South Gippsland - Victoria - Australia
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Toora Bargain Centre & Windmill Cafe
I've heard people remark about the hidden treasures found in Toora, and the Bargain Centre here is certainly host to a fine store of amazing antiques and unique collectible items, in a building steeped with history. And even more delights can be found in the Windmill Cafe right next door.
A friend of mine makes it a habit to drop in for one of Karen's specially baked Danishes and a hot cup of coffee, and many appreciate the range of gluten-free meals and the other lovingly prepared food available every day they are open.
The Toora Bargain Centre is full of old wares from by-gone days and the stock changes quickly with a truckload sold each week...I've already missed out on something because I didn't buy it when I first saw it.
So if you'd like to snap up something nostalgic or useful, enjoy browsing through a huge range of antiques, you appreciate delicious home-cooked food, or need to buy a unique gift for someone, this is a must-visit place while you are driving through South Gippsland. Find out how to get there by going to the Toora page.
History Of The Great Southern Co-Operative - This large building was erected in 1904 and was originally used as a drapery store. It was later taken over by The Great Southern Co-Operative, which according to the history plaque, provided all of life's necessities from "the cradle to the grave".
It contained a grain store and drapery, and beyond the grocery department was a driveway for carts (and later on, it was used by farm trucks) that enabled them to load up their farm requisites.
Apparently, some of the older residents in the town can remember when the cream trucks pulled up with baskets of freshly baked bread to be sold in the Co-Op or to be sent out to one of their suppliers.
Money transactions were transported throughout the departments in the large store by a system of trolleys and cables, and even I remember a system like this being used in the old Maples Store, in Albury New South Wales.
What Else Is In Toora? - The township of Toora has some very special places to see. The Royal Standard Hotel (the local pub) has the best reputation for great meals between Sale and Inverloch. The Toora Post Office has a superb range of gifts, nic-nacs, jewellery, novelties and collectables. The Heritage Pear Orchard is of historic and educational interest. Carol Linton has some very interesting pieces in her Art Gallery in the main street and the Toora Tourist Park has a great name as a high quality Caravan Park.
The Corner Inlet Coastal Park (accessed on the way to the Toora Boat Ramp), has a beautifully built bird hide where you can sit in comfort and watch the range of migrating seabirds that flock to this area.
Toora Real Estate - While you're in town, you may like to check out the real estate. The prices in Toora are quite cheap and it's well worth making an appointment with one of the three Agents in Foster, who will be more than happy to show you around.
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