As the biggest city in Australia, it is not surprising that shopping in Sydney is fun. There are many more options and brands to suit all budgets and sizes here, compared to other major cities in Australia. For those who are looking for some end of season bargains from your favourite brands, Sydney has plenty of factory outlet malls and warehouses which brands and manufacturers sell their end of season stock directly to the public. These factory outlets are popular amongst tourists and bargain hunters as there are great deals to be had. Below is your guide to Sydney Discount Factory Outlets Shopping.
Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet
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Perhaps the most popular factory outlet in Sydney. The Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet is huge and if you are a serious shopper after a serious bargain, you will need at least half a day here. Before we get into the shopping bit. The Birkenhead Point is a great mall as it is located right on the Paramatta River. Here you get to dine on the water front and enjoy beautiful scenic view of the river.
With options ranging from Cotton On to the upmarket Hugo Boss, there is something for everyone here. Brands that had discounted markup did have a proper mark up. For example, we walked out of Ralph Lauren with 5 pieces of clothing for less than $200, when it could have easily set us back $500-$600. The mall tends to be busy on the weekends, so you may want to come early.
Getting here : Have a fun day out and take the Sydney Shopper Hopper Ferry Services here! Departure from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour straight to the Birkenhead Point. If Ferry is not your thing the bus services here are frequently running from Victoria Road, Sydney CB daily. If you prefer driving it is quite easy to get here and you can also use the opportunity after to explore the beautiful suburb of Drummoyne but parking can be a hassle on the weekend. So do consider taking taxi/uber services.
Factory Outlets Alexandria
This is one of Sydney’s best kept shopping secret. The factory outlets in Alexandria scatters around everywhere. So either be prepared drive a lot or to walk a lot more. The train station is just around the corner though. There are some really good brands and good bargain to be had here. We were surprised with the quality of items and the discounts offered here. It also tends to be much quieter here, which makes browsing through to find great deals a whole lot better.
Getting here : An easy train ride from St James Station on the T8 Line to the Green Square Station. If you prefer driving/taxi/uber , it is around 5 km away from Sydney CBD. However, if you are thinking about taking taxi/uber do remember that you still have to walk the distance to get from one store to the other, so you might as well take the train and save your money.
Direct Factory Outlet
This is another popular factory outlet mall . Like Birkenhead Point Outlet, the DFO Homebush offers a large range of factory outlet brands under one roof. You can find DFO’s in most major cities. Through our experience, DFO pricing hardly represent what we would call ‘ discounted factory outlet pricing‘. Every now and again you will find a goodie, but for us, it is hardly worth the effort of getting here for a ‘maybe’, all the way down to Sydney Olympic Park.
Getting here : Since its only 15 km from the city, the best way to get here is by Taxi/Uber or by driving yourself. There are not direct trains from the Sydney CBD to the DFO. The closest train station to DFO is the Strathfield Station , to which you will have to take the Bus or Uber your way to the mall.
Market City Factory Outlet
If you somehow cannot make it to these other places and are hoping for something within the city. Hooray! Market City Factory Outlet is right in town where Chinatown and Haymarket is. Even if you didn’t find a good bargain, you can always sample huge range of food and drinks around Chinatown. The good thing about Market City is, it is not just factory outlets. The Market City Building is also home to Paddy’s Market- where you can find just about everything from souvenirs, clothing, bags to food at areasonable price.
Getting here : Walking distance from anywhere in Sydney CBD. Just look for Chinatown. Unless it is the weekend, parking anywhere in Sydney CBD is atrociously expensive so driving here is not recommended.
Factory Outlets Rosebery
Another Sydney’s best kept shopping secret. If you are after chic, upmarket Australian brands at a discounted prices , why not hang around the factory outlets in Rosebery ? they are located just around the corner from Alexandria. Like factory outlets in Alexandria, they tend to scatter around. What makes this factory outlet area worth mentioning is that they have interesting selections of local brands discounted outlet you couldn’t find anywhere else. So if you are venturing out to Alexandria by car, it’s worth taking a trip down here to see if there are anything that tickles you fancy.
Getting here : From Sydney CBD, the best way to get around the area is to take the Bus 343 to Kingsford from Elizabeth St. Hyde Park. Stop at the corner of Rothschild Avenue and Morley Avenue.
Fashion Spree Factory Outlet
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Okay, Fashion Spree might be a little far for the tourist. But if you are a ‘penyoping yang tegar’ (a shopping freak), this place is worth the look. It is a new factory outlet mall located in Liverpool, some 40 km from the city. The brands offered here are more wallet friendly and suitable for men, women and kids. The shops are huge and due the the sizes of shops, it seems like there are more things on offer. On top of that, it is located next to the homemaker centre, where you can shop for lifestyle items (this is not a factory outlet though) . There are plenty of parking if you do decide to drive here.
Get Here : The best way to get here is either by driving or taxi/Uber. If coming by train, stop at the Liverpool Station. Expect to walk over 2 km from Liverpool Station to the mall. By bus, stop in front of Oporto’s Cumberland Hwy Liverpool where you walk 100 m to the main entrance of the mall
Factory Outlet Shopping Sydney Tips & Advice
- When shopping at one of the Factory Outlet Malls, be mindful that while it is called a Factory Outlet Mall, not all the shops are Factory Outlet stores. Just look out for the sign – if you don’t see any reference to factory outlet or clearance outlet, it is probably a full fledged store.
- Just because some stores are not clearance store, it does not mean you couldn’t get a good bargain during sales period
- The best time to shop to get good deals is at the end of season. January and June sees stuffs offered at good discount rates.
- Do not expect the kind of bargain you see in Factory Outlets in Asia/USA/UK here. Factory Outlet Shopping here are still quite expensive. That said, there are plenty of great Australian brands here you simply cannot find anywhere else
- While it is generally expensive, if you take your time hunting, you can find super cheap items.
- Through our experience, the best bargain are from : winter clothing/jackets , shoes and stuff from fast fashion brands.