Inspired by Buzzfeed’s 17 Spectacular Bookshops in Australia to See Before You Die post, I thought it was time to give my own neck of the woods a shout-out.
We are surprisingly well-serviced by fabulous bookshops down here on the south coast of NSW. 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, Ulladulla: Plugged 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.