Forget Antiques Roadshow, put your foraging shoes on and jump in the car for an Antiques Roadtrip. Our country roads and villages are dotted with fabulous antique shops and fairs, markets and bazaars packed with your favourite 'bilias, 'alias and wares: memorabilia and automobilia, kitchenalia and garagenalia, glassware and silverware. They're perfect for wandering and finding that just-right light fitting, chaise longue, dinner set and little tin box that fits your collection just so.
Almost every village worth stopping in has at least an antique shop or two, so if you're planning to cover some ground, take a trailer.
We've done a little wandering ourselves and listed our favourites below to help you to get more bric for your brac.
Shops and centres
Antiques experts, from specialists in militaria to serious clock watchers.
Antik: 202 Grant Street, Ballarat
Antiques, collectables, old wares, taxidermy, vintage industrial pieces and signage, coins, jewellery and militaria.
Antiques, Goods and Chattels: 34 Main Road, Bakery Hill, Ballarat East
China and glassware, pottery, silverware, toys, jewellery, bric-a-brac, tools and furniture.
Armor Antiques: 200 Moorabool Street, Geelong
Military antiques, swords, armour, pistols, uniforms, medals, badges, books and militaria from around the world.
Bairnsdale Clocks: 10 Dalmahoy Street, Bairnsdale
Antique and collectable clocks, watches, barometers and other timeless goodies.
Beehive Old Wares & Collectables: 72 Main Street, Maldon
Antique and collectable furniture, china and glassware, ironware, tins, cameras, lamps, telephones, toys, jewellery, books, records and motoring memorabilia.
Bendigo Pottery Antiques and Collectables Centre: 146 Midland Highway, Bendigo
Pottery, paintings, glassware, jewellery, clothing, furniture, silverware and kitchenware.
Chiltique on Conness: 7 Conness Street, Chiltern
Classic vintage furniture, pottery and glassware, plus collections of rare English, Chinese and Australian poetry.
Fusspots At Inglewood: 39 Brooke Street, Inglewood
Antique and vintage furniture and furnishings, ceramics and glass, books, records, jewellery, kitchenware, homewares, toys and curios.
Mailors Flat Demolition & Antiques: 814 Caramut Road, Mailors Flat
An acre of antiques, reclaimed building materials and collectables: everything and the kitchen sink.
Nickelbys Antiques: 40 Piper Street, Kyneton
Quality antique furniture, decorative and quirky items.
Pombo Mart Antique, Cafe & Gift Centre: 2846 Princes Highway, Camperdown
Historic sheds with 1,000 square metres of antiques, art, collectibles, china, memorabilia, furniture and records.
Shipahoys Antique Centre: Corner Princes Hwy and Mahoneys Road, Killarney
Collectables, curios, memorabilia, breweriana, Australiana, china, glassware, kitchenalia, bric-a-brac, nautical, music, books, jewellery and automotive.
Tyabb Packing House Antiques: 14 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Tyabb
One of Australia’s largest antique centres selling everything from art deco furniture to retro wares and vintage lace clothing.
Fairs and festivals
Antique affairs to remember.
Ballarat Antique Fair: Ballarat Exhibition Centre, 501-503 Dowling Street, Wendouree; March (annual)
Bendigo Collectables Fair: Bendigo Showgrounds, Corner Holmes Road and Havilah Road, Bendigo; 22 July 2017
Bendigo Easter Antique Fair: Truscott Stadium, Murdoch Street, California Gully; Easter (annual)
Chiltern Antique Fair: Chiltern Memorial Hall, 86 Conness Street, Chiltern; August (annual)
Maldon Antique and Collectables Fair: Maldon Football Oval, Maldon; February (annual)
Markets, bazaars and barns
Fabulous emporiums housing stalls from a huge variety of collectors and specialists. Open (almost) every day. You're bound to find that little something you're looking for, no matter how bazaar.
Brick Lane Bazaar: 34 Vincent Street, Daylesford
Bruthren Bizarre: Ronald Street, Bruthen
Daylesford Bazaar: 9 Vincent Street, Daylesford
Fletcher Jones Market: Princes Highway, Warrnambool
Geelong Vintage Market (multiple locations): 287-301 Melbourne Road, North Geelong; 66 Hesse Street, Queenscliff; 2 Hobson Street, Queenscliff
How Bazaar Geelong: 310 Melbourne Road, North Geelong
Katamatite Bazaar: 14 Beek Street, Katamatite
The Mill Markets (Ballarat, Daylesford & Geelong): 105 Central Springs Road, Daylesford; 9367 Western Hwy, Ballarat; 114 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb (Geelong)
The Pickers Market Stawell: 62 Longfield Street, Stawell West
The Restorers Barn: 129-133 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine
The Vintage Shed & The Vintage Emporium: 93 Mornington Tyabb Road, Tyabb
View Street Bazaar: 89-91 View Street, Bendigo
Warrnambool Independent Traders Market: 180 Timor Street, Warrnambool East