A treasure trove of unique items that showcase the amazing craftsmanship and passion of the local community, the Treasure Trail is the perfect place for a Christmas shopping spree. From fresh produce to artisan wine and unique jewellery, clothing, accessories and more, you’re guaranteed to find something special for the holiday season. Spoil your loved ones with beautiful, handcrafted gifts and deck out your Christmas table for the special occasion with these tips to shopping in Queanbeyan-Palerang over the holidays.
The boutiques of Braidwood and Bungendore are brimming with one-of-a-kind handmade pieces of jewellery and clothing, made with exquisite attention to detail from the finest materials. Try the following jewellers and clothing boutiques for unique pieces you cannot get anywhere else: William Verdon Manufacturing Jeweller, Thompson Bespoke Jewellers, Charleys Forest Silver, Vetro e Metallo, Saloon, and Mingei Studio in Braidwood, Jemayca Red in Bungendore, and Nullarbor Nights Knitwear in Queanbeyan.
For something completely different, why not browse the collections of homeware and specialty gifts at Village Antiques in Bungendore, or Braidwood’s Studio Altenburg and Sandalwood Homewares, or the crystals, candles and guides that can be found at Blue Kingdom.
You are guaranteed to find some quirky gifts for the special man in your life from the variety of shops across the region. For fans of vintage or rare vinyls, head out to Born Vintage Braidwood, or pick up some quality clothing and accessories from Len Mutton & Co. You can also find a few specialty shops in the area, such as Car Models of Braidwood.
For the table
The Treasure Trail boasts a wide variety of beautiful and fresh local produce. From honey, preserves and vegetables to cool-climate wines, these artisan products are crafted by passionate locals and are the perfect addition to take your Christmas spread to the next level.
For melt-in-your-mouth baked treats and gourmet deli products, give the following shops a go: Dojo Bread, Braidwood Bakery, Casanova’s, Provisions Deli & Grocery and Mongarlowe Gourmet in Braidwood, or Gunna Doo Bakery in Bungendore.
For drinks, Contentious Character, Norton Road Wines, Sapling Yard and Lark Hill all offer incredible cool-climate wines. If you’re looking for something different, check out Sully’s Cider, which can be found from the Braidwood Visitor Information Centre.
If you’re browsing through the shops of Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood, why not also pick up some little treats to sneak in to your loved ones’ Christmas stockings? The Boiled Lolly and Nerson’s Pie Place, for example, are the perfect choices for some iconic lollies for the holiday season.
Don’t forget – if you can’t go on the hunt for Christmas presents in person, our Virtual Market features more local businesses and makers handcrafting quality gifts and artisan products which are available for delivery.
Photography by Simona Razmoska