Shopping and Food

Department stores and most other shops in the Central Business District (CBD) and the surrounding suburbs are open for business between:

  • 9.00 am–5.30 pm Monday to Wednesday
  • 9 am – 9 pm Thursdays and Fridays
  • 9 am – 5 pm on Saturdays
  • 10 am – 5 pm on Sundays

Grocery costs

The following price list was compiled at a Woolworths Supermarket and the Preston Market in August 2011. All prices are in Australian dollars and are subject to change.

Please note: kg=kilogram, g=gram, mL=millilitre, L=litre.

ItemSupermarket Price (A$)Preston Market Price (A$)
Apple Royal Gala(1kg)4.882.99
Chicken wings (1kg)4.983.99
Eggs (dozen 600g)3.492.99
Fresh milk (2L)2.994.00
Potato (1kg)1.981.49
Orange Navel(1kg)3.981.49
Jasmine rice (5kg)10.2019.50
Soy sauce2.35 (250mL)1.69 (500mL)
White bread (loaf 650 kg)1.002.20

Halal foods

Halal food and grocery outlets are widely available in Melbourne.

Kosher foods

For an extensive list of places that offer kosher foods around Melbourne, visit the Jewish Australia Food Guide webpage.


Vegetarian food is widely available in Melbourne. If you enjoy vegetarian food, vegetarian options are available at most eateries at Melbourne campus. Go to the Visit Melbourne Guide to Vegetarian Restaurants for some great options for eating out.


Markets such as the Queen Victoria Market in the CBD, and Preston Market (a short tram ride from the Melbourne campus), usually have the lowest priced fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood.

The Queen Victoria Market is open on:

  • Tuesday and Thursday 6 am–2 pm
  • Friday 6 am–5 pm
  • Saturday 6 am–3 pm
  • Sunday 9 am–4 pm

Preston Market is open on:

  • Wednesday 8 am–3 pm
  • Thursday 8 am–6 pm
  • Friday 8 am–8 pm
  • Saturday from 8 am–1 pm.

Department stores and most other shops in Bendigo are open 9 am–5 pm, with late night shopping on Thursdays and Fridays. Some of the major shops are open all day Saturday and Sunday, however many of the smaller stores have shorter shopping hours on weekends. Some convenience stores are open 24 hours.

In Bendigo, food from different cultures is widely available, as is vegetarian and Halal food.

Halal meat is available from:

Mellington Meats
11 Lowndes Street, Kennington
Tel: (03) 5443 3507

Department stores and most other shops are open 9am–5pm with late night shopping available on Thursdays and shorter shopping hours in place on weekends.

Arnolds' Fruit and Vegetables Market in Wodonga usually has the lowest priced fruit and vegetables and customers are able to order online. You may wish to refer to their website for an indication of costs.

Halal meat is available from:

Halal Butchers
800 Mate Street, Albury
Tel: (02) 6021 2877

Vegetarian food is readily available in Albury and Wodonga.

Department stores and most other shops open 9am–5pm. Late night shopping may be available on Thursdays and Fridays. Limited shopping hours are generally in place on weekends in Mildura. The Visit Mildura website has more information on local shopping options.

Halal meats and bread can be ordered from Vinny's Budget Grocery at 109 Pine Avenue, Tel. (03) 5023 4458.

There are a number of discount stores, including the SPC Ardmona shop which sells cheap local fruits and other products. The campus is located in the convenient area next to the local community college, and at the edge of the town centre. Visit the Show Me Shepparton website for more information.

Halal meat is available from:
Fryers Street Market
155 Fryers St, Shepparton
Tel: (03) 5831 8034