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EDAN RAW COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Shooting landscapes is my passion. For me, the ultimate way to capture a landscape is with a panoramic image, so most of my images are panoramas. Living on the Sunshine Coast makes landscape photography pretty easy with the coast and hinterland and the many hidden nooks and crannies so close to one another. So it’s not hard to find motivation to shoot. Over the last three years I have really tried to focus on capturing unique images I’ve not seen of the Coast and I’m pretty happy with what I have been able to achieve. To see more of my work head to ON THE COVER This image is a crop taken from a stitched panorama shot at Ewen Maddock Dam. To capture the range of this scene I had to shoot three exposures of each frame on 1.5s, one at 1/4 of a second and one at 1/20 then merge to create one image. Captured with a Canon 5Dmk3 with a Canon 24-70mm at 60mm at F19.

Where is your favourite place on the Sunshine Coast? Don’t answer too quickly, but really think about it. Ponder it, if you will. And while you’re doing that, I’ll tell you mine. Actually, I have a few. I like sitting on the bench by my front door, when the evening light has changed and drawn me outside. It’s a rosy orange glow I can’t describe adequately with words. It fills the sky and seems to hover in the very air in which I breathe, and my first thought is to grab a camera to capture it. But I know that’s pointless – no picture I take will do that colour the justice it deserves and besides, it’s not just the sight that makes it so special. It’s a feeling. When for a moment time seems to stop, and the sky is bright and subdued at the same time. Pure magic. Then the sun sinks lower, the light changes and the moment is gone, so I head back inside. Where else do I love? Point Cartwright in the rain. It’s always been my favourite spot on the Coast to take a walk when the weather has driven the day trippers and picnickers and other walkers home.

The botanic gardens and Buderim Forest and Mary Cairncross. These too are on my list. Our pockets of tropical gorgeousness. Happy Valley on a summer’s morning, when those perfect little waves peel into the passage. Now that’s a day at the beach. And here, in the salt office, writing this column. This is a pretty special place to be. Because I get to share it all with you. Those who love the Coast, who know it well, those who’ve seen it grow, and those who are visiting for the first time. With you, dear reader, in this autumn issue of salt, I am letting you in on a secret and sharing with you some of our region’s hidden gems. Some readers will know them well. Some of these places will be your favourites too. But I hope within these pages you’ll discover places and people and things to do you didn’t know before. Enjoy!


We love sharing beautiful images that celebrate our region’s natural beauty on the cover of salt. And now we have even more to celebrate and share as we introduce a new section to showcase photography from the region we are blessed to call home. Head to page 38 to check out ‘Our Backyard’.



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There is something so relaxing about strolling through the lush rainforest at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny. The interpretive centre keeps the kids engaged before we set off on a pademelon hunt and try to see how many different bird calls we can hear.

If the conditions are perfect my husband and I love taking the jet ski over to Maroochydore North Shore with a picnic and a bottle of prosecco. But there is nothing better than chilling out on our deck at home with a good magazine.







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FEATURES 8 HIDDEN GEMS The unsung heroes of the Coast

20 SHIFTING SANDS Dennis Massoud’s incredible life



30 PROFILE Rhys Greedy

32 ROLE MODEL Crucify the Cup

84 MEET THE DESIGNER Sofia Tomkins

106 ARTIST Ben Lucas

110 OFF THE WALL Amanda Brooks


TASTES 42 NOSH NEWS Food, glorious food

46 CULINARY CREATIONS Noosa Waterfront Restaurant



Treat yourself

Fresh and local



High on the hill



Damien Grimes

Cool and cosy



10 Hastings Street

A quick getaway to Spicers

56 SALT CELLAR The best local drops



68 STAPLES 16 SIX SENSES Sensory delights



Touristy treats that locals love



Hidden gems for everyone

Support our region’s stallholders

One couple’s DIY love story




Things to do and see


New pieces for your autumn wardrobe

Vegan weddings with Andy Pether


Galleries you must visit

Turn the page



66 I DO



Stories of Hope

Wedding day treats

Inspiring snaps of our region


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What makes our region so special? There are the obvious things – our beaches, our mountains, our big events. But at salt we think it’s the unexpected, the unexplored or the undiscovered that give the Coast its heart and soul. With this in mind we uncover a few of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden gems – places, towns and activities we think are worth talking about.


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GET TO THE POINT The lighthouse at Point Cartwright is well known and can be seen from Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, down to Kawana and Moffat Beach. But this piece of land is much better close up. On the eastern side is Carties, or Point Cartwright Beach, a popular spot when the surf’s up. Wander around the rocks to the mouth of the river, then head up the grassy slope and check out the lighthouse and water tower. You can spend hours up here chilling out and watching the ocean, and it’s a great vantage point to take in the views of Mooloolaba. You might even spot a whale or a hang glider. Then meander down towards La Balsa Park where the vibe is very different with families and groups enjoying the waterfront picnic spots and fishing in the river.

Photo: Krista Eppelstun


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OUT OF YOUR SHELL Shelly Beach is one of Caloundra’s quieter beaches and has some great rock pools, grassed areas, a small playground, several covered barbecue tables and public toilets – you can spend all day here. Access Shelly Beach by heading down Victoria Terrace and nabbing one of the car spaces there. When you get out you’ll discover a relaxed, uncrowded vibe, even on a warm summer’s day. Set up camp at one of the tables, on the grass or on the sand if the tide is out and search the rock pools for sea creatures. Remember to look but don’t touch any animals you find. North of the picnic area is the beach where you can often spot surfers. It’s not a great beach for swimming (the shore dump can be hazardous) and is not patrolled so take care if you decide to take a dip. If you keep walking you can scramble around the rocks to Moffat Beach, then stroll back over the headland to your picnic blanket.

Photo: Anastasia Kariofyllidis

FIRST THINGS FIRST On any given sunny weekend, Coolum’s main beach is chock-a-block with visitors and locals, sunbathers and swimmers, surfers and those out for a stroll. Head back up to the road and hit the boardwalk south and after 10 minutes you’ll find yourself at the Point Perry lookout. A few more steps south and you’ll come upon First Bay. At the bottom of the stairs you’ll discover a great spot for swimming, surfing or relaxing. It’s just as pretty if not prettier than Coolum’s main beach and a lot quieter. You can spend all day picnicking under the pandanus, exploring the rock pools and taking leisurely dips in the ocean. It’s what a day at the beach is all about.


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A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY Cooroy is a vibrant yet cosy country town about 20 minutes west of Noosa. Head out for the morning to grab a coffee, pick up some pretty homewares and have lunch at one of the restaurants or cafes, of which there is a good selection. Cooroy is home to the Butter Factory Arts Centre, a creative hub that hosts exhibitions and workshops, so check it out to see what’s on. On the way home you can visit the Noosa Botanic Gardens and Lake Macdonald or continue your tour of the hinterland by stopping in at Pomona to the north or Eumundi to the south. Cooroy also comes alive in December when it hosts Christmas in Cooroy, a free event with sack races, food stalls, tug of war, a street parade, fireworks, carols and a visit from Santa.

Photo: Anastasia Kariofyllidis

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TAKE A DIP The first places most holidaymakers head to for a swim are the region’s patrolled beaches, but there are many other places to take a dip on the Coast. Local kids love our aquatic centres. There are pools in Cotton Tree, Caloundra, Kawana, Coolum, Beerwah, Buderim, Eumundi, Nambour, Kings Beach and Palmwoods. The best pools, however, have to be the ones built by nature. Maleny’s Gardners Falls has a swimming hole popular with locals – get in early to beat the crowds. Kondalilla National Park has great bushwalks and the reward for all that exercise can be had in the rock pool. Closer to the Coast, Buderim Forest also features a waterfall and pool where you can dip your toes – or a bit more if we’ve had some rain. The easiest way to get there is the lower entry off Lindsay Road. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland/Larissa Dening

PARK IT A trip to Montville is always worth the drive up the hill, but behind the gorgeous shops and cafes is one of the town’s best spots – Russell Family Park. The park features a wooden band stand, two lakes and easy walking paths to meander along. Kids can run around in the playgrounds and chase each other up and down the rolling hills. Our advice – grab a takeaway coffee or lunch on the main street then head to the park. Or you can bring a picnic – the park has barbecues and shelters. After lunch you can go duck spotting and explore the forest. If you want a duck pond closer to the beach, Alex Headland’s Nelson Park also has great facilities including a covered playground, barbecues and shelters. There is a surprising amount of wildlife in this oasis by the beach, with egrets, ducks, black swans, frogs and dragonflies.


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THROW UP A TENT Even Sunshine Coast locals love to holiday here. On any given weekend you’ll find locals filling holiday units and popping up a tent in the region’s caravan parks. Two favourites? Cotton Tree Holiday Park – you can’t beat that location – and Mudjimba Holiday Park – a great escape in a tranquil spot. There are also the popular Dicky Beach and Coolum Beach holiday parks. For something more casual, there are camping and rest areas around the region where you are allowed to camp overnight. For a real taste of the outdoors we love Coochin Creek camping area in the Beerwah State Forest, Peach Trees in the Jimna State Forest and the three camping areas at Booloumba Creek in Conondale National Park.

Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland/Larissa Dening

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WETLAND WONDER For most visitors, and for residents of other parts of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is all about Hastings Street and Main Beach. But the world-class holiday destination also boasts the Noosa Everglades – a stunningly pristine part of the Great Sandy National Park. The everglades are between Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach – it’s a tropical wetland with an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Many people explore the area by boat, but if you’ve got the time, grab a kayak (or join a kayak tour) and take in the surroundings at a slower pace. Set out from Elanda Point, which is about 30 minutes from Hastings Street. There are camping spots in Cooloola Recreation Area, or try the Boreen Point Campground if you want to stay a little longer.


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THE WHEEL DEAL Bring your skateboard, scooter and BMX – the Coast has plenty of places for all levels of skaters and riders to work on their tricks. The recently upgraded Alexandra Headland Skate Park is an impressive structure with street and transition elements, a six to eight foot bowl, four foot mini bowl, shade, seating and more. You’ll find other popular skate parks in the Caloundra Aquatic Centre, Muller Park in Bli Bli, Roberts Road in Beerwah, Sunshine Beach, Yandina, Palmwoods, Peregian, Coolum, Dicky Beach, Kawana, Landsborough, Nambour and Mudjimba. Phew! BMX riders are also welcome to jump on the skate parks in places such as Alex and Nambour. There are also dedicated BMX tracks in Cooroy, Glenview and Yandina. Head to, go the Beaches and Parks Directory and search for either ‘BMX’ or ‘Skate’.


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SEE TOUCH If you want to make a difference on the Coast in a practical way, get out there and lend a hand. The team at Volunteering Sunshine Coast works with many of the region’s not-for-profit groups and has plenty of volunteer positions across the region. Volunteering Sunshine Coast will match you with an organisation that suits your skills, interests and availability. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, gain work experience, meet new people and have fun. Go to to find out more.


In I, Tonya, a brilliantly constructed biopic written by Steven Rogers, we get the gritty details behind ‘the incident’ involving world champion figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) and her rival Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), when a cruel plan, allegedly conceived by Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), fails to take Kerrigan out of the competition leading into the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. During a scene in which we see Robbie as Harding, wielding a shotgun, chasing her husband through their home, she says directly to camera, “I never did this”. Moments such as this, when the fourth wall is broken to make way for a comical moment, allow us to distance ourselves from the tragedy of the situation and to sympathise with Harding. Robbie delivers a powerful performance, capturing Harding’s nuances and doing much of the skating herself. REVIEW XANTHE COWARD

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SMELL Not all natural deodorants are created equal. We’ve all been there in the interests of doing good by our underarms – we buy a natural crystal or spray or roll-on, only to find they’re just not up to the task. The good news is you don’t have to rush back to the pharmacy or supermarket for those big brands full of nasty chemicals and pore-blacking aluminium. We’ve found a natural deodorant full of beautiful ingredients that reduces armpit bacteria and absorbs sweat while allowing your skin to breathe – all day! The aptly named No Pong is more than up to the job of keeping you smelling as fresh as a daisy. Even on the hottest days this stuff performs. Grab a pot for yourself and one for a friend at Silo Wholefoods, 1 Old Gympie Road, Yandina. 16

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TASTE Starting the new year off with a bang, the local and award-winning catering company Spoon Fed has refreshed and released a new set of menus and dining options. Spoon Fed focuses on providing fresh and locally sourced produce to create top-quality dishes for any event. The boutique catering company is also teaming up with bar service Bottle Fed, which specialises in making and serving cocktails, fine wines and beers. So if you’re hosting an event, get this dynamic duo involved! Jump onto to check out the menus and find out more.


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HEAR The Dennis Sisters have got a lot to say. Their self-titled toe-tapping debut EP offers a deliciously refreshing and original acoustic sound, with clean yet soulful vocals comprising fluid melodies and irresistible harmonies. Themes of friendship, individuality, betrayal, hope, and the simple joys of living and loving abound. Effortlessly soaring and intertwining, the girls’ vocals create entire worlds within each song. This collection of country/folk/pop songs will quickly reach an audience beyond the first loyal fans on the country music circuit. The Dennis Sisters’ musings on love and life are sweet and tough, with broad appeal – who hasn’t felt the range of complex emotions that these girls sing about so simply and poignantly? The Dennis Sisters are paving their own way and it’s only just the beginning of their journey. If you like the pure sounds and stories of the Indigo Girls, The Staves, and Lennon & Maisy, you’ll love discovering the heartfelt, feelgood songs of The Dennis Sisters. REVIEW XANTHE COWARD

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If you’ve taken a stroll down Duporth Avenue recently and noticed some activity at the Lefty’s restaurant site, you might be wondering what’s going on. Kym-Sarah and Aaron Ruttan, the clever duo behind Mooloolaba’s Spice Bar, have been busy with their new project. Kym-Sarah tells salt that the new restaurant, to be called KIKI, will offer the same level of food and service as Spice Bar and will be upmarket, fun and glamorous. They will be offering a modern Australian menu, focussing on bar-style eats with a selection of tasty smaller plates. Watch this space! Kiki will be at 51 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore Map reference N17

A few of us from the salt team recently popped into ELEMENTS AT MONTVILLE for morning tea and we were reminded of just how gorgeous this tearoom really is. If you’re looking for a special place to take your mum or a couple of girlfriends for a high tea with an unbeatable view, you can’t go past Elements. Hens’ days, baby showers, small weddings and other private functions are all welcome, but even if it’s not a special occasion pop in any time – the delicious cakes and treats are home-made on the premises and the team will cater to any dietary issues you have. 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville. 5478 6212 or Map reference K17


“RETOURNEZ-VOUS is a wonderland of mystical glamour.” So says the Mooloolaba ba boutique’s Facebook page, and it’s not wrong. rong. This is an Aladdin’s cave of fabulousness and is the go-to store for those looking for beautiful tiful shoes, race-wear, unusual accessories, one-off ne-off pieces, vintage treasures and party attire. Retournez-Vous sells both new and pre-loved oved clothes, shoes and accessories, but they won’t accept just any old piece – the store is carefully curated and accepts only qualityy pieces they know their customers will love. Even if you’re not off to the races, a costume party or special event, this boutique is definitely worth checking out, but make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to explore. RetournezVous is at Shop 3-4, 23 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba. 5444 7794 or Map reference O17



The salt team is loving the pieces created by local jeweller Kimberley Mather (check out some of her creations in our fashion pages). For budding jewellers, Kimberley also runs JEWELLERY COLLECTIVE, a jewellery school and co-working space. If you’re keen to try your hand at creating your own rings or bangles, this is the place to go. The school runs a range of workshops for beginners or those who’ve had a go at jewellery making before, and if you are really serious, you can join an advanced silversmithing workshop. The teachers are experienced practising jewellers. The Jewellery Collective is at 80 Howard Street, Nambour. 0415 836 311 or Map reference L16 18

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Operating out of a sweet old church in Forest Glen is the wonderful PATCHWORK ANGEL. Pop along to stock up on fabrics and kits, threads, books and magazines for your autumn crafter-noons. Have no idea how to thread a needle? That’s no problem, as the Patchwork Angel hosts regular classes covering a variety of creative subjects that are perfect for beginners. Or you can just head along to work on your own project or join the friendship group to hang out and sew, knit or crochet. The friendly staff and tutors really know their stuff. Happy stitching! 343 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5477 0700 or Map reference M18


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On Saturday June 30 the inaugural HINTERLAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL is on at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi from noon til 8pm. If you love making beer, learning about beer, talking beer and, of course, tasting beer, then save the date for what is sure to be your kind of afternoon. This boutique event will showcase brews crafted by the Sunshine Coast’s top craft beer teams, who’ll be sharing insight into what makes their beers taste so damn fine and how they do it. It goes without saying that seriously good beer requires seriously good food. There’ll be quality food trucks on hand that’ll be sure to put a smile on everyone’s dial. Tap your toes to live music and grooves throughout the venue and laneways all afternoon (followed by a big gig in The Bunker from 8pm), check out the roving street performers and take in the artworks being showcased on the day by some of the ridiculously talented local artists. Oh, and you’ll be pleased to know it’s free entry too! The Imperial Hotel is at 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi. 5442 8811 or Map reference L14

