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SURF LABEL HEAVEN

If you're searching for the latest in surf gear and surf brand clothing, you need to spend some time at Surf City in Torquay - the home of Rip Curl and Quiksilver - whose concept stores are both almost a historical showcase of the region's rich surfing history.

Check out the latest from the likes of Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Strapper, Gash and Rojo. And around the corner you can bag yourself a bargain from the Baines Court surf seconds outlets.

Much of the shopping focus along the coast revolves around the beach and board culture and there's no better place to experience this than in Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay.

LOCAL VILLAGE SHOPPING

Many of the coastal villages, such as Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy, offer an array of specialty souvenir shops, boutiques, galleries and wares. Take time out to browse some of the unique gifts on offer, discover the work of local crafts people, local makers or artists or buy some fresh gourmet delights - direct from the locals. Stock up on all your major essentials in Warrnambool which has many of the larger retailers as well as quaint arts and craft stores and bookshops.

 

PRODUCE + MARKETS

Spend the morning at one of the many quality weekend markets along the road. Check our market whats-on guide for the local upcoming markets.

Fill your baskets will the locally grown produce at the region's farmgates, provedores and wineries.  The Otway Harvest Trail and 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail are good places to start. 

 

Highlights

Geelong Shopping

As Victoria’s largest regional town, there are loads of shopping options in Geelong. The central city area has a high concentration of malls with major department stores and chains, as well as a good mix of specialty shops and independent boutiques. There are fairly large-scale shopping centres in major suburbs such as Belmont, Waurn Ponds and Corio. Pakington Street, running through Newtown and Geelong West, is vibrant and fashionable. Shops here tend to be independent and perfect for finding on-trend fashion or unique homewares.

Geelong Waterfront

Building their city on a North-facing bay was a stroke of genius for the forefathers of Geelong. Generations later, residents and visitors alike are enjoying the benefits of the area collectively known as 'The Waterfront'. Stretching from Eastern Beach around to Rippleside, the area incorporates many restaurants and cafes on the water's edge. There are places for kids to play, from open grassy areas to some of the biggest and best playgrounds in the region. There are kids attractions including the carousel, a miniature train ride and a skate park. Seasonally there are also bungee trampolines and a giant ferris wheel. Childrens attractions, open public space, a lively calendar of events and fabulous places to eat and drink make the Waterfront a Geelong must-do.

Pakington Street

Pakington Street (or ‘Pako’ to locals) is a vibrant, cosmopolitan mix of shopping and eating out. Food and drink ranges from casual coffee shops with al fresco facilities and pubs with bistros to trendy bars and top class restaurants. Fashion stores, boutique giftware, specialty stores and gourmet groceries make up the eclectic mix of shops. You are likely to finish your day with a killer pair of heels and a bag of locally grown gourmet tomatoes.

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Whether it's children's wear, a new surfboard or headwear for the Spring Racing Carnival, Barwon Heads has something to offer. There are famous surf shops, while many boutiques sell stylish clothes and homewares. Retail therapy musts: FRITH Kiitos Living by Design Moss Industry

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The Terrace Shopping You can buy just about anything along the main street of Ocean Grove. If you're after an outfit, there's surfwear shops, women's fashion stores, men's clothing stores, and a shoe shop. Jewellery is available in many stores, from fine gold and silver to funky beads and chunky chains. Gorgeous children's clothes can also be found at various shops, and the toy shop will keep the kids amused for a long while. Whatever you are after there's no doubt you'll find something you simply have to take home with you from Ocean Grove at one of the many delightful shops along The Terrace. Ocean Grove Marketplace Ocean Grove marketplace, first opened around summer 05/06, is a shopping complex just out of town on the way to Queenscliff. With gorgeous children's clothes, a relaxing day spa and bargains galore at the two dollar shop, the marketplace is becoming more and more popular as time goes by. Fast food restaurants are a hit with the younger generation, whilst the opening of Safeway here has provided competition for Coles as well as a stack of jobs for local high school students The marketplace is still relatively new and a great place to stop by and check out during your visit to Ocean Grove.

Anglesea Fruitz

Anglesea Fruitz is a fruit, vegetable and gourmet food store on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. They pride themselves on stocking organic and bio-dynamic produce from the Geelong region such as Anglesea organic garlic, Geelong tomatoes, local honey and Otway preserves and jams. Selling variety of breads including Lorne Bakehouse Sourdough and incredibly tasty gluten free bread from The Healthy Loaf. There is also a wide range of deli meats and cheeses including Local Smallgoods, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter and a variety of cheeses from Meredith Dairy

Easterly Unique Furniture and Homewares

Easterly has an amazing store with unique furniture and homewares from around the world. Situated outside Torquay, the store is a must see for visitors to the area. Featuring sculptures, Chinese antique reproductions, Danish inspired furniture, artefacts, antique surfboards, teak furniture, recycled bicycle furniture, old boat wood furniture, gifts, rugs and more.

