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a beautiful place to live Certainly beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To some it is lush, natural landscapes, whilst others prefer views of shimmering water. For many however, the beautiful part about the Sunshine Cove lifestyle is that you are right in the heart of Maroochydore. Within easy walking distance of Sunshine Plaza, Ocean Street and the facilities a CBD brings. What beauty will you find here?

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AUTUMNAL ADVENTURES DAMIAN WATTS COVER PHOTOGRAPHER I’m a local photographer who loves taking images of the coast and hinterland we are lucky enough to call home. I spent my childhood surfing, hanging at the beach and enjoying nature, so once I discovered photography, it was a natural progression to spend time photographing the things I love. You can find me on Saturdays at the Original Eumundi Markets or you can find more of my work online at or ON THE COVER On this morning I headed up to the hinterland with a particular shot in mind. However, as it started to get light, I realised my original idea wasn’t going to work because of the low-lying fog. But then I came across this scene and everything fell into place. It was such a perfect morning and one which I was lucky enough to be able to experience (and capture).

I know I say this every autumn, but I really love this time of year. The temperature has dropped but the water is still warm, you don’t have to fight the crowds at our beautiful beaches, and it seems we all allow ourselves a collective exhale after what has been a hectic summer season. Because we live in a tourist destination, many people believe the Coast is best enjoyed in summer. But of course regular salt readers know that our region is gorgeous at any time of year. So get out there and enjoy it! Don’t know where to start? I have a tip. For this issue of salt magazine, I took a trip down to one of my favourite parts of the Coast, which is best enjoyed, I believe, in the autumn months. I don’t know why, but Caloundra is special to me. Actually, I do know why – it boasts the unbeatable Pumicestone Passage, has views of the Glass House Mountains and features a well-maintained coastal pathway where you can enjoy the area’s stunning coastline, relax at one of the many grassy picnic areas, take a dip at one of its beaches and explore its rock pools. I recently played tourist and re-explored the coastline of Caloundra, and on page 18, I take you along for the ride. Enjoy!

Also enjoying themselves were Lahnee and Pablo Pavlovich, who did some exploring of their own for our main feature this issue – they loosened their belts and indulged in some quirky treats from a few of the region’s most unusual foodie haunts. You can read all about Lahnee and Pablo’s foodie adventure over on page 6. Life has also been an adventure for some of the locals we feature in our pages this issue – such as Matt Inglis, whose unusual childhood led to a fascinating career behind the movie camera. Matt’s story is on page 38. There’s the wonderful Alison Foley, who’s Ten Little Pieces initiative is changing the way we all view plastic. Read what she’s up to next on page 34. We also speak to the internationally renowned ceramic artist Johanna DeMaine, whose stunning Sunshine Coast-inspired pieces are owned by royalty and leaders around the globe. Read our chat with Johanna on page 106. Of course, we also have heaps of food, fashion, things to do and places to discover. JEMMA PEARSON EDITOR Until next time!


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Enjoy the Sunshine Coast from a different perspective

18 SOUTHERN STAR We explore the beautiful Caloundra coastline

PEOPLE 28 PROFILE Shelley Davidow

30 BOLD VISIONARY Rachel Christensen

34 ROLE MODEL Alison Foley


86 MEET THE DESIGNER Cherilyn Hewish


106 ARTIST Johanna DeMaine

110 OFF THE WALL Sally Hayes


94 GREAT ESCAPE Golden oldie


100 ON THE INSIDE Pure and simple



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LOCAL WOULD KNOW Hidden gems to discover

42 OUR BACKYARD Inspiring snaps of our region

98 ATTRACTIONS Touristy treats that locals love

114 ART DATES Galleries you must visit



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NO MATTER WHO you talk to or where they are from, the mere mention of the Sunshine Coast brings images of white sandy beaches, rolling hills, and a sense of ‘chill’. There is no denying the Sunshine Coast has a vibe all of its own. Like the rhythmic ripple of the waves themselves, the Coast beats to its own drum and the people who live here, well, they dance to its song. And any tourist who comes to our shores will join right in; take a walk down Hastings Street and enjoy a crisp cocktail, lay a towel down on Mooloolaba Beach with crunchy fish and chips, stroll the quaint hinterland villages before enjoying a coffee and cake. The iconic experiences we dish up here often come hand in hand with our fresh produce and delicious food scene. But what if you looked a little harder, dug a little deeper, past the traditional, yet incredible, go-to’s and really let yourself get swept up? What if you took a stroll down a random laneway instead of a main street, or popped your head into a cute colourful cafe on the side of the road. What if instead of stopping at Noosa, you drove a little further, took the road less travelled to a tiny town with a not-so-tiny treat in store. Let me introduce to you another side of the Sunshine Coast. It’s a somewhat hipper sustenance scene and all the fun that comes with visiting some of our hidden foodie gems. Like a trip to a vegan bakery before a high ropes adventure, tiny houses and giant hotdogs, fairy pools, winding rivers and ice-cream sandwiches as big as your head. Or perhaps you’d prefer a kilogram donut? Which is exactly where we will begin. The delectable treats from Kenilworth Country Bakery have become a social media hit


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Jenna and Nathan Sanders from Kenilworth Country Bakery

WHERE: Kenilworth Country Bakery, Kenilworth WHY IT’S WORTH A VISIT: If you’ve ever dreamed about a space with donuts as far as the eye can see, filled and sprinkled with every topping under the sun, then be ready for your dreams to come true at Kenilworth Country Bakery. Once a simple bakery in a small, out-of-the-way town, Kenilworth Country Bakery is now a destination with more than 2000 people filing through its doors every week just to try the world-famous donuts, and at least 20 customers a day lining up to take the bakery’s famous one-kilo donut challenge. Which makes it hard to believe that just three years ago, when owner Jenna Sanders purchased the shop, donuts weren’t even on the menu. It wasn’t until they jokingly served up a giant one to a regular customer and posted it on social media with the caption “can you take the challenge” that this humble family business was well and truly put on the map. That one post had 2.5 million hits and a subsequent 150 orders for giant donuts the next day. Now, the bakery is dedicated almost solely to hand-crafting the most delicious donuts you could imagine eating and the team had to redesign the shop to accommodate the hundreds of customers daily.

