Where to get toys and clothes for children?

Some families are only here for a year or two and have not brought all the toys and clothes from home. We share a few ideas on where to hire or buy toys, clothes and other children necessities for reasonable prices.


  • Libraries. Plenty of books, CDs, DVDs to keep little and big ones occupied. 
    • E.g. Library Network SA, as a registered member borrowing items is free. Bring something along as a proof of your name and your current address (e.g. australian driving licence, bill etc.)
  • Toy Libraries. There are some around! Many libraries offer sporting and recreational equipment to borrow. Bats, balls, sticks, goals and more. For younger children many libraries also offer the opportunity to borrow toys as well. Contact your local library to find out if they have these collections.
  • Hire Businesses like 'Hire for Baby', they have branches all around Australia and hire items like cots, car seats, strollers, toys and many more. Also an option for a holiday trip within Australia: Hire a few items at your travel destiny if there is Hire for Baby.


  • The big retail chains like Kmart, BigW, Target have nice clothes and toys for reasonable prices.
  • Second Hand stores (Salvation Army etc.) are very popular in Australia. Many sell kids clothes and toys. You might be lucky and find what you just need.
  • Online: Try Gumtree (free ads, no costs for selling) and Ebay.