There is nothing more Australian than working off all that Christmas food (and alcohol) by heading down to your local shops and taking advantage of the Boxing Day sales.
While Black Friday has made its mark Down Under in recent years, Boxing Day is still the undisputed king of savings in Australia.
It is projected that over 10 million Aussies will take advantage of the massive sales and spend a jaw-dropping A$3.2 billion dollars.
There are sales on everything from tech and fashion to toys and make-up, but in order to bag the best bargains its kind of important to know what – and when – stores are open.
Here’s a roundup of what stores are open across Australia for Boxing Day 2018.
Boxing Day sales and trading hours
After limited trading on Christmas Day, the majority of shopping centres and retail stores will re-open on the 26th of December for Boxing Day bargain-hunters. Click on the store name to check your local stores.
- Coles: Many stores operate from at least 8am-8pm.
- Woolworths: Only a handful of stores across Australia are closed, but hours vary depending on location.
- Aldi: Barring a few stores, most Aldi stores across Australia are open from 9am – 6pm Boxing Day.
- IGA: Trading hours vary by suburb.
Most major shopping centres across the country are open and operating under extended trading hours. Today is the biggest day of the year for retailers and the vast majority will be open.
There are way too many to list them all, but here are the opening hours of some of the biggest centres across Australia.
- Westfield Pitt Street: 7am – 9pm
- Broadway Shopping Centre: 8am – 6pm
- Chatswood Chase: 9am – 6pm
- Macquarie Centre: 8am – 6pm
- Chadstone: 6am – 10pm
- Highpoint: 7am – 11pm
- Melbourne Central: 8am – 10pm
- Melbourne Emporium: 8am – 10pm
- Queen Street Mall: 9am – 5pm
- Brisbane Arcade: 9am – 6pm
- Westfield Carindale: 9am – 6pm
- Strathpine Centre: 10am – 4pm
- Canberra Centre: 8am – 7pm
- Westfield Belconnen: 8am – 5:30pm
- Canberra Outlet Centre: 8:30am – 6pm
- Majury Park Shopping Centre: 10am – 4pm
- Westfield Garden City: 9am – 6pm
- Westfield Carousel & Whitford City: 8am – 6pm
- Karrinyup: 11am – 5pm
- Claremont Quarter: 11am – 5pm
- Westfield Marion: 9am – 6pm
- Rundle Mall: 9am – 5pm
- Harbour Town: 9am – 5pm
- Castle Plaza Shopping Centre: 9am – 5pm
- Casuarina Shopping Centre: 8am – 7pm
- Mitchell Centre: 10am – 3pm
- Eastlands: 10am – 5pm
- Northgate Shopping Centre: 9am – 5pm
- Cat and Fiddle Arcade: 7:30am – 5:30pm
This is the biggest day of the year for department stores, and you can pretty much guarantee that your local will be open.
- Myer: All Myer stores are open on Boxing Day, with some open from 5am until 11pm.
- David Jones: Nearly all stores are open for extended trading, with most open until at least 8pm.
There are a bunch of great movies hitting Australian cinemas on Boxing Day including: Aquaman, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Holmes and Watson and Bumblebee.
- Event Cinemas: All Event Cinemas are open as normal over Boxing Day.
- Hoyts: All locations are open across Australia.
- Reading Cinemas: All locations are open and operating as usual.
Pubs, restaurants, cafés and bars
You won’t have to look far to find a beer, coffee or a good meal on Boxing Day. What is open varies wildly between states, so if you’re planning on going out for a few drinks your best bet is to call ahead.
One thing that you can guarantee is operating on Boxing Day is the police. Remember that double demerits are in place from Midnight Thursday 20th December until midnight Tuesday 1st January 2019.
While driving, make sure that you don’t speed, have anything to drink, that all passengers are wearing seatbelts, and that you aren’t using your mobile phone.
Over the Christmas and New Year period, most trains, buses, ferries and light rail follow a Saturday/Sunday/Public Holiday timetable. The availability of public transport differs between states, but you can guarantee that there are plenty of services available for your travel needs.