QUAINT SHOPFRONTS, GOOD OLD-FASH­IONED SER­VICE AND QUAL­ITY PROD­UCTS ARE WHAT YOU CAN EX­PECT AT THESE RE­GIONAL STORES.

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NSW Hall & Co Home­wares

Kristy Hall’s love of beau­ti­ful things, along with her in­abil­ity to buy gifts eas­ily in the Rive­rina town of West Wya­long, in­spired her to open Hall & Co Home­wares. Kristy and her hus­band, Jeff, own the store, with their daugh­ter, Mad­di­son, help­ing to run the show. In true fam­ily-busi­ness style, their son, Wil­liam, as­sists on week­ends in the ad­join­ing cafe, as do nieces and neph­ews, all adding to the warm and friendly feel. Lo­cals love Kristy’s small-com­mu­nity ap­proach to her shop. “It’s all about be­ing able to hold, feel and even take prod­ucts home and make sure they suit your dé­cor,” she says. The fun and colour­ful range is sourced mostly from small-scale Aus­tralian mak­ers. “We ab­so­lutely love any­thing from Sage and Clare and our face vases from Jones & Co seem to fly off the shelves.” Other brands in­clude Maisey & Os­car bath­mats, hand-painted ce­ramic cof­fee cups from Hello Lola, can­dles by Frankie Gusti and puz­zles by Jour­ney of Some­thing. If you’re plan­ning a visit, keep an eye out for on-trend rat­tan and cane pieces by Poppy’s Lit­tle Trea­sures, ar­riv­ing soon. 184 Main Street, West Wya­long, (02) 6972 4052

Spaces2538

In re­cent years, the scenic vil­lage of

Mil­ton on the South Coast has be­come a hol­i­day desti­na­tion in its own right, thanks to green rolling hills, an ocean breeze from nearby Mol­ly­mook Beach and a fab­u­lous food scene. Once you’ve had your morn­ing cof­fee and picked up fresh sour­dough, wan­der the streets to browse an­tiques, home­wares and art. Spaces2538, in a beau­ti­ful old shopfront with 160-year-old ex­posed brick walls, is a must-visit. Moth­er­daugh­ter duo Vic­to­ria Wil­lis and Gabrielle Good have clev­erly cre­ated ‘rooms’ through­out, laden with lux­u­ri­ous, com­fort­ing tex­tiles, fur­ni­ture, pen­dant lights and ce­ram­ics, so shop­pers can vi­su­alise the mer­chan­dise in their own homes. In Bed linens and cush­ions by Coca Mojo and Eadie Life­style are pop­u­lar, as are wall vases by Stix & Flora. There’s even a dreamy bath­room setup, com­plete with a fire­place, to show­case plush body prod­ucts by Olieve & Olie and Bowral’s Bare Body Beauty Co., can­dles by Ger­ringong’s Wil­low­vale Road, plus earthy linen hand tow­els. You can also buy on­line via the web­site. Shop 1/103 Princes High­way, Mil­ton, (02) 4455 4026, spaces2538.com.au

QUEENS­LAND Merv & Me Bou­tique

It can some­times be tricky to find the per­fect baby shower gift or a unique par­cel to pop in the post for a brand new lit­tle per­son. On­line busi­ness Merv & Me Bou­tique spe­cialises in bundling to­gether the sweet­est prod­ucts for these lovely oc­ca­sions. Owner Kristy Hawkins op­er­ates from her hus­band’s fam­ily’s cat­tle prop­erty in Ta­room, about 400km north­west of Bris­bane, where she helps clients send thought­ful presents to stylish par­ents Aus­tralia-wide. Of her care pack­ages, Kristy says, “We al­ways work with our cus­tomers un­til they’re just right and gift wrap with beau­ti­ful pa­per from an­other small Aus­tralian busi­ness.” Choose from items like na­tive-bushin­spired body suits by Bunny & Doll, swad­dles by Snug­gle Hunny Kids and lovely Na­ture Bubz beech teething rings – or let Kristy com­pile some­thing for you. mer­vandme.com >

