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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.

Highlights

Farmers Harvest

Farmers Harvest is a local focused business gathering food from around the Bellarine and near by townships. They stock a wide range of seasonal fruit and vegetables concentrating on quality and flavour. They also stock local meats, deli goods, cheeses and hamper goodies. Come in and say hello to their friendly staff and they will take you for a small tour around the shop to explain how it all works and what is on offer.

KYO

Come to KYO and be amazed at the enormous range of unique, interesting and practical items from around the world at true Warehouse direct prices. The two wholesale warehouses are open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sundays during Winter and seven days a week between November and May. Offering Australia's largest range of authentic Japanese, Chinese and Indian furniture, homewares, ethnographic items,outdoor items, kimono and fabrics.

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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.

Pegasus Antiques

Pegasus Antiques is now one of the largest antique businesses in Australia, made possible by purchasing the best quality stock and building genuine friendships with their customers. They personally tour the UK and France sourcing the world's best antique furniture and ship out to the warehouse in Geelong. Pegasus Antiques sees the entire process through from sourcing and importing the furniture, restoration, sales and deliveries all being performed by Ken and Joel. Pegasus Antiques was founded by Ken Duggan in 1983, however the first piece that Ken ever restored was a chair when he was seven years old, which is still on display in the shop. Ken always had a passion for antiques and a love of history. Funding his obsession by working as a school teacher, Ken worked at home, after hours and on weekends doing antique fairs. In 1989 the business started out in the small building in Latrobe Boulevard at the base of the Albion Wollen Mill. As the business expanded they slowly took over more of the woollen mill, now occupying two huge warehouses full of furniture. In 1998 ken's son Joel joined the business as an apprentice and during the time won several awards including apprentice of the year and a furniture industry training award. Under Ken, Joel has learned the traditional method of French polishing and together with their cabinet make Ian Sparks (an antique restorer from Bath, England), they lovingly restore each piece of furniture.

Woolsy Trading Post

Woolsy Trading Post sell top quality sheepskin products hand-made in Geelong from genuine Australian Sheepskin. Their products include sheepskin uggs, moccasins, slippers, scuffs and baby booties in a variety of sizes, styles and colours. They also sell fully tailored car seat covers in luxuriously thick Australian sheepskin; measured, cut, sewn and fitted at their store in Geelong West. Included in their range are imported sheepskin products made from Australian sheepskin, mainly coats, jackets and vests, long fleece sheepskin rugs, kangaroo skins & moccasins, domestic, infant & medical care underlays. Woolsy Trading Post also stock a range of supplies for knitting, crochet, needlework, spinning, weaving, felting and craft. As well as this, they stock yarns in a variety of fibres, pure or in blends, of Australian Merino & extra fine Merino wool, cotton, cashmere, silk, angora, mohair, bamboo, rayon, acrylic, polyester, nylon and viscose. Machine-washable yarns and felting yarns. Spinning, weaving, felting supplies, including spinning wheels, carders, looms, wool tops, bumps and kits from Ashford. Stocking a range of ready-made gifts including native Australian animal plush toys including wombats, betongs, galahs, platypus, koalas, kangaroos, joeys, kookaburras, ABC television Play School cuddly toys and Sesame Street characters.

Van Loon's Nursery

Van Loon's Nursery is an award winning destination for all garden and home lovers. Established in 1965 the garden centre has been providing top quality garden plants and seedlings along with professional advice to generations of gardeners. Located on the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula, Van Loon's is approximately 22 kilometres from Geelong, just off the Bellarine Highway. Van Loon's keeps a comprehensive range of trees, shrubs and ground covers as well as indoor plants. A wide selection of Australian natives are available as well as ornamental and cottage favourites such as roses and lavender. Citrus and fruit trees are available year round. Professional and well qualified staff are always on hand to help with plant selections. Van Loon's features the largest range of seedlings in the area. Top quality vegetable, herb and flower seedlings are available year round with varieties changing seasonally. Van Loon's Gifts and Homewares area is the style Mecca for the Bellarine Peninsula! Browse the gorgeous collections of homewares including throws, cushions, furniture and prints. Fashion and jewellery are always changing with new stock arriving seasonally. Books, kitchen goodies and personal luxury items are always popular. Van Loon's Gifts are only too happy to gift wrap for any occasion. Van Loon's Café is situated in the heart of the nursery with lovely views out to colourful plant and pot displays. It is the perfect spot for a delicious breakfast, lunch or morning and afternoon teas. All food is cooked fresh on the premises using herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Indulge in fresh muffins, homemade slices and delicious home style cakes. Gluten free menu items and cakes are always available. Van Loon's Café is licensed and serves great coffee.

