Five favourite bookshops on the NSW South Coast

5 favourite bookshops on the NSW South Coast, Shoalhaven, Jervis Bay
Posted on May 28, 2014

5favouritebookshopssouthcoastnswWe are surprisingly well-serviced by fabulous bookshops here on the NSW south coast. We’ve got the beautiful ones, the friendly ones, the incredibly well-stocked ones, and the ones that combine all of that and more.

These are five of my favourites in this area:

boobook on owen, Huskisson: There’s something about the combination of carefully chosen books and the proximity of Jervis Bay that makes this little bookshop very, very seductive. It’s a lovely space, with a terrific range of children’s books. My boys love popping in for a browse.

Dymocks Books, Nowra: I love the team in here. Love. They are so knowledgeable and so happy to chat about books, and the customer service is always A-1. These guys are readers and it shows. A huge selection of books and staff who will happily help with recommendations and suggestions.

Harbour Bookshop, UlladullaPlugged in to the local community, with an excellent selection of books and events to match. Perfect for your holiday read, a special gift or thoughtful advice on books you’ll love!

Dean Swift Books, Nowra: With an ever-changing calendar of events, this indie bookshop works hard to promote books and authors in the region. The friendly staff are ever-helpful and my boys have a particular love of the ABC Shop incorporated inside (Doctor Who, anyone?).

Anne’s Second-Hand Bookshop: If you love a good browse in a second-hand bookshop, don’t go past Anne’s! Really well-curated selection of used books and lovely, friendly staff as well.

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  1. Lisa Fleetwood

    Great list Alison! Checking a few of these book shops out today on my drive from Bermagui back home. 🙂

  2. Pamela Cook

    Thanks for those suggestions Alison. I’m down that way a lot so will check them out. The Read Leaf in Milton is lovely. My personal favourite down that way is The Harbourside Bookshop in Ulladulla. Fantastic service and a really great selection of books.

  3. Maxabella

    Knowledgeable staff, definitely. This is because I frequently rock up and say “you know, that book with the red cover that’s about the pirate thing” and they find it. x

  4. Sandy Fussell

    I’ll add two more wonderful South Coast bookstores – although a bit further south. Two of my personal favourites are Booktique at Merimbula (coffee and chocolate shop attached – does it get any better than that?) http://www.booktique.com.au/ and Candelo Books at Bega http://www.candelobooks.com/

  5. Kristy Woodson Harvey

    I just love local bookstores! The Literary Bookpost in my hometown of Salisbury, NC is wonderful! It is just so beautiful and has an amazing, imaginative entire floor for kids. Plus, the booksellers are so knowledgeable and have fantastic recommendations. I have been perusing your blog this morning and just love it! I can’t wait to listen to your podcast!

    • Allison Tait

      Thanks so much Kristy! Your local bookshop sounds amazing. I love the idea of a whole floor for kids!

  6. Helen K

    I do like a cafe attached – and therefore Readings in Hawthorn is pretty good. Also the diversity of books, the knowledge of the staff and so on. Something quirky always helps too!

    • Allison Tait

      Yes, to all of the above!

  7. Rae Hilhorst

    A book shop with a cafe attached, here in the west a special one is First Edition in Fremantle

    • Allison Tait

      Sounds lovely. I visited Fremantle last year, but didn’t discover that one!

  8. Lisa

    Hmm, interesting question!
    For me it’d be a combination of atmosphere and the range of books available. I think these are the things that make the point of difference between purchasing in person vs purchasing online.

    • Allison Tait

      Agree! Also, I think that when you visit a bookshop you’re after an experience – you want to browse and find things you may not find otherwise. When I shop online, I tend to be after something specific.

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