The 4.8 kilometre MALENY TRAIL is an easy walk that winds from Maleny Showgrounds along a rainforest path and through the centre of town, then onto the Maleny Community Precinct, a public access area of rolling green hills and historic attractions like Pattemore House and the 5th Light Horse Regiment Beersheba Museum. If you fancy a short stroll after lunch in town and don’t want to do the whole walk, just wander down to the Riverside Centre at the bottom of Maple Street and follow the boardwalk north along the Obi Obi Creek, until you meet the concrete path, which winds through idyllic meadows with magnificent Moreton Bay figs on the horizon. There’s a platypus viewing area and a special feature is Peace in the Trees, a series of sandstone sculptures dotted along the path to encourage us to contemplate peace and our natural environment. It’s wheelchair accessible and takes about 30 minutes walking at a leisurely pace to reach the end of the path and return to town. Map reference J19

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THREE DECADES AGO, Dennis Massoud drew a line in the sand – both metaphorically and literally – that would change the course of his life. He took his son Luke, who was three at the time, to Noosa’s Tea Tree Bay and they played in the sand, like so many other Sunshine Coast fathers and sons do. Luke instructed his dad to make lions, castles and mermaids and Dennis happily obliged. Then people began to gather around and throw money into the water bucket, and so began his career as The Sandman. Until that point, Dennis had been busy running a photography business with his brother-in-law and was missing out on quality time with his family as he clocked up 12 hour days. It was the sadness he saw in Luke’s eyes one day as he rushed out the door that prompted Dennis to promise him they would spend special time every weekend together, doing whatever Luke wanted to do. This was how Dennis discovered his innate talent for sand sculpting, a vocation that has taken him and his children around the world multiple times. It was while busking on a beach in Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, making between $1000 and $1500 a day, that the longhaired bohemian artist was ‘discovered’ and sent to the US to take part in his first competition. The only participant from the southern hemisphere, it was his first experience with hard compaction sand sculpting and he made a big impression despite being an underdog. After that, his career took off. Between 2000 and 2007, he travelled nine times around the world, riding a wave of success from competitions offering big prize money to lucrative commissions. But it was much earlier than that when Dennis first discovered he had a thing for sand. “My family settled in Noosa in 1900 and pioneered tourism in Noosa,” Dennis says. “They were the first people to drive a vehicle on the North Shore and to do the coloured sand tours just past Teewah. My grandmother trained me to put coloured sand in oyster bottles, making designs like houses and ships and palm trees and I’d sell them at tourist shops. “One of the things I did as a child – it wasn’t very environmentally friendly – was to carve faces in the sand dunes when my father and uncle would take the coloured sand tours. It became a tourist attraction and my uncle, if it wasn’t school holidays, would try and pull me out of school to carve faces into the dunes. That’s when I unconsciously got into sand sculpting, when I was seven.” Dennis’ grandparents migrated to Australia from Lebanon and owned much of Gympie Terrace in Noosaville (Massoud Park and Jetty are named after them). It was an idyllic childhood enriched by pristine natural beauty, strong family ties and famous family friends like Sean Connery and Diane Cilento, who’d visit Noosa to go fishing with Dennis’ dad and uncle. Dennis remembers roaming freely between homes in the family compound that surrounded the main house on Gympie Terrace, a grand 14-bedroom colonial beauty where functions and birthday parties were held and Dennis would sometimes spend the night. “It was like the grand hall and I was surrounded by my cousins,” he says. “We’d all meet at least once a week in the big family home. My grandfather built a cafe next door, which is still in existence today – Maisie’s seafood restaurant – which is the oldest cafe in Noosa. “There were very few families and a permanent population of about 300,” he recalls. “The river was absolutely crystal clear and

near our jetty we had a beautiful white sandy beach. I remember in the ’60s, there was a girl I used to go to primary school with. One night, we laid down on the bitumen on Gympie Terrace in front of the shops just across from the boats to stay warm and we were looking at the stars and fell asleep on the road. Two-and-a-halfhours later, Maureen’s family was worried about her and came and woke us up.” With memories like these, it’s no wonder Dennis became fiercely protective of his little patch of paradise. A staunch environmental activist, he spent 10 years protesting a development proposal to build 20-storey buildings down both sides of Hastings Street in Noosa. He was a founding member of the Noosa National Park Team, which collected 1.5 million signatures opposing the development, and he has been involved with numerous actions to preserve Noosa over the years – some he’s won, some he’s lost. “I’ve had a very short fuse,” he says. “I can be a little short-tempered and not very patient. Sand sculpting has actually taught me patience and taught me don’t ever give up. For me, as an environmental activist, seeing all the changes in Noosa

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that really disturbed me emotionally and mentally and I wasn’t happy with, sand sculpture has helped me let go of these things I can’t change. “If everybody can realise they’ve done their best and let things go that are really annoying them or upsetting them, they’ll really find that inner joy and happiness.” Sand sculpting hasn’t only brought more emotional balance into his life, it has also provided a good income. With event organisers around the world seeking sand sculptures to add the ‘wow’ factor, Dennis says the world’s top sculptors can earn $180,000 a year. There’s just something about sand that reaches a deep place in the human psyche and brings out the child in each of us. “As a sand sculptor, if you’re good at what you do, you could spend the rest of your life just travelling the world from one gig to the next and get paid very well,” he says. “I think people like it because it’s ephemeral. It’s not permanent and it’s so fragile. Anyone can run into it and knock it over and it’s finished. I think it also touches a place in our hearts. Something in people’s subconscious is triggered – that childhood consciousness comes to the surface and for a moment they feel like a child.” Creatively satisfying and lucrative though it can be, sand sculpting is not without its dangers. If a big sculpture collapsed, Dennis could be crushed to death by thousands of tonnes of sand. “A sculpture I created in Denmark was a pair of hands with a mermaid between them,” he says. “The fingers alone weighed SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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250 kilograms so if they fell on me they would have killed me.” While some sculptors use cement to strengthen their pieces, Dennis says he’d never spray something into the air he didn’t want to breathe in, and will only spray casein, a milk protein, if he needs to harden a piece in order to climb it while sculpting. The job has enabled Dennis to raise three children – sons Luke, 33, and Finn, 18, and his daughter, Marley, 13, and support two ex-wives. Around 10 years ago he decided to stop travelling the world to stay close to his family and look after his ailing mother, and nowadays, ventures only as far as Southeast Asia. Still, that’s enough to keep him constantly working, with regular large jobs alternating with smaller projects, like running workshops with kids on Mooloolaba Beach in the holidays. In September last year he was commissioned to build a sand hotel on the Gold Coast with a five-star luxury bedroom, an eight-bed bunk room, bars, sun decks, lounges and a DJ platform to showcase the area in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games. In 2013, he built a life-size replica of a Qantas plane complete with pilot and passengers to promote the airline’s return of flights to the Gold Coast, which was unveiled at Circular Quay in Sydney. He was paid $2500 a day to sculpt Arabian forts for a sheikh in Abu Dhabi and spent three weeks in the Gobi Desert in China as part of a team sculpting 100 replicas of global icons like Mount Rushmore, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Sphinx, the Chinese warriors and the Great Wall of China. “One of the most satisfying moments for me was working on the Louis Braille bicentennial celebrations in 2009,” he says. “We created braille dots [out of sand] a metre in diameter and a metre high. People who were totally blind could actually participate in making these braille dots, which were photographed from a helicopter and read: ‘braille rocks’. To help visually impaired people create something beautiful with their hands was a moving experience for Dennis, but not just because it was wonderful to share his passion for sand sculpting with those who wouldn’t normally get such an opportunity. What makes his achievements all the more remarkable is that he is visually impaired himself. As a child, an accidental acid burn left him completely blind in his right eye. Later, when he was training to be an apprentice carpenter, he copped a tile to his left eye, damaging the retina, though he has maintained partial vision. In 2014, a horrific crash

A young Dennis waits while family friend Sean Connery meets a fan

Sand sculpting has actually taught me patience and taught me don’t ever give up.

with a drunk driver in Noosa left his entire body shattered, and he has spent the past few years undertaking therapy here and overseas to reach a point where he can say he has fully recovered – at least physically. He still carries mental and emotional scars from the pain he has endured in his life, and getting his hands into the sand is like balm on the wounds, a healing practice he can’t imagine living without. “It is a type of meditation,” he says. “It’s something to do with being very tactile. For the first 20 minutes or so you may not be enjoying yourself, but all of a sudden you’ll be lost. The meditation kicks in and you’re at peace.”

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MARCH KENILWORTH CHEESE, WINE & FOOD FEST This annual festival showcases the unique range of fine foods, liqueurs and wines from the Mary Valley. There will be lots of food stalls, gourmet cooking demonstrations, and wine and cheese tastings all day. See Queensland’s only cheese rolling contest, and for the kids, there is the Great Cheester Egg Hunt. when March 31 where Kenilworth Town Park visit

APRIL CATHARTIC Award-winning cabaret artist and producer Catherine Alcorn is bringing her acclaimed show, Cathartic, to the Sunshine Coast. Catherine and her three-piece band sizzle in this cabaret confessional using rearranged 24

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songs by artists as diverse as Blondie and Beyoncé. Cathartic was nominated for best cabaret show at the 2016 Sydney Theatre Critics Awards. when April 5 where Lake Kawana Community Centre visit AUSTRALIAN BODY ART FESTIVAL The bodies are back and this year the theme is Wild Things! If you’ve never been to this festival, 2018 is the year to get along to Cooroy where you’ll see incredibly intricate works by some very talented artists. The festival also features wearable art, photography, street performers, market stalls, music and parades each day with finished artworks. when April 7 and 8 where Mill Place, Cooroy visit

The Noosa Vegan Festival showcases the diversity of the vegan lifestyle with a wide variety of different exhibitors, speakers, performers, celebrity guests and, of course, an abundant selection of delicious food! This unique day is a fun event displaying the latest vegan products, while creating a community atmosphere through music, entertainment and kids’ activities. when April 21 where The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads visit THE NUTCRACKER MOSCOW BALLET Following sell-out performances of Swan Lake in 2017, Moscow Ballet La Classique returns to Australia to present Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece The Nutcracker. This romantic tale with its blend of magic and realism brings to life the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers. You don’t have to be a ballet aficionado to be sure of loving this stunning performance. when April 22 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra visit

MAY GYMPIE GARDEN EXPO Gympie comes alive at this annual festival, which offers fascinating plant displays, informative talks, the popular plant clinic, market stalls, permaculture displays, roving

raffles and one of the state’s largest collection of orchids. Take part by entering the Horticultural Society plant competition or opening your garden to the community. when May 5 and 6 where Gympie Showgrounds, 77 Exhibition Road, Gympie visit MALENY WOOD EXPO Maleny’s beloved Wood Expo is celebrating 21 years, and we are all invited to the party to enjoy three days of clean country family fun. Telling the whole timber story and designed to promote sustainable use of native timbers through the work of regional wood artisans, the expo is recognised as one of the best wood shows in Australia. It’s time to have a great day among the sawdust! when May 5 to 7 where Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny visit SUNSHINE COAST ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL Discover the nooks and crannies of the Sunshine Coast in a way you never expected at this unique festival. Over 18 days experience comedy in alleys, drama in backyards, poetry in bowling clubs, music in basements and much more. Grab the full program from the website when it is launched at the end of March, then grab some friends and start exploring. when May 10 to 27 where various venues around the Coast visit


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SUNSHINE COAST LIGHTNING The region’s favourite sporting team is already at the forefront of elite netball in Australia, winning the Suncorp Super Netball premiership in its inaugural season. The squad has four international representatives plus a mix of athletes from around the country and New Zealand, and the team is looking to create history in 2018 by becoming the first club to win back-to-back championships. Be part of the action this season at the Lightning’s seven home games at USC Stadium. when May 12 to July 28 where USC Stadium, Sippy Downs

JUNE IMMANUEL ARTS FESTIVAL Now in its 38th year, the Immanuel Arts Festival is the Sunshine Coast’s most established arts events. The festival is an opportunity for artists – including students – to showcase their talent and increase their public profile. This year’s feature artists are photographer and digital artist Dasha Riley, sculptor and author Denise Lamby, and painter Farley Cameron. when May 24 to 27 where Immanuel Lutheran College, 126-142 Wises Road, Buderim visit immanuelarts

You didn’t need another excuse to head up to Maleny, but here it is anyway – the 81st annual Maleny Agricultural Show is on in June. Check out farm produce and handicrafts, cake decorating and floral art, the woodchop, horse events and so much more. when June 1 and 2 where Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny visit SUNSHINE COAST AGRICULTURAL SHOW

The hottest music event on the Coast is back! In May, the Big Pineapple Music Festival will transform the lush hills of Woombye into the ultimate party playground, playing host to some of the biggest and best names in Australian music including Violent Soho, Illy, Dune Rats, The Preatures, Allday, Hayden James, Cog and Cub Sport.

The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show presents an exciting program with new attractions and events for the whole family to enjoy. As well as the attractions we have come to know and love (including carnival games and rides, showbags, horse events, ute demonstrations, chainsaw carving, pet expo and a huge range of food stalls), there will be a bigger and better fireworks display, plus more live music performances and busking. The show runs over three huge, fun-filled days.

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Avenue J Jewellery AT THE AGE of 25, Kate Pilcher experienced a quarter-life crisis. She had graduated from university, met the man of her dreams and launched her own magazine. She could see her life mapped out ahead of her – marriage, kids and a mortgage – and it was all feeling a little too predictable. Then her parents, who had always been her rock-solid supporters, separated and it shook her world to its core. The ambitious young career woman called time out on her life, told her boyfriend Steven not to wait for her, and fled to South America to work on a 1000-acre estancia in Patagonia, so remote it was accessible only by horse. “I wanted to completely tap out,” she says. “I worked with the gauchos, learnt Spanish, broke in horses and was in the middle of nowhere and it was really nice. I loved it. I think there was only one day I wasn’t on horseback for those six months. From there I went to Kenya and worked as a back-up horse-riding guide. I learnt Swahili and realised there were all these people coming and wanting horse-riding experiences.” While it was this trip that inspired her business, Globetrotting, the seeds had been sewn years earlier, deep in the heart of a free-spirited young girl riding bareback through her parent’s cotton farm near Dalby. “Dad had racehorses when we were growing up and he was always a horseman,” she says. “Weekends for us were spent riding. We weren’t a horsey family where you go into shows, but more your grassroots people where it gets you into nature and you have picnics beside creeks. We’d ride along and there it was – stitched into our lives from a very young age. My brother and sister and I were plopped on a horse 16 hands high at two years old – there are photos of us looking like pimples on the back of a horse with Cheshire cat grins. It was such a happy place and I had a lot of one-on-one time with my father, who has been a massive influence on my life. “I remember coming home on the school bus, jumping on my horse bareback and meandering down the creek as the sun was going down. My childhood was amazing – just being able to go off independently into the bush and make mistakes without having a parent at arm’s length all the time.” After school, Kate moved to Brisbane to study communications, majoring in photography, and indulged her passion for travel, working in marketing in Edinburgh, travelling to Turkey for Anzac Day with her brother, and then to Kenya with her father, Angus. “The first big trip that really impacted me was when Dad and I went as journalists to Kenya to do a Masai Mara ride,” she says. “It was an explosion of moments – travelling in a Third World country, going to Africa, travelling on horseback and to be entwined in the wildebeest migration, the biggest migration in the world.” Kate and Angus teamed up again when they went into business together. Kate’s parents had sold the family farm and moved to Maleny in 2000. Kate, having cut her teeth as a journalist at The Range News in Maleny, saw an opportunity for a new Sunshine Coast publication that would tell the stories of salt-of-the-earth people. Kate’s love of writing and photography coalesced into salt magazine, which she launched in 2005 at the age of 24. “I loved magazines but I was never into gossipy magazines,” she says. “I really loved the idea of everyday people’s stories – that always fascinated me. I never felt famous people had interesting stories. I was always interested more in people sitting beside me on a bus.” As editor and publisher respectively, Kate and Angus brought salt into being and, against all advice, decided not to feature people on the cover and instead to showcase the stunning Sunshine Coast environment with incredible photography.