The Lighthouse Olive Mill Shop

The Lighthouse Olive Mill Shop is nestled amongst 11,000 trees grown on 165 acres, the largest olive grove on The Bellarine. Lighthouse Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a multi-award winning provider of exceptional olive oil, grown and cold pressed on the Bellarine Peninsula overlooking Swan Bay and Queencliff. The classic cool climate provide olives with a distinct Victorian coastal character where oils that produced are versatile and vary in their degrees of fruitiness. When blended together they produce the renowned delicious Yellow and White label extra virgin olive oil that The Lighthouse Olive Oil is known for. Lighthouse Olive Oil also produce a range of processed fused Citrus oils. These oils have a unique fresh, zesty flavour perfect for salads, vegetables, fish and seafood. The business uses methods that are environmentally sustainable and support the wildlife habitats of Australian plants and animals. All oils are extracted within hours of harvesting with quality control systems ensuring purity and freshness. All waste products from the production of oils are recycled on the property. Visit Rosie at the Mill Shop for a free extra virgin olive oil tasting, with bottle and bulk oil sales available. Browse through a range of organic Lighthouse olive oils and locally sourced wares and produce including local wines, a large range of spices and herbs, jams and chutneys, potted olive trees, gift ware, soap and other premium body care products. For further information on Lighthouse Extra Virgin Olive Oil or The Lighthouse Olive Mill Shop please see the website.

Barwon Booksellers

Now in its 22nd year of operation, Barwon Booksellers boast two of the largest second-hand bookshops in regional Victoria and are located in Geelong and Queenscliff in Victoria. You will find a vast selection of printed matter catering to most literary tastes. Barwon Booksellers has a particular interest in providing various titles on Art and Architecture, Australiana, Cooking, History and Literature and Sport. You will also find Modern First Editions and Children's titles. Barwon Booksellers invites you to lose yourself in the pages of the many books on offer.

Market Square Shopping Centre

Market Square Shopping Centre is Geelong's original shopping complex offering over 80 fashion, health and beauty, food, services, electronics and home wares retailers. Market Square is the people's Centre where friends and family meet for lunch or coffees at one of their great cafes and youth can enjoy events and shopping. Mature adults enjoy Market Square for its easy to navigate Centre, wheelchair services and freebies for over 50s every Tuesday. Check their website for the latest freebies. Retailers include JB HiFi, Harris Scarfe, Cotton On (Mega Store, Body & Kids), Ghanda, Jay Jays, Witchery, Sportsgirl, Tonia T Boutique, Duff's the Jeweller, Prouds Jewellers, Michael Hill Jewellers, Dymock's Bookstore, Toyworld, Mind Games, Lincraft, Adairs, Best & Less, City Chic, My Size, Faulls Shoes, Rubi Shoes and Novo Shoes are a few of the quality retailers to enjoy at Market Square Shopping Centre. Please see Market Square's website for information on events, stores and latest offers

Metropolis Gallery

Metropolis Gallery is a contemporary art gallery with an impressive range of Australian paintings, limited edition prints, art glass and jewellery by local & national artists, backed up by an exciting calendar of exhibitions that can be previewed on the website. Metropolis also presents Indigenous Art in association with several Aboriginal Art Centres. Australian printmakers include Dean Bowen, Jazmina Cininas, Robert Clinch, Graham Fransella, David Frazer, Rona Green, Lucy Hardie, Deborah Klein, Michael Leunig, Adrian Lockhart, Marco Luccio, Vida Pearson, Deborah Williams and Joel Wolter, together with collectable prints by major artists like Rick Amor, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Kenneth Jack, David Larwill, Lionel Lindsay, John Olsen, Lloyd Rees, Garry Shead, Brett Whiteley and more. Always attracting attention at Metropolis are works by glass artists Philip Stokes, Amanda Louden, Brian Hurst, James McMurtrie, Kayo Yokoyama and Keith Rowe. If you're visiting the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road, Metropolis Gallery is well situated in central Geelong with convenient street parking out front in Ryrie Street.