HOT TIP: Get in early as the donuts sell out quick! Also, coffee in a donut is something you need to try at least once in your life. And the Golden Gaytime donut is made with real caramel that boils for eight hours and should come with a warning that addiction is imminent. WHILE YOU’RE THERE: What would a trip up to the heart of the Mary Valley be without a few pit stops along the way? Be sure to take a ride on the Mary Valley Rattler, a restored heritage train full of charm, or if you’re up for a little bit of a drive, head seaside to Noosa and visit the very photogenic fairy pools and take a hike through the Noosa National Park. You can even rent a kayak and set off through the Noosa Everglades if you’re feeling adventurous. WHERE TO STAY: The Kenilworth Homestead is home to some funky accommodation options. Step back in time with a stay in one of its revamped vintage caravans aptly named ‘Uncle Arthur’ or ‘Miss Georgia’. You can also opt for back-to-basics camping, or glam it up in a spa cabin.

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WHERE: Ninth Street, Mooloolaba WHY IT’S WORTH A VISIT: Tucked in the foodie precinct at The Wharf Mooloolaba, Ninth Street is both a burger haunt and a dessert bar, and it is easy to feel as though you’ve been transported to an American diner when you pick up the menu. Imagine creations like these: The Camemberry – a burger with an entire crumbed camembert wheel, lettuce, tomato, onion, avo mash and cranberry sauce. Or The New Yorker hotdog topped with zingy sauerkraut, mustard and sauteed onions. Maybe one of the six loaded fries options will take your fancy. If you’re up for it, Ninth Street even does a three-kilo Down the Dog hotdog challenge! But if sweets are more your thing you can order an Ice-Cream Sanga. It’s delicious ice-cream between homemade cookies or donuts, topped with gummies, Fruit Loops, brownie bits, popcorn or so much more. And let’s not forget the shakes, which are nearly a foot tall and a meal in themselves. Not only is Ninth Street

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delicious, it is also decked out with festoon lights and a greenery wall, making it casual diner-style dining at its best. HOT TIP: Do yourself a favour and try the Vote for Pedro loaded fries. They are nachos meets fries so how could you go wrong. The Alter Ego waffles are also a big yes from me. WHILE YOU’RE THERE: As you’re in the heart of Mooloolaba, you’re spoilt for choice on what to do after lunch. Swim, sunbake, wander the shops. But if you’ve managed to eat as much as we did, perhaps a bit of R&R is needed and luckily, right around the corner you will find the Salt Caves Mooloolaba. Salt therapy is a natural therapy using micro particles of salt to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep, improved physical fitness and endurance and overall wellness. So you can sit back in one of the ‘caves’, digest and relax. WHERE TO STAY: Imagine pitching a tent or parking the campervan beside a pool and water park to cool down in the Sunshine Coast sun, a full restaurant and bar, and playground for the kids. It’s camping meets luxury, or as it’s better known, glamping. Rivershore Resort in Diddillibah has a little bit of it all, with powered sites, king safari tents or family safari tents.

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WHERE: 313 Social, Mooloolaba WHY IT’S WORTH A VISIT: Also in Mooloolaba is 313 Social, tucked away down a brightly painted laneway on Brisbane Road. This hidden gem opens as the sun sets and was designed to bring the city vibe beachside. Every wall is splashed with a bit of colour. You can swing as you sip delicious cocktails, play a little pool, enjoy some local music or snack your way through the menu as the fairy lights shine bright above. The indoor/outdoor vibe, ‘pick a beer’ fridge and dedicated gin menu gives this place a sense of ‘cool’ and it really does feel as though you could be dining under the stars in a hip Melbourne alleyway. HOT TIP: Get there as the sun is setting because the artwork is really worth a good look. I’d suggest booking a ‘swing’ table too. They are a lot of fun as the night goes on and the cocktails kick in. WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Stick with the party vibe and head to Holey Moley in Maroochydore, a mini golf course meets full-service bar that turns traditional putt putt into a multi-sensory labyrinth of unique holes, making for one interesting game of golf. WHERE TO STAY: If you want to keep the beach-meets-city vibe alive, book a tiny house with a retro Hawaiian surf theme up the road in Sunshine Beach. Wake up under exposed beams and a skylight when you stay in this little house with big character, built from mostly reclaimed and repurposed materials, floor-to-ceiling louvred windows and an outside deck in a tropical garden with mountain views. Find it on Airbnb by searching for Sunshine Beach.

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WHERE: Soul Kitchen Bakery, Buderim WHY IT’S WORTH A VISIT: Not only are the Canadian owners of Soul Kitchen Bakery a treat to meet, but the delicious, 100 per cent plant-based, gluten-free, vegan baked goods, savouries and raw desserts are made with wholesome ingredients and a lot of love. Tucked away on the main drag in Buderim, it would be easy to miss this little bakery if it wasn’t for the brightly painted walls and groovy ’70s vibe that invites you in. The cakes then ask you to stay a while. Every product you devour, even down to the sauces, is handmade from scratch, with many of the ingredients organic and locally sourced. HOT TIP: Take the kids! There is a gorgeous little play area with toys from the ‘olden days’ and they will love the bright colours of not only the cafe but the cakes too. WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Drive a little further to the iconic Big Pineapple in Woombye and be ready to push your fears to the limit at the TreeTop Challenge adventure park. It has 100 challenges and 12 ziplines sitting in the trees at more than 25 metres above the ground, and there are five unique courses to jump into and get the adrenaline pumping. If a more laid-back adventure is what you’re after, the Buderim Forest waterfall is always well worth a visit while in town. WHERE TO STAY: While you won’t get a room there yet, keep your eyes peeled for the Badderam Eco Luxe Resort & Spa, a five-star luxury eco-resort and spa due to launch in the heart of Buderim later this year. Badderam Resort will showcase both Australia’s Indigenous culture and state-of-the-art environmental initiatives, with the resort being built with a six-star ‘Green Star’ building rating, and aiming to be Queensland’s first zero-waste eco resort. There will be 111 rooms and suites, three restaurants and bars, a 10-room wellness day spa and health centre, heated resort pools and hot tubs, wine tasting room and wine cellar. Other services planned include a crèche, a cookery school, a chauffeur service and a Tesla electric vehicle fleet for guests to use.