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“The cover is one of the strongest points of salt,” she says. “It highlights the region we love so much. No one else has ever done it; it’s just cool.” It was a year after launching the magazine that Kate took her soul-searching journey to South America and Kenya, a trip that was to change the course of her and Steven’s lives. She loved Kenya so much she wanted to show it to him, and they returned with 10 riders from Maleny, thus launching their first Globetrotting trip. “It’s a really special place,” she says. “Not only is the horse riding phenomenal, you can get within spitting distance of a lion or giraffe, but also seeing the Masai is hands-down astounding. You can be sitting around a campfire and you hear this heaving and reticulated singing and they come and dance around a hurricane lamp. The people have nothing and they are the happiest people you will ever see. I find that to be really infectious. It’s something I want to grasp hold of every time I go. The honeycomb plains, the flat-topped acacia trees, storms rolling in in the afternoon – it’s the quintessential Africa you see in the movies. “I thrive on adrenalin and adventure and new things. If a lion was to stalk me or I was to get charged by an elephant, I’ll be there taking photos. It happens all the time – it’s generally the mums protecting the cubs. The elephants are probably scarier than the lions – that’s why we say you’ve got to be able to gallop out of trouble. It’s a calculated risk for me because I can ride a horse. The ocean scares the hell out of me – I wouldn’t go in a boat.” Kate launched Globetrotting in 2009 and ran it alongside salt for a number of years. After she married Steven in 2010 and settled into life on their picturesque Dulong acreage, their daughters Finn and Birdy came along and things really amped up. Realising she wanted more time with her family and to pursue her passions for riding and travel, Kate sold the magazine in December 2015 and focused on building Globetrotting into the successful business it is today, offering horse-riding holidays, safaris and treks to all corners of the globe, including Mongolia, 28

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life is so chaotic and fast. When you’re on a horse, it slows everything down… it resets you again”

Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, Canada and here in Australia. Finn and Birdy share Kate’s love of riding and it’s no wonder – she plonked them both on a horse at a young age, just as she had been. Finn was only seven months old when Kate took her riding through Argentina. “All these other mums shook their heads at me,” she says. “When I was pregnant with Finn, I always said I love to travel and I don’t want that to change. I wanted to take Steven to the estancia where I had that time by myself. Finn was seven months old and strapped on my chest. We rode into the estancia on a full moon and crossed over the river on a gorgeous little grey mare.” While she admits it’s not “all sunshine and lollypops” embarking on such grand adventures with kids in tow, the nature of the family business is riding horses in far-flung locations – Kate test rides every holiday she offers – so the children have to go along for the ride. Kate gave birth to her third child, Poppy Mae, in March and true to her intrepid nature, plans to take the baby on a horse-riding trip from Iceland to Morocco from August to December, which she is guiding along with Steven.


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Kate meets the local wildlife on one of her many horse-riding safaris

Kate’s vibrant energy and joie de vivre is infectious and rubs off on her clients, who say their trips with Globetrotting are life-changing. “My Globetrotters can’t have a quarter-life crisis and go to Kenya and Argentina for six months, but I can give them a snapshot in time – 10 days,” she says. “It keeps them centred. Life is so chaotic and fast. When you’re on a horse, it slows everything down. It fills their cup up for another year. It gets them back into nature, it resets you again. You come home with renewed vigour for your life and renewed clarity, because you’ve had time just to be. “It’s that slower pace, where all your senses are alive; you’ve got the rhythm of your horse, you’re cantering, the dust is flying up from a rider beside you, there’s the smell of the landscape. You feel alive; you’re in the present moment. “You’re connected with an animal and you’re seeing an area from that level. If it’s not the danger of the animals in Africa, it’s rubbing shoulders with the country folk of that area. You get weaved into those horse cultures around the world. It’s really special.” One of Kate’s dreams – and she has many – is to take her children riding in Mongolia. “That’s the best place for them,” she says. “A lot of children ride over there. I just want them to see that world. That’s just going to blow their minds.” She firmly believes in the importance of children seeing their mothers doing something they love in life, and hopes she’s been a good role model in that sense. “With all my career choices or business choices, they’ve always come down to what I love doing and that’s got to be a good thing for them to see. I’m lucky I found my passion early on. People can go through their whole life not having something that lights them up. I’ve been lucky to find what lights me up.”


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HE HAS OVERCOME cancer, started his own not-for-profit, trekked some of the world’s tallest mountains and works as a paramedic saving lives. Oh, and he only just celebrated his 30th birthday. Some might call that a pretty extraordinary life. In fact, some have called the charismatic local a super hero. But he doesn’t see it that way. You only need to meet Rhys Greedy to see that although he is passionate and proud, he is also very humble. Born and raised in Sydney as a middle child, Rhys enjoyed what he calls a “lucky” upbringing with private schooling, a happy family life and annual holidays to Noosa. It was a tradition that prompted a love affair with the Coast and his family’s inevitable move to Pelican Waters in 2003. But as it goes with most tales involving a hero, it wasn’t all smooth sailing and just weeks before his 21st birthday, Rhys discovered he had Hodgkin lymphoma. “My family and friends were pretty devastated,” he says. “But for me, the hardest part was seeing my mum’s reaction in the doctor’s office the day of my initial diagnosis. I am definitely a mamma’s boy, and seeing her so upset was heartbreaking. “A cancer diagnosis immediately comes with a huge amount of vulnerability. That fear of the unknown was really hard, but I simply refused to let it overwhelm me. I continued to live life as normal as possible,” Rhys says. “The way I see it, our body is just a vessel that the mind has an incredible amount of influence over. I’m confident that not allowing my mind to give up played a huge part in me eventually overcoming the battle.” And overcome it he did. But even then he didn’t make it about himself – after five years in remission, he didn’t throw a party or make a big thing of it. Instead, he reached out to Lymphoma Australia, created a campaign to raise awareness and funds for other lymphoma patients and set off on what would become the first of many overseas treks in support of charity. “I took on the Kokoda Trail in PNG, which was an incredible 30

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achievement for me after such a dark time, and a time that I became literally half the man I was,” he says. “After returning home I immediately set out plans for my next two overseas hikes/ climbs so that everything would coincide with my Trek Towards a Cure fundraiser. I raised $14,300 for lymphoma patients and research and I guess it kept going from there.” For Rhys, combining an overseas challenge with a fundraising event became a way to tick things off his own bucket list while doing so for a cause. But he admits he wasn’t always quite so adventurous. “I was a very outdoors kind of kid growing up, but also enjoyed my fair share of computer games and TV. I suppose my adventurous side came out when I enlisted into the Australian Army in 2007 as a rifleman,” Rhys says. “Getting paid to train and enjoy the lifestyle of an infantry soldier came second nature to being the adventurous type I guess. “Younger Rhys was far more cautious and reserved in a lot of ways. I think in recent years with the journey I have been on it has given me a wealth of character and confidence. My life experiences through the military, my cancer diagnosis, fundraising endeavours, and now my career as a paramedic have been huge game changers in my mindset and personal drive to try and make a difference in as many people’s lives as possible.” His latest endeavour, Peak 4 Paramedics, was created in March 2017 after he graduated as a paramedic. It was born from the desire to assist others in the uniform, again coinciding with a strenuous mountain climb. “I teamed up with QAS Legacy, who raise money for the children of paramedics who have sadly passed away while still employed by the service, and set my sights on Mount Mera in Nepal,” he says. “Two of the children being assisted by this scheme lost their father to cancer, which for me was the deciding factor in wanting to jump on board with my own health history. “Over the course of six months last year, $12,000 was raised for


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Most nights we had only three hours sleep in a tent covered with ice and about as comfortable as an Esky.

QAS Legacy, and I took off for Nepal in October to take on my personal challenge for this campaign.” At 6476 metres, Mera Peak is the highest trekkable mountain in the country, and Rhys aimed to be on the summit after 10 days, a feat that normally takes more than 13. “The trek was honestly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” he says. “Most nights we had only three hours sleep in a tent covered with ice and about as comfortable as an Esky.” “Not far from finishing I found out I had developed an onset of second-degree frostbite to my right big toe and a lung infection. Unfortunately, this meant I had to turn back 200 metres elevation short of the summit.” You can see the sadness in Rhys’s face as he continues. “This was devastating for me as it was the first time I had been faced with the reality of coming home and telling people who had invested so much faith into me that I had let them down,” he says. “But at the end of the day the game of mountaineering is determined by the mountains themselves. All of the preparation in the world cannot guarantee you success every time. “The funny thing was, my sherpa wanted me to opt for a chopper evacuation but my stubborn ass took the more painful option of a three-day walk off the mountain,” he says with a laugh. In February, just months after returning from Nepal, Rhys took on a 16-day expedition in Ecuador summiting five consecutive volcanoes, something to tick off his own bucket list and was training for his upcoming charity challenge in June this year. “On June 10, a good friend of mine, Ryan O’Neill, who owns UFIT Australia Gym Caloundra, will join me in an attempt to run the Kokoda Trail in 30 hours,” he says. “This effort is going to coincide with a fundraiser towards the coronary care unit for the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital and it comes with a lot of personal motivation to Ryan, who lost his father to a cardiac arrest in 2016.” It’s just another challenge for the seemingly unstoppable survivor. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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It’s really easy to forget the damage that takeaway coffee cups do to the environment because they’re so integrated into our society

FROM POSTCARD-WORTHY pristine environments to places where pollution has created an ugly mask that covers any natural beauty, Dylan Kuipersmith has seen it all over a lifetime of playing and working on the ocean and travelling the world. The Mountain Creek resident and his partner Kim Olsson are on a mission to change the single-use mentality that has gripped society by changing people’s habits one at a time. Their first target? Takeaway coffee cups. And they have developed an innovative approach to tackling the plague of takeaway coffee cup waste. Rather than simply preaching about the negative environmental impacts, they are giving away free crowdfunded coffees to those who actively change their habits. So, what did you drink your last coffee out of? Chances are, you grabbed one ‘to go’ and took away a single-use coffee cup. But once you are done with it, the cup you used for all of five minutes

could be around for centuries. It’s something most of us often don’t think about. But this is what propels Dylan and Kim and they are concentrating on the Sunshine Coast to bring about lasting change for our local environment. The duo has worked on a number of environmental projects since they met in the Whitsunday Islands six years ago, but their latest, the Crucify the Cup Campaign, has a simple message – now is the time to get rid of takeaway coffee cups. Dylan says they are keen to replicate the coffee giveaway with the continued assistance of crowdfunding and corporate sponsors. But his long-term goal is to see free coffees on offer every weekend at multiple cafes on the Coast. “It is through this method of positive reinforcement that real change can happen,” he says. “It’s really easy to forget the damage that takeaway coffee cups do to the environment because

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they’re so integrated into our society that people don’t even think twice about it. “If we can change the habit of just one person, we are saving multiple single-use coffee cups from ending up in landfill each week, and once more people see them do it, there is a group mentality that the rest will follow. That’s the key and the way to change society and that’s the way we are doing it now.” The idea for the Crucify the Cup Campaign came about as Kim and Dylan were discussing what could be done about the masses of coffee cups that were thrown away at the end of each shift at a Mooloolaba cafe Kim used to work for. It is estimated Australians use one billion disposable coffee cups each year and the ABC’s documentary series War on Waste demonstrated this visually by filling a Melbourne tram car with more than 50,000 takeaway coffee cups and driving it through the city. This is how many cups Australians send to landfill every half hour. “When dining in, some customers would opt for a lidded single-use coffee cup because, in contrast to a reusable mug, the lidded cup would keep their coffees warmer for longer. This is a valid reason, however because single use cups must be abolished, a lidded reusable cup is the solution,” Kim says. “I feel like there are already a lot of cafes on the Coast that are trying to be more environmentally friendly by offering biodegradable cups and straws, but there is no better way than not using them at all. “There are already some people who carry their own reusable cups around with them, but we want it to become more than a 34

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fad; we want it to become the common thing that everyone does.” While you might think takeaway cups, which look as if they are made wholly from paper and cardboard, can be recycled, the vast majority of them have a plastic film lining on the inside that cannot be processed through traditional recycling channels. Therefore, it ends up in landfill. There have been some exciting recent developments, with private enterprises focusing solely on how to recycle the plastic components of the takeaway cups through a specialised process, freeing up the rest of the cup to be recycled through traditional channels. But we are yet to see this become a viable option for coffee aficionados. You don’t have to wait until the next round of the campaign to feel good about reusing a coffee cup, as there are cafes across the Sunshine Coast that already offer BYO cup discounts to those who show the initiative and choose reusable options. The Responsible Cafes website lists 25 cafes from Kings Beach to Coolum Beach that offer discounts ranging from 20 to 50 cents to customers who bring their own cups. While it doesn’t sound like much, if you need a caffeine fix twice a day, 50 cents is a saving of $7 a week and $364 in your pocket each year. Dylan, now 34, has been trying to find the right method to break through the white noise of societal habits and set people free from their wasteful ways since he founded Crowd Clean World at the age of 28. The global campaign encouraged people to spend five minutes picking up rubbish in their local area and share their results on social media. While this attracted a dedicated following, Dylan decided he wanted to focus on the ‘think global, act local’ mentality and created The One Campaign late last year. This focuses on changing one habit at a time with one plastic item that we can easily do without. When combined with Kim’s observations, Crucify the Cup was born. Dylan says he grew up in an average Australian household and his family and friends weren’t ‘eco-warriors’, but he has been involved with the ocean and the environment in some form all of his life.

WHAT A WASTE • Australia’s waste is growing at double the rate of our population, with 52 megatonnes generated a year. • Australia is ranked 42nd in the world for coffee consumption at almost three kilos per person per year. • We throw away one billion takeaway coffee cups nationally, each year. • Australia is ranked fifth highest for generating the most municipal waste in the world. • More than 25 Sunshine Coast cafes offer discounts when you BYO coffee cup. • There are six plastic items the majority of us use every day without thinking twice – plastic bags, plastic toothbrushes, takeaway coffee cups, takeaway Chinese containers, plastic water bottles and plastic straws.


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Growing up surfing, scuba diving and then working on boats, Dylan travelled extensively to more than 30 countries and established his own yacht delivery business in his late 20s. “The combination of age, experience, and a change in mentality all brought it together for me. I didn’t have a lightning bolt moment that changed my perspective forever, it was a gradual change that made me realise I needed to do something about the global waste problem,” he says. “I have seen some horribly dirty places in my travels and seen how bad pollution can get. I will never forget surfing in Sri Lanka, where I was literally paddling through floating plastic and had to jump over a bucket in the whitewash.” Kim, who works at Unique Health Products at Kunda Park, says she began to be more environmentally active when she started working on boats in the Whitsundays. “I would see guests’ water bottles, soft drink and beer cans being caught by the wind and being taken overboard into the ocean. When I then got involved in underwater clean-ups, I’d get the scuba gear on and clean around the jetties and moorings and see how much discarded rubbish and plastics there was in there and how much damage it was causing,” she says. “It was devastating and so scary to see what the sea creatures had to endure and how they were impacted by having so much plastic around, eating it and getting entangled in it.” Kim, who is 30, found a kindred spirit in Dylan and they work together on the many projects that Dylan brings to life. While the lure of free coffee through the Crucify the Cup Campaign ensured The One Campaign got off to a roaring start, Dylan’s next most popular offering, the 3-Shot Tuesday newsletter, is also gathering an increasing following. Dylan says the inspirational free weekly email provides encouragement for readers to incorporate habits, routines and tools that reduce consumption and waste into their lives through three succinct dot points each week. But it has become much more than that, spawning a support network of people who are all consciously trying to make small changes to their consumption habits each week. “It communicates directly to readers that they’re not alone in their journey of reducing their impact on the world,” Dylan says. “It’s a soft reminder for them to keep on track and provides them with inspiration for new things to consider.” Although looking at the enormity of the waste problem we are faced with can be daunting, Dylan says each individual has the power to make more of an impact than they might first think. “You vote when you buy,” he says. “Every time you buy a single-use cup, you are sending a message to the supplier that this has been used and they need to replenish it by making another one. So, if you continually buy takeaway coffee cups, you are voting for more to be made. “If you look at it in this way, can one person make a difference? Absolutely. You already have a vote every time you spend your money, so it’s just a matter of changing the way that you cast it.” To keep updated and find out how you can get a free coffee during the Crucify the Cup campaign, text ‘coffee’ to 0447 206 064 or send a message to You can also make a donation via


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THE BEST OF THE BEST: AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST SURF PHOTOGRAPHERS Nikon & Surfing Australia | Hachette | $40 Nikon and Surfing Australia have been partners for 100 years in the annual Nikon Surf Photo competition. With an eloquent and heartfelt foreword from world champion Stephanie Gilmour, The Best of the Best offers the winning photographs from the past five years, featuring many of the big guns of surfing such as Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina. There are a multitude of surf photography books out in the marketplace, but this one will appeal to anyone in love with the ocean and great photography. Twenty-six photographers are represented here, so there is a great variety of styles, moods, subjects and locations from around the world, including Noosa Heads. Each page-sized photograph is tagged with the date and location and a brief description. There are also brief biographies of each of the featured photographers. I am a non-surfer, but I am in love with the ocean, and I found plenty to enjoy in these pages.

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THE SHEPHERD’S HUT Tim Winton | Penguin Books | $40 Oh, I love to be in the able hands of Tim Winton for another novel! I purposely do not read any promotional material from the publisher, or even the back cover of a new Tim Winton book before I dive in. Tim’s prose immediately grabs my head and my heart and I’m off on a journey with him. Despite my many years as a reader and bookseller, I still cannot work out how he captivates me (and so many others) so completely. The Shepherd’s Hut is the story of Jaxie Clackton, not much more than a boy, but already so experienced in the world of dysfunctional families and domestic abuse. A cataclysmic situation makes Jaxie leave his home in a hurry, and set off on a gruelling journey from his merciless home life into the merciless Australian desert. For those who loved Breath and were looking forward to another surf-related tale, you won’t be disappointed. The expected beauty and skill of Tim’s writing is evident in this novel, which will give you all the exhilaration and entertainment of his past books.

