With clear weather ahead (hopefully for a while) it's time to start planning your trips to the many safe regional destinations affected by the fires. One on the top of the list is Braidwood, the creative historic hub just an hour's drive out of Canberra. Meet the locals, enjoy top places to eat, shop and play, and continue to support this great community that is doing it tough this summer.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Located in a restored terrace on the main street of Braidwood, Saloon is a one of a kind store that offers "clothing for the wild and wise". Featuring unique one-off handmade dresses, skirts and shirts designed to be fashionable as well as wearable, local dressmaker Dena Pezzano and stylist Jane Magnus have achieved their goal of making clothing that combines practicality with style and a feminist edge. These trendy pieces are sure to make you feel gorgeous and confident. Stop in for a browse and leave with a treasure!
Anyone who has been visiting Braidwood for a while will remember the eclectic Longbarn antique shop that used to be on the main road. Reborn as Gravitas vintage, just behind the Albion Cafe, it offers a unique range of French vintage, industrial and architectural furniture and quirky objects for the home, business or work space. Think antique desks, chests, tables, garden urns and much more.
Sandalwood can always be relied upon to offer a variety of interesting furniture, textiles and homewares lovingly hand picked from different places around the globe. With lovely staff to assist you as you browse the array of unique products, you’re sure to find a great gift, or addition to your wardrobe or home. From quirky chairs to vintage mirrors, Sandalwood has those special pieces that will add character and life to any space. Stop in and say hi!