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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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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.

Barwon Booksellers

The Queenscliff shop opened its doors in 1995 and is located in a beautifully kept, heritage listed former Wesleyan Church. Built in 1868 the high ceiling and historic atmosphere create a charming environment in which to browse the wall to wall shelves when the weather's not so good for the beach.

Eponia Gifts

Eponia Gifts specialises in animal themed and nature inspired gifts and homewares. Wildlife, pets, and environmental products, are all part of the range. Browse fascinating handicrafts from all over the world or admire ancient fossils created by mother nature. The retail store is located on the Surfcoast, in Torquay, at the start of the Great Ocean Road, 95 kilometres south west of Melbourne.

How Bazaar Geelong

How Bazaar Geelong is an antiques and collectables market place with 1000 square metres of garagenalia; industrial, vintage and retro furniture; jewellery; kitchenalia; over 12,000 items! How Bazaar specialises in quality second hand goods that are sourced from all over Australia. They have a range of carnival and sideshow items from the early 20th Century, antique and vintage hardware and tools, books, fishing gear, linen, china and glassware. Their website carries around 1,000 of the latest and best items and you can subscribe to receive notifications of new items in a particular category. An extensive range of antiques and collectables all in the one building. A definite must for any collector or bargain hunter. Easily accessible from the Melbourne Road, they have plenty of parking. Come visit How Bazaar next time you are in Geelong.

Market Square Shopping Centre

Market Square Shopping Centre is Geelong's original shopping centre offering over 80 fashion, health and beauty, food, services, electronics and homewares retailers. Open seven days a week, Market Square provides cheaper and easier CBD car parking, with over 600 easy to access car parks, including disability and parent's with prams spaces. It is only one dollar for up to two hours of undercover parking! 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 great 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. Market Square provides a wide range of services, such as Australia Post, many of the banks as well as oriental massage, Sew & Stitch Alterations, Dry Cleaning, American Nails and Hello World Travel Agent with currency exchange and more. Other retailers include JB HiFi, Harris Scarfe, Cotton On (Mega Store, Body & Kids), Ghanda, Jay Jays, Witchery, Sportsgirl, Tonia T Boutique, Man To Man, Duff's the Jeweller, Prouds Jewellers, Michael Hill Dymock's Bookstore, Toyworld, Mind Games, Lincraft, Adairs, Authentic Autographs, City Chic, My Size and Novo Shoes are a few of the quality retailers you can enjoy at Market Square Shopping Centre. A visitor information booth is located on the ground floor at the Moorabool Street entrance. The friendly staff can provide information on local Geelong attractions, events and answer any other questions. Parents rooms are located on the ground floor and level one with changing facilities, private feeding rooms, microwave and nappy dispensers. There are free school holiday activities for children aged under 12. Please see Market Square's website for information on events, stores and latest offers.
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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.

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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.

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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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.
 

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