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THE HARPER EFFECT Taryn Bashford | Pan Macmillan | $19 This young adult novel is set on the battlefield of a young girl’s teenage years. I remember these years as being full of angst, indecision and trepidation for the future. I experienced stressful times where I felt I had no identity, I didn’t fit in and the right people didn’t like me, as well as having those dreadful feelings of lovesickness – not waving, drowning! I can’t even envisage navigating those years with a teenage career in professional sport, but this is exactly where Taryn Bashford has set her young adult novel The Harper Effect. Sixteen-year-old Harper Hunter is on the professional tennis circuit, heading for the big time. In one terrible moment her world collapses – her coach ditches her, saying he cannot waste his time on a player who will not commit 100 per cent, she falls in love with her sister’s boyfriend, and she is paired in practice with a moody and unpleasant stranger. Harper’s life is suddenly in a shambles – and it was looking so good! Does she have the ability to claw her way back from the edge of what seems like that abyss? A strong teenage novel set in the world of elite sport, but touching on the many issues affecting all teenagers. 36

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WOMEN IN SPORTS: 50 FEARLESS ATHLETES WHO PLAYED TO WIN Rachel Ignotofsky | Ten Speed Press | $28 Although it favours America, this is a very inspirational collection of short biographies for the aspiring female athlete or sports enthusiast. From household names such as Serena Williams right through to unknowns (by most of us) such as table tennis champion Deng Yaping, skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee or dog musher Susan Butcher, all these women have achieved in their chosen field, and often in maledominated sports. Each double page features a description of the sportswoman, her life, her journey and her achievements, along with bright, attractive illustrations. The many books written to encourage girls to follow their dreams or become trailblazers – such as Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – have almost created a new genre. We’re waiting now for inspirational books of this type for boys!


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BLOGS TO BOOKMARK CJ HENDRY If a picture tells a thousand words, then CJ Hendry is something of a chatterbox. The New York-based artist attended school and university in Brisbane – though she dropped out of her architecture and finance courses to pursue her career in art in 2013. It was a wise decision.

Susanna Tamaro | Bloomsbury | $20 This is a small, delectable fable about a tiger and her search for the true meaning of life. In the stark snow forests of the Siberian taiga, two tiger cubs, a male and a female, are born. Their mother carefully educates them in the necessary skills to survive their hostile environment – what to eat, what to drink, what to fear, and what to expect for their future. This story follows the female tiger cub, who is the more curious of the cubs, questioning the mother’s lessons. A tiger should claim territory as the apex predator, and stay there for its life instilling fear into all other animals. Of course, the biggest lesson is avoid man at all costs – as man has only thoughts of violence toward these creatures. The young tiger gazes toward the sunrise, wondering what lies beyond – she eventually leaves her mother and the safety of the den wandering towards the unknown, contrary to her lessons. Along the way she meets a man who lives alone in the wilderness and begins an unlikely friendship. She meets a few people who love and care for her, but in the end she is a tiger, and a tiger is unable to survive in a human world. This is a lyrical story, interspersed with gorgeous black and white illustrations, of following your dreams, and realising your strengths, weaknesses and ultimately who you are.

THE SQUIZ Too busy to catch up on all the news of the day before work? Then get into The Squiz and sign up for the daily email, Squiz Today. The founders started Squiz Today with their “time-poor, information-hungry girlfriends in mind”. So sign up and stay informed without getting bogged down. GIZMODO Launched way back in 2002, Gizmodo is the place to go to read about the latest in design, technology and science. The local version of the site offers Australian science and entertainment news and localises the best bits from Gizmodo’s US and UK sites. GOODREADS Need a recommendation for a good book? Want to track the books you’ve read and plan to read? Keen to see what your friends are reading? Then jump on to Goodreads, a global site for book lovers.


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Noosa North Shore by Dave Gleeson at Surf Shots,

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Pumicestone Passage by Anastasia Kariofyllidis, anastasia-kariofyllidis. or Insta @anastasiakphotographer

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It’s easy to stick to seafood over Easter (and beyond) at NOOSA BOATHOUSE. Over the Easter long weekend, the waterside restaurant will be offering a special four-course seafood Easter feast for $59 per person, or you can choose from its usual selection of fresh fish or its yummy three-tiered seafood tower. But the restaurant’s shared feast menus are a social way of dining any time of year. The shared plates are great for groups, but also give you an opportunity to try a variety of dishes. Noosa Boathouse’s normal menu is also available over the break and includes favourites such as slow-cooked beef cheek with tamarind dressing, pork belly with red curry sauce and Gympie steaks. 194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5474 2754 or

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Next time you put together a cheese platter make sure you include WOOMBYE CHEESE COMPANY’S award-winning Blackall Gold Washed Rind. The cheese has a mild aroma and taste while it is young but as it gets close to its use-by date it becomes oozy and develops a wonderful aroma and a more robust flavour. Like a brie, it has a smooth and creamy texture. Founded in 2013, this hinterland company is being recognised for its delicious artisan cheeses that are produced using milk collected from small local farms.

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If you’re in Noosa and need a cake for a special occasion, FIONA’S FANCIES is the place to go. Fiona and her team create whole cakes for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions, but the salt team also likes to stop by for a spot of high tea. Grab a girlfriend, your mum or daughter and make sure your tummy is empty because it will be full after a visit to Fiona’s. You can also stop in for lunch, or just pick a piece of cake, a pastry or a couple of cupcakes to take home. If you can’t get to Noosa you can also order your cakes online. 3/37 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. 5473 5317 or


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Hmm, berries H b i – we allll kknow h how h healthy these beauties are. Full of antioxidants, these tiny powerhouses pack a healthful punch. Wrap them in chocolate and it gets even better! That’s why we love NOOSA NATURAL CHOCOLATE CO’S range of chocolates. Made with premium chocolate, you can choose from blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, cranberries, macadamias and coffee beans. Yum! Head to to find your closest stockist.

If you’ve tried and loved NOOSA CLEANSE’S beautiful slow-pressed juices in cafes or stores, here is some good news – Noosa Cleanse will deliver one-, two- or three-day cleanse packs right to your door! Autumn is the perfect time to kick your health into gear and if you’re looking for support to meet your health goals, try these delicious and beneficial cleanses – the perfect way to say goodbye to toxins and hello to wellness. Find out more at

Regular visitors to Eumundi Markets have probably already discovered TEN ACRES artisan bakery, and we hear sourdough lovers can’t get enough of these organic, handcrafted loaves. Ten Acres is a farm in Ninderry that organically grows garlic, citrus and seasonal cut flowers. And now these farmers have branched out into breads. Made from scratch, Ten Acres uses the naturally occurring wild yeasts in its flour to slowly ferment the dough. What you get is an incredibly tasty, healthy and nutritious loaf that contains no added yeast, bread improvers or additives. There are several flavours but our favourites are the raisin, fennel and orange (great on a cheese board) and the 100 per cent spelt – toast doesn’t get any better than that! Ten Acres also makes almond croissants, ginger molasses cookies and other treats. Find Ten Acres every Wednesday at the Original Eumundi Markets or check out the Ten Acres story at

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NOOSA WILL BE the place to be from May 17 to 20 as it hosts the Noosa Food & Wine Festival. The festival features the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and foodies at more than 35 fantastic events throughout the Noosa region. Events will take place at the new Festival Village, under the tipis on Noosa Main Beach, along Hastings Street for the Audi Long Lunch, in signature restaurants and throughout the Noosa hinterland with produce and brewery trails. Head along and see if you can spot George Calombaris, Colin Fassnidge, Miguel Maestre, Adam D’Sylva, Alessandro Pavoni, Christine Manfield, Giovanni Pilu, Matt Sinclair, Kirsten Tibballs or Matt Wilkinson. The all-new all-weather Festival Village will open Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20 and entry to the festival includes a glass of wine by Xanadu Margaret River and a Noosa Food & Wine glass. Drinks from wineries start at $3 for a 50ml taster and $8 for a 150ml glass. The Festival Village is a cashless event so bring your debit card, credit card or phone (with mobile wallet enabled) and get ready to ‘tap & go’. If you are passionate about food, love meeting artisan producers and want to learn some chef’s skills from some of the best, The Courier-Mail Producers Pavilion is the place to be. Meet Australia’s finest boutique producers offering free tastings and products to buy. Producers include Brookies Gin, Caldera Fine Foods, COYO Yoghurt, Goose on the Loose, Kenilworth Dairy, Meredith Dairy, Padre Coffee and Woombye Cheese. 44

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Located in the heart of the Festival Village under the beautiful Sperry Tent, the Pimm’s Garden Party is a stylish space where you can drink Pimm’s and people watch, while the Craft Beer & Cider Corner is the perfect hipster hangout with live music and DJs turning out cool vibes throughout the day. If you want to get hands on, head to the Masterclass Yurt to see some of the visiting chefs and winemakers in an intimate setting. On the main stage, some of Australia’s best chefs will also present cooking demos. To get a taste of Noosa, head to some of the town’s best restaurants before checking out the live music on one of the two stages from early afternoon through to dusk. Bands such as Tijuana Cartel, Koi Boys, Funk N Stuff and The Most will be supplying the tunes. The OpenTable Festival Village VIP Lounge is a Hamptonsthemed lounge where you can meet guest chefs throughout the day. Your ticket will get you four complimentary drinks per day while enjoying an all-day grazing table prepared by the VIP Lounge festival chef. There will be wines by Xanadu Margaret River, along with premium Japanese beer Asahi Super Dry and water by San Pellegrino. There’s also the VIP satellite lounge complete with Chandon Bar close to the main stage to see all the action! For the full program, to find out more and to buy event tickets head to


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Organic autumn fruits fresh for you We’ve always loved VANILLAFOOD for its delicious, healthy fare, but now we’ve discovered even more reasons to appreciate Nilla Tomkins and her team. In an effort to do their part for the environment, the VanillaFood gang recycles, composts and tries to minimise waste by limiting single-use plastics. Clean Coast Collective has provided VanillaFood with its Pacific Gold Straws, which VanillaFood uses in its smoothies. If you’re keen to use these straws at home, you can also pick up a pack of two gold straws and a straw cleaner. Reusable is definitely best, but if you need to take away, VanillaFood does have paper straws on hand that will get you through. 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 0427 466 977 or Instagram @vanillafood

All your organic local seasonal fruit, veg and groceries Bioshop – 0409 177 690 Located at Belmondos Organic Market 59 Rene Street, Noosaville


What happens when a Queensland teenager falls in love with European chocolate? KOKOPOD, that’s what! At just 16 years old on an exchange to Germany, Brigid Woolnough fell for the European way of consuming chocolate. Now Brigid and the KOKOPOD team are satisfying Australian gourmet chocolate lovers. Handcrafted right here on the Coast, KOKOPOD has fans around the nation. KOKOPOD uses Swiss chocolate and locally sourced products to create award-winning treats such as Classic Macnuts, Caramelised Coconut, Raspberry Fever and Leatherwood Honeycomb. Find out where you can get your hands on some at SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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DUCK BREAST, CARROTS AND BABY LEEKS Serves 4 Preparation 2 hours

Ingredients CARROT PUREE 300ml vegetable stock 400g chopped carrots Salt and pepper VEGETABLES 8 heirloom baby carrots 8 baby leeks

DUCK Olive oil 4 duck breasts (around 220g each) Flake salt Black pepper

Method Put vegetable stock in a pot and bring to the boil. Peel and dice the carrots and add to the vegetable stock, and cook until soft. Strain the carrots and blend to create a smooth puree. Season to taste and keep warm until ready to plate. Bring a small pot of water and salt to boil and cook the heirloom carrots and the leeks until soft but with a firm texture. Strain and set apart. In a fry pan over a medium to hot heat, add the olive oil and then the duck breasts, skin down to create a crispy skin. Cook for 4 minutes each side. Season and set on a resting tray for 5 minutes. Using the same fry pan, add the heirloom carrots and the leek to the duck fat to brown. To plate, spread the carrot puree on the bottom of the plate. Cut the duck breasts in half lengthways and plate skin up. Add leeks and heirloom carrots all around the plate.

CHEF’S TIP Let the meat rest before you cut it, so it doesn’t release the blood when you cut and plate. PHILOSOPHY Noosa Waterfront Restaurant combines traditional Italian cuisine with innovation, using the best fresh local ingredients. WINE TO MATCH Ziggurat Tenute Lunelli, Sagrantino di Montefalco, from Umbria. It is a combination of the power of sagrantino and the elegance of sangiovese. The Montefalco Rosso from Tenuta Castelbuono, which is certified as organic, expresses all the charm of a region with an age-old winemaking tradition. Available at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant, 142 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5474 4444 or


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From little things, big things grow WORDS LAHNEE PAVLOVICH

IS THERE ANYTHING better than the intoxicating smell of vine-ripened tomato? As a kid I remember sitting in my grandma’s garden touching the firm red skin, breathing in the earthy scent, a smile on my face. I remember picking the rounded fruits and helping pop them in the salad before sitting down with family to eat on the patio. My grandma was always an incredible gardener. Her flowers flourished and she tended to her crops with ease. I was always in admiration of how beautiful her gardens looked and how incredible they smelt. I remember thinking ‘what could be more


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satisfying than eating the foods you grow yourself?’, wandering around your own garden picking fresh herbs to add zest to a home-cooked meal? Feeling the earth between your fingers, planting the seeds and watching life take form before your eyes, inhaling the fragrant zing of fresh herbs around the house. Herbs you grew. Luckily, as I got older I discovered you don’t need to have a green thumb and a great deal of space to create your own garden bursting with edible goodness. All you really need is a spot with at least six hours of sunshine, a little know how, some good soil and a lot of love.


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CREATE YOUR OWN EDIBLE GARDEN 1. Make sure you invest in some great plant food, soil and fertiliser. Then pick the herbs you want to grow and let the magic begin.


2. No matter what you’re growing, you should probably buy them as seedlings, not seeds, to begin with. Leave the initial growth phase to the professionals. 3. Choose a space with plenty of sunlight, but plant in the cooler part of the day when the sun is low. 4. Dig a hole 1.5 times wider than the plant itself and loosen the soil before pulling out the seedling. 5. Once established, make sure your herbs get roughly an inch of water each week and remember that herbs love well-drained soil. 6. Try to pick only what you need so your herbs stay full of life throughout their growing season. 7. Choose pots or jars based on what you’re growing so there is enough room for the plants’ roots to fully develop. 8. Choose herbs and leafy vegetables that complement each other, and herbs that you use often in the kitchen. 9. You don’t need to keep herbs and vegetables separate; you can plant edibles in with ornamentals or as edging around your existing garden. 10. If you’re a beginner, start with basil!

Autumn on the Sunshine Coast is the perfect time for vegetable planting. If you have a larger garden, plant some tomatoes, capsicums, gourmet baby greens, lettuce, radish, beetroot, silverbeet, beans, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, turnips and broccoli. For herbs, try basil, coriander, fennel, garlic bulbs, lavender, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rocket, sage, rosemary, thyme and winter tarragon. Happy planting!

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE KITCHEN TOOL? A sharp, six-inch rosewood-handle Victorinox chef’s knife. It’s great for so many different jobs. WHAT’S THE INGREDIENT YOU MOST ENJOY WORKING WITH AT THE MOMENT? I am loving Korean food, kimchi, fermented vegetables, gochujang (a sweet, savoury fermented chilli paste). Locally, Sharon from The Greenshed is bringing in some heirloom varieties of salad leaves, vegetables, fruit and micro herbs from her organic farm in Palmwoods. These are products we have never seen, tasted or used before. We get to walk around the farm and pick the product direct from the soil then use these for our weekend specials. If they are popular, Sharon plants more for us and they go on our main menus. WHAT IS THE STRANGEST PLACE YOU HAVE EVER COOKED? In a disused underground war shelter in London for fashion week many years ago.

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Ingredients 2 pouches frozen acai 1 heaped dsp peanut butter Handful frozen banana 50ml coconut water 1 cup granola Selection of fruits (2 sliced strawberries, blueberries, 1 passionfruit, half sliced banana, pineapple) Shredded coconut 52

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Blend together the acai, peanut butter, banana and coconut water until it resembles a thick smoothie consistency. Heap the mixture into a bowl and top with granola and your choice of fruit toppings.


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Ingredients 3 ripe avocados, stones removed and peeled Olive oil Juice of 1 lemon 8 slices of bread (of your choice) 75g Persian feta (or goat’s cheese) Handful of parsley 50g rocket

PISTACHIO DUKKAH 120ml toasted pistachios 15ml ground coriander 15ml ground cumin 15ml sesame seeds A pinch of smoked paprika Pinch of salt


To make the pistachio dukkah, blitz all ingredients or grind together with a pestle and mortar, then set aside. Place the avocados in a medium bowl and mash roughly with a fork. Add a drizzle of olive oil, the lemon juice and mix together. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toast the slices of bread then spread the avocado mixture onto the toasted bread. Crumble the feta over the smashed avocado and garnish with parsley and rocket. Sprinkle the pistachio dukkah over the dish to serve. TIP You can also try adding toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower kernels or any seed of your choice into the avocado mix for more texture and crunch.