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If you’ve spent time on or near Maroochy River you’ll be familiar with the gorgeous old seaplane that offers scenic flights of the region. But we’ve just learned that PARADISE SEAPLANES is one of the most sustainable ways to explore our beautiful region. Paradise Seaplanes’ owner and pilot Shawn Kelly says Willy, his Wilga Warbird, is the nation’s first carbon-neutral seaplane. “We purchase certified carbon credits to offset all our flights but even before that Willy’s impact is minimal,” Shawn says. “A study done by the US Army Corps Engineers in 1985 found that there was ‘no significant environmental impact’ associated with seaplane operation. This is because unlike boats and ships, seaplanes don’t have any propellers, intake or exhaust in the water.” So you can fly on board Willy and enjoy our natural environment without doing any harm to it. Paradise Seaplanes is at 142 Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore. 0437 719 088 or Map reference N17

Been to BELLINGHAM MAZE lately? The hedge maze has been confounding visitors for almost 30 years – the last time salt’s editor was there she had to be rescued by her son! It’s a pretty, well-maintained star-shaped maze that offers opportunities for lots of fun, and photos. The Tanawha attraction has added a few other mazes and puzzles over the years, so once you find your way out of the hedge maze, you can enjoy the rope, timber and tyre mazes, have a hit of mini golf, then finish up in the puzzle shop. There’s also a cafe where you can ponder your trip over a coffee and scone. Bellingham Maze is well worth a visit. Find it at 274 Tanawha Tourist Drive, Tanawha. 5445 2979 or Map reference M18



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Eumundi resident, business owner and creative powerhouse Sandy Bradley wanted to share her passion for creativity, so she opened up PLAYSHED, a place where locals of all ages can tap into their inner child and play. Concerned about the fast pace in which many of us live, and the isolation and disconnectedness that can come from that, Sandy recognised the need for slow, mindful practices that allow us to be more present, so she created Playshed to offer a calm and relaxing creative space to nurture the imagination, connect with others in the community and learn new skills. Many of the workshops are guided by experts so no experience is necessary and classes are limited to 10 or 12 to ensure all participants have an intimate experience with like-minded souls. Playshed is at 1/95 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 0401 000 292. To book into one of the workshops, jump on Facebook and search for Playshed. Map reference L14


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We all know that FLAXTON GARDENS is a beautiful hinterland wedding location. With amazing views stretching from Noosa to Moreton Island, if you want a mountaintop wedding, there’s no better place. But it’s not just an incredible place to say ‘I do’. The venue’s Vineyard Restaurant is open to anyone who wants a beautiful meal in a location to match. The restaurant is located in a classic Queenslander with wrap-around verandahs surrounded by a pretty garden and is open for lunch, dinner and high tea. Our tip? Now that the weather is cooling down, book in for one of the restaurant’s popular Sunday roasts. Choose from chicken, beef, pork or lamb. The roasts are designed to be shared, and you’ll need to book ahead. For something lighter, Flaxton Gardens’ high tea is a treat. Flaxton Gardens is at 313-327 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton. 5445 7450 or Map reference K17

With our great weather and naturally beautiful outdoors, it’s easy to be healthy if you live in our region. And now Sunshine Coast Council is making it even easier. HEALTHY SUNSHINE COAST is the council’s health and well-being program that offers free and low-cost community activities held in various locations around the Coast. How does Zumba at Kings Beach, Tai Chi in the botanic gardens or meditation at Currimundi sound? There are also aqua fitness, yoga and boxing classes plus mindfulness courses and nutrition workshops on offer. Many classes are low impact and targeted at over 55s, so there’s no excuse not to get out and give it a try. The classes and workshops are offered at various locations around the region. Head along with a friend or make new ones. Find out more at



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The local branch of a not-for-profit TAOIST TAI CHI is offering free classes to the Sunshine Coast community to celebrate the organisation’s 50th anniversary. Corinne Williams, a spokesperson for the group, says, “The best way to appreciate the benefits of Taoist Tai Chi is to try it… Why not bring along the whole family and make it an outing.” Taoist Tai Chi was introduced to the Western world 50 years ago by a Taoist monk Master Moy Lin Shin, whose training helped him overcome debilitating ill health. He made a vow to devote the rest of his life to sharing his knowledge to help others. Fifty years later, tens of thousands of people in 26 countries are feeling healthier, more energised and calmer thanks to Taoist Tai Chi. If you’re interested in finding out more, head to or go along to the free event, which runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, April 18 at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, 51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha. You’ll need to meet at the open grassy area on the north-east side of the lake. Map reference M18

Remember when the local playground consisted of some squeaky swings, a see saw and a metal slippery dip that burned your thighs in summer? For today’s kids those days are, thankfully, long gone. Our region is filled with great playgrounds, and we’ve just found another – at THE GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS DISTRICT PARK. This park has just received an upgrade and we like it. The playground has a new slide, rope climb and bridge and spinner. But it’s not just the playground that got a makeover – the four-hectare parkland also includes a revamped dog off-leash area, footpaths, new amenities, picnic facilities and landscaping. A new sculptural and digital installation, titled Molten by local artist James Muller, now sits at the entrance of the park, which is off Page Street, Glass House Mountains. Map reference L21 16

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Water lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to swimming and surfing in the region’s beaches. But we also have waterways that don’t come with waves. And they are perfect for KAYAKING. Kayakers of all abilities love paddling on Pumicestone Passage. This diverse waterway is great for bird watchers and there’s something always happening on the water. But you can still find plenty of peaceful pockets where you can spot a turtle and other marine life. For a kayaking adventure we also love Noosa Everglades and the Maroochy River. Park in Cotton Tree and launch your craft from there, or head to Chambers Island further inland. If you don’t have a kayak there are places at the passage and Maroochy River where you can hire a craft for a few hours. Map reference N17 and N21

