The closest supermarket is at Buninyong – an 8 min drive from Galwiji Homestead. Foodworks at Buninyong (320 Learmonth St, Buninyong) provides a good range of groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, plus a well-stocked deli and bottle shop. It’s open 7 days a week, Mon-Sat 7.30am-7.30pm, Sun 9am-7.30pm. Ph: (03) 5341 3263.


Next door to the Foodworks (316 Learmonth St, Buninyong) is Buninyong’ pharmacy (branded ‘UFS Dispensary’) which is open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-12pm. Ph: (03) 5341 2121.


Closer still to the roundabout is Buninyong Bakehouse, offering a reasonable range of baked goods and sit down light meals. Open 7 days a week: Mon- Fri 7:30am-6pm, Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 7am-4pm. Ph: (03) 5341 2199.

Sewing shop

Perhaps not high on everyone’s shopping list (but mum insisted we put it in) is Button Heaven (320 Learmonth St, Buninyong). Apparently, a very classy shop and no doubt offering all of your sewing needs. Call for opening hours. Ph: (03) 5341 3050

Petrol Station

Around the corner (501 Warrenheip St Buninyong) is a BP service station. While traditionally, the petrol prices are not great (though not a lot more than in Ballarat), it’s still handy to have the service station there if you’re running low. The service station is a good place to pick up a range of newspapers and magazines and is open from 5am-10pm Mon-Sat and 6am-10pm on Sundays. Ph: (03) 5341 2154.

Bottle Shop / Pub

Across the road from the Petrol Station is the Bottle Mart bottle shop. Closer to the roundabout, the Crown Hotel (402 Learmonth St) offers good food in a nice environment. Established in 1842, the Crown Hotel was the first inland hotel in Victoria to be issued with a license and is the oldest continually licensed hotel in Regional Victoria. Ph: (03) 5341 3402


Opposite the sewing shop is ‘Espresso Depot’ which by reputation, makes the best coffee in Buninyong. The Depot offers a range of snacks and sells sour dough bread.

Local markets

There is a craft market in Buninyong on the first Sunday of each month, and a farmers’ market on the third Saturday.

Other shopping options

If you’ve exhausted Buninyong for shopping options, the next place to head is into Ballarat. Head North-West on the Midland Highway for about 10 minutes until you hit Sebastopol which offers a Safeway (known as Woolworths outside Victoria), Coles, Aldi and numerous other shops. Head a further 10 mins into Ballarat and you’ll hit Sturt St, probably the main shopping street in Ballarat. At the Eastern end of Sturt street is Bridge Mall offering an outdoor mall experience with a large range of shops.

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