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“Expensive for seconds” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Surf City Plaza

Surf City Plaza
Beach Road, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
61 03 5261 4219
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Ranked #15 of 16 Attractions in Torquay
Type: Malls, Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Owner description: Surf's up! This entire shopping center is completely devoted to fashions, surfboards and anything else related to the sport, and also houses a surfing museum.
Malden
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“Expensive for seconds”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Stopped here during the school holidays with family found the shops expensive and most of the clothing was seconds. Wouldn't bother. The beaches in winter were enjoyable as was a very run down Taylor Park.

Visited July 2012
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Canberra, Australia
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“Average Selection, High Prices”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Surf City Plaza is nothing more than a collection of average surf fashion stores. While many of these may be so-called "factory stores", their selection is narrow and most prices are MSRP Australia (which are much higher than average street prices in Europe and North America). Some shops have a large number of boards. Close examination reveals these to consist of multiple copies of the same board types/lengths/styles.

Quciksilver did have a very good wetsuit selection on display, but the rest was pretty humdrum.

"Factory outlet" pricing is restricted to stuff out back of the loading docks. Most of this is a jumble of obviously poor selling lines. I've encountered much better prices at any number of surf shops along the New South Wales coast.

Local Torquay retailers are in on the act as well. The shops across the street from the factory stores have unimpressive selection of products and prices higher than the average street price in Australia.

In my view, this plaza and its retailers are trading on the name of Torquay and Bells Beach. Not worth the time and price of fuel to drive from Melbourne (or anywhere else in Australia for that matter).

Visited May 2012
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Melbourne
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“Surfworld”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010 via mobile

Don't forget the surfing museum. Surfworld. Fantastic exhibition that covers everything from the first day of surfing in australia right through to the modern era. Very reasonable entry fee of $10.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Surf City Plaza- A Must To See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

In the centre of Torquay, you will find Surf City Plaza located on the Surf Coast Highway. They have a great variety of retail shops with all the big brands- Rip Curl, Quicksilver, Billabong etc. Wet suits, T-shirts, swim wear, surf boards, sun glasses, watches, bags and the list goes on. Great for bargain hunters too- go to Baines Court in Torquay (around the corner to Surf City Plaza; McDonalds end) and you will find the big brand names at their discounted stores. There are a number of Cafes/Restaurants in the area too; if all this shopping has made you thirsty visit Charlies Cafe (formally known as the Chocolate Room)- They have the best hot chocolates!

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