Ghanda Clothing

Ghanda Clothing was born in Torquay, a little store on the Surfcoast highway, in the Surf retail hub of Victoria Ghanda clothing is a famous retail and online clothing store for surf and street style clothing and accessories. Torquay and Jan Juc are famous for their surf beaches, including Bells beach, the Surfing capital of Australia. It's a great holiday destination or even just for a day trip when you need to escape the city.

Lighthouse View

Lighthouse View is a distinctive space on the Great Ocean Road where you will discover beautifully designed and hard-to-find items, with a vintage flavour woven through the carefully selected range of Australian made Souvenirs, and lifestyle products. Lighthouse Lollies provide you with all your favourites and more, a taste of Australia to take home. Perhaps munch on whilst watching a movie from the expansive collection at Lighthouse View DVD hire whether it be Classics, Independent, Foreign, Surf movies, Documentaries, a huge kids' and family library as well as all the HBO and popular television series. With an eclectic range of Australiana and iconic Great Ocean Road souvenirs, Lighthouse View is the perfect place to secure a special memento from the coast, or simply treat yourself, your home and your friends to something irresistible. If you can't find what you are looking for, Lighthouse View is always happy to help you out. Whether you are a local, holiday maker or just passing by. All are welcome, so come in and browse, relax and unwind. It's time as well as gifts you might treasure.

Lili Fine Jewellery

Lili Fine Jewellery is a small family owned business specialising in quality handmade custom designed pieces from diamond engagement rings, remakes, remodels to simple jewellery repairs. Established in 2003, Lili Fine Jewellery has over 21 years of industry experience and ensure that all your jewellery needs will be attended to on-site and in-store by a qualified jeweller. Owner and Jeweller of Lili Fine Jewellery, Wendy, attended RMIT completing a gold and silver smithing diploma before completing a four year apprenticeship while working in the heart of the jewellery industry on Collins street in Melbourne. Wendy began training at seventeen and has worked at several establishments throughout Melbourne and along the Victorian coast, working under and with a variety of mentors with diverse styles. These influences have inspired Wendy to encompass these experiences within a broad range of jewellery showcasing various characteristics and styles from the very classical to the very modern. Lili Fine Jewellery is dedicated to working with clients to achieve something they are truly happy with and are proud to devote the required time and effort to making sure your jewellery and experience is exactly what you want, made to last a lifetime.

Sea Echo

Sea Echo is based on the south west coast of Victoria, Australia. Established by Tim Day in 1979 as a landscaping business, Sea Echo has evolved to combine the landscape design and construction business with the supply of unique garden sculpture sourced from around the world and available though Sea Echo Garden ware in Aireys Inlet. Sea Echo supplies architects, landscape designers, project managers and homeowners both locally and internationally with exclusive garden structures and materials. They arrange door-to-door delivery of all pieces, regardless of size, to anywhere in the world. For purchases in the Surfcoast region Sea Echo offers a delivery and positioning service. Sea Echo hand-pick and inspect each piece individually to ensure its quality. They design and build individual landscapes that are distinctly Australian in character while drawing on ideas and inspiration from gardens around the world. Sea Echo Landscapes employ fully qualified tradespeople for all aspects of their landscape construction. Please enquire for more information.

Strapper Surf

Strapper Surf Shop is based out of Torquay on the Surf coast in Victoria, Australia with Bells Beach and Winkipop surf breaks just down the road. Its roots stemming from the fledgling Torquay Surf Industry. Strapper Surf started making Surfboards in the 60's and still today has its surfboard factory at the back of the main Strapper Surf store in Torquay. Strapper Surf sells all major surf brands and products. In Torquay where Rip Curl, Quiksilver and Oakley Australia were started, in a town that is the centre of Corporate Surf, Strapper are the only Surf Shop making boards out the back, selling all the brands and products a surfer needs. Strapper Surf is "The Surfers Shop'. Strapper Surf shops are also located in neighbouring towns Ocean Grove and Geelong.

