Eastlands. What is that exactly?
Eastlands is the largest shopping centre in Tasmania. And because I’m always banging on about markets in Tassie and how fabulous they are, I thought it was about time I mentioned some good things about another form of retail therapy.
Eastlands, Rosny Park – Location
There is a Metro Tasmania bus interchange on the doorstep, so shoppers can use public transport. I always take my car, though. Unlike shopping centres in Melbourne, I’ve yet to encounter a problem finding a car park.
For short-term parking by the supermarkets, you can enter from Bligh Street near the bus mall, opposite the Village Cinema and Entertainment Complex. If it’s raining, there’s plenty of undercover parking in the multi-level car park on the western side near Rosny Farm. Failing that, you can park near the entrance to Big W on the roof top and make a run for it! The main entrance opposite the Bellerive marina (Kangaroo Bay) has the remainder of the parking spaces (a total of about 1,450).
Shopping Centre – Trading Hours
Eastlands is open seven days, with Coles and Woolworths open from 7am to 10pm every day. Smaller stores seem to set their own hours, but most are open at least until 4pm each day.
The larger national chain outlets (like KMart and Big W) are open until 9pm weekdays. For exact hours, check the shopping centre trading hours on the Eastlands website. They also have a great store finder page.
Markets v Eastlands Shopping Centre
There’s no denying it: scouring a market is high on the list of fun Tasmanian things to do. But sometimes you need mass produced goods! Please don’t take that the wrong way – when it comes to buying jocks and socks, you don’t think market, do you? And the true AFL supporter wants the official gear, not something from the “Knitted by Nana” stall (no matter how cute!).
When it comes to food though, I’m inclined to lean towards the market scene. We all need staples from the supermarket, but there’s such an amazing range of Tasmanian products to eat and drink, why would you choose the shopping centre variety? Maybe when it’s raining; and you’re at Eastlands to stock up on underwear; and you get a little peckish… At least there’s options!
If you’ve shopped so hard you find yourself in need of a massage, Kings Healthcare at Eastlands can help you. But be warned – just because the masseuse is a tiny Chinese woman, don’t expect a gentle, relaxing little rub. She’s much tougher than she looks!
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