The salt team has recently come across the work of Noosa artist RAY SMITH. As a surfer in South Africa in the 1960s and ’70s, Ray began sketching his adventures in pink, ink and watercolour. Fast forward to 2008 and after a 30-year career as an industrial designer in California, Ray moved his family to Noosa where the natural landscape is getting his creative juices flowing. “The natural visual aesthetic of the region inspires my wavescape paintings. Using acrylic/multi-media, and a locally influenced colour palette, I have sought to create simple graphic compositions that evoke calm and tranquillity, mood and atmosphere.” His work is deceptively simple and beautiful. See more of it at


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We love our FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY MEMBERS, and around the region there are some great parks, walks and beaches where dogs – and their owners – are more than welcome. At the end of Hastings Street at Noosa Spit you and your dog can take a dip. While you’re up that way, head to Coolum’s Stumers Creek, where your four-legged friend can socialise with dogs of all shapes and sizes. Further south, North Shore Beach offers a decent stretch where dogs are welcome. Mudjimba’s southern tip, where it meets the rivermouth, is very pretty and unspoilt, so take your camera along too. Park close for an easy walk or further away to get the heart pumping. At Point Cartwright, start at La Balsa Park in the morning or evenings and stroll along the Mooloolah River. However, there are heaps of other parks, walkways and beaches where dogs are welcome. For a comprehensive list of dog-friendly areas head to and click on ‘living and community’ then ‘animals and pets’. In the Noosa area, go to and click on ‘community’ then ‘dogs’.

If you live in or around Noosa and want to give back to your local community, get onto Noosa Council’s website to find out how. The council offers a list of organisations that need VOLUNTEERS, whether for one-off projects or ongoing activities. You could help out backstage at Noosa Arts Theatre, maintain the gardens at Sunshine Butterflies, collect food for OzHarvest, share some quality time with a child in need or assist the Australian Red Cross in times of crisis. To find out more visit and click on ‘Services & Facilities’ then ‘Get Involved’ and ‘Volunteering’.

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LIKE MOST PARTS of the coastal strip in our beautiful region, the beachside suburbs of Caloundra get crowded in summer. Daytrippers and visitors flock to the beach to join the many locals who are hanging out in and around the water. Hunting for a car park and successfully claiming your slice of sand or a picnic table is a lottery you don’t always win. However, if you visit the southern Sunshine Coast location in autumn, when the water is still warm and the streets and beaches are much less crowded, you’ll be rewarded. Whether you head down to Kings or Moffs, Dicky or Bulcock, Shelly or Golden Beach, there’s much to love about Caloundra’s beachside settlements. Caloundra, like much of the Sunshine Coast, sits on Gubbi Gubbi country. The Sunshine Coast Council states that the name Caloundra comes from words in the Gubbi Gubbi dialect that mean ‘place of beech tree’ and by 1865, the few white visitors to the region were using the name Caloundra when referencing this part of the region. However, many years before this, Europeans were naming landmarks in the Caloundra area. In the late 1700s, Matthews Flinders named the passage Pumicestone River. Captain John C Wickham named Caloundra’s headland Wickham Point in 1847, and, famously, cyclonic squalls marooned 13 men from their ship Queen of the Colonies in April 1863 at present-day Moffat Beach – Queen of Colonies Parade now runs from the beach to the headland. The first Europeans who chose to live in Caloundra came in the 1870s. Robert Bulcock erected the first house in 1878 (it was called The Homestead and was built at present-day Bulcock Beach). Thomas John Ballinger, Samuel Leach and James C Moffat all established homes in the area in early 1880s. The SS Dicky ran aground in 1893 (giving Dicky Beach its name). In 1912 The Landsborough Shire Council was formed to administer the southern Sunshine Coast, which included Caloundra. From 1939 to 1945, many soldiers set up camp in Caloundra, when the area was restricted to the Australian Defence Force and American Army. In the decades since, its popularity as a seaside escape has grown and grown. Nowadays, however, many residents of the central and northern parts of the Coast rarely if ever visit the suburbs


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south of Currimundi Lake. I think they are missing out because Caloundra has a lot going for it – not least of all a stunning coastline that rewards at every turn. You just can’t take a bad photo around here. Need proof? Let’s start at Dicky and work our way down. When you drive into Dicky Beach, on your left you’ll slide past the Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park. This caravan park is packed during school holidays and over summer, but once school goes back, many caravans leave, the traffic thins out on Beerburrum Street and the suburb gets a lot quieter. It’s much easier to get a park in the beachside car park behind the skate bowl. Dicky has a lovely little strip of cafes and restaurants, plus a pharmacy, general store (where you can get your post-swim Paddle Pop) and bakery. The Dicky Beach Surf Club, where you can order a decent pizza, chicken parmi or tender calamari, is also nearby. Not that long ago, photographers would gather at the beach every day at sunrise to get their own shot of the much-photographed Dicky wreck. The skeleton of the old ship rose out of the sand near the surf club, but it was badly eroded and in 2015 the council removed the exposed pieces for conservation. However, Dicky Beach is still a very pretty spot for a morning walk. After leaving Dicky, drive south over Tooway Lake, then hang a left at the Moffat Beach Motel and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Moffs. Known for Moffat Beach Brewing Co and The Pocket, this part of Caloundra is always packed – even midweek it can be hard to get a car park, especially if the sun is out. But on weekends and school holidays it is hectic. That’s why I think it is best enjoyed in autumn. Moffs is home to the Queen of the Colonies memorial (a concrete pandanus that honours the shipwreck) and every year plays host to the Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial surfing comp. Around Dicky and Moffs most of the original beach shacks have made way for larger, contemporary beach homes. During school holidays, tourists and day trippers rub shoulders (literally) with locals as they line up for their morning lattes in one of the many coffee shops. Moffat Beach Playground is a great spot. Situated under a huge old fig tree, this was always a popular playground, but a recent