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Ingredients PULLED PORK 1.6kg pork shoulder blade roast Salt and pepper, to taste 2 tbsp vegetable oil 2 onions, diced 5 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp chilli powder 2 tsp ground cardamom 3 bay leaves

¼ cup tomato paste 400ml tomato sauce 3 tbsp packed brown sugar 2 tbsp cider vinegar 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce ½ cup whisky or bourbon (optional)

HOLLANDAISE SAUCE 4 egg yolks ½ tbsp lemon juice ½ tbsp cider ½ cup butter, melted ¼ tsp cayenne ¼ tsp salt 4 slices traditional sourdough 4 eggs


To make the pork, sprinkle it liberally with salt and pepper. Heat oil over medium-high heat and brown pork all over. Transfer to a slow cooker. Add onions, garlic, chilli powder, cardamom and bay leaves to dish. Cook, stirring often, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, until darkened, about 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and whisky, scraping up any browned bits. Pour into slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until pork is tender, about 8 to 10 hours. Transfer pork to cutting board and tent with foil. Let it stand for 10 minutes. With two forks, shred the pork. Meanwhile, pour liquid from slow cooker into a large saucepan and skim off fat. Bring to boil over high heat and simmer for 15 to 25 minutes until reduced to 3 cups. Discard bay leaves. Add pork. Stir to coat and warm through. Serve. To make the hollandaise, whisk the egg yolks, lemon juice and cider together in a stainless steel bowl until the mixture has thickened and doubled in volume. Place the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (or use a double boiler), making sure the water does not touch the bowl. Continue to whisk and don’t let eggs get too hot or they’ll scramble. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume. Remove from heat, whisk in cayenne and salt. Cover and place in a warm spot. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a few drops of warm water before serving. Place 2 slices toasted sourdough on a plate and top with the pulled pork. To make the eggs, bring a large pot of water to a slow boil. Crack each egg into a small bowl or cup (this makes them easier to place gently into the water). Once water is boiling, carefully add eggs into the pot. Let them boil for 2 to 3 minutes, longer for a hard yolk. Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon and place on the toast, on top of the pulled pork. Pour on hollandaise sauce. TIP You can make this with smoked salmon or bacon instead of slow roasting pork. Recipes courtesy of 10 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads.

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THINK OF QUEENSLAND and thoughts immediately turn to sun-drenched beaches and the type of coastal activities most major centres are based around. Yet to the surprise of many, the state’s wine industry is making some serious inroads, and those in the know are embracing its unique terroir. Only last year renowned wine writer Mike Bennie said the Granite Belt was Australia’s most exciting region. Mike doesn’t mince his words either – he’s travelled the globe and plaudits aren’t thrown around haphazardly. Yet despite the positive acclaim given to the region from several sources, plus numerous accolades from domestic and international wine shows, many local folk write off Queensland wine purely because it’s ‘Queensland’. The Granite Belt lies a four-hour drive south-west of the Sunshine Coast. The region is parked atop the Great Dividing Range with vineyards sitting between 700 and 1000 metres above sea level. Unlike some coastal areas of the state, four distinct seasons are experienced throughout the year, and in some cases, all in one day! Grapes flourish on the Granite Belt, producing interesting wines of moderate alcohol. Based around the town of Stanthorpe, warm days and cool to cold nights ensure a long ripening period. The diurnal shift helps the grapes to produce great colour and fruit character, leading to beautiful wines. Winter is an ideal time of year to visit and experience a real chill as temperatures can drop well below zero. The presence of sleet is not uncommon and snow even fell in 2015! Shiraz and chardonnay can be found in every wine region in Australia, but what has gained some serious momentum for the Granite Belt is the alternate varieties that have found a happy home among the picturesque granite boulder-dotted landscape. The increased focus on alternate varieties is captivating and these varieties now make up 40 per cent of the region’s production. Think citrusy and textured fiano, juicy tempranillo, the vibrant dark fruit of malbec, soft yet robust nero d’avola and devilishly generous saperavi to name a few. Thanks to the latter, a Georgian variety, Ballandean Estate’s 56

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and Ridgemill Estate’s 2015 releases recently received gold medals at the World Saperavi Prize. Nestled away in the hills near Dayboro, an hour south of the Sunshine Coast and some 45 kilometres north of Brisbane, you will discover Ocean View Estate. Perched 450 metres above sea level, the business has grown considerably in recent years with visitors now regularly swinging by via helicopter and even taking horseback tours. Onsite accommodation plus a multi-award winning restaurant have ensured diners gravitate to the venue. Continued success has recently seen an expansion of the precinct, including the construction of a new function space used for various gatherings and weddings as well as an onsite brewery. Two hours west of the Sunshine Coast is the South Burnett region. Traditionally an area strong in the dairy cattle industry, Kingaroy is also famously known for its peanut farms. Picturesque rolling hills and ancient volcanic soils plus a climate not too dissimilar to many Mediterranean regions enable varieties such as shiraz and semillon to thrive. Verdelho, a variety exuding tropical fruit flavours with a crisp finish, has also found a happy home in the region. Not surprisingly, Mediterranean varieties such as nebbiolo, barbera, sangiovese and saperavi have also found their feet. But sometimes after a long day in the sun, nothing will satisfy more than an icy cold beer. The craft beer scene continues to thrive and the Sunshine Coast is embracing the culture. Only two years after opening, Alexandra Headland brewer 10 Toes is booming. Producing 3500 litres of beer a week, owner and brewer Rupert Hall says he is about to double production to keep up with demand. Wander down to Moffat Beach to track down Your Mates Brewing Co. A crowd-funded start-up, it’s a story of two mates fulfilling a dream. Some 100 trial brews later, the duo now brews and sells just over 6000 litres of beer a month. Cleverly packaged, their beers can be found in numerous bars and retail outlets across the Coast, Brisbane and beyond.


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Some worthy Queensland wines to put to your lips: 1. CLOVELY ESTATE SEMILLON 2013 (SOUTH BURNETT $18) Right in the slot for a five-year-old semillon. Lemon balm, citrus zest and lemon juice aromas. Honeyed tones schmooze on in. Delicate toasted cashews peel back another level of interest. Ripping value.

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2. GRA FION SAPERAVI 2016 (SOUTH BURNETT $24) Big on personality, big on soul! Black cherry, charcoal, black tea and earthy aromas plus a cheeky whiff of peppermint. Dense and generous, the mouth is flooded with depth. Cocoa tannins cruise in on a moreish finish. 3. GOLDEN GROVE ESTATE MALBEC 2016 (GRANITE BELT $28) Pour this in your glass when the weather cools and your insides need a cuddle. It’s satisfying and then some with generous dark fruit all the rage. Muse over dark plums, mulberry, blackberry and lashings of pepper. There’s a minerally vibe synonymous with the ground it comes from. Delish! 4. BALLANDEAN ESTATE FIANO 2017 (GRANITE BELT $30) Summertime vibes are all over this. Whiffs of lemon rind and lemon juice, tonic and lemongrass. There’s a dash of creaminess and a citrus punch too. Waves of cool refreshment await. 5. RIDGEMILL ESTATE WYP CHARDONNAY 2016 (GRANITE BELT $35) Dripping in white stone fruit, lemon juice and curd, this skips to a neat rhythm with a delightful presence in the mouth. Well-managed acid is preceded by a subtle lick of buttered toast. A consistent performer year after year. Great stuff! 6. LA PETITE MORT SHIRAZ VIOGNIER (GRANITE BELT $35) Where hipster street styling meets suave sophistication. Partial fermentation in amphora (the remainder in tank) and on skins for 135 days, it’s gorgeously medium-bodied. The fruit sways and curls effortlessly around the mouth without a splinter of oak in sight. 7. OCEAN VIEW ESTATE VIOGNIER 2017 (SOMERSET VALLEY $37) Oozing casual drinking appeal, embrace a whiff of apricot nectar and apricot skin which flow through to a welcoming delivery of well-balanced fruit and some textural appeal. A lime twist adds another level of interest, making this a versatile wine for anything from fresh seafood to creamy dishes.

A few local beers you have to try: 8. OCEAN VIEW BREWING COMPANY ‘SHE’S GONE PALE’ – Hannah Honnef is one of the few female head brewers in Australia and she shows that beer is not just for blokes. This refreshing pale ale is highlighted by engaging florals and a citrus twist. 9. YOUR MATES BREWING CO ‘LARRY’ PALE ALE – Here’s a guy you definitely want to kick back with. Larry is super refreshing with tropical fruit aromas and a malty core. A super-cool beer – super-cool label too. 10. 10 TOES BREWERY PIPELINE PALE ALE – A beer that originated as its maker floated behind the breakers at Alexandra Headland. An American-style pale, this is all tropical fruit aromas up front and hop driven out the back. Raise a Toes-t! (Pun intended.) 11. SUNSHINE BREWERY MUDJIMBA MID-ISH – An ice-cold tin of this can easily wash away a long day in the sun. Less malt and more hop aromas are the aim. Well rounded with a touch of bitterness to finish. Yes please!

STEVE LESZCZYNSKI is a wine writer, wine dinner host and MC. Apart from writing for his website, Steve has previously contributed to Wine Business Magazine, Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine and Must Do Brisbane. For two years he presented the Wine Time segment on Brisbane’s 4BC during Friday afternoon drive time. Steve is also a passionate supporter of the Queensland wine industry. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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60 HOME SWEET HOME One couple’s DIY love story

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VICKY SCHULZ ALWAYS imagined she would have a barefoot wedding on the beach. But once she met Rob Midgley, her whole world changed, and so did her eventual wedding plans. Rob, who works in the property industry, is a little bit country and Vicky, who is co-owner of 12 Pure Indulgence Skin and Beauty salons on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba, is a little bit city. Their wedding was held on their sprawling Cooroy property and featured a stunning mix of elegant lace, textured hessian and sophisticated navy with Vicky and Rob’s personalities shining through in every element of their big day, largely due to their decision to DIY many of the design elements. It was a bold venture into the world of online dating that saw the couple connect. Vicky had been on for only one week when she was matched with Rob and they exchanged a few emails and a phone call before deciding to go for a coffee date. “This was my first internet date and my friends had told me all the horror stories, so I was super cautious and sat back on a park bench watching so I could see who it was that turned up and I could take off if I didn’t like what I saw,” she says. They talked for hours, 60

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finding a shared passion for travel, until Rob abruptly thanked Vicky for the night at 7.30pm and said he had to go. “I was left wondering why someone would organise to do something else after a date, but I later found out his mother had always told him not to overstay his welcome and he thought he was being polite,” Vicky recalls with a smile. “After that, we had a couple of dinner dates and he invited me to his home for dinner, and I was impressed I’d found a man who knew how to cook. On our fourth date, which to this day I think was a test, he got me up at 4am and took me kayaking off the Noosa Main Beach around to Hells Gates. “We were paddling back to the main beach and he was telling me he’d jump out to guide the kayaks in so I wouldn’t tip over in the waves, but when he went to jump out, he disappeared and all I could see was his hat – it was a bit deeper than he thought! But I still managed to get the kayak to shore just fine. “When we go to Chile, the area we visit is quite remote and we live in a cabin and go fishing and spend a lot of time outdoors, so I think he was testing me to see if I could live that sort of lifestyle. He needed someone who wasn’t afraid of getting their hands dirty.”


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On their wedding day, Vicky made a moving speech dedicated to how her husband had changed her in many ways. “I acknowledged that I’ve left behind my Estée Lauder lipstick and swapped it for chapstick and swapped my Jimmy Choos for work boots with names like Mongrel and Redback,” she says. Deciding to embrace everything that made them the unique couple they are, Rob, 66, and Vicky, 51, hosted their wedding at home and incorporated their beloved four-legged friends into the ceremony. Vicky wore a timeless lace gown and rode her 11-year-old former racehorse Bailey down the driveway and around their fishpond before dismounting to walk down the aisle. Their dogs Stewart and Charlie took the pressure off the best man by becoming the ring bearers. As a nod to Rob’s passion for collecting headwear from around the world, they asked guests to wear a hat on the day. Vicky commissioned a black version of Rob’s favourite hat to match his suit and they gave their celebrant, Lynette Maguire, a ceremonial hat from Laos to wear for the occasion. With invited guests coming from Chile, Papua New Guinea, Jakarta, Laos and around the country, the couple had 12 months to plan their dream wedding and once they settled on having it at


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home, it became easier to inject their personalities into every element of the wedding. Vicky used a YouTube tutorial to help her make 650 ceramic flowers. Larger pale pink and white blooms, which took 15 minutes each to make, were used to create a unique bouquet with pearl embellishments and were used as accents for the stunning threetiered semi-naked dark chocolate mud cake with Swiss meringue buttercream icing and almond crunch. Smaller ceramic flowers, that Vicky could make in three minutes, were incorporated into the wedding invitations sent out to guests, as well as in the table decorations and the his and hers toasting glasses for the reception. Vicky says once she got started on the flowers, she realised there were so many other elements they could DIY for the wedding. She made cones for confetti, which was cut up tissue paper, and soy candles for the reception tables. Using the skills she had honed to make the ceramic flowers, Vicky created edible mint sugarpaste flower favours for the ladies and Rob brewed up some homemade rum, which he affectionately calls ‘Orina d’Zorro’. To make sure “her boys” fit the theme, she made bespoke collars and leads for Charlie and Stewart, and Bailey had his mane braided with flowers. Rob repurposed a ladder for their wedding arch, old windows for the table seating plan and pieces of wood were transformed into wedding signage that was the embodiment of rustic chic. This was carried over into the use of hay bales for guest seating during the ceremony. Rosemary and lemon myrtle harvested from their farm were used in vases wrapped with hessian and lace for the centrepieces, as well as buttonholes for Rob and his best man. While their ceremony in front of the home and pre-dinner drinks and nibbles were held in perfect Coast weather, a slight sprinkle of rain misted guests for a few minutes late in the afternoon, producing a majestic double rainbow that spread over the wedding. Later that night, a full moon shone brightly over the marquee, which had a clear roof that allowed guests to enjoy the sunset over the surrounding forest. Once the evening settled in, the fairy lights and elegant chandeliers inside the marquee created a fairytale atmosphere. Fireworks later in the evening added to the magic and guests enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows by a bonfire for supper once the formalities were wrapped up. Vicky says the day was relaxed and filled with humour. “It was fun, quirky and just us,” she says. “Rob had a back injury a few weeks before the wedding, so it was almost a bedside wedding – he was lucky to be upright. “We worked so hard to get the property ready for the big day. I was washing windows a couple of days before and wondering why we’d decided to have it at home, but once the day arrived, I knew we’d made the right choice. When I stand at my kitchen sink and look out of the window into my front yard, I can visualise everything from that day and it’s really special. It was worth all of the hard work; it was the best day ever. “Now I can say that I’m happily married and Rob is not the gushing sort of person, but he even says that we have become closer since we’ve been married.”


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VEGANISM. YOU’RE EITHER cringing at the sight of the word right now or eager to read on. It’s the plant-based trend which often divides the foodie community. But despite the fluctuating views on this somewhat controversial topic, it’s no secret that there’s an uprising of crueltyfree and health-conscious eating around the globe, particularly on the Sunshine Coast. And it’s not just these hipster herbivore eateries that are igniting enthusiasm across our region – we now boast Queensland’s first raw, gluten-free and vegan wedding venue. Based on a sprawling green acreage at Maleny, and featuring its own vineyard, micro-brewery, and a backdrop showcasing the spectacular Glass House Mountains, Boutique Weddings Maleny is a vegan gastronome’s wonderland. The venue’s master cuisine artisan and owner, Andy Pether, is responsible for the sumptuous and colourful cakes, desserts and savoury gourmet fare that have been made famous by his Live Foods Cafe. Andy moved the popular cafe, which has been running for four years, down the road to its new site at the iconic Big Barrel (formerly Maleny Mountain Wines), which is also home to the MacLeod Brewing Company, so he could incorporate the vineyard and handcrafted beers into his niche weddings. And yep, there are even vegan wines and beers available to round out the perfect wedding for those who love a tipple. This world-class venue, with its breathtaking panoramic views, is Andy’s labour of love. He opened the coeliac-endorsed cafe after suffering a heart-attack at just 39 years of age, forcing him into a lifetime of nutritionally conscious living. “I realised that by trying to explain to people what plant-based was, they just weren’t getting it, so I thought I’d put health on a plate. It’s a way of teaching people. I’m like a pharmaceutical company, only I’m spiking your food with all the good stuff,” Andy says. “I really love doing this for people.” The 51-year-old was considered morbidly obese when his health 64

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took a nosedive but he soon dropped 50 kilos by adopting his new healthy lifestyle. “I switched to veganism four years later after I worked out that I needed to do something about my health, otherwise I would end up dying. “My dad died at 45 and I went into panic mode when I turned 45. I thought ‘I’m going to end up dead as well’. I was worried about my two boys (now aged 13 and 17) not having a father and I didn’t want to leave them fatherless.” A former self-confessed huge meat eater and drinker, Andy says he lived 24 years in a corporate lifestyle regularly splashing out hundreds of dollars on boozy work lunches at steakhouses. “I didn’t care about anything but me and my bank account,” he says. Andy would even roll his eyes at vegans, and says his life-long friends and family still cannot believe the transformation he has made to his health. “A good friend of mine who had been a vegan for several years, I used to spike his food with chicken. I feel really bad about that now,” he says, laughing. Heart disease is Australia’s number one killer with 22 per cent of people living in the greater Sunshine Coast region suffering from cardiovascular disease. Andy says studies show that eating whole


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grains, fruits, vegetables and other healthy vegan foods can stop and even reverse heart disease, also reducing cholesterol levels. “The pancreas doesn’t have the enzymes to break down meat. It’s like sitting in the car in neutral and revving the engine until it eventually blows up. “Cooked food is seen by the body as a toxin and that’s called digestive leukocytosis. When the body is in this state it overproduces white blood cells and that is not good if you have cancer. Cancer loves white blood cells. “I am living proof that this way of eating works. I even have a lot of terminally ill customers who have been coming into the cafe and are now reaping the benefits.� Andy says other health benefits include increased energy, longevity, reduced body odour and rejuvenated hair, skin and nails. “There is also a huge benefit to disease prevention such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular, colon, breast and prostate cancer. It’s also proven to help those with irritable bowel symptoms, Chron’s and osteoporosis.� And while Andy is all for being anti-animal cruelty, he admits to choosing this lifestyle for his health first and foremost. “I am vegan for health, and by default I cause no harm. It’s a win-win solution from my view. A vegan lifestyle is all about doing no harm.� The wedding venue accommodates up to 120 people and is also available for conventional non-vegan weddings, plus welcomes same-sex marriages. Full vegan buffets are available, with optional warm foods such as pasta and rice, plus wine, beer, cakes and desserts. Packages also include unlimited bar service, a marriage celebrant and local accommodation. Boutique Weddings Maleny and Live Foods Cafe are at 787 Landsborough Maleny Road, Maleny.

