QUEENS­LAND

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The town of Dalby is in the Dar­ling Downs re­gion of Queens­land, about an hour’s drive west of Toowoomba. On bustling Cun­ning­ham Street, you’ll find the beau­ti­ful and his­toric Quambi House, built in 1909 and lov­ingly re­stored to ac­com­mo­date fash­ion and home­wares store Milli & Robe, and Ur­ban Pad­dock Cafe. Milli & Robe fills the front two rooms of the charm­ing Queens­lan­der, with one space ded­i­cated to cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories, and the other to gifts and home­wares. Gabrielle Turner took the reins of the busi­ness ear­lier this year and is bring­ing her eye for spring colours, mod­ern home­wares and fun gifts to the shop. “Get­ting lo­cal brands on board is some­thing I love do­ing, along with find­ing small la­bels that are unique,” says Gabby. Pop­u­lar brands in­clude luxe yet af­ford­able li­nen by LJC De­signs, hand and body prod­ucts by Aus­tralian line Hux­ter, ce­ram­ics by Carla Din­nage and bold, hand­painted pots by Clare Whit­ney. Gabby cites art as a top-seller, too – namely large can­vases by Sun­shine Coast painter Amanda Brooks. The house is a hive of ac­tiv­ity, with plenty of ta­bles in the sunny gar­den – just the spot for cof­fee be­fore brows­ing the Milli & Robe col­lec­tion.

138 Cun­ning­ham Street, Dalby, 0400 974 566, mil­lian­drobe.com

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