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13 reasons to visit Bungendore this weekend

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‘13 reasons…?’ I hear you say. ‘Are there really 13 reasons to visit Bungendore by itself?’

Yes. Yes, there are. For too long, Bungendore has existed in the shadow of its slightly larger older brother, Braidwood, as a standalone road trip destination—or as the natural pit stop on the road to the coast.

But no longer. We’re here to prove that Bungendore is well worth a day trip or staycation—or just a longer-than-normal stopover en route to your summer holiday.

What’s more, the good folks at Coordinate and the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council have put together your ultimate guide to Bungendore and surrounds. The Treasure Trail allows Canberrans to ‘dig a little deeper’ and discover the hidden gems in places you may not have thought to look—like Bungendore.

Created as a response to the devastating Black Summer bushfires, the Treasure Trail is your guide to creating the ultimate road trip itinerary, whatever your tastes.

What’s more, spend $20 at over 90 businesses across Bungendore and Braidwood until the end of November and you’ll have a chance to share in an enormous prize pool, with $10,000 of gift vouchers up for grabs.

It’s called Shop & Win, and it’s the cherry on top of visiting this gorgeous region.

So, with all that in mind, here’s what you can’t afford to miss on your next trip to Bungendore. How many will you tick off?

1. Brunch at The Gathering

Brunch is the best start to any day—and The Gathering knows how to do it right. With a menu of favourites like French Toast and Eggs Benedict and future favourites like the Gib Street Bun (bacon, fried egg, avocado, cheese and onion marmalade) as well as Smith & Evans coffee and teas from Adore Tea, you’ll be set for a big day in the ‘Dore.

12 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore | thegatheringbungendore.com

2. Crush your food miles at the Southern Harvest Farmers Markets

Is there anything better than buying from the producer? The Southern Harvest Farmers Markets make it easy, with fresh fruit and veg, baked goods, flowers, honey, eggs, bread and herbs all straight from the farmer, grower or producer themselves every Saturday from 9 am–12 pm. Plus, coffee!

Corner of Butmaroo Street and Gibraltar Street, Bungendore | southernharvest.org.au/farmers-market

3. Shop lush homewares at Manon & Moss

Calling all antique and homewares lovers—your new obsession is here. Manon and Moss boasts a completely luxe collection of curated homewares and accessories, including candles from Cire Trudon and Giambattista Valli, vintage mirrors and chic contemporary and vintage-inspired furniture.

14 Malbon Street, Bungendore | manonandmoss.com.au

4. Shop organic at Wild Rose Organics

Like your personal care with a side of organic goodness? Feel nourished and healed—all while helping the planet—at Wild Rose Organics.

Shop 2, 38 Ellendon Street, Bungendore | @wrorganics

5. Visit Paris via Le Tres Bon

Authentic French fare—and cooking school? Mais oui! Le Tres Bon is your one-stop shop for a decadent lunch or dinner—or to brush up on your culinary skills. Missed out on a trip to Europe this year? This is how you commiserate.

40 Malbon Street, Bungendore | letresbon.com.au

6. Soak up some local culture at Bungendore Fine Art Gallery

Bungendore’s rolling hills are an artist’s dream—and Bungendore Fine Art Gallery gives these artists a place to shine. With regular exhibitions and works for sale, who knows what treasures you’ll discover. 

42B Ellendon Street, Bungendore | bungendorefineart.com.au

7. Find something unique for your Christmas tree at Village Antiques

While Village Antiques is your destination to find unique antique pieces, we have a hot tip from a local that they also have an amazing selection of Christmas decorations that can be treasured for years to come. Who knows, maybe you’ll create your own family antique.

32 Malbon Street, Bungendore | facebook.com/villgae.antiques.bungendore

8. A schooner at The George

A visit to a country town isn’t complete without a trip to the local. At The George you’ll find a fresh and modern pub whose revitalised interior beckons you for an elevated pub meal, some trivia or just a cold one.

20 Gibraltar, Bungendore | thegeorgebaranddining.com.au

9. Browse artisanal goodies at Suki & Hugh Gallery

Inside Suki & Hugh’s deceptively small-looking gallery you’ll find a treasure trove of Australian art and design. From ceramics and homewares to exhibitions by local artists, there are plenty of names you’ll recognise—and new artists to fall in love with

38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore | sukihugh.com.au

10. Discover pre-loved heaven at Phil’s Emporium Op Shop

Dig through troves of pre-loved and vintage goodies at Phil’s. Located in the Old Anglican Church, stroll in to discover your new favourite outfit—or check their regularly-updated Facebook page to have a look before you visit.

35 Butmaroo Street, Anglican Church Hall, Bungendore | facebook.com/Philsemporiumopshop

11. A tasting at Lark Hill Winery

Sitting ever-so-picturesquely in the hills above Bungendore, Lark Hill Winery boasts an impressive selection of biodynamic wine, ready for the tasting. Why not book into their cellar door restaurant D & K Kitchen for spot of lunch or dinner?

31 Joe Rocks Road, Bungendore | larkhill.wine

12. Marvel at local craftsmanship at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Of course, no trip to Bungendore would be complete without swinging by its iconic woodworks gallery. From furniture and sculptural pieces to jewellery, vases and essential homewares

22 Malbon Street, Bungendore | bwoodworks.com.au

13. Find the perfect gift at Jemayca Red Boutique

Tucked away on Malbon Street you’ll find a curated selection of fashion and accessories at Jemayca Red—perfect for gift shopping…even if that gift is for yourself.

23 Malbon Street, Bungendore | facebook.com/Jemayca-RED-Boutique

WANT EVEN MORE ROAD TRIP INSPIRATION?

Explore the Treasure Trail at treasuretrail.com.au

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Shop & Win on the Queanbeyan-Palerang Treasure Trail
When: Until 26 November
Where: More than 90 businesses in Bungendore and Braidwood
Website: treasuretrail.com.au

Feature image: Suki & Hugh Gallery. Photography: Adam McGrath

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