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Discover the Charming Town of Grantville

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by Jacqui (subscribe)
I'm a Freelance Writer living in Bayside Melbourne. A Mother of two young children, so therefore also a coffee addict. Feel free to check out my website and like my Facebook page Family Day Trippers.
Published June 30th 2015
Play mini-golf, cuddle koalas, walk the beach & go to market
grantville, pier, bay
Grantville Pier

Perhaps you may have driven through Grantville without so much as a second glance as you proceed to better known destinations; like Phillip Island, Inverloch or Wonthaggi.

You may have driven through and noticed how beautiful the scenery is when you come down the hill and see sprawling green fields leading up to glass-like water.

But have you ever stopped to sample the small country goodness this delightful town has to offer? I have. Many times.

grantville, town centre, bottle shop
Grantville Bottle Shop

Grantville is situated on the Bass Highway, nestled between Pioneer and Coronet Bays. It is a very small town with a population of less than 500. Yet, it has so much to offer.

It is home to Maru Koala and Animal Park, Pirate Mini-Golf and the Annual Pirate Festival.

There is also the Grantville Market, held on the 4th Sunday of every month. Which is what brought us to visit last week.

grantville market
Grantville Market

The Grantville Market has over 100 stalls comprising of all that you would expect from a country market. Fresh produce, clothing, second-hand collectables, antiques, books and my personal favourite- a large self-serve lolly truck.

lolly truck, grantville market
Lolly truck

It is held on a large reserve on the foreshore overlooking Westernport. There is plenty of room to wonder the aisles with prams. Dogs are welcome. It is a lot less crowded than some of the more popular markets.

There's parking onsite for a gold-coin donation to the local CFA. A personal tip from our most recent experience; when parking on the grassy fields in winter, be sure to avoid the muddiest areas. 20 minutes of pushing the back of our bogged car, with mud splattering everywhere, was a lesson well learnt!

On a positive side, we did have the pleasure of meeting some elderly locals who had no qualms with getting covered in mud and coming to our assistance. There's nothing quite like country charm and hospitality. Upon receiving our heart-felt thanks, 'No wuzzas' was their parting reply.

After the market, we headed into the town centre to buy some lunch. As we walked up a side street, a Fire Engine drove past. My son frantically waved at 'Fireman Sam' as they passed. He was treated to friendly waves and a quick blast of the siren. This alone was enough to make his day. However, the truck drove to the end of the street and then turned around, came back to where we were standing and pulled over.

The Firemen called out for my son to come and have a closer inspection, even offering him the chance to climb aboard. Unfortunately, he chose that moment to become incredibly shy.
This was such a lovely occurrence, one that would very rarely happen in the busy streets of Melbourne.

Fire Engine, Grantville
Fire Engine

We made our way to the picnic tables by the beachside. The view was amazing. It was so peaceful, with only a few other people either fishing on the pier, or taking their dogs for a walk down the beach path. After lunch the kids played on the sand, throwing rocks into the water and chasing seagulls.

Beach path, Grantville
Beach Path

picnic bench
Picnic Tables

We were going to visit the Maru Koala Park, and attempt a game of mini-golf, but the kids were exhausted after all the energy they had already spent.

pirate, mini golf, grantville
pirate mini golf

It just means that we have more reasons to keep visiting this charming town.
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Why? Pat a Koala, play golf on a Pirate ship or stroll the monthly market
When: Grantville Market 4th Sunday of Month
Where: Bass Highway
Cost: Parking gold coin donation
Your Comment
I enjoyed reading your article. Great photos as well.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6067) 2299 days ago
Great writeup for the Grantville Market . Love this Country Market. Being the beginning of Winter, there were lots of interesting Stalls. I parked at the information Center, & a brisk walk to the Market, glad that I wore sturdy walking shoes as the grass was damp & spongy. This Market is worth a visit. After the Market met up with friends for lunch at the Ocean View Hotel, Kilcunda,Great Food& Entertainment-----Adele C
by gcac (score: 1|26) 2297 days ago
I live in tullamarine near the airport how far is it from tullamarine to the which highway do you take to get there aida
by aidai (score: 1|36) 2297 days ago
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