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We are swooning over Brad Webb’s couture craftsmanship, which is inspired by the grand styles of the past. His label, Darb Bridal Couture, features dresses layered with exquisite fabrics and intricate detail. Wearing a Darb Bridal Couture dress is like wearing a piece of art. Think pearls, feathers and lace, all delicately placed and precisely measured. While his talent and skill are undeniable, there’s something else Brad brings to the sewing machine that cannot be learnt at fashion design school. His passion and pure love for what he does can be seen in every single Darb Bridal Couture design. With each meticulous stitch to every aligned embellishment, a bride draped in Darb Bridal Couture is a bride well looked after.

DEVELOP THIS Let your guests join in the photography fun with some retro-inspired film cameras from the Disposable Camera Company. Tie a little note around each camera reading ‘use me’ and leave them on tables for guests to go crazy. It’s a picture-perfect way to capture the real behind-the-scenes moments. Just be prepared for what the groomsmen might have caught on camera. Consider yourself warned.

TO VEIL, OR NOT TO VEIL? SILKY HEIRLOOM Spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on flowers for the big day is 100 per cent justified. Wedding equals flowers. But when you’re surrounded by piles of brown petals and lifeless leaves days after, it may all seem a little pointless. Make the most of your bouquet budget with an heirloom you’ll treasure forever and tie your blooms in a silk ribbon from Silk & Willow. Silk & Willow uses the natural colouring from plant materials to dye the finest silks, creating handcrafted treasures made from only the highest quality and sustainable materials sourced from ethical companies. Straight from nature, every colour is a unique gift from Earth. The perfect companion for your blooms.

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To the bride who isn’t getting hitched in a church, perhaps she’s not wearing white or maybe she just likes to break the rules, consider this: no veil. Yes, it can be done, and done well with some sparkle up top from Jannie Baltzer. Jannie’s headpieces are perfect for the rebellious bride who wants to break free from a covered face. Bring out the sparkle in your eyes as you walk down the aisle with an equally sparkling hair comb. Or tangle an organic formation of golden leaves adorned with crystals through your hair for a bridal headpiece that screams ‘I do’ what I want.

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WHERE LOVE STORIES GROW Behind every wedding ring is a love story. The story behind a Grew & Co wedding ring is no different. Mr and Mrs Grew met at gemmology school. What started as a mutual love and fascination for rare diamonds, geometric shapes and delicate bands resulted in a Grew marriage followed by the Grew & Co jewellery design house. The Grews are qualified gemmologists, expert craftspeople, global fossickers, creative souls, designers and business partners who create one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by modern aesthetics yet grounded in ancient techniques.

A BRIDE’S BEST BUD For a contemporary take on the traditional blooms, step into Anna Varendorff ’s studio. Anna is the talented artist behind ACV Studio. She hand makes limited-edition vases for the bride and groom looking for elegant simplicity. They are so subtle, you’d think they’d get lost under a bunch of petals. Not these vases. They manage to steal the show with their unique curved angles and polished brass finish. Some trends come and go, but the humble bud remains a bride’s best buddy. Make sure you sit them pretty.


WORD HAS IT “Will you be my bridesmaid?” “We’re engaged!” “Save the date.” These are a few sentences that deserve more than a quick message from your phone. Do your postie proud and go back to the golden days of handwritten letters from Written Word Calligraphy. The artist behind the letters is Karla Lim, and her boutique calligraphy and design studio specialises in custom wedding stationery. Her work is out of this word! She’s also got a semi-custom collection to choose from if you’re more a copy-and-adapt type creative. So make your guests feel special like in the good-old days with a beautifully handwritten invitation straight to their door. Word!


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MeisterSinger Pangaea automatic unisex watch, $2900, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643


Elms & King Bowery wallet, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933

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Relax and embrace the casual pieces emerging this season.

Louenhide Bermuda bag in Denim, Signature on Hastings, Noosa, 5474 9400

Elk Water Print jacket, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933

Platinum & yellow gold Art Deco daisy diamond pendant, $6000, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

18ct rose gold ring with diamonds and Queensland boulder opal, POA, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400 70

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The Kite pendant in 18ct yellow gold with boulder opal, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Humidity Grace sweater and Cotes print pant, Gingers, Buderim, 5445 6616

Oversized linen top, Footprints on the Beach, Mooloolaba, 5444 2100

Erfurt scarf, OV Boutique, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505

Top and skirt, Villa Verde, Caloundra, 5491 8890

Travel near or far in style with OV Boutique Proud Pearls wrist wrap, $79.95, Villa Verde, Caloundra, 5491 8890

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Jump jumper, Gingers, Buderim, 5445 6616

Moritz Grossmann Sleeping Beauty diamond and rose gold pink ladies watch, $57,500, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Perfect Pe P e PASTELS What can we say? These finds are pretty perfect! Erfurt scarf,f, ue, OV Boutique, ee, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505

Art Deco aquamarin aquamarine, diamond aand seed pearl penda pendant set in 14ct whit white gold, $7450, Aven Avenue J, Mooloolaba 5444 4422

Zoe Kratzmann shoe, OV Boutique, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505


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Elk Esrum large bag in sage, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933 Buderim’s Soul Diva also stocks a range of Elk jewellery and bags, 5456 4111


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Love is Kind pendant featuring rough cobalto calcite, malachite and green amethyst with sterling silver, $400, Jewellery Collective, Nambour, 0415 836 311

Art Nouveau blue enamel butterfly brooch, $695, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

c 4 Points cowrie shell stee rings, sterling silver, g $100, rose gold vermeil, $125, and gold vermeil, $125, Jewellery Collective, Nambour, 0415 836 311

Morganite and diamond 18ct rose and white gold ring, $5980, To Hold and to Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

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Shine Don’t be a wallflower – get out there and be noticed.

Blue topaz & diamond drop earrings, $3300, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Mela Purdie top and pant, OV Boutique, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505

Head to h2 Vision Centres to check out the range of Moscot frames, h2 Vision Centres, Sippy Downs, 5353 5080

Gioseppo Tixae sandal, Footprints on the Beach, Mooloolaba, 5444 2100


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Crystal Temple pendant featuring Herkimer diamond and amethyst druzy with rose gold vermeil, $500, Jewellery Collective, Nambour, 0415 836 311

18ct white gold, pink tourmaline & diamond dress ring, $10,200. Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

18ct white gold ring with diamonds and Lightning Ridge black opal, $4985, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Maison Scotch silk ruffle top and pop-button skinny trousers, Threads 4556, Buderim, 5476 7686

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Australian label Enki produces a beautiful range of frames and sunglasses, h2 Vision Centres, Sippy Downs, 5353 5080



This season has taken a dark turn. And we love it!

Libby dress, wYse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

‘London’ blue topaz emerald-cut pendant set in sterling silver, $1950, Avenue J, Mooloolaba 5444 4422

Elk Swirl necklace $68, Evolve, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077


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Gioseppo Bellezza wedge, Footprints on the Beach, Mooloolaba, 5444 2100


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Elk Whirl large bangle, $55, Evolve, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077

Ring with bright blue boulder opal, set in sterling silver and fine gold, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598


R.M.Williams Maya boot in off-black suede, Threads 4556, Buderim, 5476 7686

FASHION ACCESSORIES R.M.Williams Lady Grazier cotton dress, plaited ‘O’ ring belt and Maya suede boot, Threads 4556, Buderim, 5476 7686


Elk Chelsea ankle boot, Evolve, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077

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Country Man up with classic pieces he’ll keep in his wardrobe forever.

9ct rose gold compass (also known as a Victorian GPS) circa 1900, $1200, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

R.M.Williams Angus work shirt, three-piece solid hide chestnut belt and Ramco jean, Threads 4556, Buderim, 5476 7686

R.M.Williams Fraser shirt, Drover belt and Ramco twill jean, Threads 4556, Buderim, 5476 7686 Mühle Glashütte Lunova gents watch, $3100, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643


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Collectable silver antique gimbal compass, circa 1890, $1100, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

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Cufflinks with boulder opal, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Mühle Glashütte M29 Classic gents watch, $2730, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643


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Weekend MahaShe Amelia wrap dress, Villa Verde, Caloundra, 5491 8890

EDIT These weekend looks work on any day of the week.

Jaylah jumpsuit, wYse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

Louenhide Jody Bag in Malt, Signature on Hastings, Noosa, 5474 9400

Klouds Silver Lining sandal, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Tahitian pearl with orange sapphire ‘grape vine’ & 9ct yellow gold, shepherd hook earrings, $839, To Hold and to Have, Buderim, 5477 0561


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Klouds Silver Lining sandal, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755


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Mela Purdie top and pant, OV Boutique, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505




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Humidity tie-dye top, Gingers, Buderim, 5445 6616

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Sparkle and shine with a classic black dress and timelessly elegant accessories.

Australian chocolate diamond and white diamond, 9ct white and rose gold earrings, $2100, and matching pendant, $1390 To Hold and to Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

18ct white & rose gold Argyle pink diamond pendant, POA, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Chloe Poppy sunglasses, h2 Vision Centres, Sippy Downs, 5353 5080

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18ct yellow gold South Sea Pearl pendant, POA, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Australian blue sapphire and diamond ring, POA, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955


Lana twist skirt and Hayley halter, wYse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

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IN A FAST-PACED fashion world where the treadmill is spinning at an ever-increasing rate, one Sunshine Coast designer is doing her best to slow it all down to a leisurely stroll. Pomona resident Sofia Tomkins has gone back to basics with her fashion line Lilla By Fia and she is winning over the ecoconscious market with her sustainable clothing designs. Since releasing her first collection in 2017, while still studying at TAFE, the 22-year-old has gained a dedicated following and is quickly branching out, with orders coming in from around the country. Wearing her signature natural romper, made with a blend of organic cotton and hemp, Sofia (or Fia) has her hair swept up in a messy bun and is a little shy at the attention brought about by the interview, preferring the quiet of her studio where she designs, drafts, cuts and sews her clothing before soaking them in natural dyes she creates from natural sources. The name of her label, Lilla, comes from Fia’s roots – she was born in Denmark and moved to Australia as a youngster. Fia gravitated to the word Lilla, which is Danish for any variation of

I source natural materials that are ethical and sustainable… The environment is a big resource and for me so it is something that is worth protecting.



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the colour purple, as it is the most common tint produced by natural dyes. Her aptly named Avocado collection featured a dusty pink hue created from avocado seeds. Fia admits this process was the result of a little research and a lot of trial and error. “I also tried tea, coffee and a few other options, but the colour just washed out because it didn’t have any mordant [an inorganic oxide that helps to fix dye in place] in it,” she says. “Avocado seeds worked and I really like the colour, so I used them in my first collection and continued with them in my summer collection, which was called Avocado.” Fia says she first came across natural dyes in a sustainable fashion component of her TAFE fashion design course and had experimented with the process a little before attending classes in the small town of Pai, north-west of Chiang Mai in Thailand, while on holiday. She credits the Pai classes for inspiring her to choose natural dyes for her label. Despite her age, Fia has already travelled extensively around the world and has chosen to pave a tougher path into fashion in order to maintain her conscious lifestyle. Her garments are made with a hemp and organic cotton blend, placing them firmly at the top of the sustainability pyramid. Fia sources the fabric from Western Australia, which imports the blend as there are no facilities in Australia capable of transforming hemp into a fibre. But this is the only component of Fia’s business that is transport-intensive. Once the fabric arrives, Fia gets to work and cuts, sews, dyes and finishes each individual piece herself. She has always been a fan of how each garment is unique when you hand-dye with natural components, so no two people will ever have the same item of clothing. It takes four avocado seeds to dye one garment and having created around 100 items of clothing since launching the label, Fia had to find a sustainable source of the vital dye ingredient. Luckily, she didn’t have to look far from home – her mother Nilla Tomkins sets aside avocado seeds from VanillaFood cafe, which she owns. All Fia had to do was wash the seeds and add them to the 86

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boiling stainless steel pot in her home kitchen and the magic would unfold. This arrangement fits perfectly into her ethos of minimising waste and having the lightest footprint possible, which she incorporates into every aspect of her business. Offcuts from her first collection were sewn together to create the changerooms that are a feature of her regular Peregian Beach Markets stall every fortnight. Extra material from the subsequent collection has been used as swing tags and clothing tags, which are printed using eco-friendly inks. “I want people to be aware of the impacts of the fast fashion industry,” Fia says. “I source natural materials that are ethical and sustainable, which give back to the environment. The environment is a big resource and for me so it is something that is worth protecting. “I want to make a change and inspire others to follow suit. I want people to be aware of the impacts of the fast fashion industry and how buying something made locally using ethically sourced products will not only have a longer lifespan, but will also help Sunshine Coast designers to thrive and expand.” Discovering a passion for sewing at a young age, Fia recalls one of her first attempts at creating something. “I remember sewing this felt little purse. I hand-stitched it. I was eight or something,” she says. But attending sewing classes in Tewantin under the guidance of experienced women sparked a desire to take it further and learn how to create designs, which is how she ended up at TAFE after a few years of travelling through Europe. Lilla by Fia has only had a few forays onto the catwalk so far,


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with appearances at a World Environment Day event last year in Cotton Tree and the TAFE graduation parade, but she debuted her Avocado collection with five new designs to great fanfare. “It was such a thrill to see people’s reactions to my clothes and to see some people already wearing them; people were already waiting to see my new stuff,” she says. She won a TAFE design award and was selected for a coveted three-month London internship with renowned designer Karl Donoghue, which starts in April, as well as a six-month mentorship with Sunshine Coast sustainable eco-fashion label Sinerji. “It is crazy that I get to work with such talented people. I still can’t believe it; it is pretty cool,” Fia says. With 2018 set to be a huge year for the young designer, Fia is working to perfect the recipe for her Autumn collection, which she says will continue in her signature style of timeless, loose-

fitting clothing, but with longer hemlines. But exactly what the next key ingredient for her next plant-based dye will be is being kept under wraps for now. In the meantime, Fia is determined to continue to champion the sustainable fashion message and beat the drum for change in the wider fashion industry.

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GROWING UP IN a house fuelled by alcoholic parents, and being exposed to atrocities such as paedophilia outside the home, it’s no wonder Kerrie Atherton experienced an emotional breakdown at the tender age of 10. “I was put on pills, had a pill addiction, and was a full-blown alcoholic at 15. By 18 I was wanting to commit suicide,” Kerrie says. It was an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting that turned Kerrie’s life around, and she has since been sober for an incredible 37 years. Kerrie quickly became a role model for those with addictions in her AA meetings and she honed her personal experiences into a lifetime of helping others. The former chaplain at Chancellor State College, and a qualified counsellor of 10 years in trauma and addictions, Kerrie launched Stories of Hope early last year in a bid to help others going through similar situations. Stories of Hope is a free monthly community event held at Maroochydore’s Sands Tavern where real stories are shared. The event is open to anyone willing to listen. Speakers have included renowned Sunshine Coast chef Matt Golinski, who tragically lost his family when his Tewantin home was engulfed by fire in 2011, and Darron Eastwell, a successful banking executive turned traumatic brain injury survivor, after a cycling accident left him in a coma and fighting for his life. But Kerrie says this community gathering really puts the spotlight on “ordinary” people from all walks of life, willing and open to sharing their stories to raise awareness, offer support and, of course, give hope.

