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Grenfell: A creative hub

Belle Thompson

Grenfell is most commonly known as the birthplace of Henry Lawson, Australian writer and bush poet.

But while this little town seems unchanged, a surge of creatives has brought new shops and services to the region.

Grenfell is a two and a half hour picturesque drive from Canberra and during spring your drive will be lined with bright yellow canola flowers. If you’re considering an escape to the country, here’s how to spend 24 hours in Grenfell. It’s also good to note that, true to most regional centres, the shops close around 12.30 pm so best to make an early start.

When you arrive start at the bottom of the main street and work your way up!

Caffeinate

The Spannerman

Grab a great coffee in the most unlikely place…at the local mechanics! Yes, there is a mechanic who can also make a great coffee.

Shop

Jan Parlett’s Country Experience

At Jan Parlett’s Country Experience you will find gifts, unique homewares, stunning accessories and a dedicated Christmas room with the most amazing array of beautiful decorations in the west.

Raffia & Co

Owned by famous milliner Lisa Schaefer, whose headware won the 2015 Melbourne Cup best dressed, Raffia & Co is bursting at the seams with clothing, bags, homewares and headpieces.

The Natural Home

Think provincial living at a great price point. There’s a reason why this is my most loved store – the store’s palette is neutral with a modern French twist, designed to suit every home. They offer a range of eclectic pieces from mirrors, bedding and furniture to white goods at a highly competitive price point to accommodate both loyal local customers and interstate travellers.

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The Tin Cupboard

 

The Tin Cupboard is owned and run by Grenfellans Paige and Lachie. You’ll find locally sourced products from art and jewellery to baby clothing and Lachie will even personally gift-wrap your purchases.

Louisa’s Locker

This ladies fashion boutique is full to the brim with cashmere sweaters, statement jewellery, cute beanies, and scarves. There is a really big range so be prepared to spend some time wandering through the store to find beautiful warm winter woollies.

Grenfell Shoes

This store caters to the whole town from kids sports shoes to great brands like Django and Juliette. Their range of boots and handbags are beautiful and will have you walking out of the store looking country-chic.

Anoint

Owner of Anoint, Verdel, visited Grenfell for her mother’s art exhibition and loved it so much she decided to stay and take her successful Double Bay Chakra Therapy business with her.

Verdel has recently purchased the Masonic Hall, so your treatment will take place under sky-high roofs filled with natural light. Verdel even has her own range of natural aromatherapy products and herbal teas that help balance the chakras (energy centres or chi) in the body.

Learn

The Grenfell Visitors’ Centre

This place is the most welcoming visitors’ centre in the central west. The staff are really knowledgeable of the region and can advise you of beautiful nature walks, the best accommodation in town and let you know about other regional centres located nearby which are also worth visiting.

Grenfell Art Gallery

Located in the same building as the Visitors’ Center is the Grenfell Art Gallery. It boasts works from artists from all around Australia, the exhibitions change every six weeks – Grenfell really is a creative mecca with country hospitality.

Stay

Grenfell Hall BnB

This place has so much character as does your host Warwick, who was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017 and 2018.The walls are lined with exotic art and you’ll be greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival. Warwick will make you feel at home in this refurbished convent.

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Frogs’ Hall Creek

If you really want to escape to the country, be surrounded by nature and stroll through gardens then check this place out.

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No 8

Think white deluxe interior and modern amenities in the heart of town.

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Belle Thompson

If you're looking for Belle you'll either find her in a bookstore, a local market or a homewares boutique. Originally from regional NSW, Belle’s writing boasts about what towns outside the border have to offer; encouraging us cool, corporate Canberrans to talk a walk on the country-chic side of town. More about the Author

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