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Shopping

Shop for the latest in surf gear and surf brand clothing at the home of Rip Curl and Quicksilver. 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.

At Surf City Plaza on the Surfcoast Highway, the top surf brands dominate. 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.

Rip Curl and Quiksilver in fact had their genesis in Torquay, growing from backyard cottage industries to worldwide corporations.

Surf label revolution

Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer began making surfboards in 1969. They came up with the name Rip Curl (rip the curl) and proceeded to expand their business from surfboards to wetsuits. Today Rip Curl has become Australia's largest surf goods maker with licensees in the USA, France, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile.

Quiksilver began in the late 60s with Alan Green and John Law chasing their dream 'to live and work in Torquay and go surfing'. They started a small operation making good quality boardshorts designed for surfing. Quiksilver now creates quality surf, snow and street wear throughout Europe, Brazil, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia and Australia.

Village shopping

Many of the coastal villages, such as Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy, offer an array of specialty souvenir shops, boutiques, and galleries. Take time out to browse some of the unique gifts on offer, discover the work of local crafts people or buy some fresh gourmet delights. 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.

Local produce

Apollo Bay has a foreshore market every Saturday of the month plus you'll find many of the local growers selling their wares in streetside stalls or direct from the farm.

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The Vault - Hastings Ostrich Farms & Crown Exotic Leather

Purchase souvenirs and farm produce at this ostrich stud farm, including leather bags and accessories, premium quality meat and feather goods.

Fashion

Torquay Central

Spanning in excess of 5,300 square metres and with 30 plus stores, Torquay Central is home to many of Australia's leading fashion brands including...

Shopping

Pombo Mart Antique, Cafe & Gift Centre

Antique, Gift Centre and Cafe located in the iconic, historic sheds on the Princes Highway between Camperdown and Colac have been renovated to...

Books

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...

Fashion

Precious Creatures

Precious Creatures, a children's clothing and toy store, opened its doors in 2005. In the years that followed the store expanded to include a full...

Art & design

Tastes Lifestyle

Tastes Lifestyle is a lifestyle store that is a world of adventure, with unique and locally made jewellery, fashion, furniture and art work. Getting...

Fashion

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...

Art & design

Beachouse Gifts

Beachouse Gifts has a wide range of gifts and homewares to choose from, they can cater for all your home and holiday requirements and much more. No...

Fashion

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...

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