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Support country communities and buy direct from the producers. 

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Discover the delights of farm-fresh meat, hand-distilled spirits, and original fashion and homeware design pieces.

Here you can find and buy special items direct, and make a difference for those most impacted by drought, bushfire and coronavirus – across rural and regional NSW.

Once you start travelling again, use our interactive map to plan your trip around visits to unique #BuyRegional businesses.  

Global market opportunities

Building on the success of Buy Regional, small business owners can now reach global consumers too. 

Buy Regional is going global

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The Blue Mountains Chocolate Company

Chocolate and sweets,Food

The Blue Mountains Chocolate Company provides elegantly presented handmade goodies crafted from the finest Belgian couverture in numerous flavours and can also personalise your gift with ribbons, colours and messages. 

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

Accommodation,Events and tours

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus is a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing bus, stopping at 37 popular attractions around Katoomba and Leura in the Blue Mountains. 

The Gingerbread House

Chocolate and sweets,Food

The Gingerbread House spreads the magic of Christmas throughout the year with a christmas tree, lights and fairytale themed menu every day.

CoastXP

Events and tours

CoastXP is a premier Hunter coast adventure boat experience offering coastal sightseeing and whale watching tours along the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Coast. 

The Potting Mix

Arts and crafts,Gifts and homewares


The Potting Mix is a community of Tweed Valley potters creating ceramic pieces that have been designed, made, fired, glazed and finished by hand in local studios.

Gil News & Gifts

Arts and crafts,Children,Clothing,Gifts and homewares

Gil News and Gifts is not your typical newsagent, stocking womens, mens and kids clothing, giftware and toys, as well as basics such as stationery, lotto and papers. 

EPIC Chicken Co

Animal products and services,Food

EPIC Chicken Co. is a family farm raising pastured free range chicken packed with old fashioned flavour, farmed using regenerative practices, delivered direct.

Angus No. 6

Arts and crafts,Jewellery

Angus No. 6 began as a way to help the farm during the drought to buy feed and water for the cattle, and now creates fashion jewellery in various designs. 

Thornbill

Gifts and homewares

Thornbill is a family run business that offers beautifully designed, Australian luxury gifts which celebrate this unique and ancient land. 

Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat

Accommodation,Food,Workshops and classes

Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat provides holiday accommodation and Italian cooking class experiences. Immerse yourself in this laidback way of life enjoying good company and great food. Please enquire about packages that are available. 

Oasis Black

Skin and cosmetics,Sustainable and/or organic

Born in Morocco, made in Byron Bay, Oasis Black produces luxurious all natural and organic skincare featuring black seeds. 

Plastic Forests Pty Ltd

Sustainable and/or organic

Plastic Forests is a multi award-winning Australian company, recycling used soft plastics and remanufacturing them into sustainable value-added products.

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Fellow advocates

Thankful4Farmers

Thankful4Farmers is an initiative that aims to demonstrate support for Australian farming and rural communities and raise funds to create sustainable transformational impact. Supported by ambassador, Matt Moran, Thankful4Farmers will raise money via Australian consumers purchasing select retail products as well as ordering select seasonal dishes from partnering restaurants.
Fellow advocates – Thankful4Farmers

One Day Closer to Rain

One Day Closer to Rain is a Facebook group focused on drought support, with a market page selling unique hand crafted arts and design pieces. People can buy direct from the maker, through the feed.
Fellow advocates – One Day Closer to Rain

Buy from the Bush

Buy from the Bush showcases beautiful things available in rural areas facing drought. People can buy direct from the producer, through Facebook and Instagram.
Fellow advocates – Buy from the Bush

Why Leave Town Gift Cards

Why Leave Town Gift Cards provide support to regional communities who are struggling due to the bushfires and ongoing drought. Donating via Why Leave Town Gift Cards will help someone in need and also keep money circulating locally. Gift cards will be distributed by local organisations within the town you select.
Why Leave Town Gift Cards

Flavours from the Bush

Tempting recipes created to showcase delicious ingredients sourced from Buy Regional's food producers.
Lamb cutlets with pecan dukkah from Barefoot Farm

Resources

You have a few decisions to make before you start selling online.

You can set up your site using an existing e-commerce site such as Shopify, GoDaddy AustraliaSquarespace and Wix.

Existing marketplaces such as eBay or Etsy are quick and easy to use sites to list your products.

Each path to online selling has benefits and challenges, so you’ll need to do some research to find the best match for your business.

Existing marketplaces can be a great place to start your online selling adventure. Guides to the most commonly used platforms are below.

When you’re considering marketplaces, ask important questions such as:

  • Are there set-up fees?
  • Are there ongoing subscription costs? (There can be big differences in costs from zero to around $60 a month.)
  • Are fees charged for every item sold?
  • Can the site handle foreign transactions? (Some sites allow purchases from other countries.)

You’ll also need to check functionality, ease of use and if you’re not comfortable in the online world, you will need to make sure the platform offers good technical support.

You should consider how much product you will sell online. Many of the marketplaces have a moving schedule of fees depending on your volume of sales.

Online marketplaces

  • eBay is still the dominant player in Australia. They have a clear and simple guide to setting up an eBay store.
  • Etsy is a well-known marketplace with rules about what you can sell. Items are limited to handmade goods, vintage items that are over 20 years old and craft supplies. Find out how to set up an Etsy store.
  • Amazon boats over 20 categories for products and easy ways to ship your products. Learn how to sell products on Amazon.
  • Instagram is an easy place to show off the visual appeal of products, and many sellers are already on the channel. Find out how to sell products from Instagram.
  • Facebook marketplace is a popular place to sell items. Find out the steps to set up an account on Facebook marketplace.

This is a small selection of what is available online. It's also best to do plenty of your own research.

E-Commerce can work well for businesses that already have a strong brand and a clear direction.

There are more hurdles with this option, including setting up a merchant ID and purchasing a domain name. Good e-commerce sites walk you through these steps.

According to Top10.com the best e-commerce sites have tools to walk you through the process, including hosting, design, pricing and payment options, reporting and postage calculators. 

Guides to set up e-commerce sites

This is a small selection of what is available online. It's also best to do plenty of your own research.

 

Advice to small businesses is available from NSW Business Connect advisors who have a broad range of skills covering essential business topics, including business planning, marketing and how to grow your digital presence.

The first four hours of one-on-one business advice is free. After that sessions are highly subsidised by the NSW Government. Get in touch with a Business Connect advisor.

Find out more about the digital advisors offered through Business Connect.

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