IN Noosa #29 Spring 2021

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I’M YOURS, TAKE ME! ISSUE 29 | Spring 2021



ISSUE 29 Spring 2021

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Editor’s Note

hile the cooler weather normally has me hiding under the blankets or by an open fire with a glass of red in hand, there is way too much happening to hibernate! Noosa is literally coming ALIVE with the return of the ten-day Noosa Alive arts and culture festival (see page 14) - and we’re planning our own takeover of this event with a special Sunset Sip n’ Paint Soirée (pg 18)! Horizon Festival is also back with an amazing line up of world-class acts in stunning environments (pg 20); the very best in Classic Cars will come to Hastings Street (pg 26); the Melbourne Cup is coming to Noosa - yes, literally - thanks to a local charity (pg 12); and the Sunshine Coast Business Awards returns to celebrate the INspiring businesses IN Noosa (pg 22)! Closer to home, we will be busy with three exciting author events (pg 30); a lovely evening to celebrate a local business (pg 120); and Whisky Boy will fire up for a special IN Noosa wine lunch (pg 46). So, get your layers on and get amongst it! We are more than a magazine so let’s keep in touch: like and follow us on social media, sign up for our free e-newsletter, listen to our Everyone has a Story podcast; and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! Stay warm, stay safe!






Deb has almost 30 years’ experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit sectors. She started IN Publishing to connect the community through storytelling and is passionate about working with small businesses in the region. She loves hanging out with her boys John and Maximus.

Paul is the Publisher and co-Director of IN Publishing. He has enjoyed a successful career spanning almost 40 years working in media and corporate communications industries and more recently in the profit-forpurpose charity and business sector as an Independent Director and Corporate Advisor.

After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Everyone Has a Story podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager and event MC; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio and raising his son Maximus.




Ali is our go-to girl when it comes to design, deadlines and digital. An experienced graphic designer with nearly 20 years’ experience in advertising, magazines and publishing, she brings creativity and efficiency to the team. When she’s not at her computer, you can find her on the water with her husband and three kids.

From her early days working in the art room of major publications back in the 1980s, Shona has enjoyed a long career in media. When she’s not creating the stunning pages and supporting clients of IN Noosa Magazine and Hello Sunshine Magazine, you’ll find Shona relaxing with her family at the beach.

Edwina has more than 20 years’ experience working in media, marketing, communications, event management and stakeholder engagement. She loves working with local businesses and looking for collaborative ideas that will help them to achieve even greater things.






Carlie Wacker is a presenter, MC freelance fashion writer and stylist. She is our Fashion Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine and keeps busy managing our social media pages, not to mention churning out stories regularly. She recently launched her own range of World of Wacker handmade polymer clay earrings.

Sarah is a writer and National Geographic award-winning photographer. Since entering the world of publishing close to a decade ago she’s penned features for some of Australia’s best-known titles. A long-time local, when she’s not whipping up words she can be found hiking the trails of the Sunshine Coast with her family.

Ellie is passionate about visual design and creating a career that is both dynamic and fun. After completing an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design in 2020, she is thrilled to join the creative and clever crew at IN Noosa Magazine and Hello Sunshine Magazine and work locally in the place where she was born.







A highly regarded chef with a passion for simple, producedriven cuisine based on seasonal, fresh local ingredients. He is an active member of the Slow Food movement, a champion of artisan producers and a generous mentor to keen young chefs. When he’s not cooking up stories for IN Noosa you’ll find him at View by Matt Golinski at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas.

After 25 years of sniffing, swirling, spitting and slurping various vinous temptations our drinks writer has decided that his future lies firmly planted on the consumption and storytelling side. Tony not only still enjoys consulting about wine and other beverages but is now part of the successful Kate Cox Real Estate Team at Reed & Co. Estate Agents.

Presenter, mature model, public speaker and accidental reality TV star, Lesley is a multi-talented and self-confessed modern-day renaissance woman. As our Fashion Editor, she brings a passion for local labels paired perfectly with a focus on the body positive movement. You may have seen Lesley on your screen throughout her time on MKR. She relishes the role of showcasing fabulous fashion with style and energy.








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pring has sprung and art is in the air! In fact, the whole month of October has been renamed Artober. Four art festivals will be taking over our streets, waterways and villages and 100+ artists will open the doors to their studio sanctuaries as part of Queensland’s largest art trail, Noosa Open Studios. Immerse yourself in the art world and be INspired - why not make a weekend of it and explore the beautiful villages and towns that make up our great region. You know I’m going to say we are lucky to be living here and it’s true. Still, so many of our businesses are suffering from uncertainty and the effects of a constantly changing landscape. Do your bit to support by booking a staycation in your own backyard - whether it’s a day trip, long weekend or week. Make it your mission to rediscover why you love living here. From Hastings Street to the Hinterland, get amongst it and support our local businesses! We hope you enjoy this bumper edition - let us know, we love your feedback! and remember, we are more than a magazine so let’s keep in touch: like and follow us on social media, sign up for our free e-newsletter and tune in to our Everyone has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa podcast - there’s some cracking new interviews on there! Spring to it - support local!






Deb has almost 30 years’ experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit sectors. She started IN Publishing to connect the community through storytelling and is passionate about working with local businesses and hanging out with her boys John and Maximus.

Paul is the Publisher and co-Director of IN Publishing. He has enjoyed a successful career spanning almost 40 years working in media and corporate communications industries and more recently in the profit-forpurpose charity and business sector as an Independent Director and Corporate Advisor.

After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Everyone Has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker and event MC; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio while also raising his son Maximus.




Ali is our go-to girl when it comes to design, deadlines and digital. An experienced graphic designer with nearly 20 years’ experience in advertising, magazines and publishing, she brings creativity and efficiency to the team. When she’s not at her computer, you can find her on the water with her husband and three kids.

From her early days working in the art room of major publications back in the 1980s, Shona has enjoyed a long career in media. When she’s not creating the stunning pages and supporting clients of IN Noosa Magazine and Hello Sunshine Magazine, you’ll find Shona relaxing with her family at the beach.

Carlie Wacker is a presenter, MC freelance fashion writer and stylist. She is our Fashion Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine and keeps busy managing our social media pages, not to mention churning out stories regularly. She recently launched her own range of World of Wacker handmade polymer clay earrings.



A highly-experienced events management specialist and wedding planner, Carly owns CL Weddings and Events and was the acting General Manager of Makepeace Island. She joined the team in a baptism of fire to produce The IN Noosa Guide and proved her ability to handle pressure and take control of any situation with authority and ease.

Ellie is passionate about visual design and creating a career that is both dynamic and fun. After completing an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design in 2020, she is thrilled to join the creative and clever crew at IN Noosa Magazine and Hello Sunshine Magazine and work locally in the place where she was born.

Georgia is a feature writer and storyteller exploring the triumphs and concerns of everyday people. With a Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing and a Minor in Journalism under her belt, she’s passionate about giving a voice to local communities. When she’s not out in the real world, she’s lost in a novel or writing one of her own.




Presenter, model, public speaker and accidental reality TV star, Lesley is a multi-talented and self-confessed modern-day renaissance woman. She brings a passion for local labels paired perfectly with a focus on the body positive movement and relishes the role of showcasing fabulous fashion with style and energy. You may have seen Lesley on your screen from her time in the kitchen on MKR.

Geoff has spent his working life as a pharmacist and these days calls Noosa home. He played tennis competitively for 40 years and while his wife Rachel runs Lovely Things Gift Shop in Noosa, Geoff has opted to be our ‘man on the streets’ taking over delivery and distribution of the magazines.He’s keen to meet you and to get to know you if you’re a business owner or operator who has one of our magazine stands.

A highly regarded chef with a passion for simple, producedriven cuisine based on seasonal, fresh local ingredients. Matt is an active member of the Slow Food movement, a champion of artisan producers and a generous mentor to keen young chefs. When he’s not cooking up stories for IN Noosa you’ll find him at View by Matt Golinski at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas or as a regular at local food festivals.











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Noosa’s sophisticated charm, vibrant food culture and the magnetism of a subtropical paradise surrounded by national parks, inveigled Helen’s manic world and flipped it on its side. She pursues the good life with gusto, instinctively understanding the joys of travel, the art of story-telling, a candid review and surviving another reno whilst thriving on the motto: Live Laugh Love!




A born storyteller and connector of people, Jennifer works with a number of SMEs looking after their branding, marketing strategy, communications, PR and events. As Chair of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards, Vice President of the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance and a Non-Executive Director of Visit Sunshine Coast, Jennifer proactively engages with local businesses on a daily basis.







Alex Baxter, aspiring artist and arts writer, lover not a fighter; is due to complete her Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art later this year, and aspires to partake in further studies in this field. She has a great passion for literature, photography, printmaking, music, a simple glass of wine, incredibly derivative political street art, and writing in third-person.




Nina Shadforth is Curator for the Sunshine Coast Art Collection (Caloundra Regional Gallery) and co-curator of Wild/flower Women exhibitions. She has worked in the arts sector for more than 20 years, including as Curator/Director at Caloundra and Noosa Regional Galleries and Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy.


Artist, landscape designer and man about town, Pete brings his love of gardens, design and all things green to IN Noosa. Having worked with design greats Rick Eckersley and Jamie Durie and having been featured in all the top mags, Pete finally realised his lifelong dream of moving to Noosa with Dave and Oscar Wilde (man’s best friend).



Writing as The Australian Poet, Nekita’s observations of nature, the ocean, and the beauty of the Coast have captured the hearts and minds of her readers and thousands of Instagram followers. Nekita’s love of the printed word has seen the release of her beautiful hardcover poetry book The Native Heart featuring stunning illustrations by her sister Jaclyn. Discover Nekita and her work at

With qualifications and years of experience in health, wellness, beauty, management and business, culminating in the creation of the award-winning ikatan Spa, Katrina has a passion for everything relating to the wellness world and loves to share her knowledge, experience and research. She is an active member of our community with involvement in tourism and charity work.



The Director of Noosa Regional Gallery has been described as an ‘accidental curator’ as a prize-winning painter and sculptor who has moved from creating works to curating them. It all began when he opened The Trocadero Art Space in Footscray to build an arts community in the area. Fifteen years later it is still standing and we are lucky to now have him taking the arts to a whole new level in our region.

After 25 years of sniffing, swirling, spitting and slurping various vinous temptations our drinks writer has decided that his future lies firmly planted on the consumption and storytelling side. Tony not only still enjoys consulting about wine and other beverages but is now part of the successful Kate Cox Real Estate Team at Reed & Co. Estate Agents.



Erin has been working in the fitness industry for over 15 years now, and still absolutely loves her job to bits! She runs her unique fitness studio E Fitness in the beautiful hinterland township of Pomona, with stunning views of Mt Cooroora out the back doors and trains her clients under the strict supervision of her toddler and bestie, Aluna.


Jackie holds Mindfulness Workshops, teaches Mindful Photography and is a Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist & Holistic Counsellor. Her passion is working with children and teens to help them reduce stress and anxiety and increase self-love. She loves to create art and learn about the mind and brain from her Tewantin studio. For workshops visit






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DISTRIBUTION: For spring, 13,000 printed copies available throughout Noosa and surrounds in locally-designed and handcrafted magazine stands. IN Noosa Magazine is also supplied to local businesses and visitors through its tailored distribution process.

Giddy up for the Noosa Country Polo Cup; a first-class experience in the stunning foothills of Cooroy Mountain!

15 INDULGE Rediscover the magic of Noosa with special staycation offers that are too good to resist.

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We would like to acknowledge and pay respects to the traditional owners, the Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi people, whose country we create on and we would like to extend our respect to their elders, both past, present and emerging. IN NOOSA Magazine is printed on 100% recyclable paper. Made with love. Please enjoy!

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INSPIRE Spring is blooming and the newest florist in town is oozing with style and sophistication.

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IN THE STUDIO Go inside the region’s most timeless and stunning spaces with Sunshine Coast Open House celebrating all things architecture and design.

34 INTHE KITCHEN Meet the man behind the wok at XO and discover how and why he became a chef and his big plans for fresh produce.


79 IN FASHION Preppy and perfect pick-me-ups for a fresh new season!


IN THE STUDIO Get ready for Artober with art festivals taking over the streets, waterways and towns!

PODCAST Download the Everyone Has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa podcast with 100+ interviews and fresh content regularly! Including: Matt Golinski, Helen Peel, DJ Niki DéSaint, Phil Jarratt, Mark Webber, Mayor Clare Stewart, Jon Coghill + more...




BOTTOMS UP! Event: VIP Beach Party Venue: Noosa Main Beach Tipi

Noosa Eat & Drink supporters and VIPs enjoyed a magical sunset on Noosa Main Beach to the tunes of DJ DéSaint while enjoying Aperol Spritzes by Locale, Sunshine & Sons gin, Flossy Fairy Floss, and food by The Ohana Group. Salivating for the next Noosa Eat & Drink already! PHOTOS: DEB CARUSO

FOR THE KIDS Event: Reed & Co Charity Gala Venue: Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort Sporting stars and local legends helped raised more than $275,000 to donate 24 pieces of life-saving paediatric medical equipment to regional hospitals. Together with Loyal Foundation and Humpty Dumpty Foundation, the 150 guests were entertained by host Ray Martin AM, Pat Rafter, Layne Beachley AO and Tim Horan AM. PHOTOS: JASON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

A SHADY PAST Event: Book Launch of Phil Jarratt’s Place of Shadows, the History of Noosa Venue: Noosa Harbour Wine Bar Phil Jarratt’s comprehensive history of Noosa was launched with much fanfare with pioneers, influencers, former mayors, musicians, the literati and more. Visit our website for the full story and to win a signed copy. Listen to our interview with Phil on the “Everyone has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa” podcast. PHOTOS: ROB MACCOLL

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ALIVE-LY DINNER Event: David Williamson AO 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Venue: Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas As part of Noosa Alive, family, friends and fans of David Williamson AO came together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his first significant play, The Removalists. The elegant affair included an after-dinner ‘Up Close and Personal’ with David reading excerpts fomr his highly anticipated Home Truths, A Memoir to be released soon Listen to our interview with David on the “Everyone has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa” podcast PHOTOS: TRAVIS MACFARLANE

MINGLING MAGIC Event: Mingle with the Mayor Ball Venue: Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort MC Kay MCGrath OAM, who is a passionate campaigner for protecting children against violence joined Mayor Clare Stewart and 150 guests to raise more than $300,000 to address domestic and family violence, including helping SunnyKids increase its domestic and family violence counselling and support service in Noosa. Bravo Noosa! PICS: EMPIRE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

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Jeanette Smith has the extraordinary ability to produce art that you can feel. Her latest body of work sees her creative observations become works that transport you to Noosa and surrounds. Carlie Wacker dives into the world of Noosa artist Jeanette Smith aka Jen Jay Art.

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hen you look at the work of our front cover artist, you can taste the salt air and feel the energy of beachgoers and bathers soaking up the sun and sea. Jeanette Smith’s trademark palette knife impasto style of art is so textured and tactile you cannot help but want to explore further. So, let’s go on a little journey and discover more about this award-winning artist that calls Noosa home. Jeanette’s love of art was ignited after winning a colouring-in competition at the age of eight, but she chose to travel the world rather than study fine arts which led her on a slightly different, yet still very creative path for a while. When she returned from her travels heightened with architecture, culture and style, she embarked on a career in interior design and project management and built a very successful business servicing clients in Sydney’s North Shore and the Northern Beaches. Clients would also commission her to create a hero piece for the interior space she was designing. After starting a family and having two sons close together Jeanette decided to go back to studying Fine Art and Design at The NSW University of Newcastle and furthered her degree into Education which she said opened a whole gamut of IN Noosa Magazine

The energy and buzz I receive from Noosa not only inspires me but helps feed my soul Noosa Beach and National Park with hinterland surrounds, not only inspires me but the creative community helps feed my soul,” Jeanette says. creative endeavours and experiences. “Teaching Fine Art and Design became my world,” she says. “I tutored students to only discover I learnt from them; and I’m still active in teaching private lessons in my studio. “I also do art workshops in life drawing and painting as well as paintand-sip groups for private and corporate clients.” Jeanette relocated to Noosa in 2016 in a bid to reclaim the childhood holiday memories from the many visits she enjoyed over the past 20 years, and a new creative chapter was born. “The energy and buzz I receive from 10

“Noosa is a creative incubator! The art world here and community is strong, refreshing, and inspirational.” This is where we find Jeanette now living her best art-filled life as Jen Jay Art. “For my resources and inspiration, everything is within 30 minutes to an hour away,” she said. “I have a weekly ritual of people-watching and sketching or painting on Noosa Main Beach, photographing the sunset at the woods or first light in Noosa National Park. “The backdrop is alluring – the turquoise ocean, timeless fun of basking and relaxing in the sun and sand or breathing in the fresh riches of Noosa

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the shady pandanus and watched the few people as if they were a mirage towards the water. Breathing in all this goodness and feeling blessed this is my backyard! Swells Up at Noosa National Park

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National Park plus exploring this paradise - its coves and bays. “I’m lucky to get my bucket full everyday of creative substance which I bring back to my studio in Peregian Springs.” Her people watching and space rituals are endless inspiration for this joyful artist. Our cover artwork Little Cove is part of her Coastal Collection and is undeniably that little piece of paradise beaming from

“Little Cove has always been my favourite swimming spot,” she said. “After a busy week and the end of a successful holiday season, I was craving a swim. So off I trekked to Little Cove without my camera, sketchbook and paints. “Feeling a little bummed out by forgetting my materials that day, I worked hard to visually record and hold all the sensory experiences that were heightened that day. I reminded myself of a subject I taught to my students on sense of place, to focus on the sound, colour and textures. “I floated with my head back in the water letting the soft small waves drift my buoyancy. The waves were crystal clear and slowly rolled smooth, hardly making a sound. The colour of the water was at its very turquoise best. I sat under 11

“I thought if I cannot bottle this to share… I will have to paint it!” And that she did – the result is a teleportation to Little Cove. It is invigorating, you can taste the salty air, hear and feel the water lapping your feet, and be transported to a place of serenity. This is Little Cove Noosa!

Visit Jeanette in her studio as part of Noosa Open Studios. 10am-4pm Friday 1 to Sunday 3 October; Tuesday 5 October; and Friday 8 to Sunday 10 October. 97 Pavilion Drive, Peregian Springs Find out more about Noosa Open Studios on page 128. Commissions available by appointment. View Jeanette’s art at Hearts and Minds Art or the Noosa Sebel Reception, Hastings Street Noosa Heads, at Noosa Open Studios or online at SPRING 2021



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As style icon Ralph Lauren once said “The Polo player has elegance and imagination. It embodies a sophisticated luxury and timeless style.” This is precisely what we can expect at the Noosa Country Polo Cup event – elegance, luxury, style (and Bollinger), as Carlie Wacker discovers.


e can now add a premium event combining world-class polo, DJs, fashions on the field and champagne to the Noosa calendar. The inaugural Noosa Country Polo Cup at the Noosa Country Polo Club is set to be a first-class experience located in the stunning foothills of Cooroy Mountain. On a sporting level, this is the final event of the year on the Queensland Polo calendar attracting professional players with 8 teams vying for the Noosa Cup. The location in our very own backyard is nothing short of spectacular and the perfect setting for the pomp and ceremony of one of the most ancient and noble of sports. Noosa Country Polo Club is a passion project for President Niall Coburn and his wife Illy – a culmination of a love of the sport and creating a world-class facility to coach the athletes and horses and present events to new and existing polo fans. The not-for-profit Club is affiliated with the Queensland and Australian Polo Associations and is dedicated to developing and educating participants in the sport of Polo. Niall, who learnt how to play Polo at 43 years and won the Puesto Viejo in Argentina 14 years later, says his vision was to make polo accessible to everyone. “Our emphasis is on ‘country polo’ and

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GIDDY UP FOR THE CUP! IN Noosa Magazine is thrilled to partner with the Noosa Country Polo Cup on Sunday 3 October! From premium experiences to playful picnics, here’s what to expect with your ticket: Entry to the event Live entertainment including Fashions on the Field hosted by Tam Wrigley Interviews with the players Complimentary bus transfers Craft beer bars Bookings are essential! 18+ licensed event No BYO food or beverage allowed

...a day to dress in your finest polo attire, mingle with the players and superstars of the sport and learn about the most ancient and stately sports in the world.


enjoying the game, no matter what level you are at,” he said. “Thus our motto: ‘takes courage to encourage’. We provide weekly chukkas, clinics throughout the year, horse training and Polo lessons.” Encouraging beginners and experts is one of the world’s best trainers, Simon Hill, who is known as “the gentleman of Polo” with a distinguished career in the UK and Australia.

Shaun Birley, Simon Hill and Stefanie Acworth a training field and the main stage - the Archibald Field - plus stunning traditional stables and tack room.

He has been training local ambassadors Shaun Birley and Stefanie Acworth ready for the Cup! Shaun is an e commerce consultant and fashion and travel enthusiast with over 100,000 followers on social media. He has learnt to play polo in a fascinating journey which will see him go from having little horse-riding experience to competing in his first professional game at the Noosa Cup!

The Noosa Country Polo Cup is our chance to explore the sport of Kings (and Queens) and enjoy a luxurious afternoon of entertainment and who knows, you may be charmed into donning the jodhpurs yourself one day.

Stefanie is a travel writer with more than 37,000 followers. She is also a left-handed dressage rider who has been taken under the wings of the Queensland Polo Association to learn the art of polo and she will compete in the Car against Horse race! They’ll both be joining me to judge Fashions on the Field so frock up!

Dress in your finest attire, mingle with the players and superstars of the sport and learn about the most ancient and stately sports in the world.

The Noosa Country Polo property offers

The day will consist of the Polo finals which can be viewed from VIP private marquees, the Premium Noosa Country Lounge or Peggy’s Square.

Immerse yourself in the magnificent sport of Polo including the traditional stomping of the divots; men’s and women’s dash and Fashions on the Field. This is a must-attend premium event! 13

Polo field premium positioning White picket fence marquee Picnic style furniture Corporate branded entrance sign Complimentary glass of Bollinger Champagne on arrival Beverage package including two bottles of Bollinger Champagne, craft beers and wines Substantial canapés and small dishes by Spoon Fed Catering Reserved car park per every 2 guests Tickets are $395 per person

NOOSA COUNTRY LOUNGE White picket fence lounge with shaded marquee and market umbrellas Picnic style furniture Beverage package including beer and wine Substantial canapés by Spoon Fed Catering Reserved car park per every 2 guests $295 per person

PEGGY’S SQUARE LAWN ENCLOSURE Event big screen Craft beer bars Bollinger Champagne Bar Food trucks Picnic setting with shaded areas/umbrellas $85 per person SPRING 2021


Immerse yourself in relaxation, get your travel fix, and explore your own backyard with a staycay in Noosa. Enjoy a slow Noosa holiday, indulge in some retail therapy, linger over long hinterland lunches, or spend endless days beachside.

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Stuck in the perpetual motion of our world, we often forget our minds need time to slow down. Georgia Beard discovers the benefits of a holiday that’s a little closer to home.


orders closures won’t budge, conversations nosedive into pits of negativity and our stress levels jump as every day of uncertainty passes. Although we should be mindful of our changing world, sometimes it’s just too much. We need to escape. We need to pull ourselves out of the pit, to sit still and watch the world move around us. “But where can we go?” I hear you ask. Well, your travel options aren’t as limited as they seem. You only need to walk out your front door, and you’ll end up in paradise. Visit Noosa has curated some of the best deals, ideas and suggestions for your next staycation. It’s a chance to see Noosa through the eyes of our visitors, especially now they’ve gone AWOL. Someone needs to fill that empty space, right? Let’s disappear into the Noosa Hinterland, the sprawling valleys dotted with country retreats and natural wonders. Stay at one of the many accommodation options in Elanda Point, Cooran or Pomona, whether it be a cottage, farm stay or glamping experience. Hidden in the hills, you’ll feel like the only person around to take in the views. Once you’ve settled in, you can truly explore the beauty of the Hinterland. Sweep down the Noosa Everglades in a kayak or canoe, meandering through

Elanda Point. Immerse yourself in the Mothar Mountain Rockpools in Cooran. Hike up Mt Cooroora in Pomona to watch the sun set (or rise) over the landscape. Heading east, we emerge onto the skin-warming sands of Noosa’s coastline, a beach caught in the perpetual lull of relaxation. Choose from a range of resorts, villas and apartments in Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach or Peregian Beach, where the people are mellow and the days even more so. You’ll always find something to do here. Indulge in gourmet meals and cocktail evenings at one of the many restaurants on Hastings Street. Peruse 15

the beachside markets in Peregian or check out for a few hours at a day spa. Dip your toes in the waves or take a pontoon boat into calmer water. Returning from the staycation and into your own backyard without the hassle or highway driving or flying, you’ll find yourself refreshed and ready to fall back into the orbit of the wider world. Discover the magic of Noosa and why people from all over Australia and the world wish they were here. Visit staycation to discover deals for accommodation, experiences, food, drink and more. You’ll be glad you did! SPRING 2021


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With all the rigmarole of going overseas or interstate the staycation is here to, well, stay. But why choose ‘Stopathome’ writes Helen Flanagan, when you can sleep under the stars - four, five or even six!

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ooking for a getaway you take when the getaway with time constraints is out of the question? How about somewhere cute, quirky, eco-savvy or totally glam, a place to make your heart beat faster or where you can live like a Tsar without leaving your backyard. Shaken not stirred or on the rocks? Yes, it doesn’t get more tantalising than First Point, in a lavish 3-bedroom apartment overlooking Little Cove, with its own pool, direct beach access and uninterrupted azure ocean views. Turn left onto the boardwalk to the worldfamous Noosa National Park and World Surfing Reserve, Boiling Point, Dolphin Point, Fairy Pools and Hell’s Gate. Turn right. Noosa Main Beach and sophisticated Hastings Street with its bevy of beachside restaurants and boutiques is almost on your doorstep. Experience all-American-style glamping in Waternest, a 1965 silver bullet Airstream imported from Los Angeles, permanently pitched on a grassy knoll in host Christina’s beachside garden at Sunrise. Wake to waves breaking onshore, spend the morning surfing, swimming or walking on the beach, freshen up with an open-air shower under the bougainvillea and cook breakfast in the fully-equipped kitchen. Italian red wine, San Pellegrino water, Segafredo coffee, cheese, fruit, and olives IN Noosa Magazine

Loea Boutique Hotel plus beautiful Saya products including suntan lotion are just a few of the complimentary pleasures. Arrive by helicopter at the 40-hectare Mayan Farm in the Noosa Hinterland playground of Kin Kin, and let the unwind begin at Mayan Luxe Villas, which exude natural warmth, contemporary flair yet blend with the surrounding farmland and environment. Constructed with sustainable rammed earth and recycled hewn timber from the property, with polished concrete floors and bespoke features throughout, co-host Brett’s craftsmanship is evident. The east and west-wing suites have a deck and king-size master suite, and one has a kitchenette, laundry and alfresco bath with a view. The central living pavilion has a queen suite with access to a separate guest bathroom, a massive 16

Palmyra open-plan space with seating for seating 10, a chef’s kitchen and butler’s pantry. Outside overlooking the plunge pool and surrounding farmland, are additional entertaining areas which include a pizza oven and firepit. Owner and chef, Jodie Williams, who also has Black Ant Gourmet and the Kin Kin General Store has designed Mayan Luxe Villas around entertaining in style and will cater for 20 banquet-style or a cocktail party for 50. Wish to be transported back to those heady days of Bali and a sanctuary for the soul? Prepare to be entranced by Palmyra an ultra-luxury retreat with two houses, set amongst verdant rainforest, beautiful flora, and amazing fauna, on 10-hectares, 20-minutes from Noosa Main Beach and 10-minutes from the famous Eumundi Markets.


