[First filed: September 12, 2008 @ 14:01]
My lasting impression of DFO is a tattooed bloke in a tank top, reeking of tobacco, pushing a pram and producing an ear splitting belch.
Getting in to the new shopping megapolis around 11am was an experience in itself. Trekking along Canberra Avenue we found it just as we were thinking we’d end up in Queanbeyan and were looking to turn around. Fret not, there’s no chance of driving past this thing by accident.
Joining the traffic jam to get into the car park we were able to enjoy a few more songs on the car stereo on a nice sunny day, so no harm done.
Once we’d wended through a kilometre or so of traffic jam we were waved into the car park. From there we were waved to the right, and then to the back. Finally we drove past a sea of full parking spaces and then discovered we were irrevocably on an exit track which expelled us into the back of the traffic jam to get into the car park.
We drove up to Bunnings and hoofed it back to the DFO.
We then walked and walked and walked around the monumental structure to find the entrance.
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Inside was, well even bigger than the outside. The shoe shops stretch further than the eye can see.
Name a clothing brand and chances are they’ll have a store of their own in there.
Construction is still ongoing and a lot of traders are still fitting out. But there’s a hell of a lot stores open.
So many stores. I have no idea how Canberra’s retail dollar is going to stretch this far.
If looking at clothes and trying them on is your thing then you’ll probably love the place.
For men, however, my advice is to drop the girls at the DFO and then head to Kembla street for some Zierholz beer until they call you to collect them.
The bookshop is one of those dreary affairs where people who don’t read books go and buy them for people who they think might like them.
There’s a Sanity, but no decent DVD outlet (JB Hifi is coming apparently). And no gadget shops yet (coming I hear).
So it’s seriously one that will really appeal to ladies that shop, and close to a brewery for everyone else.