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Monday, December 2, 2019

Plan a 'Shop-Cation' Road-Trip to Central NSW Before Christmas



Are you planning Christmas? Businesses in Central NSW are encouraging Sydney-siders to take a 'shop-cation' road-trip to stock up on quality, home-made gifts, and buy from the bush, rather than mass-produced goods from overseas.

Central NSW Tourism has researched the best boutiques, retailers, producers and Christmas markets to help you plan a 'shop-cation' road-trip before Christmas, or jump online and buy direct. The region begins just two-hours' drive West from Sydney and includes Oberon, Bathurst, Orange, Cowra, Millthorpe and Parkes.

Fill your empty boot with home-made jewellery, patchwork quilts, baskets, toys, antiques, bags, ceramics, clothing, honey, wine and relishes; and of course, the friendliest customer service.
CARCOAR and MILLTHORPE, BLAYNEY
COWRA
  • Beeline Beewares - Gifts from the Beehive - owned and operated by Frank and Jenny 'The Lazy Bee and the Double D Ranch'products include honeycomb, beeswax candles, lip balms and balms. https://beelinebeewares.com.au/  
  • Unearthed Homewares - an ever-changing range of premium and affordable lifestyle products, including gorgeous art, furniture, cushions and rugs. Stocking brands such as Juju & Co, Woolf Leather, French Country, Mayvn, Peppermint Grove. unearthedhomewares.com
  • Finns Store - a piece of Canowindra's history, the iconic Finns Store is situated in the main street of Canowindra. Finns Store has been fully renovated and now sells fabulous gifts, jewellery, women's clothing, unique furniture and incredible coffee & light meals. https://www.facebook.com/Finnsstore35/
 CONDOBLIN
  • Penelope Haddrill Hats- luxury handmade hats, made from the highest quality materials, such as unique millinery summer panamas, straw hats, winter fedoras and race hats. https://www.penelopehaddrillhats.com.au/
  • The Hall Condo – specialising in men's clothing such as jackets and leisurewear, they also stock gifts like ceramic travel coffee mugs, women's and children's wear. https://www.facebook.com/thehallcondo/
 ORANGE and CABONNE
  • Angus Barrett Saddlery – quality made saddlery and leather goods such as bags, wallets, belt, cases dog collars etc. All products are designed to work and made to last https://angusbarrett.com.au
  • Beekeepers Inn - a huge variety of locally produced honey with a café, brewery and farm-shop. https://www.beekeepersinn.com/
  • The Corner Store Gallery – host regular 'pop-up-shops' by local artisans such as Fiona Schofiled Millinery and The Journey Person Handmade. http://www.cornerstoregallery.com/
 GRENFELL
  • Jan Parlett's Country Experience – the most magical Christmas store with displays, ornaments, decorations and Christmas trees. There are also homewares, gift lines, prints and signs. https://www.facebook.com/JanParlettsCountryExperience/
  • Grenfell Furniture– an extensive collection of furniture, bedding, home wares, gifts, and clothing. Unique, hard to find pieces are at exceptional prices and mostly handcrafted. https://www.facebook.com/grenfellfurniture/
  • Grenfell Shoes – specialising in quality shoes made to last, as well as handbags, luggage and accessories, owner Maria provides exceptional service and an online store. https://www.grenfellshoes.com.au/
 FORBES
  • Woolerina – beautiful quality, ethically made merino wool clothing including singlets, jumpers, jackets and dresses for the whole family, made with love and designed to last https://www.woolerina.com.au/
  • Made of Fridays – a gorgeous gift, art and design store with regular Christmas workshops. A great place for hats, pots, jewellery, books and clothing. https://www.madeoffridays.com.au
 PARKES
  • Ooshka - a baby, kids, homewares and lifestyle boutique, with a love for all things unique, there are gorgeous soft toys, colourful clothes and accessories for mumma. https://ooshka.com.au/
  • Wholesome Blend - perfect for the heathy foodie, selling natural and organic products, healthy snacks, organic coffee, produce and various pantry items. wholesomeblend.com.au
OBERON
  • Coopers Antiques – where every item has a story, Coopers sell a huge variety of furniture, curios, artwork, lighting and jewellery, sourced from estates, auctions and private collections. https://www.coopersantiques.com.au/
  • The Long Arm Farm Café and Produce – the best place to buy from local farms including a variety of pork produce such as bacon, hams and hocks, local truffles, jams, relishes and recycled timber crafts. https://www.facebook.com/pg/thelongarmfarm
 BATHURST
  • King's Antiques & Collectables – full of English antiques, collectables, old wares, decorative items, vintage tea-wares and Goddard's Polish. Indulge your secret love of Antiques Roadshow and explore with owners Martin and Judy King. https://www.facebook.com/kingsantiquesbathurst/
  • Arts Gallery - The Tablelands Artists Co-operative Gallery opened in 2018 and sells amazing locally produced artworks, pottery, pastels, oils, acrylics, photography, etchings, watercolours, textiles, jewellery and accessories.  www.tartsgallery.com
A Few Christmas Markets
  • Bathurst Outdoor Expo and Christmas Markets, 16-17 November. An annual event with a wide variety of exhibitors filling the three beautiful pavilions of the Bathurst Showground. Enjoy the festival atmosphere with food and market stalls, entertainment and rides. https://bathurstbiggestexpo.com/
  • Oberon Farmers Christmas Market, 7 December. Buy direct from the stalls of local businesses selling beeswax candles, patchwork quilts, beautiful chopping boards, craft and produce. https://www.facebook.com/marketsoberon/
  • Cowra Christmas Street Festival6 December.Enjoy over 100 market stalls selling everything including local produce, crafts, homewares, clothing, jewellery, delicious food and more. https://visitcowra.com.au/cowra-christmas-street-festival
  • Forbes Christmas CarnivalFriday 13 December. There will be a fantastic array of market stalls, food and beverage stalls, activities for children, jumping castle, dancing, giant games, stage entertainment and musicians
  • Millfest Street Festival, 14 December. An end of year street festival in Millthorpe's historic Pym Street with live music, stalls, local wine, beer and food. https://www.facebook.com/MillthorpeMillfest/
Central NSW includes Oberon, Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.
To plan your shop-cation roadtrip to Central NSW go to www.visitcentralnsw.com.au


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