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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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Chessplus

Children,Men,Toys and games

Creator of Australian Boardgame - Chessplus.  A revision of the traditional game of chess where players can now combine and split pieces. Fast, fun and addictive.

Hollydene Estate Wines

Wine and beer

Hollydene Estate is a scenic winery and restaurant set upon a hill with amazing views. Located in Jerrys Plains, NSW. 

Antonia's Irises

Arts and crafts,Gifts and homewares,Sustainable and/or organic

Growers of bearded irises, the gardens were established in 2013. Antonia’s Irises is located beside the café at the Beekeepers Inn, 2319 Mitchell Highway, Vittoria, between Bathurst and Orange in NSW. 

Ardlee Outback Giftware

Arts and crafts,Men,Gifts and homewares

Old country style store that proudly promotes hand crafted giftware, made from all over Australia.

Carta and Things

Arts and crafts,Gifts and homewares

Specialty stationery store stocking a beautiful range of Australian and sustainable brands. Greeting cards, gift wrap, gift tags and notebooks for paper lovers!

Margra Lamb

Food

Margra Lamb represents the years-long effort of two brothers —Martin and Graham Gilmore — third generation livestock breeders based in Oberon NSW. 

Escape Trekking Adventures

Accommodation,Events and tours,Men

Escape Trekking Adventures offers guided walks and outdoor rock climbing in beautiful regional locations such as Port Stephens, Blue Mountains and Royal NP.

Narooma Mobile Leisure Sport

Accommodation,Events and tours,Men

Operating in coastal town of Narooma in the Eurobodalla region of the NSW South Coast. 
We hire Water Bikes, Kayaks, Portable Mini Golf, and Lawn Games.

Pixie Dust Creations Au

Face masks

Handmade 100% cotton face masks created in the heart of Newcastle NSW. 

Shut The Gate Wines Snowy Mountains and The Little Grocer Berridale

Wine and beer

Shut The Gate Wines & The Little Grocer. Local wines, craft beers and providore. Open daily for sales and tastings.

The Shearing Shed Cowra

Accommodation,Men

This charming renovated shearing shed is situated just 5kms from Cowra in the heart of the Lachlan Valley.

Coolamon Cheese Company

Men,Food

Set in the idyllic township of Coolamon. Coolamon Cheese Company is a World Cheese Awards medal-winning artisan cheesemaker.

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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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