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is conveniently located between Geelong and the Surf Coast and is home to over 100 stores, located all on one level including a new Food Court, Coles Superstore & Kmart plus other retail giants Target, Woolworths, Priceline, The Reject Shop and Dick Smith Electronics. The Centre is open seven days a week with Target Waurn Ponds trading 24 hours. The Centre also boasts over 1500 free all day & 3 hour car park spaces. Disabled car parking is available near all key Centre entrances and Parents with Prams car parks are located in the new Coles car park. Young families can feel right at home in the two dedicated Parents Rooms complete with private feeding booths, microwave, change tables & wash basins. What's more, the Centre is also features an 8-screen Reading Cinema complex with stadium style seating, wall to wall screens, and digital sound, to enjoy the latest blockbusters in luxury armchair comfort. From fashion, accessories, technology solutions, homewares, gift ware, hair & beauty salons, everyday services, cafes/restaurants and fresh food galore - we have all your essential family needs covered under one roof! For a full list of retail stores check out the "Our Stores" section within the Centre's website.

Westfield Geelong

Located in the heart of Geelong, Westfield Geelong offers a great shopping experience for the whole family. Your favourite department stores including Myer, Target, Big W and Coles plus over 150 specialty stores. A great range of cafes, restaurants, food court and fresh food. A friendly Concierge team is available to help with directions, gift cards, mobility services, taxi bookings, lost property and Ticketek sales. There is a fun kids Playworld and conveniently located parents rooms. Secure car parking spaces make shopping stress free.

Food & Shopping

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.

Torquay Shopping

As birth place and headquarters for some of the biggest surf brands in Australia, Torquay is a destination for shopping. The main highway into town has shops and plazas, including the large Surf City Plaza, on either side of the road. Every name in surfwear and adventure sports apparel is featured in the precinct. Many of the brands also have factory outlets nearby. As a vibrant and modern seaside destination, Torquay has a number of other shopping precincts. Gilbert Street is considered the centre of town, with supermarkets, bakeries, post office and banks as well as specialty retail and eateries. Torquay Central is a plaza development housing some of Australia’s best known retailers alongside coffee shops and places to eat. Bell Street has a collection of shops, cafes and restaurants as well as the local pub. Some tour operators and learn to surf schools operate from offices in Bell Street.

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
Moriac Store
Near Jan Juc

Moriac Store

Welcome to the Moriac Store on the Old Cape Otway Road, the smart way to the Otways and the surf coast. Moriac is the gateway from Geelong to Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay. Call in for wine, food, gifts, plants or supplies for your weekend away or just on the way home.

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.

Wildings Pantry Essentials

Come and visit the Kitchen Store in St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria where you can watch the team create a range of delights. Wildings Pantry Essentials are one of the few producers that still passionately make everything by hand. With over 50 products ranging from spices to dressings, condiments to granola the team at Wildings Pantry Essentials only make things that you like to eat. Made from all natural ingredients, products are free from anything artificial and almost entirely gluten free. Wildings Pantry Essentials have all of the products on tasting for you to sample and also offer light breakfasts, lunches, great coffee, deli items and a fabulous array of homewares and locally hand crafted pieces.
 

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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.

Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

Enjoy the legendary Blues Train and the equally legendary BIG4 Beacon Resort with this package, from $497 for two people.

Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Bring the kids and their bucketloads of energy to BIG 4 Beacon Resort with this Supatramp accommodation deal for 2 adults and 2 children, from $459.

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

 

Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

Enjoy the legendary Blues Train and the equally legendary BIG4 Beacon Resort with this package, from $497 for two people:

  • $40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.
  • 2 nights accommodation.
  • Charcuterie Plate dinner and live band at Flying Brick Cider House, and a 1 litre cider ‘Growler’ to take home.
  • $50 voucher for Mud Day Spa, located at the resort.
  • Breakfast hamper.
  • Extend your stay with early check in (10am) and late check out (6pm).
  • P: 5258 1133 or book online

Only valid for Blues Train events in May and August 2015. Terms & conditions apply.

 

Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Bring the kids and their bucketloads of energy to BIG 4 Beacon Resort with this Supatramp accommodation deal for 2 adults and 2 children, from $459.

  • 2 nights in a Queenscliff cabin.
  • A Supatramp pass for each child including an hour of clip ‘n climb and an hour of trampolining, plus socks and $10 to spend in the café.
  • 1 hour GoKart hire at the resort.
  • Unlimited DVD hire and a milkshake for each child from the resort shop.
  • Late 6pm checkout.
  • P: 1800 351 152 or book online

Offer available from 11 March to 30 April 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

 

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