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makeover makes it even better, and with its many walkways and slides it is paradise for kids. There’s also Eleanor Shipley Park where you can kick around the footy. If you’re not feeling energetic, it’s a good idea to lay down a blanket and relax in the park to watch the world go by. You’ll see people jogging up and down the path, dog owners weaving in and around parents pushing prams and ibises poking about in the bins. Under the towering pine trees that line the foreshore, people relax as they watch the waves. Go there when there is a decent swell and you might be rewarded with what I think is one of the best shows in town – the local boogie boarders getting hammered in the shore dump. There’s a good reason Moffs is popular – great cafes, plenty of grassy spots to recline on, picnic tables and waves, plus a pretty headland. I recommend people stroll up this headland if they are keen for a walk. Just head up Queen of Colonies Parade and past the units perched on top, then down towards Shelly. Shelly Beach is quieter and more suburban than Moffs, but it is unmistakeably beachy. Despite all the larger new and renovated homes squeezed onto suburban blocks, Shelly still offers a relaxed beachside vibe that is very appealing. Down Victoria Terrace off King Street, there is a strip of grass and sand that is a lovely spot to take in the ocean. I wouldn’t recommend swimming here, as Shelly is unpredictable and unpatrolled, but the rock pools are well worth exploring, there are picnic tables and barbecue facilities, and it’s a good spot to take some family snaps. From Shelly through Kings to Happy Valley, the natural curves in the coastline and pretty views mean you’ll never get bored of the scenery. There are plenty of seats along the pathway to rest, plus memorials and plaques where you can catch your breath. But before we reach Happy Valley, let’s stop off at Kings Beach. Kings is absolutely brimming with holiday accommodation and it’s really busy in summer. This is the holiday centre of Caloundra. Near the surf club is the beachfront saltwater pool, and there are shops and restaurants at the eastern end of the patrolled beach. The beach is about 500 metres long and faces south-east.

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It’s generally a safe spot for a swim or surf, as Moreton Island reduces wave height. Back on dry land, Kings has a grassy reserve and play areas. In October, it’s also home to the hugely popular Caloundra Music Festival. Head further south-east and you hit what is probably my favourite part of Caloundra, the appropriately named Happy Valley. It’s my happy place, and given that the carpark is usually full, I’m clearly not alone. The grassy strip is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic after you’ve had a dip in the water – it is always filled with people chilling out after a surf who are in no rush to stick the board back on the roof racks and head home. If the tide is just right, Happy Valley offers the perfect wave for beginners and those after a more chilled ride. The Coastal Pathway pushes through here – in fact, the pathway runs from Pelican Waters to Point Cartwright. From Dicky to Bulcock Beach you’ll never go hungry or thirsty – even if there isn’t a cafe nearby, you’ll probably come across a coffee van selling decent brews and snacks. Find one at


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Dicky Beach at the Buderim Street beach entrance, Shelly Beach Park and Happy Valley (the more permanent Turtle Café serves up a varied menu). Down at Bulcock Beach, there are even more restaurants and cafes filled with visitors and locals, but while the shops are usually busy, across the road is the lovely gentle Bulcock Beach. In front of the Ithaca Caloundra City Surf Lifesaving Club is the perfect swimming spot as the water is calm and flat. As the ocean comes down into the passage it has created a bay where families and less confident swimmers can feel the saltwater without the waves. There is a boardwalk over the water where people of all ages drop in a fishing line, but even if fishing isn’t your thing, the boardwalk is a good place to stop and take in the vista down the passage to Bribie Island and Golden Beach. If you happen to be around Bulcock Beach Esplanade on the last Friday night of the month, hang around for the Twilight Markets, which kick off at 5pm. A block back from the beach is Caloundra’s shopping strip on Bulcock Street. It has everything you need – fashion and homewares retailers, loads of cafes and eateries, places to get a haircut, a massage or to get fit, a great bookshop, jewellers, Happy Valley

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Caloundra has a lot going for it – not least of all a stunning coastline that rewards at every turn.

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10 THINGS TO DO IN CALOUNDRA • Get your caffeine hit – whether you choose The Pocket or Groundskeeper Willy at Moffs, Beau’s or Fit for a King at Kings Beach, Lamkin Lane or White Picket Fence in Caloundra, you’re guaranteed a very good brew. • Visit the Caloundra Street Fair – every Sunday from 8am to 1pm, 100 stallholders offer handcrafted wares and art, fresh produce, flowers, coffee, food and sweet treats, while live entertainment and street theatre keep things interesting. The family-friendly Twilight Markets at Bulcock Beach are on the last Friday of every month from 5pm. • Get out onto Pumicestone Passage – the channel of pristine water stretches 35 kilometres and is teeming with marine and bird life. The shallow estuary is made up of a system of tidal channels and sand banks and is best enjoyed on a SUP or kayak. • Walk, ride or run the Coastal Pathway from Golden Beach up to Dicky. Coastal Pathway near Happy Valley

florists… You get the picture. Go on a Sunday and check out the Caloundra Street Fair markets, which are on from 8am to 1pm. From Bulcock Beach, follow the path down to Golden Beach. If you’re going for a bike ride in Caloundra, I recommend the pathway down here as it’s flat and safe. Golden Beach is also the place to launch any kind of watercraft to explore the passage. If you don’t have your own, head to Bill’s Boat Hire where you can rent a barbecue boat, cruisers, tinnies, kayaks or SUPs. From land, Pumicestone Passage is gorgeous, but it’s only when you are on it that you get a true appreciation of how special this waterway is. My tip – If you’re driving, take a left at the roundabout near the shops at Jellicoe Street, then turn right down The Esplanade. There are picnic areas and spots where you can settle in and watch the ever-changing passage. As you sit here and enjoy the view to Bribie Island, you’ll understand why this place is so special. Aren’t you glad you took a trip south? 24

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• Challenge your mates to some tenpin at Spinners Bar & Bowl. • Take a picnic, some sausages and bread and have a barbie at one of the barbecue spots along the coastline. • Check out the latest-release movies at Bigscreen Cinemas Caloundra. Tickets are just $10. • Go for a stroll along the street art trail – head to and search for ‘Downtown Caloundra street art trail’ to download the map. • Get arty with a workshop at The Art Hub on Bulcock Street or one of the other creative workshops on offer in and around town – find the list at • Check out the exhibitions and shows at Caloundra Regional Gallery and The Events Centre.


