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“Expensive for seconds”
Review of Surf City Plaza

Surf City Plaza
Ranked #4 of 5 Shopping in Torquay
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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.
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Expensive for seconds”
Reviewed July 12, 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
5 Thank russeltrevor
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Canberra, Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Average Selection, High Prices”
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
2 Thank Paul G
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2010

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.

1 Thank Thrillseeker10
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