Topics have included alcohol and substance addiction, parenting a child on ice, grief, accidents, marriage breakdowns, domestic violence, battles with illness and disease, surviving a suicide attempt, body image, and mental health issues, just to name a few. One significant speaker, who has helped Kerrie launch a men’s only mental health night series, is former detective Stuart Rawlins, a leading investigator in the Daniel Morcombe investigation. It was a case that captured the attention of the nation, when the Palmwoods school boy went missing in 2003 and, nine years later, was found to have been murdered. Stuart helped head the case for three years and was a member of the police force for 13 years. He left with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, as a result of his work. Stuart says he noticed signs of mental illness starting to surface towards his last couple of years of duty, but chose to ignore them. “Men are more likely to not say anything and bottle it up and that’s what I tried to do and then it came back and bit me in the butt,” he says, adding that it was the confronting situations he would see on a daily basis which ultimately led to his emotional collapse. “Continually dealing with sexual offenders and paedophiles can be very taxing on your mental health. I never thought it would be an issue when I joined when I was 22. It was something that never even crossed my mind. I saw many of my colleagues go through mental health issues and even then I didn’t think that it could be me.” The 43-year-old Buderim resident says he started to notice he


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I had an emotional breakdown 11 months later, and then I didn’t work for 11 months after that.

Former detective Stuart Rawlins

was getting emotional while watching TV. “I was not sleeping very well and started becoming cranky with a short temper, and I’m not someone who has a short temper. I also started not wanting to socialise and basically wanting to be a bit of a recluse.” With a wife and three kids to provide for, Stuart jumped into a job in real estate, thinking the change of career would wipe away his emotional trauma. But not dealing with his emotions made his situation worse. “I had an emotional breakdown 11 months later, and then I didn’t work for 11 months after that.” Stuart eventually reintegrated into a role in safety in a local organisation and is now a health and safety environment manager. He says in his darkest moments he was extremely unmotivated, unable to see the positive in anything, and felt worthless. “Physically I had very heavy limbs, especially my arms and legs. I drank a lot and had an upset stomach with a loss of appetite.” But after seeking help, Stuart was able to pull himself out of the fog and says his most fulfilling role yet has been helping others through similar situations. Stuart chose to speak out about mental health because he knew the topic still carried a negative stigma and it was a conversation that needed to be started. “When I was going through it, it was still taboo. Especially being in an elite position. If you put your hand up [at work] you were ostracised a bit. But it’s changed a lot in the last 10 years.” Mental health issues can hit anyone at any time and the best way to move forward is recognising there is a problem and acting on it, Stuart says. “You don’t have to have an interesting job with people pointing guns at you. It can be triggered by anything: tough times in life, marital separation. “But if you get the right help, and when you take the first step asking for help, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of support there is. 90

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MENTAL HEALTH IN AUSTRALIA: • Around 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lives • Three million adults are living with depression or anxiety • Anxiety is the most common mental health illness • Only 35 per cent of those suffering will access treatment • Men are less likely to seek help than women • Suicide is the leading cause of death in those aged between 15 and 44 • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are twice as likely to die by suicide (Source: Beyond Blue) WHERE TO SEEK HELP: Lifeline: 131 114 Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277 MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978

“I still take medication and things can resurface depending on life stresses, but I’ve learned to know what it is and how to deal with it. Knowing you have been through it before and can get through it again is a big thing. “The more we talk about it the better off people will be.”

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Soothe, hydrate, nourish and protect your face, body and hair. James St Organics Ultra Nourishing Body Oil, $42, 100ml, and Nayki Goddess Beauty Balm, $39.95, 50ml. Available at Kansha, 6 Mary Street, Noosaville. 5473 0724 or

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MALENY’S NATURAL BEAUTY, thriving village and passionate community have created one of the region’s most vibrant towns. It’s a popular destination with day trippers and weekenders, who drive up the mountain from the Coast or Brisbane to sip coffee and check out the shops on the busy main street, take a stroll through remnant rainforest or enjoy a Sunday drive through the pretty rolling countryside. It’s a town that is cosmopolitan, yet proudly rural, hip and down to earth, eco-conscious and arty. The perfect escape. Glenn Rogerson and Graham Young are two such escapees – they were drawn to the town from Brisbane to purchase what they describe as a dated ’70s home, and while the house was, says Graham, “really drab”, it now reflects the style of its owners and is the perfect base to enjoy life on the range. “It was very bland,” says Graham, reflecting on the uninspiring pile they bought eight years ago. “It had cheap fake wood floors and a cheap kitchen and bathrooms. We did up the bathrooms and added another bathroom and we redid the kitchen with stone and replaced the floors with hardwood.” While the home was built decades ago, it had been renovated and extended, but not in a pleasing way. It was a big job to create the four-bedroom, three-bathroom beauty it is now. Walking through the rooms, it’s hard to picture this home, the couple’s weekender, as anything but gorgeous – with its timelessly elegant and surprisingly fresh spaces. It’s the perfect antidote to their

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We did up the bathrooms and… redid the kitchen with stone and replaced the Floors with hardwood.

city life – Graham and Glenn’s weekdays are spent in their home in Brisbane’s New Farm. Updates to the heart of the home, the kitchen – which features window shutters that invite in natural light, white cabinets and spotless Caesarstone benchtops – have created a space that is open. “It is simple and clean,” says Graham. While the room isn’t large, it feels airy and bright. The same materials carry into the bathrooms, which thanks to the natural light are also bright and fresh. Surprising additions, such as a striped chair, hint at the owners’ personalities and add interest. The living areas – which are also painted white – feature timber flooring. Rugs soften and add an extra layer of warmth and texture (plus dramatic pops of colour) while the timber furniture makes the interior feel grounded. While the spaces seem to be carefully curated with perfectly placed vases and piles of coffee table books, the comfy couch provides the perfect spot to lounge on, while an area dedicated 94

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to reading is both elegant and inviting. Graham says the couple extended the living area to accommodate space for the bookcase and desk. “It is a beautiful spot to read.” While the main bedroom is at one end of the home the three guest bedrooms are at the other – perfect for when friends come to stay. Over the years the couple has collected pieces such as art and pendant lights and these give the home a touch of drama. There is also a nod to the ocean – this is a Sunshine Coast home after all – with cane chairs, a model sailboat and the odd glass jar full of shells. “We just like light and airy,” says Graham, when asked about his interior style. He adds that the home is comfortable in winter and a good retreat from the heat in summer, though like many verdant areas on the Coast, the garden explodes in summer. But Glenn keeps it under control. “There are lots of nice spaces in the garden,” says Graham. Like the interior rooms, the outside provides a tranquil spot to sit and enjoy the peace of the hinterland. And if things get too quiet, the couple can always head into town. But with a home this beautiful, why would they want to leave!


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Intrinsic mug, $24.95, decorative tray, $29.95, and stationery, from $19.95. Available at Villa Verde Living, shop 1, 10 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra. 5491 8890 or


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Boards from traditional French wine barrel lids, $189, locally crafted ceramics, various prices, and Laguiole cutlery, various styles and prices. Available at Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or


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SpongeOh handmade clay pendant lights, from $449. Available at Noosa Lighting, 168 Eumundi Noosa Road, Noosaville. 5449 8422 or


Greg Natale snake throw in orange and charcoal, $329.95 each. Available at Domayne, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5452 1400 or

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IT WAS RAINING as we pulled up the drive beneath quivering trees splashed with purple flowers. The sky was a misty grey and it looked as though the weather had set in. But it didn’t matter. If anything, it only added to the ambience and my excitement levels rose thinking about champagne sipped in cedar hot tubs and books read by the fireplace. It wasn’t the first time, or even the second time my husband and I had visited Spicers Tamarind Retreat. But that’s how good it is. Like when you find the perfect cup of coffee so you return time and time again to the cafe just to taste it. That’s what this property is like for us – once in a while we simply need our fix. Nestled in bushland by Gardners Falls in Maleny, Spicers Tamarind is a place where western luxury meets eastern influence. You need only meander the snaking, tree-lined pathways by hidden pavilions to see why. It’s nearly impossible not to catch the scent of chilli and coconut or fresh lime and coriander wafting from The Tamarind, the property’s hatted restaurant. We were booked to stay for one indulgent kid-free night and we wasted no time getting down to “business” after checking in.

Okay, so when I say business I mean luxuriating for the afternoon at Spicers Spa Anise. After stepping over the Thai-inspired threshold, we were greeted by a friendly staff member, welcome drink in hand, and shown to our private dressing room where we de-robed and headed for a half hour of bliss in the hydra pool. I’m not exaggerating when I say it doesn’t get much better than this. The room opened up to let the outdoors in and the uninterrupted view was of lush green foliage that appeared to dance in the wind. The chill on the breeze brushed past my face as the warmth of the pool enveloped me while bubbles rippled across my skin. We had the pool to ourselves so we sat back, took a deep breath and let the world pass us by. When the time came for my treatment, my husband stayed to enjoy the pool a little longer and I was led through the spa to a space designed purely for the signature footbath ritual, and the space where all appointments begin. My feet were immersed in warm water and an infusion of aromatic oils, as my therapist talked me through the treatment ahead.

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It just got better from there and I enjoyed an hour’s massage complete with an aromatic blend of “princess” oils – Indian jasmine, Australian sandalwood, cinnamon, mandarin and ylang ylang. It’s a good thing the villas at Spicers Tamarind are so inviting because all you feel like doing after a few hours at the spa is sinking into the king-size bed for a nap or jumping in the hot tub as we did with a glass of Moët in hand. We watched the rain sprinkle down and took in the sounds of nature until the calling of the cosy room was too strong. Something I love about Spicers Tamarind is that once you arrive, there is really no need to leave until it’s time to check out. The rooms are equipped with everything you might need to relax, the spa of course is an amazing place to spend a few hours, the pool is more than inviting when the sun is shining down and the restaurant, The Tamarind, serves up some of the tastiest Asianinspired food I’ve ever tried. We dressed to impress and made our way over at about 6pm, giving ourselves half an hour before our reservation to try some of the signature cocktails at the bar. Our host shook up a range of tipples that truly tantalised the tastebuds and by the time we took our seat we were both feeling nicely tipsy and ready for a romantic three-course dinner for two. The restaurant, like the retreat itself, felt so homely and yet lavish, relaxed but classy with mellow colours and striking decor.

Waiters dashed by, refilling glasses of wine and tending to the tables – an elderly couple enjoying an evening together, a younger couple celebrating a babymoon, a group of four friends laughing over old times and us, enjoying a child-free date night. All the while a conference of 40 took place in the Sala room behind us. There is something about the food at The Tamarind that takes you on a journey of sorts. As each course comes out, and again as you take that first bite, you are transported to Asia through smell. Head chef Daniel Jarrett makes sure of that. With every meal designed to be shared, we ate our way through braised and charred octopus, Cambodian-style barramundi salad, fragrant green curry with coconut braised beef and Mooloolaba prawn floss, pan-seared duck with fried Sichuan long beans and lychee, and we finished with white chocolate parfait, soft coconut pudding and black sticky rice – food heaven. The following morning we said goodbye to one of our favourite hinterland havens and made our way back down the hill, the air of relaxation still lingering. And although we enjoy taking the night away to soak in the relaxed luxury that is Spicers Tamarind, you don’t need to. The Tamarind restaurant and Spa Anise are both open to the public daily so you can get your fix whenever you like. Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny. 1300 311 429 or


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SLEEP UNDER THE SEA What’s better than checking out colourful underwater habitats and learning all about the amazing sea creatures that live in the depths of our oceans? Doing it at night, of course. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast offers families the chance to have a sleepover inside the aquarium on school holidays. The experience includes a night tour of SEA LIFE, a seal presentation, evening meal, supper and breakfast, with sleeping mats located inside the sprawling tunnel aquarium. You will also get to see what the cheeky sea creatures get up to when the rest of their visiting guests go home for the night.

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There are plenty of things to see, do and explore on the Sunshine Coast, so get out there and head along to our beloved attractions.

CRUISING RIGHT ALONG During the 2017 whale season an estimated 16,000 whales visited waters off the Sunshine Coast, while the largest number of calves in 50 years were born. WHALE ONE kept them all in their sights, much to the delight of onboard guests. But Whale One is much more than a whale watching tour opportunity. Until the 2018 season starts in June, there are plenty of delights to be had aboard the luxury catamaran, with two-hour sunset cruises giving guests the opportunity to take in the views of the Glass House Mountains and stunning homes along the Mooloolaba canal. Suitable for all ages, the sunset cruise comes with canapes and pre-dinner finger food plus live entertainment. Or, up the ante with a Sunset Seafood Buffet Cruise, with a selection of the best seafood Mooloolaba has to offer.

NICE PINS! One of the only places it’s okay to strike out is at the bowling alley, and SUNCITY TENPIN at Alexandra Headland is thee best all-weather place to head to for some great fun. The lanes open up p from 9am each day, but if you really want to add some spice to your experience, erience, book a lane after 7.45pm on Fridays or after 6pm on Saturday. This is when the tenpin alleys are transformed into a pumping disco with special lighting, bonus lane prizes and the most popular trackss (and some throw-back retro greats for good measure). For an added challenge, marked pins randomly appear in lanes throughout the night ht and if you are skilled enough to knock them over, there are prizes in n store for you. Check it out with some friends or challenge the family – you will have a ball.


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FUN FOR ALL AUSSIE WORLD claims ‘fun’s their thing’, and they are not wrong. The Sunshine Coast’s favourite theme park boasts an ever-growing list of rides and attractions to keep you and the kids entertained all day. There are rides that will get you soaked or make you dizzy. There are simulators and slides, bumps and coasters! When you’re done with all that fun cruise into the cafe for snacks and lunch, an ice cream or a drink and don’t forget your souvenir show bag from the shop.

GET LOST, AND FOUND If you don’t mind getting your brain fuddled or experiencing that feeling of déjà vu when you round that same corner of an impossible maze, then the BELLINGHAM MAZE is the place to go. The lilly pilly maze is what draws most people in, but there are plenty more a-maze-ing options that can tie people of all ages in knots. Getting to the tower in the middle of the hedge maze and completing the quiz in the maze are the ultimate challenges, or you can compete against someone else in the rope maze, test out your skills on the tyre maze, or sit down for a refreshing beverage and try to complete the seemingly simple (don’t be fooled) puzzles on the cafe tables. To unwind from all of the neurological stimulation, grab a couple of putters and finish the day at the two-par mini golf course.

ONE SCOOP OR TWO? THE GINGER FACTORY is undoubtedly the place to go for all things ginger on the Sunshine Coast. But did you know they also crank out a mean parfait? When you’re done exploring the rainforest walk, tracking the cheeky Gingerbread Man on the Overboard ride, finding out all about bees in the comprehensive talks and learning the history of ginger on the Sunshine Coast aboard Moreton, the ginger train, head to the Ice Creamery for a tasty treat. Boasting handmade ice cream in a delicious array of flavours (not all of them ginger), you can scoop it on top of waffles, enjoy a traditional cone, or splash out for a berry, ginger, mango or macadamia parfait complete with whipped cream and a mini gingerbread man. Yum!

OUT OF YOUR OUR SHELL! Everyone is welcome lcome to head in and check out the range of yummy treats at NUTWORKS. This his local company, which is just across the road from The Ginger Ginge Factory, processes nuts and sends them off to all corners of the globe, but Nutworks also produces a huge range of confectionery, chocolate and other nut-related products. Head along to Yandina and check out the Nutworks factory, have a shop and learn about the history and health benefits of the Australian macadamia. You can also check out the factory processing, chocolate panning and roasting. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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Get outside and grab a bargain at one of the Sunshine Coast’s community and farmers’ markets. CALOUNDRA COUNTRY & FARMERS MARKET 17 Buderim Street, Currimundi, every Sunday, 6am to noon. Stock up on fruit, veg, honey and eggs, then head undercover for coins, collectables, books and handcrafts.

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CALOUNDRA STREET FAIR Bulcock Street, Caloundra, every Sunday, 8am to 1pm. Enjoy breakfast or a juice before picking up some fresh flowers, handmade products and local art from this huge market. COTTON TREE MARKETS King Street, Cotton Tree, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Support local artisans, grab a coffee, then go for a stroll by the river. EUMUNDI MARKETS 76 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, every Saturday, 8am to 2pm; Wednesday 8.30am to 1pm. This is the granddaddy of all markets with arts, crafts, fashion, health and beauty, homewares, food, music and, of course, fresh produce. FISHERMANS ROAD SUNDAY MARKETS Fishermans Road, Maroochydore, every Sunday, 6am to noon. Get all your green groceries done before picking up some plants, grabbing a secondhand book and hunting through the bric-a-brac stalls.

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HAVANA NIGHTS MARKETS 220 The Avenue, Peregian Springs, fourth Saturday of the month, from 4pm. Gather the family and head here for an early dinner and entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere. HINTERLAND HARVEST MARKET 7/9 Kiel Mountain Road, Woombye, every Saturday from 7am. Support hinterland farmers at this market that offers fabulously fresh fruit, veg and local produce. KAWANA WATERS FARMERS’ MARKET Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina, every Saturday, 7am to noon. Kawana offers a relaxed vibe with food stores and produce plus skincare, cheeses, breads, olives and seafood.

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MALENY SUNDAY MARKET RSL, Bunya Street, Maleny, every Sunday, 8am to 2pm. Stock up on candles, crystals, books, collectables, antiques and more, before indulging in a massage. MARCOOLA MARKET 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola, every Friday evening 4pm to 8pm. Grab a bite to eat, listen to the music and bask in the seaside serenity.

