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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.

Further afield the Bellarine offers a large array of shopping options.  Shopping in Queenscliff is a majestic experience.  Many of the fashion boutiques, antique stores, provedores and other shops in central Queenscliff are housed within glorious Victorian era buildings and have retained the sense of grandeur associated with their surrounds. 

Hesse Street is the main street, but there are several crossroads worth exploring to find some hidden treasures.  As well as the strip shopping in Hesse Street and surrounds, the new Queenscliff Harbour development houses a range of new retailers including fashion and homewares.

The main street of Ocean Grove also offers an eclectic mix of specialty shops and well renowned eateries.  The area is popular with recreational cyclists who will enjoy an al fresco coffee at one of local cafes after a scenic ride atop sand dunes between the Bellarine and the Surf Coast.

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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.

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The main road through Drysdale, the Geelong Portarlington Road features shops, cafes and historic buildings. The Drysdale Community Craft shop has local, mostly hand-made products and is also home to a small visitor information outlet. Turning left into Wyndham Street, or up Clifton Springs Road and left into Hancock Street again presents many more shopping choices, from antiques to the supermarket. Turning right into Murradoc Road is a more industrial area, but with an excellent seafood shop.

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.

Queenscliff Shopping

Shopping in Queenscliff is a majestic experience. Many of the fashion boutiques, antique stores, provedores and other shops in central Queenscliff are housed within glorious Victorian era buildings and have retained the sense of grandeur associated with their surrounds. Hesse Street is the main street, but there are several crossroads worth exploring to find some hidden treasures. As well as the strip shopping in Hesse Street and surrounds, the new Queenscliff Harbour development houses a range of new retailers including fashion and homewares.

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.

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.

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.

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