You can pick up cheap hairdryers in most Priceline stores (of which thee are quite a few around the city centre) and the main Woolworths store opposite Town Hall (i.e. on SE corner of George and Park Streets).
If unsuccessful at either of these places you will find a greater range (though perhaps not the cheapest ones) at the main department stores: David Jones (the ladies' store is on the corner of Elizabeth and Market Streets) and Myer (on the corner of George and Market Streets).
Hope that helps!
Are you sure,
even the YHA provides hair dryers (in fact I cant remember staying anywhere that doesn't have at least the pathetic clip on the wall ones.
Don't buy one until you need too!
They can be picked up cheaply in some woolworths/coles supermarkets. Also try shops like reject store, dollar shop etc.
There are several hawk-shops around Central Station on George Street, but you can find them in every center. They're worth to have a look at, maybe not only for the hair dryer.
Another thought - the cheapest probably would be at a garage sale, held usually on weekends. Free local papers advertise them in the classifieds.
Pretty much every place we have stayed in Australia has had a hairdryer. Maybe check with the places you are staying. Otherwise you can pick up a cheap hairdryer in places like Big W, Woolworths, K.Mart etc.
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