MOOLOOLABA COLLECTIVE MARKETS 15 Meta Street, Mooloolaba, fourth Sunday of the month. These markets were set up for designers and creatives to show off their goods and services. Find fashion, jewellery, photography, food and coffee. NIGHTS ON OCEAN Ocean Street, Maroochydore, second Friday of the month from 5pm. Organisers describe this as an evening of art, cuisine, craft and culture. Join the crowds to see what all the fuss is about. NOOSA FARMERS’ MARKET AFL Grounds, Weyba Road, Noosaville, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Noosa’s famous market is a food-lovers’ paradise with fruit, veg, nuts, cheeses, bread, seafood, flowers and more. NOOSA JUNCTION TWILIGHT MARKETS Arcadia Street, Noosa Heads, third Friday of the month, from 5pm. Your Friday night is sorted with street food, stalls and live music. There’s also a bar with happy hour prices all night. PEREGIAN BEACH MARKETS Kingfisher Park, Peregian Beach, first and third Sunday of the month from 7am to 12.30pm. Find lots of craft, upcycled and recycled goods and handmade gifts and goodies. SUNSHINE COAST COLLECTIVE MARKETS Coolum State Primary School, School Road, Coolum Beach, fourth Sunday of the month. These markets bring together musicians, artists, foodies, creators and vintage wares. TIMARI VILLAGE MARKETPLACE 14 Timari Street, Pacific Paradise, every Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Head along to this recently launched market for music and a great selection of the Coast’s best food stalls. YANDINA MARKETS North Street, Yandina, every Saturday, 7am to noon. A gardener’s paradise, Yandina’s markets are just brimming with plants and produce. You can also find lots of pre-loved treasures here. WITTA MARKET 316 Witta Road, Maleny, third Saturday of the month, 7am to noon. Head to Witta for organic meats, seedlings and plants, olive oil, jams, preserves and beauty products.

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There’s always been a real romance with me about the sea. I think it’s been like a symbol of freedom in my life.

BEN LUCAS MAY not be the first artist to fall under the spell of the sea, but his paintings evoke its essence so powerfully they make it difficult not to believe in the ocean’s magic. Rather than depicting a photographic likeness of his watery muse, Ben’s abstract oil seascapes are moody and evocative works that trigger feelings, emotions and memories. “It’s hard, in a way, to place it in a genre of art,” says Ben of his style. “I suppose it’s abstract, but it’s an abstract of something that’s real. I’ve just got such a love for the sea and the ocean and it’s something that I’ve spent so much time doing – looking at the ocean.

“Sometimes, I try and paint more abstract, but it always ends up looking like the sea, or the sky over the sea. It’s always connected with water in some way. That’s where the energy is in the painting – that’s what I love, and that comes out in my painting.” Ben’s connection with water and the sea began in his childhood – he grew up on a small farm in the wildly beautiful west country of England, on the Cornish border in North Devon. “We lived on the coast and I used to just love going to the sea to swim and fish,” says Ben. “I was happy as a child spending hours and hours exploring rock pools, and just snorkelling.” As he grew older, he developed a love of surfing, which took him on a journey around the world “chasing waves” with a group of friends. “There’s always been a real romance with me about the sea,” he says. “I think it’s been like a symbol of freedom in my life in a way. When I went to the sea it was a place of joy, and not having worries.” As well as his connection with the water, Ben’s artistic talent showed itself early, although this is hardly surprising, given his home environment. Ben’s mother, Caroline Lucas, was an accomplished potter SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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who established a pottery studio, and his siblings were also involved in the arts. His grandmother, who Ben describes as “an amazing character” and who lived nearby, was famous children’s author Mary Norton, best known for the classics Bedknobs and Broomsticks and The Borrowers. “Growing up, there was a lot of freedom to explore and encouragement to find yourself as an artist,” says Ben. “There was no pressure. I always drew, even when I was really young. I used to draw and draw.” Given Ben’s background, it’s perhaps surprising that he chose environmental science as a university course – although this was strongly related to his concern for the preservation of the rivers and streams that he felt so passionately about. It wasn’t long, however, before he found himself drawn to a different kind of passion. “I found the [university] course quite dry, and I ended up going into the library a lot,” says Ben. “I found myself looking at art books and design books. I finally got to the point where I said ‘this is crazy, I’m actually doing the wrong thing’.” So began Ben’s new study path in design and graphic design. “In terms of the painting, though, I’m pretty well self-taught and I think that’s a real advantage, because I think sometimes when you go to art college you can end up with the style of that art college,” he says. Given Ben’s affinity with the ocean and his creative spirit, it seems only natural that he and his wife, ceramicist Elke Lucas, eventually settled in Noosa with their young family (sons Josh, now 18, and Matthew, now 17). “I can’t explain, but we just started being really drawn to come to


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Noosa,” Ben says. “It’s been the most wonderful place really; my paintings have really opened up here, and my wife has her own ceramics studio here. Before we came here we had a sense that it would be like a blank canvas – it’s just been a great move.” And there’s no doubt for Ben that the physical environment affects his work profoundly. “The light and the colour of the water here are just so incredible,” he says. “I’ve noticed that this spring, as it got really hot, I’m using warmer colours, and using pinks and oranges, like a response to the heat and the light changing, and a sense of warmth. “But it’s almost like a subconscious thing – it’s almost like I soak it all in and it just comes out. When I paint, I try and stay open to that; I try and approach the canvas like the painting has a personality of its own and I’ve almost got to let it come out as I paint, and just try and respond to it. It’s quite intuitive. “Sometimes it’s not as easy as that – but when you’re in the zone painting, it’s effortless in a way, like your hand knows what to do.” Although he has worked extensively with watercolours in the past, Ben’s preferred medium now is oils, on expansive (1.5 to 1.8 metre square) canvases, because of the “sense of freedom in the way you can build up colour and get the sense of translucency and movement”. This gives the paintings a mystical quality that evokes a sense of otherworldliness. He says he paints in cycles, where he has a “big burst” of producing several paintings one after another and then has a break where he sits back and absorbs his work. “Once you start, the ball’s rolling and you end up getting swept away,” he says. “Then it’s time to pull back and just watch and observe the paintings you’ve done. “I tend to go to a painting with an idea of what it’s going to be like, then it develops. It’s an interpretation of a feeling, a time, and the light and movement of that time. “Someone described my paintings as having a meditative feel. They are always changing, and you can always see something different in them.” See more of Ben’s work on Instagram @benlucaspaintings

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LIGHT AND COLOUR – those two essential elements that transform a painting into a work of art – are most spectacularly represented in the works of the great impressionists. It’s no coincidence that Sunshine Coast artist Amanda Brooks’ dazzling canvases are reminiscent of those works – she admits that the impressionist painters, particularly Claude Monet, are her greatest influence. “I’m very inspired by the old masters of impressionism,” says Amanda, whose vibrant paintings burst with every hue. “My style is contemporary impression, I suppose. I like to paint something that looks like something, but still has an abstract feel rather than a photographic feel. “Even when I was quite little, I was very interested in Monet. When I was a little girl I was given books on Monet’s garden, which I’ve still got.” Having been a full-time artist for the past 21 years, Amanda has an expansive portfolio of work, many of which hang in homes and galleries throughout the country. One of her trademark subjects is cattle – close-up abstract portraits – which she began painting to meet the demand of rural art-lovers. “The cows are my signature,” she says. “I’ve been painting for various rural galleries for a long time, so I’m guided by their clientele. Because there are a lot of agricultural and farming communities, I guess they are the ones who say, ‘Can you paint this?’ and ‘Can you paint that?’ That’s how I got into painting cattle.” “There are also a lot of rural people who have moved to the coast, and they want to remember where they come from.” Birds of all shapes and sizes, bold florals and fruit also feature prominently in her work, as well as contemporary abstract landscapes and striking local landmarks such as Laguna Bay at Noosa. “The thing that I’ve realised over 21 years of painting is that there are so many different tastes,” says Amanda. “What one person loves, another one might not be attracted to. So I do actually try and spread myself out and do some of the artwork that’s very muted and neutral and earthy, and obviously people are drawn to those. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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I like neutral and very earthy colours. People are surprised by that, because all my works are so colourful. But I get my ‘colour buzz’ doing it for others.

“But overall, the vibrant colours are the most popular and most desired and sought after.” It’s an amusing irony, however, that Amanda prefers neutral, not colourful, tones in her own home. “You wouldn’t believe it but I’m not actually a colourful person with my own decor,” she says. “I like neutral and very earthy colours. People are surprised by that, because all my works are so colourful. But I get my ‘colour buzz’ doing it for others.” Working with acrylics, ink washes and oils on Belgian linen and high-quality cotton canvas, Amanda’s paintings are heavily layered and textured, which means she usually works on six artworks at any one time. Luckily, she has a huge shed at the back of her hinterland property where she has “a lot of room to make a big mess”. “Because there are a lot of layers to my paintings, I have to wait for a background to dry before I can go on to the next stage,” she says. “Also, some days I want to paint this, and some days I want to paint that. So, I have a variety of works going at the same time.” Originally from South Africa with an Australian mother, Amanda came to Noosa to visit family and fell in love with it, “as everyone does”, deciding to settle there 22 years ago. One of the first jobs she had on the coast was as a florist, arranging flowers for the then Sheraton Hotel in Hastings Street. But it wasn’t long before she was drawn to the easel. She had trained in graphic design and business economics – a combination that may seem incongruous for an artist, but that proved to be the perfect choice for Amanda, who admits she loves marketing and selling her pieces. 112

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“I absolutely love the buzz I get out of marketing it and then selling it and finding a home for the artwork. That, to me, is just as much fun as painting it. “And I think that’s a good thing, because there are a lot of artists who are purely creative and not business-orientated, which means they need other people to promote their work. “I’m also quite a social person, so I do enjoy the interaction directly back from customers, whereas when you’re doing purely galleries, you don’t get that feedback. “I can’t wait to see where the paintings end up – people love sending me photos of a painting once it’s up on their wall.” Amanda says a huge part of her work involves commissions, but she also loves welcoming people to the gallery at her home, where they can view her latest works or choose a print of one of the paintings; this side is managed by her husband Jason, who works full time in the business, allowing Amanda “more time to paint”. “I’m a very visual person and I’m constantly looking at things for inspiration,” she says. “I read a lot of interior design magazines to keep up-to-date, and I follow a lot of interior stylists on Instagram. I also offer an online in-situ service, where people send me photos of the

April - Greg Adams

room they want a painting for, and I offer suggestions. “Within reason, I do try and follow trends to keep up-to-date, but at the same time I also would love to know that the artwork is a classic piece that will go with them until the end of time. “I always encourage people to buy something they love, rather than just buy something because it’s on trend. “Definitely buy an artwork that grabs you and makes you want it forever, rather than just something that’s just going to kind of fit the trend for a season then be cast off.”

May - Wayne Malkin

June - Susan Skuse

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1 COPPER BLOOD SERIES BY TORY RICHARDS, Intaglio etching aquatint on copper plates, hand embossed on 300gsm paper, $570 inc GST (unframed), $850 inc GST (framed)


DATES Take a moment to peruse some of the finest works from some of the best galleries on the Coast.



New to the gallery is Noosa artist Tory Richards with her Copper Blood series of etching aquatints on paper, all hand printed and embossed by the artist. when ongoing where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or

TREE OF LIFE BY AMANDA BROOKS, Acrylic, ink and oil and Belgian linen, 1200mm x 1200mm, POA 114

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Hearts and Minds Art showcases a range of artworks, photography and sculpture by accomplished artists including Sara Paxton, Steve Graham, Susan Schmidt, Maree Welman, Tamara Sewoff, Jan Carlson, Richard John, Teresa Mundt, Angela Beggs, Nick Fedaeff and Michael Smith. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

Amanda Brooks’ gallery and studio features a diverse range of original artworks, prints, cushions and gifts. when ongoing where Studio visits by appointment. 0417 071 336 or

3 HOLLOWAY GALLERY This Moffat Beach gallery has an impressive collection of quality artworks by local, interstate and international artists. when ongoing where Holloway Gallery, 1 Roderick Street, Moffat Beach. 5491 5557 or

5 BLUECHIP INVESTMENT ART GALLERIES Bluechip Investment Art Galleries specialises in investment art and is committed to providing collectors access to fine art of the highest quality. when ongoing where Bluechip Investment Art Galleries, shop 23, 13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba. 5452 5600 or

5 Art on Cairncross ‘Colour & Light’ Judith Laws Marc Kalifa April 7 - 29

James McKay and Craig Medson May 5 - 27

‘Earth Connections’ Rex Backhaus-Smith Rowley Drysdale June 9 - 24 Also representing a selection of fine artists from the Sunshine Coast region and throughout Australia. Artworks include paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, leather masks and unique gifts.

Art on Cairncross Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny, Qld. P. 07- 5429 6404


Open Tuesday to Sunday - 10am to 5pm

WINTER BY DAVID BROMLEY, Medium acrylic, mixed media & silver leaf, 1500mm x 1200mm, POA SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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2 THE BATHROOM BY ALEX PLATT, Acrylic on Canvas, 600mm x 370mm, $1350

RETURN TO FANTASY BY NICK FEDAEFF, Oil on canvas, 640mm x 760mm, POA

Bluechip Investment Art Galleries specialises in investment art and is committed to providing collectors access to Fine Art of the highest quality.

Formally David Hart Galleries Shop 23 13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, phone 07 5452 5600 116

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MARCH 6 WILD Sculptor Bodo Muche has gained an international reputation for his fine bronze depictions of wildlife, including African animals he studied while resident in Tanzania and Botswana for many years. Painter Cynthia House has an equal passion for endangered wild animals, which she portrays in an individual way with context and feeling. when now to March 24 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

7 HOME IS WHERE THE DOG IS Katharine Nix has an artistic career spanning 40-plus years. Her work in the field of painting, paper making and artist’s books has seen her represented in many major collections and fine art publications. She is also a skilled printmaker. The exhibition brings together all disciplines with humour, empathy and gratitude to all dogs who have shared their lives with humanity. Twenty per cent of all proceeds will go to Guide Dogs Queensland. when now to March 31 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or

8 SELECT ARTIST FROM MBANTUA GALLERY, ALICE SPRINGS This exhibition features all original Aboriginal artworks in various sizes and price points. when now to March 31 where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or

9 GIRLS TALK… “There are some things you can’t cover up with lipstick and powder.” The exhibition features insightful works that take the viewer behind the scenes into the wonderful workings of a woman’s mind. when March and April where Holloway Gallery, 1 Roderick Street, Moffat Beach. 5491 5557 or

APRIL 10 GREG ADAMS Painting entirely from memory, Greg’s vibrant canvases depict what we all love about Queensland, and are deliberately naive in a style he calls “formalised realism”. when April 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleart


TURBULENCE #13 BY WAYNE MALKIN, Oil on stretched canvas, 850mm x 1500mm, POA SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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18 RHYTHMS OF A DRAGONFLY BY REX BACKHAUS-SMITH, Acrylic on canvas, 600mm x 1500mm, $6500

11 STOCKROOM EXHIBITION This selection of work showcases previous and future exhibitions and will feature paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs. when April 4 to April 28 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or 12 COLOUR & LIGHT Judith Laws is one of the greatest proponents of the use of colour in her paintings, while Marc Kalifa hand-blows intricate hues and more into his glass vases, bottles and sculptures. This exhibition promises to be a delight of colour on canvas and in glass. when April 7 to 29 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

MAY 13 WAYNE MALKIN Wayne’s stunning Turbulence series of works showcases his detailed studies of waves and brings the ocean to life in oils. when May 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleart 118

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14 GRAEME ALTMANN The gallery is very proud to exhibit the works of multiple prizewinning artist Graeme Altmann. This exhibition includes paintings and sculptures that are beautiful examples of the artist’s poetic language. His open and dreamlike landscapes contain a mysterious narrative which explores the tension between a solitary figure or animal and the prevailing elements. when May 2 to June 2 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or


COASTAL MOONAH BY GRAEME ALTMANN, Oil on linen, 1200mm x 1000mm, POA

15 CRAIG MEDSON & JAMES MCKAY Expertly sculpted works in bronze, marble and sandstone by Craig Medson will feature alongside softly executed watercolours of the regional landscape by James McKay. when May 5 to 27 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

JUNE 16 SUSAN SKUSE New to the gallery, Gold Coast hinterland artist Susan Skuse draws her inspiration from the natural beauty of the rainforest scenery and its wildlife. This award-winning artist includes textile patterns and vivid colour in her works. when June 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

17 EXHIBITION OF LOCAL AND INTERSTATE ARTISTS This special selection of work will introduce new artists to the gallery and will also include pieces from artists currently exhibiting. when June 6 to July 14 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or 18 EARTH CONNECTIONS Two artists originally from Western Queensland and highly inspired by that land come together in this exhibition. Rex Backhaus-Smith is one of the state’s most senior artists, painting his unique visions of the outback and farther afield, while Rowley Drysdale is a master potter who turns clay into art, be it a bowl or a sculpture. when June 9 to 24 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

19 FARLEY CAMERON AND SHANNON GARSON This is a joint exhibition of works from talented Sunshine Coast locals Farley Cameron, who is a contemporary artist, and Shannon Garson, a ceramicist who specialises in thrown porcelain. when June 15 to July 7 where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or


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Map Disclaimer: This map was not created to any scale, and no claim is made to its accuracy. Most natural features are eliminated, as are changes in elevation. This map does provide a starting point for finding your way around. Map depicted is subject to change.


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