Discover Brighton Travelworld in Church Street
A travel agency in Brighton has helped people to explore the world with confidence for almost 50 years.
Brighton Travelworld opened in 1968 and is one of Church Street’s longest serving traders.
Managing Director Julie Avery said Brighton Travelworld was the only retail suburban travel agency that has been in the same location since opening for business.
Over the years, Brighton Travelworld has evolved and adapted to new ways of booking and managing travel, especially since the advent of the internet.
Ms Avery said the agency had to become more alert to travel options available online but the business continues to thrive.
“Despite changes with online, our turnover has grown each year and we are continuing to grow,” she said.
Ms Avery said a lot of Brighton Travelworld’s clients preferred to book intricate travel components through an agent, especially in cases where they may not feel confident booking it themselves online.
“We often get clients that have done a lot of research on the internet but then they come to us to book everything. They have an idea of the places they want to go but we help them tie it all together,” she said.
“We book a lot of things like rail tickets, private transfers, things that we get concierges to do for us, tours and complicated itineraries. It’s the things that maybe our clients may not know how to do themselves.”
A travel agency that offers value
A common misconception is that a lot of people think booking travel via an agent will cost more, Ms Avery said.
“The price that people see on the internet is almost always the same price as what we sell those components for – especially if it’s for the same flight, on the same date with the same conditions,” she said.
“There’s also a misunderstanding that booking through an agent in Brighton will cost more than booking through an agent in say Bentleigh, and that’s just not the case. Virtually everything that we sell is governed by the price that is set by the supplier.”
Ms Avery said there were also many aspects of travel that people overlooked when booking themselves online, such as choosing a travel arrangement that suited their situation.
For instance, they may see a direct flight from Melbourne to London for a cheaper price online but it may involve two or three stop overs, which may not be particularly noticeable at the time of booking. While the person may save $200 on the airfare, they lose a day of travel and have to fork out money to accommodate an overnight stay at one of the stop overs.
“These are the kinds of things we look out for when booking flights and travel itineraries for our clients, to ensure they’re getting the best deal possible,” Ms Avery said.
The consultants at Brighton Travelworld are experienced and well-travelled, and can offer sound advice on suitable travel arrangements to suit a person’s circumstances.
“We may be dealing with a family with young children who think getting on a 6am flight is suitable. But our advice to them would be to pay a little more for a midday flight so they can avoid the hassle of such an early flight when they have the challenge of travelling with children,” Ms Avery said.
Travellers can also save hours and hours spent searching online for the best deal by leaving it all in the hands of a trusted agent, Ms Avery said.
Whether it’s a flight to Brisbane or an extensive round-the-world trip, each client is given the same care and attention to detail, Ms Avery said.
“Our clients keep coming back because we treat their travel plans as if they were our own.”
Travel with peace of mind
Another benefit of booking travel through Brighton Travelworld is the peace of mind that travel arrangements can be taken care of even when you’re on holiday.
Ms Avery said clients often amended their travel plans while they were on their trip.
“In cases where clients want to come home earlier or extend their trip by a few days, our travel agents can take care of those arrangements and allow the client to enjoy their travels instead of worrying about how they will amend their bookings and not knowing where to begin with it.
“Or, if a traveller happens to be in a location where something goes wrong, we’re likely in a better position to help get them home than they may be themselves.”
It’s this attention to detail and expertise that allows people to avoid stress while travelling.
“We’re professional, well-travelled and passionate about giving our clients the best value we can. We want our clients to go and enjoy their holiday without having to worry about any issues that may come up while they’re away.”
Visit the agency
12 Church Street, Brighton
Phone: (03) 9591 9591.
Artist from Brighton wins local award in Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
A contemporary artist with a history in the Brighton area has won a prestigious award for her painting inspired by the weather.
Jennifer Goodman’s abstract artwork titled Zephyr claimed the $3000 Local Art Prize in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.
Goodman grew up in Brighton and lived in the area for 24 years until 1988. She also attended Firbank Grammar School.