VIC­TO­RIA Mint Bou­tique

Yar­ra­wonga, on the bor­der of Vic­to­ria and New South Wales, sits on pic­turesque Lake Mul­wala which flows into the Mur­ray River. Long­time lo­cal Paris Bonat is the owner of Mint Bou­tique in the town’s main street. Around 10 years ago, Paris saw an open­ing in the mar­ket. “I knew our small town needed a cloth­ing store that pro­vided res­i­dents with some­thing dif­fer­ent,” she says. She started her busi­ness in a small lo­ca­tion with very lit­tle stock and a fit-out by fam­ily and friends. Years later, the store is thriv­ing in a fresh, mod­ern space, with tim­ber and cane ac­cents. No­body Denim, man­u­fac­tured in Mel­bourne, is among Paris’ best­selling brands, along with cool Ena Pelly de­signs,

Friends with Frank jack­ets, lovely linen­wear by LJC De­signs, plus a range of hand­made ear­rings and ac­ces­sories. Visit the well-stocked web­site if you pre­fer to shop on­line. 75 Bel­more Street, Yar­ra­wonga, (03) 5743 1720, mint­bou­tique.com.au

Star Road Trader

The pretty town of Bright is usu­ally bustling all year round, loved for its prox­im­ity to the ski fields at Mount Buf­falo, the chang­ing au­tumn leaves, pic­turesque cy­cling tracks and fam­ily-friendly camp­ing. Along with great places to eat, there’s some ex­cel­lent shop­ping to be done. Star Road Trader and its neigh­bour­ing spin-off store, About My Sis­ter, are two of the vil­lage’s fash­ion bou­tiques, cre­ated by Ja­nine Chal­well and Riyani Mar­torejo. Both born in

Bright, the mother-daugh­ter team feel a strong con­nec­tion to their roots here. “We love the feel­ing that we’re cre­at­ing a shop­ping desti­na­tion in Bright. We know a great re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence is es­sen­tial for the lo­cals, and can make a coun­try get­away feel su­per spe­cial,” says Ja­nine. Nat­u­ral fi­bres, tex­tures and high-qual­ity la­bels are the name of the game here, with an in­ter­est­ing, af­ford­able and chic range on of­fer. Ja­nine and Riyani’s per­sonal styling ad­vice en­sures a loyal fol­low­ing in­store and on so­cial me­dia, and, if you can’t make it to Vic­to­ria’s lovely high coun­try any­time soon, you can shop on­line. 4C Barnard Street, Bright, (03) 5755 2165, star­road­trader.com

SOUTH AUS­TRALIA Shop of Gen­tle Goods

Just over an hour’s drive from Ade­laide is the idyl­lic sea­side town of Port El­liot. De­scribed by lo­cals as hav­ing a re­laxed feel and slow pace, the area is muse to Ben Hewett’s store, Shop of Gen­tle Goods, the flag­ship for his surf and life­style la­bel, Yeo Haus. Walk through the doors of the white-washed 150-year-old build­ing and you’ll be greeted by Win­nie, the shop’s dog. Pe­ruse Ben’s t-shirt, beanie, hat and hoodie de­signs, as well as sis­ter la­bel Par­adise Plant Club and Cheer Wet­suits. There’s a gen­eral fo­cus on plas­tic-free, plant­based, hemp and or­ganic ma­te­ri­als and we love the prom­ise that there’s a tree planted with ev­ery Par­adise Plant Club item sold. While you’re here, perch at the Yeo Haus Cof­fee Hole, bathed in sun, and en­joy De Groot Cof­fee Co.’s tasty blends, roasted just down the road. There’s also a new deli ex­ten­sion in the works with cool eatery Gang Gang, as well as fun pizza nights planned for sum­mer. 49 The Strand, Port El­liot, 0422 327 123, yeo­haus.com

NORTH­ERN TER­RI­TORY Lon­grass Style

Fash­ion la­bel Lon­grass Style was orig­i­nally cre­ated by sis­ters Belinda Rasheed and So­phie Rayner, in >

Shop of Gen­tle Goods is the flag­ship for surf and life­style la­bel, Yeo Haus.