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MAY 1-3 JUNGLE LOVE FESTIVAL This boutique music festival celebrates up-and-coming local musicians, artists and art workers. The festival celebrates both live and electronic music and will feature a dedicated jam stage, which will be brimming with up to 75 musicians. This is an 18-plus event (though parents can bring toddlers and babies) in a pretty setting by a creek. when May 1 to 3 where Mary Valley Region (the exact location is revealed only to ticketholders) visit

AUSTRALIAN WEARABLE ART FESTIVAL Creatives from across Australia will show off their talents in our region at the Australian Wearable Art Festival. The festival promises to be bigger and better than 2019 and will have four main categories: avant garde, floriana, trashion and sustainable. There are also prizes for haute couture, headpiece, emerging artist and best tertiary and secondary student pieces. when May 2 where Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina visit



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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW Australia’s favourite comedy convoy is hitting the road, and is coming to Caloundra in May. Enjoy the best of this world-renowned festival without leaving the region. Talented newcomers will join established comedians and international performers in this celebration of silliness and song. A word of caution – this event is not for children. when May 6 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra visit

ANYWHERE FESTIVAL May is Anywhere Festival month on the Sunshine Coast. All over the region you can discover a range of performances in places you least expect them – find comedy in alleys, drama in backyards, cabaret on buses, walking tours with historical figures and loads more. Anywhere Festival is unlike anything you’ve seen before. when May 7 to 24 where various locations visit

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IT’S HARD TO imagine two more different cultural backdrops than the peaceful Sunshine Coast, and Apartheid-era South Africa. Yet these two settings are, for prolific author, educator and academic Dr Shelley Davidow, both pivotal points in an odyssey that has crossed countless cities, countries and continents. The Sunshine Coast is the place she made home about 10 years ago, and that she now feels deeply connected to. South Africa, in the years when it was illegal for black and white people to live together, is where she spent her early life. She describes this as a “tumultuous time”, made more so because of her parents’ crime – taking in an abandoned black toddler, Rosie, who became a beloved family member. “It was a time of social turmoil and physical danger,” Shelley says. “I had guns pointed at my face, rubber bullets, tear gas. “How I made sense of it was that I wrote.” And write she did – in fact, she has published an impressive 46 books to date. When she’s not writing books, she is a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and a facilitator in restorative practice – an approach to conflict resolution that focuses on repairing and restoring relationships, and that has her conducting workshops around the world. At the age of just 20, Shelley found herself catapulted into the limelight after she entered a manuscript, inspired by real events in her own life, into a major national literary competition in Africa. Her book, FreeFalling, won the prize – the 1991 Maskew Miller Longman Young Africa Award – thus signalling the beginning of a prodigious writing career that spans many genres, including children’s books, fiction, memoir, non-fiction, academic works, and recently, romantic comedy. Many of her titles have won critical acclaim: her PhD thesis that became a memoir, Whisperings in the Blood (2016), draws on her grandmother’s diary and letters; Shadow Sisters (2018) is another memoir that details her early life in South Africa; and Playing With Words (coauthored with Paul Williams, 2016) is a creative writing guide book. Her parenting book, Raising Stress-Proof Kids (2014), draws on Shelley’s experience as an educator and restorative justice expert to explore the long-term effects of stress on children, and how parents can deal with it.

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One of her most recent works, High Infidelity (2019), a fictional romantic comedy set in Byron Bay about a woman’s journey of self-discovery, may even be transformed onto the big screen, with a motion picture company showing more than a passing interest in making the book into a feature film. While such diversity across genres may be unusual for most writers, Shelley does not believe in pigeon-holing herself as an author. She sees each work as an opportunity to connect with her readers, regardless of who they may be. “The skills are definitely different [for each genre], but working with words to create a universe that particular people can enter into is always the same,” she says. “You need the same skills; you need to choose your words carefully. To me, writing is a craft. I don’t just tell a story, I try to craft it. I believe it’s so important, no matter what you’re writing, to make your words right. Words make reality. “So, I think whether I’m making a romantic comedy a reality, or writing an academic paper, the audience is completely different… but I always aim to move people in some way; to open up worlds and move people to maybe consider things in a different way, or feel like someone understands them.” After leaving South Africa and spending several years in the United Kingdom, the United States, and “a whole lot of places in between”, Shelley and her family chose to head to the east coast of Australia, largely because of its best-beaches-in-the-world status – although she has found a much deeper connection to the area than she ever imagined she would. “I just feel like everything I dreamt about has happened here,” she says. “I’m so enriched by the First Nations friends and people whom I’ve met, whose struggle is so familiar to me, having spent my whole life in South Africa. But over there, I was a minority, and here I’m not. I learned… that Apartheid in South Africa was a gift from the Queensland Aboriginal Protection Act [the 1897 legislation that provided the blueprint for South Africa’s racial segregation laws]. So I’ve come back to where it all started. “That made me feel that my own story had meaning, like I’ve come back here to do more than just live a happy life. I feel very passionate about social justice, and social healing, and the future, and children. So, somewhere in my work, that’s always there, because I write to have an impact. “My words are my power; I love playing with words.”

