The Outdoor Experience

Stretched along a strip of the Nepean Highway just behind Moorabbin station is a line of outdoor stores. This part of Moorabbin is the notorious “outdoor strip”, known to bring people from other suburbs of Melbourne and beyond when in need of high quality hiking and camping equipment.

Although there are five stores lined up beside each other (separated only by small food retailers or the bank), two of these shops have independently stood the test of time among the bigger stores like Kathmandu, Mac Pac and Mountain Designs who have developed alongside them.

Outsports Moorabbin was established in 1996 (after retailing in Caulfield and Frankston for fifteen years) and just a few doors down, Vast Outdoors has been standing since 1976 – originally a Scout shop – then taken over as an independently owned Snowgum franchise store until its recent rebrand to an entirely independent business. Both of these stores are family owned businesses providing their customers with their favourite brands of hiking and camping equipment, perfect for a weekend outdoor trip in any season.

Vast Outdoors supplies school groups from all over Melbourne with camping equipment, not only for school camps, but also much more demanding and longer trips where students might travel to Mount Kosciuszko and climb Australia’s tallest mountain over a ten day period.

Outsports is unique in that it hires out hiking equipment to people who may not have the means or storage space to purchase what they need for a short weekend getaway or a school camp. They do bulk hire for entire classes of students from public and private schools all over Victoria.

For those looking for a competitive price on camping gear, there is enough variety among these five stores and you are sure to find anything you need.

Kathmandu Moorabbin
904 Nepean Highway, Hampton East
Hours: Mon–Thurs: 9am–5.30pm, Fri: 9am–8pm, Sat: 9am–5pm, Sun: 10am–5pm
Phone: 1800 333 484

Mountain Designs Moorabbin
896-900 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
Hours: Mon–Thurs: 9am–5.30pm, Fri: 9am – 7.30pm, Sat: 9am–5pm, Sun: 11am–5pm
Phone: 9553 3970

Mac Pac Moorabbin
Where: 894 Nepean Highway, Hampton East
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9am–5.30pm, Fri: 9am–6.30pm, Sat: 9am–5pm, Sun: 11am–5pm

Outsports Moorabbin
886 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9am–5.30pm, Fri: 9am–6pm, Sat: 9am–5pm, Sun: 11am – 5pm
Phone: 9532 5337

Vast Outdoors Moorabbin
880 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
Hours: Mon- Thurs: 9am – 5.30pm, Fri: 9am–6.30pm, Sat: 9am–5pm, Sun: 11am – 5pm
Phone: 9555 7811

Words by: Rachel Short
Photography by: Brook James