Her winning abstract oil painting on linen explores movement, wind and weather.
“The artwork is called Zephyr which is the name for the Greek god of the west wind,” Goodman said.
“Abstraction is my way of seeing and I express myself through abstraction, colour and movement.
“The artwork is really an exploration of the senses. It’s very intuitive and it unfolded organically as I worked on it.”
To qualify for the local award, entrants had to have a connection to Bayside region and could be an artist that lived, worked or studied in Bayside.
Bayside Mayor Cr del Porto said that recognising artists with a strong Bayside connection was a key component of the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.
“Goodman’s high impact work uses bold colours, and, although abstract, contained sinuous lines which reminded the judging panel of the works of the great Italian painter Amadeo Modigliani,” he said.
Goodman is mostly known for her oil paintings but she has also worked in other mediums including collage, digital prints and, more recently, tapestry.
She has been a full-time artist and exhibited her work since 2000. Her work has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, publications and collections. Goodman regularly exhibits at Gallerysmith in North Melbourne.
The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize showcases the best of Australian painting with an overall prize pool of $19,000. It includes the Acquisitive Prize of $15,000, a Local Art Prize of $3,000 and the $1,000 People’s Choice Prize.
To view Goodman’s winning artwork, and works of other winners and finalists of the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, visit The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre where they will be on display until June 18.
Discover sports and outdoor fashion at Sports Conscious in Brighton
For a range of quality Australian and international sports and outdoor wear, look no further than Sports Conscious in Brighton.
The store stocks everything from activewear ideal for gym and fitness classes, to outdoor equipment for hiking and adventure activities, sports gear and weekend wear.
Store owner Andy Stuart-Menteth said “quality, not quantity” was a key focus for the brands available at Sports Conscious.
“You’ll be able to find a lot of brands and items at Sports Conscious that you might not be able to find elsewhere,” he said.
“We’re always looking for new and good quality brands… because our customers want the best.”
At Sports Conscious, you’ll find durable coats from Australian made brand Driza-Bone, training gear from Norwegian brand Kari Traa designed by the Olympic skier of the same name, outdoor and adventure gear from American brand Patagonia, parkas from Canada Goose that can withstand sub-zero temperatures, and water-repellent rucksacks from Swedish company Fjällräven.
“We trade 60 different brands and each brand has a unique story attached to it. We want to be renowned for stocking the best brands across sports, outdoor and adventure wear,” Mr Stuart-Menteth said.
In May, Sports Conscious will mark 37 years of operation in Church Street, and Mr Stuart-Menteth has been with the business since the beginning.
“Our catchcry has always been ‘Sports Conscious – Something Different’ but to be different you’ve got to go and source different products and you’ve got to present it well,” Mr Stuart-Menteth said.
The staff at Sports Conscious are also like family, said Mr Stuart-Menteth, with many of them staying with the business for as long as 10 to 20 years.
Mr Stuart-Menteth said his staff use and wear the clothing and equipment for sale in the store so that they are able to recommend products based on experience.
“We train our staff to be knowledgeable about our products and to offer our customers genuine advice,” he said.
“We offer an excellent product mix, and a pleasant experience for customers – we’re friendly and we engage.”
Mr Stuart-Menteth said by supplying quality products, Sports Conscious can offer items that will last a long time.
“We source our brands with a passion, and we sell them with a passion,” he said.
Visit the store
50 Church Street, Brighton
Phone: (03) 9592 8587
Trading hours: Monday – Friday: 9.15am – 5.30pm; Saturday: 9am – 5pm; Sunday: 11am – 5pm; Public holidays: 11am – 5pm.
Brighton apartments surge in popularity, property market still growing
The lure of beachside living and being close to key amenities has become a major factor in driving the popularity of apartments in Brighton.
Ben Vieth, Senior Sales Consultant at Buxton Brighton, said apartments are a growing market for Brighton and wider Bayside.
He said older buyers who are looking to downsize from their large family home, but wanted to remain in the area, are moving into apartments.
“They want to be close to a train station and local amenities, such as Church Street for shopping and restaurants,” he said.