Mayan Farm Serenity begins the moment you enter the estate across the wooden bridge over the creek, and a magnificent white residence wrapped by a verandah is revealed through the trees. A dreamy setting complemented by a 7-bedroom, 6-bathroom retreat for a memorable stay or perhaps a yoga or wellness escape. The elegant main living room has a chandelier from Turkey above the 14-seater dining table; the master suite with sauna, looks out to the 20-metre infinity pool with two gazebos; and the chef-approved kitchen has all the bells and whistles for lavish entertaining. Mary-Ellen Odijk of With Style is the genial host and happy to organise catering as well as activities for families, corporates, and wedding guests. When it comes to cute, sassy and Instagrammable, the winner is Loea Boutique Hotel. With no international travellers and state borders opening and closing haphazardly, Andrew and Lucy Pink’s dream of recreating the classic “warm breezy beach days”, no matter

Airstream - Waternest - Glamping Beachside the weather outside, but with a fresh, modern chic look, could have easily turned into a nightmare, but they achieved it in buckets and spades. They wanted a calm inviting space, so combined soft whites and neutral tones with the warmth of natural materials such as rattan to give it that understated coastal look. They offer simple yet uncompromised luxe at an affordable price – ten beautifully styled suites with incredibly comfortable beds, luxury quilts and pillows, linen bedding, complimentary organic skincare, a tropical garden with magnesium pool and classic white cruiser bikes for guests. A reimagined vintage-style food truck acts as the reception for guests but also serves up locally sourced food, and hot, cold, and alcoholic beverages. When you wish upon a star make it the big one shining over Domic, (meaning dome in Russian), an award-winning mansion in Sunshine Beach, built at a reported cost of $21 million. Domic Noosa, is for those seeking an authentic

First Point Noosa Heads eco-friendly haven with ultimate barefoot uber luxury. The curved roof is covered with native landscaping, fusing the 4-level structure with surrounding bushland and sand dunes. Inside vaulted ceilings are lined with acoustic panels. Six mega master bedroom suites have private balconies with dynamic Coral Sea and Noosa National Park views. There are 10 bathrooms. The entertainment level showcases a bar, cinema, gym, spa, steam room, sauna, ice bath, also an external entertaining area with a 2-metre pool. complete with cocktail bar, day spa, BBQ facilities and a 25-metre swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Of course, privacy is secondto-none. Oh, to live like a Tsar or movie star without leaving your own backyard. What about Christmas? Don’t let the eye-watering rent of $80,000 a week, one of the most expensive holiday rentals in the country, faze you. Stay home but don’t stay in - staycay the right way!

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Your one stop shopping destination in Noosa

You’ll find a great mix of local boutiques, major national brands, a host of health, beauty and banking services, fantastic food and so much more. Located 10 minutes from Hastings Street with free parking, Noosa Civic has all your shopping needs covered in air-conditioned comfort. For more information and store directory visit Big W Woolworths 100 speciality stores 28 Eenie Creek Rd (Cnr Walter Hay Drive) Noosaville Ph 5440 7900


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School holidays always mean family fun at Noosa Civic and the spring activities will offer a roar-some respite from the outside world, as Georgia Beard discovers.


e wish so many things would go back to the way they were. Hugs and kisses. Travel. Playtime fun. As we navigate our changing way of life, Noosa Civic brings prehistoric fun and the return of family favourites to restore some familiar, pre-pandemic comfort these spring holidays. Until 9 October, the newest school holiday program will carry the past into the present with some prehistoric entertainment. A herd of dinosaurs are on their way, ready to scatter themselves throughout the Centre as part of Jurassic Creatures, a lively interactive experience. Marketing Manager Aimee Dodge said budding explorers and palaeontologists can learn about the different dinosaurs on display, including a moving velociraptor that will be tramping around the Centre for kids to find. Kids can also spot the dinosaur eggs that will be hidden in the windows of stores to receive a free fossil egg to take home. To receive, all kids need to do is pick up a trail card in the Centre and use the eggs they find to spell out a mystery word. “For those who love to get creative at home, there will also be a Colouring Competition with a Dino prize pack up for grabs,” Aimee said. Noosa Civic will offer this activity over

The updated play space will offer an opportunity for parents to grab a coffee and take a seat while their children explore the new space. an extended school holiday period and with COVID-19 measures in place. “We have designed this activation with social distancing in mind,” Aimee said. “Because the dinosaurs are located around the Centre, we can welcome more families in to enjoy the experience.” Alongside Jurassic family fun, a new and improved play space designed for kids under five years old will be returning to the Centre to put the smiles back into shopping. “The updated play space will offer an opportunity for parents to grab a coffee and take a seat while their children explore the new space,” Aimee said. Another Noosa Civic staple making a comeback is Kid’s Mornings every Tuesday from 9.30am to 10.30am. The mornings will feature a different theme and a professional children’s entertainer 19

each week. “The goal is to support our retailers in the food court while offering our community of young families something fun and educational indoors,” Aimee said. “Delivering quality school holiday entertainment for our local families is something that’s always been important to the Centre, and the privilege to do so in the current environment isn’t lost on us.” For more information on their school holiday program, including printable colouring pages for the Colouring Competition and weekly themes for Kid’s Mornings, visit

WHAT'S ON What: Jurassic Creatures exhibition When: 16 September to 9 October Cost: Free What: Kid’s Mornings When: Every Tuesday from 14 September from 9.30am to 10.30am Cost: Free SPRING 2021

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Travel restrictions needn’t rob you of the pleasures of exploring new and interesting landscapes; immersing yourself in art, wine and food from different terroirs and making new friends. John Caruso discovers a destination that has it all and is just a few hours away.


left Noosa late Friday morning, heading southwest through the often twisty, inland roads with Google maps indicating that my destination; the beautifully restored and heritage listed, Braeside Homestead in Dalveen on the Granite Belt, was about four hours away. The sun is casting a gorgeous golden glow across the property when I arrive mid-afternoon and I am greeted by property managers Erika and Heath Green. Green in name and nature it seems with stunning landscaping and hundreds of roses that will be breathtaking when they bloom in October. Accommodating twelve people, Braeside was established in the mid1870s and operated as a stud farm from 1879 to 1901. Its original character is intact with most of the bedrooms inside the original building and additional accommodation in a cottage close by. My room has a large king-sized bed, a beautiful clawfoot tub in the bathroom and a spectacular chandelier, one of many throughout the home which are painstakingly hand-polished and spectacular when sunlight scatters a kaleidoscope of colour across the rooms. Chesterfield couches and fireplaces feature in almost all the living areas, and on this evening, the fires are doing a great job of warming the homestead. Erika and Heath provide all guests with breakfast provisions for a delicious country style breakfast with many guests enjoying the opportunity to cook in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. There’s also a BBQ with packs available to pre-order from a local butcher. IN Noosa Magazine

Braeside Manor The Stanthorpe Cheese Factory is just ten minutes south of Braeside and I recommend you order a gourmet grazing platter ahead of your arrival from Brinx Deli and Café in Stanthorpe. I don’t overindulge in breakfast Saturday morning because I know what’s waiting thirty minutes down the road at Sabo’s on the Severn. Here you will meet two of the most wonderfully hospitable human beings ever, Joe and Lizzie Sabo. The couple wanted a tree change and purchased the property four years ago. “We’re on 33 acres and our property backs onto the Severn River with four guest rooms inside and four guest units, sleeping 26 people. I also run cooking classes which seem to be really popular,” says Lizzie. We take a seat around a beautifully presented table with the main attractions centre stage - homemade scones with jam and cream, and a tall sponge cake decorated with strawberries! Seated at the table with me is Rosy Chapman, the coordinator for The Granite Belt Art Trail that’s taking place in Stanthorpe in October. In its third year they are celebrating with a spectacular opening night planned with local food, local wine, and entertainment. Rosy tells me the Granite Belt and the people who call the area home have lived through some very tough times with drought and bushfires and how art has played an important role in rebuilding the community spirit. 20

“I’m a seventh generation local and when I returned home in 2018, the region was suffering a terrible drought,” she said. “People were squabbling at the water hole. We had no tourism, the national park was closed, we experienced two bush fires in 2019; there was no fruit and veggie industry; we had no water, and we had no community. “With my background as an art’s therapist and artist, I recognised that we’ve got an incredible arts community here and eventually we started the Art Trail to bring everyone together. Roxane Scott from Wild Cat Tracks Tours is our driver who takes us into town via some of the amazing murals that adorn several buildings in the town centre, many paying homage to the firefighters who protected the local community during those 2019 bushfires. “My tours are individually tailored to the needs of whoever wants to book me. I can take up to four people on winery and brewery tours, cheese tasting, sampling local products, history tours and more,” she said. To further emphasise the importance of art to the region, it just so happens that the local pottery club is celebrating its 50th year, so it’s off to join the celebrations, by purchasing a locally hand-crafted bowl and filling it up with some delicious soup. Yve Gray is the kiln coordinator with the Stanthorpe Pottery Club. “We run a lot of weekend workshops

IN DULGE years, and we’ve owned it for almost three years. We’re only the second owners and we bought it from the founders of the winery. We had a desire to be on the land and coupled with Therese’s history in wine, it was something we had to do,” explains Rob.

where professionals come in and demonstrate and teach, and our members really love that. There’s about 35 members of the club now and we’re seeing a lot of younger people joining too,” says Yve whose Raku piece took out the big art prize earlier this year. “I’ve lived here for nearly seven years, and I’m amazed at how integral and important art is to the people who live here,” says Mary Findlay, director of the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. “Maybe the giant granite monoliths of the Girraween National Park provide inspiration. Maybe the changing seasons, the cooler weather, or maybe it’s because we had the sanitarium where people were treated for tuberculosis, and art was a part of their recovery. “We had the soldiers from the great war settling here and we had a large Italian population as well with their wine making and their contribution to the arts and that breadth and diversity is unique to this area. “The Italians had to fight and work hard to find their place in this community, and they bought their music and their art to the region, and all of this has brought us to this point where we’re

recognised as an arts centre that people are drawn to,” she says. A visit to the Granite Belt wouldn’t be complete without a visit to an apple orchid. Three generations of Nicolettis have produced apples in Stanthorpe, starting with Daniel’s grandfather. “My grandparents came to Stanthorpe following the war. They grew apples back home in northern Italy; there were plenty of fruit trees and their gardens were always full of vegetables. When they came to Australia they settled where they either knew people or where there was sponsorship for them to go,” explains Daniel. Stanthorpe is the second biggest apple producer outside of Shepperton in Victoria, and although Tasmania is often referred to as the ‘Apple Isle’, Stanthorpe produces more apples than all the apples produced in Tasmania. The Granite Belt is also renowned for its wineries, so dinner with matching wines at Heritage Estate Wines with owners Rob and Therese Fenwick is the highlight performance of our intimate southern Queensland tour. “The winery has been here for 30

“The wines we produce here are fruit forward and they’re very elegant wines, but you still have the essence of the berry and that’s a style of wine we enjoy and fortunately many others like it too. When we have a restaurant full of people here for a function and they’re enjoying the food and our wine, I love the sheer ability to brighten people’s lives.” The Granite Belt has so much to offer, and well worth the drive from our coastal home. Like I said at the start, if you’re missing the things that make travel so inviting and exciting, there’s new experiences right here in our own state that once you’ve sampled them will make you start planning a return trip in no time at all! GO FOR GRANITE! The Granite Belt Art Trail, 29-31 October, The Condamine Country Art and Craft Trail, 6-7 November. Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, 25 February - 6 March 2022 Sabo’s on Severn, Braeside Homestead, Heritatge Estate Wines, Wild Cat Tracks, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Southern Queensland Country Tourism

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We couldn’t resist bringing the boxes out all together to showcase so many local products. If you level up to the Noosa Cheers and Weekend Laguna, you’ll score a Dingo Creek Winery Little Cove Sparkling wine and two Land & Sea Brewery beers. For substantial feasts, try the First Point Breakfast Box or the Night ‘IN’ Noosa. First Point offers a morning refresher of VanillaFood Granola, Hum Honey Sunshine Coast honey and Cooloola Berries Strawberry Jam, as well as locally sourced tea and coffee. When the sun sets, the Night ‘IN’ Noosa is the perfect indulgence with Artisan Fettuccine, Belladotti Pasta Topper with Puttanesca / Porcini and Kokopod Crème Brulee chocolate.

Gift-giving is a love language we speak no matter how naturally it comes. With their new range of foodie gift boxes, Georgia Beard discovers how Noosa Gift Co. can help you bridge the pandemic-shaped space between you and your loved ones with thoughtfully-chosen homegrown goodies.


ift-giving is an expression of love and there’s one gift everyone loves to give and receive – food. Distance and disconnection are silencing our love languages. For some, sharing spreads over a dining table or shouting dinner at a restaurant is impossible but Noosa Gift Co. is here to help. Their new range of 12 foodie boxes are laden with a collection of locally-grown and lovingly-made artisan foods and drinks from Noosa and surrounds. Among them is the yet-to-be-named box running alongside their bestselling The Hastings Gin Box. Featuring Noosa Vodka, Lime & Soda, Australians will get the chance to offer up names in an upcoming competition. To be in the running, think of an iconic Noosa destination, somewhere to enjoy a chilled

Noosa Vodka, Lime & Soda! Co-owner Courtney Going says the new range has been in high demand and is finally here after repeated requests from customers crying out for more “More food please!” “There is so much incredible local produce available, and we are always at the local markets and other retail outlets discovering new local delights,” SueEllen says. “We couldn’t resist bringing the boxes out all together to showcase so many local products - it’s a feast.” The range also features three variations of Weekend Laguna charcuterie box, serving Woombye Triple Cream Brie, Goose on the Loose Salami, Lindols Macadamias and Kokopod Grazing Chocolate along with other delectable delights. 23

“We regularly send gifts to family and friends who can’t be together right now, all with heartfelt messages on a handwritten card,” Courtney says. “Each day our orders range from birthdays to wedding anniversaries, ‘thinking of you’ and many more.” “We hope sending our boxes with their iconic Noosa destination names evokes happy memories of a special time in Noosa or the Sunshine Coast and gives something for people to look forward to – better days and holidays in Noosa!” As the traditional time for gift-giving approaches, Noosa Gift Co. is also preparing their Christmas range for its second year. Dingo Creek Vineyard Black Cockatoo Shiraz, Kokopod Macnuts and Kokopod Orange & Fennel Grazing Chocolate are just a few of the items returning to their appetiser boxes. Whether you’re seeking gifts for holidays, special celebrations or an everyday display of affection, these gifts boxes will prove the way to your loved one’s heart is through the stomach. While we don’t want to wish the year away, Christmas is coming so pre-order now and avoid the rush. Email hello@ for an order form. Visit to discover the rest of Noosa Gift Co.’s gift box collection, available in Australia and worldwide. SPRING 2021


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Parents navigating their way through the schooling system alongside their children often see it as a challenging period. There are moments of helplessness where all you can offer is your best advice and counsel and hope that the pieces eventually fall into place. John Caruso shares one decision made with complete confidence. Sending his son Max to Kip McGrath.


ita Krause and her dedicated team at Kip McGrath Peregian and Noosa have had a tremendous, positive impact on Max’s confidence and learning, especially when it comes to maths which was a specific subject, he required support for. Assessing and understanding exactly where your child sits in correlation with their age and class is the first step in understanding how a tutor can help. “The assessments are free so I would encourage parents or guardians to bring their children in to see us if they feel that they are struggling with one or both subjects,” explains Rita.

Noosa to tailor a learning program at the child’s learning ability – and the parents to better understand where their child might need assistance. “The lessons are adapted for individual learning styles and pace, and this is the first step in growing confidence and nurturing a love of learning. “Our tutors are very experienced classroom teachers, monitoring and adapting lessons as needed and we encourage open communication between tutors, parents and the school.

“We can assess reading and comprehension, spelling grade level, punctuation and grammar, writing and maths years one-to-nine.”

“The more feedback and lesson information we can get back from the child’s teachers the better we can assist, and, in most cases, we end up building a relationship with the teachers and this is all very beneficial to the children at our centres,” says Rita.

The results of the assessments allow the tutors at Kip McGrath Peregian and

Kip McGrath Peregian and Noosa operates out of two locations, Noosa Fair


Shopping Centre, Lanyana Way, Noosa Heads and California Boulevard, Peregian. Times and lessons are flexible with either in-centre tutoring or online lessons and continued investment across the school holidays is also encouraged to help kids stay on top of their learning. Maxie was a ‘D’ grade maths student when we first started at Kip McGrath and with careful, tailored, commitment from Rita and her team, he peaked with a ‘B’ recently which we were all very proud of. Raising and guiding your kids through all stages of their lives might be challenging at times however the rewards of watching them grow and learn and make their own way in life is always worth it. Contact Rita at Kip McGrath for a free assessment and see if you make it a little easier to make those pieces fit into place.




Enjoy the flexibility of online or in-centre learning and support Call Director Rita Krause for a FREE assessment on 0402 002 760 Noosa Fair Shopping Centre

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From the first performance of two skits performed on the back of a truck at the Scouts’ Den in 1971, Helen Flanagan says the Noosa Arts Theatre’s spectacular ride continues with Pygmalion, written by George Bernard Shaw.


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eorge Bernard Shaw’s most popular play, Pygmalion, was named after a Greek mythological figure who fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life. The myth idea was a popular subject for Victorian-era British playwrights.

First presented on stage in 1913, Pygmalion continued to transcend cultural and language barriers when it officially premiered at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End in 1914. Shaw mentioned that the character of Professor Henry Higgins was inspired by several British professors of phonetics namely Alexander Melville Bell, Alexander J. Ellis, Tito Pagliardini, but above all, the cantankerous Henry Sweet. My Fair Lady, made into a Lerner and Loewe stage musical in 1956 was inspired by Pygmalion, and in 1964 the highly romanticised musical comedy/drama film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison won eight Academy Awards. Most times when a story or play starts with ‘a dark and stormy night’, there’s horror coming. Not the case with Pygmalion. The dark and stormy night ushers in linguistic hijinks and class commentary, along with the empowering story of a determined young woman. Professor Henry Higgins, a scholar of phonetics, who believes the accent and tone of one’s voice determines a person’s prospects in society, and Colonel Pickering, a linguist of Indian dialects, meet in the rain one night at Covent Garden. The first bets the other he can,

Rachel Fentiman and Howard Tampling Photo: Travis Mcfarlane

Wouldn’t it be Luverly to see everyone return to live theatre in a matter of months, convince London high society that a poor Cockney flowerseller named Eliza Doolittle can be taught to speak “proper” English, thereby making her poised as a duchess in high society. And so begins the enchanting, witty, romantic story that has charmed audiences everywhere for over a hundred years. With a superb cast, great set and fabulous costumes, the play is still relevant today as it depicts the main character, Eliza Doolittle, proving that with grit and determination, she can become a successful, independent woman, without being manipulated or bullied by a man. Director of the Noosa Arts Theatre season of Pygmalion is Liza Park, who has updated the setting to 50s London instead of the Victorian era. Rachel Fentiman plays Eliza opposite her real-life husband, Howard Tampling as Professor Higgins; revered local actress Rainee Skinner will charm as Mrs Higgins; and Frank Wilkie will bring Eliza’s ratbag father Alfred Doolittle to life! The theatre’s resident genius wardrobe expert, Margaret Courtney, is channelling her inner Dior, while also working on five upcoming productions. 25

“Wouldn’t it be Luverly to see everyone return to live theatre after these trying times,” comments Liza Park. “We’re buoyed by both our main shows these year, Mamma Mia and Up for Grabs, which completely sold out. Long may that continue especially as Noosa Arts is a community theatre that supports other local community groups, including the opening night for Pygmalion which will be a fundraiser for Sunshine Butterflies. Pygmalion opens on 14 October 2021. Book Online:; phone 5449 9343 or visit the Box Office, Tuesday to Friday 10am to 2pm at 163 Weyba Road, Noosaville

DID YOU KNOW? Noosa Arts officially began in 1970 at the Barefoot Gallery in Peregian Beach with 10 people who, along with a few more spirited folk, floated the idea of a local cultural centre over a monthly dinner where the restaurant charged $1.50 and 50c went to the building fund. In 1971, the first performance was arranged by the Rotary Club, and the Noosa Arts Constitution was adopted. In 1972 three one-act plays were staged at the Tewantin RSL Hall. Adults paid 75c, pensioners and children 25c; and proceeds totalled $47. In 1974, Council approved the relocation of a shed purchased for a small fee by Noosa Arts to be relocated to leased land adjacent to the Noosa District Football Club. From little things big things grow, as do fabulous memories. Encore forevermore! SPRING 2021


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What’s brewing, cooking and happening... FOR THE SOUL

For more than 25 years, Soul Fish Seafoods have been catching and serving the freshest seafood from ocean to plate. Now you can find them at 2/ 15 Production Street Noosaville. Take advantage of local home delivery or find them at Noosa Farmer’s Market.


We can’t wait to try the new gin coming out of Seabourne Distillery in Rene Street. We understand that our fave stirrers and shakers, The Bartenders, will be working closely with the crew on some exciting collabs!


Speaking of the maestros of mixology, grab The Bartenders Cocktail Kit which includes The Bartenders Cocktail Guide and all you need to shake it like a pro. Order online when you get your yummy dehydrated citrus.


Don your lederhosen and head to the Heads of Noosa Taproom for the limitedrelease Oktoberfest Beer.


The latest dishes have dropped into XO’s new menu and we’re so excited! We can’t wait to try the Cured Yellow Fin Tuna, Firecracker Chilli Jam, Herb Relish, Garden Leaves. Yum!


Forget fast food and think fancy food! Urban Lamb is redefining takeaway with its range of moreish meals featuring the best slow cooked lamb shoulder with superb sides! Pre-order online Saturday and Sundays.


Sunshine Coast Surfy’s Head Chef Hugh McDonogh and his team have come up with a fantastic spring menu with fresh new dishes whilst keeping some of the Club’s favourites such as the signature dish Nasi Goreng.


Herbert is now open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays (yay!) with the coolest cocktails and plant-based food that has to be tasted to be believed!

JUNCTION JAMS Make Sunday your funday with live music from 2-5pm and happy hour from 2-3pm with half price bar eats with any drink at Ze Pickle Noosa Junction. Check out the mid-week specials from 3pm.


Margheritas & Margaritas at Somedays Pizza is a perfect match with “Old School” Margherita pizza and a Margarita/ Spritz for $30 til 6pm daily!


Flo’s Creperie has

opened in Noosa Junction serving up plate-licking sweet crepes and Galettes (savoury crepes) with salads and sides, with shakes and a solid drinks list. Cocktails, with or without alcohol. Open Tues – Sun, 7am until late.




Don’t miss guest DJs and $10 spritz on the beachfront at Bistro C every Saturday from 3-5pm.


Enjoy long, lazy lunches in the sun at Bask in Eumundi with an $85 seasonal lunch menu ($120 with wine). Be sure to book ahead! The stunning space is also available for functions and events - keep an eye out for the bar snacks, Aperol Spritz events and more!


The Moonlight Foodie Markets are back at The Original Eumundi Markets with fab food and great grooves on the last Friday of every month from 5-8.30pm.


Get ready for the Spit Van Noosa at Noosa Spit. Adorned with artwork by Mitchell English and serving up all-Queensland produce from Noosa suppliers including Noosa Gelato Co with Eumundi Milk, Padre Coffee, hot chocolate by Noosa Chocolate Factory, okBoocha, toasties and cold drinks!

Forget fine dining, Terra Firma offers Fire Dining without boundaries – or walls. Get your grill fix at the Weekend Fire Pit every Saturday and Sunday at Kenilworth Homestead. Noosa Boathouse’s famous Melbourne Cup will have two options across two levels with the Premium lunch for $179pp includes 4 course lunch, 3hr free flow bubbles, beer & wine, auctions, sweeps, prizes, big screens; or the Boathouse Melbourne Cup Lunch - $149pp includes either 3 course lunch OR seafood tower + 2hrs free flow bubbles, beer & wine, sweeps, big screens. Be quick! Bookings online: noosaboathouse.