re­sponse to their own unique cloth­ing needs. Belinda and her fam­ily were run­ning re­mote Le­gune Sta­tion at the time, a 10-hour-drive from Dar­win, and So­phie’s ca­reer in the art world had landed her in Kather­ine. The stylish pair were on a quest to cre­ate low-fuss, hard­work­ing pieces, wear­able for their du­ties in the Top End and for travel to Bris­bane and be­yond. Belinda, who now heads up the on­line store from her prop­erty out­side Kather­ine, ex­plains their de­signs as “wardrobe essen­tials that work for many oc­ca­sions. There’s no dry clean­ing nec­es­sary, they don’t go out of fash­ion in five min­utes, and each look can be dressed up or down.” The brand, which takes its name from the flood­plain pad­docks sur­round­ing Belinda’s for­mer home on the sta­tion, uses nat­u­ral fi­bres to suit the north­ern cli­mate. “The linen and silk de­signs are so flat­ter­ing to the fe­male fig­ure. But­tons, zip­pers and par­tic­u­larly waist­bands are only used if needed,” she ex­plains. Each sea­son in­tro­duces new spins on sig­na­ture styles, like the best­selling Palazzo

Pant which has just landed in on-trend tan linen. Visit the web­site to shop the sum­mer col­lec­tion. lon­grassstyle.com.au

TAS­MA­NIA Hope & Me

Stroll through sunny Quad­rant Mall in Launce­s­ton to find this gift and home­wares gem, run by Lindi Mcma­hon and her daugh­ter, Chelsea. The fresh, mod­ern space is awash with colour and it’s clear from the get-go these two have an eye for style. “Our brands are very care­fully se­lected – we love colour and great pack­ag­ing,” says Lindi. “Even af­ter 11 years, it’s still like Christ­mas for us when new stock ar­rives.” With mostly Aus­tralian brands in their sta­ble, Hope & Me is the place to browse some of the best home­wares and kids’ fash­ion la­bels of the mo­ment – think Citta, So­ci­ety of Wan­der­ers, Sage & Clare, Grace and James (can­dles), Jamie Kay, Two Dar­lings, Sta­tus Anx­i­ety, Mar­moset Found, Ash­ley & Co, Jour­ney of Some­thing and Nana Huchy. You can also shop the full col­lec­tion on­line. 18 Quad­rant Mall, Launce­s­ton, (03) 6331 0166, ho­pe­andme.com.au

WA Child

It was Jes­sica Lane’s love of fash­ion, along with a back­ground in graphic de­sign and pho­tog­ra­phy, that in­spired her to cre­ate e-bou­tique, Child. Based in the sea­side town of Duns­bor­ough, the on­line store brings to­gether a care­ful col­lec­tion of chil­dren’s wear, with a fo­cus on eth­i­cal pro­duc­tion and nat­u­ral fi­bres. “The ma­jor­ity of la­bels I carry are cre­ated by moth­ers and are usu­ally small bou­tique brands that you won’t find mass-pro­duced in depart­ment stores. That’s what makes the gar­ments so spe­cial – they’re limited and highly cov­eted,” says Jes­sica. Of these unique pieces, sprin­kle knits – cot­ton sets wo­ven in neu­tral tones with tiny coloured flecks – are in hot de­mand, as are Jes­sica’s range of kids’ straw hats. There’s a lovely se­lec­tion by New Zealand de­signer Jamie Kay and a great Preloved and Vin­tage tab on the web­site. child­bou­tique.com.au

With mostly Aus­tralian brands in their sta­ble, Hope & Me is the place to browse some of the best home­wares...

ABOVE Mother and daugh­ter Vic­to­ria Wil­lis and Gabrielle Good at their shop, Spaces2538, in Mil­ton, NSW. RIGHT Hall & Co Home­wares, West Wya­long, NSW, is packed with items from small Aus­tralian brands.

CLOCK­WISE, FROM LEFT Stylish of­fer­ings at Star Road Trader in Bright, Vic­to­ria; own­ers Riyani Mar­torejo and Ja­nine Chal­well; qual­ity brands on dis­play at Star Road Trader.

The in­te­rior of Shop of Gen­tle Goods in Port Fairy in SA.

LEFT The stylishly packed shelves at Hope & Me in Launce­s­ton, Tas­ma­nia. BE­LOW You can shop on­line for beau­ti­ful chil­dren’s wear, in­clud­ing straw hats from Duns­bor­ough-based Child.

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