Treasure Hunting

The Tyabb Packing House is an antique its own right, it is one of the largest antiques, old wares, art and craft market in Australia.

During the summer days, you may find the tin and cladding structure hot, and the humble shed a bit rusty and run down. However, don’t let your initial impressions fool you. You will soon appreciate it as you step through its collections. The location itself is a piece of the peninsula history. The peninsula was mostly consisting of fruit farms in the old days. The packing house was where the goodies were once stored, packed and sent to markets elsewhere. The site has gone through many renovations and expansions, and it now includes an old train carriage brought from their Moorooduc site.

Besides antiques and histories, you can also re-discover your childhood memories. This can be your favourite movies, cartoon figures, or your grandpa’s film camera.

The i-gadget generation will be amused with lives in the older days. What is a QWERTY keyboard, or should I say typewriter? A dial phone?

One of the Packing House’s star tenant is Andrew Fildes, who runs his camera emporium there. I would rather think it is a museum of his personal collections, and perhaps his autobiography. Andrew is a former commercial photographer who is also a writer, technical journalist and teacher. He is well known as a feature and review writer for the Australian Photography website. A film enthusiast of coz, Andrew also collects anything with a lens, including a a strike recording camera that was fitted into he Stuka JU87 dive bomber.

Young Instagram population new to film shooting can get some good tips from Andrew, and of course buy a quality and checked camera there.

The Tyabb Packing House is run by people who appreciate old wares, the memories they help keeping and the old style in person trading. You can buy online but you may not get the full stories and quality assurance behind each item.

The Tyabb Packing House is opened Thursday to Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, and public holidays. It is located at 14 Mornington–Tyabb Road, Tyabb, Victoria, with over 5000m2 in space. It is about a 30 min drive from our cottages in Rye. It would be a great day trip visiting the Moorooduc township and its winery. There is plenty of free parking, located opposite Tyabb train station, with free entry, licensed café and over 30 dealers specialising in antiques, deco, old wares, retro, vintage and specialty items.