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GENTLE MUSIC FILLS the colourful studio as Rachel Christensen greets me with a cup of freshly brewed herbal tea. Cheerful pot plants, crystals, artwork, pottery, macrame art, ethnic rugs, lounge chairs and patchwork cushions create a beautifully nurturing, homely space, and it feels more like a healing clinic than a tattoo studio. Chrysalis Tattoo Alchemy is hidden in a quiet laneway in the heart of Maleny. Inside, Rachel works with clients who fly in every week from around Australia to receive her intuitive tattooing. She’s booked three to four months in advance and due to the relaxing space she has created and her gentle energy, her clients report significantly less pain than regular tattooing. Born in Sydney, Rachel always loved art and graduated with a degree in fine arts. Her first boyfriend was a tattoo artist, leading her into a world that was not her natural habitat. Small and softly spoken, she has a SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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captivating, fairy-like quality about her and it’s difficult to imagine her working in a blokey tattoo studio. “I did an apprenticeship and went into a pretty traditional modern-day tattoo studio,” she says. “I never felt I fit into the regular tattooing industry, but I didn’t have any intention back then to change the industry. That only came after I had my son Archer in 2014, which was two years after I began tattooing. “He was my spiritual awakening,” she says. “That’s when I started to tune into my intuition and started studying esoteric practices. I started getting into different healing modalities and really diving deep into my own spiritual path through meditation and getting to know myself. I was a single mother from when he was six months old and I went through a dark night of the soul. He helped me step into my power.” Rachel moved to Maleny with her partner Andrew two years ago and everything fell into place, with the studio, a house and the school she hoped to book her son into all becoming available in the same week. She set about styling her studio to be the polar opposite of the stereotypical offering. “The typical tattoo studio can be quite intimidating for many women,” she says. “Ninety-nine per cent of my clients are women. I’ve had so many of them tell me they have waited so long to get a tattoo because they never felt comfortable to go into a normal studio. “I wanted it to feel inviting. The space holds my clients. They’re coming in here to relax, unwind and release. A lot of the time, my clients release emotions and I want them to feel they’re in a tranquil and safe space. It’s very private – I don’t want people knocking on the door saying, ‘hello, can I get a tattoo?’ at four o’clock.” Most people find their way to Rachel through her Instagram pages, The Elysian Heart and Chrysalis Tattoo Alchemy, which have a combined following of more than 18,000. She has two types of clients: those who know what 32

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they want and ask her to design it, and those who want an intuitive tattooing session, a more complex process. “They’ll send me a photo of themselves and I get into a meditative state to connect to them in the same way I would do a distant healing session,” she says. “Information comes to me visually and sometimes clairaudiently, which is when I hear from spirit, or I really feel it in the body, which is clairsentience. “I then draw the image and give it a certain energy activation and incorporate energy work, shamanism and other modalities I’ve picked up. When I activate it, I lay it out with crystals, call on the planetary movements that are going on at the time – there’s so much medicine and intention being put into the image so that it becomes like a talisman or a vibrational symbol, just like the flower of life or sacred geometry. These symbols hold a frequency or vibration. That’s why it’s so potent for people who get it. It’s altering their vibration and aligning them to their higher purpose. “They let me choose where to put it on the body and that depends on certain energy channels and meridians, because


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where it goes on the body affects the healing. I guide them through a little meditation to open the space and call in their guides. The start is always quite silent. A lot of the time my clients open up about a lot, we’ll get deep into conversation. Sometimes people will have an emotional release with a lot of crying, which I love. I love that I can be a safe place for people to feel and hold them through whatever it is they need to let out.” Clearly a caring soul, Rachel is eco-conscious and uses non-toxic, vegan inks and plant-based compostable plastics. Her clients are entitled to decline her designs, but she says this has never happened. They are content to allow her to decorate their skin with her unique designs and often report back to her with stories of changed lives; of old jobs or dysfunctional relationships falling away. “They suddenly find what it is they want to do with their life, their purpose becomes clearer to them and they break through whatever they’ve been trying to heal,” she says. “They open their voice and they’re finally expressing or creating in ways they haven’t before. So much can happen.” Rachel’s work is now in demand around the world and when we meet, she had just returned from a spiritual retreat in Peru and a work trip to Bali. She has also teamed up with a fellow intuitive tattoo artist from San Francisco, Ashley River Brant, and together they have created an online course called The Art of Intuitive Tattooing, which they hope to teach in person in the future. “When we found each other online, we realised wow, we’re doing really similar work. We have both seen and witnessed how in demand this work is for people who want to receive. We want it to be accessible for people. We also want to share how powerful tattoos are and how the Western world has become so disconnected from the power that tattooing holds. We’re trying to bring it back in this way, because people want to do things with more intention these days. And we want to share this work with the world because it’s so powerful and it would be selfish to keep it to ourselves. “I feel this is my life purpose and I’d love to see how it evolves. I’d like to teach the course in larger settings all over the world to aspiring artists, come together with like-minded people and exchange new ideas and teachings. I’d really like to let go of that old paradigm of competition and ego in the industry and be more uniting. We can share and grow with each other and not feel intimidated by other artists.”


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WHEN YOU SEE a piece of rubbish fluttering in the breeze, do you stop what you are doing and pick it up? What about those little pieces of plastic hidden in sand castles made by happy kids, dirty cigarette butts that dot our coastal pathways, or the hundreds of takeaway coffee cups spilling from bins – do you reach down and scoop them up? Because Alison Foley does. In fact, she’s picked up thousands of little pieces of rubbish and it all started with a measly 10. “My family and I were at Noosa Main Beach one day. It was hot. My kids and I were getting tired and cranky; they were whinging for the long-promised ice-cream,” Alison says. “So, while I packed up the beach kit, I said to my kids that an ice-cream would cost them 10 little pieces of rubbish. To my astonishment, they returned to me with three bags full of cans, bottles, straws, food wrappers and cigarette butts.

“I thought that was pretty crazy. But even stranger was when we got the ice-cream and my son Liam decided to get a cone because he didn’t want the little plastic spoon that came with the cup,” she laughs. “I remember thinking, wow, if my six-year-old can connect the dots between what he consumes and what could end up on the beach just through picking up litter, what could I do to help other children, and adults, do the same?” she says. “So, in an effort to think globally by acting locally, Ten Little Pieces was born.” Ten Little Pieces, which kicked off after that fateful day at the beach and very humble beginnings two years ago, is an empowerment movement turned not-for-profit organisation, geared towards encouraging ordinary folk to make a big difference to the places they love by collecting 10 little pieces of rubbish, anytime, anywhere. “The beauty of the Ten Little Pieces philosophy is in its simplicity of anytime, anywhere,” says Alison. “And then this simple action, especially when kids are involved, really opens up conversations around environmental impact and stewardship, rethinking our concept of waste, and regenerative concepts. “At the core of the movement is empowering children and that is exactly what sparked the next phase of Ten Little Pieces, which was bringing educational programs to schools and day-cares.” Alison wants to take the initiative even further in 2021 with the addition of teacher-training modules. “Our education programs are engaging, entertaining and impactful, and basically we designed them to encourage solution-based thinking so the students can take action and even teach their parents a thing or two,” Alison says. “The beauty about children is that they are very powerful in their ability to change their own behaviour, to influence not only their own families, but their school communities and wider society too.” The environment has always been a point of concern for Alison, who even as a child felt the calling to make a change. “I’ve always had a deep respect for the ocean. Growing up in Tasmania, the island state, I always wondered what adventures lay over the horizon,” she says. “Eventually I gave into my


