There’s only a few days left before Christmas!
No doubt we’re all gearing up for the best time of the year.
There will be food. There will be presents. There will be fun and laughter. And more importantly, there will be a lot of time spent with the whole family!
But the Christmas celebrations don’t need to end on that day!
There’s still Boxing Day to think about, which will no doubt excite a lot of Aussies, who last year spent an astounding $2.4 billion during the Boxing Day sales!
Thousands of items from hundreds of stores will be on sale, offering crazy deals and discounts, starting from the 26th of December.
In our opinion, the best shopping is in Melbourne’s CBD.
From the biggest department stores and high-end designers, to quirky shops and unique offerings, the city really does have it all.
No matter what you’re into (clothing, technology, art, books, electronics, or shoes!) the massive Boxing Day sales offer something for everyone.
CBD parking during the Boxing Day sales
Along with amazing sales come hordes of people, looking to snatch up the best discounts and bargains.
Driving into the city to hit the shops?
Choose Le Garage for safe and affordable Boxing Day parking!
With dual entrance/exit on Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, getting in and out of the city couldn’t be easier. And of course, with arms laden with shopping bags, driving is clearly the most convenient of transport options.
Our favourite Boxing Day shopping experiences in Melbourne
Emporium is one of Melbourne’s newest luxury shopping centers, conveniently located just six minutes from Le Garage by foot.
Immerse yourself in a combination of fashion, culture, food, and art at Emporium, and discover goods from high-end stores as well as all your favourite chains.
Some of our top picks include:
- Sportswear stores like Adidas and Nike
- Kids fashion including Bardot Junior and Purebaby
- Homewares stores like Bed Bath N’ Table and Le Creuset
- Designer clothing and bags from Dion Lee, Furla, Manning Cartell, and Sandro
Emporium is located opposite Melbourne Central on Lonsdale Street and faces the Myer and David Jones Little Bourke Street entrances.
It’s also linked via pedestrian bridges to both department stores, making it even easier to shop for more!
This famous strip is located at the east end of the city – and best of all, it’s just a minute’s walk away from Le Garage!
Commonly referred to as the Paris End, it is famous for having boutique shops from world-class luxury brands, including Hermès, Bally, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, and much more.
Generally bordered by Swanston Street on the westside and Spring Street on the east, Collins Street shopping guarantees a luxurious experience like no other.
Bourke Street Mall
We hope you’ve limbered up, because by the end of your shopping adventure here, your arms are likely to be lined with countless shopping bags!
Bourke Street Mall is open to pedestrians and trams, and links Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street.
It’s where David Jones and Myer have their Australian flagship stores. You’ll also find global brands Zara and H&M here.
By now, you’re probably a little tired and hungry, and ready for a quick pit-stop.
Within walking distance from the mall, you’ll find heaps of cheap and cheerful cafes to rest and re-energise!
Boxing Day Test
In Melbourne, Boxing Day is perhaps known by two things, and the shopping is one of them.
The other? The Boxing Day Test, of course!
If shopping isn’t really your thing, you might be keen to hit the MCG during the summer holidays (we miss you, footy!) for the first day of the Boxing Day test.
Our Australian team has its work cut out for it, as we take on the world’s best, India.
The tour begins on Boxing Day and runs until Sunday, 30th December, with the match starting at 10:30am each day.
Important MCG parking info for the Boxing Day test
Please note: the MCG will NOT be offering Yarra Park parking during the first two days of the test – so that includes Boxing Day.
With an estimated attendance of 70,000 on Boxing Day, you might be scratching your head thinking about where you’ll be able to park.
Le Garage to the rescue!
Located at the Paris End of the city on Flinders Street, Le Garage is one of the largest parking facilities in the city, offering a convenient alternative to MCG parking.
We’re just a quick 10-minute walk from the MCG, easily accessed by foot via the William Barak Bridge.
Take advantage of our Early Bird prices: you’ll pay just $17 when you pre-book online!
There are a few simple conditions to bear in mind to quality as an Early Bird:
- Enter between 5:30am and 7am; leave before midnight, or
- Enter between 7am and 10am; leave after 3pm and before midnight
- You must park on Level 9 or above
We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2019!