlets however not quite as widely as Mastercard and Visa.
Currency Exchange: Foreign currencies and travellers cheques can easily be exchanged at the major banks in Perth city, the Perth International Airport also has foreign exchange ATMs located on the ground and first floors of the airport. Currency can also be exchanged through private exchange companies listed under Foreign Currency Exchanges in the Perth Yellow Pages.
What to Buy: Visitors to Perth and Fremantle will find an interesting array of shopping available. Perth offers a wide range of stores for travellers selling an assortment of souvenirs from koala bears to unique lacquered clocks made from local wood. Local sheepskin products including warm and comfortable “Ugg Boots” are readily available at very affordable prices, as well as an assortment of other products such as sheepskin jackets and slippers, in fact you will be surprised at the range of sheepskin products produced by local companies.
Western Australian mining offers unique opportunities to purchase jewellery items made from gold nuggets, Argyle diamonds, Australian opals and Broome pearls.
You will find many stores in the Perth city area and Fremantle offering these products and more. Other locally produced arts and crafts are also widely available in Perth and Fremantle, from stores to markets, the range of unique and often hand produced goods available will provide something special for every traveller to take home with them and remind them for years to come of their holiday in sunny Perth.
Duty Free and Tax Free Shopping for international visitors is widely available in Perth and Fremantle, offering a range of items from jewellery, cosmetics, souvenirs, cameras, watches, clothing, sunglasses and more. To take advantage of Perth’s duty free shopping, you will need to have a valid plane ticket to a destination outside Australia when you visit any of the outlets offering Duty Free and Tax Free sales.
You can also use the Tourist Refund Scheme to purchase goods tax free if you wish to use them before your departure, ask at the duty free or tax free store when you buy to make sure you meet the conditions. The best places to find a range of goods at Duty Free and Tax Free prices are in the Perth City and Fremantle shopping precincts.
Perth City and Fremantle are accessible by regular train and bus services, or you can park the car in one the many car parks when you arrive. Of course, once you get there, the free Central Area Transit System makes getting around within these shopping precincts a breeze. See “Buses and Ferry” and “Perth Trains” sections for more information on bus, ferry, train and Central Area Transit services available in the central Perth and Fremantle districts.