Likewise, young couples and first-time home buyers are also finding apartments in Brighton appealing because it allows them to enter an affluent property market, Mr Vieth said.
“They may not be able to afford large houses in Brighton but they can buy in the area by getting an apartment. It’s giving a younger demographic the opportunity to live in the area,” he said.
Mr Vieth said Brighton, as a location to live, is appealing because the area offers established infrastructure and amenities, including train stations and reputable schools. It also has appealing lifestyle features like vibrant shopping precincts, cafes, restaurants and proximity to the beach.
The suburb performed well over the summer season, with many buyers requesting off-market properties, Mr Vieth said.
“(House) stock levels on the market are still quite low across the board, compared to the number of people who want to purchase,” he said.
Despite the demand for properties in Brighton, Mr Vieth said there was still potential for house prices in the area to increase.
“I still think that there is growth to be had in Brighton and Brighton East – it’s still an undervalued suburb for what’s on offer,” he said.
“Compared to house prices in Sydney, Melbourne still has a way to go and there is potential for prices to rise.”
Mr Vieth said a lot of “new money” was coming to Brighton from nearby inner-city suburbs such as South Yarra, Toorak, Armadale and Kew, as Brighton offers the family homes and land space that buyers seek.
Brighton’s property market does not look set to slow down any time soon.
“In certain pockets, such as Brighton and Brighton East, the property market has surged 20-30% in the past 12-24 months which is significant growth,” Mr Vieth said.
According to data from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), the median house price in Brighton for the December 2016 quarter was $2.74 million.
Accessibility day opens pathway to Brighton beach
People with a disability and those who struggle with mobility will be able to enjoy the sea and the sand at Accessible Beach Day in Brighton next week.
The day will take place at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club beach on Saturday, February 18 and will feature a range of mobility aids to help beach goers with a disability get onto the sand and into the water with ease.
Mobility aids will include all-terrain, self-propelled wheelchairs, a floating beach wheelchair, as well as beach matting that will provide easy access across the sand to the water.
As the primary organiser of the event, Push Mobility began accessible beach days with the intention to make beaches easier to enjoy.
Push Mobility’s Managing Director Shane Hryhorec said beyond giving people with a disability or mobility difficulties the chance to fully experience the beach, it also gave the wider community “a taste of what beach access looks like”.
Mr Hryhorec said accessible beach days were incredibly important to people with a disability and contributed to their quality of life.
“It’s something that people never think they are going to experience – sometimes it has brought them to tears,” he said.
One of Push Mobility’s ultimate goals is to make beaches across Australia more accessible for people with a disability, for parents with prams and for the elderly with mobility issues.
“It’d be great to see, by 2020 at least, half of the beaches in Australia become more accessible,” Mr Hryhorec said.
Brighton resident Ade Djajamihardja said the beach day would enable him to experience the beach, rather than just looking at it.
“Getting across the soft sand and into the water would be too difficult normally but the all-terrain wheelchairs make anything possible.”
Melanie Muir, Chairperson for Disability Advocacy Victoria, said the many people with mobility issues will cherish the opportunity to get onto the beach as part of Accessible Beach Day in Brighton.
Ms Muir said an event like this was important to highlight some of the barriers people with mobility challenges face every day.
“It serves as a reminder of all the things that can be taken for granted by the broader community,” she said.
“The more we understand the access needs of people with a disability, the more we can understand and accept the notion of inclusion and the need to make changes.”
Bayside Mayor Cr Alex del Porto said the day was a valuable opportunity for locals with a disability to enjoy one of Bayside’s iconic beaches.
“It opens up a full beach experience through innovative mobility aids that can get onto the sand and into the water of our beautiful bay,” he said.
The Accessible Beach Day is supported by Bayside Council, Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Disabled Divers Association and Push Mobility.
Accessible Beach Day – Brighton
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 9.30am – 2pm
Location: Royal Brighton Yacht Club beach, 253 Esplanade, Middle Brighton
Further information: Accessible Beach Day Facebook event page