It was a covid lightbulb moment that led Tunja Cottier to start a new chapter in her life. Between being a single mum and home-schooling, stumbling across a social media post about the Bargara bookstore being for sale changed everything.

“I have always loved books and been an avid reader and I knew instantly it was something I could throw myself into,” Tunja said. 

Weeks later, Bargara Book Boutique was born – a quaint little store, that evokes thoughts of a warm and cosy reading nook or a secret library. There are trinkets and gifts scattered throughout – little reminders that self-care and time out are important. 

“I love being able to partner with so many other local businesses as well. It’s really important to me to give some of the smaller micro businesses the opportunity to showcase their products.”

The book boutique focuses largely on second-hand books, with new releases carefully selected by Tunja. An exchange program is also available. 

“I think it’s really important for us to be conscious of our buying and our spending. I do buy myself new books, but pass them on to someone else right away, so they always have a second life,” Tunja said.  

“There’s a lot of people who love that someone else has read a book – almost like it has its own story.”


Find Bargara Book Boutique at Shop 13a, 5 Bauer St, Bargara and The Book Boutique in Bundaberg’s CBD at 55C Bourbong Street.