END OF AN ERA After 8 successful years, Peter Kuruvita will be leaving Noosa Beach House to pursue new opportunities. News of Peter’s next venture will be released in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

TASTY TREATS Noosa Gift Co are about to release not one but 12 gourmet food boxes packed with local loveliness! You can pre-order for Christmas (yes, we’re talking Christmas!). Read all about it on page 22 or visit 27

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Spirit House


Despite a rampaging one-man wrecking ball inflicting much damage on the Spirit House, Helen Flanagan, has some ideas for how to support this much-loved icon. Co-owner Acland Brierty said he and his brother arrived at their contemporary Asian restaurant about 5.30am and “found a man still banging away. It looked like a house demolishing machine had destroyed the building. It was insane.” Acland hopes business insurance will cover the repairs, wages of 52 staff, as well as the 10 casuals. “The knock-on effect not only means bookings had to be cancelled, but also orders from local farmers, producers, wine suppliers, and more.” Remember the red and gold-painted steel double doors, the winding path fringed by soaring bamboo trees, the cool feel of a rainforest, the air scented with sandalwood, mixed with coriander and ginger coming from the cooking school, water dragons imitating statues as they watched you eat, and ducks gliding by on the lake? Let’s keep the Spirit up-tempo with tantalising shopping on-line, booking and buying vouchers for the cooking school and restaurant, book-ahead functions, and why not enjoy the Spirit at home. At the time of us going to print, The Hong Sa Bar with its own kitchen is another option for private dining for groups of 12 or more with drinks in the courtyard and an exclusive banquet menu. Frozen curries are also available for pick-up from Wednesday to Sunday and delivery is available every Thursday. Order on-line. The Cooking School is about to re-open 7 days a week for hands-on classes followed by lunch/dinner with wine. Visit the on-line shop for great gift ideas and keep feeding the Spirit! SPRING 2021



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Matt Golinski shares the passion that drives him with the speech he wishes he had of given at the recent Eat Local Noosa event.


was recently asked to speak for 10 minutes about “Mental Health in the Hospitality Industry” at an Eat Local Noosa event, after the person who was going to be speaking about it had to pull out. It’s a relevant subject at present with everything the industry has been going through over the past 18 months. In my head I had it all covered. I’d spoken about the topic in front of people plenty of times; I’d just talk about my own personal journey, overcoming adversity, strategies for coping with sadness, and the importance of eating well and exercising to maintain a strong mental state. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I was standing in front of a large group of my colleagues that my brain was a bit scatty or because I was on my third 14-hour day in the kitchen; or that

I was just a bit overconfident that I could speak with some authority on the subject without any structure or plan. Let’s just say, my head was wrong. As I skulked off the stage after the longest 10 minutes of my life, having just delivered (if you could call it that) a speech that didn’t make much sense, I felt embarrassed and quite frankly a little depressed, and as I sat there red faced and wondering if there was a side door I could slip out of and never come back, it suddenly struck me (about 13 minutes too late) that I should have just talked about the one thing everyone in the room had in common - our love of food. Here’s the speech I wish I’d given: “When I found out that Eat Local Noosa had chosen Peppers as the venue for this industry conference, and that 100 or so local producers, artisans, chefs, tourism specialists

and restaurant managers would be attending and all staying for lunch once it concluded, I decided it would be a good opportunity to squeeze as much local produce into one menu as I could. After all, ‘local’ was the flavour of the day. I enjoy these challenges because it pushes me to think outside the square, putting together ingredients that just happen to be available at that one moment in time. A few weeks before the event, I started contacting our producers to find out what they were likely to be picking just prior to today, and drafted a menu based on what would hopefully be available. A few days ago, our producers started dropping off ingredients to the back door of the kitchen: bright red, juicy ripe strawberries from Goomboorian to make the sorbet; a rainbow of coloured cherry tomatoes from Doonan to go with the chicken saltimbocca, cassava, daikon and carambolas from


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dianthus flowers, were all picked a couple of hours ago. The eggplants I thought we were getting for the starter weren’t available from one grower, but no problem, her mum had some in her garden and she’d drop them to a friend’s place in Tewantin and I could drop in and pick them up on my way through. Everyone in the kitchen spent an hour yesterday looking for the goat’s cheese which we were told had been delivered but hadn’t (just a communication problem with a producer but luckily we already had enough of their cheese on hand for this event), and the 16kg of swordfish which had been confirmed for delivery Thursday turned out to be 6kg of swordfish and 10kg of Red Throat Emperor fillets for some reason, so the other 10kg we needed was rushed to us this morning so we could quickly portion it in time for lunch. Back in the kitchen right now there are five chefs running around, working as a team to have lunch ready for you all in about an hour.

Woolooga. Pumpkins, mango pulp, milk and cream from the Mary Valley, pastured free-range eggs with canary yellow yolks from Kybong. Trays of oyster mushrooms so fresh they looked like they were breathing. The capers arrived in the post from the Bunya Mountains just in time. All the special little garnishes - the sunflower sprouts and petals, the baby basil, the tiny lemon balm, the pink and red

Out the front waitstaff are busy polishing glasses, setting tables and getting everything perfectly in place. They’re all working towards one common goal – to make you all happy. That’s what hospitality is, giving your guests a chance to relax, to feel looked after and special, to experience something new and leave satisfied and happy. The opportunity to be regarded fondly in someone’s ‘food memory’, having the chance to work with beautiful ingredients every day and have relationships with the people who grew them, being thrown curveballs and having to create solutions, working with likeminded creative people, I consider all of

Passion is the tonic that nourishes and heals the minds of the whole food industry... those things to be a privilege and the whole reason that after 30 years in this job I still enjoy doing it. Our mental health, like our physical health is something we need to monitor and maintain, and passion is the tonic that nourishes and heals the minds of the whole food industry, from farmers to chefs, restaurant managers to distillers. It’s passion that keeps us turning up to work each day despite imminent lockdowns and restrictions, and it’s the glue that holds us together as a community when things are tough. And if you are struggling, just reach out. I guarantee that your community will be there when you need them.” A few days after the event I started receiving strange messages from people congratulating me on turning 49 and a quarter. Then I got sent a beautiful gelato cake and a handmade card. A group of the attendees had decided to just perform this random act of kindness to thank me for the support I give all the local producers. It’s a beautiful world. Happy Spring!

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Matt Golinski says the quality of the seafood we choose makes a bigger


difference to the meal we’re preparing

Ingredients: • 4 x 150gm pieces swordfish • 2 leeks, washed and cut into 2cm rounds • 250ml vegetable stock • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes • 15ml olive oil • 60gm polenta • 200ml milk • 200ml water • 30gm parmesan, grated • 30gm butter • 100ml cream • Salt and pepper Salmoriglio: ½ cup oregano leaves 2 anchovy fillets 1 clove garlic 30ml lemon juice 50ml extra virgin olive oil SERVE WITH

• Arrange the leeks in a single layer in a small baking tray, pour over the vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper. Cover and bake for 30 minutes at 180°C.

• Stir in the parmesan, butter and cream, season with salt and white pepper and set aside for half an hour.

• Lightly oil, season and grill the swordfish on both sides until only just cooked through. Allow to rest for a couple of minutes then cut into large dice. • Use the braising liquid from the leeks, thin out the polenta to a soft pouring consistency and divide between four bowls. • Toss together the diced swordfish, leeks and cherry tomatoes and divide between the four bowls. • Spoon on generous amounts of salmoriglio and serve immediately.

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know you’re going to get the best result possible. These recipes celebrate three of the Sunshine Coast’s greatest fishing Prawns, Swordfish and Spanner Crab.

• Bring the milk and water to the boil and whisk in the polenta in a steady stream. Stir until it thickens, then reduce the heat to very low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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• Toss the cherry tomatoes in the olive oil, season and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Roast for 10 minutes at 180°C.

• For the salmoriglio, in a pestle and mortar or a small blender, blend the oregano, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil into a rough paste.

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than almost any other ingredient.


SPANNER CRAB RISOTTO WITH LEEK, PEAS AND ASPARAGUS Ingredients: • 250gm arborio rice • 1 onion, finely diced • 1 leek (white part only), finely diced • 30ml olive oil • 750ml vegetable, chicken or fish stock • 400gm raw Spanner Crab meat • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas • 1 bunch asparagus, sliced into rounds • 50gm parmesan, grated • 30gm butter • Zest of ½ a lemon • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped • 2 tbs flat parsley, finely chopped • Salt and pepper


CHERMOULA PRAWNS WITH ISRAELI COUS COUS, FENNEL, PRESERVED LEMON AND OLIVES Ingredients: • 1kg whole green prawns, peeled and deveined • 1 clove garlic, peeled • 20gm fresh ginger, grated • 3 shallots, roughly chopped • 1 small red chilli • 2 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp turmeric • ½ tsp pepper • ½ cup fresh coriander leaves • ½ cup vegetable oil • 200gm Israeli (pearl) cous cous • 1 onion, finely diced • 1 clove garlic, sliced • 30ml olive oil • Pinch saffron threads, soaked in 2 tbs hot water for 15 minutes • 500ml chicken stock, heated • 1 small fennel bulb, finely sliced • 2 tbs preserved lemon, finely sliced • ½ cup green olives, pitted and chopped • ½ cup fresh coriander leaves • 1 golden shallot, finely sliced • 30ml lemon juice • 50ml extra virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper



Method: • Blend the garlic, ginger, shallots, chilli, spices, fresh coriander and vegetable oil to a fine paste in a food processor. Mix through the prawns, cover and refrigerate until required.


• In a medium saucepan, fry the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft. Add the cous cous and stir over a low heat for 5 minutes until it starts to colour slightly, then add the soaked saffron and the hot chicken stock. Simmer slowly until all the stock is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper and cool.

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• Fry or grill the prawns until cooked through, transfer to a large mixing bowl and mix with the cooled cous cous, fennel, preserved lemon, green olives, coriander, shallots, lemon juice and olive oil. Check seasoning and serve while the prawns are still hot.


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• Bring the stock to the boil in a small saucepan. • Add the rice to the onion and leeks, reduce the heat to very low and cook for 3 -4 minutes, stirring regularly. • Pour in the stock, about a cup at a time, allowing the rice to absorb all the liquid

before adding more. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon to stop it from sticking on the bottom. • Once almost all the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, add the crab meat, peas and asparagus, and stir through. Simmer for a couple of minutes until the crab meat has cooked.



• In a large, heavy based saucepan, sauté the onion and leek in the olive oil until soft and translucent.




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• Stir in the parmesan and butter and season with salt and pepper. If the risotto is a bit thick at this stage add a bit more hot stock to thin it out. It should almost pour into the serving bowls. • Mix together the lemon zest, garlic and parsley to make a gremolata to sprinkle over the risotto. SPRING 2021


Body AND Soul

Do you recall, as a kid, certain food, especially fruit, was only available during specific seasons. Watermelon and mangoes were always part of long hot Queensland summers. Now, it appears they’re on supermarket shelves year-round due to genetic modification and global imports. Uwe Wullfen has always had a connection to the goodness of organically-produced food and wants to share that passion, as John Caruso discovers.


n the midst of Noosaville’s industrial precinct you will find an oasis of organic food. Bioshop Noosa is now into its eighth year of operation at Belmondos Organic Market and is the passion of Uwe Wullfen who wants to encourage and empower us all to make better choices for our own good. “I came to Australia 25 years ago and I fell in love with the country however the only thing I didn’t agree with was the food culture,” Uwe said. “Coming from Germany I was spoilt I suppose and one of the first things I thought could be

done better was bread.” The investigation and research into producing bread that was tastier and better for you, closer to the kind of bread

could produce less waste, if we all invest more in producing totally organic foods,” Uwe said. “Also, to eat seasonally is good for

Uwe ate back in Germany and sourcing

your soul and your heart and your health,

those ingredients to produce that bread

spiritually and philosophically. I love to

resulted in relationships and connections

cook and when I’m at the shop I spend

across two states.

most of my time in the fresh food section

“I began this network of organic and bio-dynamic providers across Victoria

of the shop because I just love it in there. “It’s such a shame that people don’t

and South Australia, and I researched the

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versus conventional diets,” Uwe says. In his home country of Germany and a lot of other European countries there is much better awareness and understanding of the benefits of eating organic as opposed to the attitude of consumers in the UK, the USA and here in Australia. “For Europeans, there are clearly defined seasons, and we eat what is seasonally available,” he said. “There’s less reliance and expectation from produce that is genetically modified or produce that has had to be transported from far away. “I grew up like that and maybe for Germany it’s that self-reliant, selfsufficient culture that came after the war. “I think COVID has had an impact on what consumers are eating and that

awareness of where our food comes from and how it’s produced is marginally better. “At Bioshop Noosa, we wanted to provide real, good, healthy food to everyone. It’s clean food, it’s 100% certified organic and affordable for the whole community and we focus on locally produced products and food that has low food miles. If it fills that brief, then we try and get our hands on it,” explains Uwe. “I love doing what I do because it really gives us the ability to look after our customers and suppliers, from A to Z, and for the small producers of organic food it doesn’t feel so overwhelming when your business is up against the big supermarket chains,” Uwe explains.

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There’s one other important ‘cog in the operational wheel’ that Uwe is keen to highlight when it comes to Bioshop Noosa. “Jessica Holdsworth, she’s my general manager. Jess runs the show, and she is awesome. The business has improved enormously because of her,” he says. Next time you’re stuck in a long supermarket trolley convoy, somewhere where the signs and stickers on the produce read ‘product of USA’ or similar, it’s worth taking into account what Uwe has said. Consider food miles, and what sprays and preservatives have been used to necessitate that travel and time in storage. Your body, heart and soul might thank you.


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Name James Wu, 35

Position Executive Chef Restaurant Embassy XO

From his family’s vegetable farm in China to his own restaurant garden in Cootharaba, Executive Chef James Wu has been harvesting fresh produce for Asian cuisine his whole life. With his diverse team at Embassy XO, the 35-year-old chef tells Georgia Beard how he integrates flavours of East and Southeast Asia into Noosa’s ever-expanding palate. How did you become a chef? My family has always been very restaurant-orientated. Mum and dad are market growers, so I was born on a veggie farm. My family migrated from China and they fell into the restaurant scene - it was something that they could do, and they could make a living from. Growing up, I went through a lot of my uncles’ restaurants from the age of six to ten, and watching them cook at the wok station was always an eye-opener. Asian parents can be strict but mine supported my dream to become a chef, which I am grateful for. I did my apprenticeship in Canberra and Sydney and then went into business myself for a few years. XO is the only restaurant I’ve worked in in Noosa. I’ve been here for five years and it’s been a life-changing experience. I love cooking for people and introducing them to new flavours and different ingredients. Most rewarding moment of your career? I’ve been really blessed to have hired amazing locals who have a great passion for Asian cooking and a solid knowledge IN Noosa Magazine

of Asian foods. My team lends itself to Thai influences with two Thai and a Japanese chef that helps balance my style, which is mainly Chinese. It’s good to have input from different cultures they’ve influenced my food just as much as I’ve influenced them. What do you love about being a chef? Definitely the team environment and the team I’ve created here. What do you love about local producers? They’re always willing to help and are wonderfully supportive through all seasons. I can’t mention one because there’s just so many people I buy from. I’ve known them the entire time I’ve been here and I love watching their product and their business grow, this has been really rewarding for me.

What is your approach to food? Authentic. When I create a new dish or recreate an old dish, I always consider the methods and techniques that my predecessors showed me. I try to stay true to the origin of the dish, while still using modern equipment and everchanging seasonal produce. The clay pot that we do here at XO was one of my all-time favourite things growing up and we’d have it for lunch once or twice a week. It’s very simple, but the flavours are unlike any other. It has been around for centuries and really is a forgotten artform. What style of food do you showcase?

It’s not just Chinese heritage but also Asian as I’ve got a very broad team, we all want to showcase foods and flavours of China, Thailand and Southeast Asia A lot of things grow so well here, particularly fruit. I have set myself a goal that a lot of locals probably haven’t for XO produce to be predominately 75% tasted or experienced before. from my farm by the end of the year. It’s Highlights from the current menu? a very high goal and we’re not there yet A roast duck clay pot and I’ve got some but I’m confident the produce that comes lovely lamb racks that I’m working on. from the farm will be as fresh and as I change my menu about twice a good as it gets. season to keep things interesting and to 34

IN THE KITCHEN showcase the very best produce. Some of it only flourishes for four to six weeks, which is why the menu changes regularly. I want the XO experience to be like walking into a restaurant in China while also showcasing local produce and flavours from my childhood. Who would you love to cook for? My grandma. She was a very influential person in my life. Because mum and dad spent a lot of time in the fields, my sister and I were essentially raised by our grandma who cooked several meals a day for us. As you get older you appreciate that more. Who is your culinary inspiration? Grandma. She was the one who always encouraged me to try different things. Do you cook at home? If so, what? Yes. Dumplings are really easy and it’s something that my wife and I enjoy. You can make a week’s worth in advance. I have a very commercial-style kitchen at home so I get to test things out and then integrate it into work here. Your favourite dish – to eat or cook? Steamed whole fish with ginger, shallots and soy. Classic Chinese dish. What do you love about being IN Noosa? The weather. We live in one of the

most unique places on Earth, everything grows extremely well, all year round. Any advice for young chefs? I think a lot of them underestimate the importance of good knife skills. It requires years, even decades, of learning and refining your skills to be proficient. You might be able to cook but if your knife skills are poor, you won’t get far. What is your favourite kitchen tool? The wok station. It was something I was really eager to get into and it’s something you can never really master. I’ve spent a good 10 years working on it and I still feel like I could be a lot better. What is your favourite ingredient? Definitely the Asian greens coming from my farm. I’m really in love with them because I know it’s the product that you honestly can’t buy. Anything else to add? My team has been committed not only to me but also to the restaurant for five years now. It’s testament to their perseverance and hard work. Normally any team that sticks together for that time and moves forward together is going to create magic so over the next couple of years we’re looking forward to really creating some magic!



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Noosa will host the next generation of one of Sydney’s most-loved and oldest restaurants, as Helen Flanagan reveals.


fter a stellar 40-year run in Sydney’s Paddington, restaurateurs Lucio and Sally Galletto, closed the doors of Lucio’s their upmarket eatery, which was famous for its high-end fare and outstanding artworks and loved by celebrities from Al Pacino to The Beatles’ George Harrison. Months after the closure, the Lucio’s legacy lives on. But this time it’s across state borders, overlooking the Noosa River, with the next generation at the helm.

Galletto family: Michela, Dieuwke, Anna aged 3, Matteo, Lucio.

The Galletto’s children Matteo and Michela are set to open Lucio’s Marina, a 60-seat seafood trattoria plus all-day aperitivo bar in November. Dieuwke Albertsma, Matteo’s wife (the couple met at Lucio’s, where Dieuwke was the pastry chef) is also onboard as a co-owner and is kickstarting a very of-the-now, dry-aged fish program of tuna bresaola, swordfish pancetta and

kingfish lonza in readiness for the concept of less fine dining, more easy-breezy Noosa. Look a little closer and you’ll find the Lucio’s DNA threaded through the space. A small selection of sketches and portraits, plucked from the art collection, will hang on the walls. And the Italian seafood-focused menu is inspired by Capannina Ciccio, the trattoria in Liguria

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established by Matteo and Michela’s grandparents in the ‘50s, and still operated by extended family to this day. Diners will no doubt comprise many rusted-on regulars who frequented Lucio’s of old. Many have retired here or are frequent visitors to our sub-tropical holiday playground.

… blood orange margarita slushies, and old school granitas

Matteo says Lucio’s signature Tagliolini alla Granseola will also return. “It has been a mainstay of the menu since 1983, but it might be tweaked to accommodate Queensland produce,” he said. “The blue swimmers could be replaced with Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs and the crustacean might be made the star of the dish, with the green tangles of pasta served on the side. “Although Lucio’s Marina will look and taste different, it will feel the same. We want to take the concept of care and passion behind all the dishes we did at Lucio’s, and of course there will be the level of service people expect.” A huge Italian wine list will be in play, including a “good reserve list”, as well as big hitting Australian labels, French

Tagliolini alla granseola Photo: William Meppem champagne, and some lively Spanish varieties. And Matteo also wants to add some fun to the drinks list with blood orange margarita slushies, and old school granitas. Sally says she and Lucio spent years trying to steer the younger Gallettos away from restaurants, but they couldn’t resist the allure of the industry. “We’ve been to Noosa many times

including food festivals and think Lucio’s Marina is a wonderful space,” she said. “Lucio has come up with roughly 100 recipes ready to be rolled out, and although we are taking an interested back seat, cannot wait to visit, fingers crossed before Christmas.” Lucio’s Marina, Noosa Marina, Tewantin to open in November. www.

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Deb Caruso sees what’s cooking in the Coast’s latest creative space.


he Ohana Group has built a reputation for creative catering, stunning styling and impeccable attention-to-detail. Chef Ryan Fitzpatrick and stylist Rashi Devendra encapsulate good taste in everything they do. Their latest project, VENŪ, sees a warehouse in Coolum’s industrial precinct transformed into a multipurpose creative space. Once you open the door, you are transported to another world – a feast for all the senses. Bespoke vintage furniture, including two Versace Chesterfield couches from Ryan’s Superyacht days; carefullycurated books adorning shelves full of curiosities and memories; and artwork gathered from the couple’s global adventures adorn the executive lounge area. But there is no time to rest, the aroma of something cooking draws your attention to perfectly-set Chef’s Table that almost hugs the classy-not-clinical, full service commercial kitchen This is where Ryan will unleash his magic. There is no menu at VENŪ, just a guarantee that you will experience an unforgettable three-to-four-hour food immersion with creative, native and superlative tasting dishes expertly matched by The Ohana Group collaborators, The Bartenders. Ryan, who boasts more than 15 years’ experience in restaurants, private yachts and venues throughout the globe, said the idea was to create something that no-one else was doing. “We’ve purposely kept the seating to ten to ensure intimacy and exclusivity,” he said. “The Chef’s Table offers a premium experience whether it’s for a special occasion or high-powered meeting, everything will be slick yet simple, stylish and sophisticated. His extensive knowledge on a wide range of cuisines, allows him to create menus that are varied, seasonal and sustainable. “I’ll be creating the food that I love very coastal with ingredients that you wouldn’t normally experience,” he said. Think wild foraged ingredients like Saltbush, Purslane, fingerlime; finessed with the likes of whipped Fetta; air-dried olive; vegemite mayo and proteins cooked to perfection. IN Noosa Magazine


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“My food philosophy is no-fuss with a visually pleasing plating style,” he explains. “I keep garnishing and accompaniments simple, yet the techniques used to cook the produce is complex. Adding several cooking methods to one dish, even though there are four or so ingredients, creates a different depth of flavour and texture to the finished product.

“By using sustainably sourced produce, we share the same passion as the producer and need to give it the same love as they do. “Creating bespoke menus gives us greater freedom to do what we love and enjoy and to use whatever has been freshly caught, grown or created.” While the food is the star of the experience, Rashi’s stylish touches are evident at every turn. “Chef’s Table at VENŪ is an experience you won’t find elsewhere; everything is exclusive,” Rashi said. “It’s not going to be the cheapest option but then again booking out a whole restaurant is never going to be the cheapest option either. For the experience and privacy you get, we think it’s certainly worth it.” The Chef’s Table also caters for executive meetings and private bookings with three or four set courses with matching beverages. 38

“If you want to impress and talk business or really connect with your dining companions, we offer discretion and privacy in an intimate and respectful environment,” Rashi said. Like everything in VENŪ, there is a practical element to the stunning design. The kitchen is used to to prep food for offsite catering jobs; The Bartenders create their range of dehydrated citrus here and other chefs are able to hire the space for filming or photography. Ryan said the space was designed to be both functional and flexible. “We have already had a Netflix pilot filmed in here and the space works really well because it isn’t over-styled and Rashi can create whatever mood or tone is needed,” he said. A staircase to the left invites you to explore further. If the Chef’s Table caters for an exclusive and intimate experience, the Mezzanine is literally, next level. Created with adventure in mind, there is purpose-built space to party with seating for 50 people or stand-up cocktial party for up to 80. The Bartenders have their own bar to shake their groove thing; and a dedicated DJ booth that can be rolled in or out; and Rashi’s styling prowess can bring the space to life. Looking down on the executive lounge area, it’s easy to picture a dance floor and suddenly


Chef’s Table at Venu is an experience you won’t find elsewhere; everything is exclusive. getting the whole joint jumping. The all-inclusive packages cover food, styling and premium beverages from The Bartenders, who will also be running masterclasses from the space.

about with people who appreciate it.

And the location? Being in an industrial estate has its benefits such as limited noise restrictions, ample parking and privacy, Venu has teamed up with executive transport companies to ensure you can enjoy responsibly. At its most basic level, a base for The Ohana Group and The Bartenders with a commercial kitchen, coldroom and

It’s a place for both companies to grow

and a bold move. It would be easy to set

A personal food experience for up to 10 guests with front row seats to the magic of the kitchen and an executive lounge to the right. Enjoy an impressive mouth-watering tasting menu featuring distinctive native ingredients with matching beverages

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he Coast To Coast Wine Lunch with Ghost Rock Wines & Cellar Door at the stunning Peregian Beach Hotel was a sensational afternoon showcasing wines from Australia’s newest wine region, the Cradle Coast in Tasmania. Winemaker Justin Arnold and wife Alicia Peardon shared their passion and knowledge for their 100% Estate-grown fruit and Estate-bottled wines that paired perfectly with the fresh Asianfusion flavours of Peregian Beach Hotel’s Head Chef Matt Holt.

l o o C THE MENU Tasmanian Kingfish Sashimi Yellow Curry Salt Kumara and Beetroot matchsticks, finger lime ponzu shoyu

The sold-out event had a family feel with the synergies between Ghost Rock and Peregian Beach Hotel both being independent and family-owned, making for a heartfelt, authentic and entertaining afternoon of fine wine, good service and great food with a distinctly coastal flavour.

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EMPOWERED Eat Local Noosa brought together the who’s who in food, beverage and hospitality in an INspired and INformative industry event, as Carlie Wacker discovered.


here’s no doubt that the hospitality and tourism sector have faced the biggest burden of disruption caused by COVID 19. Those operating in the food and beverage industry have had to pivot, pirouette and swivel to fight for survival.

Eat Local Noosa, a forever-free online marketplace of all things eat and drink was born out of an identified need to support food and drink operators of all kinds – from wholesalers to farmers, fish & chip shops to fine dining. As part of its charter to empower and support the local hospitality industry, the Eat Local Noosa team brought together industry experts in the areas of customer insights, recruitment and tourism as well as well-known leaders from the industry. The appropriately-named “Lockdown

Survivor: Essential Conversations from Industry for Industry” sold-out event at Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas was humming with more than 70 people from the food and beverage industry.

Farmers and artisan producers, chefs, restaurant owners, distillers, craft beer makers and more came together to share experiences and plan ahead. MC Matt Golinski hosted a day of insightful presentations including Amanda Stevens – The Consumer Futurist who delivered entertaining insights into how we can adapt to accommodate the customer experience. Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson shared important statistics, initiatives and programs to support the region; Luke Butler, managing director of Hastings People revealed employment

trends and tactics to attract and secure staff. Matt Golinski discussed the importance of mental health in the workplace and restaurateur Tony Kelly shared lessons he has learnt from building a business that operates seven venues – and growing! A panel session with the guest speakers offered attendees the chance to dive deeper into how to survive and thrive in a challenging and changing market. The event included a locally-sourced morning tea and two-course lunch curated by Matt and enjoyed at View by Matt Golinski thanks to the support of Tourism Noosa and Noosa Council.

