Precinct Visit the hid­den gems of Thirroul in New South Wales



NES­TLED BE­TWEEN A KILO­ME­TRE-LONG BEACH and a tow­er­ing es­carp­ment, Thirroul’s beauty will make you re­alise you’ve struck road-trip gold. The town­ship, an hour south of Syd­ney, is a must-stop on the scenic Grand Pa­cific Drive, lay­er­ing its rugged good looks with in­spired re­tail op­tions and a smor­gas­bord of eater­ies.

1 | Nest Em­po­rium

A pair of Raf­fles arm­chairs stands sen­tinel at the door of this iconic lo­cal, as they have for much of its 14 years. Down­stairs, owner Melinda Charlesworth has col­lated a com­pre­hen­sive li­brary of home­wares, such as hooks and han­dles from The So­ci­ety Inc and her pop­u­lar stock of de­signer cush­ions. Up­stairs, the scene shifts in scale to oc­ca­sional chairs, side ta­bles, prints and light­ing – a trea­sure trove for day-trip­pers seek­ing a hero piece that fits on the back seat. “Our point of dif­fer­ence is our dif­fer­ence,” says Melinda. “We try to have pieces you won’t find in ev­ery store.”

Must have: Wrapped four-arm can­de­labra, $174.95.

Open: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-5pm.

Visit: 287 Lawrence Har­grave Drive, (02) 4267 2122.

Book­mark: nestem­po­rium. 2 | Co­coon In­trigue and au­then­tic­ity are the dom­i­nant themes in Karen Jef­fery’s eclec­tic bazaar, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Ven­ture here for eth­nic trea­sures and un­com­mon ob­jects of beauty from as far afield as In­dia and as near as around the cor­ner. Eth­i­cally made rugs in nat­u­ral fi­bres are a star fea­ture, as are mir­rors crafted from old In­dian shrines. Many pieces are pack­aged with a back­story, such as the bone in­lay daybed from Na­ga­land that took two men two months to carve from out of a sin­gle piece of tim­ber.

Must have: Fos­sil stone can­is­ters, from $57.95 each.

Open: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat, 9.30am-4.30pm; Sun, 9.30am-3.30pm.

Visit: 2/357 Lawrence Har­grave Drive, (02) 4267 1335.

Book­mark: co­coon­trad­

3 | The Liv­ing Hearth Now in its third year, this gift and home­wares store stocks a fas­ci­nat­ing range of musthaves sourced from fair-trade foun­da­tions, col­lec­tives and crowd-funded ar­ti­san op­er­a­tions glob­ally, with a strong ac­cent on one-off and eth­i­cally sourced pieces. Along­side these global trea­sures sits store owner Linda Shea­han’s own la­bel, Miss Molly linen, with mul­ti­ple colour­ways of beau­ti­ful French flax. An­dean

frazadas (blan­kets) from El Hum­ming­bird make a cosy and colour­ful ac­ces­sory, while ex­quis­ite jew­ellery from In­spired Tribe serves as wear­able art­work.

Must have: Hand­painted ce­ramic par­rots, from $114.

Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-5.30pm; Sun, 10am-4pm.

Visit: 2/273 Lawrence Har­grave Drive, 0412 295 048.

Book­mark: in­sta­ the­liv­ing­hearth. 4 | Buck Ham­blin Buck Ham­blin was a cob­bler in the 1940s whose shoe store was the first of three gen­er­a­tions to oc­cupy these premises. De­spite recent years of va­cancy, Buck’s sig­nage never left the build­ing, and when new owner Luke Bar­rett opened the doors to a cafe on the premises in 2016, he chose to re­spect­fully adopt the brand and re­pur­pose some of the old fit­tings. The Marvell Street Roast­ers cof­fee fix and nat­u­ral light will get you fir­ing on all cylin­ders, while re­cy­cled brown pa­per menus tempt with com­fort­ing fare, such as spiced pump­kin soup and ‘fancy toasts’.

Must have: Sautéed mushrooms, ri­cotta, rose­mary, white truf­fle oil and a poached egg on Thor­ough­bred sour­dough, $14.

Open: Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 7am-2pm.

Visit: 260 Lawrence Har­grave Drive. Book­mark: buck­ham­ 5 | Luca Luna It’s easy to see why this florist has ex­pe­ri­enced stag­ger­ing de­mand since open­ing in May 2017. Orig­i­nally a 1920s bank, the quaint build­ing now houses vi­brant pot­ted plants, a rain­bow of ar­tis­ti­cally cu­rated blooms, trop­i­cal cut fo­liage and an ar­ray of pots. Sta­tus Anx­i­ety purses, Zakkia pots and vases, cro­cheted toys from Miann & Co, as well as hand­made soaps and scrubs from The Soap Bar meet the tough­est of gift-giv­ing briefs.

Must have: ‘Dansk’ light­weight tim­ber pots, from $49.95.

Open: Mon and Wed-Fri, 9am5.30pm; Tues and Sat, 9am-4pm; Sun, 10am-3pm.

Visit: 1/364 Lawrence Har­grave Drive, (02) 4268 6666.

Book­mark: lu­caluna.



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Hand­painted ce­ramic par­rots, from $114, The Liv­ing Hearth.

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