While the supermarket behemoths, Coles and Woolies, wrestle with the home brand bargains at Aldi, we still love the labels on our fashion, fragrances, homewares and sporting goods. You don't need to join the rioting hordes flooding into department stores on Boxing Day to bag a bargain though. Instead of camping in a storeside queue on Christmas night, visit one of these factory outlets at your leisure.
- sportswear from Asics, Converse, Lorna Jane, Merrell, Oakley, Puma and Nike (Nike also has an outlet at 126 Parramatta Rd, Auburn) - homeware from Adairs, Corningware, Corelle, Pyrex, Laura Ashley, Lindt, Sheridan, Spotlight and Villeroy & Boch - women's fashion from Alannah Hill, Armani Outlet, Baku Swimwear, Bendon, Blue Illusion, Cue, Diana Ferrari, Laura Ashley, Oroton, Peter Alexander, Portmans, Saba, Valleygirl and Witchery - men's fashion from Bonds, Brooks Brothers, Country Road, Fila, French Connection, GAP, Herringbone, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lee Wrangler and Levi's
Adventurers are also catered for at Birkenhead Point, with Macpac and North Face products for sale. For a sweet treat, visit Lindt on Level 2.
Before visiting, hit the website for special offers.
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DFO in 3-5 Underwood Rd, Homebush is ideal for many of the same brands with:
- sportswear from Lorna Jane, Puma, Just Sport and Lacoste - homeware from Oz Design Furniture and Sheridan - women's fashion from Armani, Bendon, Cotton On, David Lawrence, Dotti, Escada, Esprit, Forever New and Jacqui E - men's fashion from Ben Sherman, Billabong, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Henleys, Hugo Boss, Industrie, Jay Jays
- sportswear from Asics, Fila and Just Sport - homeware from Bed, Bath and Table, Bohemia Crystal, Sheridan and World Kitchen - women's fashion from Bardot, Bendon, Cotton On, David Lawrence, Jacqui E, Portmans, SES and Supre - men's fashion from Connor, Politix, Reuben F. Scarf, Ron Bennett, Tarocash and Van Heusen
In each of these super centres, there are cafes, newsagents, telcos and and food court, keeping you fuelled for an extra session of paywaving to fill the boot.
On Botany Rd at Alexandria near the Green Square train station, you'll spot sportswear from Everlast, Lonsdale, New Balance, Rebook and Puma, homeware from Ascot Teak, Sunbeam, Victoria's Basement and World Kitchen and menswear from Ron Bennett. These are interspersed with the restaurants and cafes in nearby Mascot as you clock up the steps on your pedometer.
For Aussie, good quality bedding and towels from Sheridan, visit the outlet at 49 Forest Rd, Arncliffe.
is stocked with discounted Italian and international hot heels from Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Armani, Dior, Versace, Burberry and Fendi.
For a wide range of homeware, dinnerware and wedding gifts, Victoria's Basement at Artarmon, Auburn, Alexandria, Castle Hill and the QVB has sales for the best European, Japanese and American brands including Royal Doulton, Noritake, Wedgwood, Churchill, Benzer, Esteele, Circulon and Mundial.
Where do you go for the thrill of the factory outlet bargain that online discounts can't match? We'd love to discover your favourite sale sites (we promise not to buy items in your preferred size/style).