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Published November 23rd 2016
Lots of fun in the sun
Black Rock Village, a beachside suburb in Port Phillip Bay, is well worth a visit, especially now that the weather is warmer and you can enjoy everything this lovely suburb with its village atmosphere has to offer.
A safe beach patrolled on the weekends during summer, Black Rock Beach is ideal for swimming or paddling along the shoreline. There is parking near the beach or in the village itself.
Another beach, Half Moon Bay, about 500 metres further towards the city, can be reached walking along the lovely clifftop walk, the views worth the walk alone. The beach is also patrolled on weekends. Cerberus Beach House, in its prime position, serves fish and chips to eat on the beach and also has a restaurant upstairs overlooking the beach and cliffs over Port Phillip Bay. What better way to enjoy a glass of something cold and lunch or dinner after a swim?
Atop Black Beach Rock is a great playground as well as picnic space for family and friends get-togethers. The only danger is that your children may never want to leave. Black Rock can also be reached by bike on a bike path which extends from Port Melbourne to Mordialloc. The Kathy Watt Cycling Shop offers bicycles, bicycle clothing and accessories and even cycling lessons.
Shop Besides the utilitarian and every-day shops, such as a supermarket, chemist, post office and dry cleaner there are also a number of specialty shops worth visiting. One of these is Thomas Dux, a specialty food store and grocer, with a large selection of deli produce, freshly made salads and bread, should you want to have a picnic or just buy provisions for a delicious dinner at home.
Thomas Dux - for all your picnic and dinner provisions
There are a number of women's fashion shops, such as Pearl Rock, Ecod and Closet Fever for the latest in new fashion. Numerous gift shops such as Regards ( large range of cards and small gifts), Serenity (jewellery,leather wallets and handbags) and Kennedy Lane (homewares and jewellery gifts) offer a chance to stock up on some early Christmas gifts or just a browse in these interesting shops. Other food specialty shops include The Pasta Eater for home made pasta and sauces, Fresco, a florist and gift shop, Black Rock Village Meats for quality meat and gifts as well and Black Rock Chocolates for chocolates, gifts and a relaxing cup of coffee or tea.
Eat Cafes and restaurants are aplenty at Black Rock and now that all the activity of swimming, playing and shopping has taken its toll it's time to refresh. For coffee and light refreshments, Uncle Bart's, Two Locals (lots of yummy cakes), Black Rock Cafe, Baked by the Bay, Cafe Odo and Red Relish Kitchen all provide coffee, lunches, cakes and lots more. For a longer or more substantial lunch or dinner Cafeteria, Ebenezer and True South will fill the spot with specialty wines and beers, delicious food and a chance to enjoy the lovely Bayside atmosphere, both indoors and outdoors.