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Published March 25th 2018
Mornington Peninsula Old Wares
The Tyabb Packing House is co-located with the Tyabb Art & Craft Village on the Mornington – Tyabb Road, virtually in the heart of Tyabb township. The Packing House is choc-a-block full of antiques, bric-a-brac & old wares and the arts &craft village offers a range of handcrafted pottery, artworks, paper products, jewellery, soaps, bridal wear and fashion.
From humble beginnings the Tyabb Packing Hose hs developed into one of the largest complexes of its type in Australia. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
On their own, each really is worth a look but put the two together and you've got an attraction sure to keep visitors enthralled for hours on end.
Tyabb Packing House originally started as the Moorooduc Antique Market based on the site of the old Moorooduc Post Office.
One of the first antique centres to open in Victoria, it wasn't given much chance of success given its remote location way down on the Mornington Peninsula. But the original owners persisted and eventually had 22 dealers operating more than 40 stalls within the complex.
With 5000 Square Metres under roof the Packing House is home to 30 dealers and countless antiques and old wares. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
In1993, they purchased the old Tyabb Co-op & Cool Stores building formerly used to store locally grown apples and pears prior to being transported by rail to Melbourne. After extensive renovations, Tyabb Packing House Antiques was officially opened on 24th September 1993.
Today it's one of the largest centres of its type in Australia, comprising 5000 Square Metres under one roof, home to more than 30 dealers trading in old Wares, antiques, retro, vintage and specialty items.
Tyabb's old Grain Store was the centrepiece for development of the Arts & Craft Village. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The Art & Craft Village is basically an extension of the Packing House, a concept born in 1994 and based around the old Tyabb Grain Store next door.
Some of the fascinating stuff here includes Andrew's Antipodean Photographic Emporium, an absolutely amazing collection of cameras, microscopes and binoculars. There's the Book Browser, Bells Antiques, bedding & furniture specialists, Brian Dalton Clocks, Deco & Retro Heaven and the intriguing Max Watts Industria, a collection of industrial, commercial, medical and scientific furniture, fittings & lighting.
The Arts & Craft Village is home to a variety of artists & artisans centred around a classic village green. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
With more than 30 dealers on site, the Tyabb Packing House and adjacent Arts & Craft Village really is worth a visit. There's free parking for more than 300 cars or, if you don't want to drive, the Tyabb Railway Station is literally right at the front door of the Packing House.
There's plenty of opportunity to get a coffee or cup of tea and a light snack r in the Packing House café or next door in the village at the Rattling Red Train Kiosk.
An old Melbourne 'red rattler' train carriage houses the Rattling Red Train Kiosk in the Arts & Craft Village. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
If you're feeling creative there are also opportunities to take classes with some of the artists & artisans within the complex.
Tyabb is 68 Kilometres south of Melbourne, about a 1-hour drive via the M1 Monash Freeway. Alternatively VLine operate regular and comfortable train services to Tyabb on the Stony Point Line.
If you can't find something you're looking for at Tyabb Packing House Antiques or the adjacent Arts & Craft Village there's a good chance you won't find it anywhere. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank