When it comes to the ultimate Aussie shopping experience, you only gotta remember three letters: DFO.
In my stay in Australia, my niece and nephews have been telling me that the best deals in clothes shopping can only be found at the Direct Factory Outlet (DFO). This was absolutely great news, since I was fond of buying shirts and jeans whenever I travel. I was also keen on looking for great Aussie brands, not just Billabong or Quiksilver.
When in Sydney, the closest DFO would be at Homebush, which is somewhere in the middle of the Western Suburbs and the CBD. If you’re driving, the place wouldn’t be hard to miss especially when you’re cruising along the M4 Motorway. But for a more practical approach (and for those who can’t drive on the right), CityRail would be the way to go.
By train, you have to get off Homebush station. There are two lines that stop there, South Line and the Inner West Line. From the station, it would be best to take a cab and drop-off at DFO Homebush.
DFO isn’t one of those multi-level malls like Westfield Paramatta or Birkenhead Point. If not for the shopping and the bargains, you can tour the whole place in an hour or less. But you’ll surely get your money’s worth once doors open by 10AM.
Direct Factory Outlet boasts more than 90 Aussie and international brands under one roof. And discounts can soar up to 70%.
And based on my personal shopping experience, I think the following shops offered the best deals on great items.
Jay Jays- ultimate store for guy’s shirts, jeans and boxers
Roger David- great looking office and formal shirts at reasonable prices
Cotton On- awesome stuff here, they’ve got the best prices too (better than HK and PH prices)
G Star Raw- not so cheap but it’s an iconic jeans brand in Australia
Billabong- just because I got a swag leather surfer’s overnight bag for a VERY cheap price. No flaws on the item and it still looks fantastic up to now.
For the girls, the best stores based on the volume of people would be Oroton (for luggage and handbags), Witchery and Seafolly (ladies clothing).
When we went shopping at DFO, it took us the whole day just to check out 75% of all the stores.
So when you’re in Sydney, make sure you don’t miss this out! It’s a shopaholic’s heaven!
Visit http://www.dfo.com.au for more information