WHAT IS EAT LOCAL NOOSA? Born out of a need to connect the community with the hospitality industry during COVID, Eat Local Noosa is a FOREVER FREE online little black book of everything eat, drink and experience in Noosa. The not-for-profit passion project was started by Michelle Mason (Social Tap); Alesha Gooderham (Peppermint) and Deb Caruso (IN Noosa Magazine + Hello Sunshine Magazine). The website listing has over 200 local businesses listed and continues to remain relevant and loved by locals searching for where to eat, drink and enjoy. Listings are free and will always be so, because the trio want to share their love and appreciation for great food and a good drink in the region! Local businesses can list their business for free at 43




IN THE HAND Matt Golinski explores how important and magical it is when farmers and chefs work together.


ast food franchises have a very successful business model which relies on everything they pay for being the absolute cheapest possible version of itself. The ingredients, the packaging, even the staff. Heart-warming television ads showing jovial truckies picking up a load of eggs from a farm at sunrise and delivering them direct to the ‘restaurant’ are about as realistic as the idea that the teenager

flipping burgers in the kitchen made the ketchup from local vine-ripened tomatoes. No-one there knows the guy who baked the sesame seed buns, or the farmer who grew the cucumbers for the pickles. They just want it consistent, foolproof and cheap. Not everyone’s in the food game for maximum profit, however. Wealth and success can be measured in many ways, and for a lot of food vendors

on the coast that comes in the form of friendships, job satisfaction, pride in their product, and being part of the community. When Peter and Chrissie Degotardi opened Bird in Noosa Junction about six months ago, all of those things were high on their list of priorities. They set about designing their offerings based on what they could buy locally – the chooks of course needed to be good


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IN THE KITCHEN quality, free-range and have a consistent supply. Elgin Valley chickens have been spinning in the big, smoky oven since day one, slowly roasting over a bed of locallysourced Iron Bark charcoal. Tanglewood Bakery provide the sourdough baguettes fresh daily to make the crunchy chicken rolls or to take home to accompany your golden roast dinner. And there’s no point going to all that trouble and then ruining things with a bad salad, so they would need someone to supply the tomatoes who wouldn’t ever compromise on quality, whose passion for his own product would match theirs. Enter Peter Seghers, legendary owner of Noosa Reds Tomatoes, who has built a reputation all over the coast as the man you speak to if you want tomatoes that taste the way they should. Peter and his wife Dory work tirelessly to supply restaurants and the public with sweet, perfectly-ripe, colourful tomatoes, and the Noosa Reds brand is worn as a badge of honour on the menus of all the best restaurants within a 200km radius of their home base in Doonan. As the oldest of four children and a third generation farmer, Peter learnt from a young age the secrets of growing the best quality produce and he is proud

to supply his delicious stock to some of the Noosa’s best food outlets, as well as the public through weekly farmer’s markets and the farm gate at Doonan. “It’s important more than ever to support each other,” he says. “Our customers know me by name and I know them. It’s all about quality produce, but also personalised service. “Contact with customers is so

important, whether it’s chefs or at our farmgate,” he says. “Everyone is always welcome at the farm and we want people to know us and to be curious about where their food comes from.” The simplicity of what Bird offers and food knowledge is where the magic lies. A neat little package that brings together a few great local ingredients that are perfectly prepared, healthy and delicious.




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y l e v o L EVENING


he pink Ruggeri prosecco was flowing and the VIPs glowing as Rachel at Lovely Things Gift Shop

swung open the doors for a delightful sip and shop event. Guests gathered to celebrate all things functional and fabulous. This boutique of gorgeous homewares and unique gift ideas erupts in colour as you glide through the front doors just off Arcadia Street. It’s a treasure trove of the prettiest of all things and an absolute

delight to shop in. And shop we did! Not a single guest left empty handed and throughout the evening a stack of lucky door prizes were generously drawn to the absolute delight of pink bubble infused shoppers. We nibbled on the famous and fabulous chicken and celery finger sandwiches provided by next door neighbours, Bird while we enjoyed our sparkling beverages from Nelson Wine Co and some of us lingered longer for cocktails and plant-

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based perfection from Herbert – quite the neighbourhood affair! Our new friends and satisfied VIP guests all received a most generous goodie bag valued at over $50. If you haven’t met Rachel or boutique pooch Ava, the miniature Schnauzer, pop into Lovely Things – you won’t be disappointed! Or read their story in Pet Tales on page 100. ‘Twas INdeed a lovely evening at Lovely Things Gift Shop!


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Colourful and fragrant flowers have the power to brighten our lives and bring a sense of hope and happiness, writes Helen Flanagan who caught up with a bunch of farmers and florists.


t’s phenomenal how Aussies have turned to flowers and beautiful foliage to brighten homes, elevate moods, and support friends and local businesses. Think spring and perfumed jasmine, lavender, sweet pea and classic roses, earthy-toned fresh and dried foliage such as ginger, camellia, gum and magnolia leaves intertwined with banksias, phalaenopsis, snapdragons, peonies, tulips, and when it comes to brightest blooms with the biggest ‘smiles’, gerberas are the stars. Near the entrance of the shed store at Rosemount Flowers, a steady stream of loyal gerbera-lovers say hello to kelpiecross Pepper and Shadow, then umm and ahh amongst the ravishing array of blooms with long stems and vibrant double and semi-double petals in hot and pale pink, yellow, orange, red, white and more, picked that morning. Established in 2001, Andrew and Cindy Borthwick, and his 83-year-old mum Anne have 10,000 potted plants, watered hydroponically six times per day and grown in semi-shade houses where they flourish in the sub-tropical sun yet are protected from heavy downpours. Hidden away in Eudlo, amongst natural bushland, expect the unexpected. No rows, more the secret gardens of Organica Floret with terraces woven with an abundance of rose bushes, interspersed with nasturtiums, marigolds, lavender, geraniums and herbs, all a natural magnet for busy bees. Effervescent Caz Owens, proudly the first rose, herb and edible flower farm in Australia certified as chemical-free, says “being earth and field grown, our flowers are as nature intended, thus slowly creating stunningly fragrant roses in delectable white, cream, pinks, crimson IN Noosa Magazine

and variegated, also tasty edible flowers. “Heritage roses are distinctive. Instead of rigid blossoms on long stems, these are magnificent full blooms with elegant symmetrically-perfect layers, edible and gorgeous for bouquets and cakes, unlike other roses especially from overseas, which are shrouded in toxins.” Whilst full rose blooms and petals are adored by florists and cake decorators, James Wan the director of Aquaman, when filming on the Gold Coast preferred chemical-free rose blooms. After several visits to Organica Floret by a crew member in a limousine to pick up blooms, Caz picked the final bunch for an unknown actor who had a pivotal role which included digesting rose petals. It turned out to be Amber Heard, and the rest as they say is history. Edible flowers are favoured by chefs as garnishes, sprinkled on desserts and tossed through salads, and amongst the whimsy in Caz’s workshop are bottles of rose liquid and jars of assorted dried garden magic. Packets such as miniature edible roses, cosmos and marigold, cranberry, hibiscus and red rose, also botanical crush; a mix of edible flowers and rose petals that are regularly sent nationwide and overseas. The latter, also available with edible glitter, is a fave rim-trim for fancy cocktails. 48

When it comes to romantic couplings Eumundi Roses and Dance Ballroom Latin Swing tug the heart strings. Graeme Etheridge, who learned the skills of growing flowers from his mother and grandfather, a professional gardener in England, has been growing flowers for local florists and wholesalers for almost 20 years, initially at Tuchekoi with wife Annette, and more recently in Eumundi. “Eumundi Roses started selling flowers one weekend,” recalled daughter Lyn Bayfield, who is trained in art and design and joined the business with husband Barry. “The flowers were bunched into little posies which people said looked like bridal bouquets. The orders started rolling in and continue today.

IN BLOOM “David Austin, vintage, Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, climbers, standards, weepers and cut flower roses are my favourites. White is the current trend and stock runs out faster than we can blink. The bunches haven’t changed much. Weddings may be fewer, but people are sending beautiful big gift bunches to family and friends far afield. Each bouquet has a unique personality and is created with love. “Combining music and flowers is easy,” said Lyn referring to the family’s

banksia, palm spear and some bunny tails mixed with beautiful fresh roses, snapdragons and gum leaves. Her absolute favourite spring blooms are colourful Ranunculus, Poppies and O’Hara Roses from Palmwoods with large heads of beautiful creamy white petals, soft pink/peach tones in the centre and divinely fragrant. When it comes to arrangements for whatever the occasion or event, floral artisan Amelia McPherson, the owner of La Bouquet in the Pavilion at Noosa Junction creates living art. Imagine highly sought-after peonies in soft pinks, a mass of white gladioli as a statement piece, and stunning orchids paired with a reflexed rose. Spring also brings fragrant jasmine, tulips, lavender, and the heavenly sweet pea. Amelia says she has witnessed many romantic moments such as proposals but none greater than the elderly gentleman who visits the store once a month after his haircut. “He spends 30-minutes fulfilling his love and passion for beautiful flowers then purchases one rose ensuring there’s change for the grandkids.”

Where flowers bloom, so does hope Dance Ballroom Latin and Swing, classes and private tuition to suit personal needs, also schools and community groups. “They are both an amazing part of nature; a place to lose the troubles of the world and feel free of life’s burdens.” As former US First Lady and conservationist Lady Bird Johnson said, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” More than 50 years on this still resonates with florists reporting people embracing cut flowers like never before. Have you seen the mural in the laneway next to Frenchie’s restaurant in Thomas Street? Chances are you’ve noticed the very inviting, peachy dusty pinks of Laneway Flowers & Coffee owned by florist Deborah Phillips, who believes in Australian-only flowers and foliage, straight from farm to vase. A gorgeous earthy colour palette, single varieties of flowers en masse also dried/everlasting flowers and foliage remain trendy, and she likes to incorporate dried flowers with fresh, so the memory stays for longer. Think

Sam Hopper, owner of Campbell and Bradley Flowers, says she is proud of her team of 12 talented florists who lovingly create and supply bouquets, fresh flowers, plants and gifts to stores such as IGAs in Pomona, Cooroy and Noosa as well as Milk Bar Grocer in Hastings St. “We have cute little caddies that drive up and down the coast every day filling the stands with freshly picked blooms. We buy direct from growers, locally as much as possible, wrap ready for gifting without being overly fussy and only have the very best quality at the best price. We are not a huge production facility, and everything is carefully handled.”


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More than 120 people gathered to sip, paint, groove and graze to a stunning Noosa sunset on Main Beach as IN Noosa Magazine and Frida’s Sip N’ Paint took over the Noosa Alive Beach marquee!


t was a collaborative celebration of all things Noosa when IN Noosa Magazine gathered a few of its friends to deliver a Sunset Sip N’ Paint session that unleashed the inner artist in all. The team from Frida’s Sip N’ Paint guided guests from a blank canvas to a masterpiece capturing the magic of Noosa Main Beach while DJ Niki De Saint kept the groove going. Matt Golinski’s specially-curated gourmet grazing box featuring homegrown produce was

washed down with local libations thanks to The Locals Bar. Event Coordinator and IN Noosa Magazine Publisher Deb Caruso said the idea behind the event was to support local businesses and bring the community together to celebrate Noosa Alive and the stunning region in which we live. “It was great to see the everyone come together and in unison create their own version of one of Noosa’s iconic beaches. We’re sure we set some sort of record!”

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A CREATIVE COLLABORATION: Event coordinator: IN Noosa Magazine Painting: Frida’s Sip N’ Paint Music: DJ Niki De Saint Marquee: Troubadour Wagons Styling: LB Event Collective Food: Matt Golinski gourmet grazing box Drinks: The Locals Bar by Boiling Pot Brewing Co featuring local beers, spirits and Wines by Nelson Wine Co Photos: Florence Le Myre Special thanks to Noosa Alive for the opportunity!



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GOOD, CLEAN It was a lucky Friday 13th for the sold-out Whisky Boy IN Noosa Wine Lunch- full of fresh, French-inspired flavours and dynamically biodynamic wines, as Carlie Wacker recalls.



eaturing an exciting and unexpected pairing of biodynamic and natural wines from Naked Bunch paired perfectly with Chef Geoffroy’s home style dishes, this was a wine lunch to remember!

Steve Beale from Naked Wines delivered an entertaining introduction and explanation of some of the unique wine styles including the Tuff Nutt Bianco Pet Nat with Bizzarro Spritz from South Australia’s Delinquente Wines. Bizarro in name, brilliant in taste! This was the tasty start to a lunch that was full of laughs with French flair! Slick and friendly service from Jimmy and the crew; fantastic wines, each with their own point of difference and matched superbly with fresh, flavourdriven produce. Loads of laughs, lots of wine...what better way to spend a Friday afternoon?

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IN GOOD COMPANY THE MENU Ham and semi-dried tomato bread with white anchovies Bizzarro Spritz Aperitivo with Tuff Nutt Bianco Pet Nat (South Australia) Vegetable Terrine with chorizo dip 2019 Hochkirch Riesling (Henty, Victoria) Locally caught fish rolled in jamon, pearl couscous, tabbouleh, olives, romesco sauce 2021 Smallfry Tangerine Dream (Barossa, South Australia) Lime and coconut pannacotta with ginger crumble


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Helen Flanagan discovers a one-of-a-kind rooftop oasis, and the coolest favourite place for everyone, including visitors, to sip the famous Noosa River.


ocktails, champagne, superb wines, liqueurs, spirits, a top-shelf whisky, or an on-tap Heads of Noosa Japanese Lager are the perfect accompaniments as the golden sun goes down - or later when the moon transcends its romantic glow. Equally sparkling is the new-look Sunset Bar with long-time locals behind and in front of the bar, the effervescent Grant Nichols and James Denslow. Naturally, seafood focuses on today’s local catch as per the Boathouse menu designed by talented chefs Shane Bailey and Damien MacMillan. Here however,

it’s all about share plates and substantial bar bites. Tantalising taste buds are Mooloolaba prawn roll with pickled cucumber and cocktail sauce; Fraser Isle Spanner Crab slider with Asian slaw; or go all the way with a chilled fresh seafood platter. Popular demand dictates dishes such as the retro plate with locally smoked chilli kabana, cheddar pickled cucumber and crackers; as well as the house charcuterie; salt and pepper calamari; fish and chips; and oysters shucked to order served natural or Kilpatrick, remain on the menu. So, whether it’s a quick drink before

or after dinner, Noosa Boathouse’s Sunset Bar is the hottest place around with the widest views up and down the Noosa River, and the best chill-out tunes. It’s also a popular space for events such as birthday, engagement and anniversary parties. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 4pm, Fridays 3pm, and weekends now from 1pm. The new Me&u Tap Order Pay system operates at tables, so you don’t even need to leave your seat! Dishes and drinks are brought to you. With a smile of course. No bookings required, just rock up and enjoy.








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After dominating the gun-for-hire event and function scene, Deb Caruso discovers what The Bartenders are shaking up next.


he Bartenders have rightfully dominated the events and functions scene by providing slick service, divine drinks and memorable moments for any occasion. As the team head into its sixth year of business, it’s time to up the ante with a growing product line and a place to call ‘home’.

with hiring bartenders that lacked knowledge and passion and knew he could do better. And he has.

When Grant Hawthorne started The Bartenders, he wanted to raise the bar (literally) on what a gun-for-hire bartender would deliver.

The team dominates the functions, events and private catering market offering a premium beverage service and delivering unique experiences for weddings, corporate events or special occasions.

As a venue manager, he became frustrated

The Bartenders have built a solid reputation as the best in the bartending biz with the perfect blend of impeccable service, handcrafted drinks and a personal touch.




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IN THE GLASS Now, working with The Ohana Group, The Bartenders can offer cocktail masterclasses, private events and more from the stunning warehouse-cum-wonderland that is Venu, a stunning loft-style dining, drinks and creative space. Nestled in the industrial precinct in Coolum, Venu offers The Bartenders a home base where they can further build on their offer.

of The Bartenders Cocktail Kit has already surpassed expectations. Designed with the professional (or wannabe) bartender in mind, the all-inclusive 11-piece kit is high-end professional barware with all the goods, including The Bartenders Cocktail Guide and available in gun-metal black, silver or copper.

For Grant, having a base that is purposemade and as beautifully executed as Venu, is a game changer. “I have a long association with Ryan and Rashi from The Ohana Group and so when they dreamt up the idea of a creative and flexible space, I knew it would be amazing,” Grant said. “Clients are looking for experiences that will leave a lasting impression. What we are creating at Venu is it. We can control the full experience to deliver a mindblowing result.”

Grant said the idea came from hosting many workshops in people’s homes and realizing that while they had an appreciation for the art of making good cocktails, their equipment let them down.

In addition to providing the beverage service for private groups and guests at Venu, Grant will also be offering their popular cocktail masterclasses.

The kit includes everything you need to shake it like a pro, including the appropriately named Hawthorn Strainer.

“Our direction at Venu will be more of a classical, speakeasy style compared to our off-site offerings that are more Coastal Luxe Cocktails,” he said.

“Most people underestimate the importance of shaking with vigour,” he said. “You really have to go to town on the shake.”

For some time now savvy customers have been stocking up on The Bartenders dehydrated fruit and their new product line

I have a feeling that Grant knows exactly how to move and shake. Make mine a double.

“We want to assist other passionate bartenders to hone their skills, whether it is at home or in a bar,” Grant said. “Like anything, if you don’t have the right tools, you’re never going to do your best.”

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Ox Hardy, Fiano Best enjoyed with fresh seafood

When Tony Cox encourages us to think pink, he isn’t referring to rosé (for once!) but the signature pink shirts worn by a renowned winemaker from impressive lineage (or is that vineage?).


x Hardy is the personal label of Andrew Hardy, with its base being the historic Upper Tintara vineyard, part of the original Hardy’s vineyards purchased by the family in 1871. The family lineage combined with Andrew’s own career, including an extended stint at Petaluma, has led to an exciting range matched by simple yet eye-catching packaging, easily distinguished by the pink writing, a nod to Andrew’s penchant for wearing pink shirts.

Ox Hardy, Shiraz Best enjoyed with lamb cutlets straight off the BBQ

The combination of elevation, which creates freshness and acidity in the grapes, and a gentle approach in the winery has created a modern interpretation of McLarenvale wines with an emphasis on elegance and food friendliness. The 2020 grenache features a combination of McLaren Flat and Blewitt

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Springs juice, all dry grown, utilizing old oak. Almost pinot-esque in appearance it is beautifully perfumed and mediumweight with red fruits, a little spice and pepper with a juicy finish, perfect for an afternoon charcuterie plate. The 2021 Fiano is sourced from 10-year-old vines from the home vineyard. Picked early in the morning to preserve acidity, the focus is on preserving the primary fruit character of the wine with a little lee stirring adding mid-palate weight and texture. Very clean with citrus flavours and a pristine acid line this would comfortably sit on the table alongside some fresh Noosa seafood.

Chef Andy Davies and his team recreate the ultimate private dining experience in the comfort of your own home or holiday rental.

The 2017 Upper Tintara Vineyard Shiraz is again sourced exclusively from the home vineyard from vines planted since 2000. Again, the emphasis is on maintaining the integrity of site with elevation in the vineyard reflected in the elegance of the wine. Older oak again focuses attention on the fruit with the medium weight wine featuring dark fruits and a delicious savoury edge framed by cleansing acidity. Lamb cutlets, pink and juicy off the barbecue, come readily to mind. Whilst these wines represent the ‘everyday’ drinking range from this label, the superstar is the 1891 Ancestor Vine Shiraz. 130-year-old vines puts this immediately into the echelon of some of our oldest wines such as Langmeil Freedom Shiraz and Henschke Hill of Grace. I will leave that for another time or let you seek it out for yourself, which you could construe as code for “I didn’t get to try it on the day”.

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In this challenging climate, it is wonderful to brighten our lives with a little Sunshine, Tony Cox relays a good news story of local growth.


he team at Sunshine & Sons distillery, based at The Big Pineapple at Woombye, are going from strength to strength. Founded by four mates who are set out to bottle what makes the region great, their vodka and gin range is distilled with bespoke Woombye Water, filtered through volcanic rocks harvested from local headlands and guaranteed to impress. Their signature spirit, Original Dry Gin, is virtually everywhere you go in South East Queensland where you can purchase it in Dan Murphy’s (all stores on the Sunshine Coast and Noosa range it), some BWS stores, First Choice, Vintage Cellars and Liquorland outlets. Co-founder Matt Hobson is loving working with the passionate people across the various liquor outlets that support his gin and is humbled by how well they advocate for his product. The next step on the upward trajectory is potentially seeing the range sold nationally, which would be an exponential boost to the operation. Whilst acknowledging it would be amazing for the brand, Matt would prefer to be able to pitch in person to further cement the relationships. In addition, the number of products being accepted by Endeavour (Woolworths Liquor) is increasing to five with Pineapple Parfait Gin; Mr Barista, a coffee and macadamia-infused molasses IN Noosa Magazine

spirit; and Original Vodka among those being added.

also proud that Sunshine & Sons Original

It isn’t all about growth in a Dr Evil-type quest for world domination (all you Austin Powers fans would appreciate the reference), Sunshine & Sons realise the importance of being intrinsically linked to the community which has embraced their concept and allowed their vision to reach fruition.

on Hastings Street’ and is always

They have had successful charity collaborations with Bloomhill Cancer Care (in conjunction with Raelene Boyle) and Paul Kelly to support western Queensland, among other communityfocused partnerships.

even soak up some knowledge from head

On the trade front, The Peregian Beach Hotel continues to be a fantastic supporter both at the hotel itself and at the retail outlets they operate. Matt is

community, but also a small business


Gin is ‘the most widely-ranged local gin grateful to acknowledge the ongoing support and brand exposure these hospitality outlets continue to provide. Should you wish to enjoy a more immersive experience the Distillery Door is open seven days at Woombye, where you can experience the range and maybe distiller, Adam Chapman, who has in excess of 35 years’ experience across winemaking and distilling. A truly wonderful and exciting addition to the Sunshine Coast, not just spirit success story, if you come across one of their products do yourself a favour and spread a little Sunshine in your day.

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Tony Cox takes some of the latest non-alcoholic offerings for a taste-test drive and finds he can still walk a line without sacrificing taste.


ou know something is brewing when the publisher rings and asks, “Coxy, are you doing Dry July?”

Must be new profile shots or something like that. Deb, maybe the wide-angle lens doesn’t cover this wide, but I now have the motivation to lose some of those COVID curves and shrink from the 2XU’s down to the 1XU’s! And what better way than to test drive a few zero-alcohol products. Better still, I don’t have to wait to midday to crack the top off a frothy! My experience has consistently been that the zero alcohol products can often get close on taste to their full-strength counterparts, but the key differential is they find it difficult to replicate the viscosity and texture, although this is probably more applicable to spirits and wine than beer. IN Noosa Magazine

I knocked the top off a few lager-style beers, Great Northern, Heineken 00 and Peroni Libera to see what they were like. To be honest the Great Northern was the most ‘beer-like’ flavoured beverage and was not far off the mark of its full-strength counterpart. Refreshing, with a touch of hops with a crisp finish it was very pleasant. The Heineken 00 had the trademark hop-driven flavour of its big brother, lovely malt profile and was a contender for top spot but in my opinion was just shaded by the Great Northern. In comparison, the Peroni Libera appeared a little sweet and the least beer-like of the three. From there I launched into two ‘craft’ 62

beers. The Sobah Ginger Lime Cerveza, brewed on the Gold Coast by Indigenous owners is infused with finger lime and delivers a refreshing citrus tang balanced with hop bitterness. The Australian Sports Brewing Company produces the Zero+ Electrolyte Enhanced Pale Ale. I got right into the theme of this, donning the lycra, and for a fleeting moment I did feel like an elite athlete. Just like a pale ale it had a strong hop presence and expressed typicity you would expect from a pale ale. It was a pleasant drink.


The only thing missing was the alcohol warmth... To finish the session, I waded into two premix drinks put out by the team at Lyre’s. Packaged to reflect their premium positioning in attractive slim line 250ml cans, the G&T had all of the flavours of a regular gin & tonic: citrus, juniper, quinine. I found it very palatable. The American Malt & Cola offering smelled just like a bourbon and cola. With vanilla sweetness mimicking the sweet American oak, balanced by a slightly less sweet cola the overall impression was very positive.

The only thing missing was the alcohol warmth – very true to the original.

with no alcohol. Designated driver written all over it!

These pre-mixed drinks from Lyre’s present a sophisticated, high-quality offering in the zero-alcohol space and I can’t wait to explore the range further.

Overall, the exploration into nonalcoholic beer and pre-mix spirits was an eye-opener into how far along the quality path these products have come. Whether you don’t drink but are looking for something that makes fitting in easier or if you wish to savour the taste without the alcohol, these offerings highlight some of the better examples of what is available.

To further help the no-alocohol cause, local lager specialists, Heads of Noosa, has added Hop Valley H20 to its range. A sparkling hop-infused water that has the distinct aromatics of hops, therefore beer, with zero sugar and zero alcohol. Great packaging so you look like part of the session but a clean, refreshing taste

Cheers and responsible drinking!


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As the seasons change and you feel driven to spring clean, you might catch your reflection in the mirror and realise there’s one thing you didn’t think about – you! Georgia Beard INspires you to refresh your mind, body and face for the new season.


pring is the shrugging-off season. We’re crawling out of the cosy, all-consuming coat that is winter and hanging it up for the rest of the year. We’re discarding the hibernation junk we stockpiled and never used. We’re resetting our lives. But how often do we reset ourselves? We can’t just think about our homes and workspaces – our bodies could use some spring cleaning too. The seasonal shift is a chance to clear out the muck and mess that’s built up without us even realising. Maybe you’ve lingered in a bad headspace for too long and you don’t know how to leave. This can make it

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difficult to cope mentally with life’s demands and changes, whether you include COVID-19 in that list or not. Maybe the cold weather has kept you in bed rather than in the gym or on your morning jog. Pausing your physical health plan is understandable, but your body won’t benefit from a long-term indulgence.

Your body is calling out for renewal, and it’s time to listen!

Holistic treatments can support your mental health by addressing the wellness of your whole being. Taking your brain and body into account, one new concept is the Noosa walk-and-talk therapy sessions by Cove Noosa which help you talk through your struggles while moving. Venturing outdoors frees you from confining walls, making room to open yourself up to nature – and the qualified therapist next to you.

When you need to improve your wellbeing, start with the mind.

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with strength and flexibility. Try traditional top-to-toe massages, exfoliations and body wraps, or explore innovative treatments. Infrared saunas penetrate deep into your joints and muscles, while float therapy uses magnesium to literally help you float into a meditative state.

acupuncture or oxygen therapy. All can stimulate healing throughout the body, reducing stress levels and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Once you’ve put yourself back in the right mindset, you can turn your attention to your physical health. Noosa’s myriad of day spas rejuvenate your skin and muscular systems, imbuing your body

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Looking good means feeling great, so focus on the face. Your next beauty treatment in Noosa could involve a cleansing facial, a spray tan or a lash lift and brow tint. Don’t leave out your nails and skin, though. Manipedis, laser hair removal and non-invasive cosmetic injectables can lift your self-esteem to the level it should occupy. Read on for more great ideas to rejuvenate and refresh your body and mind for the fresh new season!

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Feeling frustrated, mentally fuzzy or unmotivated? Deb Caruso turns to an ancient remedy for help.


espite my, not uncommon, dislike of needles, I have a strange love of acupuncture.

I guess that’s in line with the Ancient Chinese philosophy around balance – yin and yang and all that. I’ve been having acupuncture since my early twenties and found it be one therapy that always delivers results – from crippling back pain to managing symptoms of endometriosis, coeliac disease and migraine. Deadline-time unfortunately continues to come with late nights and elevated stress levels, no matter how hard we try to avoid it. While I feel like I couldn’t possibly spare an hour to have a treatment, I know that this is exactly

what my body needs. Besides, who doesn’t want to escape to the calming cocoon that is Kansha? It’s one of Noosa’s longest-standing businesses for a reason. Opening in 2007 with the aim of providing authentic alternative therapies in a calm, peaceful environment, it’s hard to imagine just how many people this business has helped over the years. I’m sure I enter the tranquil space like a category-one cyclone but within seconds I am calmed by the aromatic diffusers, bubbling water, peaceful music and complimentary Ayurvedic tea while I wait for my therapist, Dr Rahni Koturaj. I’m in good hands as Rahni, in addition to her qualifications, practices a

Chinese style of Acupuncture and specialises in pain management, digestive and immune disorders, and mental health. She uses modern scientific research coupled with classical teachings more than 2000 years old. I let Rahni know that I am unsurprisingly feeling exhausted and mentally blocked. After a thorough assessment including questions about sleep patterns, aches and pains, digestion; Rahni undertakes a pulse palpation which is a key component to diagnosing imbalances. There are twenty-eight different qualities of pulses that can be felt and each relates to the state of the internal energy and organ systems that allow our

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bodies to either thrive and function, or weaken and decline. Another diagnostic tool in Chinese medicine is the colour of the tongue which can serve as an indicator of the internal temperature of the body and correlates with circulation from the liver and the heart. Unsurprisingly, Rahni assesses that I was stressed and my tongue indicated I was in pain – well, it was more professional and in-depth than that but I was already starting to relax and simply place myself in her capable hands. “The flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long,” Rahni said as she identified the specific points I needed to be needled. I’m feeling so mentally challenged that I needed to think about her statement for a while. Clearly my flame is too bright! Using the analogy that each acupuncture point is like a letter in the alphabet or keys on a keyboard and when combined in a particular way, send a very specific message to the brain which then creates a change in the body, Rahni started a specific treatment for my ails. Working on points for stress, anxiety and general calmness as well as neck and shoulder tension from sitting in front of a computer for long hours (I guess that’s why they say you work at ‘breakneck’

speed), Rahni taps a needle into the top of my head. I don’t feel anything except for a light tap and a sense of relief. This point is so powerful that Rahni shared how during exam time at uni, the students would be walking around with ‘antennae’ sticking out of their head! Therapy on tap! While you shouldn’t feel anything too strong or uncomfortable during an acupuncture session, there is such a thing as being comfortably uncomfortable with research showing that a fair amount of feeling sends strong signals to the brain and is conducive to healing. “You may feel a little twitch, spasm, or cramping feeling,” Rahni says. “The tighter the muscle, the more response you can get, similar to a massage when key areas are worked hard. “Pain is the way the body lets us know that we need help in specific areas and the good thing about acupuncture is that we don’t need to know what’s causing what, we just try to break the cycle wherever we can. “Having a treatment is a sign you are listening to your body which is 80% of the battle. It’s also the non-specific things such as taking time out to lie on the table and just being aware and in touch with different parts of your body.”

I stressed that while I was seeking calm, I still need to be aware and functioning when I head back to work. Acupuncture can help manage quality of life for most conditions and with the needles in, I enjoyed just having some quiet time while they did their thing. A final assessment and the needles were removed – again I didn’t feel a thing – except calmer, lighter and with less pain than when I arrived. Rahni knew I still had a few stressful days ahead so she gave me a parting gift by placing some ear seeds or pressers (they are like small ball bearings on a tiny band aid) in the ‘shen men’ points in my ears. Shen Men translates to ‘spirit gate’ or ‘mind gate’ and are good points for calming the nervous system which manages our fight or flight response. They are meant to be very mildly uncomfortable but can stay on for 3-5 days. Their job is the opposite to a power-button as when I feel a bit frazzled, I simply give them a press and they will remind my brain to calm my nervous system. And with that, it’s back to the office for another long night with my shen men spirit gate in place to assist. In a world where we are often hurried, rushed, or disconnected, it’s important to give your body all the help it can.

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Jackie Hillegers offers some advice to get out of your mind and focusing on what you can control - rather than getting out of control.


s humans we are able to adapt ourselves to an ever-changing environment in order to survive.

In these modern times we are able to communicate at the touch of a button, share information worldwide and adjust to new situations quickly. This was not the case with our early ancestors - who did not have prior knowledge at their fingertips, so thinking about the future was not something they tended to

struggle with. These days, with so much information and change we now tend to live more in our heads than in our bodies.

your mind by asking yourself – is this a

The great news is that we can change this by being more aware of our thoughts and our actions. The present moment is the only place that truly exists – the past cannot be changed and the future cannot be guaranteed.

small positive changes to our daily lives

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true fact? To live more in our bodies and less in our heads we also need to make including become more active and being content with what we have rather than what we want. Sitting still for long periods can increase your risk of chronic health problems and encourages If you are feeling helpless or




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overwhelmed, try to look at situations make a list of things in terms of what you can control and change rather than what is out of your control. If you do feel strongly about a certain situation you can’t control, it is OK to voice your opinion, but just ensure it does not consume you. Balance is key! Tips to avoid overthinking: - Dance around the house like no-one is watching. Bonus: Housework and dancing go well together! - Set up a home gym and create your own workout program - Do an online yoga or pilates classes with your partner or kids (including furkids) - Go for a 30-minute powerwalk - Take a slower, relaxing walk in nature for a daily dose of Vitamin D - Learn the guitar or a musical instrument online - Meditate and practice deep-breathing which calms your nervous system. If you are spending more time at home, creating a space you love is a great way

The present moment is the only place that truly exists – the past cannot be changed and the future cannot be guaranteed to help you adjust. Take the time to declutter - sell what you do not need, repurpose what you can or reposition the furniture for a different look. If you are renting, a change of rug, cushion, throws, plants or wall-hangings can brighten up your space! Grow a vegetable and herb garden, be it on your kitchen bench, windowsill or yard. Now is the perfect time coming into my favourite season - spring!

paradise. We all need a relaxing space - to sip hot coffee, meditate, write in our journal or perform morning stretches. So next time you feel like you are spending too much time in your head just remember that life is about allowing changes to happen and adapting to new ways of living your best life. Life will always keep moving forward, not stopping for anyone and never looking back at where it has been.

Take a picnic rug into the yard with a cushion, some water and a journal. Write a list of all the small changes you want to make and just incorporate them slowly into your day one at time.

Our wonderful world with nature at our doorstep is just waiting for you to explore it, to experience new challenges and to get out there and live more in your body than in your head.

If you don’t have a yard, hit the park or get some artificial grass or a nice rug and turn your balcony or patch on the living room floor into your own little slice of

Take that first step today and remember that the only person who can turn your ‘frustration’ into ‘motivation’ is you.



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The hills are alive with the sound of wellness, or at least they should be. Katrina Thorpe discovers the benefits of tuning in for a mindful tune up. SOUNDSCAPES AND SOUND BLANKETS Wellness, or the desire to improve and maintain your wellbeing has impacted countless industries from tourism, food, travel, beauty, exercise, real estate and fashion, to name just a few. Self care is finally realised as a necessity rather than a luxury and this leads to conscious choices in looking after one’s self with regular massage, meditation, yoga and fitness being priorities for optimum health and wellbeing. More people are opting for plant-based diets, organic and vegan products, off-the-grid homes and fashion that offers an ethical ethos. The music sector is also booming off the back of the wellness sector with new musicfor-wellbeing concepts and platforms seeing accelerated growth. MUSIC FOR WELLNESS: Music is one of the biggest growth trends with more people tuning in to the

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benefits of music to help minimise stress, improve sleep or as an essential part of yoga, meditation or exercise. The music industry is responding to the demand with the big streaming music sites (Spotify, Amazon, Apple, etc.) launching dedicated ‘wellness’ channels. While there has been a New Age music category supporting the wellness industry for a few decades, providing soft, relaxing tunes for easy listening, massage, meditation and yoga; the choice for what is now labelled ‘wellness music’ has accelerated dramatically. HEALING THROUGH MUSIC: Sound healing is a real thing, it’s an ancient meditative practice that uses different musical instruments to create healing vibrations around and through the body. Even though we can be surrounded by others during these sessions, the individual experience can vary greatly. It seems only logical that if

IN THE EARS Spotify can use algorithms to create playlists from existing listening patterns, then tapping into our healing needs must be the next step in sound healing. Musicians from other genres are now entering the wellness music realm, exploring their creativity with music for healing. Meditation apps are becoming record labels in their own right with technology generating healing sound loops. ‘Generative’ sounds describe music that is ever-different and changing, and it’s created by a system that provides a soundscape working on your body’s biometrics. Imagine music based on your personal physical or behavioural characteristics used to digitally identify you and then create a combination of healing sounds just for you? FUTURISTIC WELLNESS IS HERE: While it may sound farfetched to have personalised generated sound, think about what happens when we hear a special song or a piece of music, when our memories, feeling and emotions are immediately triggered, transported to a time a place and moment. So, why can’t music also be created to trigger healing and wellness? We know that we can literally feel the beat of music, the vibrations resonating through us that makes us want to relax, dance, go into a trance or tap along with others, yet it’s just a beat right? I personally can’t wait for a personalised playlist to be created just for me. WEARABLE WELLNESS: Mubert, Lucid, Wavepaths and Endel are leaders in generative wellness sound technologies that work by a wearable device that extracts information about your heart rate, movement, the weather, your location, and circadian rhythms. It then uses the information to create a unique-to-you, neuroscience-

based soundscape to help you focus, relax, exercise or sleep. Endel’s soundscapes are grounded in the concept of a person being in their ‘flow state’ of optimal immersion in what we are doing. The use of brain wave measurement technology and SleepScore Labs testing has validated that the sound interventions actually work.

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It’s the opposite of catchy tunes. Soundscapes music or as Endel labels it, an ambient “sound blanket” - that is similar to adding a biological function to our body that is as unconscious as breathing. With the data on your body, it will understand an elevation in heart rate and if you’re not moving (exercising), the soundscapes will release vibes to calm you down that work in sync with your heartbeat. Likewise if your energy drops when it shouldn’t, soundscape healing will give you a boost. This is sound healing of the future which is fast becoming the ‘now’. But it’s not all new - expect to hear ancient sounds that have been used for traditional cultural ceremonies to create excitement, trances, healing and calming vibes with beating drums chanting and other instrumental sounds; all integrated into the ‘soundscapes’ or wrapped up in a ‘sound blanket’. The future of wellness music is inspiring, knowing all we have to do is wear a tracking device to compile our biometric data and download an app to help us with our physical, emotional and mental health and wellness.

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Local photographer Megan Gill’s inspiration for her latest exhibition, Portraits of Mankind, was the suicide death of a 36-year-old man she never knew, however his death encouraged her to share the stories of other men in our community who’ve been brave enough to reach out and ask for help. Words by John Caruso.


here’s a great turnout at the launch for Megan Gill’s Portraits of Mankind exhibition in conjunction with The Alliance for Suicide Prevention - a Sunshine Coast community-based program offered by USC’s Thompson Institute, a world-leading hub for mental health and neuroscience research, education and treatment. The images are powerful, the settings poignant and the message is clear: Reach out, don’t tough it out! “I didn’t know Shane Collins; however, I came to know him following his death,” said Megan. “I was printing a photograph of Shane for his memorial and looking into his eyes I couldn’t understand what was so bad that couldn’t be fixed. “I wished at that moment that he could have seen himself through my eyes and through my lens,” recalls Megan. The first session for Portraits of Mankind was set up in Megan’s studio, however the subject felt nervous. “Subsequently, I asked each subject that followed where they’d like to be photographed; if there was a place on the coast that was important or significant to them so that’s where we shot most of the others,” she said. “All the photos are black and white, I feel it allows the mind IN Noosa Magazine

to settle on the photograph and the observer can take in the tone without the distraction of colour. “The men in my portraits are standout citizens who have been through tough challenges, and they’ve become inspirations to others who might be experiencing similar difficulties.” Professor Jim Lagopoulos is the director of the USC Thompson Institute, he’s speaking at the launch and introducing four of Megan’s subjects as the panel of guest speakers who’ll be sharing their life experiences. “We started a suicide prevention program called The Alliance for Suicide Prevention on the back of an unacceptably high suicide rate here on the Sunshine Coast and it was a good opportunity for us to partner with Portraits of Mankind because it aligned aspects of our program,” he said. “One of the most important parts of a suicide prevention program is community awareness, informing the community of the issues and offering a solution. “The exhibition focuses on men and their mental health, and that’s a very problematic area, especially here.” “What belies these beautiful beaches and hinterland is this undercurrent of 72

mental health issues that we really need to get on top of,” Professor Lagopoulos said. “We have some of the best health hubs I’ve ever seen, not only in Australia but some of the best in the world, however we’ve got this specter, this dark cloud hanging over us and we really need to start making inroads into it.” The USC Thompson Institute is building a post-traumatic stress wellness centre, the first of its kind in Australia and one of only a few around the world. “It’s an integrated centre of not only research but a centre that will offer clinical care as well,” Professor Lagopoulos said. “One of the research platforms is a genomics facility that allows us to look at specific gene changes and whether gene therapy can help. We’ve also got a youth mental health program and one of the things we’re working on is a world first to uncover what a normal neuro-developmental trajectory looks like in adolescence because between the ages of 12 and 18, the brain changes the most and that’s when we see high incidents of mental illness emerging - 20% in fact.” Early intervention is important. The sooner diagnoses occurs, the sooner treatment starts. “We’ve got to be able to predict it


Darron Eastwell earlier and that’s difficult because the young brain is changing so quickly that we can’t identify what changes are normal and what underpins a mental illness,” Professor Lagopoulos said. “This program, the first ever in the world, aims to map out a normal neurodevelopmental trajectory and if we can understand what that looks like, we can use that as a template and see when young people start to deviate from that pathway. If we can diagnose them earlier and more accurately then the treatment outcomes will be much better.” The Alliance for Suicide Prevention has 125 organisations involved with its suicide prevention training framework which is based on the only evidencebased prevention program to date, the European Alliance Against Depression. Portraits of Mankind aims to inspires men to seek help by sharing the stories of men who have overcome challenges and rebuilt their lives - that it isn’t weak to reach out if you’re struggling. The exhibition can be seen online or at the following venues: USC Library, Sept 23 to Oct 22 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs Venue 114, Oct 24-Nov 22 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina


A SHARED CONNECTION JANDAMARRA CADD Experiencing his own feelings of disconnection at an early age, Jandamarra’s childhood was shaped by bullying, racism and collisions with the law. Eventually discovering his weapon of choice was a paint brush, Jandamarra’s emotive artwork is bridging the gap between his indigenous culture and modern Australia. His paintings connect with many, including through his entries to the Archibald Prize. TRENT BANYAN Trent took the brave step of leaving the security of a well-paid job in construction to follow his soul’s yearning. Trent has recreated himself as a healer within his community through his business “High on Chi”. He has supported many men through mental health challenges using the modalities of acupuncture, yoga and mindfulness. DARRON EASTWELL A mountain bike accident left Darron Eastwell with a traumatic brain injury. He went from high-flying corporate banker one day to brain injury patient the next. His role as provider and the family dynamic changed forever. Through rehabilitation, therapy and a newfound sense of gratitude, Darron has emerged from the experience as a brain injury survivor and inspiration to others. “The old Darron finished back at the accident. This new Darron is learning to live again.”

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s we suddenly slide into the warmer essence of spring energy, we feel the urge to regain some motivation, self-love, body awareness and that extra caring touch for ourselves. Not that we stopped caring for ourselves over winter, but it is generally a time of comfort just as spring is generally a time for renewed energy. As beneficial as it is to get our hearts pumping and beads of sweat trickling off our freshly sun-kissed skin, it is equally as important to step back a notch and focus, realign, stretch, relax and simply just be present. Along with the likes of yoga and meditation, which are both perfect for this slower paced self-care, you may have heard about vibrational healing. Not that it’s a new discovery, quite the opposite really, but it is becoming more and more popular as people are experiencing the amazing benefits and healing properties received by exposure to different frequencies.

VIBRATIONS Erin Yarwood encourages you to calm your mind and let the good vibes roll.

...regardless of your meditative abilities, simply laying with your eyes closed and listening to someone play a few singing bowls, a tongue drum and a crystal pyramid for example, can transport you to another place... Vibrational therapy comes in many forms to suit all walks of life. Instruments can be played, felt and enjoyed on their own or many of them to form beautiful rhythmic vibrations and layers as they are played together. Vibrational healing instruments can range from healing drums, singing bowls (crystal and Tibetan/brass), tuning forks,

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Spring! The vernal season is upon us, surrounding us with the promising whisper, the excitement, the unfurling of new life, new growth and fresh new hope for all that is beautiful. The colours and scents of our verdant landscape bring a palpable shift in our mood, both our spirit and heart lift as each day lengthens and the days warm. We are encouraged by the sun’s earlier salute to rise promptly and seize the day’s joy! Bringing soft, clean breezes, milder climes and a palpable, positive and pure new energy, we all feel a welcome change in our hopes for this most romantic of seasons and her lush abundance.

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GEORGIA WEARS Will & Bear hat in Caraway cream, Bohemian Sundays, 0414 348 469; Puro Lino jumpsuit, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700; Leather and brass belt, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; Gas Bijoux pendant necklace, Who Invited Her; Vegan leather slide, Big W, 5343 2100 PATRICK WEARS classic white cotton tee, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; Linen pant in natural; and Raen Sunnies by the Wiley Alchemy, Okanui, 1800 652 684; Leather cross-body Brandy bag, Cottonworx by Mensroom, 0497 873 167; Ecco Golf shoe, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211



IN FASHION GEORGIA WEARS blue glass beaded necklace, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700; Polo Ralph Lauren Pima Cotton Sweater, Noosa Springs Pro Golf Shop, 5440 3325; Wide Leg Denim Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; &me platform sandal, Big W, 5343 2100; Vegan leather tote, Galah Home, 5302 4044

Gold necklace, Galah Home, 5302 4044

Noosa Heads canvas tote, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700

On Cloud shoes, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211

Blue glass beaded necklace and earrings, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700

La Bouquet, 1300 523 569

GEORGIA WEARS Alessandra dress, Ma Petite, 0412 565 382; Elk necklace and earrings; gold necklace, Galah Home, 5302 4044; Rayen sunglasses in Champagne crystal green, Okanui, 1800 652 684; Noosa Heads canvas tote, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700; On Cloud shoes, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211

&me platform sandal, Big W, 5343 2100

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IN FASHION GEORGIA WEARS Tribecca pant, Boom Shankar, 5473 0357; Polo Ralph Lauren Short Sleeve Cable Knit Polo, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; Multi-bead bracelet, Bohemian Sundays, 0414 348 469; Metallic leather clutch by Willow & Zac, Noosa Springs Pro Golf Shop, 5440 3325; Leather silver lining sandal by Kimberly Print, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211

Ceramic and silver lady necklace by Penny Mud N Metal, Noosa Regional Gallery, 5329 6145


Metallic leather clutch by Willow & Zac, Noosa Springs Pro Golf Shop, 5440 3325

Leather silver lining sandal by Kimberly Print, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211

Multi-bead bracelet, Bohemian Sundays, 0414 348 469


Showroom Open: 3/40 Gateway Drive, Noosaville Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm Phone: 5455 5656




GEORGIA WEARS Polo Ralph Lauren floral wrap dress, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; Prada wedge sandal, Ma Petite, 0412 565 382; Ceramic and silver lady necklace by Penny Mud N Metal, Noosa Regional Gallery, 5329 6145; Evoke hat (on seat), Noosa Springs Pro Golf Shop, 5440 3325 PATRICK WEARS Belt and shirt, Connor at Noosa Civic, 3478 9443; Buttonhole, La Bouquet, 1300 523 569; Cotton Suit, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; Florsheim “Cascade” leather shoe, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211 Fresh Flowers, La Bouquet, 1300 523 569.

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18ct White Gold Solitaire Diamond Necklace, Makers Mark Jewellery Studio, 0434 239 928

18ct White Gold Pave Set Diamond Earrings, Makers Mark Jewellery Studio, 0434 239 928

GEORGIA WEARS Polo Ralph Lauren floral wrap dress, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; Prada wedge sandal, Ma Petite, 0412 565 382; Ceramic and silver lady necklace by Penny Mud N Metal, Noosa Regional Gallery, 5329 6145 Orchid corsage and fresh flowers, La Bouquet, 1300 523 569.




PATRICK WEARS Classic Fit Rugby Jersey, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; Linen short and beaded bracelets, Cottonworx by Mensroom, 0497 873 167; Josef Seibel Wilson-style shoe, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211 GEORGIA WEARS Milo cotton shirt and Liberty pant, Ella and Sunday, 5455 5656; Glass beaded necklace, Galah Home, 5302 4044; Noosa clutch, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700; “Kora” embellished belt, Flannel; Jackie shoe by Frankie4, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211

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SILHOUETTE Classic Polo shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217

Cavanel Panama hat, Cottonworx by Mensroom, 0497 873 167 Raen Sunnies by the Wiley Alchemy, Okanui, 1800 652 684

Noosa clutch, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700

Glass beaded necklace, Galah Home, 5302 4044

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Soek wooden framed sunglasses, Bohemian Sundays, 0414 348 469




GEORGIA WEARS: Silver Bangles by Penny’s Mud N Metal, Noosa Regional Gallery, 5329 6145; Michael Kors leather clutch, Witchery puff sleeve top, Ma Petite, 0412 565 382; Kala pant, Boom Shankar, 5473 0357; Adiel silver heel, Who Invited Her

18ct White Gold London Blue Topaz & Diamond Earrings, Makers Mark Jewellery Studio, 0434 239 928

Silver Bangles by Penny’s Mud N Metal, Noosa Regional Gallery, 5329 6145;

La Bouquet, 1300 523 569

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Sweeper shoe, Connor, 3478 9443

PATRICK WEARS Ramses BS Birkenstock, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211; Bum Bag, hoodie and Sullivan slim jean, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217

Leather cross-body Brandy bag, Cottonworx by Mensroom, 0497 873 167

PATRICK WEARS Sweeper shoe, Flamingo sock and Coel slim jean, Connor at Noosa Civic, 3478 9443; Slim Fit gingham stretch shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217

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Indigo ceramic and silver ring, Penny Mud N Metal, Noosa Regional Gallery, 5329 6145

Leather and metal double belt, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217

Gizeh Birkenstock thong, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211.

GEORGIA WEARS Garçonne linen top, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700; Leather and metal double belt, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; Avery Boyfriend jean, Polo Ralph Lauren, 5479 0217; The Scarf Company woollen scarf, Galah Home, 5302 4044; Indigo ceramic and silver ring, Penny Mud N Metal, Noosa Regional Gallery, 5329 6145; Gizeh Birkenstock thong, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211. PATRICK WEARS Classic Fit cotton shirt and pocket square, Connor, 3478 9443; Cotton short, Cottonworx by Mensroom, 0497 873 167; Orchid in pocket, La Bouquet, 1300 523 569; Birkenstock Slide, Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211




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IN THE CLOSET Fashion editor Lesley Clough in the Striped Crest Blazer from the latest Polo Ralph Lauren collection


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An iconic, unforgettable brand with legacy, heritage, eternal style and an immediate recognisable aesthetic at its core - Leslie Clough profiles what makes Polo Ralph Lauren one of the most timeless fashion brands.


he preppy, effortless and ever fresh silhouettes, colours and patterns of Polo Ralph Lauren provide not only timeless classic dressing, it’s as if the brand was designed with our breezy, active and outdoor coastal lifestyle and climate in mind. With a stunning and welcoming retail space at Sunshine Plaza, the Spring 2021 collection has something beautiful for everyone! From humble beginnings selling his wares out of a tiny space in the Empire State Building and delivering to stores around New York City himself, Mr Lauren has become one of the most successful and respected forces in fashion. His impeccable eye, keen intellect and solid background in men’s tailoring has seen him design clothes with enduring quality, appeal and panache. These are “forever” pieces, meant to be donned and worn with pride, comfort and delight for many years, then handed down to the next (stylish) generation. Starting his Polo line in 1967, Ralph’s signature cotton mesh shirt was originally marketed with the catchphrase “every team has its colour- Polo has 17”. Colour remains a prominent part of the Polo allure, as do traditional patterns such as tartan, gingham and stripes; every season reimagined afresh. For Spring 2021, we see for the lady an exceptional mélange of the ever-popular nautical navy and white stripes, and joyful hues of pink, blue and sunny yellow rendered in lightweight fabrics for maximum ease. For the men, blue-based florals and tartans come to the fore, and equestrian and polo design elements in bold shades.

SPRING COLLECTION Here are the directions for the Polo Ralph Lauren Spring 2021 season: Navy Nomad – women’s Polo Ralph Lauren

The design, workmanship and quality of fabric and cut are second to none. Should you procure a piece of clothing from Polo Ralph Lauren, you’re in exceptional company, the brand’s clothes being worn in many film productions including The Great Gatsby (Robert Redford’s pink suit!) and Annie Hall, with Diane Keaton’s unforgettably unique and charming ensembles in this classic film. Always moving with, and acutely aware of, the times, a driving force of the RL corporation is sustainability. Current objectives for the brand are creating garments from more sustainable materials and employing circular design and business models, greatly reducing any adverse impact on our precious environment by focusing on production using renewable energy, minimising waste and implementing water saving technology. The company also sees human capital as exactly that, human. Polo Ralph Lauren is passionately invested in supporting the wellbeing of employees, partners and the community. Polo Ralph Lauren, an inspiring, ever beautiful clothing brand with a strong heart and timeless and classic spirit. 93

Spring is inspired by the glamour and spontaneity of travel, whether it be physical or a state of mind, especially given the current global climate. Creative Director Michael Rider has drawn on the idea of the woman who collects garments and keepsakes not only from her travels, but also from seemingly ordinary occasions made special by memories her collectibles evoke. This collection, grounded in navy, blues, and whites, is filled with beautiful pieces that will last a lifetime and can be styled in a myriad of different ways to reflect the unique style of each wearer. Classic nautical stripes come together with beautiful blue florals and plaids to create a familiar yet refreshing Spring line, accented by artisanal details like seashells and patchwork, unique to Polo Ralph Lauren. Polo Club – men’s Polo Ralph Lauren All-time Preppy Icons featuring beautiful, bold colour and seasonal favourites for warming weather. Polo match and equestrian-inspired prints and crests mix in alongside perennial Spring fabrics and patterns. Cool for Millbrook, better for Bleecker Street, Polo Club brings the stables to the city. Featuring bold colour across all categories, and effortlessly combining timeless casual and tailored elements, this collection depicts Ralph Lauren’s elevated prep sensibility with bohemian ease for an all-encompassing spring wardrobe. SPRING 2021

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IN THE CLOSET Name Pauline Kouw Business Très Noosa

After a childhood spent cutting and pasting pictures of palm trees into her school diary, Pauline Kouw’s love for the ocean gave rise to her beachwear boutique Très Noosa. Georgia Beard discovers how Pauline brings Noosa to her store and sends it out again with her natural, tropical fashion. How and when was your business born? I come from the Netherlands and during most of my time there, both as a child and an adult, I was always drawn to warmer climates. I became a flight attendant for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in Amsterdam, which allowed me to travel and satiate my need for beach and sun. I don’t fly any longer but Noosa provides me with all the tropical climate needs my heart desires. In search of a better life, my husband, himself a pilot, our then four year old daughter and myself migrated to Australia some sixteen years ago. I immediately wanted to get my hands on something creative to feed the artistic bug I knew I had in me for many years. Any walk on the beach, trek in the bush or swim in the ocean brought me closer to who I have become artistically today. Then I discovered the Eumundi Markets and while wandering the various alleys I thought “You know what, not only can I do this but I can do it better and more artistically.” I held a stall there for nearly five years and then decided to open a real store at IN Noosa Magazine

the Noosa Junction which I thought would look great with sand all over the floor. It featured all the products I exposed at Eumundi and then some more, loose shells, shell and driftwood creations, beach and coastal paintings as well as scented shell candles. Some six years ago, I closed that spot and reopened at a larger location right on Sunshine Beach Road, where I am located at the moment. Following a trip to Europe a few years ago, with my eyes always on the prowl for new ideas, I stumbled upon some Italian beach clothing suppliers with beautifully crafted items. I thought “European summer fashion is ahead of us and Noosa could use some of it.” And so I started importing an extensive line of classy beach linen products that has attracted and charmed tourists and locals alike. What do you love most about Très Noosa? I value the independence of being my own boss. I’ve traditionally found it hard to work for someone else simply because I have a mind of my own. At Très Noosa, I can pretty much do and 94


Fave Hobby: I like surfing; I’m not very good at it, but I do like it! I started three years ago and I think I’m an experienced beginner. With a bit of luck, I’ll catch a wave and actually ride it! Fave Drink: Corona Beer Fave Food: Balinese food Fave Saying: May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand between your toes Fave Store Item: Denim jackets, of course. They come in all different colours, and every colour is absolutely gorgeous. create what I like, and that’s priceless. How would you describe your style? Simple and natural yet beautiful and classy. How would you describe your customers? Tourists and locals alike, kids with their innate and spontaneous sense of artistic appreciation too. I believe more and more people are moving away from large iconic brands and looking for something fresh and new, something with a certain “je ne sais quoi.” As long as you love what the beach has to offer and truly connect with it, you’ll feel at home at Très Noosa. What inspires what’s in store? In a word: colours. The colours need to


providing a personal experience, giving them a good feeling and being honest. What can we expect to see this season?

fit in with the beach-style living look of the shop and because it’s always warm in Noosa, the fabric of the various beach garments needs to be wearable. So basically. It’s either linen or cotton, never polyester. What makes your store different? So many things, the sand on the floor, the driftwood hangings, the beach-like atmosphere, the fashion perfectly tailored for a beach life, the art creations. I get a lot of returning customers, many from interstate or even abroad. They all seem to say the same “we were here once and just had to come back.”

What do you love about working in Noosa? That you can go to the beach before work or after work, or both. What advice can you share with fashion start-ups and retailers? The best advice I can give if you want to start your own business from scratch is to start small and learn from the product(s) you sell. You’ll pick up lots of information about your clientele and the various hurdles of running your own business. And more importantly whether you like it or not. Try not to be greedy, keeping in mind that the customers will keep you afloat even during difficult times. I love focusing on the locals and

Since I mostly specialise in European summer fashion, my reference is well… what’s successful on Italian and French beaches. And since their northern hemisphere summer comes before ours, it gives me a few months to decide what would suit Noosa beach goers. This Australian summer you can expect the very best European fashion has to offer with a particular focus on quality and comfort paired with a colour palette aimed to make you and Noosa ever more beautiful. Keeping a close eye on European summer fashion is a big part of my job and it is ever-changing. What styling advice do you have? A lot of our female fashion garments are multi functional. The same piece can either be worn on the beach, in town for a casual dinner with a pair of jeans and summer shoes, throw in a scarf and it could also be classy. That’s the beauty of the Noosa sub-tropical climate. What fashion item can’t you live without? A pair of jeans and a T-shirt. Simple, comfortable and natural.


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! m e G From Nairne to Noosaville, this family business brings jewellery dreams to life. Carlie Wacker meets a gem of a jeweller making his mark on locals.



aemes Collingwood of Makers Mark has been practising the traditional art of fine jewellery making for 30 years, specialising in hand-crafted gold and silver pieces. Innovative design and quality craftsmanship are at the core of this designer’s work and a passion for repairing and remodelling ensures our most cherished items live on. “I am passionate about every aspect of jewellery manufacturing, but I particularly enjoy the creative process of making bespoke pieces in collaboration with clients,” Jaemes said. “From the design’s inception through to gemstone selection and handmaking the finished piece, every aspect is carefully considered.” The love of jewellery is a family affair – Jaemes and his wife Rebecca recently relocated from South Australia where they had previously owned two jewellery stores including one in Nairne in the Adelaide Hills and Makers Mark in Hahndorf. Now the name has made its way to Noosaville and is most certainly making its mark with locals. The recently-opened Noosa Village studio displays a diverse range of elegant and unique pieces, along with the latest trends in jewellery design. My first visit was to find something to dress my decolletage on the way to an event. IN Noosa Magazine

I didn’t have time to go home and REALLY needed that final piece to complete my cute outfit and after all, you are never fully dressed without jewellery! What I found was an exciting collection of jewellery for any occasion. I purchased a simple silver chain with silver pendant and a chunky silver bracelet because, well, I couldn’t resist. 96


MAKE YOUR MARK Beautiful Handcrafted Jewellery

Rings | Pendants | Earrings

You are never fully dressed without jewellery The next visit to Makers Mark was gift shopping as I always support local businesses for gifts – this time a beautiful costume jewellery piece for a friend’s birthday. The bonus of gift shopping in the village is that the Post Office is close by to get your gifts in transit if required.

Over 30 years manufacturing experience

This gorgeous little shop stocks beautiful adornments for all occasions and tastes. You’ll find the most breathtaking rocks including the rare pink Argyle diamond plus Ikecho Pearls, Najo, Ichu and Rock Finders Keepers Australian-designed and handcrafted sterling silver; and playful costume pieces from RAS and UNO de50.

All work is completed onsite by Jaemes

Jaemes and Rebecca’s Jewellery Studio is the hub of Makers Mark retail and manufacturing. All the shopping and creative actions happen in-store with a steady flow of clients popping in for jewellery jobs big and small, from repairs and remodelling to bespoke creations. The beautifully lit and minimalistic designed showroom is the perfect backdrop to immerse yourself in glitter and gold; silver and pearls.

Noosa Village Shopping Centre Cnr Gibson Road & Mary Street, Noosaville 0434 239 928 |

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alking into La Bouquet is akin to stepping onto the set of a Hollywood movie. Every inch

humble abode starting with ALL THE


It certainly felt like home to me – I wanted to move in immediately!

THINGS in this little shop of gorgeousness.

of this Noosa Junction boutique is a nod to all things stylish, sophisticated and


Your home should be a treasure chest of life – surrounding yourself with the beautiful things that bring you joy is essential. Carlie Wacker uncovers a special florist that takes styling your space with gorgeous things to the next level.

Owner and purveyor of style Amelia McPherson walks the walk and talks the talk – her brand is so beautifully

I feel transported into my dream space

activated and is clearly an extension of

full of the finest things in life. Fragrant

her personal style. She says the new shop

candles settle you into sensory

reflects the way she styles her own house

stimulation that screams elegance and

and in that, wanted La Bouquet to feel

has me planning a fresh new vibe for my

like home to her clients.

From purchasing a fresh bunch of flowers or a candle to take home; to having Amelia actually come to your home to create a customised space to feature fresh flowers and the various home decorating pieces in her shop – this lady has all bases covered. If you have a special event that needs styling or a hotel or business foyer that



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needs an installation, La Bouquet is your go-to. She has a real passion for statement styling and says ‘the world is your oyster’ when it comes to floral fantasies. Bigger is better for this flower hustler – she loves masses of roses and orchids and large foliage for eyepopping effect. Amelia started her working life in the film and television industry, later taking on a corporate role but always creating with flowers. What began as a side hustle styling friends’ events and dinners is now full-time fabulousness. Flowers, candles and other home styling elements (including the most luxe cookie jars) fill this shop with glamour. Amelia says she wanted a business that offered petals, presents and personalised service! “It was so important to me to offer customised arrangements and gift boxes. Sourcing local is a real passion for me and I love stepping outside the shop to discover special gifts,” she adds. The care and commitment to customer satisfaction is what sets La Bouquet apart with education being a big part of the selection process for clients. “Helping customers to look after their

They all describe an encounter with La Bouquet and Amelia as ‘stunning, divine, beautiful’.

Isn’t she ridiculously beautiful - I love her shop and her style!

I’m clearly not the only fan girl out there either; my friend Sharon said “isn’t she ridiculously beautiful – I love her shop and her style!”

blooms is really important to me. I want them to have longevity so sharing the right light, environment and care for flowers at home is key to building happy customers,” Amelia shares. I spoke to several locals who have

So, the word is out – La Bouquet brings a whole new level of sophistication to event styling and floral arrangements. You can purchase online for pick up or delivery, but chances are you’ll want to visit the shop and be surrounded by every

already found and fallen in love with

little thing that will make your heart

this little floral oasis.


Boutique Florist

The Pavilion Shop 5/21 Sunshine Beach Road Noosa Junction Phone 1300 LB FLOWERS (523 569)




y l e v i t i Paws LOVELY AVA

Rachel Sullivan knows all about Lovely Things including as Helen Flanagan discovered, a pawfectly pawsch party girl called Ava.


oris Day made famous a song that went along the lines of “How much is the doggie in the window, the one with the waggly tail…” a thought in the minds of many who visit Lovely Things Gift Shop in Noosa Junction, where miniature Schnauzer Ava laps up all the attention she can get as the star of meet-and-greet.


Everyone in Arcadia Walk and surrounds knows Ava so when she has a day off to mingle with other four-footers, customers ask after her, not owner Rachel Sullivan, who sort-of understands as the 16-month-old has a big personality. “She is the first Schnauzer that my husband Geoff and I have had but we’ve long admired a friend’s pooch,” she said. “They really are the perfect small breed, very smart, with few health problems, do not shed and importantly these days, comes from a reputable and wellresearched breeder.

...antics such as sitting upside down in her toy box ‘talking’ in a funny voice

“We had a long wait, but it was worth it especially after our first bad experience with a breeder who said our puppy died, but I think she was offered more money, something it seems was happening everywhere.

“Food-wise Ava has a healthy raw food diet,” says Rachel who naturally stocks lovely things for pet lovers, such as leads, bandanas, collars, toys and products with dog motifs.

“When the call finally came that Ava was ready, we couldn’t believe our luck. Finally picking her up and seeing the tiny 10-week-old puppy we were overjoyed. “Ava means ‘life’ and the timing was perfect especially for Geoff who was recovering from a major heart attack.”

slippers, hanging over a chair outside looking in and ‘talking’ away.

“She also loves apples, blueberries, honey and carrots, and could easily be named Dyson the way she vacuums around wherever she goes. Ultimately, she is our world, and we love her.”

Ava’s humour keeps Rachel and Geoff in stitches with antics such as sitting upside down in her toy box ‘talking’ in a funny voice, hiding (her head) in

At parties, she dresses for the occasion and is the centre of attention. The Fluffet, a 17-year-old Himalayan cat she loves to terrorise, is obviously not a fan.

With the world at her feet and a shop full of lovely admirers, there is no dollar amount that could buy this particular doggie in the window.

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How to Speak books, Peticular, 5471 3418

Bag dispenser, Lovely Things, 5345 5082

Tote bag, Lovely Things, 5345 5082

Striped pet bed, Weaver Green, 5231 9805 Rope toy, Lovely Things, 5345 5082

Food water bowl, Peticular, 5471 3418

Pablo & Co harness and lead, Peticular, 5471 3418

ZippyPaws Gardening Collection, Peticular, 5471 3418

Soft toys, Peticular, 5471 3418

Bow Tie, Peticular, 5471 3418



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Spring into a new season with bold, bright statement colours!

Colin Crawford Art, ceramic orange urns, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

Placemat, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Hand painted ceramic bowl, Galah Home, 5302 4044

• Unique eco friendly gifts • Beauty products • Travel accessories

Mustard vase, Laneway Flowers and Coffee, 0401 283 243

• Stunning stationery • Local art

Shop 1C/1 Arcadia St, Noosa Junction 5345 5082

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Vase, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Soap dispenser, Uncle George, 5474 5871

J’adore soap, Galah Home, 5302 4044


Hair Wrap, Lovely Things, 5345 5082 Cushion, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Insulated picnic bag, Lovely Things, 5345 5082

Peach bubble pot, floral arrangement (sold separately), Campbell and Bradley, 0451 659 858

Mimi Dining Chair in Navy Velvet by GlobeWest available at Blink Living, 5455 5015

Bee water jug, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Mustard pot with plant, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

The Creative Cottage, Galah Home, 5302 4044

Cushions, Weaver Green, 5231 9805

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Always in style – the monochromatic styled exudes understated elegance.

Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

Gold giraffe, Casa Noosa, 5447 3722

Face sculpture, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

Noosa Soap, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700 Cut Glass Cocktail Shaker, Campbell and Bradley, 0451 659 858

Interior Design Review, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

Black speckled pot, Campbell and Bradley, 0451 659 858

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Black striped pot, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

Oven mitt, Lovely Things, 5345 5082


Bruno Coffee Table in Black By GlobeWest available at Blink Living, 5455 5015


Cushion, Galah Home, 5302 4044

Cushion, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

Cards by artist Leene Aavik , Lovely Things, 5345 5082

Tea pot and cups, Organic Tea Shop, 0431 004 201

Artwork by artist Leene Aavik , Lovely Things, 5345 5082

Duck in Boots, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Anchor Bench Seat in Black by GlobeWest available at Blink Living, 5455 5015

Plastic basket, Lovely Things, 5345 5082

Noosa Junction | Shop Local

Pot with faux dried stems, Casa Noosa, 5447 3722

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Inspired by all things coastal – the sun, sea and sand. Dip into some Seaside Style this Spring.

Guest book, Lovely Things, 5345 5082

Marble coasters, Casa Noosa, 5447 3722

Ceramic pot, Laneway Flowers and Coffee, 0401 283 243

Brass Coral Lamp, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Wellness by Design, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Cross decoration, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Serving tray, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Ceramic trinket bowl, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700

Beaded planter, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700

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Ceramic pot plant trays, Campbell and Bradley, 0451 659 858

Ceramic mugs, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Table runner, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700


Lark Woven Baskets in Terracotta By GlobeWest available at Blink Living, 5455 5015

IN THE HOME Throw, Weaver Green, 5231 9805

Shell coaster, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700 Anchor, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Bone necklace, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

Sadie Woven Pendant in Natural Rattan by GlobeWest available at Blink Living, 5455 5015

Rattan frame, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Single stem vase, Campbell and Bradley, 0451 659 858

Timber board, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Spoon and dish, Campbell and Bradley, 0451 659 858

Seashell box, Très Noosa, 0422 927 700 Leopold Round Mirror in Natural Oak By GlobeWest available at Blink Living, 5455 5015

Cane woven plant pot, The River Shack, 5408 4377 Benjamin Ripple Buffet in Natural Ash by Globe West available at Blink Living, 5455 5015

Cushion, The River Shack, 5408 4377

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Our team of local, expert florists deliver daily and carefully design beautiful arrangements for that perfect gift or to brighten your own home.

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Enjoy the timeless appeal of days gone by with nostalgic home styling.

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Ethiopian Coptic crosses, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

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CAM Bee trinket dish, Uncle George, 5474 5871

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Elephant bottle opener, Uncle George, 5474 5871

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Cushion, Weaver Green, 5231 9805

Leather and teak bed head, Casa Noosa, 5447 3722

Sculpture, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

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Mudcloth and Binga basket, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

IN THE HOME Madras Gold Check throw, Weaver Green, 5231 9805

Cushion, Blink Living, 5455 5015 CAM butterfly trinket dish, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Hand crafted beaded shield from Nigeria, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

Wooden bowl, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

Bee cheese knife, Galah Home, 5302 4044

Rattan Jewellery Box, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Olive leather with plait stool, Casa Noosa, 5447 3722

Decorative scissors, Galah Home, 5302 4044

Tea pot, Organic Tea Shop, 0431 004 201

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Garden fresh, peachy sweet pastels add a cottage-esque feel to your home

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Habitation Quilt Cover Set, Linen House 5455 4221

Handcream gift set, Lovely Things, 5345 5082

Maggie’s Harvest, Galah Home, 5302 4044

Peach bubble pot, dried arrangement (sold separately), Campbell and Bradley, 0451 659 858

Wall art, Wabi Sabi, 0400 220 813

Marigold seedings gift card, Laneway Flowers and Coffee, 0401 283 243

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Flower presser, Laneway Flowers and Coffee, 0401 283 243


CAM Trikey dish, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Floral napkins, The River Shack, 5408 4377

Dried Flower arrangement, Laneway Flowers and Coffee, 0401 283 243 Woo Wall Art, Galah Home, 5302 4044

Blush coffee mugs, Galah Home, 5302 4044

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Geo decorative pot, Laneway Flowers and Coffee, 0401 283 243

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The best buildings in the region are set to open their doors and reveal their secrets to the public at the fourth annual Sunshine Coast Open House, as Deb Caruso discovers.


xperience great architecture and design when the welcome mat is put out and doors flung open to awardwinning, historically-significant and stunningly-sustainable buildings. The free Sunshine Coast Open House (SCOH) architectural festival on 23 and 24 October offers the chance to tour a remarkable range of architecturally diverse, sustainable, and historic buildings in a celebration of architecture and design.

Moffat Beach House © CFJ access to our region’s buildings and have the opportunity to meet the people, architects, designers, planners, engineers, and historians whose contributions make the region such a special and unique place,” she said.

Foundation Place, Maroochydore

“Sunshine Coast Open House prides itself in showcasing the rich architectural diversity of the region and provides a unique opportunity for people passionate about the coast to explore and discover its inspiring architecture and cultural heritage.” Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Open House provided the opportunity to see some of the most impressive and interesting attributes of the buildings in our region. Visitors will enjoy discovering long-

Beach House “box”; and Gabriel Poole’s

kept secrets behind some of the region’s

Crew House and Quadropod House in

most intriguing buildings from the lush


hinterland to coastal beaches – and an

SCOH Committee Chair and Australian

emerging city centre, thanks to a number

Institute of Architects Qld Chapter

of renowned Sunshine Coast architects

Councillor Lindy Atkin said 25 buildings

and informed volunteers holding special

were opening and offering guided and

guided tours.

self-guided tours with the aim of

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“It’s a fantastic way for the community to see and consider how architecture and design have contributed to the healthy, smart, creative region we know today,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“This is the one weekend each year

“The range of heritage buildings on the program this year are a great demonstration of the vibrant architectural design and consideration of our natural environment that went into the development of some of our buildings in decades gone by.”

when locals and visitors can enjoy rare

Sunshine Coast Open House will also

encouraging the general public to explore, re-examine and engage with the region’s built environment.



Wilson Beach House © Wayne Barbe

Currimundi House © Hossein Farahani Sunrise Studio | Bark Architects | © CFJ


Caloundra Lighthouses © Traceydee Photography feature its ever-popular photography competition, several guided walking tours, the Great Debate which will address the perennial issue of “Up or Out”, Ask an Architect miniconsultations, an engaging workshop for high-school students interested in architecture, and an Urban Sketchfest for those who love drawing. Sunshine Coast Open House is part of the Open House Worldwide network, founded by Open House London more than 25 years ago and now in 40+ cities around the world. It receives support from the Sunshine Coast Council Cultural Heritage Levy. Learn more about Sunshine Coast Open House or register for a tour or event at:

ARCHITECT FOR A DAY Saturday 9 October, 9.30am High school students interested in studying architecture and design have an opportunity to learn more about the profession at a special workshop at USC. ASK AN ARCHITECT AT ACE Saturday 9 October, 3.30pm Thinking about building a new home or renovating an existing one? Book your free mini consultation with an architect. DEBATE Friday 22 October, 5.30pm Be entertained by some of the region’s finest architectural minds as they debate the idea – Up or Out. WALKING TOURS Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 October Discover special places and learn more about the Sunshine Coast during several small group walking tours. SKETCHFEST Saturday 23 October Celebrate Caloundra’s history through Urban Sketching with urban sketchers.

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any of us take architecture for granted.

There is, of course, the ‘wow’ factor of experiencing an exceptional space for the first time. However, when an environment is occupied regularly, our attention is often focused on the tasks at hand as opposed to the space they play out in. But perhaps this is when skillful architecture becomes even more important. It sets the stage for the theatre of our lives and while our attention might not always be trained in its direction, it frames our mood, shapes our experience, channels our movements and connects us to our world. While I am certainly no authority on the practice, it would appear to me that the buildings designed by Gabriel Poole possess an honesty, connectedness and functional elegance which encourages an awareness of both the surrounding environment and the individual’s place within it. There is perhaps a heightened sense of living in the moment which comes with such an experience and that in itself has the power to pull the world into perspective. Space in Which the Soul Can Play is an exhibition surveying Gabriel Poole’s practice across some five decades. While an event like Sunshine Coast Open House provides a rare opportunity to experience a host of spaces not often available to us to explore at our leisure, equally rare is the chance to cast an eye across half a century of practice by a celebrated architect – to see at scale in one public space juxtapositions of iconic buildings IN Noosa Magazine

Noosa Regional Gallery Director Michael Brennan previews an upcoming exhibition that celebrates internationally recognised, award-winning Australian architect Gabriel Poole.

Main Pic and above: Lake Weyba House, Doonan, 1996. Photo: Reiner Blunck.

...cast an eye across half a century of practice by a celebrated architect... that speak of, as well as help define, a particular time and place; carefully curated select details capturing angles, light, materials and space that come together in unique combinations; snapshots, drawings, plan and press clippings that have largely been filed away in personal archives; and rolling slideshows of architectural brilliance and confidence in equal measure that chart 114

Gabriel Poole the development of a creative practice that is today synonymous with the best architecture across this region. Guided intimately by the eye of visual artist and Gabriel’s life partner, Elizabeth Poole, and multi award-winning architect, Tim Bennetton, Space in Which the Soul Can Play gives us pause to reflect on a life significantly defined by the pursuit of an authentic and responsive architectural voice, and one which treads lightly with a mindfulness for the environments in which is sits. Space in Which the Soul Can Play Noosa Regional Gallery 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin 10 September – 31 October, FREE entry.


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Deb Caruso discovers a hinterland studio that is a shining example of timeless design.


ark’s Noosa Hinterland Studio was conceived as an early experiment for defining a regionally based professional environment for the directors’ young architectural practice in 2001. Twenty years on, Lindy Atkin and Stephen Guthrie remain proud to share their space with a team of appreciative colleagues, consultants and clients. Bark’s philosophy embraces the notion that “architecture should speak of its time and place but yearn for timelessness”, as eloquently stated by renowned architect, Frank Gehry. Lindy says: “So often visitors comment on two things – what a wonderful place to work and that they can’t believe our building is over two decades old!” “Our measure of success is people recognising that spaces that we have designed simply ‘feel’ good; we attribute this to our approach of designing from the inside out,” explains Steve.

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“Long after the trends and fads have receded back into past fashion magazines, timelessness in design endures,” he says. All are welcome to experience and explore Bark’s stunning Noosa Hinterland Studio as part of Sunshine Coast Open House on Sunday 24 October from 10am-3pm with talks at 10.30am, 11.30am. 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Bark Architects 413 Sunrise Road, Tinbeerwah

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s the property market tightens across South East Queensland, more and more people are reaching out to Buyer’s Agents to help them find their dream home. This is especially the case in the Noosa region where stock remains tighter than ever and buyer demand is not likely to ease for some time. Although Buyer’s Agents have been around for quite some time, they have tended to be more prevalent in other capital cities where engaging one is not out of the norm, as viewers of the Million Dollar Listing television franchise know. Kirstie Klein Hunter has been buying and selling property in Australia, New Zealand and even London for more than 21 years. With a corporate background and a career working in financial markets, she is no stranger to buying and selling. She has worked for some of the largest financial exchanges in the

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In the competitive world of buying and selling property, a Buyer’s Agent could be the key to ensuring you get what you want, as Jennifer Swaine discovers. The current market has only served to increase the demand for Buyer’s Agents.

world including the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext where she specialised in exchange traded futures and options. Solid grounding for her current career as a Buyer’s Agent.

“It is important for anyone looking to purchase a property to understand that while buyers are important to real estate agents, they are engaged by the seller and so need to put their wishes first.”

“While most clients understand what we do, there are still many people who are initially unsure on how engaging a Buyer’s Agent will benefit them,” she said. “Our service was once considered something that only wealthy people could afford. However, that is changing as more people are turning to us to give them a competitive edge in securing the property of their dreams. We’re becoming a service that buyers can’t afford to not have.”

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And this is why, according to Kirstie, you need a Buyer’s Agent in your corner, when you are negotiating on a property. “If you’re looking to buy, it’s understandable that a real estate agent may not be returning your calls in this current climate,” she said. “They are receiving hundreds of emails and phone calls every week so they need to

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comprehensive brief and do all the work for them. “I know what their budget is, what inclusions the property must have, what is and is not negotiable and the exact locations they wish to purchase in. “When a Buyer’s Agent specialises in an area as I do, we pretty much know every property and street in our patch and can guide people if their expectations are unrealistic or suggest other areas to consider,” Kirstie said.

Kirstie Klein Hunter prioritise qualified buyers who have the greatest likelihood of purchasing the listed property, at the best possible price,” Kirstie said. Buyer’s Agents do not compete with real estate agents but work with them and a good Buyer’s Agent will have relationships with numerous real estate agents that is built on respect and trust. “Agents know that when we say we have a buyer looking for a specific property, in a specific suburb or street,

that our buyers are serious and in a position to transact quickly. We often know before a property comes to market because when we approach an agent, we have already done our research and have everything ready to proceed should the right property become available. “Many of my clients are interstate and simply do not have the time (or are unable) to continually fly to Noosa to inspect properties. This is where Kirstie can take a

Klein Hunter Property Buyers specialise in sourcing and negotiating residential property purchases for local, interstate, and international clients.

It is important to note that a Buyer’s Agent will not generally take on more than one client looking for a specific property in a specific price range. They need to show their client everything that meets their brief so cannot have clients competing for the same property. Kirstie says a Buyer’s Agent should be completely independent and never accept commissions from real estate agents or vendors; they must always act in the interests of the buyer that engaged them to be truly independent. While engaging a Buyer’s Agent is not for everyone, for those who want to have a professional helping them find their dream property, it’s an investment that more people are choosing to make.

Our professional team expertly project manages every step of the acquisition process, from researching, sourcing and negotiation through to settlement removing the stress and uncertainty from your property purchase. Contact Kirstie today for a no-obligation discussion about how a local, independent Buyer's Agent can help you secure your piece of paradise.

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How was your business born?

I have lived and breathed all things interiors since I can remember. I was making lamp shades at 12 and painted my room a deep burgundy. Looking back, I don’t think that was normal at that age. I started my own business in Sydney as soon as I finished college in the early nineties, having worked for a small firm for 5 years prior whilst studying. Sydney was booming at that time and I worked on many high-end developments as well as private homes and commercial fitouts. It was an exciting time! Being immersed in interiors gave me great exposure to wonderful furniture and furnishings, which led to me opening two shops in Sydney and then one in Dubai where we were living. In 2018 it was time for a sea change so we made Noosa our home and as soon as I landed, I set about finding a shop and here I am. I knew what to buy and where to buy it, I love sourcing beautiful pieces and presenting them at their best and that is IN Noosa Magazine

how Wabi Sabi was born in Noosa.

How has your business grown since then?

Being very new to Noosa, getting our name out there has been the main focus. We have a wonderful database of likeminded customers and design clients so the word is spreading. COVID has certainly put the brakes on our growth but we are hanging in there. What do you love most about Wabi Sabi? Shopping! I come across so many beautiful pieces its such a thrill when a customer comes along and loves a piece as much as I do. We have become a bit of a haven for interior addicts. How does your personal style translate to your business? I don’t think I have any particular personal style, I am reluctant to label a look as this can lead to an over-styled and predictable interior lacking in character. Every interior has its architectural bones and every project has parameters 118

In a mass-produced industry that favours trends over taste, Wabi Sabi Homewares is putting individuality back into interior design. Georgia Beard catches up with owner Bridget Tyer on the importance of matching décor to the architecture of a home with timeless, personalised pieces.

Name Bridget Tyer Business Wabi Sabi Homewares

and every project comes with a client’s brief. As a designer, selections for a project are made with a lot more discipline. I choose things because they are right for that particular space. Buying for the shop is much more of a gut reaction, the trick is in the choreography and showing customers how to display items at their best. Having travelled a lot I do tend to collect interesting pieces from around the world, ethnic pieces with a handmade imperfection and a sense of history. The perfectionist in me prefers to present pieces without too much visual pollution, so that the space has a sense of calm. What is popular right now? In the store, it is our Bodhi chair. They are the most supremely comfortable chairs on the planet. It’s stylish, it’s architectural, it’s chic! It transcends age brackets, tastes and styles - and that is quite amazing.


What sets your business apart? I think its because we don’t come with a ‘look’ and cannot be labelled. People come to us because we have a keen eye and a good sense of style.’s not so much about a certain style but more about what works best in a particular space...

How would you describe your range? Very diverse and collected. What about trends? We mostly steer away from trends as this is the fastest way to out-date a design scheme. Key pieces need longevity; smaller accessories can be more ‘of the moment’ as they can be easily replaced. Any tips to finding the perfect style? Get as much exposure to different styles as you can, create a style file and you will see what you naturally gravitate to. Seeking expert advice from a designer will help you make educated purchases. To me it’s not so much about a certain style but more about what works best in a particular space. All interiors need to create a feeling, I find writing a list of adjectives to describe a room helps. So, rather than saying my style is ‘hamptons’ or ‘boho’; think in terms of: relaxed or formal; chic or classic; masculine or feminine; flashy or understated; elegant or funky. What’s in the future for Wabi Sabi? We will continue to focus on sourcing beautiful pieces building our reputation as a destination store. We have come across an amazing amount of local artists and I would like to provide them

with a platform to present their work. What do you love about being IN Noosa? Having grown up in Sydney, there are very specific demographics. Not so much in Noosa which I quite like. It’s a little bit like an expat community where most people have come from somewhere else with lots of stories to share. Of course there is the amazing geography and world class restaurants and it still maintains its small town feel. How do you make any room come alive? A room comes alive when you get the balance right, when you create a feeling.

What styling advice do you have? Try not to be too predictable such as thinking an entry way must have a console, a lamp and a mirror; try not to fill every space and every wall which can create visual pollution; and don’t use pieces just because you have them.

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e l y t S From New York to Noosa there is a worldly vibe that greets you at Casa Noosa and, as Carlie Wacker discovers, the doors are being thrown open for a very stylish evening!


auren and Sam Rasnake walk the walk and talk the Casa Noosa talk. What began as a love for this iconic Noosa home decorating hub has become a full-time commitment to timeless style. When the couple moved to Noosa they went from an apartment to a house and began an interior styling journey that led them to one of our favourite local

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IN STYLE furniture and homewares stores, Casa Noosa. It was their go-to style mecca, then became Lauren’s workplace and now it’s their very own business! Since taking over the much-loved store they have relocated from Noosa Junction to an intimate experiential retail store on Thomas Street, Noosaville and have also opened a design hub on Lionel Donovan Drive that serves as a warehouse and creative space. With the expansion of this innovative business, they can now provide creative solutions for domestic and commercial applications. “We offer an interior design service that ensures that your space is best utilised and uniquely styled and our contemporary selection of furniture and homewares are competitively priced to suit any budget,” says Lauren. Lauren’s expertise in creating a worldly yet homely setting comes from the favourite parts of the exciting places she has lived around the globe - from Tennessee to Florida; and New York to Noosa. There is a real sense that Lauren and Sam know what makes a home feel sacred and special in their buying and styling at Casa Noosa.

Casa Noosa is bound by the love and the timeless Noosa coastal style When you step inside the open and airy retail store set amongst the hub of all things awesome in Noosaville you feel at home and relaxed amongst an eclectic mix of coastal, inner city loft and global furniture and décor. I love that the Casa Noosa style is all those things, yet it’s bound by the love and timeless Noosa coastal style that demands natural elements like wood, leather and flora. Sam says they are most interested in making your space feel like home. “Your interior style has to be

Expect an informative Q & A session where you can pick the brains of the creative force behind this business. There will be exclusive discounts on selected products, styling and interior design packages and you’ll also be able to jump the queue on the coveted pre-order pieces plus lucky door prizes. Guest will enjoy cocktails and canapés while browsing the latest furniture designs and home décor trends, an interactive Q & A session with Lauren and every ticket purchase of $20 is redeemable on purchases and orders on the night at over $75.

something that you enjoy and not led by trends,” he said. “We want customers to have the confidence to go with what they love and we are so excited to share their design journey with them.” And we are excited to INvite you to explore the Casa Noosa world in an exclusive evening for lovers of home styling. Lauren and Sam will host us at their design headquarters and share insights into the latest trends and styles.

CASA NOOSA STYLING SESSION DATE: THURSDAY 7 OCTOBER, 5-7pm LOCATION: CASA NOOSA WAREHOUSE 3/28 Lionel Donovan Drive, Noosaville TICKETS: $20 redeemable on purchases of $75 or more. Tickets include canapés, cocktail on arrival, lucky door prizes.



Come and meet the Casa Noosa team and enjoy an inspirational evening full of stylish advice with a cocktail on arrival, canapés and lucky door prizes! WHEN: Thursday 7 October, 5-7pm WHERE: Casa Noosa Warehouse 3/28 Lionel Donovan Drive, Noosaville Cost: $20 Redeemable on purchases over $75


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All the magic of Spring; a season of hope and new beginnings. It’s also the perfect time to take a fresh look at your foliage and plan a top-to-toe makeover, as Pete Goodlet shares. inter and its inherent bouts of laziness are behind us so it’s time to get out in the garden and gussy up the old girl for spring.


limit to how much mint you need and the number of mojitos you can consume. I’m yet to reach that limit but there is always a first time!

Just as you might stand in front of a mirror and see what little touches may just add a sprinkle of magic, we can also stand on the edge of our garden and contemplate ways to enhance her beauty.

To conserve water, explore the use of wicking beds which hold a reservoir of water in their base to give you more freedom with watering only needed weekly.

Let’s start with the shoes. Or in garden terms, our paving and other ground coverings. Whip out your pressure washer and remove any signs of neglect. Let’s not have damp spots and mouldy areas; blow away the cobwebs wherever they may have gathered. Top up your garden beds with fresh mulch and give your lawn and garden beds a good feed.

Avert your eyes we’re heading to the thighs! Yes, it’s time to lift that skirt height for spring and let your heavenly garden breathe! Trim it and trim it good. Shrubs and small trees can become very cluttered with lower branches, dead leaves and cobwebs. Not a good look on anyone really. By trimming them up and even lopping off the odd limb or two you can let the light and air in and make space for new plantings underneath. You may even want to add a dab of perfume with some beautiful gardenias or similar.

How are your ankles? To make them your greatest asset let’s look at groundcovers and pots of colour. The demure native violet Viola Hederacea is one of my all-time favourite groundcovers and is perfect scattered in gravel, between pavers or rambling through the garden. It makes a fabulous lawn alternative in shady moist spots and pots of colour can lift the mood in your garden and provide a touch of sparkle! Gardener’s knees are often neglected and certainly take a beating. You can take a little pressure off them by creating raised garden beds for veggies, herbs and flowers. Spring is the perfect time to introduce some food-producing plants to your garden. To add a touch of spice to your life pop in some chilli plants; herbs are a fabulous addition to your garden, but one word of caution keep your mint in a pot, or it will take over. There is a

Winter can leave us a little flabby and neglected around the middle. Do you have some bulk you really need to shift? Sometimes shrubs are either poorly chosen or poorly placed. Be ruthless, rip them out. You may find you can create a beautiful little retreat with some gravel

and a seat in this newfound space. Dark colours are renowned for hiding the odd undesirable feature. Paint that ugly shed a deep dark colour and watch it disappear. Your fresh greenery will pop in front of a dark wall or fence. Have you got a little top heavy? It might be time to get the arborist in and cut some windows to the sky. Sunshine really can brighten our day. A wellsculptured tree offers a stunning silhouette against our beautiful blue skies and is even more special at sunset. Spring is all about the birds and the bees and sometimes a girl must call in the experts to highlight her assets. From full makeovers to a maintenance program for a regular touch-up, Stuart and his team at Earth Creation Landscapes are specialists in making your garden shine and making your property the honeypot of the neighbourhood. Or visit your local nursery for planty (lol!) of inspiration, the latest plants, products and advice to make your garden a magnet of magic.

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THE SEEDS They say Spring is natures way of saying “Lets Party” so don your fancy gardening gloves and gumboots and let’s get dirty with Carlie Wacker.


pring is the best time to sow the soil and plant the seeds for summer eating. In fact, some seedlings planted early in spring will be ready to harvest within weeks and can carry you through to Autumn.

There is a huge variety of tomatoes you can grow at home including those that will thrive in patio pots.

So, let’s look at what edibles should be planted now and how we can best care for our crops with the help of the experts at Manawee Garden Centre. Simon Van Roy and his family live and breathe plants with over 30 years in their iconic Buderim location and Simon loves Spring gardening the most.

“Remember to practice good crop rotation – so don’t grow tomatoes in the same location each year,” he said. “Fertilise using a high potassium and high nitrogen fertiliser every 4 weeks.”

“This is the time to plant – with good soil preparation spring presents us with the chance to see the fruits of our labour and grow some seriously delicious edibles in the warmer months,” he says. Let’s start with salad. Planting lettuce is the quickest route to harvesting satisfaction. It will take a matter of weeks for leafy greens to reach a point of being edible. They grow in full sun but also tolerate some shade. If you plant seedlings every few weeks, you’ll have a regular supply of this diet staple through to summer. Simon recommends growing lettuce in rich, well-drained soil. “They are one of the fastest growing edible crops and some varieties can be harvested after just four weeks,” he says. “Feed regularly using a liquid fertiliser for best results.” Tomatoes are another rewarding edible that are quite easy to grow. You’ll need a sheltered but sunny spot with plants needing 6-8 hrs of sun per day. You can expect ripe juicy tomatoes after 30 days.

Simon said tomatoes enjoyed a full sun position and must be in a well-drained position with good airflow.

Zucchini is another delicious vegetable to plant in readiness for fruit to form in summer once the female flowers appear. These guys need heaps of room but produce plenty of zucchini so let them run free with ample space.

good bean stalk and agrees that they are one of nature’s best fast-food snacks. “Just eat straight from the bush or take inside for cooking,” he said. “Beans love a high nitrogen soil, so make sure to add plenty of well-rotted manures before planting. Fertilise using liquid fertilisers every fortnight for fast results.” Carrots are an allrounder for salads and grazing platters, but I’ve never had much luck growing these bad boys although Simon is shocked by that. He thinks carrots are the easiest root vegetable to grow, so long as you get a couple of important things right at the beginning.

When it comes to this king of veggies Simon suggests you keep foliage dry to avoid mildew and fertilise every 4-6 weeks with a high nitrogen and high potassium fertiliser.

The soil must be loose and friable as growing in heavy soils results in stunted carrots (as mine were). It is also a good idea to avoid high nitrogen fertilisers once growing, as this results in lots of foliage – but very little carrot!

Beans are one healthy treat I eat straight from the vine, and they grow so beautifully in our region. Simon loves a

So, let’s get dirty, sow the soil and plant the seeds for homegrown summer entertaining.


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I love you my brother Take my hand These times are hard I understand Let’s move forward And dream of spring Sunshine, flowers And the hope it will bring Cos it’s been a kinda Shitty year But I’m really glad I’ve got you here Pete Goodlet, 2021

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Noosa will become a celebration of the visual arts with major art festivals taking over our streets, waterways and towns as local artists throw open their studio doors or install their artistic creations in the everyday environment for the whole month of October. Welcome to Artober! Words by Georgia Beard.


n times of crisis and transformation, art erupts. It’s an internal reaction to an external change, a feeling that demands expression. Across history, we have seen the creative community rise from adversity, particularly in Europe. Romanticism was born and then thrown out with the monarchy in favour of Realism; and Dadaism emergd during the destruction of World War I as the Spanish Flu swept the globe. Closer to home, we can see a diverse and ground-breaking plethora of artworks and art festivals rising from the chaos of COVID-19. Sporadic restrictions and lockdown lulls have freed creativity rather than stifled it. Owing to the perseverance of the arts community and a lot of passionate volunteers, this October has been renamed to Artober with four iconic exhibitions across Noosa and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Like so many artistic movements before us, the showcased works offer a reflection of the environment in which they were created. Across two long weekends and by appointment, Noosa Open Studios Art Trail gives locals the chance to visit artists in their private studios. Pick up your Trail Guide and see works from all participating artists at the home of Noosa Arts & Crafts, Wallace House at 1 Wallace Drive, Noosaville, before embarking on one of five self-drive tours. You’ll discover how a work of art transforms from a scribbled idea to a masterpiece, and maybe make an investment to call one your own. Floating Land: At the Edge of Ideas connects human art with natural landscapes along the Noosa coastline, exploring the clashing and coalescing of ideas and the point at which they become realised. Temporary installations of artwork will interact with local environments and disappear without any physical trace, provoking conversations about our role in environmental care.

Floating Land: Amanda Bennetts, Return to Sender 2021 (detail). Photo by Jennifer Dean Noosa Open Studios: Jen Jay Art

Sculpture on the Edge: Garden Swimmers, Conny Van Lint Based in the Hinterland town of Maleny, Sculpture on the Edge offers a sprawling exhibition of sculptural works and installations in the stunning 18-acre surrounds of Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Lose yourself in a forest of more than 40 creations, all produced by renowned artists from across Australia. Make a day of it and you might even be lucky enough to take a piece home. Tour a stretch of pop-up galleries during Tall Trees Art, an exhibition returning to its physical form after last year’s virtual showcase. Taking place over one weekend in Cooran, the event will transform local businesses into bustling hubs of artistic expression, all in support of the arts community. Immerse yourself in our vibrant and emerging arts scene during Artober! Explore the towns, villages and environments because ‘earth’ without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’! Read on for more...


Tall Trees Art: George the Turtle, Jess Scurrah GET AMONGST THE ART! Explore these FREE events in October. NOOSA OPEN STUDIOS ART TRAIL 1 OCTOBER TO 10 OCTOBER Choose from 5 self-drive art trails FLOATING LAND 9 OCTOBER TO 24 OCTOBER Lake Cootharaba, Boreen Point Park Road Boardwalk, Noosa SCULPTURE ON THE EDGE 22 OCTOBER TO 7 NOVEMBER Spicers Tamarind Retreat 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny TALL TREES ART 29 OCTOBER TO 31 OCTOBER King Street, Cooran SPRING 2021



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Ever wondered what an artist’s creative space looks like? Noosa Open Studios invites you to get up close and personal with amazing local artists and step inside the secret sanctuary where creations come to life, as John Caruso reveals.


oosa has grown into a thriving hub for artists and artisans and more than one hundred of our best local artists are about to throw open the doors to their private studio and invite you IN as part of this year’s Noosa Open Studios.

environment, but you’ll also be helping our local businesses.

Meet a local knife artisan, lantern maker or sculptors of metal, glass and wood; illustrators, silversmiths, jewellers, furniture makers; painters in pastel, oil and watercolours; even printmakers, photographers, potters and ceramicists; or artisans of mixed media and mosaics. There is truly something for everyone and the chance to enter the sacred, creative space and watch the artist in action will provide a whole new appreciation and understanding of the creative process.

If you’re not sure where to start, the home of Noosa Arts and Crafts, Wallace House, will be open from 9am-3pm daily and will feature a piece of work by every artist so you can get a sense of their style. Pop into the café and plan your day of discovery!

Now in its sixth year, the self-drive event will feature five art trails centred around different areas of Noosa Shire, namely: Noosa with 34 artists and 3 galleries to discover; 32 artists along the Beaches trail; 24 artists and two galleries from Tinbeerwah to Eumundi; 15 artists and four galleries in Cooroy; and 7 artists and two galleries, including Juniper in the Pomona Distillery, from Pomona to Cooroibah.

Kicking off the month being coined as “Artober”, most studios will be open for three days of both weekends from 1-3 October and 8-10 October with some special midweek trails.

Renton Bishopric, Pottery for the Planet Studio Noosa

an art trail in Margaret River, Western Australia. As well as the art trail, there’s a series of workshops and art installations too.” Deckchairs on the Green, a major initiative from last year, created by local installation artist and member of Noosa Open Studios, Yanni van Zijl, will return as a signature event the week before Noosa Open Studios officially starts. This crafty collaboration of forty deckchairs handcrafted by the Cooroora Woodworkers from locally found

Noosa Open Studios President Anthony Wynne-Hoelscher said the trail was recognised as a marquee event for the region, especially with the growth of cultural tourism. “We are now Queensland’s biggest art trail with more than 100 participating artists and local galleries,” he said. “This year is the greatest number of artisans we’ve ever had, second only to

Darren White, Everything’s Damp

Each trail offers creative diversity and the chance to further explore our beautiful region. Be inspired and make a full weekend of it to discover gift shops, cafés, restaurants and craft beer and gin distilleries along the way. Why not book a staycation at a boutique bed & breakfast or resort? You’ll not only be giving yourself the chance to fully immerse yourself in the inspiring Rowley Drysdale, Iron Blue Platter and Mug IN Noosa Magazine


Dale Leach, Sunrise Road with Heart


“For the first time ever, the deckchairs be on display at the Gold Coast Swell Festival from Friday 10 until Sunday 19 September before coming home to be showcased along Gympie Terrace in Noosaville on Saturday 25 September,” Anthony said. “You can bid on your favourite chair and take it home at the charity auction at the Noosa Botanic Gardens on the following day.” Workshop sessions will again be a big highlight for those wanting to get more hands-on. There’s a total of twelve workshops,

the people that explored our art trail last year were primarily locals and visitors from within Queensland,” he said. “I know one local collector alone who would have spent about $20,000 on art in 2020 – there’s a growing understanding and appreciation of the value of art not only in monetary terms but in the value it adds to our lives. “It’s all about the artists. We’re a volunteer organisation where every cent we raise is spent promoting the artists, working on that exposure and giving them every opportunity to engage with the community who appreciate their creations,” explains Anthony.


hardwood; features canvases individually and artfully painted by local artists and sown by artisans at The Sewing Project.


VISIT THE HOME STUDIOS OF OVER 100 REMARKABLE ARTISTS Deckchairs on the Green from 2020 all very diverse and delivered by local artists in their natural environment. From landscape painting and mixed media workshops; sessions that will focus on techniques as well as materials; exploring pastels and water colours, even making your own animal lantern, there’s something for all interests and levels. Workshops generally book out quickly so don’t delay if you are interested in unleashing your inner artist or learning new techniques from some of the region’s best. Despite the challenges of COVID and lockdowns, last year’s event saw about $400,000 worth of art sold by artists participating in Noosa Open Studios.

DECKCHAIRS ON THE GREEN Secure your seat! Bid for one of the handmade one-off deckchairs to raise money for Noosa Open Studios Saturday 25 September Viewing on Gympie Terrace, Noosaville Sunday 26 September LIVE auction, Noosa Botanic Gardens


Noosa Open Studios Art Trail, Queensland’s largest open studios event, invites you to meet the artists behind the art. Visit painters and potters, ceramicists, sculptors, metalworkers and more on art trails from coast to countryside. Take home your favourite pieces and be creatively inspired with art workshops and gallery visits. @noosaopenstudios OUR SPONSORS

1-10 October 2021 View the Noosa Open Studios Guide for times and dates

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Gallery Director, Noosa Regional Gallery and Artistic Director of Floating Land Michael Brennan dives into a magically metaphorical world where art and environment collide at the edge of ideas.


’ve heard there was a time not that long ago when wedges of black swans could be commonly spotted soaring over the waters of Lake Cootharaba at Boreen Point (wedge – that’s the collective noun when the swans are in flight). The 2021 staging of Floating Land – the 11th iteration of the biennale in its 21-year history – will see a bevy of the majestic birds (that’s a term for them when they’re on the ground) return to the lake, albeit in a somewhat more static configuration. Earlier in the year, Fabrizio Biviano was an artist in residence at the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy, using the time to carve 24 of swans from discarded car tyres. The ballet of tyre swans (strictly speaking, ballet is another collective noun for swans, but not tyre swans specifically) will grace the lake, escaping the suburban Australian yard where these kitsch garden ornaments are more commonly found. The title of Biviano’s project, Black Swan Theory, is also a metaphor that describes an event that both comes as a surprise and has a substantial effect, yet is typically and inappropriately rationalised afterwards, with the benefit of hindsight. It might be seen to apply to our inaction on climate change and the human impact on the environments we rely on to survive. Embracing a dark sense of irony, car tyres also account for the second largest source of microplastics polluting the world’s oceans. Floating Land has always championed a robust environmental conscience amongst its artists and their audience.

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Amanda Bennetts, Return to Sender 2021 (detail). Photo by Jennifer Dean. When art works appear amongst stunning natural environments like those on offer in Noosa, themes around environment and climate invariably emerge as core concerns for both individual artists and the biennale as a whole. As catastrophic fires seem to endlessly circumnavigate the globe, interspersed with record temperatures and devastating floods, the need to keep these concerns front and centre has never been more imperative. Just a little further along the shore of Lake Cootharaba, a Fever of Stingrays (the title of the bronze sculptural work by Natalie Ryan, as well as the collective noun) can be spotted just below the surface. Static in the environment, how long will it be before these beautiful creatures are also displaced?


Simone Eisler, Sea Spawn / Land Lay 2021 (detail). Photo by Jennifer Dean.


Debbie Symons, Sing 2021 (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist. Along the Park Road Boardwalk between Noosa Main Beach and Noosa National Park, a dissimulation of birds (or at least their song) emanates from several clutches of nests. Sadly, the habitats of these birds are being rapidly lost via deforestation around the world. A little further along the picturesque walk, visitors encounter a rising reef of coral - or are they bouquets of flowers? Rising sea temperatures have seemingly turned them into a hybrid; a smack of jellyfish, and even a tickle of oversized feathers from endangered ground parrots. The artists of Floating Land again seem to be more aware and engaged in the urgency of our climate crisis than many of our politicians (murder is the collective noun for crows, but it might equally be applied to this group of people). If only more in positions of power were as compelled to put energy into solving these problems, we might just find a way to take the edge of this clusterf@#k of climate disasters that are now more common than ever. Floating Land: at the edge of ideas will take place at sites across Noosa from 9 to 24 October. For full program details on this free event visit and read on for more insight.

Fabrizio Biviano, Black Swan Theory 2021 (detail). Photo by Jennifer Dean.



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Spirit Bird Xavier Rudd, Jandamarra Cadd

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OF HINTERLAND ART Art is in the heart of hinterland locals so it’s no surprise that Tall Trees returns with fresh and inspiring works. Carlie Wacker casts a keen eye over this year’s exciting art exhibition set amongst the gorgeous streets of Cooran.


n 2021 Tall Trees Art Inc is set to bring the streets of Cooran to life with bold, engaging and creatively-inspired works

celebrating 11 years of Tall Trees art exhibitions and showcasing the creative talents from Cooran and beyond. The innovative team behind this community based, not-for-profit organisation take the job seriously and through the toughest of challenges in 2020 pivoted the program to ensure the exhibition went ahead. In an epic effort President Mia Hacker led the team to quickly convert the exhibition from on the streets to online, with an interactive 360-degree virtual gallery allowing artists to showcase and share their works – and for the art to IN Noosa Magazine

spread joy amongst the community.

our community.”

This year, Cooran’s annual Art extravaganza will return to the streets of this gorgeous hinterland village featuring mesmerising works by emerging artists through to internationally-acclaimed artists in quirky and cool pop-up galleries that invite the whole community to be part of the experience.

The multiplicity of artists and genres exhibiting is the real drawcard for this art iteration featuring more than 120 artists covering visual art, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, music, photography and textiles.

“Tall Trees will have at least 16 viewing venues scattered throughout the main street of Cooran, making this event a real collaboration between local businesses, artists, and the community,” Tall Trees President Mia Hacker said. “King Street in Cooran will come alive with colour and creativity and a vibe that fills our hearts with pride and love for 136

Tall Trees launches with the Bendigo Bank Meet the Artists Opening Night on 29 October featuring some of the youngest multi-genre artists including Araya Hammond and Cooran local, Emma Tomlinson. Emma will show her musical talents to perform along with guest speaker and musician, Peter Koppes - founding member of The Church, and famous for the 80s banger Under The Milky Way.


