Every Travellers Top 21 Must-Buy Gifts From Queensland

13 June, 2016

Home grown, home-made, nourishing for the soul, or just plain pretty; whatever you need to buy for the folks back home, Queensland's got some fantastic gifts that scream “I've been to Queensland”. At last, there's no need for a panic purchase at the airport and those seen-them-everywhere box of chocolates.  Here are 21 Queensland presents you simply must buy.

  1. Queenslander House by Little Building Co.

What makes a Queenslander? Apart from the sunshine and laid back friendliness, it has to be our quirky wooden architecture. Take home a small scale model of the traditional Queenslander to show friends back home. http://www.littlebuildingco.com/

Where to buy? Artisan in Fortitude Valley

  1. A sheepskin bean bag from Auskin, Gold Coast:

There's sheep skin and then there's sheep skin that's so luxurious it makes you wish for winter year round. If you dream of nothing more than snuggling up to a warm, woolly friend, then choose the Auskin bean bag and watch TV with a cuddly friend. http://auskin.com/

Where to buy? If you can't get to the Bundall shop, then go straight online.

  1. A bottle of Bundaberg Rum, anywhere

Ever since it was first batched some 125 years ago from the byproduct of Queensland sugar cane, Bundaberg Rum, or 'Bundy' as it's known to locals, has fired up more parties than Pink has sung “let's get this party started”.  Don't for one minute think this rum is a poor cousin to Coruba. In 2013, the Double Barrel and Dark Oak Masters Distillers Collection releases were awarded gold and silver medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition topping the list of some 1400 entries. www.bundabergrum.com.au

Where to buy? Any good liquor shop - and the airport of course.

  1. Moisturiser from Jasmin Skin care, Gold Coast

When a skin care manufacturer builds a “bulk buy” warehouse out the back of its stunning beauty shop and packs it with super-sized baskets, you know the products are going to be good. Aside from using premium certified organic products from farms in Australia and Japan, this entire skin care range is so luxe and smoothe it promises to turn back time. http://www.jasminorganics.com/

Where to buy it? At the source; it's 20 percent cheaper than buying it abroad and all international visitors spending more than $300 are entitled to a 10% refund under the Tourist Refund Scheme.

  1. Workout gear from Lorna Jane, anywhere

Get up early in Brisbane and you'll get a sense of the design motivation behind the Lorna Jane active range. It's not just the clean air, the sunshine or the healthy lifestyle that this Brisbane girl was raised on, Lorna Jane clothes are designed by a woman for a woman and will have those wobbly bits looking vava voom! http://www.lornajane.com.au/

Where to buy it?  There's 150 stores across the nation, so any mall or shopping strip is bound to carry the Lorna Jane brand. If you are in Brisbane, why not stop at the DFO mall five minutes from the airport for that last minute bargain.

  1. Adventure Time leggings from Black Milk Clothing, online

Whip out the plastic and get yourself some Black Milk stretch magic. Try a 3D rib dress (it looks like something the chiropractor uses for show and tell), a pair of Adventure Time leggings, or a Manga swimsuit and you'll have instant street cred. In his early days, this Brisbane-based designer saved money for his stretchy designs by dieting on mangoes from his own backyard. https://blackmilkclothing.com/

Where to buy? Only online.

  1. The taste of sunshine from Delicious Gourmet Hampers, online

Forget those chocolate boxes at the airport, your family and friends are going to thank you for bringing home a true taste of Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Ranging from just $14 for a five piece sampler of sweet delights, all the way through to a $270 deluxe bonanza, every box is beautifully packed with local flavours from the Sunshine Coast. http://www.dliciousgourmethampers.com/

Where to buy? Only online, but delivery is just 24 hours - and boxes come prettily wrapped.

  1. A makeup brush from Issada, Brisbane

Some might want to buy the mineral make up at this cult brand, but given the news that celebrity makeup artist Randy Houston Mercer has ordered seven Couture Brush Sets (at $695 per set) to use on his muses, the likes of which include Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlate and Heidi Klum, we think the brushes are your best bet. www.issada.com.au

Where to buy? 188 Edward Street, Brisbane and 160 Oxford Street, Bulimba

  1. Ruby Olive

Take something bright and bold to the girls back home with a Ruby Olive piece of jewellery. Try a string of blue and green beads (to remind you of the Great Barrier Reef) or a fun and flirty wooden bangle. These colourful and joyful jewels start from $18.00. www.rubyolive.com.au

Where to buy it:  Online

  1. Label yourself Queensland, Brisbane

A Queensland design is guaranteed to set you apart from the fashion-by-numbers designs  when you strut your stuff back home.  Three labels that sum up our state are: Cult Brisbane label Gail Sorronda www.gailsorronda.com to introduce dark romanticism into your wardrobe, Sass & Bide www.sassandbide.com to bring out the glamourous rock star in you and Easton Pearson www.eastonpearson.com to showcase the floatie and the exotic.