Torquay Books

Torquay Books, in just six years, has become the destination bookshop on the Surf Coast. Owned and managed by Rosemary Featherston, the bookshop offers a comprehensive range of titles and the best personal customer service. Torquay Books are proudly independent and take pride in their ability to meet your literary needs. With a background in teaching and school libraries, Rosemary has worked in the book industry for more than 20 years. Staff members are dedicated and knowledgeable and Torquay Books is proud to be a member of Leading Edge Booksellers. The extensive range includes general fiction and non-fiction, Australiana, biography, business, crime, cooking, gardening, history, travel and sport in particular surfing and much more. There is a dedicated children's section, backed up with a range of games and educational toys. In fact, Torquay Books are sure that somewhere on their shelves there is something to suit anyone. Their access to an army of distributors, including overseas connections, allows you to avoid the uncertainties of purchasing on-line. If the book you want is not already on the shelves, Torquay Books will try to get it for you as swiftly as possible. Torquay Books pride themselves on keeping up to date with the very latest releases. Whatever your taste in books, one of their experienced and friendly staff members will be able to make recommendations to suit your needs. As an independent business owned and operated by locals for locals, as well as for the many visitors to the Surf Coast, Torquay Books support local authors and stock their titles wherever possible. Torquay Books arrange book signings and events and its Literary Lunches are legendary. Torquay Books also supplies to primary and secondary schools in the region and can fill corporate needs as well.

The Happy Runner

The Happy Runner is a running, fitness and lifestyle destination. Warm up to cool down, the Happy Runner have all your running needs covered. They offer their customers premium brand clothing, shoes, accessories, nutrition and service. If you are looking for information about the best local running locations they can help you out with maps and professional advice. Brands include Nike, Adidas, 2XU, Running Bare, Compressport, Salomon, Rival, Yogi Peace Club, Gaiam Yoga, Nathan, Balega, Endura, SOS and V-Fuel.
 

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High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.

Autumn Walk at Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Zip down to Otway Fly for the ultimate Treetop Adventure this Autumn and take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Family Escape at BIG 4 Port Fairy Holiday Park

Stay in a Fully Self Contained 2 bedroom cabin $129.00 per night for a family of 4!

Family Fun at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Family Fun at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy for Four $109 per night!

Couples Escape at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Come and stay in a Deluxe One Bedroom Cabin for 2 nights and receive 50% off your third night.

Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Heritage Centre

Enjoy overnight accommodation in a one bedroom garden view apartment at Cumberland starting at $171 per night.

High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.
Enjoy table service in elegant surroundings, exquisite food, quality tea and real coffee!

$40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.

Every Sunday from February to November
12pm sailing from Sorrento
3pm sailing from Queenscliff.

To book visit www.searoad.com.au or contact 03 5258 3244

 

Autumn Walk at Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Zip down to Otway Fly for the ultimate Treetop Adventure this Autumn and take advantage of this exclusive offer, of 20% discount on adult or child treetop walk ticket and receive a complimentary coffee or warm drink from the Black Snail Café.

Simply present this voucher on-site at Otway Fly to redeem your Autumn Walk offer.

 

Family Escape at BIG 4 Port Fairy Holiday Park

Stay in a Fully Self Contained 2 bedroom cabin $129.00 per night for a family of 4! (Standard price $210.00 per night)

  • 2 Bedroom Family cabin
  • Valid for stays between May 15 and September 15 ($20.00 per night surcharge applies for Queens birthday weekend.)
  • Additional $20.00 per night for additional people.
  • 2 night minimum stay.
  • No further discounts apply.
  • Subject to availability.

Call (03) 5568 1145 to book

 

Family Fun at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Stay in a fully self-contained Two Bedroom Holiday Unit and enjoy full access to the parks indoor heated pool, giant jumping pillow, playground, tennis court & giant outdoor chess.

  • Valid Sun - Thur only. An additional charge of $15 per night for bookings made on Fri & Sat nights
  • Two night minimum stay. Available June 27th - July 18th 2015
  • Price includes 2 Adults & 2 Children - Additional guests $15 each per night

Call (03) 5568 1816 to book

 

Couples Escape at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Come and stay in a Deluxe One Bedroom Cabin for 2 nights and receive 50% off your third night.

  • Includes a late check out of 12pm, two delicious latte vouchers and a packet of Tim Tams
  • Available to book from April 7th - June 4th 2015

Call (03) 5568 1816 to book

 

Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Heritage Centre

Enjoy overnight accommodation in a one bedroom garden view apartment at Cumberland starting at $171 per night. Each apartment features a spacious lounge and dining area, private balcony, large bathroom with corner spa. Accommodation includes complimentary use of Resort facilities, including indoor heated pool and undercover car parking. Quoted rate is based on one bedroom garden view apartments, available 7th April – 30thof May Sunday – Friday.

To book phone: (03) 5289 4444