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THE SCARY STATS • Every year more than eight million metric tonnes of debris enters our oceans and 80 per cent of that comes from land. • There has been a 60 per cent reduction in global biodiversity in the past 35 years with enormous loss of habitat both at sea and on land. • Every species of sea turtle has ingested plastic. • Plastic doesn’t break down, it only breaks up. • Once debris leaves land, it accumulates in oceanic gyres, the largest of which is known as the Great Pacific garbage patch, a 1.6 million-square kilometre area of swirling plastic soup in the North Pacific.

The beauty of the Ten Little Pieces philosophy is in its simplicity of anytime, anywhere. And then this simple action… really opens up conversations.

wanderlust and joined my first superyacht cruising the Great Barrier Reef. I had so much fun. I then spent the next eight years onboard superyachts travelling the globe and was fortunate enough to see some of the world’s most beautiful places both above and below the water. It was just phenomenal.” It was this immense love of the sea that motivated Alison’s passion for researching the things that hurt it. “Unfortunately though, the more I researched and studied the issue of ocean plastics, ineffectual waste management systems, circular economic theory and regenerative concepts, the more I realised that the wonderful experiences I’d had travelling the globe as a young woman, seeing pristine, fragile, remote and vibrant habitats, this was all a privilege that my children, and yours, will likely never have. “So now, I suppose you can say that my love for the ocean continues but there is a shift in my awareness towards addressing the impact of plastic pollution on them.” Despite the scary statistics on climate change, pollution and waste, Alison and her team continue to fight for Mother Earth, and in January this year they had a big win, taking out a Sunshine Coast Council Australia Day Award in the Environment and Sustainability category. “It was a huge achievement for us and something that will help our cause grow here on the Coast and afar,” Alison says. Speaking of “afar”, Alison will be taking her show on the 36

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HOW CAN WE MAKE A CHANGE? • Pick up 10 little pieces of rubbish each time you’re out and about. • Talk to your kids about the environment and lead by example. • Minimise single-use plastics by investing in reusable coffee cups, water bottles, straws and containers. • Join local clean-ups. • Get to know the rules of recycling. • Avoid plastic bags.

road, or more accurately, the sea, when she joins eXXpedition Round The World 2019-2021, a pioneering two-year ocean sailing mission. The goal is to circumnavigate the globe researching, raising awareness of and advocating for solutions to the devastating environmental and health impacts of plastics and toxics in our oceans. “The mission will be crewed by 300 female scientists, artists, activists, educators, media experts, mothers and change-makers from all over the world, connected by a passion to protect our shared oceans from plastic pollution,” Alison says. Alison will join the crew for leg 11, which travels from Tonga to Fiji in May, covering 500 nautical miles through waters and islands afflicted by the debris that’s accumulating in the Southern Pacific Gyre. “I know that this experience will be life changing for me and I’ll return to my role as director of Ten Little Pieces with a focus and clarity on using my skills and knowledge as a catalyst for cultural and societal shifts in consumption patterns and the encouragement of closed-loop systems. Our oceans and all that live there are in peril, as are we, but there’s still hope. And I’m so excited to be part of it,” she says. You can follow Alison’s voyage via and the Ten Little Pieces social channels on Facebook and Instagram.


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A World of flavours EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY EAT In 2019, the Kawana Shoppingworld entertainment and dining precinct grew in size and has certainly delivered a new experience to the Sunshine Coast. P’Nut Street Noodles transports you to South East Asia as the traditional sauces and noodles take you on a tasty food journey. From the streets of Thailand to Kawana Shoppingworld, you will not be disappointed by the flavours. Cracking the whip, Texas style, you can enjoy an array of ribs, steaks, burgers and more at Lone Star Rib House. The restaurant is fully licensed and offers a selection of cocktails, beers and wines to accompany your American feast. If you are after an authentic Thai experience, Peak Thai is for you. The food is inspired by the owner’s love of cooking and passion for good quality ingredients. Think green curries, Thai noodle dishes and pineapple fried rice. Fofo Italian are the newest addition to Kawana Shoppingworld. The new Italian pizza and pasta venue delivers a selection of freshly made pizzas, pastas, schnitzels and parmies, but if you are more into antipasto and beers, you will not be forgotten.



OLDIES, BUT FAVOURITES Sushi Chain is a quick and easy option for lunch or dinner with a train full of delicious sushi and desserts. Guzman y Gomez continue to dish up the flavours of Mexico with fresh Australian produce, and event better, their menu is 100% Clean! GYG have no added preservatives, colours or artificial flavours - delicious and healthy. Grill’d are committed to serving the tastiest healthy burgers and salads, using fresh, high quality and local ingredients.



DINING & ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTORY ORY Y • Event Cinemas • Fofo Italian • Gelatissimo • Grill’d • Guzman Y Gomez • Lone Star Rib House

• Oliver Brown • P’Nut Street Noodles dles • Peak Thai • Planet Arcades • Sushi Chain • The Groove Train

The Groove Train is an eclectic bar and restaurant offering something for every taste bud. Whether you are looking for great cocktails, pizza, pasta, steaks, coffee or dessert, The Groove Train is the place to be.

INDULGE IN DESSERT Let Oliver Brown or Gelatissimo take care of dessert, with Oliver Brown delivering the ultimate chocolate sweets and waffles and rich hot chocolates, it’s the perfect place to indulge. