In Noosa Spring 2020 Edition

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ISSUE 25 Spring 2020


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Editor’s Note I know I tend to say this a lot - but how lucky are we to be IN Noosa? From the chaos and uncertainty of the past few months, the Noosa community has not only survived but thrived. I don't want to trivialise what is happening in the world around us or in what we have been through individually or as a community. However it is a time to look forward and support each other towards a brighter future - whatever that may mean. It is great to see the return and reinvention of popular festivals and events such as Noosa Open Studios and Noosa Eat & Drink Festival and to continue to see individuals and businesses inspire us on a daily basis. We have been fortunate to continue in our role of connecting community through storytelling and grow our team and our business to introduce new faces and an exciting new addition to our IN Noosa family: Hello Sunshine! Our fashion and wellness pages have been revamped and we are excited to announce some exciting events and stories to INform, INdulge and INspire! It is our absolute pleaure to share these stories with you and to continue to engage you with your community. We are more than a magazine and we are here for you - in print, on our website, on social media and through our Conversations in Noosa podcast. Thank you for being part of our world. We're in this together. Stay safe and love local!






Matt Golinski is a highly regarded chef with a passion for simple, produce-driven 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. He is the Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador for the Gympie region; Ambassador and Advisory Executive Chef for View Restaurant at Peppers Noosa.

After 25 years of sniffing, swirling, spitting and slurping various vinous temptations our wine 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.

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!




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 Day 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.

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. He runs artist’s retreat and BnB Boheme Peregian Beach together with Dave and Oscar Wilde (man's best friend).




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.

Director of Noosa Regional Gallery and described as an ‘accidental curator’, this prize-winning painter and sculptor 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. Fourteen years later it is still standing. We are lucky to have him taking the arts to a whole new level in our region.

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.




Carlie Wacker is a presenter, emcee, freelance fashion writer and stylist. She is also the co-founder and curator of Runway Fashion Australia (still to come!). Carlie recently launched her own range of World of Wacker polymer clay earrings handmade in Noosa. We're so happy to her back contributing to the pages of IN Noosa and lighting up our social media pages!

Martin Duncan aka ‘Sunshine Coast Foodie’ is an avid promoter of the region and connector of people. His passion for social media and creating and hosting events provides a platform for promoting others. Martin is the President of Country Noosa and an active ambassador for foodies and the global Slow Food movement. He is on the road as our roving reporter!










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Katrina has more than 15 years’ experience working as a counsellor in mental health and well-being. With a wealth of knowledge in addiction, mental illness, family and relationship issues, she is passionate about working with clients to discover what issues and fears separate them from personal growth and healing, healthy relationships and a happy, fulfilled life!

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IN NOOSA Magazine is printed on 100% recyclable paper. Made with love. Please enjoy!

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INSPIRE Meet the teenpreneur and author on a mission to help others navigate the business world.


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.

Matt Golinski taps into bush tucker to create a spring feast from backyard ingredients.






79 IN FASHION Celebrate spring fashion with fresh new looks from our favourite boutiques.


On The Cover: Tropical Delight By Cass Deller.


THE TEAM DEB CARUSO / PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 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 is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses and connecting community; as well as hanging out with her boys John and Maximus.

PAUL BIRD / PUBLISHER Paul is the Publisher and Director of IN Noosa Magazine. Enjoying a successful career spanning almost 40 years working in media and corporate communications industries and more recently in the profit-for-purpose charity and business sector as an Independent Director and Corporate Advisor.




After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Conversations IN Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager, event MC, and delivery boy; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio; and restocking the IN Noosa Magazine stands on a daily basis.

IN FORM Noosa Regional Gallery celebrates the impact local artists have on our community.

INGRID NELSON / WRITER A journalist for more than 20 years, Ingrid has worked across all mediums, eventually finding her niche as a feature writer. Cutting her teeth as young television reporter, she quickly moved through the ranks before joining a high-profile Brisbane magazine. She moved to the Sunshine Coast with her husband and three children in 2007 and has spent the last eight years working in publishing. She is thrilled to join the clever and creative team at IN Noosa Magazine.


DESIGN, CLIENT RELATIONS 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 supporitng clients of IN Noosa Magazine, you’ll find Shona relaxing with her family at the beach.

ALI SMITH / DESIGN Ali spends her days clicking away and creating print and digital designs for a variety of coast businesses and brings more than 15 years of print publishing experience. When she’s not at her computer, you can find her outdoors with her husband and three kids.



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

CARLY BAUM / CLIENT SERVICES 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.


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TERRIFIC TEN! Event: 10 year birthday celebrations Venue: Sunshine Butterflies

It was a big thank you to all that have supported Sunshine Butterflies' vision of creating a unique and all-inclusive disability support service, supporting individuals and their families living with disabilities. With an exciting range of new programs and initiatives planned, the future is only going to be brighter!


Event: New Name for United Synergies Venue: Tewantin United Synergies announced their new name and onging commitment to providing much-needed services covering Child Safety, Homelessness, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Youturn Youth Support helps young people in their times of need to live a healthy and meaningful life.

CRYSTAL CLEAR Event: First Birthday

Venue: Soul Quartz Noosa It was a celebration of the store's first birthday with a VIP evening at Soul Quartz Crystal and Yoga boutique in The Pavilion, Noosa Junction. Kudos to Tegan who supports a large range of small batch, sustainable and ethical labels.

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ANTIQUES AND POSSIBILITIES Event: Grand Opening Venue: Peregian Beach

Antiques and Possibilities offers an assemblage of rarity, luxury and museum-quality findings from around the world in the heart of Peregian Beach. Expect an exceptional collection of furniture, art, jewellery, silver, gold and so much more.


Event: Beergustation Venue: Heads of Noosa, Noosaville With a passion for lagers and a focus on quality, local beers Heads of Noosa hosted a four course beeergustation. An incredible menu prepared by Chef Callum Thomas was paired with the award-winning Japanese lager, Summer Dusk, IPL and Bock, all crafted at the home of Heads of Noosa.


Event: Autumn Launch Party Venue: Reed & Co, Noosaville IN Noosa Magazine's Autumn launch party was held in the beautiful offices of real estate agency Reed & Co. The pre-social distancing event included exceptional service from The Bartenders and the chance to celebrate another bumper edition.

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While most teenagers are TikToking their way through life; Carlie Wacker discovers a local teenpreneur who is fast tracking her way to financial freedom and wants to help others do the same.



t’s hard to believe that 18-year-old Coby Lee Davis cringes when she looks back at the first novel she self-published in Year Seven. Halfway Through the Darkness is a kid’s fantasy thriller that served as an important tool to navigate life at school with a learning disability. Although the early school years were tough for Coby Lee, she says writing has been her saviour. The Steiner School nurtured her talent, and this led to her next novel, Dead Obsession. Her dream project and book number two is a dark and reflective fiction story that mimics the emotions and teen angst she was experiencing. “There was a real sense of therapy through writing during this time,” says Coby Lee. “The planning was intense, each chapter planned out using sticky notes.” It is that attention to detail and organisation that has laid the foundation for how successful Coby Lee is today. She began a small succulent business whilst writing her second book. It began as a hobby collecting recycled jars and pots, propagating the succulents, and selling at car boot sales and school markets. In 2019 Coby lee found herself amid an indoor plant trend that saw the business swing into full gear. Her succulent creations were flying out the door at The Shed in Cooroy (where she also currently works casually) then local florist Rambling Rose Flowers requested stock and most recently she had an order for 100 terrariums.

As her business grew, Coby Lee found that there were extremely limited resources or business help for teenagers and roadblocks kept popping up. This led to her next big project, a follow-along guide for young entrepreneurs wanting to start a business. The book, Thrive: A Young Entrepreneurs Guide To Starting a Business will target 12–25-year olds and cover the IN Noosa Magazine

stories with other teens and in Australia and prove that they can do it too.”

Don’t tell me that I can’t do something – I take that as a challenge start-up business basics like cost, time and sales strategies; how to apply for an ABN and other legalities; as well as networking, marketing and personal growth. She has spent hours interviewing Australian business owners to share their stories and encourage other young entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams. “If you want to run and jump – just do it,” says Coby Lee. “I want to share these 8

Coby Lee says the project has been a three-year process and she has been fully supported by her community, family and school. “I felt I lacked the credibility to write a book about business so with the help of my maths teacher I gained a Diploma of Business through my school,” she said. It should also be noted that Coby Lee is currently in Year 12, working multiple casual jobs including support work for a local teen with a disability; at Pomona Organic Honey and The Shed all while writing her third book. This driven young woman with a fertile mind is the most positive and empowering person to be around. Her third book will launch in early October and I sense there is a lot more ahead for Coby Lee Davis.



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Has home schooling left your child struggling to get back into the swing of things in the classroom? Ingrid Nelson caught up with a local education expert to discover how you can help them regain their confidence.


o say it has been a tricky and disruptive few months for school children (and parents) is quite possibly the understatement of the year! Not only did COVID mean families were faced with the pressure of juggling home schooling with work commitments, kids also had to adapt to an online classroom, with many struggling to keep up in the cyber environment. As a mum of three children, let’s just say home schooling made me appreciate our teachers more than ever. I may or may not have punched the air when they kids finally went back to the classroom! “Some parents and kids got very lost, and through no fault of their own, they fell behind,” says director of Kip McGrath Educational Centres, Rita Krause. “Teachers have more on their plate than ever and there seems to be a greater range of ability levels in the classroom. “The reality is teachers have a curriculum they need to get through each year and they don’t have the luxury of

working with children individually to help them catch up.”

with peers, it also helps them to overcome feelings of “not being good enough.”

Along with the challenges, home schooling provided the opportunity for parents to understand the children’s learning level and where extra support might be needed.

“A lot of kids don’t like school. They don’t think they are smart enough, so we are trying to overcome those psychological challenges as well,” she said.

“The first thing is finding out where the weaknesses are and then filling those gaps rather than continuing to push students through the curriculum. Kids can’t be expected to catch up when they don’t have the foundations,” says Rita. Investing in a tutor can help your child transition from online learning back to the classroom, as well as boost their confidence both inside and outside school. “Extra support with tutoring to bridge the gaps can really help kids to feel re-energised and reassured that they can do it. Understanding work at the right level can lead to success,” says Rita. Offering both online and in-class learning sessions, Rita says private tutoring not only helps students catch up


Most importantly, Rita says it’s all about making learning fun. “Once you establish the basics and are more comfortable, fun follows. We keep a very fun and light-hearted approach.” Having witnessed many of her students thrive over the years and even start to enjoy learning, Rita says the most rewarding part of her job is watching children regain their confidence. “Most times, once the child has had two or three lessons you see them blossom, and from there they take big leaps forward. “Kids don’t have to be enrolled in tuition forever. Let’s get these gaps filled so that school is comfortable and fun and easy for them and not a chore every day.” she said.



CONFIDENCE. LEARNING. SUCCESS. Enjoy the flexibility of online or in-centre learning and support

Call Director Rita Krause for a FREE assessment on 5447 4531 Noosa Fair Shopping Centre 3 Lanyana Way Noosa Heads Email: 6B/1 California Boulevard Peregian Beach Email: 9

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You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Choose a job you love and you will never work another day in your life!” Local artist Cass Deller is living proof. Building a successful career around her passion for creating dreamy watercolours, while raising a young family, the clever mum of two is living the dream, as Ingrid Nelson discovers.


ass Deller was destined to be a creative artist. Raised in Brisbane, one of her fondest childhood memories was spending the holidays with her family in Noosa, where she would while away the hours sketching and painting the coastal surrounds. “My mum and dad took my sister and I to Noosa every January since we were five years old,” says Cass. “I would come here for three weeks and I would be so ridiculously inspired I would spend the entire holidays just painting.” It’s the reason she and her husband Brent, owner of First Batch Coffee Roasters in Noosa, decided to relocate to the area seven years ago and they have never looked back. “Living in Brisbane, I just didn’t feel inspired and connected to where I was,” says Cass. “My husband and I started working for ourselves and we realised we could work from anywhere so we decided to move to the Coast. “As soon as I moved here my business just flourished. I was where I was meant to be and my work was where it was meant to be. Just being here constantly reminded me of those childhood memories and having that inspiration around me all the time.” With a background in graphic design,

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I could be earning a million dollars and I would still do this every day. I love it so much. Cass fell in love with the romance of the wedding industry and carved a niche for herself creating bespoke, hand-drawn wedding stationery for a number of years before expanding her business into branding and surface design. “I was passionate about weddings,” says Cass. “It was a season of my life. I was engaged myself at the time and it was an industry that I loved being part of. “When I started everything I created was hand-drawn and it was very unique. But then, as the years went on, hand crafted watercolour stationery became quite popular and on-trend, so I didn’t feel like 10

I was doing anything special anymore.” Pivoting her busines to focus more on branding and surface design, Cass combined her skills in graphic design with her love of painting to create the next successful chapter in her career. “I hand-draw and hand-paint everything. Then I scan that piece of art

and turn it into a repeat pattern that companies purchase from me and take to their manufacturer to print on to a surface,” says Cass. “That surface can be literally anything you can think of. From wallpaper to stationary; fashion and apparel; even nappies for children. In fact, 70 per cent of my clients are from the baby industry. I never went out to pursue that, but my style of design just lends itself perfectly to that aesthetic. “I studied graphic design but I am self-taught as an artist, so I have learnt the hard way over many years. It’s very satisfying to be able to see my artwork on so many different things.” Extending her business to include an online print gallery, where business can purchase her pre-designed, handillustrated prints and patterns, Cass has also recently started a fine art collection, something she has always dreamed of. “In the last two or three months I have created a selection of fine art watercolour reproductions on beautiful watercolour textured paper and some original canvases,” says Cass. “It’s something I always wanted to do but never really had the time to delve into. Now that I have employed two staff members, I have managed to carve out some time for this passion project.” As well as their businesses, the entrepreneurial couple has also grown their family over the past few years and are now proud parents to Edward, five, and sister Isla, who joined the family 14 months ago. And although life with two young children is always busy, Cass says it’s all about embracing the imperfections. “I am such a believer you can be a mum and have a successful career. I don’t think you have to put your dreams on hold to have children,” she says.

“I only work two days a week while the children are at day care and kindy and I’ve found a good rhythm.

for making her clients happy, something

“The fact that I can do this and I can spend so much time with my kids is the best part. I could be earning a million dollars and I would still do this every day. I love it so much.”

the most, aside from the designing,” says

But like any good success story, the rewards haven’t come without hard work. “The first couple of years weren't easy. My husband launched First Batch at the same time we had our first child. We have definitely done some really hard years with lots of sacrifices, but five years on we have finally got to this nice place,” says Cass. At the heart of her business is a passion 11

she says she will never get tired of. “The client relationship is what I love Cass. “As long as I’m working with amazing clients and producing exciting work then that is what I will keep doing.” IN Noosa Magazine Editor-in-Chief Deb Caruso said Cass’ artwork captured the bright vibe of spring perfectly for this editon’s front cover. “We love featuring local artists on our front covers as part of our commitment to celebrating our creative community and capturing the eye of our readers,” she said. Spring 2020

We are running a range of creative and mindful workshops these September School holidays. Kids workshops include craft sessions with the Botanical Collective, making beeswax wraps with Glitter and Goop, and balloon twisting with Miss Donna. Adult workshops include macrame, photography, botanical craft sessions, plus more.

Saturday 19th September - Saturday 3rd October Location next to Woolworths

Full details and bookings:

Places strictly limited with Covid-19 safety plan in place. Please note: bookings are essential and request a $5-$10 donation per workshop. 100% of proceeds with be donated to our charity partner Waves of Wellness Foundation

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Noosa Civic Centre has renergised its creative workshops with mindful and crafty workshops to keep the whole family entertained over the school holidays. Ingrid Nelson discovers more.


’m bored” – The two words every parent dreads during the school holidays will be a thing of the past thanks to the return of the HAVEN mindful and creative workshops at Noosa Civic Shopping Centre.

for everyone,” says Melanie.

Now in its fourth year, the program is always a hit with both children and adults and according to Noosa Civic Marketing Coordinator Melanie Noble, this school holidays will be no exception.

alternatives to plastic.”

Designed as a place where you can take a break from the busyness of everyday life and enjoy and hour or two to focus on your creative side, HAVEN is a great opportunity to get the kids off their iPhones and into the craft box. “From paper flower creations to yoga and balloon twisting, there is something

“We are a very sustainable centre and we love to do things that are good for the

Beeswax Wraps with Glitter and Goop and Balloon Twisting with Miss Donna. Great news for adults with tailored

environment. This year we have teamed up

workshops including Macrame,

with Glitter & Goop, who will be teaching

Photography, Paper Flower Creations,

kids about being sustainable using

Botanical Craft Sessions and more.

Popular presenter Amanda Rootsey also

Unlike some holiday activities, HAVEN workshops won’t break the bank, with

returns this year with her empowering

classes starting at just $5 to $10 and with

workshops for teens. Designed for girls

all proceeds from the program supporting

between 9-12 years of age, participants

local charity Waves of Wellness, you will

will receive a copy of Amanda’s book Shine

be doing your bit for the community.

from Within: a teen girls guide to life. “Amanda’s workshops always sell out

“Waves of Wellness is a surf therapy charity helping those who are suffering

quickly, so make sure you get in early for

from mental health challenges. They are a

those ones,” says Melanie.

wonderful charity and we are delighted to

Kids workshops include craft sessions with the Botanical Collective, making

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be partnering with them,” says Melanie. Don’t miss out, tickets sell out fast! Full details and bookings: Places strictly limited with Covid-19 safety plan in place. Booking are essential and request a small donation per workshop, with 100% of proceeds to be donated to charity partner Waves of Wellness Foundation.

Jodie Townsend

Amanda Rootsey

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Mon 21 Sept at 2am Ideal for teenagers and pre-teens

Sun 27 Sept at 10am Ideal for adults, teens & tweens (10+)

Miss Donna

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Mon 21 Sept & Tue 22 Sept at 10am Ideal for the little ones

Sat 3 Oct at 10am For Adults


Young Souls Nurtured

The Botanical Collective



Tues 22 Sept at 2pm Ideal for teenagers and pre-teens

Wed 23 Sept at 10am Ideal for the little ones

Sat 3 Oct at 2pm For Adults

Sat 19 Sept at 10am & 2pm For Adults Amanda Rootsey

TWEEN FOOD FACIALS WORKSHOP Sun 20 Sept at 2pm Ideal for teenagers and pre-teens Amanda Rootsey


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The Plastic Free Noosa program is an initiative of Tourism Noosa in partnership with Noosa Council

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Noosa is leading the charge to be Australia’s first Plastic Free community and thanks to Plastic Free Noosa and friends, it’s even easier to make the change. Deb Caruso discovers how and why it has set its sights on eliminating single-use plastic water bottles.


he numbers are staggering: more than 450 million single use plastic water bottles are sold in Australia per year and about 370 million are estimated to end up in landfill or our precious waterways. Read that sentence again. Then consider that an estimated two-to-three million single use plastic water bottles are sold in the Noosa Shire each year. Compounding the issue is the fact that only 21% of plastic water bottles in Australia are recycled and you can only recycle plastic once or twice. Consider that plastic can take up to 1000 years to break down in landfill and when littered, they often end up in the sea where they break up in small pieces, killing marine life that mistake them for food. In fact, up to 35% of our marine debris is from plastic water bottles. How do we break the cycle of reaching for a plastic bottle of water to quench our thirst or to make a healthy drink choice? Don’t despair - help is at hand thanks to the team at Plastic Free Noosa, part of the Boomerang Alliance and supported by Tourism Noosa and Noosa Council. The team has been working closely with local food outlets to eliminate single use plastics such as straws, takeaway food containers and cutlery, plastic bags and you guessed it - bottled water - for several years and has made amazing progress with more than 55 local Plastic Free Champions.

With the mission of replacing single-use plastic water bottles, Plastic Free Noosa has created an economical, eco-friendler and sexier alternative. INtroducing Australia’s first bespoke Noosa aluminium water bottles that are not only a smarter choice for the environment but each carton of still or sparkling water is a collection of four bottles that promote the region with a QR Code linking to the Visit Noosa website. The bottles are lightweight, reusable and dishwasher safe, allowing them to be refilled at home or at any of the 13 Unitywater refill stations in the region. The inside lining is a food grade lacquer so it breaks down in the recycling process; and you can claim a 10 cent refund at participating depots and outlets, just like any other canned beverages. The bottles are Australian-made and produced in partnership with Australianowned Bluesky Beverages who are currently on a mission to sell one million bottles (thereby removing one million plastic bottles) in its first two years. Tourism Noosa’s Head of Sustainability Manager, Juanita Bloomfield-Terry said places where people want to visit and live and that are sustainable don’t happen by chance; they are a product of visionary thinking and smart planning, and these bottles highlight Noosa’s commitment to 15

reducing single-use plastic. “Initial feedback from members is that the bespoke NOOSA aluminium water bottles offer a highly attractive alternative because of the branding and design and environmental benefits.” Plastic Free Noosa Program Manager Anita Butler said. “We are thrilled with the positive response from many local restaurants, resorts and cafes and are looking forward to seeing the bottles in more and more venues in future. So far, we have already eliminated more than 3,000 single-use plastic water bottles and this number is growing daily,” she said. She called on locals and visitors to drive demand and request the bespoke NOOSA aluminium water bottles when ordering still and sparkling water from local venues. “This will only work if the community and businesses come together to make a positive and responsible choice,” she said. Interested businesses should contact Tourism Noosa members will receive a special discount code providing extra incentive to make a positive change. For information about the Plastic Free Noosa program which is supported by Tourism Noosa and Noosa Council visit Spring 2020


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A group of passionate local businesses have joined forces with Plastic Free Noosa, hosting regular community events to help clean up our shore lines and protect our precious ecosystem. Ingrid Nelson discovers how we can all make a difference.









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eeting for the first time earlier this month, more than 45 local champions gathered to clean up the Noosa foreshore, collecting a whopping 16 bags of rubbish in just one hour! An initiative of Adventure Noosa Group, comprised of 60 passionate tour and accommodation providers, hospitality venues, breweries, adrenaline junkies and tourism promoters. The group meets every six to eight weeks to discuss ideas on how to boost tourism and entice youth travellers to the Noosa Region, followed by a Plastic Free Noosa clean up in various Noosa villages and beaches. “These Business members all care a lot about the environment and make extensive efforts to look after the presentation of our Noosa Biosphere Reserve, as well provide opportunities to educate their customers on how they too can make a difference when in the region,” says Plastic Free Noosa Program Manager, Anita Butler. “For many of these operators, the majority of their business comes from our international visitors. Despite no international travel for the foreseeable future, this group still somehow manages to ooze positivity and prove how resilience, teamwork and fun can really pull a community together. “The clean-ups are a great way for the group to connect and now more than ever, these small businesses need our support and we urge the community to get behind them wherever possible.” On a mission to inspire others to take care of our beautiful biosphere region, 11-year-old Plastic Free Noosa Ambassador Jarrah Small was front and centre at the inaugural clean up event in Noosaville. On

hand was the crew from Heads of Noosa Brewery offering a well-deserved cold beverage to the local heroes, who collected 15 kilograms of rubbish in total. Future clean-ups will take place on Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosa Junction and K’gari (Fraser Island) and all members of the local community are invited to participate. “Come and join them on the Plastic Free Noosa clean-ups, which are proudly sponsored by Heads of Noosa Brewery, or simply just come and say hi to encourage and meet these local eco-warriors as they forge on into uncertain times.” For more information about the Plastic Free Noosa program, which is supported by Noosa Council and Tourism Noosa visit:

NOOSA CLEAN-UP DATES: Thursday 24 September. Sunshine Beach (near the SLSC) 3:30pm to 4.30pm Friday 16 to Monday 19 October. K’gari (Fraser Island) Community Beach Clean-up, 3:30pm to 4.30pm (organised by Drop Bear Adventures) Thursday 5 November. Noosa Main Beach (near the SLSC) 3:30pm to 4.30pm Thursday 17 December. Noosa Junction (Nomads), 3:30pm to 4.30pm RSVP to the clean-up by emailing Anita at Plastic Free Noosa:

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Every night in Noosa at least 200 people are sleeping rough and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, many more fly under the radar. Ingrid Nelson caught up with local independent MP Sandy Bolton, who is passionate about changing the narrative around homelessness and providing affordable housing for those in our community who need it most.


hen it comes to being an advocate for the homeless, Sandy Bolton speaks straight from the heart. As a true local and someone who has personally experienced what it’s like to fall on hard times, she is more than qualified to be the voice for so many in the Noosa community who are finding it tough to make ends meet when it comes to paying the rent or mortgage. And while it’s plain to see those who are taking shelter in our local parks, Sandy says it’s those we can’t see who are just as vulnerable. “There is a label around homeless people that historically people have related to a certain image,” says Sandy. “Over the last 30 years this has morphed and changed. They can be everyday people you work with who are going home at the end of the day and sleeping in their car or on a friend’s couch. “When you look back in history, there were boarding houses available or IN Noosa Magazine

affordable shared housing but we don’t have that anymore.” With an increase in property prices and rental costs in the region, Sandy says it is becoming almost impossible for our youth to rent or buy a home. Those working in our key industries of hospitality, tourism and retail, which are often casual positions, are also a high-risk cohort. Passionate about raising awareness and removing the long-held stigma around homelessness, Sandy will play a key role in a newly formed action group due to meet later this month to help tackle the crisis.

or mortgage, the ramifications include a disintegration of our social and economic strength.” So what exactly is affordable housing and how can we work towards building a better future for those who are struggling to meet the rising costs of living? “Affordable housing is not social housing, nor is it public or council housing. It’s the provision of housing for those who can’t afford to pay the rents and house prices generally experienced in and around highly sought-after locations such as Noosa.

“A lack of affordable living poses both a social and economic issue and for many, a mental health issue as well. When our workers can’t find housing, our businesses are put under duress to access staff as more people have to move to other locations,” says Sandy.

“It is a multi-faceted issue that cannot be resolved by one project, planning scheme amendments, nor initiatives.

“When our residents are living under extreme housing pressures, paying up to 80 per cent of their weekly income on rent

“Whether through tiny homes, demountable or reconfigured spaces, we can create intentional, affordable living


“We have to tackle it on all fronts, with a clear understanding of the challenges. The biggest hurdle is finding suitable and affordable sites in the region.

little dusty blue cardboard suitcase underneath her bed with nowhere left to live tattered leather handle held tightly in her hand keeper of her truths fragile folded letters faded photographs and rain on another roof temporary couches and houses now in place of homes desolate refuges to lay her aching bones to rest her weary mind take her to another time Nicole Cleary and Sandy Bolton MP.

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example of such a model.” Fifty-five-year-old Nicole Cleary’s journey is testament to the difficulties some of our Noosa residents are facing

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reluctant to open up to friends or family if they are experiencing hardship. “I think we’ve hit a tipping point. I have time to start doing something about it,” says

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community through her role with the local RSPCA, Nicole is now struggling to pay $500 per week in rent for a property she currently shares with her son. “Like so many others, we would love a place we can call ours, where we can live with intent to continue delivering to our community and connect communally,” says Nicole. “When I went to the Tiny Home Expo

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Whales en masse off Mooloolaba, the social networking hub for Humpbacks, enthuses Helen Flanagan, is a not-to-be-missed annual spectacular!


atching majestic mammals slap their pecs and tails in perfect harmony over and over again, spy hop, breach or clear two-thirds of their gargantuan bodies out of the water, showing off gleaming white underbellies before crashing with a thunderous splash, is truly breathtaking. Leaving behind a calm circle of water or footprint on the surface emits a big sigh. This year more than 35,000 whales are expected to migrate up the east coast from the rich feeding grounds of Antarctica and head along the ‘hump highway’ to Mooloolaba, where they put on a show for

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the passengers of Sunreef’s Whale One. Humpback Whales migrate up to 6,000km each year to the warm breeding waters from Hervey Bay and north to the Whitsundays. Different whales tend to go back to the same breeding waters. Onboard the glistening white 20m catamaran Whale One, fellow whale watchers were all agog about an hour out from shore, when skipper Dan announced a sighting. It was a vanguard of waveriding dolphins however, a little later came “there’s a blow… and another”, referring to the adult baleen (toothless) Humpback Whales with two lungs the 20

size of a small car, that can be emptied and refilled in less than two seconds. Once near the surface, they exhale forcefully through two blowholes on top of their heads at 40kph with the distinctive cloud formed from vapour condensation. Guests stared and gasped in wonderment when various pods of cetaceans came together to strut their stuff by seemingly ‘lying’ on the water and slapping one or both fins, submerging themselves nearly vertically slapping tail flukes. The sheer magnificence and enormity of each warm-blooded adult with its barnacle-covered head is astounding.


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WITH THE WHALES Enjoy an exciting day out at Mooloolaba with an incredible whale watching experience aboard Whale One and the crew from Sunreef Mooloolaba followed by lunch at The Dock Mooloolaba. Cruise along the beautiful coastline from Mooloolaba to witness the magnificent humpback whales on their winter migration. Feel the anticipation for the first sighting of a blow or splash from the gentle giants as they curiously swim up to Whale One. Back at The Wharf Mooloolaba, wander through the precinct and enjoy a great lunch, right on the water at The Dock Mooloolaba, the home of sensational smoked meats, chargrilled fare, local seafood and of course a few refreshments.

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Weighing up to 40 tonnes, the equivalent of 600 people or 11 elephants. The average length is 15 metres and the tail, with its unique pattern like a human fingerprint, is about 5 metres across. A new-born calf is around 4.5 metres long, weighs about 1.5 tonnes and suckles about 600 litres of pink milk each day. If swimming with, and eye-balling Humpback Whales is on your list of aqueous adventures, Sunreef’s Dan Hart says encounters this season have been


amazing with an adult swimming with guests and staying near the boat for about two hours on a recent encounter. “It kept circling around, coming back again and again to get a closer look, and just 10cm away,” he said. Sunreef guide, Jonny Fell said the encounter was the best he had ever

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experienced, and it started even before they got into the water. “On the boat, the whale came over, moved off, and when we got into the water, she was only about 150m away, before heading to us. “Then the adventure truly began, swimming in and around and underneath us, and looking straight at us, so close you could see her blink. Incredible.” Indeed! Don't miss your chance to encounter these incredible beasts and make a day of it at The Wharf Mooloolaba


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Travel restrictions, closed borders and the uncertainty of booking a getaway so far in advance makes a traditional holiday more and more difficult. Edwina Cattanach helps you plan your ideal staycation.


et’s face it, we live in one of the most beautiful places in Australia. An idyllic place where the beaches are blissful and the hinterland full of natural treasures and boutique experiences. Each year, tourists spend millions of dollars holidaying in Noosa – and Noosa residents spend millions of dollars travelling out of the region. With current restrictions and uncertainty hampering holiday plans, forget the vacation and book in for a ‘staycation’ – the vacation you have while staying close to home. A staycation means you don’t have the

added expense of accommodation and airfares and and you can rediscover the magic of why you chose to live in Noosa in the first place. You don’t even need to wait for school holidays or take time off work. Simply getting away from the daily monotony of homelife, the reminder of chores such as washing, folding, cupboards that need to be cleaned out or who is cooking dinner, are all off the table with a staycation. It’s a perfect break from routine. Midweek stays are far easier to lock in, particularly if you are booking outside the

school holiday period and the rates are often lower. If you’re working from home, why not make ‘home’ a different outlook? Reduced expenses, flexible booking dates, the kids can still go to school and you can escape the usual ‘at home routine’ and the adventure of being a tourist in your hometown - what more could you want? There really are so many ways you can plan a staycation. In fact, until now I really hadn’t understood what a staycation was, now my mind is exploding with ideas! Our Editor-in-Chief, Deb Caruso and her family recently did just this. Deb was

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invited to stay a few nights at L’Auberge Noosa, a beautiful French Polynesian-style holiday resort just five minutes from the IN Noosa office and about 20 minutes from their home in Doonan. It was a break from the usual daily routine and allowed Deb and the family to take a walk on Noosa Main Beach, grab breakfast and then drop Max to school before heading to work. Deb even got to work earlier than usual and after work it was back to their beautifullyappointed accommodation and the biggest decision of the day, ‘where should we go for dinner?’. Feeding the cat and meeting his daily demands for attention was also possible after school drop-off and without the expense of a pet resort. A few nights away gave them the chance to try somewhere new everyday for breakfast or dinner. And here’s another bonus, you’re helping your own community by keeping it local! Jordana Thompson of Key Minder Noosa said while it had been a difficult time for

the tourism industry in Noosa due to border restrictions, they were beginning to see a growing number of bookings from locals searching for the ultimate holiday right here on their doorstep. “Noosa is an amazing holiday destination and there is no time like the present to book a ‘staycation’ and explore all Noosa has to offer and support local businesses,” she said. Regardless of your lifestyle, whether you have kids, live by the beach, or in leafy surrounds, now is your chance to mix it up. If living on the beach is your norm, why not head to the hinterland, there are so many beautiful options and things to do and see. Get together with friends or family in a luxury apartment or holiday rental such as Artis Penthouse (pictured) available through Key Minder Noosa; or enjoy a night away from the kids and put some sparkle into your relationship. Book a babysitter for a sleepover and stay somewhere that has a ‘no kids’ rule.

As a local, you know better than anyone about the incredible things to do in Noosa, yet rarely get to enjoy. Enjoy the walking trails, take a country drive, spoil yourself with a spa treatment, explore the hinterland, book a cooking class or art workshop, read a book, or enjoy an afternoon nap… imagine that? The opportunities are endless! Given a staycation is usually kept short, pack light and take only what you absolutely need. If you forget anything, you aren’t far, just go home and grab it. Remember, don’t overwhelm yourself with things to do. This is a short escape, no point in exhausting yourself with an endless itinerary. Having time to just be in your own area is extremely rewarding. Don’t forget to share your experiences and INspire others using the #staycation #innoosa hashtags – you’ll have a nice memory to look back on in years to come.

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Deb Caruso joined 25 other leaders on the Sunshine Coast for a weekend of connection, collaboration and chocolate – and all she had to do was wear her pyjamas.


estled on the hillside of Buderim are two stunning properties with high hopes.

Aquila Retreat and Malumba Estate are the creations of Heidi Meyer, a selfconfessed ‘connector’ who loves to bring likeminded people together to make magic. Tick and tick – the Pyjama Summit brought together 25 likeminded and leading women (and one man – Martin Duncan) for a weekend of connection, collaboration and lots of laughs. Heidi said she wanted to share her beautiful space with people she considered some of the most responsible and successful female leaders and fabulous men that she admired to come together connect with one another, socialise safely, while participating in a conversation about a new shared vulnerability - COVID-19.

and community; the ability to overcome obstacles and deliver projects with passion. Heidi said a lot of the attendees were involved in leadership or wellness and had been considering hiring Aquila Retreat for their own events so the chance was there to showcase what the properties had to offer.

The guest list read like a who’s who of the Sunshine Coast and those who could make it, reaped the rewards.

With no strict agenda, the Pyjama Summit allowed for free-flowing conversation, sharing of challenges and success; and to better understand and support each other. The scene was set from the first night with welcome drinks, and live music by overlooking the twinkling lights of the coastline. After a three-course feast using local ingredients expertly prepared by Henry Derclaye from Yandina’s revered Bar Deco and Deco Events, it was time to slip into our pjs and get to know each other better. Starting with our host Heidi whose fascinating journey from owning her own business at the age of 15 to working in international media and eventually running the Number One Luxury Retreat company in the world; Yohm.

Amongst us were authors and writers; keynote speakers, consultants, ballerinas, artists, chocolate-makers, photographers and more. What was special was that our level of success or career (and most of us had had many different versions of careers) didn’t define us. One thing we all had in common was a passion for people

Showing her award-winning design skills, Heidi gutted and redecorated both Aquila and Malumba according to the energy of the spaces. Aquila Retreat’s Moroccan-influenced Boho-luxe is literally world’s apart from Malumba Estate’s Hamptons heaven! Both superbly styled with attention to detail and a

“We all see each other at plenty of networking events in and around town, but it occurred to me that I’d like to know these great people better and I thought many of them would also like to know one another better too,” she said. “The idea behind calling it a Pyjama Summit was to set a relaxed tone - there’s nothing like seeing one another in your pjs to fast track ‘knowing one another better’,” she said.

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perfect balance that offered surprises, yet were not contrived. It’s no wonder Heidi’s design work has been featured in magazines worldwide. Key elements of any workshop or retreat is the need to keep participants ‘fed and watered’ as we used to say in the corporate world. Henry’s love of artisanal and local produce paired perfectly with Heidi’s passion and commitment for championing all things local. The food was sensational, with up to 60 local producers featured over the weekend from breakfast to brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner; and including the locallydistilled gin and craft beers. We devoured it all heartily – the stunning surrounds, sublime food and fascinating conversation; as much as we devoured the chance to connect and have meaningful conversations with likeminded leaders from a wide range of backgrounds. And what’s a party without chocolate? Fellow Sunshine Coast Business Award Winner Brigid Woolnough of Kokopod Chocolate ensured there was enough of her sustainably-sourced and award-winning, handcrafted creations to keep us blissed out. Flavours including Crème Brulee; Salted Caramel; Orange & Almond; and Vegan Red Hazel not only filled our ample goodie bags but were on ready supply –

IN HEAVEN the Leatherwood Honeycomb platter was delightfully devoured. The super-relaxed weekend was designed to fill our cups with soulful association, herbal tea or simply good red wine as we got to know each other better and shared our thinking on the global/local economy, leadership in general, managing change, innovation, disruption and resilience. Supporting us on our way was morning chi gong and yin yoga with Sue Pope from Yoga Soul Sisters; and an immersive mediation and acupuncture treatment by Trent Banyan from High on Chi paired with the ethereal sounds of Dubarray who guided us into a dreamlike state. Guest speakers included renowned Body language expert and author Barbara Pease; Telstra Business Woman of the Year Jeanette Allom Hill and our host, Heidi Meyer. Her vision to deliver Badderam Eco Luxe Resort & Spa on the site on which we gathered was outlined and her passion and drive to create a world-class resort where luxury and ecology sits sustainably side-byside was evident not just in her words but in what she had already delivered. Together with her husband Kim Carroll, Heidi hopes to return Buderim to the Tourism Destination it once was revered as. The vision for Badderam is big and could be

a game changer, not only for the region but for how luxury hotels and environmental ethos are viewed worldwide. Spanning the current Malumba Estate, Badderam embraces four hectares of land set in elevated rainforest bushland with stunning views of the coastline across valley rainforest. With a Development Approval already in place for 94 dual key apartments, world-class exhibition and conference facilities, restaurants, wellness spa, gym, sauna, heated mineralised pools plus much more; Heidi and Kim are actively seeking investors to bring the vision to life. A vision that is needed perhaps now, more than ever. Since the Summit at the end of July, we have joined together to paint unicorns and puppies (that’s a whole other story); have dinner; and are preparing a special celebration for the Virgos in the group (led by Martin). More than a month later and the Facebook Group Chat still pings regularly as we cheer, celebrate and entertain each other on a daily, almost hourly basis. The nourishment of new friendships, connection and collaboration has filled our cup till it over-floweth! If Aquila Retreat and Malumba Estate are any indication of the ability of Heidi and Kim to deliver an outstanding experience, the future looks bright for a savvy investor.


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We’re celebrating six years of IN Noosa! And as Ingrid Nelson discovers, we’re about to add to the family.


ho says print is dead? Not us! We’ve shared 2,332 pages and 317,000 printed copies of IN Noosa Magazine since our inaugural Spring 2014 launch and we are still INforming, INdulging and INspiring our readers through stories that matter. “Print isn’t dead, it just needs to be relevant, inspiring and authentic to its business market and its readers,” says Editor-in-Chief, Deb Caruso. “Our little lifestyle publication, with about 66,000 copies printed per year and 648 pages in the past twelve months is not only surviving but thriving!” A passionate team driven to shine a spotlight on our quiet achievers, unearth our hidden gems, and help build and support local businesses, we are more than just a magazine, we are an integral part of the Noosa community. “We actually care about our readers and know who they are and what they seek by way of informative and engaging editorial. They love Noosa, whether they live, work or play here and look to us as a trusted resource and authentic guide to what's happening, where to eat, what to do and how to support local businesses.” With a focus on homegrown style, substance and showcasing the real Noosa, IN Noosa Magazine is the antidote to a world that is increasingly “plastic”. Despite the challenges of the past few months, we have continued to be thoroughly engaged in the community and are proud to be the only Sunshine Coast publication to deliver a magazine during the COVID-19 recovery period. “We took less than three weeks to pull together The IN Noosa Guide in what would normally take us 10 weeks,” she said. “The key driver was to promote our region and to inform and inspire our readers to support the local businesses through those challenging times. “It was a big ask but we had an overwhelming response from local businesses wanting to promote that they

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Some of the IN Noosa team from left; Edwina Cattanach, Ingrid Nelson, Deb Caruso, Shona Smith, Carly Baum and Ali Smith were open for business and from readers who were seeking information on where to go and what to do. The support from Tourism Noosa and the response from readers and clients for the special edition was overwhelming.” Complementing our beautiful printed magazine, our online presence, utilising channels such as our digital magazine, social media, enewsletter and Conversations IN Noosa podcast ensures our continued presence in the community all year round. And … drum roll please … we love what we do so much, we are excited to announce the addition of another member to the IN Noosa family! Say hello to Hello Sunshine! Savvy, Surprising, Spirited: a magazine for the Sunshine Coast will hit the streets later this year. Deb said while we remain totally committed to the Noosa community and continuing to grow IN Noosa, it made smart business sense to scale the business to incorporate another publication. “We are proud to be expanding our business and creating new employment opportunities, particularly during these challenging times and to do so without having received any external funding or support but from running a smart and accountable business,” she said. 26

“While it has been a twinkle in our eye for some time, we have been waiting for the right time – and the right team! Despite the challenging times in which we currently live, we believe a little sunshine is needed now, more than ever, to connect the community through storytelling.” Modelled on the well-established, successful and award-winning IN Noosa Magazine, Hello Sunshine will be all about connecting and creating a community and it will be more than a magazine, with a strong digital presence, partnerships with key events and organisations, podcasts and events and activations. “As per the IN Noosa model, our proud and passionate team of locals will work with the community to help build up local businesses, support local events and initiatives and create community connections with a dedicated lifestyle magazine,” she said. “Don’t worry, IN Noosa Magazine isn’t going anywhere and we remain committed more than ever to INform! INdulge! and INspire! our readers and community! We are so grateful for all the amazing businesses that have supported us and the ridiculously talented and passionate people who have worked with us over the past six years.” Here’s to many more!










FOOD BITES NOSTALGIC FEED Family owned and operated Noosa Harbour Fish Market has been serving fresh, quality seafood and fish ‘n’ chips to locals and holidaymakers for more than 20 years. Located at the Noosa Marina in Tewantin the Noosa Harbour Fish Market is in an idyllic nautical destination and the perfect spot to enjoy a serving of seafood (fresh, grilled or fried) with crispy golden hot chips, a daily salad or any of your fried fish & chip shop favourites. With draught beer and wine now available to complement your dining experience, drop in and see what has made them one of the longest-running family-owned seafood shops on the coast.

$49 per person. The menu will change every few weeks so visit au for the latest menu. Remember the bar has great views of Sunshine Beach, cool cocktails and a smashing bar menu.

OLE' OLE' OLE' Enjoy a taste of Spain at the Junction’s newest restaurant, Sindo’s. Enjoy authentic paella, tapas and a wide menu of Spanish faves washed down with sangria and signature Spanish drops or call in for a delicous coffee and churros. There are regular performances by traditional Flamenco Dancers and Guitarists.

with an Italian vibe, new menu, wines and cocktail list.

ZEB AT PEACE Makepeace Island is thrilled to introduce their new Executive chef Zeb Gilbert! Zeb is known for his extraordinary talents whilst at Wasabi Restaurant Noosa where he was awarded two-hats for seven consecutive years in his capacity as executive chef and co-owner. Zeb is planning on sharing his favourite recipes and cooking secrets with you... watch this space.

ALL DAY LOVERS Sit in the beautiful courtyard or Lovers Alley at Pomona Village Kitchen. The Slow Food champions recently extended their opening hours and are now serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, or grab all day takeaway; 7.30am - 8pm daily!

ASIAN AFFAIR Embassy XO is launching a new weekend seasonal lunch banquet for

The new spring menu is sure to impress at the Peregian Beach Hotel with their ever so popular whole fish making a comeback! Plus they’ll have some dinner time grooves kicking off on a Saturday night; mixing it up with live music some weeks and DJ sets other weeks featuring Niki de Saint.

Live music is back on Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm: how good to have musos back in the hood! Check out the new Porto Bar - a small wine and cocktail bar

CHEERS SEAN One of our favourite wine and cocktail advisers Sean Duncan, has taken on the manager’s role at Light Years Asian Bar & Diner. Sean brings a wealth of experience to the Light Years team, along with his contagious smile and gregarious nature. His wine cellar knowledge teamed with inside-out cocktail and bar know-how means Sean can simplify the hard stuff. Don’t miss the IN Noosa Love Spice Wine Lunch on 13 November. See page 40 for more.

can spend more time perfecting your shake, swizzle or stir.


If you are heading to the riverside and want to grab your food bites on the way, order a takeaway platter from Jimmy Fox. While you are there check out their new menu.

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SOMEDAYS ARE GREAT DAYS Somedays Pizza are now open from 4pm Friday-Sunday for walk-ins, take away and bookings! Don’t miss the current Pizza Special - Ruby Tuesday: crispy prosciutto, roasted purple onion, marinated kohlrabi, fior di latte, parmesan, Meredith Goat's cheese, hickory macadamia and micro herbs!




What’s cooking and who’s hot

Monthly DJ beach bar vibes start this month at Locale Noosa! The first session starts on Saturday 19 September from 12-3.30pm with regular sessions to be announced. Keep updated and book via

Located in Cooroy, 20 20 Distillery is an exciting new addition to the drink scene. Focused on producing high end spirits made from quality ingredients, this is one to watch. Keen on gin or whisky? Then find out more about the Founders Clubs. Regardless of whether it’s gin or whisky both will give you the chance to experience new releases and special offers before anyone else. Sign up

WORTH BOTTLING Check out the limited release Mary Valley Farmhouse Ale, from Boiling Pot Brewing Co. A beer that celebrates the local food, incorporating local rosella, chilli and ginger. The beer is so good it’s captured in 750ml bottles – not your average brew.

FANCY FLAVOURS Who doesn’t love macarons? Fiona from Fiona’s Fancies is always adding new flavours to try red velvet, caramilk, lemon myrtle or perhaps a cookie with your coffee? Choose from macadamia or caramilk. It’s all in a days work, in the kitchen!



A cocktail just isn’t a cocktail these days. Long gone are the days of a plastic swizzle stick and straw. Today the garnish is just as predominant as the drink itself. Grant from The Bartenders Noosa is releasing a range of dehydrated fruits for your own at home cocktail making experience. So you

Weekday Lunch and Dinner Specials at Noosa Boathouse include fresh and delicious two or three courses with a glass of wine. For details


SMART DRINKS Plastic Free Noosa has released an Australian first by creating a stunning representation of Noosa with bespoke NOOSA aluminium bottled spring water in still or sparkling. Read more on page 14. Meanwhile, Heads of Noosa Brewing Co have released an alcohol-free and sugar-free Hop Valley H2O Sparkling Water! See page 58w

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Noosa’s signature foodie festival will look a little different in 2021 but as Deb Caruso discovers, the show will go on, starting with a Summer Celebration.


oosa’s signature foodie festival, the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival will look a little different in 2021, evolving from the annual four-day event in May to a series of events throughout the year in conjunction with a range of local foodie partners. Expect a series of long lunches and experiences held throughout the region with options to suit everyone; restaurant events featuring guest chefs at your favourite Noosa restaurant; fun and fundraising events celebrating local food; and a potentially pared-down Festival hub mid next year. Adapting to the unstable environment created by COVID-19, event organisers have redesigned the event with the health and safety of guests, staff, festival partners and importantly participants as a top priority. Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said the decision not to hold the usual large-scale event (which may or may not actually be able to be run due to COVID restrictions), presented an opportunity to think outside of the box. “Planning for the annual event would normally be well and truly underway at this time of year for our festival team, but there is a very real reality that we may not be able to host our usual large-scale festival which usually attracts more than 10,000 visitors across the four days. IN Noosa Magazine

“With this in mind we have reimagined what the festival could look like, and in collaboration with our festival partners and industry, have redesigned the festival into a series of smaller, more frequent events throughout the year, which will ultimately provide more opportunities to enjoy the Noosa Eat & Drink experience.” She said one of the primary goals of hosting the festival was to bring visitors to the region in a traditionally quiet time and to showcase the incredible restaurants, breweries, distilleries and producers. “By hosting several events throughout the year, we will have more opportunities to do this, getting visitors and locals out and about across our region more frequently,” she said. Noosa Eat & Drink experiences will feature charity partnered events as well as signature Noosa Eat & Drink events, such as the to-be-announced Summer Celebration and a new-look Festival scheduled for mid next year. Festival Manager Lee Huber said the series of events would allow them to think differently about the festival and present opportunities for different collaborations. “We will be working with existing festival partners, visiting chefs, restaurants, our food and drinks industry groups and select charities to curate some really exciting experiences,” she said. “The change has been well received by 30

Noosa’s new Food & Drink Tourism Advisory Group which brings together the region’s various food and beverage groups to support and develop the industry within the Noosa region.” Brent Ogilvie from Ogilvie Group which owns Rickys, Wood Fire Grill, Locale, Aromas Noosa and Maravista Farm said: “It's great to see the festival evolving like this and being able to continue showcasing Noosa's wonderful food, produce and drink offerings, especially in these challenging times.” Slow Food Noosa’s President Carolyn Winkler said the Festival was an integral part of Noosa’s food scene and the changes to a series of events was an exciting one, potentially allowing more opportunities to showcase the region and its champion producers and chefs. The new-look, ‘always on’ Festival is off to a cracking start with The Noosa Cup, a collaboration with Noosa Chances for a Charity Race Day to be held at Sunshine Coast Turf Club on 4 October. The event will bring fine food and fashion to the field and is expected to sell-out quickly with Matt Golinski preparing a three-course lunch to be served with Pol Roger Champagne and premium beverages in the Champagne Garden and The Pavilion. Guest speakers will include Bart Sinclair OAM, Noosa Mayor and self-declared ‘racing tragic’s wife’ Clare Stewart, Group 1 Winning Jockey Damian Browne,


Co-owner of 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare, Anthony Lanskey; and Trainer and Tipster Joe Cleary. The theme is White Elegance with the White Orchid chosen as the Flower of the Day. Noosa Alive is also supporting the event with singersongwriter Emma Tomlinson set to entertain and a Gala Bid and Live Auction assisting Noosa Chances to continue to support Noosa’s talented and inspiring young people.


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Noosa Chances CEO Tara Bell said they were thrilled to have the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival organisers collaborating with them for their fundraising event. “The addition of Matt Golinski to our line-up for the day will put Noosa’s dining scene in the spotlight and provide a great taste of the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival experience,” she said.

Noosa’s favourite foodie festival has been reimagined into a collection of smaller events throughout the year.

“With the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival evolving, we are excited to collaborate with local charity Noosa Chances on this special day, raising funds for Noosa’s talented and inspiring young people. We are also counting down the days to the Summer Celebration event, our first stand-alone event which will be a true celebration of Noosa,” Festival Manager Lee Huber said.

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“Our focus is very much about supporting our local food tourism industry and continuing the Noosa Eat & Drink Experience in unique ways.” Details for the second event, scheduled for late 2020 will be announced shortly. While we can’t reveal too much at the time of going to print, the Summer Celebration will be an event to make your mouth water! To be the first in the know, follow Noosa Eat & Drink at instagram/noosaeatdrink and subscribe to the newsletter at About Noosa Chances: Noosa Chances believes all young people deserve the chance to realise their potential. They provide young people who live or study in the Noosa Shire the chance to fulfill their potential and overcome financial barriers to success by providing education scholarships through local Noosa schools and tertiary institutions and offer ongoing support.


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Lillypilly berries

Australia’s island-like isolation has allowed for thousands of years of unadulterated evolution, creating many species of fauna and flora with very unique characteristics not found anywhere else, as Matt Golinski discovers.


angaroos and koalas are animals we tend to take for granted having grown up with them all our lives, but to a

visitor seeing them for the first time it’s often a magical experience. Likewise, our edible indigenous plants can bring a bit of magic to our tastebuds when used properly and have been embraced by chefs all over the world, not for their ‘bush tucker’ status, but for their intense flavour profiles and as unique global ingredients. Following are some of my favourites to

LEMON MYRTLE AND ANISEED MYRTLE Lemon and Aniseed Myrtle leaves can be used fresh straight from the tree, added whole to soups, curries and braises much the same as you would add bay leaves. They can also be finely chopped and added to stir-fries or salads. Commercially, the leaves are often dried and sold as a powder or as a tea and both are distilled into essential oils for the food and cosmetics industries. Lemon Myrtle contains the world’s highest percentage of citral, the chemical compound which gives

cook with, many of which can be seen

lemongrass its flavour and the two can be

growing wild in the region at different

quite effectively interchanged in cooking.

times of the year.

Aniseed Myrtle has intense aniseed and

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liquorice compounds and is a great substitute for fennel seeds. MACADAMIAS The tiny town of Bauple north of Gympie is believed to be the birthplace of the macadamia nut and for thousands of years it has played an important role in aboriginal ceremony and culture throughout South East Queensland. Originally known as the ‘Bauple Nut’, it was later named after Australian scientist Dr. John Macadam. The nut contains 75% fat and has a relatively mild flavour, making it a great local substitute for other nuts such as pine nuts, almonds and peanuts.

IN DIGENOUS wattleseed the perfect natural mocha flavouring ingredient for cakes, pastries and ice creams. The powder which resembles coffee grounds is usually soaked in boiling water to soften it before use. FINGER LIMES

Finger Limes Many local growers value add their crops into cold pressed oil, roasted, flavoured nuts, dukkahs and sweets. LILLYPILLIES Lillypillies are grown as ornamental plants or windbreaks all over Queensland, and the small pink berries they produce are mostly left for the birds and bats to eat, or they eventually fall to the ground and rot. Shame. When harvested, sorted and washed, they can be cooked down with sugar to make delicious jams and chutneys; they hold their shape well and impart a mild cinnamon/clove flavour.

Citrus Australasica as its common name suggests, is a finger-shaped fruit which when cut bursts with thousands of tiny pearls or juice vesicles, which pop in the mouth when chewed releasing their tangy lime flavoured juice. Most commonly used in seafood dishes or mixed drinks, the limes are commercially grown across South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales and are at the peak of their season between January and April. Through some very clever hybridization, there are now many different coloured finger limes, with pulp ranging from yellow and green to a deep scarlet. BUNYA NUTS Each year around January, the Bunya Pine’s huge football-sized cones come crashing to the ground, splitting open to expose a network of teardrop shaped nuts, each encased in a hard shell. Possibly one of the most significant bushfoods in the

region culturally. Aboriginal tribes would travel long distances to gather and discuss important issues relating to the environment, social relationships, politics and The Dreaming lore, sharing dance ceremonies and feasting on the bounty of nuts the trees produce. Once the nuts are roasted or boiled, they are cut from their shells and can then be fried, baked, ground into flour or blended into soups or dips. Bunya nuts have a waxy texture and a flavour similar to chestnuts. DAVIDSON PLUMS These deep burgundy plums (which closely resemble blood plums) are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and are good for everything from your kidney function to your eyesight. In their raw form they are very sour, and are normally cooked down with sugar into jams and syrups to make them more palatable. Their flavour and acidity marries well with gamey meats like duck and venison as well as desserts and ice creams.

The main variety seen in the region is known commonly as a riberry. The fruit is conical-shaped, bright pink and has a small insignificant seed inside meaning there’s very little preparation time required before cooking. WATTLESEED Sometimes called ‘Bushmans Coffee’, the roasted and ground seeds of certain varieties of native Acacia have a distinctive coffee/chocolate/hazelnut flavour, making



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The leaves when picked from the stems


can be added to Asian salads or sprinkled

There are many different varieties of this hardy desert plant, which flourishes in arid regions all over Australia and is often used as a high protein food

on roast lamb or peas, or they make a nice garnish for desserts and cakes. WARRIGAL GREENS

supplement for sheep and cattle.

Also known as New Zealand spinach or

The leaves are naturally salty and

Botany Bay spinach, Warrigal Greens are a

herbaceous and can be used fresh in

coastal plant with leaves similar to regular

salads, steamed or boiled, or deep fried

spinach and can be cooked and used in

into a salty, crunchy snack or garnish.

much the same way. The small tender tips


can be eaten raw and the larger leaves

NATIVE RIVER MINT Mentha Australis is the delicate small leaved relative of better-known mints such as spearmint and peppermint. It has long been used in aboriginal culture as a flavouring, an insect repellent and as a

steamed or stir-fried. Warrigal greens can easily be cultivated from seed or cuttings in a home garden. NATIVE GINGER Native Alpinia gingers are often planted as a hardy decorative plant in home


gardens, but both the rhizome at the base of the stem and the fruiting berries at the top can be eaten. The root when peeled and grated is like a mild form of galangal and can be used in everything from curries to cakes. The new leaf shoots and blue fruit, which resemble blueberries, both have a mild ginger flavour and can be used to flavour dishes. SUGARBAG HONEY Australia’s native stingless bees produce honey which is thinner than European bee honey and has a distinctive lemon flavour. Hives are normally seen in the branches and trunks of trees in the wild, but more and more people are keeping small box hives in their yards, (often colonies salvaged from trees which have been cut down) making it possible to split the hive and collect the honey. Native bees only travel within a 500m radius of their hive to collect pollen, making their honey a true reflection of the flora in the immediate area.

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The honey can be used in sweet or savoury dishes, but sparingly; because a native hive only produces small amounts of honey it generally sells for about $200 per kilogram.

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FOR A CAUSE We all love an excuse to dress up, especially when it’s for a great cause. Ingrid Nelson discovers what’s in store at an exciting new Black & Glossy event.


osted by the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation (NBRF) and proudly supported by IN Noosa Magazine,

the Black & Glossy charity luncheon aims to raise funds and awareness for Noosa’s threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo. “This year, the International Day for

Carly Vidal Wallace wears dress designed by Cindy Vogels featuring a First Nations print

Carly Vidal Wallace, guests will enjoy a sumptuous two-course menu with amuse bouche and matching wines curated by chef Matt Golinski. Guests are encouraged to wear something inspired by the colours of the Glossy Black Cockatoo such as black, red or

Biosphere Reserves happens to fall on the

yellow; responsibly-sourced feathers are

first Tuesday in November, usually reserved


for Melbourne Cup, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to frock up for a good cause,” says NBRF Executive Coordinator, Sharon Wright.

“There will be prizes for the best dressed, a glossy sweepstake and raffle

the important conservation work we are currently supporting to help with critical research and building collaborative community action.” Showcasing local eco-fashion and

NBRF is hosting a forum in November with key stakeholder groups to identify ways to ensure the future of this iconic species. Sharon says collective action and cultivating a strong community spirit is the key to tackling environmental and sustainable development challenges. “The Noosa Biosphere Reserve is a celebration of how our community works together to protect our unique environment and Noosa lifestyle. “The Black & Glossy event will offer the chance to celebrate and support these beautiful creatures in a fabulous way!”

with a goodie bag, including a copy of Susanne Bloomfield’s Fussy Glossies

“The gala luncheon will shine a light on

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children’s book and other locally-made products,” says Sharon.

Date: Tuesday, 3 November

Renowned as ‘fussy eaters’ the local

Where: Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas

Glossy Black Cockatoos only feed on casuarina and tea tree seeds specific to the Noosa Biosphere Reserve area, which are

wearable art designers in a stunning parade

currently at risk in some parts of the

curated by international fashion writer

region. To help combat these challenges,

Dress code: Your finest black and glossy Cost: $150pp (all profits go to conserving our Glossy Black Cockatoo population) Tickets:

LOVE NOOSA LUNCH Two delicious courses, a glass of house wine + barista coffee


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• 1kg whole green king prawns • ½ tsp lemon myrtle powder • ¼ tsp aniseed myrtle powder • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 100ml vegetable oil • 500gm bunya nuts • 50gm spinach • 50gm rocket

• 1 cup saltbush leaves • 100ml vegetable oil • 2tbs finger lime pulp • 30ml lime juice • 50ml olive oil • 1 tsp Dijon mustard • Salt and pepper

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Matt Golinski brings Australian bush flavours alive with seasonal produce to put a spring in your step and great dishes on your table. Matched with a selection of wines from our resident sommelier Tony Cox.

MACADAMIA AND WATTLESEED TIRAMISU Ingredients: • 500ml strong black coffee • 1 tbs ground wattleseed • 24 savioarde biscuits • 3 eggs, separated • ½ cup castor sugar • 200gm mascarpone SERVES 6

• 250ml thickened cream, whipped • 150gm roasted macadamia chips • cocoa for dusting

Method: • Pour hot coffee over wattleseed and allow to stand for 15 minutes.


• Whisk egg yolks and ½ of the sugar until light and creamy.




• Gently fold in the mascarpone and then the whipped cream. • Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then add remaining sugar and whisk until stiff and glossy. • Fold gently into the mascarpone mixture. • Dip the biscuits briefly into the coffee mixture, two at a time, and press into the bottom of 6 serving glasses. • Divide half of the mascarpone mixture between the glasses and repeat another layer of soaked biscuits on top. • Finish with a layer of mascarpone mixture on each and level off with a palette knife.

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• Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight. • Sprinkle an even layer of roasted macadamia chips on top of each tiramisu and dust with cocoa to serve. 36


Method: • Peel and devein the prawns and mix with the lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle, garlic and vegetable oil. Refrigerate until required.



• Whisk together the finger lime, lime juice, olive oil and mustard and season with salt and pepper.



• Boil the bunya nuts in salted water for 30 minutes, drain and cool slightly, then split each nut in half using a cleaver and prise out the flesh using a small knife. Slice lengthwise into slivers.

• Fry the salt bush leaves in hot vegetable oil until crispy and drain on absorbent paper. • Fry the bunya nuts in a little of the leftover saltbush oil until they are golden and crispy. • Fry the prawns quickly on both sides and add to the spinach and rocket with the bunya nuts and saltbush leaves. • Dress with finger lime dressing and divide evenly between four plates.

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• Serve immediately.



• 1 whole duck • handful fresh lemon myrtle leaves • 1 tbs fine sea salt • 250 gm Davidson plums • 125 gm castor sugar • 1 tbs Alpinia (or regular) ginger • 250gm basmati rice • 1 onion, diced • 1 cinnamon stick

• 2 whole star anise • 2 tbs vegetable oil • 375ml chicken stock • ½ cup roasted macadamias, roughly chopped • ½ tsp salt • 500gm warrigal greens • 1 clove garlic • 1 tbs sesame oil • 2 tbs soy sauce

Method: • Dry the duck with paper towel inside and out, and stuff the cavity with the fresh lemon myrtle leaves. Sprinkle with salt and place in a roasting tray lined with baking paper. • Cover with baking paper and two layers of foil, and roast for 2.5 hours at 150°C. • Remove foil and baking paper and roast for a further 30 minutes or until the skin is crisp and golden.





• Roughly chop the plums and place in a small saucepan with the sugar and ginger.

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• Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. • In a medium saucepan, fry the onion in the vegetable oil until soft. Add the rice and stir over a low heat for 2–3 minutes. • Add the star anise, cinnamon, salt and hot chicken stock, cover tightly and simmer on a very low heat for 15 minutes. • Heat the sesame oil in a frypan and quickly stir-fry the garlic and warrigal greens until wilted. Add the soy sauce and transfer to a serving bowl. • Serve the duck on the pilaf with the warrigal greens and plum sauce on the side. 37

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Name Pernilla ‘Nilla’ Tomkins Age 50 Position Owner/Executive Chef Restaurant VanillaFood Noosaville and Noosa Junction

Why did you become a chef? I have always loved cooking. Growing up in Denmark, I helped my mother a lot in the kitchen. I started studying Physical Education at University and it wasn’t for me, so I decided to do a chef’s apprenticeship and I have been cooking ever since! What is your approach to food? I guess I have a very healthy approach. I have been eating only organic for more than 10 years. I wanted to feed my two daughters healthy, organic foods so I slowly changed the way I cooked at home and that followed through to my restaurants. To me, the most important thing is to look after your health and family first, if you don’t have that, you have nothing. Is it important to use local produce? Absolutely. All our meat is from Eumundi Meats and we love Nurture Greens. We are about 95 per cent organic, so our eggs are biodynamic and we even have a little herb and flower garden out the back at Noosa Junction. We love to decorate our meals with flowers. What do you love about being a chef? Definitely creating in the kitchen. I love nothing more than going into the garden at the restaurant to pick herbs and flowers and see them go from the garden to the table. What has been the most rewarding moment of your career so far? Opening VanillaFood at Noosa Junction was a huge deal for the whole team and for us as a family. I’m also very excited about my first cookbook, which should be out by Christmas. It’s been 10 years in the making but the timing just feels right now.

COOKBOOK ALERT! VanillaFood the Cookbook will be released in time for Christmas. Packed with tales of Nilla’s heritage, love of cooking and organic approach with more than 60 recipes, tips and tricks; VanillaFood the Cookbook will be the must-have addition for any kitchen and would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone you love who loves good food. Register for updates:

Do you cook at home and if so, what do you like to cook? I definitely like to cook at home. I make a lot of traditional Danish recipes but I’ve turned them into a more modern, healthier version. When I was a child growing up in Denmark, we would go foraging mushrooms. Mum would cook them up with lots of thyme and lots of cream and put them on thick home-made toast. Now I make it with coconut yoghurt instead of cream so it’s a healthier option. I have served it in the restaurants and it will be in the cookbook. Who is your culinary inspiration? I do like Jamie Oliver. I think he stands for what he believes in and he has 39

remained pretty humble too. Who would you love to cook for? Probably my grandmother, who passed away when I was six months old. She was a great cook. What is your favourite kitchen tool? Definitely wooden spoons. I have a fetish for them! Everywhere I go in the world, I buy one. I use them all but I do have my favourites in the kitchen. What is your favourite ingredient? Turmeric. It has great health benefits such as being an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. I use it in a lot of my recipes. We do a beautiful turmeric roasted cauliflower salad. It’s a magical ingredient! Spring 2020

Spice IT UP


We all kn0w that Light Years Asian Bar and Diner serves up a good time with plenty of spice and drinks to match. Edwina Cattanach advises you to be quick to book your tickets to our wine lunch!


t the busy end of the Junction, Light Years Asian Bar and Diner was the first kid on the block bringing awesome modern Asian food to Noosa! An incredible menu, delicious cocktails, and an energetic party vibe, Light Years spices it up. IN Noosa Magazine is thrilled to be working with the team to bring you a modern Asian Wine Lunch full of great wine, spice and all things nice. The Love Spice Wine Lunch is locked in for Friday 13 November with a menu, which will no doubt include some of the restaurant’s incredible signature dishes. Let’s hope the Beef Rendang or the Kingfish Ceviche gets

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a look in, as both are seriously delicious. Adding a little more spice will be the paired wines, which have been carefully selected to complement each dish. The three key wines: Rockbare Clare Valley Riesling brings a lemon lime zest alongside crushed green apple; the Gilbert Skin Contact Gewürtztraminer is a beautifully aromatic amber wine with notes of Turkish delight and rose water and insanely textured and crisp palette; and the Vicious Vino 2020 Noveau Gamay will add a kickass grape juice, light and vibrant ruby red with notes of strawberries, finishing with a crunchy paw paw.


Each of the wines will bring thirst-crushing goodness to what will be a fun and frivolous celebration of spice. The Love Spice Wine Lunch is perfectly timed given we all need a little spice in our life. The limited tickets will sell quickly, so make sure you let your favourite lunch crew know and get your tickets early.



Combine the kingfish with the coconut and lime brine and leave to stand for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes take the kingfish out of the brine and keep the liquid. Spread Kingfish on a serving plate and pour the remaining liquid evenly on top. Sprinkle kaffir lime leaf, toasted coconut shaving and chillies over the kingfish and finish with micro coriander.

To make coconut & lime brine: Ingredients: • 400grams Kingfish sliced 5mm • 400ml coconut and lime brine* • 5 kaffir lime leaves finely shredded • 20grams toasted coconut shavings • 1 finely sliced red chilli • micro coriander

To get you in the mood for the Love Spice Wine Lunch, Executive Chef Robbie Oijvell shares the secrets behind one of his favourite and much-loved dishes.

• 200ml unsweetened coconut milk • 100ml freshly squeezed lime juice • 75ml white wine vinegar • 20ml fish sauce • A pinch of sugar • A pinch of sea salt • Mix all ingredients together







Featuring 3 Courses plus perfectly paired wines: Rockbare Clare Valley Riesling The Gilbert Skin Contact Gewürtztraminer The Vicious Vino 2020 Noveau Gamay


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A dream to honour her late father was the inspiration behind a new family-run restaurant bringing a taste of Spain to the heart of Noosa, as Ingrid Nelson discovers.


As proud new owners of Sindo’s Spanish Restaurant in Noosa Junction, Estrella and her husband Mark opened the doors in June, after a serendipitous chain of events. Named in honour of Estrella’s beloved late father Gumersindo Alba (known affectionately as Sindo), who lost his battle with cancer three years ago, the couple is passionate about delivering an authentic Spanish dining experience based on traditional family recipes passed down through the generations. “Dad was born in Spain to a very poor family and came to Australia as a young man to build a better future,” says Estrella. “He worked hard all his life and he was loved dearly by his entire family.” Having retired from her career in hospitality to care for her father during the last seven months of his life, Estrella could never have imagined what life had in store for her next. “I answered an ad for some part time work at a Noosa restaurant and a few months later they asked me if I wanted to buy it,” says Estrella. “At first I laughed and then I thought ‘what if’. I went home that evening and told my husband I was buying a restaurant. I knew it was a risk but I wanted to do it for my father so his legacy would live on.” Behind every great restaurant is a great chef, and Estrella says although it may have taken six months to find him, Spanish-born chef Daniel Marti was worth the wait. “We had gone through several agencies and hadn’t found the right one. We decided to put a sign in the window and three days later he called,” she says. “He came flying down the road on a skateboard and literally through the front door and I knew straight away he was the final piece of the puzzle.” Bringing Estrella’s family recipes to life


AFFAIR while adding his own flair and creativity, Daniel and the kitchen team have created an exciting menu full of authentic Spanish dishes including a selection of tapas, share platters and mouth-watering mains, such as Paella. An authentic Flamenco Guitarist and Dancers regularly add to the experience and special events and functions are always lively. Within the few short months the restaurant has been open, Estrella and her family have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from the local community and business owners. “I love Noosa. I have met the most amazing people and the business owners really support each other,” she says. In a bid to give back to the community, the restaurant donates one dollar from every main meal to Little Haven – the palliative care team who helped care for Sindo and the family during his final months at home. “They helped us so much to keep dad at home. They came out any time of the day when we needed them and offered 43

Chefs from left to right: Manuel Nardone, Daniel Marti, Paulo Rocha counselling and support,” says Estrella. “We actually became good friends. They came to my wedding and my daughter’s wedding. They were just amazing. We could never repay what they did for Dad.” As I sit chatting with Estrella about her incredible journey, Spanish guitar plays softly in the background and the hum of conversation among the happy customers fills the air. I have no doubt Sindo would be so proud of his daughter’s achievements and what a beautiful legacy he leaves behind. Spring 2020

Estrella Alba-Blinco. PHOTOS: DAVE GLEESON

strella Alba-Blinco may have faced more than her fair share of challenges in life, but the brave mum of seven has proved anything is possible if you follow your heart.



Deb Caruso meets some kids who are literally growing a micro business thanks to Slow Food Noosa’s School Garden Project.


n 2007, chef and then-President of Slow Food Noosa, Matt Golinski initiated the first School Garden Program, with funds allocated to schools to further children’s understanding of the value of fresh food and the joys of producing and using it. Since then, more than $50,000 has been raised by Slow Food Noosa members and provided as sponsorships to local schools to help begin or develop school gardens. It’s aligned within the global Slow Food movement that seeks to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread the education of taste, and link producers of excellent foods to consumers through events and initiatives. This year, despite the challenges, the School Kitchen Garden program is growing thanks to an initiative with the team behind the Noosa Environmental Education Hub (Noosa EEHub) who are integrating School Gardens not only into all local schools but most importantly, into the curriculum. Co-Directors of the Noosa EEHub, Annika Patrick, Di Seels and Dalia Mikhail are people with an ideology: Our Patch, Our Passion, Our Purpose: delivering outdoor, hands on, environmental education to school children from prep to year twelve. Project Coordinator Di Seels said children were learning that Slow Food, not IN Noosa Magazine

fast food, was the key to a healthy lifestyle. To support this, Slow Food Noosa have contributed funds to a project that is teaching children to successfully propagate micro greens to sell to the community. One of Slow Food Noosa’s newest Snail of Approval recipients, Sharon Koski from The Green Shed in Palmwoods, is working with the children to teach them how to grow easy and nutritious micro greens. “Micro-Greens are highly nutritious and fun to grow, they are a food source that children can easily propagate in containers and reap the rewards in a week,” she said. The year two students at Sunshine Beach State Primary School were the first to learn the tips of the trade from Sharon under the “Good to Grow” curriculum. Slow Food Noosa President Carolyn Winkler said the project was delivering a rich curriculum extension and hands-on engaging experience with strong community connections. “Educating our next generation on Slow Food’s ideology of eating local, seasonal and fresh food is extremely important for the future health of our people and our planet,” she said. “The chance to connect the children with some of our outstanding local producers and businesses is also a great outcome.” Di said the opportunity to partner with Slow Food Noosa and further share the 44

message of good clean eating within the school community was very exciting for students and the Hub. “Micro greens are perfect for this type of program as they are easily grown with minimal space requirement making them perfect for any household,” she said. “The children are not only learning how to grow the micro greens, they are also learning about organic certification and how to run a micro-business and also about marketing through preparing a product for sale and developing an information kit to go with end product.” Sunshine Beach State School and Montessori Noosa have been participating in the program with the children having the opportunity to sell the micro greens at an upcoming Slow Food Noosa event. For more information or to register your school visit

Slow Food Noosa launched Australia's first Snail of Approval program in 2017 to recognise local producers, food artisans, chefs, restaurants and venues that were champions of the global Slow Food philosphy of good, clean and fair food. Look for the Snail of Approval icon to ensure you are supporting leading local businesses.


Co-Directors of the Noosa Environmental Education Hub, Annika Patrick, Di Seels & Dalia Mikhail





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or more than a decade, dining at Sails on Noosa’s Main beach has been a ‘must do’ for anyone holidaying in Noosa or fortunate enough to live locally. There are few places on the Australian coast where you can wine and dine with your toes almost in the sand.

favorite produce of the sea. Have a crack at creating your own crab sensation from Paul’s tried-and-true recipe and share your best efforts on our social media channels for your chance to win his cookbook!

Executive Chef Paul Leete has presided over the kitchen and menu for decades, setting itself apart from many within the culinary scene. Recognised for creating menus that centre on locally-sourced and seasonal produce which, Paul reflects, “captures the essence of the food culture in Noosa.”


If you are not able to enjoy lunch or a candlelit dinner at Sails, the cookbook is available, giving you the chance to take a little bit of the Sails magic into your kitchen at home. Each recipe has been designed by Paul and will give insight to the incredible dishes he creates.

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Ingredients: • 6 whole live mud crabs • 600g unsalted butter • 250g peeled garlic • 4 fresh bay leaves • 2 stalks rosemary • 2 lemons • 1 bunch continental parsley Method:

butter foams and begins to brown.

Preparing the crab

Add roast garlic, mud crab and bay leaf and stir until crab is coated in butter.

Place mud crabs in an Esky or sink filled with plenty of ice and water. After 15 to 20 mins, check the crabs. They should show no signs of movement. Once crabs are dead remove strings and scrub outer shell to remove all traces of mud. Turn crab on its back and lift the belly flap. Push your thumb under the upper shell and prise off. Remove all the feathery gills and carefully rinse the center of the crab. Place crab on a cutting board. With a heavy knife, cut crab down the center, leaving 2 halves. Now, with a sharp tap, use the back of the knife to crack each part of the shell. This will allow the flavours to penetrate the meat and speed cooking. To Cook Roughly chop parsley and set aside. Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Place garlic on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle with a little olive oil and wrap to form a secure envelope. Cook garlic in oven for 25-30 mins or until tender. In a heavy based pot large enough to handle all the crabs, melt the butter and continue to cook until

Place a lid on the pot and cook on high for 15-20 mins. To check if crab is cooked remove one half and cut through the body. The meat should be opaque all the way through. Once cooked, remove all crabs from pot and place in a large mixing bowl. Continue to boil butter until it once again begins to foam and turn golden brown. At this stage add rosemary and while stirring, remove from heat. Add lemon juice and parsley, return crab and its juices to the pot and carefully stir to coat the crabs in the sauce. Don’t worry if the crabs break up a little - they will taste superb all the same. To Serve My favourite way is piled high in a large bowl, in the center of the table for everyone to help themselves. Crusty bread, lemon and a simple salad is all you need. Keep plenty of napkins and finger bowls on hand as this may get a little messy.



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What began as a free online platform for locals to connect with Noosa’s food and drink businesses still operating during the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a mobile collective of fantastic places to satisfy your tastebuds and an invaluable one-stop-shop for the foodie industry, as Ingrid Nelson discovers.


hether it’s choice of cuisine, opening hours, dine-in, heat-and-eat or take away, has everything you need to know about local dining options as well as a list of grocery stores and local food and drink producers right at your fingertips. But it’s so much more than just a directory. The foodie website has grown over the past few months to include just about every category you could think of. From your favourite coffee roasters and bakeries to

where to find the best eggs and dairy, if it’s a food or beverage business in Noosa, you will find it here.

wasted food and job losses when the pandemic hit, leaving them with no connection to consumers.

Born from a need to find a solution for businesses to continue operating in a challenging environment and to let customers know they were offering something new; the project began as businesses started to reopen after the COVID-19 shutdown.

“It quickly became clear that our entire local and food and drink industry faced similar challenges. So with the web development and marketing skills of the team at Social Tap, we found a solution to meet the needs of the local food and drink businesses whilst also providing an invaluable resource for our entire Noosa community,” says Alesha.

Many local wholesalers found themselves faced with an oversupply of stock, potential

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us to tap into the foodie market,” he said.

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Even with restrictions easing and

if it’s a food or beverage business in Noosa, you will find it here. Nathan Ramsay, owner of newcomer Somedays Pizza and part of the familyowned Noosa Harbour Fish Market said the initiative had been an invaluable tool for both businesses. “It allowed people to know that Noosa Harbour Fish Market was still open for business after 20 years in operations and because we had just opened Somedays Pizza, it gave us great traction and helped

businesses adjusting to the ever-evolving times, Alesha says the consumer-focused and industry-led initiative is still providing an excellent free resource for Noosa businesses and it is continuing to grow and evolve to include future listings for Private Chefs, food experiences and more. “Eat Local Noosa is a one-stop-shop for our foodie industry and so many people are continuing to use it as an invaluable resource,” says Alesha. “It’s a great way for businesses to reach a broader customer base and for customers to have a central hub to find whatever they need to know about Noosa’s food and drink offer in one, easy-to-use location.”

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Matt Golinski celebrates local producers creating outstanding products inspired by nature .

GREEN VALLEY FINGER LIMES Jade King is an agronomist and high school agriculture teacher who a few years back asked her students to do a case study as part of their curriculum, to work out what would be the best crop to grow commercially on her property in Peachester. It turns out they were pretty smart kids. The 400+ ‘Champagne Red’ variety of native finger lime trees she planted just happen to love their environment. The rich volcanic soil of the Glasshouse Mountains has helped produce a bounty of fruit not just in the species normal seasonal period of January to April each year, but miraculously they seem to never stop flowering and fruiting all year. Green Valley Finger Limes has been recognised with the global Slow Food Snail of Approval. Needless to say, her class got an A+ for intuition. Jade now supplies limes to retailers, distributors, chefs and restaurants all over Australia and they can be ordered through the Green Valley website.

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Zelda Campisi is a qualified beautician and aromatherapist turned farmer and alchemist. On her certified organic property in Goomboorian, she transforms her orchards of native lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle, tea tree and lemon scented tea tree into pure olfactory gold that has also earned her the Snail of Approval.

“The Free Ranging Chef”, Peter Wolfe, is the man you call if you need to know anything about sourcing or cooking with bushfoods.

As well as being dried for her range of teas and for culinary uses, she distils the foliage of her trees into essential oils using a cauldron-like ‘hopper’. The concentrated essence of these incredibly powerful trees is then used to make her popular range of skincare products and soaps, or sold to companies around the world to use in their own products.

Peter and his wife Shauna have been stalwarts of the Wednesday Eumundi Markets and Sunday Noosa Farmers’ Markets for more than a decade, personally manning their iconic stall and giving visitors and locals access to the unique and diverse flavours of Australia through their range of condiments, spices, sauces and baked goods.

Find Zelda at local markets around Gympie and the Sunshine Coast, as well as her website to order soaps, creams and oils.

Peter also shares his love of bushfoods with the public through private cooking classes, event catering and food tours.

His experience and knowledge on the subject is the result of many years of travel and adventure throughout Australia and his drive to constantly experiment with indigenous ingredients.


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Edwina Cattanach takes you on a journey from Tewantin to Hastings Street with Noosa Ferry, a traditional 1930s style riverboat and a few necessary stops along the way.


ith so many amazing things to see and do between Hastings Street and Tewantin, why not get off the roads, jump on board Noosa Ferry and enjoy a trip to your destination by water. You can buy an all-day pass which allows you to hop on and off as many times as you like between Hastings Street and Tewantin, or purchase a ticket to get

you where you want to go from any one of the seven stops along the way. The Ferry leaves from each stop every 45 minutes so there is always a ferry to catch depending on how you choose to fill your day. If you decided on an all-day pass you could start at Tewantin, enjoy a sneaky visit to Noosa Regional Gallery on the banks of the Noosa River and just a short stroll from Noosa Marina restaurants and

Iconic Noosa River Ferry service from Hastings Street to Noosa Marina

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It is so blissful being out on the water with mirrorperfect water, pelicans silently looking for fish and the Noosa River and all of its glory and ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour. There are five stops along Gympie Terrace, which

is a melting pot of holiday fun. It's the perfect mix of serenity and energy, a shopping precinct with so many incredible boutique, fashion and homewares stores, not to mention the ‘oh so many’ restaurants. You could easily spend a couple of hours shopping and then an absolute must, depending on how much time you have; dine at Noosa Boathouse, drinks upstairs at the Sunset Bar or grab some takeaway fish n chips and enjoy it on the lawn right on the water’s edge.

Rickys there is a stop right outside, check out the ferry times to suit your booking, grab a bottle of something and enjoy a drink on the water while travelling to your destination. If this is how you arrive for your booking, then of course you can grab the ferry to take you back to where you started. It really is the most relaxing way to sit back and enjoy the passing scenery and learn more about Noosa and a great way to arrive at your favourite riverside restaurant.

The view whilst enjoying possibly the freshest fish and chips, is amazing. There are always plenty of people taking in the calm waters on stand-up paddle boards and kayaks, kids playing and swimming, many walkers with dogs and groups having picnics throughout the park and along the boardwalk. There are simply endless opportunities for those taking advantage of the beauty along the river.

Revive the romance and take in the beautiful Noosa sunset along the river with one of the Sunset Cruises. You can BYO your own nibbles and bottle of something special or grab some takeaway - Noosa Ferry will provide an esky, ice and glassware! The classic-style ferry used for the sunset cruises has two levels, with comfortable inside and outside seating. Take in the sights and hear all about the history and area from your skipper.

From Gympie Terrace to Hastings Street, the ferry ride gives you the chance to marvel at all the beautiful waterfront homes and holiday accommodation options and just enjoy the peace of being out on the water. There are many ways to take advantage of the Noosa Ferry, think of it as your taxi on the water. If you have a reservation at

Take full advantage of the 90-minute, seven-stop round trip between Tewantin and Hastings Street including Noosa Sound and Noosaville. One thing is for sure, if you are looking for something different and want to be out on the water there are many options available for an uber-cool cruise along Noosa’s stunning River.

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cafes and Tewantin’s bustling shopping precinct. The Gallery presents a diverse program of contemporary exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, matched with a suite of public programs including artist talks, masterclasses and workshops for all ages. Jump on the ferry at the Tewantin jetty and make your way along Noosa River towards Hastings Street with great stops along the way.

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The perfect pairing of food and wine can make for an experience that brings out the best in both, as Tony Cox discovers.


recent tasting showcased the RSRV range produced by G.H Maison Mumm, with matching canapes

Noosa Half Shell Scallop Tartare

Mumm’s RSRV 4.5 utilises only pinot noir and chardonnay from five grand cru villages to produce a wine of elegance and

prepared by gun chef Ryan Fitzpatrick

freshness with low dosage enhancing the

of The Ohana Group, provided yet

cleanliness on the palate – in my humble

another reminder of how exhilarating

opinion the drink of the four. To match,

the experience can be when you have the

Ryan served up Noosa Half Shell Scallop

right combinations.

Tartare with freeze-dried mandarin,

Each of the four Champagnes in the range is designed to celebrate the most celebrated Grand Cru terroirs of Champagne and Ryan matched the flavour profiles perfectly. To start, an Amuse of Fraser Isle Spanner Crab Remoulade with brioche wafer, green apple, French shallot

speck, pickled eschallot, avocado, horseradish and local Macadamia. It was a perfectly light start with the mandarin picking up the citrus tones of the wine; in particular, sweet citrus; a touch of fresh truffle on the top brought it back to earth. RSRV 2012 Blanc de Blancs is, as the

and beach herbs prepared our palates and

name suggests, 100% chardonnay, in this

tempted our tastebuds.

case entirely from the village of Cramant.

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red meat exceptionally well.

Whilst it is fresh and lively, the low pressure results in a lower effervescence, emphasises the base wine more; perhaps straddling the border between Champagne produced by the big houses and those made by growers where terroir is stressed more. This chardonnay wasn’t in the green apple mold; it had palate weight and persistent acidity to match the richess of Forage Farm’s Pork “Crackle” with braised pork belly, cider gel, chicharron, black garlic, grain mustard and parsnip. Ryan had cured the pork belly in a brine of juniper and fennel to pick up the tones of the wine and the addition of celeriac as a heavy root vegetable matched the terroir.

Ryan had cured the pork belly in a brine of juniper and fennel to pick up the tones of the wine and the addition of celeriac as a heavy root vegetable matched the terroir

RSRV 2009 Blanc de Noirs is 100% pinot noir from a single village, Verzenay, and receives extended lees aging. It has a beautiful perfumed nose and still maintaining freshness and minerality. With the underlying profile of the base grape being red, it matched perfectly with

red meat; particularly Ryan’s Maleny Angus Beef Braised with Onion Cigars, tomato chip, smoked Maleny Dairies Labneh and garlic flower. The extended aging gave it additional perplexity and palate weight which saw it stand up to the

The final act was the RSRV Rose Foujita, a blend of six Grand Cru terroirs with three pinot noir and two chardonnay, plus still pinot noir from Ambonnay utilised to generate colour. Rich, powerful, with time in oak for the dosage liqueur adding a delicious vanilla edge, we enjoyed it with a berry petit four; “Berries & Flowers” incorporated local berries and textures, elderflower, sable tart, candied mint and white chocolate Macadamia cremeux. The pastry and red berries picking up the vanilla and brioche tones in the wine. These wines, whilst not readily available, represent a notable change in philosophy by a big house. They highlight the terroir of the Grand Cru villages, a philosophy employed more by grower houses and further south in Chablis and Burgundy. They are worth trying.


There are old-school rules for matching wine with food that generally say white wine with white meat such as fish and chicken; red wine with red meat. However current thinking tends to discard that and will instead look at intensity of the wine; a light red is suitable to go with fish and a good pinot noir with salmon or ocean trout can be a match made in heaven. What is more relevant is enjoying the company of the people you are with and creating warm fuzzy memories. Although, the more wine, the fuzzier the memories…

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Tony Cox checks out Noosa's newest addition to the craft beer scene and gives it the big thumbs up!


oiling Pot Brewing Co is a recent addition to Noosa’s craft beer scene. Sitting on a site that once housed an

electrical business, it has made use of an existing premises rather than being a purpose-built operation. Remaining true to its original industrial facade, inside it has undergone a radical transformation to create a very userfriendly space, which houses the brewery.

While the concrete floor remains, having received a cosmetic polish, it is the creation of an elevated beer garden which captures the afternoon breezes. The native trees provide shade and a buffer from the streetscape and the use of cantilevered windows aid the indoor/outdoor flow making Boiling Pot a great space to kick back with friends and relax. Although the main ethos is to create beers that are approachable and toned

down a little on the hop meter, Boiling Pot’s beers are designed to be flavoursome and interesting without the overdone hop additions that inhabit many beers in that craft beer space. In fact, the entire concept revolves around inclusiveness. Starting with their en pointe wine list and locally-distilled spirits range, proudly catering to non-beer drinkers. The menu selection steers away from atypical dude food, with its emphasis





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on carb and/or deep fried food. Instead, they focus on dishes more likely to be seen in a wine bar including oysters, charcuterie, antipasto, goulash and German snags with sauerkraut. Not ignoring their extensive pizza offerings, it was the delicious wedge of hot smoked trout and salad that grabbed my attention on this sunny afternoon. Being the only guy in a group of four, my female companions commented very favourably on not just the food and beverage selections but also the overall vibe of the space. Again, far from the standard brewery feel, the afternoon sun gleaming through the wide-open doors made for a very relaxed and unassuming invitation into the experience of this space. One guest stated it is the kind of place that could become her regular haunt! The main reason you have a brewery is the beer and Boiling Pot is fastidious in its quality control across the entire logistics chain to ensure that wherever you enjoy their beers every step has been carefully choreographed. The absolute necessity to

Being the only guy in a group of four, my female companions commented very favourably on not just the food and beverage selections but also the overall vibe of the space. guarantee each beer is enjoyed in pristine condition every time is something owner John Madill and the brewing team take very seriously. Product branding is big part of success and Boiling Pot manages to nail it with each new line that is introduced. John’s approach is youthful, thoughtful, fun and always in line with the flavour and beer style being introduced. While its wholesale line is fast filling the shelves of bars and restaurants around Australia, it


is the local love and adoration of these beers that proves John knows his audience. As the driver, I tried two very different beers - a delicious lager and the Mary Valley Saison. The lager was light and refreshing with pleasant hop bitterness; while the Saison was honeyed, rich and fruity, more in the stone fruit spectrum with apricot to the fore than the tropical notes normally seen in a Pacific Ale. The Golden Ale, which I had been fortunate to consume on a different occasion, is a lovely session beer with malt richness, not heavy on hop bitterness and not over the top on alcohol. I can’t wait to get back and try the full range of beers on offer here and with the girls being every bit as comfortable and catered to as the beer drinkers amongst us, I don’t think it will be just me suggesting our next visit.

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Statistics suggest a large part of the Covid recovery is weaning ourselves off the afternoon tipple. Never fear, Tony Cox is here with some alcohol-free substitutes.


elcome to the first foray into a post-Covid world and if the pundits are to be believed, Australia’s economic resurgence is likely to be on the back of the booze industry in conjunction with the takeaway food industry (if the share trajectory of Dominos and Collins Foods, a KFC franchise operator, is anything to go by). Not content with pivoting and using ethanol to make hand sanitizer, our ingestion of all things booze-related is seeing boom-like trading conditions for many alcohol retailers as we sip, sniff, swirl and swallow, anything but spit our way to a new norm.

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After months of self-medicating, your scribe has noticed a surge in non-alcoholic beverages hitting the market just in time to turn my life around and restore some semblance of sobriety! The latest was released just last week and comes from the crew at Heads of Noosa Brewery. Following on from the interest in health, and especially rehydration, the team has released Hop Valley Sparkling Water, which is a non-alcoholic, sugar-free, gluten-free, hop-infused sparkling water. Here is the rub, you get a subtle hop infusion,


imparting the green flavour of the hops, with refreshing effervescence all packaged in a darkened 330ml beer bottle. You can still have hop breath without the performance anxiety a full session on the beers may bring so I guess everyone wins. It is such a refreshing and versatile beverage that it has huge potential as a mixer as well, with the ideal garnish being cucumber to mirror the green notes of the hops and if you must do citrus, more a sweet citrus than a sour edge. There has also been the emergence of alcohol-free beer, wine and spirits. Heineken 0 has taken off since its


release, with many stating it is the best of the alcohol-free beers on the market. Given it is made using the unique A Yeast then gently has the alcohol removed it is little wonder the flavour of this not-so-bad boy resembles a real lager.

again is clean and my wife

Wine-wise, while Edenvale has had the space pretty much to themselves, there is now a plethora of competitors. The most difficult thing to replicate from my taste testing is the textural component that alcohol provides. McGuigan Zero is perhaps the leading domestic range with a sparkling, a rosé, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and shiraz. The sparkling, while no Champagne, has bright acidity to close and is fresh. The rosé

approximately .5% alcohol. It

enjoys the chardonnay in the early days of the week. The product most true to the alcohol original is the Torres Natureo Rosé from Spain, a


blend of syrah and cabernet sauvignon, dealcoholized to

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has a little sweetness and

15ml Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso

finishes clean. Also in the range is a white made from muscat

30ml Todays Fruit Juice

grapes and a red which is a

15ml Raspberry Syrup

blend of grenache and shiraz.

30ml Aquafaba

After a little lockdown

2 Dashes Aromatic Orange Bitters

sabbatical it is great to be back

Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds, double strain into chilled martini coupe.

and with these non-alcoholic options ensuring I am now lucid, we can reset the compass and find some fantastic drinks


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Garnish with two raspberries on skewer.

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Artisan vodka, gin, single malt and rye whisky in the Noosa Hinterland. Distilled the old fashioned way by smell and taste, hand bottled, hand labelled.

Urban brewery, taproom, event space and all round favourite haunt for Noosa locals. The perfect spot to take in the afternoon sunshine with a good brew and good crew.

The Eat Local Noosa website is a digital collective of fantastic places to satisfy your tastebuds. Take a moment to explore and you’ll find a whole bunch of food and drink experiences, outlets and opportunities.

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We create special cakes for birthdays, weddings, kids, anything that tickles your fancy. High Tea, & Catering. Sunshine Coast Region.

Brewery, taproom & kitchen, lager merchants and pioneers of the Hop Valley H20 hop infused sparkling water. Award winning brews, fantastic food & wines.

Breakfast, coffee, smoothies, burgers, daily made salads and street food. This little riverside cafe is your go to for the ample size servings, happy service and good food.

3/37 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Phone 5473 5317

85 Rene St, Noosaville Phone 1300 143 237

7/203 Gympie Tce, Noosaville Phone 0457 287 437




Modern Asian Bar and Diner. The food is bold, colourful and full of flavour. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm till late. Dine in and Takeaway.

A taste of Italy in Hastings St. Quality handmade food, exceptional service and a relaxing atmosphere nestled in the French Quarter.

This little haunt is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. Pop in for a post beach cocktail, dinner and drinks or book your private function or special occasion.

Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction Phone 0466 974 601

62 Hastings St, Noosa Heads Phone 5447 5111

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Nirvana Life Meals offers pre made meals delivered straight to your door. A local business delivering through Noosa, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane surrounds.

An iconic waterfront dining hub including a lunch & dinner Restaurant, Sunset Bar, Little Boaty coffee bar, Fish & Chips and event destination floating on the Noosa River.

Family owned and operated, supplying fresh quality seafood, fish’n’chips, beer & wine for over twenty years.

194 Gympie Tce, Noosaville Phone 5440 5070

Noosa Marina, 2/2 Parkyn Crt, Tewantin Phone 5473 0299

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Noosa Reds is a local tomato farm based in Doonan. All of their products are chemical free! Pop into the farm or find them at local weekend markets.

Fresh local produce inspire our chefs to create a menu blend of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine with an emphasis on unique Noosa flavours to delight your palate.

Stocking more than 6000 organic grocery lines. Organinc wines, supplements and superfoods, organic skin and body care and eco cleaning products.

39a Beddington Rd, Doonan Phone 5449 1668

Links Drv, Noosa Heads Phone 5440 3317

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Katrina Thorpe shares how wellness and working in Noosa can go hand-in-hand.


here’s a new positive shift towards the remote office and with that, it means not only working from home but also working from anywhere. It’s being coined as a ‘digital nomad’, which allows you to travel or work wherever, as long as you get the work done. We have already seen an increase in visitors to Noosa taking up the digital nomad opportunity to work remotely. Flexibility in working space allows for a change of scenery and opportunity for a lifestyle shift. While we can’t travel far or wide at present, Noosa is the ideal wellness wonderland to visit when you’re able to ditch the peak hour commute into a city, the boardroom meetings or hours spent at the office for working in a different location. Working remotely is easily combined with some time spent on your health and wellness, with the added benefits of working from wherever.

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IN HEALTH When travelling, one of the most common things people seek is to ‘live like a local’, to immerse one’s self in the local lifestyle for a true experience of how others live and this is proving to be a particularly attractive reason the digital nomads are choosing Noosa as their location. Living a healthier lifestyle in Noosa’s wellness wonderland is easy when we have so much on offer. Here’s five things to get you started to live like a local the wellness way: 1. Get up early to join the healthy lifestyle social scene. Exercise is personal choice but you will find we get up early in Noosa, especially if you’re a cyclist. Our beaches and river area are a hive of activity at sun-up, with groups of like-minded people meeting up to go surfing, paddling, swimming all year round. Our shorelines are abuzz with runners, walkers, dogs and prams, personal trainers, yoga and Tai Chi but what I love most is the regular laughter you hear over coffee in cafes after exercise, because for most of us it’s our social catch up time and usually before 8am! 2. Eat healthy the local way. With so many great cafes, restaurants and coffee spots on offer in Noosa you will find most have the dietary needs covered. Majority of menus reflect lifestyle choices from paleo, vegan, raw food, gluten free and all the

other options you might want along with a multitude of beverages and coffees with more styles of milk and mylk than anything else on the menu. Look out for the Slow Food Noosa Snail of Approval venues to know you are getting the best good, clean and fair food. 3. Time out, down time and your time. Whatever way you choose to chill-out you will find places in Noosa to just be at peace. Meditation on the beach listening to the ocean, immersing yourself in the national park for some green therapy or relaxing with a drink in one of the many sunset hot spots overlooking the beach, river, lookout or Noosa spit are just some ways locals enjoy some down time. 4. Taking care of your wellness. While working remotely sounds great we all know that the stress of work and life accumulates no matter where we work. As the need for work life balance is forever a work in progress, it’s important to manage stress because it doesn’t go away, it just comes in different forms for everyone. Make the time for your body, skin and health maintenance as there are plenty of skilled professionals in Noosa to care for you. Tension in the body from working on devices can be helped with a massage or bodywork and you will find a wide variety of Day Spas, remedial sports specialists


and allied health practitioners in Noosa to help you maintain your body, stress and work life balance. 5. Shop and Eat like a conscious local. We are lucky to have a lot of local farmers in the region supplying us with quality, seasonal organic produce found in stores and at our farmers market every Sunday. The aforementioned Slow Food Noosa group is part of a global movement that is all about local, seasonal and fresh. The Snail of Approval as previously mention, means you are getting the very best and encompasses producers, cafes, grocery stores and restaurants. Noosa also has a sustainable fashion movement. You will find some sustainable, ethical clothing stores and designers in Noosa producing quality, unique styles of fashion for all ages and by shopping with them you will have some great wearable finds and also be supporting other community projects. They say it takes twenty years of living in Noosa before you can call yourself a local but you can live like a local anytime you like by finding all the best local places to shop, relax, eat, drink and stay well within the pages and on the social media channels of IN Noosa Magazine because it’s Noosa’s only locally-owned and operated mag run by passionate people (but I may be biased!).

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y t u a e b

Edwina Cattanach embraced her inner bohemian to experience the latest sensory journey from Stephanies Ocean Spa Noosa.


ith the winter months leaving their mark on your skin, it makes perfect sense to ‘spring’ into the warmer weather with a spa treatment that deeply hydrates and nourishes your skin back to life. Nestled in the beautiful leafy surrounds of Peppers Noosa Resort is the luxurious haven, Stephanies Ocean Spa. A leader in the luxury spa industry, Stephanie Shepherd opened her first spa 26 years ago and today has five luxurious spas in Clear Mountain, Brisbane and Noosa. Each offering its own unique feel but with the same attention to detail, professional training and welcoming approach. Stephanies Ocean Spa has been providing luxury spa services in Noosa for ten years and recently underwent a beautiful refurb and refresh – just like the one I’m about to enjoy! Stephanie’s takes you on a journey of tranquillity and peace, soft lighting, soulful music, in warm and comfortable surrounds. This is a destination to calm the mind; inhale the scents and know that regardless of your treatment choice, it is your time to relax and unwind. You’re in good hands. ‘Bohemian Beauty’ at Stephanies Ocean Spa could be defined as one of those spa treatments that is both artistic and unusual, bringing peace, tranquillity and rejuvenation to your mind, body and soul. Arriving early to take advantage of the ‘tranquillity’ room and wrapped in the heavenly softness of the provided robe, I curled up on one of the large round daybeds and from there took it all in, feeling calm and excited for what was to come. My spa therapist introduced herself and led me through to the beautifully appointed treatment room, where I was to spend the next 100 minutes of pure bliss. Our feet rarely get much attention, so it

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was certainly a great place to start – and oh how grateful they were, particularly after pounding the pavement working with many local businesses on their campaigns for this edition of IN Noosa Magazine. In my treatment room waiting for me was the Geisha footbath where my feet were soaked and washed in geisha milk and rose petals. A coconut and vanilla foot scrub was applied, whilst my therapist consulted me on preferences for massage pressure, my current skin condition, and the outcome I was hoping for from the Classical Facial. Everything to help cater my experience to my specific needs. What came next was a beautiful, refreshing and invigorating back scrub which exfoliated and detoxified those difficult-to-get-to places. A luxuriating hot towel cleansed my skin and I was totally ready for the back massage to come. I like it firm and my therapist did not disappoint.

many ranges available. Botanical based, the Payot range supports youth processing, anti-ageing and is nothing short of luxurious! After a double cleanse, tone, exfoliation and a 20-minute ‘face massage’ (insert a few snoring sounds) the incredible cucumber and fig facial mask was applied. Whilst this was penetrating into my skin, heavenly hands moved to my head to top of the luxurious experience.

A nourishing and moisturising beauty balm concentrate was applied to further hydrate my back. The only disappointment was when and I knew this part of my treatment was over… I could have stayed there for hours! A quick spritz on the shoulders of ‘Zen’ a muscular tension tincture made from all-natural ingredients and it was time to roll over to commence my one-hour Classical Facial.

If you are looking to rejuvenate and welcome spring with nourished and deeply hydrated skin, book in for one of the Spring treatments available at Stephanies. Or look into the combined therapy and water treatments in the specialised private treatment suites; a triple suite with a colour therapy mineral flotation pool, or one of the two couple suites with either a Geisha couples hydro bath or a hand crafted timber bath for that individual bath experience.

Given my age, how my skin was feeling and the results of yet another dry winter, my therapist had chosen to use products from the Payot skincare range, one of their

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l a t s y Cr CLEAR

Carlie Wacker steps into a world of calming crystals and boho delights in the heart of Noosa Junction to see what healing stones can help pave the way for a bright future.


oul Quartz is a magical immersive boutique in the heart of Noosa Junction. Founder and yoga teacher, Tegan Mel had dreamt of creating a space that both empowered and inspired women to embrace wellness. This space in The Pavilion does just that. It is a soulful experience to step inside and explore the mindful collection of crystals, jewellery, yoga wear and mats, candles, oils, pottery and skincare. Its immersive because you feel a calm energy when you enter this boutique. It smells amazing and it carries you through to explore a collection of gorgeous small batch, ethical and sustainable products. I am really drawn to the crystals. They are beautiful to look at but what I want to know is what they all represent and how we can incorporate them into our lives. “Crystals can help us shift our energy, clear energy and assist in feeling more centred and focused,” Tegan says. “Amethyst is great allrounder for feeling calm, at peace and to help with sleep so place this one next to the bed. It is also great for protection and meditation.” As we look to refresh and revitalise our

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intentions into a clear quartz at any time. Apatite: great for motivation and

Crystals can help us shift our energy, clear energy and assist in feeling more centred and focused.

starting fresh! This helps break cycles and habits by bringing awareness to our repetition and sets us on a new path. Funnily enough given its name Apatite is great for bringing awareness on our eating habits too!

homes, bodies and minds with the spring season, crystals can help with clearing and creating space and organisation. It is important to get rid of the old before stepping into our action time of the year, which is summer.

CRYSTALS FOR SPRING: Green Calcite: to help with letting go, clearing out the cobwebs and freshening the space. Fluorite: for focus, mastering the mind. Tegan calls this the decluttering stone. Clear Quartz: for setting goals and intentions. Clear quartz will amplify other crystals as well so pop it next to any others you wish to enhance. You can change your 68

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CRYSTALS FOR SUMMER: Citrine: for feeling empowered, realising abundance and inner strength. A very uplifting and empowering stone. Rose Quartz: a self-nourishment crystal for replenishment and forgiveness. Tegan says this is a good one to have around at Christmas. Pyrite: for motivation and inner strength. A fun and energising crystal that invites in joy and confidence. Clear Quartz: for setting new year goals and finding clarity. I am keen on a good luck crystal and Tegan suggests the Chrysoprase which is also great for fearless action and trust. Rose Quartz But the big question I had for her was which crystal is her go-to and it is…

yoga practice. Now I also love Shungite as a

Smoky Quartz!

protection stone and I have this on my

“It is such an amazing all-round

computers for EMF radiation.”

crystal. Great for being present and


Quartz is excellent to have with you in your

If you need positive energy in your life

grounded, but also excellent at helping

swing into Soul Quartz. You’ll take away

you appreciate life and find gratitude in

some great healing crystals, maybe some

the everyday,” adds Tegan.

new yoga wear and jewels as well. It is a

“As a yoga teacher I feel that Smoky

beautiful boho dream come true!

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think we can all agree that this year has been rather testing. I am sure that as you were welcoming in the new year, you couldn’t have imagined that it would pan out as it has. While 2020 had a great ring to it, the Universe clearly had other plans. Here we are, it’s spring, there just doesn’t seem to be the usual ‘spring’ in our steps but as we plod through the year let’s not stay down. Let’s do our best to get that spring back and let go of the last six months, which for most has been a whirlwind. So how do we make the best of the

Erin Yarwood helps you to take back control, get active and find peace in these troubling times.

worst? It is ok to stop, pause and accept that we have all at some point gone through waves of emotions, anxiety, sadness, stress, depression, uncertainty and perhaps even grief. These feelings are understandable given these unusual times. Now more than ever is the time to care for ourselves and each other. Grab each other by the hand and provide the support either physically or mentally and use the new season as a way to get moving again. No matter what you do, moving the body is the perfect way to feel good. It gets the endorphins pumping, helps to destress,

and helps brighten your mood. It does not have to be anything crazy either, if you are moving! Being active outdoors is one of the easiest and cheapest mood boosters around. With so many beautiful places to see and explore IN and around Noosa, spring is the perfect time to get out and familiarise yourself again with what is literally on your doorstep. If you have been indoors and working out in a gym, mix it up and take your routine outdoors. Being active outside in the fresh air is not only great for

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With so many beautiful places to see and explore IN and around Noosa, spring is the perfect time to get out and familiarise yourself again with what is literally on your doorstep. to enjoy a good 30 minutes of stillness.

exercising the body, but it helps to nourish the mind and the soul. We are more likely to keep active if we enjoy it, so get creative. Start jotting down some places you can explore and get out there. Climb a mountain, walk a trail, run at the park, learn how to sail, navigate new areas, there are many adventures in our beautiful outdoors. Just keep making it interesting it will help keep it fun. Another super important thing we need to do during these weird and wonderful times is to not only move, but also learn to

be still. Quiet your mind, focus on your breath, meditate, whatever helps to alleviate feelings of helplessness and worry. In a world where everything is zooming along at a crazy speed, sometimes we don't even have time to think. Slowing down and taking time out for yourself is also perfect to give you time to focus on your goals, and your dreams. Start manifesting them. Let the universe know what you want and keep telling it. Spending as little as five minutes each day can help to calm your mind. With practice you may be able

We have all been affected in some way with what is going on in our new world. Many are experiencing major changes; it is difficult to assume what may be affecting you. However, if you have extra time in your day, spend that time on you. Perhaps try and get something done that you would not normally have the time for. Of course, it is challenging, however just keep trying to turn a negative into a positive. If you are feeling overwhelmed by everything, let it out. Find the time to talk to someone professionally do not let things bottle up. Talking to a close friend can also help, just don’t isolate yourself. Look after yourself and those around you. Talking to a friend works both ways, you are also helping them at the same time. Stay active, be happy, breathe and help each other in this tough time. Together we will get through this. Spring to it and keep on shining!

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l l u f Mind

Psychotherapist Katrina Steel explores the challenges and benefits of moving from having a full mind to being mindful.


ost of us are consumed in the constant stream of thoughts. Swept up in a current of worry and wondering, planning and never-ending to-do lists; almost absorbed into the mind and swallowed into its torrent of pressure, stress and anxiety. It’s a wonder we can even get out of bed in the morning or can find a space to

breathe sometimes. I mean this can’t really be living, can it?

whole ‘mindful movement ‘is great but how do we actually become mindful?

Don’t you sometimes just wish you could hop off the constant rapid ride of life and access a space of stillness where the mind slows, and you are able to breathe?

Firstly, we need to identify that we are NOT our thoughts. Eckhart Tolle, an expert on presence for peace and the author of The Power Of Now, depicts one of the greatest steps towards consciousness is realising you are not your thoughts, you have thoughts.

Mindfulness is the ability to slow the mind and access the present moment. In reality this is easier said than done. The



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IN THE MIND Once you can access this awareness you begin to open yourself up to the possibility of the mastery of your mind resulting in many benefits such as a reduction of anxiety, depressive symptoms and increase in wellbeing. So, if you are not your thoughts then, who are you? Are you your thoughts, or are you the thinker of your thoughts? I invite you to become aware of your thoughts. To be the witness, the watcher, the observer of your mind and the thoughts it is thinking. And now, as you watch and listen, the journey begins.

animal brain, the amygdala is designed to keep us safe. Its purpose is survival. Its job is to assess danger, minimise risk and reduce harm and it therefore it is attuned to threat. If this part of our brain is overactive, or unconsciously in the driver’s seat then it will continually focus on what could possibly go wrong. This fundamentally is... anxiety. Fearful thinking about the future.

whilst we are asleep inside the belief that we are our mind and our thoughts. Thing is, You can CHOOSE-YOUR-THOUGHTS!

The mind runs like a scientific theorist. Assessing what could go wrong. It then creates a hypothesis, usually one based in fear, working to assess potential threats.

By monitoring your thoughts, you can begin to bring yourself back into the now. By noticing your thoughts, you can begin to create space between you and your thoughts. You can begin to listen and witness and slow your thoughts down. By inviting conscious breath, you can begin to resource the body, offering it calm and presence. Orienting your attention by focusing on your surroundings brings you into the here and now. Bring your awareness to nature, to the room, to your hands, to your breath. In this moment you are moving towards the power of now.

Are you aware of your thoughts? What ARE you thinking? Where IS your attention? Are your thoughts running stories of the past? Are you thinking about something that happened yesterday? Last week? Last year? Are your thoughts running a narrative about the future? Are you playing out all the possible scenarios of what could happen tomorrow? Next week? Next month? My invitation is to WATCH-YOUR-THOUGHTS. As you slow down and become aware, I invite you to become curious and begin to notice. Is your mind overflowing in a deluge of thoughts? And if so, has this been happening without you really noticing? The mind is continually thinking. That’s what the mind does, it thinks. Just like the lungs breathe and the heart beats, the mind thinks. The shift occurs when you realised you are not your mind? That you have a mind, just like you have a heart and have lungs. One of the main parts of the brain, the

Don't you sometimes just wish you could hop off the constant rapid ride of life and access a space of stillness where the mind slows, and you are able to breathe?

This is where mindfulness comes in. By realising we are not our thoughts, we can begin to take the control of our ship and steer ourselves from the constant cascade of thinking into stiller waters. We can create peace of mind which will in turn free us from our mind made suffering.

This is easier said than done. The ability to defuse from your thoughts and access the present moment requires practise. However, training your brain by noticing your thoughts, slowing yourself down and moving into the present moment will enable you to shift your mental and emotional experiences from anxious and distressed to cool calm, and connected.

Herein lies the problem. The mind then becomes focused on risk, threat, danger, problems, worries, stress, pressure, distress, overwhelm, anxiety, depression. These experiences compound further creating mental, emotional and physical disease and illness.

Mindfulness practiced moves you from the reactive state of surviving life to a responsive experience of living life.

This is where depression and anxiety are bred, and later born. Within our mind, fed by thoughts, fuelled by fear and birthed

As author, Robin Sharma wrote, “The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.” I invite you to notice your thoughts and become the master of your mind.

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Whether the stress of everyday life or something requiring more stronger intervention, Edwina Cattanach discovers massage plays a vital role for when the going gets tough.


f you or someone you know is dealing with depression, simply getting out of bed can seem insurmountable. With one of the most isolating feelings of depression being loneliness, which can lead to disengaging from friends and society, the human touch is often lost or minimised. The good news? Oxytocin, known as the ‛love‛ or ‛cuddle‛ hormone because it is released when people snuggle up or bond socially, is also released through nonsexual touch, which includes massage. There are many mental health benefits of massage as it can help to reduce the build-up of stress, giving your body the chance to fight off anxiety. Perhaps its concentration you are having difficulty with? That feeling when your shoulders are up by your ears, tense and taut; massage will help improve the blood flow to your brain, releasing tension and letting those shoulders relax! No wonder a little time out for you, on a massage table is beneficial for mental health.

One of the primary benefits massages provides is helping to increase circulation which can impact us both mentally and physically. Through massage your blood will circulate better, leading to that feeling of freshness and clarity that you thought you could only find at the bottom of a cup of coffee. Note here, I am not advocating to skip coffee, if it makes you happy…maybe just have both! So here we are: massage is not just about aches and pains, those who receive massage therapy regularly are found to experience greater improvement in their psychological and mental health. There are many holistic treatments that provide benefit and each one of us needs to find the one best for ourselves and the issues we are facing. Having regular massage treatments are an efficient treatment for reducing depression and anxiety and deserves serious consideration. David from Magic Massage has been


providing massage services for seven years, with clients often seeking ongoing support to stay on top of recurring issues for various concerns. “It’s always better to build a maintenance program to ensure clients are at optimum health rather than waiting until they are broken and in desperate need for a quick fix,” David explained. “Massage is a powerful tool which can easily fit into a treatment plan for many mental and physical health issues and has a profound effect on mood and anxiety reduction.” With so many massage techniques available, it is important to know which one is right for you. Spend time with your massage practitioner explaining your concerns and work on a treatment plan that suits. Give yourself permission to take time out for yourself in a calm environment, help decrease tension and give yourself, your mind and body a helping hand.





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Keetah, Joanne and 14-week old Labrador Holly

Wish you could talk to your furry friends and learn their languages? Helen Flanagan has a bow-wow with canine communicator Joanne Burton to find out how.


oanne cannot recall the number of creatures great and small that shared her childhood. She inherited a love of everything with fur, feathers, fins, and scales from her father and amongst the Dr Dolittle-style menagerie in Brisbane’s Norman Park were dogs, horses, a variety of birds, turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and many more. Her life however, was truly enriched with a 4th birthday present of Jay, a black Labrador puppy. “Throughout life, every dog has brought me incredible joy but unbearable heartache when they die,” Joanne admits. “In 2003 Harley the Curly Coat Retriever arrived in my life after a traumatic event. He sensed my fear and stayed loyal and protective until his dying breath. He also brought a lot of laughs. “The day he ran straight up to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s wife Jenny on Castaways Beach, his head crotch height and introduced himself. He’d also run up to sun worshipers on the beach and proudly cock his leg on them, and their belongings. This was HIS beach. And when he got his leash caught around a dead turtle on the beach, he tried to run, and the now leash-entwined turtle would IN Noosa Magazine

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beautiful, special boy.”

In 2008 Joanne’s interest in dog behaviour was spiked when she helped raise Faith, a pretty yellow Labrador Guide Dog puppy before placement with his owner. She doubted Faith’s ability and confirmed it at a shopping centre when it was time to ‘go’. “I placed my bags on the ground to retrieve my cleaning equipment when a lovely lady, baby in pram plus a toddler, stopped to help. She said it was terrible I was expected to clean up the mess. The penny dropped. I was wearing dark glasses, she thought I was blind, and I don’t know who was more embarrassed.”

Joanne, who is also the Sunshine Coast trainer for assistant dogs to people with PTSD, war veterans, first responders and prison staff, has qualified from English dog behaviour company Canine Principles. In 2018 she fostered a Smart Pup, however Rita, the black Labrador, was withdrawn from the program.

Sadly, Harley died in 2015. Joanne was introduced to Smart Pups which are taught specific skills according to the needs of the assigned child. Whilst her husband Chris was not enamoured with ropes being tied to door handles to teach Kyra how to open and close doors, she learned other skills, such as how to take socks off. “She was so proud of herself. But not so a man sitting out the front of a neighbour’s house removing his shoes, when Kyra ran straight up to remove his socks. “Kyra’s family stay in touch and it’s so rewarding knowing my girl provides much needed love and support to a very 76

“I applied behaviour modification techniques and the trembling puppy is coping well in her new life with me. I renamed her Keetah. She is my shadow, my happiness and inspiration. I think she taught me as much as I taught her. After her amazing success, I knew I could help others hence Paw & Order Noosa was born to help other dog owners understand their animals better." It only took 50 years for Joanne to realise what she wanted to be when she grew up. “I can’t call it work because I’m doing something I love and absolutely passionate about. My methods are positive reinforcement, force free and scientifically based. I use treats and I’m not afraid to admit it. After all, would you go to work if you were not paid?”


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06 05 1. Interactive Dog Toy, Ladybugs in Leaf by Zippy Burrow 2. Doggie Donuts Gift Box by Huds & Toke 3. Pippin handmade, tie-up dog bandana by Wilding Pet Co 4. Cheese and Bacon Doggie Biccies by Laila and Me 5. Picnic waste bag holder, dog collar and lead by Wilding Pet Co 6. Blooming Bees Travel Mat by Indie Boho All from Peticular Peregian Beach.




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n a year unlike any other, our beloved town has given us solace, comfort and security in a tumultuous time, affording us the luxury of relative succour as sombre current events have unfolded . This affects our collective soul, influencing us in positive ways, rendering us more compassionate, kind, supportive to our fellow man and intensely attuned to the privilege of living or holidaying safely in a true paradise. We become in turn more innately human by both nurturing our inner life, yet simultaneously by reaching out to our community, aiding and assisting as a natural progression.

NOOSA. She is- Pristine. Iconic. Picturesque. Unforgettable. Inimitable. Unique in our world. NOOSA. She is also- A community. An inclusive, encouraging and inspiring place to live and to visit. A place of wonder, enjoyment, creation, cohesion and hope.

This new sensitivity in appreciating our environs influence our sartorial selection this season. Instead of mere ‛fashion‛, we reflect on the importance of a style of clothing that embraces, envelops and flatters, whilst remaining true to our Noosa ideals of nature, purity and integrity. We preference the hand and locally-made to the mass market, ever mindful of the need to support the creatives and businesses of our region.

LOVE LOCAL INtroducing Noosa’s very own signature natural fragrance – a beautiful fresh scent capturing the natural essence of the coast’s pristine ocean, made with the highest quality Australian native botanicals.

To this end we instinctively gravitate towards easy shapes using natural fabrics that kiss, not smother our skin. We are inspired by and attracted to timeless pairings of tried and true garments, preferring the eternal rather than the quick fix. As we dress for each day, the need for clothing with seasonless appeal draws our attention, as do the soft shades of nature, abundant around us.

This marine unisex fragrance makes a statement without shouting. Follow IN Noosa Magazine’s Facebook and Instagram pages to WIN your very own bottle!

This season, seminal in our shared history, we mirror our incredible surroundings in eschewing the artificial, gaudy and trite, embracing the natural world, our inherent style, our genuine selves, our spirit and our Noosa.

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Relive the carefree days of childhood with the freshest fish & chips followed by the delight of an icy afternoon treat. Just one of the simple pleasures to be enjoyed in Spring on our gorgeous Noosa river!

Bonnie wears Peasant blouse from Ella and Sunday, Noosaville, 5455 5656; Tiered skirt from Boom Shankar, Noosa Heads, 5473 0357; Sneakers from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211; and Earrings from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. Jamie wears Striped shirt from Cottonworx by Mensroom, Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167; Cargo short from Connor, Noosa Civic Shopping Centre, Noosaville, 3478 9443; Birkenstock from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. Necklace - model's own.


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1. Sunglasses from Options Eyecare, Noosaville, 5473 0008. 2. Earrings from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. 3. Flower necklace by Tribe and Hunt, 4. Cotton voile cropped blouse and matching skirt from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. Scarf/scrunchie from Urban Coyote, Cooroy, 5332 2755. Embellished clutch bag from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. Birkenstock slide from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. Necklace By Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. 5. Sunglasses from Options Eyecare Noosaville, 5473 0008. Prairie dress from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. Necklace by Tribe and Hunt, au. Cowboy boot from Flannel, Noosa Heads. 6. Bag from Urban Coyote, Cooroy. 06


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7. Reading glasses from Options Eyecare, Noosaville, 5473 0008. T-shirt from Okanui, Noosa Heads, 5447 4054. Bag, beads and trouser from Cottonworx by Mensroom, Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167. Slip on shoe from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 8. Gents bracelet from Cottonworx by Mensroom, Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167. 9. Man bag by Eco Luxe, 07

10. Belt from Cottonworx by Mensroom, Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167. 11. Loafers from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211.


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1. Beaded T and bracelets from Bohemian Sundays, Peregian Beach, 5373 8063. Clutch by Eco Luxe, Silk skirt from Ella and Sunday, Noosaville, 5455 5656. Leather sneaker from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 2. Deep sage shirt by Connor, Noosa Civic, Noosaville, 3478 9443. Boardies from Okanui, Noosa Heads, 5447 4054. Loafer from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. Bracelet from Cottonworx by Mensroom Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167. 3. Blue shirt, Connor, Noosa Civic, Noosaville, 3478 9443. Camel pant and man bag from Cottonworx by Mensroom Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167. Leather shoes from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 4. Sunglasses from Options Eyecare, Noosaville, 5473 0008. Denim jacket with embroidery by Boom Shankar, Noosa Heads, 5473 0357. T-shirt from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. Skirt from Bohemian Sundays, Peregian Beach, 5373 8063. Floral Birkenstock from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. Cocktail ring from Aubrey Gems, Noosa Junction, 0488 550 808.

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5. Socks from Cottonworx by Mensroom, Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167. 6. Desert boots from Connor, Noosa Civic, Noosaville, 3478 9443. 7. Aviator frames from Options Eyewear, Noosaville, 5473 0008. 8. Clutch by Eco Luxe, 9. Hand blown glass earrings by Tribe and Hunt, 10. Leather gladiator sandal from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433.

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1. Handwoven leather bag from Who Invited Her, Noosa Heads. Sequin scarf from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. 2. Leather sandal from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 3. Sunglasses from Options Eyecare, Noosaville, 5473 0008. 4. Gold coin earrings from Hub & Co Stylists, Noosa Heads, 0408 585 688. 5. Pearl necklace from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377.

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A lazy hazy spring afternoon down by the river. A place of ease, natural wonder and the freshest of air. He is lost in his own world, the soft strumming melodies of his guitar carry across the glistening water. She returns from the market with fresh blooms, stopping to take a minute to listen. A magical moment. Bonnie wears: Hat from Bohemian Sundays, Peregian Beach, 5373 8063. Prairie dress from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. Hand blown glass flower necklace by Tribe and Hunt, Leather cowboy boot from Flannel, Noosa Heads. Jamie wears: Fine cotton shirt, Cottonworx by Mensroom, Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167. Cargo jean, desert boot from Connor, Noosa Civic, Noosaville, 3478 9443. Socks from Cottonworx by Mensroom, Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167.


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1. Pearl earrings from Hub & Co Stylists, Noosa Heads, 0408 585 688. Military linen jacket from DBA Boutique. Lace bra from Lady Bird Noosa, Noosa Junction, 5455 4070. Stretch pant from Blue Brown Bag, C00roy, 5442 6025. Yellow leather ballerina flat from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211.


2. Yellow leather ballerina flat, Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 3. Earrings by Aubrey Gems, Noosa Junction, 0488 550 808. 4. Stilettos by Husk, Noosa Heads. 5. Cocktail ring by Aubrey Gems, Noosa Junction, 0488 550 808. 6. Leather sneaker from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211.


7. Sunglasses by Options Eyecare, Noosaville, 5473 0008. Earrings from JOJO, Noosa Heads, 0433 988 842. Lace sequin cami from Flannel, Noosa Heads. Stretch printed pant by Bohemian Sundays, Peregian Beach, 5373 8063. Mini clutch from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. Leather sandal from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. 8. Sapphire flower earrings by Aubrey Gems, Noosa Junction, 0488 550 808. 9. Embellished clutch from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. 10. Lace bra from Lady Bird Noosa, Noosa Heads, 5455 4070.

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11. Gold coin earrings from Hub & Co Stylists, Noosa Heads, 0408 585 688. Silk printed blouse from Ella and Sunday, Noosaville, 5455 5656. Corduroy pant and bucket bag from Urban Coyote, Cooroy. Leather sandal from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 12. Pearl necklace and linen blazer from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. Lace bra from Lady Bird Noosa, Noosa Junction, 5455 4070. Pleated skirt from Blue Brown Bag, Cooroy, 5442 6025. Stilettos from Husk, Noosa Heads.


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1. Sunglasses from Options Eyecare, Noosaville, 5473 0008. Sweater and chinos from Connor, Noosa Civic, Noosaville, 3478 9443. Printed shirt from Cottonworx by Mensroom, Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167. Slip on shoe from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 2. Hand crafted feather earrings by Bamboo Feather, Eumundi. Linen dress by Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. Hand woven leather tote from Who Invited Her, Noosa Heads. Sequinned scarf from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. Cowhide slides from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433.

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3. Sunglasses from Options Eyecare, Noosaville, 5473 0008. 4. Embellished bag from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. 5. Cowhide slide from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. 6. Earrings from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. Embroidered peasant blouse from Ella and Sunday, Noosaville, 5455 5656. Lace bra from Lady Bird Noosa, Noosa Heads, 5455 4070. Tiered skirt by Boom Shankar, Noosa Heads, 5473 0357. Leather sneaker with braided detail from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 7. Sunglasses from Options Eyecare, Noosaville, 5473 0008. Cotton top by Boom Shankar, Noosa Heads, 5473 0357. Pearl bracelets from The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. Leather bag from Blue Brown Bag, Cooroy, 5442 6025. Skinny cropped jean from JOJO, Noosa Heads, 0433 988 842. Leather sneaker from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211.

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IN FASHION Enjoy Noosa River’s many walking paths in the golden hour of pre-twilight. Off perhaps for an ice cream, aperitif, or late picnic at the water’s edge. The pristine, picturesque river is for the enjoyment of all, locals and visitors alike.

1. Bonnie wears Sunglasses from Options Eyecare, Noosaville, 5473 0008. T-shirt, Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. Denim jacket from Boom Shankar, Noosa Heads, 5473 0357. Skirt from Bohemian Sundays, Peregian Beach, 5373 8063. Slides from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. Jamie wears Sage green shirt from Connor, Noosa Civic, Noosaville, 3478 9443. Short from Okanui, Noosa Heads, 5447 4054. Loafers from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 2. Shirt from Okanui, Noosa Heads, 5447 4054. Shorts from Cottonworx by Mensroom, Noosa Heads and Peregian Beach, 0497 873 167. Leather shoe from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 3. Hand blown glass earrings by Tribe and Hunt, Shirt from Boom Shankar, Noosa Heads, 5473 0357. Satin trimmed bra from Lady Bird Noosa, Noosa Heads, 5455 4070. Linen skirt from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. Bag with embellishment by Eco Luxe, Slide from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211. 4. Dress from JOJO, Noosa Heads, 0433 988 842. Pearl pendant necklace from Cloth and Hide, Peregian Beach, 5324 1433. Leather sneaker from Feet First Footwear, Noosa Heads, 5447 2211.



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BEHIND-THE-SCENES A gorgeous day in-studio and on the river for our Spring fashion shoot. Always lots of love and laughter on set working with this dream team! Fashion Editor Lesley once again excelled at curating looks from local boutiques to capture the change of season perfectly! Shop local and share your fave looks with us #innoosa #fashion then head to the river for some glorious spring sunsets! CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lesley Clough @lesleydawnclough HAIR & MAKEUP Craig & Lara Argent @pony_beauty_bar_noosa MODELS Bonnie Smith @bonnierose33 Jamie Bacon @jayjay_bacon PHOTOGRAPHY Ian Waldie @ianwaldiephotography SHOT AT Noosa River and in studio




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“Real elegance is everywhere – especially in the things that don’t show” – Christian Dior. Carlie Wacker uncovers the power of the perfect fitting bra and briefs.


resized at different stages of life as our body structure changes over time and size and styles will vary as we age.”

bras in gorgeous pastels. It is time to ditch the crop tops ladies – let’s get into some soft and feminine bras.

My underwear draw held a minimal collection of sports bras and briefs in varying states of ruin, so I made a beeline for the region’s first and most loved lingerie boutique; Lady Bird Noosa.

I think I know my bra size and was surprised to find out it was quite different to what I thought. Once I had been fitted by Glenda, I was shocked to find that changing to a different size and style made all the difference to my comfort level.

Owner Glenda and daughter Kathy have long served the community in catering to all underwear needs. In fact, the Lady Bird story started in 1984 and has been going from strength to strength ever since.

A good fitting bra should suit your bust line and shape, there should be no back tension or heaviness from a wire sitting on your ribs and ideally should have a separation between the breasts.

Another painful experience as a bra wearer is when the straps slide off your shoulders. This should not happen if you are wearing the right bra. For example, sloping or narrow shoulders should avoid the balconette style bra and look for a triangular shape with centrally placed straps.

hey say a woman’s lingerie says a lot about her, so I did a quick underwear edit and realised I am saying “it is activewear time, anytime.”

Noosa locals know it as a go-to for lingerie, shapewear and sleepwear but also as stockists for an extensive range of hosiery and accessories in their store at Noosa Junction Plaza. On arrival at the shop I knew that good old-fashioned customer service was the reason this boutique has experienced its longevity. Glenda said the hang-sell technique just doesn’t last in this industry. “Every single bra has specific features, pattern, and performance,” she said. “There is a distinct difference between sizes and the same fit cannot be found in every bra of the same size.” Many women think they are a certain bra size and get a real shock when the actual size reveals numbers and letters they were not expecting. Glenda also said it was important to be IN Noosa Magazine

Lady Bird Noosa – the small lingerie store with a big reputation in the art of fitting. The wire should also fit around the entire breast tissue. Interestingly, there is a trend in wire free bras amongst all ages. Mature women and those with breast issues should seek out a wire-free option but these days younger women are embracing comfort even more. Plus, the manufacturers are now creating much cuter wire free options. Keep an eye out for the new range of wire free organic triangle 94

There is just so much more to consider when buying a bra so have a professional fitting – it will change your life! When looking for a bra Glenda recommends considering lifestyle, fit and self: Lifestyle refers to what you will be doing when you wear it, are you in an active job or standing for long hours (each require different performing underwear); Fit is crucial and a professional fitter is essential in finding your perfect bra; and in regards to self, Glenda says “shout yourself a beautiful bra once in a while ladies!” I agree wholeheartedly – even if you are the only one that is going to see it, wear underwear that makes you feel gorgeous and confident. Lady Bird Noosa stocks a huge range of bras from Simone Perele, Wacoal including the Fantasie and Freya brands, Chantelle, Goddess and Elomi. Also Jockey, Berlei, Triumph, Fine Lines, Calvin Klein and Felina. All bra needs are considered, from teens


right through to H cups and plus sizes. They also carry a big selection of shapewear by Nancy Ganz and Spanx. Kathy recommends you always try on shapewear as it can be as complicated as a bra. “Getting the right shape for you will prevent the dreaded rolldown,” she said. The sleepwear ranges include Givoni, Glamour Hanger, Ginia Silk and Papinelle. Plus camisoles and slips by Love & Lustre and Tani. The ladies also cater for those needing prosthetic forms and bras. Mastectomy products require specialised fitting and Kathy and Glenda take pride in being there for women when they really need love and attention. While I was in store, I noticed they also stock a range of period briefs which are increasing in popularity. One customer popped in during my visit and was expressing her love for the MOST comfortable briefs in the world so of course I bought a pair of Jockey knickers to test for myself. That customer was right. We do not need to travel out of the region to find the perfect bras and briefs. Glenda and Kathy have done the research to ensure that you will get the perfect fit, shape, style, quality, and comfort in your undergarments at Lady Bird Noosa. Put the power of the perfect fit in the hands of these professionals!

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Spring has sprung so what better time to have some fun with your hair and embrace the gorgeous new pastel tones that are making waves this season. From icy blues to pretty pinks, nothing is off limits. Ingrid Nelson caught up with award-winning hair stylist Adrian of Adrian J Hairdressing to discover all the latest trends. WHAT COLOURS CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE FOR SPRING? Adrian: Coming out of COVID, a lot of people have decided to embrace the greys that are coming through, so we are seeing lots of slate greys with light silver highlights. We are also doing a lovely pale blue; soft corals and pinks are still there but they have gone more blush. If you are clever with your tones you can incorporate all of these colours. Even soft coppers that are more like a pale tangerine are quite popular for Spring.

CAN ANYONE WEAR PASTEL TONES? Adrian: It is possible but it’s a transition effect. You are not going to be able to achieve it in one go. Pastel tones really need to be put on a blonde base because they don’t show up on dark hair.

ARE PASTELS SUITED TO ALL SKIN TONES? Adrian: Those with a freckly skin tone such as natural redheads should probably avoid the blues and pinks. We have swatches of the colours that we can put against the skin to decide what will suit best. We put it on the back of the hand or

the arm, which is how you will find your true skin tone.

DOES EYE COLOUR COME INTO PLAY? Adrian: Absolutely. Smokey browns are perfect for those with brown or green eyes, while the lighter tones will bring out the blues and greys. As soon as you apply a strong hair colour that suits, the eyes will literally just pop.

CAN ANY AGE BRACKET WEAR PASTELS? Adrian: It just depends on the colour. The pinks and blues tend to suit the

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As soon as you apply a strong hair colour that suits, the eyes will literally just pop.

younger demographic. The silvers and greys are very popular with the more mature ladies who are sick of colouring their hair and want to return to their natural tones. We can simply enhance that with a nice short feminine cut and the right products.

WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD WE USE ON PASTELS? Adrian: They must be paraben and sulphate-free. We have a range of products for our blondes and pastels, which have specific properties that protects the colour. Pastels lay on the surface of the hair so they don’t last as long as the pinks, purples, reds and oranges. They fade quicker so it’s easy to swap and change.

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The fabric of sustainable fashion is changing – quite literally! Slow fashion super fan Carlie Wacker finds out what one Noosa eco label is doing to lead the way.


ashion buying habits are changing with conscious consumers making more educated and mindful purchases. Smart

designers are making the most of this swing towards slow fashion and expanding their offer, like Noosa’s Eco Luxe Australia. Noosa fashion designer Michelle Tait has been creating a range of luxury handbags using cork fabric for many years now. The brand has garnered a cult following as fashionistas seek out eco-friendly, Australian fashion and accessories. But why stop at one vegan alternative to leather when there is another player on the market – cactus! Michelle said it was “an eco-dream come true” to find another vegan, PETA -Approved alternative to complement her much-loved cork fabric. “This amazing fabric has the same IN Noosa Magazine

ultra-impressive credentials as our cork fabric: highly sustainable, vegan, durable, water resistant, feels and looks like leather” Michelle said. The new cactus fabric offer was launched at a debut event in Noosa: Create your Own Limited-Edition Cork Handbag Soirée. These workshop style events are another way Michelle has pivoted her business to succeed in a changing retail environment. “Our clients have the opportunity to create a truly unique handbag that suits their style and personality from limited edition cork fabrics and now cactus” Michelle said. “Our clients can connect and celebrate with friends and loved ones while creating their very own handbag.” To book a cork and cactus soiree head to 98

Designer Michelle Tait at her workshop.

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Inspired by our exquisitely beautiful sea, Cloth & Hide strive to create timeless, wearable pieces. Designed for the woman who appreciates the beauty in simplicity.

Aubrey is a stunning space bursting with beautiful jewellery. Browse the range instore or sign up for the jewel-filled catalogue emailed fortnightly.

12 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach. Phone 5324 1433

Level One, Noosa Fair, 3 Lanyana Way, Noosa.

Phone 0488 550 808




Specialising in fun flower workshops where participants learn practical skills, tips and tricks and take home their own creation. Scheduled classes or private groups.

With a comprehensive consultation, your experienced stylist will consider your face shape, bone structure, personality and hair type, to create a look that’s right for you.

244 Mirbelia Place, Doonan Phone 0405 282 029

2, 40-42 Duke St, Sunshine Beach Phone 5474 8869


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PEREGIAN BEACH Peregian Village Square

Hair, makeup and tanning experts, lovers of personal branding and beautiful spaces.

Statement earrings for rockstars not wallflowers! These bold polymer clay pieces have been handcrafted with love in Noosa. Lightweight, loud and WOW.

(next to Periwinkle)

8 Thomas Street, Noosaville Phone 5449 7906 ponybeautybarnoosa

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The destination for 100% cotton men’s clothing designed in Noosa and matched with great accessories, shoes, hats and giftware.

It’s time to put your feet first with stylish and comfortable footwear from Feet First Footwear, the must-see stockists for all your favourite brands.

The White House Noosa offers homewares, decor and gifts with beautiful white coloured beach, coastal and nautical theme for everyone. Shop online or in store.

Noosa Heads, Peregian Beach, Eumundi. Phone 0497 873 167

37 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. Phone 5447 2211

Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Crt, Tewantin Phone 5474 2377




Designed to embrace the free spirited, inspired by the colourful saris of India, Boom Shankar is the fresh pop of colour every wardrobe needs.

Your eye sight is precious and the highly qualified team at Options Eyecare Noosaville are here to help you preserve it and look good at the same time.

ella & sunday create beautiful clothing you can wear everyday. Layer and reimagine these stunning pieces crafted from natural fibres.

41 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. Phone 5473 0357

14/18 Thomas Street, Noosaville Phone 5473 0008

3/40 Gateway Drive, Noosaville. Phone 5455 5656



BLUE BROWN BAG If you are looking for something special or even for yourself, you are sure to find the perfect thing at Blue Brown Bag. Linen clothing is our speciality.

Accentuate the beauty in your summer wardrobe with the right undergarments that compliments your style, shape and outfits. Get your Summertime Kit at Lady Bird Noosa - We know all the tricks!

28a Maple Street, Cooroy. Phone 5442 6025

Noosa Junction Plaza, 81 Noosa Dr, Noosa. Phone 5455 4070

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The ultimate salon experience. With a team of passionate stylists here to bring all your hair dreams to life. 12/18 Thomas St, Noosaville Phone 5449 8535 @getin2mischiefnoosa





For the gypsy souls with salt in their hair and sand between their toes. Express yourself with Luxe Boho Clothing, accessories and lifestyle products.

Discover a world of fiction and non-fiction on the shelves of this boutique bookshop. There’s a huge selection for young readers, literature lovers and everyone in between.

Established in 1978 Okanui was created for people passionate about escaping the everyday.

12/224 David Low Way, Peregian Beach. Phone 0414 348 469

29 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Junction. Phone 5448 0927

2b/ 5 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads Phone 1800 OKANUI (Australia)




A designer boutique, specializing in ready-to-wear clothing from around the globe. Mother and daughter operated. Onsite tailoring service available.

Sustainable luxury vegan CORK handbags designed and handcrafted in Noosa. Shop the collection online or create your own CORK handbag in colours that celebrate your unique style and personality.

Luxe resort wear perfect for a day in Noosa. Choose from Italian linen, soft cotton and unique designs for complete comfort.

110 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin. Phone 5470 2641

Phone 0421 719 883



Unique handmade blown glass and silver jewellery by renowned Australian Glassblower, Mat Quirke. A collaboration of fire, glass and silver made with a passion for colour, art and elegance.

Noosa’s own signature marine fragrance - a beautiful unisex fresh scent capturing the natural essence of the coast’s pristine ocean, Australian native botanicals, vegan and cruelty free.

Phone 0437 641 074

Phone 0438 709 354 101

Noosa Junction Plaza, 81 Noosa Dr, Noosa. Phone 0408 585 688

JOJO NOOSA Vibrant Boho fashion, resort wear and leather goods. JOJO Noosa offers Bohemian Luxe with beautiful global treasures. Hastings St, Noosaville & Sunshine Plaza Phone 0448 240 536 Spring 2020



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1. Art, side board, cushion, pot, coconuts, vase, feather and throw; and 2. Clam shell, all from Wabi Sabi, Noosaville, 0400 220 813. 3. Basket, Blue Brown Bag, Cooroy, 5442 6025. 4. Planter, Noosa Mats and Rugs, Noosaville 5442 4899. 5. Art, Wabi Sabi, Noosaville, 0400 220 813. 6. Rug, Noosa Mats and Rugs, Noosaville, 5442 4899. 7. Espresso cups, Blue Brown Bag, Cooroy, 5442 6025. 8. Timber coffee table, Wabi Sabi, Noosaville, 0400 220 8139. 9. Dining chair, Casa Noosa, Noosa Junction, 5447 3722. 10. Garden feature, Doonan Valley Garden Centre, Doonan, 5471 1590. 11. Dining chair, Casa Noosa, Noosa Junction, 5447 3722. 12. Horn, Antiques and Possibilities, Peregian Beach, 5372 8838. 13. Candle holder, Manawee Garden Centre, Buderim, 5445 2406. 14. Black timber bowl, Wabi Sabi, Noosaville, 0400 220 813. 15. Rattan placemat, Lovely Things, Noosa Junction, 0473 577 822. 16. Canister, Manawee Garden Centre, Buderim, 5445 2406. 17. Awning, Serene Blinds, Noosaville, 5473 0356.

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1. Outdoor blind, Serene Blinds, Noosaville, 5473 0356. 2. Planter, Doonan Valley Garden Centre, Doonan, 5471 1590. 3. Brass Candle holder, Lovely Things, Noosa Junction, 0473 577 822. 4. Timber Coffee table, Casa Noosa, Noosa Junction, 5447 3722. 5. Planter and plant, Doonan Valley Garden Centre, Doonan, 5471 1590. 6. Plate; and 7. Vase from Manawee Garden Centre, Buderim, 5445 2406. 8. Sage Room Spray, Soul Quartz, Noosa Junction. 9. Brass bottle opener, Lovely Things, Noosa Junction, 0473 577 822. 10. Bone brush, Finders Keepers, Peregian Beach, 5448 3830. 11. Candle, Manawee Garden Centre, Buderim, 5445 2406. 12. Antique Leather and timber chair, Antiques and Possibilities, Peregian Beach, 5372 8838. 13. Coasters, Manawee Garden Centre, Buderim, 5445 2406 14. Side board, coral and boat, The White House, Tewantin, 5474 2377. 15. Planter head, Blue Brown Bag, Cooroy, 5442 6025. 16. Glass vase, Wabi Sabi, Noosaville, 0400 220 813. 17. Pot, Manawee Garden Centre, Buderim, 5445 2406. 18. Timber and bone cheese set, Manawee Garden Centre, Buderim, 5445 2406.



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Name Sam and Rene Hardt Position Owners Business Serene Blinds and Awnings How would you describe your personal style and how it translates to your business? Sam: I would say relaxed but elegant. We try to combine the elegance of the fabrics and the products while ensuring they are also liveable and functional. What is your most popular product right now? Sam: We sell a lot of shutters, particularly the Polysatin range. They have the look of timber but without the high maintenance. They are mould resistant too, which makes them perfect for our humid climate. Rene: They are also Australian made, with a 20-year warranty, so it ticks all the boxes. What do you love most about your business? Sam: We love the people and the fact that we live local and employ locals. It’s a nice little family business and we get great satisfaction from making our customers happy. It’s great to have our beautiful showroom for customers to come in and see the products and how they work.

What are some of the elements that sets your business apart? Sam: It’s all about the service really, even after we have done the installation. That’s why we have a lot of customers coming back year after year and recommending us to friends and family. That’s most important to us. Rene: I’ve been in the industry for 18 years so there’s a lot of experience here. We have our own team of installers, so we don’t use sub-contractors. We make sure the finished product is exactly what the customer is expecting. What are the current trends in window furnishings? Rene: Shutters have come on in leaps and bounds from the old dark timber, which didn’t suit our lifestyle on the Coast. Curtains are back in high demand too, particularly the sheer look. What are the latest trends in colours and fabrics? Sam: The Hampton’s style is very popular at the moment, so there is a lot of white out there as well as charcoals. In terms of fabrics, natural fibres are in high demand. We have a great range in a natural look that’s actually made of polyester, so it’s very durable and easy to maintain. We also stock linens for those who prefer the real thing. There is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Top tips when it comes to dressing your windows? Light, privacy and heat are the three things you need to consider first when it comes to window furnishings, then think about the look you are trying to achieve.

What are the future trends? Motorisation is something that has been around for a while but is becoming increasingly popular. Most of the products we stock can be motorised, which can then be connected to your home automation through Google. So for example, if you have window on the Western side of your house, you can time your blind to close in the afternoon to avoid the heat, which is great for energy efficiency too.


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Whether you’re preparing for a new build or a major renovation of your existing home, early planning of your window coverings will ensure you achieve the best end result. Sam and Rene share their six top tips.


Blinds designed with both function and style in mind will provide you with the best value for money in the long term. Look for quality fabrics designed to withstand our harsh Australian climate, along with key design features that will ensure the blind performs well in terms of heat, light and privacy control.


With the focus on creating a ‘Smart Home’ on the rise, motorised window coverings can provide many benefits such as enhanced energy efficiency, child safety and convenience. They can also be integrated into many different home automation systems, both wireless and hardwired.

window style, handles and winders may determine the type of installation possible. For blinds and curtains that move across, consider where you want them to stack back to as this may influence the dimensions you require for your windows and walls.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY With Australians typically spending 41% of their household energy expenditure managing their home’s temperature, the right window coverings can save money, all year round. Internal blinds fitted in the

reveal, close to the glass with a neat, tight fit will reduce the airflow passing through and around the window covering, providing improved heat control.

LEAD TIMES Although window coverings are one of the last things to go into the house, they still need to be put in to the project timeline to ensure the product is delivered at the ideal time. Turnaround times for locally- made blinds are usually somewhere between two to four weeks and imported blinds can take up to to 12 weeks.


If you are thinking about creating a functional indoor/outdoor living area and want to shade your outdoor entertaining space with a folding arm awning, you will need to consider the structural elements early on in the building process. A structural support beam or roof rafters may need to be fitted, or the wall height extended to allow for a safe and successful install.


Internal window coverings can be fitted in one of three ways: within the window frame, which provides a neat finish flush with the wall; mounted to the outside on the wall; or ceiling fitted. Factors such as

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Seven days was all it took to sell the signature penthouse at Parkridge Noosa. Ingrid Nelson discovers what is so special about the resort-style development that has seen unprecedented interest from local and interstate buyers.


eautiful one day, perfect the next, it’s no wonder so many of our southern neighbours are flocking to sunny Queensland for a sea change. In fact, recent figures show an almost 20 per cent increase in buyer interest from both Victoria and New South Wales over the past six months. Not surprisingly, the Sunshine Coast and Noosa feature in the top six Australian destinations. And while a life in Noosa was something many people only dreamed about, the current environment has many rethinking what’s important, with worklife balance and a more connected lifestyle becoming top priority. When it comes to lifestyle, it’s hard to imagine a more appealing place to call home than Parkridge Noosa. Encapsulating the very best Noosa has to offer, the resort-style development overlooking Lake Webya appeals to both local and interstate buyers who are seeking peaceful, living close to Noosa's famous beaches. Created by Peregian-based Altum property group, the five-acre development boasts a boutique professional gymnasium and 25m lap pool, convenience store, Fish Parkridge restaurant and expanse of lush grassy parkland, it’s like being on holiday, every day! “Around 85% of the sales within Parkridge Noosa have been taken up by owner-occupiers who are relocating from their family home to enjoy the resort lifestyle we have on offer,” says Parkridge Sales Manager Jeremy Gilmore. “The vast majority of buyers are locals who love living in Noosa, but they don’t

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want to compromise on size or location and still want to be close to local beaches, shops and restaurants, while still having the capability to entertain family and friends.”

signature penthouse, there was still a broad selection of apartments to choose from following the release of the third and final stage of the project.

It’s the reason their most recent release, a stunning penthouse apartment described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ at Parkridge Noosa sold in just seven days.

“The good news is that it’s not too late to purchase at Parkridge Noosa, we still have a very good selection of two and three bedroom apartments along with a number of spacious penthouses for sale. The penthouses are up to 260m2 in size and boast phenomenal views along with exquisite design and quality appointments.

Designed by local architecture firm Blackburne Jackson, the four-bedroom plus study, 3.5 bathroom super penthouse features panoramic views out to the stunning Lake Weyba and hinterland. Features include a built-in fireplace, a second kitchen with a butler’s pantry and a full height wine fridge and bar along with up to seven secure garaged car spaces. Jeremy says he was inundated with enquiry from local and Brisbane buyers following the release of the penthouse to the market and it didn’t take long for a couple from Sunshine Beach to sign a contract and make it their future home. “The couple prefer to remain anonymous, but they both could not be happier with their new home,” he said. “They had chosen another of our apartments but were drawn to the signature penthouse’s single level, abundant size, outstanding outlook and premium fixtures and fittings. “We are thrilled with the sale and if we had more apartments of this size, I am confident that we could sell more but there was just one available which will make this couple very happy for many years to come.” Altum Property Group director Alex Rigby said while it was pleasing to sell the 114

“We are delighted to have sold $9 million in apartments over the past week. We are now at around $170 million in sales since we launched in late 2017 and there’s no sign of slowing down as people make the lifestyle choice to downsize from their family home without compromising on size and quality,” Alex said. Hutchinson Builders have commenced construction of the third and final stage at Parkridge Noosa which has been earmarked for completion in late 2021. “Hutchinson Builders have done a phenomenal job in the construction of apartments within Parkridge, recently winning the Master Builders award for the $5 to $50 million category in the previously completed stage. This is a reflection of the high quality finishes, attention to detail and clever design of this project.”

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26 Wygani Drive North Shore | $3,970,000

17 Seamount Quay Noosa Waters | $3,900,000

153 Shorehaven Drive Noosa Waters | $3,750,000

17 Shorehaven Drive Noosa Waters | $3,085,000

32 Seamount Quay Noosa Waters | $2,790,000

15 Shorehaven Drive 32 Noosa Dunes Court Castaways Beach | $2,575,000 Noosa Waters | $2,476,000

179 Lake Weyba Drive Noosaville | $2,450,000

30 Captains Court Sunrise Beach | $2,300,000

10 Neptune Circuit Noosa Waters | $2,210,379

20 Oasis Drive Noosa Heads | $1,920,000

27 Seacove Court Noosa Waters | $1,427,000

36 Waterside Court Noosa Waters | $1,350,000

24 Hilton Terrace Tewantin | $1,300,000

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76 Grasstree Road Eumundi | $1,230,000

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$1,260,000 109 Sales 13.6%


$1,120,000 146 Sales 10%


$653,000 195 Sales 12.2%

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$914,000 64 Sales 10.4%

$1,480,000 75 Sales 35.2%

$1,140,000 68 Sales 18.9%

$984,000 82 Sales 8.2%

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Market Summary As we move into the second half of 2020, the initial impact of COVID19 has subsided within the Noosa property market. The prestige end of the Noosa market is bucking the national trend with a number of strong results on the beach and waterfront as high net wealth individuals seek out some of Noosa’s best property on and off the market. There are a number of factors at play that are culminating in strong demand for well-presented property. Firstly, stock levels are typically low when there is a level of uncertainty, that was evident in the last major market disruption in 2007, couple that with the ongoing trend of tighter market conditions and we now have historically low levels on offer to the market. Secondly, there is an increasing number of retiree ‘treechange’ and ‘sea-changers’ pulling forward their plans to make the migration north to Noosa.

Many of our interstate buyers have cancelled all international travel plans and are now looking to make major geographical moves away from densely urbanised areas to warmer, more idyllic sub-tropical climates. Noosa races straight to the top of the list. International travel plans are all on hold and it looks like they will be for some time so there are new eyes on Noosa especially in the prestige and super prestige end of the market. I think that the number of private jets arriving at the sunshine coast airport will increase dramatically over the balance of the year as super yachts in the Mediterranean lay idle. Noosa has weathered the health crisis better than most with indications of green shoots of activity as businesses, home buyers and households start to see a path forward and confidence and activity slowly begin to grow across the local economy.

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Pete Goodlet discovers the quiet achievers creating a peaceful and prolific garden sanctuary – for you and your neighbours.


ardens are our sanctuary, a patch of green that gives us a buffer from the toils and foibles of the outside world. A little time spent in your organic oasis, releases feel-good endorphins. That said, the more help you can get in your patch of paradise the better. Bring on the quiet achievers! Earthworms are the little snub-nosed heroes of the garden. They aerate the soil as they chew their way through organic matter, leaving castings rich in potassium, nitrogen, magnesium and phosphorous. Their tunnelling increases root penetration and water holding capacity. Reward these little workers with lots of mulch and keep the soil moist and they will make your soil rich and your plants happy. Scatter leafy kitchen waste under the mulch and they will almost sing with joy. A worm farm kept in a cool shady spot will keep kitchen waste out of landfill and provide nutrient-rich worm tea to use as fertilizer. Some quiet achievers get around en masse, a handful of dirt will hold many millions of manic, microbe minions (try saying that after a few G&Ts!). These tiny soldiers convert organic matter into minerals and fertilisers easily accessed by your plants. Spoil these beauties with lashings of compost, mulch and water. Mulch is a multi-faceted material that not only looks good, it smothers weeds and their seeds and keeps the moisture in the soil. A good 50mm layer of mulch will regulate the soil temperature; provide food and homes for worms and microbes; and keep harsh sun and heavy rains from


stripping soil nutrients. After laying mulch, spray the area with a mix of seaweed and fish emulsion to create a layer of active microberich material that will feed your plants as it breaks down. Pebbles and gravel offer protection and look stunning. White pebbles have the added benefit of bouncing light to give a lift to shady areas. So, get your rocks on! Keeping all these handy helpers happy is a chore in itself. This is where a wellplanned watering system comes into its own. Not all plants are created equal and this is certainly the case when it comes to watering. Try to keep your plants grouped according to water needs and plan your watering system around this. Timers can be set to suit. Vegetables, especially lush 119

greens may need daily watering while shrubs and trees love a weekly soaking. While we try to drink in moderation, plants thrive on a weekly binge. Water features add peace to a garden and can be as simple as a bowl spilling onto pebbles that hide a hidden reservoir; to an elaborate series of ponds with waterfalls, waterlilies and a family of Koi. A few goldfish in a large stone bowl is a simple way of bringing more friends into your life. In turn they will polish off the mosquito larvae as they quietly add a touch of Zen. Get the professionals in to ensure a leak-free and well-planned aqua addition. I can’t talk about the quiet achievers of the garden without mentioning Stuart and his team from Earth Creation Landscapes who have switched many of their maintenance and construction tools to rechargeable battery-operated units. Gone are the noisy blowers, trimmers and tools that torture the work-from-homers; shift workers and the daytime nappers. Now you can have the visual delight of a strapping gardener, soldiering away in your garden without the distraction of a noisy tool. Keeping you and your neighbours extremely happy! Sit back, relax and raise a glass to your garden’s quiet achievers. Spring 2020



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Pete Goodlet inspires you to create a world of colour, fun and flamboyance to put a spring in your step and make the garden the belle of the ball!


is Spring - a season of colour and frivolity, of racing carnivals and balls. A time to frock up, pop on some bold lippy and splash on some Chanel No 5. Colour, fragrance and a sense of fun define Spring and while there might not be many carnivals and balls, why not make your garden the belle of the ball? The beautiful blue skies of spring in Noosa give us the opportunity to be as lavish with colour as our heart desires. The deep green of many of our lush tropical plants makes the perfect backdrop for splashes of colour. Drape your garden with jewels and precious gems and you will be rewarded with many admiring glances and a full dance card. Pots of colour are a fabulous way to add instant impact to your garden. Not only do their colourful foliage and flowers bring an instant lift, the choice of decorative pots available, let you decorate in your own choice of style. Go flamboyant with brightly glazed pots in a myriad of colours. Go retro with pots on metal stands or mix it up with an eclectic blend of new and recycled containers. Geraniums, a particular favourite with Sarah from Doonan Valley Garden Centre work very well in simple pots bringing back memories of her grandmother’s garden.

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Pots of colour are a fabulous way to add instant impact to your garden. Not only do their colourful foliage and flowers bring an instant lift, the choice of decorative pots available let you decorate in your own choice of style. Stands or pedestals are what we in the trade (or maybe just this designer) call the high heels of the garden. They lengthen your limbs and heighten your allure. Grouping your pots in a variety of heights adds spice and variety. Speaking of spice, chillies, bay trees and herbs can also be mixed amongst the colour to add some fresh delight to your culinary kitchen. Don’t just stop at the fruits and leaves though, drop some violas or nasturtiums into your salad and watch it come to life. If 120

your whipping up a martini why not top it with a flower, a gin-soaked pansy is a delight on the eyes and the tastebuds. Colour is not just restricted to the pots, planted along the edge of a garden bed flowering plants can work wonders in freshening up an entry or courtyard. Annuals work perfectly when used in this fashion as colour can change with the seasons, or even be themed for a special event. Simon at Manawee Garden Centre has a huge range of potted colour and an


impressive massed display of pansies in a pedestal bowl that are just dying to dance in the spring breeze. Climbing plants in the subtropics are far from shrinking wallflowers and there is little to match the colour of the Bougainvillea or Dipladenias. The Bougainvillea in particular practically screams ‘look at me, I am the belle of the



ball‛. But beware, such vivacity is accompanied with vigorous growth and voracious thorns. Then again what ball is complete without a big blossomy creature full of colour, wit and charm, boldly tossing out the odd, finely-honed barb. Spring is here, embrace it wholeheartedly. Fill your garden with love, colour and joy. Invite your friends around, have a ball and don‛t forget to dance, for ‘tis the season for dancing, colour and fun‛!




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There‛s more to a beautiful bunch of flowers than petals and leaves, as Ingrid Nelson discovers.


appiness is to hold flowers in both hands. It‛s an old Japanese proverb that florist Lyndy Larsen uses to describe her love of creating beautiful arrangements using flowers, foliage, nuts, sticks and just about anything she can forage from her garden. It‛s also the reason she decided to share her passion with others through her business, The Noosa Flower Box.

“Whether you‛re sick or sad or happy, holding a bunch of flowers instantly makes you feel better,” says Lyndy. “It doesn‛t take much to take a few blooms from your garden and put them together to give them to someone. You may not have spent any money but the sentiment is there and it makes you feel good too.” After many years in the corporate world, Lyndy swapped her computer for garden tools to follow her long-held dream of becoming a florist and she has never been happier. “I had a full-on corporate job and I got to the point where I was totally burnt out,” she said. “I have always loved being creative and I love flowers, so becoming a florist just made sense.” The IN Noosa team were lucky to spend an afternoon attending one of Lyndy‛s workshops, where we discovered all the tips and tricks of the trade when it comes IN Noosa Magazine

It doesn’t take much to take a few blooms from your garden and put them together to give them to someone. You may not have spent any money but the sentiment is there and it makes you feel good too.


Running small intimate workshops from her home studio at her picturesque acreage property in Doonan, Lyndy demonstrates how you can utilise nature‛s beauty to brighten someone‛s day or simply create bespoke floral arrangements for your home or office.

to caring for flowers, as well as how to create our own unique and stunning floral arrangement.

create the perfect dome shape. Just make sure you don‛t forget the all-important Lyndy bob while you are doing it!

From how to choose your flowers and foliage, to how to clean your stems and the right way to cut your ends, Lyndy‛s colourful presentation is all part of the fun. You’ll even learn the art of straussing – the technique of adding and turning your flowers in the same direction to

Each attendee is provided with an assortment of foliage and flowers as well as all the tools required to achieve a professional result.


After a fun-filled demonstration by Lyndy, made even more entertaining by her quirky manner and endearing New

IN THE GARDEN LYNDY’S TOPS TIPS ON CARING FOR YOUR FLOWERS • Clean your stems of foliage that will be below the water line • Cut your ends on an angle • Keep flowers out of direct sunlight • Keep your water clean • NEVER use floral foam green sponge like material to hold flowers in place,” says Lyndy. “It‛s micro-plastic and nonbiodegradable and has a devastating effect on our environment,” she said. “There are lots of alternatives you can use such as florist‛s wire, stones or shells.” Workshops are held regularly or you can arrange a private workshop with friends to celebrate a special occasion.

Zealand lilt, it was time to make magic happen and create our own floral masterpieces, which we then got to take home and enjoy. I‛m happy to report they are all still alive one week later. Passionate about doing her bit for the environment, we also got an insight into

sustainable floristy and some of the materials to avoid as well as alternatives to create beautiful arrangements without damaging our precious ecosystem. “If you take one thing away from this workshop it’s to avoid using or buying an arrangement with floral foam, that‛s the

While the IN Noosa team enjoyed a cheeky rosé and a cheese platter during our workshop (it was Friday after all), Lyndy can arrange catering to suit your needs and budget. The workshop was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, filled with lots of laughs. It was the perfect end to a busy week and a great excuse for our team to stop and smell the roses (literally!).


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Pete Goodlet provides a preamble to the Sculpture on the Edge event which will delight art, garden and food lovers of all calibre.


rtists are often considered to live on the edge of society. As an artist friend once quipped “if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!” The aptly named Sculpture on the Edge brings the work and the sculptors out of their creative spaces into a well curated, Asian-inspired paradise. Sculpture on the Edge at Spicers Tamarind Retreat is an amazing opportunity to see the work of some of Queensland’s best-known sculptors in an inspirational parkland setting. Wander through the beautiful 18 acres of landscaped gardens and admire the works of more than thirty sculptors who have created unique pieces for the region’s premier outdoor sculpture event. A perfect start to such a prestigious event is the Twilight Viewing on 31 October. This ticketed event is an excellent chance to mingle with the artists, enjoy live music and drinks while partaking in an Asian-inspired, feast from the Tamarind Restaurant. The twilight event will culminate in an awards ceremony as the judges’ decision IN Noosa Magazine

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Noosa artist Yanni van Zijl took out the $5000 first prize in 2019 for her work Anew, a mystical piece representing a young forest seedling emerging into life; a nod to nature’s ability to regenerate after trauma. The surface of moss was its own living entity and continued to grow creating a true, living sculpture.

Now in its tenth year it has proved to be a popular event and draws visitors from across the state. The setting in itself is a drawcard, but the added opportunity to see the works of such renowned artists makes it unforgettable and unmissable.

Yanni’s entry into the 2020 Sculpture on the Edge sounds equally intriguing, but as I was sworn to secrecy you will just have to go and see it for yourself! The chance to exhibit in such a beautiful space is valued by Yanni and the other sculptors as the work can be viewed, as it was intended, amongst nature. Other local sculptors to be featured at the exhibition are Miles Allen, Sophie Blake and Laura Vecmane Bartlett, all of whom took home awards in 2019. Sculpture on the Edge is an initiative of Arts Connect Inc and is backed by Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Sunshine Coast Council 124

To make the most of your visit, save some time to enjoy one of the many dining options provided by The Tamarind. Led by Head Chef Dean Jarret and awarded One Chef Hat in the 2020 National Good Food Guide, the restaurant has gained an enviable reputation for fine Asian cuisine. During Sculpture on the Edge visitors can choose between an array of dining options including Scones on the Deck; a gourmet picnic hamper, complete with rug and fine food for two; a sculptors lunch pack; or take the opportunity to dine a la carte in the award-winning restaurant (bookings essential!). Whatever option you chose you are bound to enjoy the freshness of the local


Belinda Stanton - Happy Gathering

Miles Allen - The Tall Trees Project

THE DETAILS Date: 31 October – 15 November 2020 Open Daily: 9am to 4pm (admission is free) Venue: Spicers Tamarind Retreat 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny Opening Night and Sculpture Awards Twilight Event: 31 October, 3.30pm to 6pm including food, drink on arrival and award presentation: $55 Tickets and more information: ALL SCULPTURES ARE FOR SALE For food bookings contact: The Tamarind Spicers on 1300 311429.

Sophy Blake - Magpies produce and the sweet, sour and spicy flavours of Tamarind as the perfect accompaniment. Live on the edge and enjoy a sculptural journey in a landscaped paradise. You might just get to chat to one the sculptors or find a piece that is perfect for your own garden oasis.

Yanni van Zijl - Sculpture




ON THE EDGE 31 October - 15 November 2020

Hosted within the picturesque 18-acre natural surrounds of the Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny. This free outdoor sculpture exhibition attracts renowned artists from all around Australia and is open to the public for 2 weeks. To Book your Tickets to the Opening and Sculpture Awards Twilight Event at Spicers Tamarind go to Proudly presented by Arts Connect Inc. Hosted by Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Proudly Supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program and generous sponsors.


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In just five years, Noosa Open Studio has grown to be Australia’s second largest art trail and this year’s event is shaping up to be brighter, bigger and more engaging than ever, as Deb Caruso discovers.

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ith almost 100 local artists, galleries and artisans over five amazing trails, Noosa Open Studios has firmly cemented its place as the region’s largest studio tour – and the second largest in Australia. Offering an immersive experience for art-lovers, afficionados and the curious, Noosa Open Studios sees artists dust down their workspaces and throw open the doors to their private studios, the inner sanctum where the magic happens. Local galleries and art hubs are also joining in on the action with special exhibitions and programs planned for the ten-day event. Now in its fifth year, the determined and talented volunteers at Noosa Open Studios have been overwhelmed with the response from artists wanting to participate in the annual celebration of their craft and have curated a program full of inspiring, engaging and informative studio visits, workshop opportunities and special events. Artist talks, workshops or simply watching an artist in action in their native IN Noosa Magazine

Dinah Wakefield environment will allow visitors to learn about the creative processes, discover new work and perhaps even create their own art or purchase an investment piece.

three galleries; Trail Two covers the Beach

The free event is a choose-your-ownadventure style of journey with five geographic art trails covering ceramicists to sculptors, knife artisans to illustrators; furniture makers, mixed media artists, printmakers, photographers, painters; and those working with glass, metal, mosaics, textiles, wood and more.

25 artists and two galleries; Trail Four

Start your trip at the historic and recently-refurbished Wallace House in Noosaville, where you can collect your Noosa Open Studios Guide and view an exhibition showing one example piece from every artist on the trail. The wonderful volunteers at Wallace House can provide you with refreshments and advise you on your tailored road trip.

two novel fundraising events starting with

There are five trails to be explored over the two weekends: Trail One is Noosa, covering Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Tewantin and Cooroibah with 25 artists and 126

areas from Peregian to Sunshine with 21 artists and one gallery; Trail Three covers Tinbeerwah to Eumundi with in Cooroy offers 13 artists and 3 galleries to be discovered; while Trail Five in Pomona has three artists and two galleries. Along the routes are fantastic food choices, cafes and coffee roasters, craft breweries and distilleries to satisfy the soul. The enterprising committee have created a Deck Chairs on the Green that will see 30 Blue Gum deck chairs handmade by Cooroora Woodworkers and adorned with canvases painted by selected artists go up for auction in the stunning surrounds of the Noosa Botanic Gardens. Soirée at Moon Mountain will be an immersive afternoon of all thing artistic. Noosa Open Studios: 9-11 October; 16-18 October and other days as noted in the official program.


Art by Brooks on one of the canvas chairs that will be up for auction


DECK CHAIRS ON THE GREEN Date: Saturday 3 October, 12 noon-3pm Place: Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake MacDonald Drive Free Entry, no booking required BYO picnic and wander the stunning Noosa Botanic Gardens; peruse the 30 bespoke deck chairs handmade by the Cooroora Woodworkers and featuring stunning canvases painted by local artists in the Amphitheatre from 12noon before a live auction at 2.30pm. Live music by Lee Hardisty, spring blooms and a handcrafted and painted canvas deck chair that you could take home! What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

Moon Mountain

SOIRÉE AT MOON MOUNTAIN Date: Saturday 10 October, 4pm-6pm Place: Moon Mountain Tickets: $75 (NOS members $65); including live music, Slow Food Flavours of Noosa picnic box; drink on arrival; guest speakers and more. A Soirée at Moon Mountain will celebrate music, art, design, wearable art, slow food, craft wines and beverages. Wander through the stunning grounds that host carefully curated sculptures and meet guest artist-in-residence Nick Warfield who will unveil his new work “The Two Sides of Bob Hawke”. Live music and a talk on “The Importance of Art” by guest speaker Bill Hauritz from Woodford Folk Festival will keep you entertained. Guests will receive a specially-created Slow Food picnic box featuring the flavours of Noosa and a drink on arrival. A cash bar featuring local craft beer, gin and more will also be available. Bookings and Information:


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Helen Peel is a successful artist who is known for her sense of colour and dedication to her craft. Her life‛s canvas though, is painted with heartache, challenges and finding the strength to move forward as Edwina Cattanach discovers.


elen Peel first discovered her passion for art whilst in secondary school, her pencil was her main tool and many sketches which she still has, were her works. From an early age she had an unstoppable need to pick up a pencil or a paintbrush and express how she saw the world - a world rich with colour and radiant light. During some of her difficult times, Helen said she would sketch at night as a way of quietening her mind. As a young and married 20-year-old, Helen first began experimenting with what has become her lifelong passion, working with colour. Without knowing that her destiny of becoming a contemporary Australian artist was in her future, Helen started her work life as a hairdresser, initially to fund her desire to study a Fine Arts degree. With a home renovation underway and long hours devoted to the hair salon that she now owned, Helen’s drawing and painting took a back seat as she worked to support her then-husband’s desire to attend university. Then tragedy struck with the loss of a child and was then diagnosed with bowel cancer. Not long after, she received a ‘goodbye’ letter from her husband and with his departure came financial difficulties. Not one to give up, Helen worked five jobs to survive and fought like a warrior to

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seven years of hard work, Helen was in a position to buy her own property. The house gave Helen yet another creative outlet and with her renovation and interior design skills she won an award for the ‘Best House in Australia and New Zealand’ and was inspired to study interior decorating.

overcome her health concerns; the loss of her son and her marriage and to be financially secure. “I knew I had to sink or swim,” she said. “My only choice was to swim and find the strength that comes from within.” Helen attributes her strength to her late father, Murray Mckenzie a well-known Geelong football player who was one of thirteen children and a war veteran who recognised through his own trauma the need to be strong and carry on. Her determination paid off and after


Now in her late twenties, Helen headed off to Tate Modern Gallery in London to view works of her idol, Joseph Turner, an English Romantic landscape painter. This venture then took Helen to Florence where she would sketch the days away in between gallery visits. It was here that she discovered her strength in portraiture and village scenes from the people and places she saw throughout Europe, a common theme in her work today. While in Florence, a skeptical Helen was encouraged to see a clairvoyant. “She seemed attuned to my past and told me to learn as much as I could about Rembrandt. When she said ‘you Helen Peel are going to be a great artist’ I was surprised and delighted.” Skeptic or not, these words have rung true, although Helen wasn’t finished with


It‛s an old renaissance technique, where you paint the background colour and start rubbing back. hairdressing as several years later, Helen was invited to join the Australian Hairdressing team at the World Hair Competition in Las Vegas. The team came 16th in the world and on their return, the Loreal team were involved in setting up hair and product salons at the Trump Towers in New York City. “Gold, everything and I mean everything, was gold,” Helen recalls. For Helen, colouring hair provided excitement and gave this budding yet unknown artist her creative outlet. Never to sit and be satisfied, Helen took this creative flare into fashion and went on to launch her own personal styling business, helping men and women find their best colour palette to suit their skin and lifestyle.

in exquisitely delicate brushwork and luminous, vibrant colours.

works now hanging in private collections, both in Australia and overseas.

On each canvas she lays the foundation of a pencil drawing, likening her technique to building a house; layering for perspective and depth that leads to works of detailed architecture, vivid florals and luxurious fabrics, all conjured with a variety of brushes, palette knife or rags.

Whilst work commitments kept her from using her artistic talent as little more than a hobby, Helen was always drawn to colour, dabbling in different techniques and subjects, including sculpture, life drawing, pottery and oil painting.

“It’s an old renaissance technique, where you paint the background colour and start rubbing back,” Helen explains.

More than 50 years ago she sold her first piece of artwork to buyers who Helen still considers to be two of her very closest friends. The artwork still hangs in their lounge room; Helen is now happily married to David whom she met 24 years ago and feels blessed to have her soul mate and art, both bringing colour to her world.

On retiring to Noosa, Helen travelled extensively and found the time for her passion to paint. Working exclusively with oils, Helen is an accomplished realist, bringing stories to life with light, shade and movement,

Helen’s love of portraiture reveals a talent for expressing a light in the eyes; a life in the lines, as each canvas conveys true character. But it is her use of the difficult rub-off technique that shows her intimate knowledge of light and detail. Already in private collections throughout Australia and regarded as a contemporary artist, Helen had her first solo exhibition in 2010 with many of her

Discover more of Helen’s work at www.; visit Helen in her studio at 31 Shorehaven Drive Noosa Waters as part of Noosa Open Studios 9-11 and 17-18 October from 10am-4pm. Want more? Listen to Conversations in Noosa podcast for the full interview with Helen on all good podcast channels.

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Amanda Brooks’ work on large canvases are vibrant and textured using a combination of acrylics, ink washes and oils creating layer upon layer reflecting her love of nature, music and the coast. 68 Regency Rd, Doonan Phone 0417 071 336


Fiona Groom began painting in the early 2000’s. She has facilitated group exhibitions, art projects, painting workshops, art group tutoring, Artisan Markets. 25 Wattlebird Dr, Doonan Phone 00417 447 811 IN Noosa Magazine



Wheel work, hand building or your own self directed projects, the Butter Factory Pottery Studio is for you.

Dinah’s art is inspired by the light, the colours and the natural beauty of the Noosa region of Australia. Dinah’s paintings are enjoyed all over the world.

11A Maple St, Cooroy

42 Lorilet St, Peregian Beach

Phone 5442 6665

HELEN PEEL 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. 31 Shorehaven Dr, Noosa Waters Phone 0411 511 533 130

Phone 0419 491 323


Painter | Photographer | Printmaker Mixed Media Artist Specialising in Statement Pieces. Bold and colourful abstract works in oil and acrylics are painted from memory. 16 Headland Dr, Noosaville Phone 0439 375 980



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


Kerry is an eclectic intuitive artist who is also well known for her trademark sculptures ‘Mortal Portals’. Creating Joy through art is one of her mantras. 135 Lone Hand Rd, Eumundi Phone 0409 123 098


Kevin has been a designer and master craftsmen boatbuilder of high powered boats that have a reputation throughout Australia. With 50 years experience he has transfered that creativity into sculpture. 4 Production St, Noosaville Phone 0428 512 556

Image: Sam Leach, All The Pleasures Prove, 2019, oil on linen, diptych, 180 x 240cm x 2


Linda’s ability to paint is in the family blood that emerged when she moved from Singapore to Australia. Painting in any medium, the subjects mostly based on her travel all over the world. 10 Forest Ridge Dr, Doonan Phone 0408 482 411 lindaevans4667

MITCHELL ENGLISH A lifelong surfer, Mitch’s sensibility is undeniably Australian. His work is held in both public and private collections worldwide. 4/4 Project Ave, Noosaville Phone 0431 940 499

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



Trish’s passion for travel, colour and the sea clearly influences her works. Capturing spontaneous images, locally, nationally and internationally and uses an expansive array of subject matter.

Trevor’s energetic, contemporary Australian Outback paintings are collected around the country. He paints quick studies en plein air and completes them in his picturesque Studio.

24 Cloudsley St, Noosaville Phone 0418 758 210 patriciasheppardartist

27 Musa Vale Rd, Cooroy Phone 0458 038 978

3/2 Emerald St, Cooroy Phone 5447 6155 thearthubcooroy



Regular exhibitions are held at the ‘Art & Sculpture Gallery’ to showcase artists’ works of art. Art lovers have the opportunity to win a prize donated by the exhibiting Artists.

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There’s something uniquely special in the experience of the handmade, as Michael Brennan discovers.


n a time when we can trudge through a shopping centre in almost any suburb across the country and be provided with a virtual copy of the same suite of franchised retail outlets, featuring the same offering of mass-produced homewares and lifestyle accessories, the opportunity to connect with an artist through an object they have made with their own hands – bearing the marks of their labour and the subtle variations borne of individual attention – should always be encouraged and embraced.

Rowley Drysdale is one of those makers. A ceramic artist with some 40 years’ experience, Drysdale has spent the last couple of decades toiling away at Quixotica Art Space, the personal creative sanctuary he’s built in the Noosa Hinterland. Centred on a series of hand-built wood fire kilns which he has continued to feed with timber and clay, Drysdale has forged a career as one of the foremost ceramic artists in the country. The elegance of the vessels he shapes are accentuated by glazes which trace a delicate line between aggregate mastery and poetic chance. Surfaces beg to be touched while patterns dance across their skin in ways that could never be choreographed. The thing about Drysdale’s practice is that it doesn’t end with the pot. The way his vessels sit in a space, rest in relation to one another and cast shadows on the wall extend their presence beyond their form.

Rowley Drysdale, Irridescent tenmoku ovoid orb DETAIL

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If you are lucky enough to be the caretaker of one of these objects, you become intimately aware of their ability to impact the experience of the room they are in. Presented en masse, even the emptiness around them seems charged with stuff. You can’t get this in Kmart.


Coffee pods on the other hand… Beatrice Prost has thousands of them. Also tucked away in the Noosa Hinterland, the French-born multimedia artist has worked extensively with aluminium sheets, tracing organic forms across their photographically infused surfaces with a mechanical carving tool – mining them, you might say, for memories and moods experienced on journeys through the natural environment. But with the use of the material comes a sense of guilt and Prost thinks of her reclamation and laborious assemblage of these discarded single-use aluminium capsules as penance and repentance for the impact her making has on the planet. It’s not entirely clear to me what problem the advent of these tiny disposable containers was meant to solve. I guess our seemingly endless pursuit of convenience ultimately led to their invention, but as with the monotonous and ubiquitous modern day shopping experience, these throw away amenities take away something of the intimate experience and ritual of making and sharing a coffee with another human. Of course for Prost, more significant is the environmental impact and implications of these single-use aluminium receptacles (arguably unnecessary given the almost universal presence of multiple-use metal receptacles in homes across the country and the world, i.e. spoons). Prost perversely confronts us with this

Rowley Drysdale - Iron Blue large orb - pale. Photos: Sarah Therese

Rowley Drysdale, Irridescent tenmoku collared jar.

Above and on previous page: Beatrice Prost, Blanket of Confinement (detail), 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

staggering waste, giving us something fundamentally beautiful in the metaphorical weaving of these bits of rubbish into a blanket of that provides little comfort from our consumption. There’s an enticing tactility to the forms that both Prost and Drysdale give us. While these artists come at creation from opposite ends of the production spectrum, somehow they both arrive at a place that impresses on us the allure of the maker’s mark. Rowley Drysdale: Extracts Beatrice Prost: Penance and Repentance 19 September to 7 November Noosa Regional Gallery 133

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Ancient Euphony, Jandamarra Cadd

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A missed opportunity to celebrate our First Nations artists during her first year as coordinator with the Butter Factory Arts Centre was the catalyst for Alicia Sharples to create a very special event that showcases the wonderful and diverse work of our local Indigenous artists. Ingrid Nelson discovers what’s in store this year.

n my first year here as coordinator, NAIDOC week came and went without being celebrated in our community space and I felt it was a bit of a shame seeing as we see such wonderful art from our First Nations artists,” says Alicia.

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“I set out to change that and last year we received a small grant so we were able to make one of our rooms available for these talented artists.”

tripled the space for our First Nations

Based on the huge success of the pilot program, the team at the Butter Factory Arts Centre (BFAC) were successful in another application for an arts grant through Flying Arts this year and are delighted to be able to dedicate the entire gallery for the exciting event. “The gallery will be brimming with diverse Indigenous art. We have also secured the Kaya Sulc Residency Studio for the artists to create collaborative, large scale projects or unique indigenous art of their choice,” said Alicia. Culminating in a wonderful celebration that coincides with NAIDOC week on IN Noosa Magazine

We Stand Always, is set to be another big success, with a variety of workshops available to the community. “It is a really important exhibition for the Butter Factory. Not only have we artists this year but we have also allowed them to have a much bigger presence. “Last year was a big hit with the artists, it was such a connecting point for them. We also had a lot of sales, so our community was really eager to purchase their work and a lot of it was created by people living here,” says Alicia. Opening the event this year is event ambassador Uncle Paul, a very special man who contracted Polio as a child and now dedicates his life to helping Indigenous people with disabilities. “Some of these people are not artists,” Alicia said. “Uncle Paul teaches them to paint so they can express their story through art. We sold almost half of those works last year so it was a really strong 134

outcome for these people who are often marginalised,” says Alicia. Also returning this year as an ambassador is Dr Jandamarra Cadd. Both he and Uncle Paul are established First Nations artists in their own right who reside in Noosa and are connected to the Elders here. “It’s about trying to break down the barriers and living and celebrating in this wonderful country together,” says Jandamarra. “A lot of my art features Indigenous and non First Nations people walking hand in hand, all in very organic situations. “As a society and as a people we are different but we are all the same. We want to live with purpose and freedom.” Some of the highlights of this year’s event include children’s workshops, a Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony, performances by the Gubbi Gubbi tribe, storytelling and much more. Make sure you get along to BFAC to check out all the action from 14 November.




Spring has sprung, so it’s a great time to get out and about and enjoy what our fabulous local art galleries have on offer. Learn how to crochet, try your hand at upcycling or simply admire the stunning work of emerging and established artists from our creative region. There is something for everyone.

NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY UNTIL 4 OCTOBER LYN MCCREA MEMORIAL DRAWING PRIZE 2020 Noosa Regional Gallery invited contemporary Australian artists to submit works for entry into the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize 2020, dedicated to the memory of the late Lyn McCrea (1944 – 2015); contemporary visual artist, art educator and art collector. This exciting exhibition is viewable exclusively online.

UNTIL 4 OCTOBER DRAW 2020 A contemporary drawing award open to all Year 9 to 12 students living on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie Region, Draw 2020 aims to promote drawing as a fundamental step in arts practice. 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin Ph 5329 6145

COOROY BUTTER FACTORY ARTS CENTRE UNTIL 13 OCTOBER ART AFTER 70 Local and regional artists over the age of 70 will come together to showcase their creativity and express their concept and vision in the art medium of their choosing. It is an opportunity to show the community that the creative journey does not stop with age. Various disciplines will be represented including painting, mixed media, ceramics, glass, photography and fabric art by a range of both established and emerging artists.

UNTIL 14 NOVEMBER HERE WE STAND ALWAYS This year’s First Nations art exhibition offers a larger exhibition for emerging and established First Nations artists residing on Gubbi Gubbi land, culminating in a Gubbi Gubbi celebration during NAIDOC week on Saturday 14 November. All first nations residing on Gubbi Gubbi land are invited to enter and the result will be an exhibition with a diverse representation of the amazing talented First Nations artists we have living on the Coast. 11a Maple Street, Cooroy Ph 5442 6665

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UNTIL 30 NOVEMBER Celebrating 250 years since Sir Joseph Banks landed in Australia and began to draw, list and name the Australian native plants. This online exhibition also contains an overview of this exciting discovery as well as examples of members and friends’ artworks.

Monika Juengling


UNTIL 5 DECEMBER LEARN TO CROCHET An ongoing workshop every Saturday morning with Janelle Turley. Wallace House 1 Wallace Drive, Noosaville Ph 5474 1211

Staffed & stocked by local artisans


UNTIL 13 OCTOBER NOOSA DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL A showcase of extraordinary work by young artists, artisans and designers from Noosa District State High Schools Junior and Senior schools. The exhibition includes fine art, fashion, technical design, and furniture that students either started or finished in lockdown.

THE GREAT UPCYCLING CHALLENGE Pomona Railway Station Gallery and Pomona and District Community House are hosting the 3rd annual Great Up-cycling Challenge throughout November in the Banana Shed, Carriage Room, Lawson Shed and surrounds. 10 Station Street, Pomona Ph 5485 2950 135

10am - 3pm Tuesday to Sunday PH: 07 5442 6665 11A MAPLE ST, COOROY Spring 2020


My heart aches for Victoria The state and not the queen If not for fools and deniers How much better it could have been Old loved ones passing Their family outside the gate No hugs to comfort them Words unsaid, now too late No hand to hold in theirs Nurses grieve for their patients And weep at empty chairs I grieve for Victoria The state and not the queen If not for selfish actions How much better it could have been So bunker down in home Stay safe and stop the spread Be kind to one another And snuggle up in bed I grieve for Victoria The state and not the queen One day this too will pass And loved ones will be seen Pete Goodlet 2020 @boheme.peregian.beach

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– THE GREAT TEACHINGS OF 2020 Paul Bird looks for the teachings that come from the challenge of having to succumb to the powerlessness of having no control.


s someone who has spent considerable professional time and energy advising organisations large and small to plan for the future it seems heretical of me to say: “Ditch the Plans! ” When I say “ditch” I don’t mean stop making plans. I mean drop them from the imagined futurescape which we are absolutely convinced is on our horizon. Part human optimism bias, part mental balm, we seem to believe that most, if not all of our plans are destined to come to fruition. Hard work, sustained focus will deliver. We prefer to gloss over the risks that amay not eventuate as we hope. Plans may materialise, or they may not. Why do we find this so hard to accept? “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” is an accepted business maxim which underpins modern organisational culture. The formulation of the annual Strategic Plan, Action Plans and measures for success had taken on cult-like status for how to operate a forward-looking business and a means of taking control of the destiny of organisations and careers. I have even introduced this planning regime into my marriage resulting in a regular values-based planning workshop (facilitated by me of course…who says I have a control issue?) between me and She-Who-Must-Be-Listened-To-At-AllTimes in order to chart the year ahead. During the Global Financial Crisis Former US Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, popularised the phrase: “Plan beats no plan.” I subscribe to this. People who plan, even if it is a general direction for their business or their lives, and then execute the key elements of the plan seem to be the people who are generally able to mould a satisfying life or business. Visualising outcomes helps in both achieving those goals and in sustaining

the energy and focus required to attain them. Visualisation is also a key technique for enhancing sporting performance. However, I have come to the conclusion that spending an exhaustive component of our mental, intellectual and emotional energy on possible or even probable future states of being is mostly a waste of time. It robs us of the freedom which the present moment offers. In a sense the fantasy future is robbing the Now of its vitality and Nowness. Cue entry stage right: Cold Chisel and Covid-19. A strange combination? Cold Chisel because post-GFC they released an album titled No Plans with the title track revelling in the notion of simply blowing in the breeze; standing on a corner in the sun watching the world go by. It got me thinking. Hammer-bam. Plans flattened. Re-boot, re-plan, ride the wild wave, adapt, cut the anticipation, rest in the Now and what we can control, or at least exert some influence on today: Covid-19 is here.

gentle or violent ways the world which we have made in our image over the course of what we call civilisation. Covid-19 is the great, and uninvited teacher of our times, perhaps of this generation (climate change I hear you say?). It is a teacher in humility – if ever we needed reminding that we are one small element of the infinite, spinning, mysterious cosmos then this is it. The control – of the environment, political structures, our personal lives - which we humans crave has been shown to be the straw man that it always was. It is a teacher in gratitude – for the precious nature of work and career, of good health when we have it; of financial security, a roof over our heads and food on our plate; of human connection and support; of nature and our place in it; of modern science, technology and the systems which we have constructed to protect and keep us safe. It is a teacher of patience and

What did you think was going to happen in 2020? How much mental energy have you wasted on thinking about what was going to happen? Those future states of “happiness” have disappeared on the whirly winds of a virus maelstrom.

acceptance; of letting go of circumstances

We have to acknowledge and accept that the 2020 of 2019 no longer exists!

community of which we are a part; of

The 2020 which we had almost willed ourselves to believe was ours suddenly disintegrated, demonstrating that this universe is not the ordered and managed place which we had convinced ourselves we could calculate and formulate. Many of us have been grieving that lost future because we had over-identified with it.

and of perseverance.

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and events over which we have no control or which we cannot change. It is a teacher of personal empowerment and response with a weather-eye on the safety of our friends, family and the wider taking responsibility for the greater good; It is a teacher of the importance of acclaim – of those on the front lines, our essential workers who have sacrificed much to keep us safe. The question we all need to ask ourselves is: will we take these teachings and use them as catalysts for change? Can you Plan for No Plans? For all its pain and trauma, 2020 is, and can still be, a great teacher. Spring 2020



Noosa Country From the North to the South; East to West, Edwina Cattanach discovers treasures galore for a Noosa Country Drive.


ature, food, culture, walking trails, antiques, farm gates and village life the list is endless. Make it ‘your’ day, decide which direction you want to head, work through some of the things you would like to do and just get in the car and go! THE NORTHERN LOOP weaves from Tewantin, Boreen Point through to Elanda Point, Kin Kin and on to Cooran. An extension of this loop takes you further north to Wolvi where you can visit Cooloola Berries for PYO strawberries or Paella in the Paddock, If you have time, check out Salmon Lookout which is 370m above sea level. On your way from Tewantin heading to Boreen Point is Lake Cootharaba which runs the distance through to Elanda Point. Here you can unwind, hire a kayak and glide over tranquil waters; or wet your line and watch the sailboats whilst having a BBQ. The drive from here to Kin Kin is lush with rainforest, quaint Queenslanders and farm gates well worth the stop for good old country hospitality and delicious local fare at the Kin Kin General Store, home of Black Ant Gourmet. Enjoy a stroll, cycle or horse ride on the Noosa Trail, a dedicated network of eight scenic hinterland recreational trails. Finishing the northern loop is the little town of Cooran, nestled between Mount Pinbarren and Mount Cooran, it’s the perfect end to your day in the country. Stop in for lunch at the Hinterland Restaurant, grab a craft beer at Bonsai Brewery or find treasures from yesteryears at The Vintage Junction. Discover award-winning mead at Amrita Park Meadery and if you have time, don’t miss the breathtaking coastal and hinterland views at the Cooran Tableland Lookout, also called the James McKane Memorial Lookout. THE CENTRAL LOOP also starts at Tewantin, where you can visit Noosa Regional Gallery on the shores of Noosa River, then out to Cooroy via the beautiful

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Noosa Botanic Gardens which runs along Lake Macdonald. There is a myriad of native and exotic plants, sculptures, wildlife and a stunning lakefront Greek-style amphitheatre. Upon entering Cooroy don’t miss Copperhead Brewery, Butter Factory Arts Centre and beautiful boutiques such as Blue Brown Bag and Little Shop of Soul. Head to the historic town of Pomona where the impressive sight of the magnificent Mt Cooroora looks over the town and is known for the King of the Mountain Festival. Pomona is home to the world’s oldest operational silent movie theatre, The Majestic, as well the historic Pomona Railway Station Gallery and Rockin’ Relics Antiques Barn. Satisfy your hunger and thirst with locally-grown food at Pomona Village Kitchen; or enjoy a locally-distilled gin at Pomona Distillery. THE SOUTHERN LOOP takes in leafy Doonan then on to Eumundi, Cooroy and Tinbeerwah. Grab a coffee and soak in the morning sun on the shores of the magnificent Lake Weyba. Continue your drive on to Doonan and on the way stop in and see Peter and Dory at Noosa Red Tomatoes; a local grower of the sweetest tasting tomatoes you have ever tried. Or if you want to take respite from driving book ahead and make an appointment at Ikatan Balinese Day Spa. Set on a private oasis in Doonan, Ikatan Day Spa has been voted four times Best Destination. On to Eumundi, a charming town known for its amazing art galleries, pubs, cafes, boutique shops and the world-famous Original Eumundi Markets every Wednesday and Saturday. No matter what day you visit Eumundi, there is much to see strolling along historic Memorial Drive under the shade of the magnificent memorial fig trees and various art galleries. Eumundi is also home to the Sunshine Coast’s only Bush Tucker café, 138

Deadly Espresso which is run by the SevGen charity that supports indigenous communities and celebrates the culture of the local Gubbi Gubbi tribe. Forget the highway and take the scenic route to Cooroy and the historic Butter Factory Arts Centre with ever-changing exhibitions, workshops and pop-up studios throughout the year. On your way out of Cooroy pick up some supplies for a picnic and head to Lake Macdonald for a relaxed afternoon surrounded by nature. Stroll through the Noosa Botanic Gardens, have a picnic at the lake and watch out for native birds. THE WESTERN LOOP is a vast area from Tewantin through Cooroy, Imbil, Kandanga up to Gympie and back via Traveston and Cooran. Heading west towards the Cooroy State Forest is Imbil, the largest town in the Mary Valley and the gateway to Borumba Dam. Nestled on the banks of the Yabba Creek it provides visitors with beautiful parklands, a variety of shops and services, stylish eateries and weekly markets. Borumba Dam is always buzzing with wildlife and people in their boats pulling skiers. From here you can head to Kandanga and a must do is to stop in at the Kandanga Farm Store, your destination for anything and everything from farm to fork in the Mary Valley. The Mary Valley Scenic Drive is a great introduction to this wonderful region, rewarding drivers with a patchwork landscape of pineapple plantations, grazing cattle, macadamia farms, rainforests and endless rolling hills. Discover the quaint heritage towns of Imbil, Kandanga and Amamoor, and leave plenty of time for a picnic at one of the many scenic outlooks and riverside picnic spots you'll find along the way. Why not plan a full weekend and book into one of the fantastic accommodation options available.













WESTERN LOOP Mary Valley Drive






Toolara State Forest










Kin Kin


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Yurol State Forest Tewantin National Park




Botanic Gardens Lake Macdonald




West Cooroy State Forest







Mt Eerwah






Lake Weyba Noosa National Park








Imbil State Forest





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Parkyn Hut 120 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin

24 Bruce Highway Lake Alford, Gympie

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Sunshine Reefs

Sunshine Beach



















Tewantin National Park


Mt Cooroy

Noosa National Park

Noosa River





Jew Shoal

Noosa Heads

Tewantin National Park
















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




Little Hall’s Reef


Mt Tinbeerwah




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



Hall’s Reef








Yurol State Forest

Teewah Coloured Sands



Mt Cooroora

Lake Cootharaba





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




Noosa Museum



Tewantin Ringtail National State Ringtail Park Forest State Forest





Mill Point

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Noosa Everglades


Elanda Point


Great Sandy National Park


Mt Pinbarren



Cooloola Sandpatch

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Woondum National Park



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




Mothar Mountain Rock Pools


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



Mt Wolvi


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



Mt Coondoo


Unsealed road WAHPUNGA LA NE

Woondum State Forest

Amamoor State Forest



Lagoon Pocket



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. NO

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







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

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Goomboorian National Park



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.


Rainbow Beach

Tin Can Bay

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






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.

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Hervey Bay











Peregian Beach