Rush to work, pressure and deadlines and the kids need this or the boss wants that. Enough, enough, sometimes we just need some time out to relax-don't we. For those who like to distance themselves from the technological gadget infestation, by curling up with a good book, paper or magazine, there are a number of good old-fashioned second hand book stores where you can still find an old masterpiece. Sometimes you might find an old treasure worth preservation, and you can make a library of great looking historical pieces.
There are some top spots around Melbourne and Victoria to find some great old book shops, with squeaky floor boards and old shelves, jam-packed with old books. Some are leather-bound, with gold leaf pages and reading them is a wonderful trip down memory lane. The writing style and attitudes of past times will make you laugh and wonder. If you are researching historical facts, then unplug the computer and wiz down to one of these shops. Some these bookshops are located in quaint old towns that make the trip an adventure in itself, come see for yourself.
Ballarat posses one of Australia's greatest streetscapes, endemic of our golden past, and a wander around will captivate for some time. The main-drag has a great little ole` bookshop inside a Victorian building built around 1880. You can grab a snack and coffee inside at the expresso coffee bar, while parusing your favorite read. The Known World Bookshop commenced business in the nearby township of Buninyong in 2001, relocating to Ballarat in 2008. Covering a broad range of subjects including; Australiana, history, literature, art, modern classics, philosophy, militia, science and technology, and childhood favourites and classics. You can marvel and enjoy their collections while spending a weekend or more around town. To find out more and learn about their online services click here.
The Known World Bookshop owner also runs The Known World Boutique City Apartment ,which is an option for a local stop-over and is located above the bookshop. Ballarat has a number of attraction worth an extended visit and for information click here.
Campbell Creek is just 2 minutes out of Castlemaine, and has a bookshop that is overflowing and the regular book hunters file through many rooms and alcoves. This shop front is appealing, and the best here is surely the sheer size of the collection. In addition to old books, it includes vinyl LP records (the bands back then had a different kind of look), collectables, memorabilia, comics and magazines. They don't have a website, but full contact details are here.
Castlemaine and Maldon are great towns to visit with unique charm and character and plenty of places to stay. The attraction list is extensive, and you may have to quit your job to fit it all in. A few minutes up the road toward the Calder Freeway, there is Chewton and you can marvel at the little old cottages enroute. You will find a cosy little 'eatery' called Bold Cafe Gallery. The decor is mexican/mediterreanean and the modern cuisine will delight.
Bendigo has the Book Now second-hand bookshop, which has the best frontage of them all, and a fine collection of over 50,000 titles. Established by proprietors Jill and Garry Murray in 1984, they are situated in a nineteenth century wine and spirit merchants' premises, with a mezzanine floor and cellar. The collection size here may be deceptive because of the upper level, and it has the appearance of an old monastery collection or grand old library. They stock books relating to; Australian literature, art, local histories, and music. It is another must see bookshop, and you can learn more by clicking the link here.
There is a good cafe a few hundred meters away called Barzurk Restaurant-Bar. The ritzy decor and fine food will please most taste-buds. The botanic gardens are across the road for a fine leg stretch and the lookout tower hosts a fine view over the city-scape too. Bendigo has a host of accommodation and attractions too, you may just need to tour them all for a week or two.