Emma’s art Blue Haired Girl was featured as our cover artist for IN Noosa Magazine in Spring 2018 just before Emma was appointed as Ambassador for Autism Qld as a leader for young women on the spectrum, promoting inclusivity and diversity. Kabi Kabi Elder Traditional Owner Bridgette Chilli is also sharing her incredible saltwater dreaming collection that she has been creating on Jhdungah Country for 20 years. Bridgette has been taught by Elders and specifically her grandmother on how to bring that Flying Away, Tia Carrigan

connection to country into extraordinary

King Street in Cooran will come alive with colour and creativity and a vibe that fills our hearts... cultural change.

George the Turtle, Jess Scurrah artwork that shares her language and cultural knowledge. Jandamarra Cadd has been a finalist in every major portrait art prize in Australia and we are so excited to see the inspirational and moving works on display at Tall Trees this year, including his Archibald prize entry, Spirit Bird featuring musician Xavier Rudd. One of Australia’s premier Aboriginal artists Kurun Warun (Tio) will exhibit some of his world-renowned art coveted and collected by names such as Oprah and the Prince of Saudi Arabia. His art tells important stories of family and childhood as the fifth generation of the Truganini Queen of Tasmania. Don’t miss Kathleen Hunt’s thoughtprovoking Backlash, part of a larger body of work - created to engender conversation, to give voice to the female narrative and as a contribution to

The list of exhibiting artists is mind blowing with artworks on show from the likes of Amanda Pitt-Lythgoe, Jim Martin, Mia Hacker, Kilagi Nielsen, Birrunga Wiradyuri with mentees Stevie O’Chin and Kane Brunjes; Michelle Kurth, Jess Scurrah, Francoise Alloin Monnereau and many more. The next generation aren’t forgotten with The Blue Chair Gallery hosting Small Trees, featuring 60 small canvas works by the children of Cooran. So, on the last weekend of October head to the heart of Hinterland art – Cooran and discover a vibrant community overflowing with amazing talent and passion.

EXPLORE COORAN Make a day (or weekend!) of it and explore this vibrant village. Don’t miss: • The Hinterland Restaurant • The Sangha Room • The Lazy Fox café • Dhom’s Kitchen pop-up • Noosa Hinterland Brewing Co • Fabulous Finds • Cooran Community Store • The Brow Barn • The Blue Chair Gallery • Room to Grow • Yarn Studio • The Verandah --- and so much more! 137



2021 EXHIBITION 29-31 October ACROSS 16 VENUES IN COORAN Opening Night, 29 October, 5pm Cooran Hall




A new season brings exciting new exhibitions and Noosa's galleries, studios and arts centres have something for everyone!

NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY UNTIL 31 OCTOBER GABRIEL POOLE: SPACES IN WHICH THE SOUL CAN PLAY Award-winning architect Gabriel Poole is renowned for his experimental, modular designs. He believed homes should be simple, affordable and fit for multi-generational families. Experience his architectural vision, the showcase of a lifetime of work.

5 NOVEMBER TO 5 DECEMBER THE LYN MCCREA MEMORIAL DRAWING PRIZE Established in memory of visual artist, art educator and art collector Lyn McCrea, this national prize celebrates the fundamental art of drawing and the Australian contemporary artists behind the medium. 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin Ph 5329 6145

NOOSA ARTS AND CRAFTS ASSOCIATION FROM 5 NOVEMBER TO 12 NOVEMBER ARTS & MINDS EXHIBITION Opening with a night of wine and nibbles at 5.30pm, the Arts & Minds Exhibition displays the miscellaneous artworks of Association members at Wallace House. The week-long event will feature beading, botanical art, ceramics, creative artists, embroidery, life art, oils and acrylics, porcelain art and smocking from 9am to 3pm.

SATURDAYS UNTIL 4 DECEMBER, 11.30AM LEARN TO CROCHET Dedicated to the well-worn art of crochet, Janelle Turley’s ongoing workshop introduces you to basic stitches and patterns before sewing all your skills together in a Granny Square. Bring light-coloured 8-ply yarn and a 3.5 crochet hook. Bookings required.

5 OCTOBER TO 2 NOVEMBER, 9AM-12PM MARINE ART Lizzie Connor lays out the techniques for painting seascapes across a 4-week workshop. Learn to wield acrylics and capture the Sunshine Coast’s ever-changing sand and surf on a sprawling canvas. Bookings required.

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9 NOVEMBER TO 7 DECEMBER, 9AM-12PM PEN & WASH WORKSHOP Another 4-week workshop with Lizzie Connor on the techniques of pen and wash, a medium involving the layering of watercolour stains above ink sketches. Bookings required. Wallace House 1 Wallace Drive, Noosaville Ph 5474 1211

COOROY BUTTER FACTORY ARTS CENTRE 7 OCTOBER, 10AM-3PM LIBBY DERHAM: INTRO TO WATERCOLOUR Libby Derham offers a full day exploration on the elusive techniques of laying washes, mixing colours, mark-making and more. Aimed for beginners, this workshop teaches you skills that will bloom across the page in rich landscapes. Bookings required.


POMONA RAILWAY STATION GALLERY UNTIL 29 SEPTEMBER, CARRIAGE ROOM GROUNDED, THE OUTSIDERS ART GROUP Paintings in oil, acrylics, mixed media and 3D works in ceramic and wood reflecting the natural environment by The Outsiders Art Group, a small cohort of established and emerging artists who meet outdoors every month.

UNTIL 22 SEPTEMBER, THE BANANA SHED KAREN ROBINSON: CREATE YOUR WORLD Contemporary works with an emphasis on colour, contrast and creation, this exhibition is a celebration of Karen’s journey that have led her to be an artist. 10 Station Street, Pomona Ph 5485 2950 Open 7 days




Butter Factory Friends offer an assortment of eclectic art to recognise BFAC members and their gifted minds and hands. From painters and printmakers to potters and glassblowers, this exhibition showcases the true diversity of regional talent.

A poignant exhibition chronicling the loss and restoration of balance between nature and humanity from local artist and author Jhana Bowen. Bowen combines visual and written narratives in a new representation of his illustrated book Rainbow Turtle, Golden Dolphin.

22 OCTOBER TO 28 NOVEMBER 2021 SILICEOUS AWARD FOR CERAMIC EXCELLENCE Clay workers mould character and depth into their sculptural works of art during Ceramic Arts Queensland’s fifth exhibition. The competitive event promises a celebration of local and national excellence in sculpture, pottery and ceramics, with winners announced on the opening day.

22 OCTOBER TO 28 NOVEMBER NOOSA DISTRICT STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXHIBITION Young artists, artisans and designers from the region show off their emerging talent at the Young Creators and Makers exhibition. Fine art, fashion, technical design and furniture are among the artistic mediums on display for a recognition of youth in the arts. 11a Maple Street, Cooroy Ph 5442 6665



60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads Ph 5329 6560

NEW GALLERIES! Pop in and check out these new galleries that have just opened! MAX GALLERIA A contemporary art gallery of indigenous and non-indigenous artists as well as the studio and workshop of Maxine Stibbe Shop 11a, 113 Poinciana Avenue, Tewantin Ph 0414 725 424 Facebook: @max.galleria ARCADIA STREET GALLERY Dedicated to showing and promoting exceptional work from Australia and abroad. 5/14 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Junction Ph 0422 268 089



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...wander through the rainforest paths and open gardens.

A visit to what is one of Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibitions with up to 40 sculptures by local and interstate artists is a great day out.

Nina Shadforth takes to the hills to find they are about to come alive for this year’s Sculpture on the Edge


culpture on the Edge is an outdoor sculpture prize held on the escarpment of the stunning Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny. Held annually at Spicers Tamarind Retreat it attracts renowned artists from all around Australia and invites visitors to immerse themselves in the picturesque 18-acre property which provides a unique setting for the artwork and installations. The beauty of site-specific art such as this is that it draws us to particular places for their unique environmental qualities and thus further engages us in

event sponsored by the Spicer’s Group – with the inaugural festival held at Spicers Clovelly Estate. In 2012 and auspiced under the community arts organisation: Arts Connect Inc, the festival moved to the lush gardens of Spicer’s Tamarind Retreat where it has been staged ever since.

conversations pertaining to the surroundings in which they are installed. As well as being interesting to observe, art in-situ can also prompt broader discussions on local and global environmental concerns, like climate change, human impact and First Nations reconciliation and healing. Sculpture on the Edge (SOTE) was established in Maleny, initially beginning as an adjunct program under the Maleny Garden Club’s Open Gardens Festival during 2010. It was such a successful component of their program, that the following year it became a stand alone

SCULPTURE ON THE EDGE 22 OCTOBER – 7 NOVEMBER Artist entries close: 1 October Exhibition dates: 22 October - 7 November Open Daily from 9am-4pm FREE exhibition Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny

Wander through the rainforest paths and open gardens; book for lunch or order a picnic basket from The Tamarind Restaurant and take time out with family and friends. Tea and scones are available every day and there’s even a treasure hunt for the kids. If you come on a Sunday, there will also be Jazz playing in the restaurant. Artist applications are open until 1 October with a $10,000 first prize, $1,000 Encouragement Award and $500 People’s Choice Award. The artworks will also be for sale for the keen collector. Nothing short of exceptional, to complete a day’s outing with family and friends – including the canine friends (on a lead) – SOTE is a ‘must do’ addition to your social calendar!

DON’T MISS! Awards Night and Official Opening Friday 22 October, 4pm-7pm Includes welcome drink and Asian-inspired travelling feast in the gardens of Spicers Tamarind. Tickets: $75 Bookings Essential:


Sculpture ON THE EDGE 22 October - 7 November 2021

Sunshine Coast’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition Discover over 40 sculptures set among the natural landscape of the beautiful Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Free Entry | OPEN DAILY 9AM - 4PM | 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny


Proudly presented by Arts Connect Inc. Hosted by Spicers Tamarind Retreat and supported by our sponsors.






The Butter Factory Arts Centre is renowned for shining a light on new and established artists and will celebrate the Butter Factory Friends with the 2021 Eclectica Art Awards, as Georgia Beard discovers.

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he Butter Factory Arts Centre (BFAC) has been in the hands of the community since January 2016 after receiving management of the Centre from the Noosa Shire Council. Passionate staff, local volunteers and creators have turned the space into a stage for the visual arts.

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The Centre carries out lively workshops, exhibitions and events, enriching our creative community in more ways than one. They provide locals and tourists with an arts hub that is accessible and dynamic; they set up springboards for emerging local artists; and they tie connections between artisans and audiences to keep the arts fixed in the public consciousness. As friends of the Arts Center, Butter Factory Friends (BFFs) support the long-term future of the not-for-profit art space. They contribute to the vibrant Arts Center by assisting at exhibition opening nights and paying an annual membership fee. Part of being a BFF is the unique opportunity to exhibit every year as part of annual Eclectica Art Awards.

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an arts hub that is accessible and dynamic recognise the members for their support and commitment to the gallery and showcase its artists. “We currently have 151 BFFs, with more than 70 artists entering 110 works,” she says. Pam Taylor Now in its sixth year and with an open theme, the mediums are limitless – think multimedia, printmaking, textile art, ceramics and sculpture as well as painting and drawing. BFAC coordinator Alicia Sharples said the exhibition was a good way to 140

“A lot of our BFFs are very talented artists and it’s great to give them the chance to showcase their work in an otherwise fully-booked gallery program. “The Award prizes will help these emerging artists continue to create thanks to the generous support of our local community including Cooroy Bendigo Community Bank; Cooroy Future



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WORKSHOPS Anne Yang Group; Create Art; The Clay Shed; Cool Art Framing and Gallery; and Yandina Art and Framing.” The works for the exhibition will be selected and curated by a panel and offer four categories of awards, including 2D, 3D, Portraits and Ceramics with all artworks listed for sale.


The exhibition will run until 17 October with free entry and the opportunity to vote on your favourite artwork for the People’s Choice Award. While you’re there, check out the Pottery Store with regular workshops and the Artisan Store jam-packed with handcrafted gifts and treasures from jewellery to pottery, paintings and accessories.

ECLECTICA ART AWARDS – BUTTER FACTORY FRIENDS EXHIBITION When: 17 September to 17 October Where: Butter Factory Arts Centre, Opening Night: Saturday 18 September, 4pm-6pm Free event with food truck, bar and live music by Soul Tree Union. Bookings essential

10am - 3pm Tuesday to Sunday PH: 07 5442 6665 11A MAPLE ST, COOROY

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Alexandra Baxter reveals why she sees the 40 Under 40 Exhibition as the birthplace for artist and collector alike.


efore I begin, I would like to rather intimately describe to you my current living situation. I am freshly 22 and pay $180 a week rent. To my name, I have a trio of copper-based Scanpans, an original plasma TV, a GHD straightener that I got for my 14th birthday, and a passable, albeit sagging in the middle, mattress.

Ashlee Becks, Purrrrfect To Me

You could say my assets are few, but I would wholeheartedly disagree. Lining the walls of my room (akin to the hook free, rental life), are artworks I came across at the 40 Under 40 Exhibition in years gone by. Each work is signed by a Sunshine Coast artist, where the salt content of the south-easterlies seems to favour the artistic talent per capita. My Last Will & Testament gifts two Mitch Cheeseman’s, a Lauren Jones and an Ashlee Becks to the State Gallery, if the State is still alive and well. When the time comes, these 40/40 founded artists will be worthy of such status. In these four canvases I put my trust. But less about my finances, and more about my nativity scene of choice: the birthplace of artist, collector and lover of the arts: The 40/40 Exhibition. In years preceding the 40/40 Exhibition, scarce appearance was made by the younger artists of the greater Sunshine Coast region; their lights politely hidden under bushel. Fast forward two years, and Amanda Bennetts, Founder and Co-Curator of the 40/40, tells me, “Our younger art scene is alive and well, vibrant, a little grungy, and anything but dull.” As Bennetts reflects on the impact this exhibition has had not only on the arts community, but the artists themselves, she finds herself caught in the humblest of brags. “It’s evident from the success of the past two 40/40s, that the exhibition and IN Noosa Magazine

Jill Stevenson, Untitled meritorious Art Prize will return to Cooroy Butter Factory in early 2022.

Lauren Jones, Becoming Unfamiliar event must continue for years to come,” she says. “The 40/40 has given so many younger artists a platform to share their art, collaborate and network. It has created an exuberant community of young artists who are gaining attention from outside our community.” I have watched Bennetts pour time, passion and expertise into what has become not only a highly regarded, happening event, but a means for artists from the region to achieve professional representation. The 40/40 Exhibition has acted as the springboard for emerging artists to begin their self-sustaining, successful careers. Encouraging of naivety, while a catalyst for talent to be noticed and career propelled, every emerging artist wants a slice of this pie. Let the success of the artists that line my bedroom walls, sold-out opening nights, and record crowds be evidence for these words. With a large cohort of young, talented artists waiting in the wings for news of the next 40 Under 40, Bennetts spills that the exhibition, event and 142

This year’s artists will enter their final artwork to be assessed by selection panel. With her keen eye for unharnessed artistic potential intact, Bennetts explains, “The number of artists wanting to be in the exhibition has well exceeded the 40 spots available. I am so proud of how far this project has come, and so excited to see what this new selection process attracts.” For appreciators of art, food and beverage, and those who fancy a night of culture and entertainment - brace yourselves for the 40/40 opening night ticket release. A previously sold-out event, capped at 500 tickets, means opportunity is limited and fleeting. From one doe-eyed lover of art to the next, to miss the next 40/40 would be blasphemous.

WANT TO ENTER? 40/40 is open to 18-40-year-olds from the Sunshine Coast, Noosa or Gympie regions with a significant relationship to the area. Entries open: 1 November 2021 Entries close: 28 November 2021 Entry fee: $40 For full eligibility criteria, more information and to enter visit: More information


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PULLING THE John Caruso profiles a local artist who has a few surprises in store for Noosa Open Studios.


elen Peel is a popular local artist who has been part of five of the last six Noosa Open Studio trails. Best

painting and have that displayed next to each piece,” she said. “I’m working on a new little passion, called A Night with the

known for her rich portraits and lifelike

Strings. I’ve painted a violin, a cello and a

scenes painted with exquisite detail, her

viola they’re one-and-a-half metres by

stunning art is created in a luxurious,

nearly one metre, framed.

light-filled studio in Noosa Waters.

“I’ve also painted ballet slippers in all

For Helen, inviting people into her

different ways, so it’s just a different

home studio is a rewarding part of the

theme for me this year and for Noosa

creative process.

Open Studios, I’ll have some props to

“I love the experience of talking and explaining to people the journey involved with each piece; why I created a particular piece; how I created it - and I want to flesh that out into a little story on each

accompany my paintings. For example, I’ve got some bows to go with the strings and opera glasses and sheets of music.” Working exclusively with oils, Helen is an accomplished realist, bringing stories

to life with light, shade and movement, in exquisitely delicate brushwork and luminous, vibrant colours. Visit Helen as part of Noosa Open Studios at 31 Shorehaven Drive Noosa Waters, 1-3 and 8-10 October from 10am-4pm. Other times by appointment.



Want more? Hear Helen’s interview on the Everyone Has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa podcast.


Phone 0411 511 533 143

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BRONWYN BARTON Inspired by the natural sub-tropical bush setting Bronwyn calls home, her work is semi-abstract characterised by the layering of paint and mark making. 19 Greentree Place, Doonan Phone 0423 809 510

BUTTER FACTORY POTTERY STUDIO Wheel work, hand building or your own self directed projects, the Butter Factory Pottery Studio is for you. 11A Maple St, Cooroy Phone 5442 6665

JULIA CARTER Internationally-acclaimed artist Julia Carter paints with passion, happiness and joy, layering her works with texture, symbols and vibrant colour. STUDIO GALLERY 6/33 Gateway Dr, Noosaville Phone 0414 638 096

Image: Debbie Symons SING, 2021

LIBBY DERHAM Fourth-generation watercolour artist Libby, creates loose contemporary landscapes. She transcribes birdsong to line on paper and unconventional surfaces. 13 Bowerbird Close, Peregian Springs Phone 0424 880 703 IN Noosa Magazine

NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY The premier regional gallery on the Sunshine Coast located riverside on the picturesque Noosa River in Tewantin. 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin Phone 5329 6145 144

PETE GOODLET A moment or thought is transformed into a painting that imbues a smile. Pete loves creating beautiful works for Noosa interiors and beyond. Tinbeerwah Phone 0408 400 773


JENNY HINES ART Specialising in Statement Pieces, Jenny is a painter, photographer, printmaker and mixed media artist who creates bold and colourful abstract works in oil and acrylics, often from memory. 16 Headland Drive, Noosaville Phone 0439 375 980



Sue Hoskin produces mosaic designs from pottery to public murals. She creates texture using upcycled materials from second-hand stores and nature.

Jeanette Smith captures hinterland and coastal landscapes with vibrant colours and movement. Using acrylics and palette knife to create textured, tactile strokes.

Open by appointment Phone 0422 594 564 mosiacbysu

97 Pavilion Drive, Peregian Springs Phone 0423 805 444




Highly acclaimed potter and teacher, Cathy, has moved her Fried Mudd studio to Noosaville and will be opening its doors for the Noosa Open Studios in October.

Helen’s portraiture reveals a talent for reflecting the life in her subjects’ eyes; her paintings bring to life a world rich with colour and radiant light.

Trevor is a painter of bold energetic outback oil paintings. Acclaimed workshops at Maluti Studio Cooroy. Apply now.

7/33 Gateway Drive, Noosaville Phone 0402 333 576

31 Shorehaven Dr, Noosa Waters Phone 0411 511 533

‘MALUTI’ Studio, 27 Musa Vale Rd, Cooroy Phone 0458 038 978


DEBORAH SAMUELS Deb Samuels explores mixed media and style in her imaginative and offbeat works. Combining ink, charcoal, chalk and paint in eccentric layering processes. 12 Belfa Place, Noosa Heads Phone 0450 270 855

CAROL WATKINS Carol’s experimental ceramic techniques and atmospheric kiln firings deliver raku, naked raku and saggar works with unpredictable and often dramatic results. By appointment only Phone 0413 832 122 carol_watkins_ceramics 145

NEW STORIES TO DISCOVER Tune into engaging interviews featuring local artists, chefs and more. Download the FREE Everyone Has a Story podcast on all podcast platforms. More than 100 interviews with fresh content regularly. @everyonehasastorypodcast




“Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.” – Emily Bronte

Paul Bird explores the fine line between not enough and too much.


ride gets a bad wrap in literature, religion and history.

In the Christian tradition it is one of the Seven Deadly Sins and, as Wikipedia tells us, has been labelled the father of all sins and the devil’s most prominent trait. That great sage Benjamin Franklin who wrote extensively on human imperfection, its consequences and remedies, also warned of the pitfalls associated with pride while Alexander Pope saw pride as “the never failing vice of fools”. So, in the context of these sentiments it has been interesting to note the recent outpouring of pride when it comes to the performance of our Olympians. Our athletes have come to symbolise some of those characteristics which we cling to as showcasing the “best of us” – commitment, dedication, tenacity, determination and admirable comportment in the face of pressure. And yes, a pride in achieving performance levels which then drives them on to further heights. I am proud of them. These are all attributes which make for successful human beings and societies. They were humble and gracious in both victory and defeat and did “us” proud. I am also proud of the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics for their fortitude, against tremendous odds, in mounting and delivering a much-need tonic to a weary world. Bravo and well done. You can be proud of yourselves. Is this then “good” pride? It seems that, as in most things, a certain amount of pride is no bad thing. It is only when it teams up with selfconceit and vanity, and perhaps extends itself to its recently culturally vogueish friend, narcissism, that problems occur. The question is whether the distasteful, IN Noosa Magazine

destructive and unhelpful traits of pride are becoming the norm in our current culture? Or is it that the prideful minority, with social media amplification, simply have a more prominent platform than the silent and less boastful majority? The impression of a surging, unhealthy pride could also be the result of a greater reticence to call out boorish behaviour and statements thus giving the impression that this is all there is. My experience is that Australians are mostly a pretty humble lot and that long-standing aversions to unhealthy pride have not yet become ‘old hat’. There are examples aplenty of poor prideful behaviours and language in the self-boosterism which surrounds us in discussion, social media and public statements all the way from (yes, some) athletes to politicians. Humility seems a rarer commodity in our public discourse yet when we think of history, and indeed the leaders who we may have known in our own lives, the most effective and inspiring leaders are those who go about their business with a humble and self-deprecating demeanour. They are most admired and loved. There has always been an argument around whether such leaders are actually effective in securing favourable outcomes or whether the ‘crash-or-crash-through’ personality leaders who exhibit very low levels of humility are in fact the real ‘doers’. The answer remains elusive. Strong, uncompromising leaders of high self-belief spilling into pride have often broken through when those of frailer ego fell away. There are many examples in history of both styles as failure or success. It seems to me that overtly prideful people are more prone to a mean spirit. 146

C.S. Lewis also wrote that pride was “spiritual cancer” and that “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud; the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.” National pride, patriotism can bind people around shared values and beliefs providing positive energy for a cohesive future which rises above petty divisions. The peaceful nature of the competition between nations at the Olympics is in tune with this sentiment. Equally though, we have seen how this base can morph, often fed by resentment and fear, into an ugly and superior form of nationalism. This form of pride is used to justify the poor treatment of those who are not a member of the ‘proud’ nation. Ultimately this nationalism can lead to the worst kinds of inhumanity. A certain level of self-awareness both in the moment and upon reflection is required to recognise our own pride and the potential destructive consequences. It seems that pride is a human emotion which is useful… until it isn’t. The wisdom is in learning when it is useful and recognising when we are succumbing to the unhealthy version. My observation is that pride seems to bubble to the surface more easily than humility, which needs to be cultivated in order to flourish. This all leads back to self-reflection and awareness. We need to understand our own human tendencies for mistake-making but also to see how and why our pride was unhelpful and uncompassionate, both to ourselves and to others i.e. learn how to behave better in the future. And remember… “Pride goeth before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” – Book of Proverbs.















WESTERN LOOP Mary Valley Drive










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Mt Eerwah



Lake Weyba





Noosa National Park





West Cooroy State Forest




Sunshine Beach




Imbil State Forest












Mt Cooroy

Sunshine Reefs





Noosa National Park

Noosa River

Tewantin National Park




Tewantin National Park

Mt Tinbeerwah

Jew Shoal

Noosa Heads




Little Hall’s Reef



There are more than 450km of public bikeways and walking paths Lake through the Noosa Cooroibah Biosphere Reserve.






Hall’s Reef

Botanic Gardens Lake Macdonald










Teewah Coloured Sands
















Lake Cootharaba

Boreen Point VE

Yurol State Forest Tewantin National Park


66% of the Noosa Shire has high value biodiversity significance.

Mill Point



Noosa is one of 10 World Surfing Reserves around the globe.






Noosa Everglades




Yurol State Forest

Great Sandy National Park




Pomona Mt Cooroora





Cooloola Sandpatch




Noosa Museum


Tewantin Ringtail National State Ringtail Park Forest State Forest







Harry’s Hut

Elanda Point



Mt Cooran


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Mt Pinbarren













Kin Kin







The Noosa Trail Network is a series of world-class, multi-use trails for walking, mountain biking and horse-riding.

Woondum National Park











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Mothar Mountain Rock Pools







Noosa River is the only river system in Australia that has its entire upper catchment protected in National Park.

Explore the Noosa Everglades and Upper Noosa River by canoe, boat, kayak or on foot.

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Mt Wolvi

Unsealed road WAHPUNGA LA NE

Woondum State Forest




Mt Coondoo




44% of all Australia’s birdlife diversity resides within the Noosa Biosphere.


SALMON LOOKOUT Unsealed road












The Mary Valley rewards with a landscape patch-worked with grazing cattle, macadamia farms, rainforests, endless rolling hills and quaint heritage towns.


Rainbow Beach

Tin Can Bay

61 different regional ecosystems have been identified within the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.

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Amamoor State Forest


The Noosa Biosphere Reserve is home to 2346 species of plants and over 700 species of native animals at least 49 of these are internationally significant.

Goomboorian National Park

Lagoon Pocket

The Great Sandy Biosphere is home to the tallest and most complete rainforests growing on sand. It also provides the world’s best observable example of ancient sand dunes.

The Noosa region was declared a Biosphere Reverve by UNESCO in 2007. Adjacent is the Great Sandy Biosphere - the world’s only two adjoining biospheres.

Curra State Forest


Cooloola Cove





Hervey Bay



Toolara State Forest













Peregian Beach




61 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads Open 9am - 5pm, 7 days

Parkyn Hut 120 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin

24 Bruce Highway Lake Alford, Gympie

Free booking service call 1 3000 NOOSA (66672) or 07 5430 5000

T HIS M AP IS NOT TO S CAL E The publisher cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions in this publication and will not accept responsibility for any misleading or deceptive material published in the Noosa Country Drive map. Reproduction of any part of Noosa Country Drive map is not permitted without written permission from Tourism Noosa.

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