Where to buy? All stores are located in James Street Fortitude Valley.

  1. Kangaroo Leather Wallet by Ellaspede, Brisbane

It's not very often you buy yourself a mustard-coloured kangaroo wallet, a motorbike, and accessories from the same store. Ellaspede is Brisbane's hub for motorcycle culture and creativity but their t-shirts at $50 and wallets at $120 make the best presents for any beau back home. www.ellaspede.com

Where to buy?  8 Greet Street, West End

  1. Dingo toy by Minx Manx, Brisbane

A baby's got my dingo! Revenge can be sweet with these cute little hand-made dingo toys made from recycled upholstery fabric samples selling for $55.00. They are especially meaningful if you've been to Fraser Island or watched Evil Angels. W: http://artisan.org.au/

Where to buy? 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley.

  1. Wooden bowl from Tolga Woodworks, Atherton Tableland

With a surname like Allwood, it was pretty much written in the starts that Annette Allwood would end up working with wood. Today this north Queenslander sells stunning wooden bowls, beautifully turned cheese boards, gasp-worthy platters and wine stoppers, all made from recycled and fallen forest timber. http://www.tolgawoodworks.com.au/

Where to buy? Kennedy Hwy & Tostevin Street, Tolga QLD 4882

  1. Whiskey or Rum from Mt Uncle Distillery, Atherton Tableland

Don't think this is a lightweight spirits manufacturer. Mt Uncle Distillery won Gold for its FNQ Iridium Gold Rum in the Hong Kong International wine and spirits competition and silver for their Big Black Cock Whiskey at the International Wine and Spirits Awards London 2014. Then, there's the Sexy Cat liquer - a puff of marshmallow magic perfect for any of the girls back home. www.mtuncle.com/

Where to buy it? By the bottle from the distillery. Or by the shot at bars like John Mills Himself and Dutch Courage in Brisbane, The Barber Shop and The Royal Albert Hotel in Sydney and in Melbourne at Bad Frankie, Gin Palace and Lui Bar

  1. Original indigenous art, Ngaru Gallery Port Douglas

These paintings might be miniatures at 300x300mm, but at prices between $150 and $330, they pack a powerful punch - and they look divine on any wall. Some of the artists are incredibly famous and can command  $15,000 and upwards for their larger words, so getting something so meaningful and budget friendly is a bargain www.ngarrugallery.com.au/

Where to buy it? Macrossan Street, Port Douglas.

  1. A photoframe from Driftwood Bay - Market stall holder

Take back a fun little reminder of Queensland architecture with an upcycled photo frame found at the Port Douglas markets. Made from VJ (vertical joint) boards taken from the renovation sites of traditional wooden homes, the frames look beautiful and cost between $30 and $40 each. Rumour has it that Lachlan Murdoch has even brought one for his brothers. https://www.facebook.com/DriftwoodBayPortDouglas

Where to buy? Check out the Port Douglas and Atherton markets

  1. Shannonvale Winery - 417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman

Yes, it's a wine! No it's not sweet and sticky!  Fruit wines are made exactly the same as grape wine with sugar added in to increase the alcoholic content to around 12 percent. So if you have a broad eating palette why not buy a mango or passionfruit wine, all made from fruit sourced in Tropical North Queensland. www.shannonvalewine.com.au/

Where to buy? Shannonvale Road, Mossman

  1. A novel by a Queensland author

What screams Queensland more than a novel written by a Queenslander. There's so many to choose from; laugh at the antics of Brisbane's answer to Bridget Jones in Zigzag Street, learn about a small part of history with In Falling Snow by Mary Rose McColl or enjoy a ripping good yard with any book from Kate Morton.

Where to buy? Any good bookshop. Try Mary Ryan or QBD. 

  1. A Queensland bikkie

We don't have cookies in Australia. We have bikkies, and ever since most of us can remember, the number one brand is Arnott's (the manufacturer of Tim Tams). But for something truly made in Queensland, in the factory just north of Brisbane city, race into the supermarket and buy Arnott's Shapes, (savoury crackers); Monte Carlos (rich and creamy) or the Family Assorted - all for less than $5.

Where to buy? Any supermarket

  1. Lucas PawPaw Ointment

Claimed as nature's super protector and made from local Queensland pawpaws (papayas) you can bet that you'll find Lucas PawPaw Ointment in every Aussie medicine cabinet. At around $10 a pot, this is great for minor burns, nappy rash, insect bites and sunburns, this little gem uses the same formula first created more than 100 years ago. 

Where to buy it? Any supermarket or chemist

  1. Daintree Tea

Nope, it's not India and it's not Sri Lanka. Queensland's Tropical North is home to tea plantations, including Daintree Tea - black pure tea. Tea here is cultivated as nature intended, black and pesticide free. http://www.daintreetea.com/

Where to buy? Any large supermarket.


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Author: Tourism and Events Queensland 

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