Bearing in mind the amount of time it takes to get to the other side of the world, it would be a shame not to come back from your trip to Australia without some souvenirs.
There are loads of huge shopping centres in the big cities like Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. You'll find all kinds of souvenir ideas there, to bring back from your travels in Australia.
You won't find anything particularly original there, but you could set your sights on some of Australia's precious stones. They are the most typically Australian thing that you'll find in the big cities. The most exciting stones amongst those on offer are Coober Pedy opals, pearls from Broome, sapphires from Emerald and pink diamonds from Argyle.
If you're a fan of diving and watersports, you'll find all the big, world-famous brands at very good prices.
T-shirts with road signs warning of the presence of koalas and kangaroos are classic souvenirs. You'll also find scary shark T-shirts warning of attack zones.
The most typical souvenirs to bring back from Australia often focus on the bush and the outback. For example, there are cowboy hats, some decorated with crocodile teeth which make perfect souvenirsfor any Crocodile Dundee wannabe. To complete your bush man outfit, you can buy kangaroo leather belts to go with your navy blue, 'Jackie Howe' singlet. There are also waxed raincoats, shirts, jeans and even bush shoes.
Aboriginal art is becoming increasingly popular with tourists. The paintings are beautiful, but the prices in the best galleries can be sky-high. More affordable, but just as representative of Aboriginal art are T-shirts with Dreamtime designs, boomerangs, terracotta pottery and wooden sculptures.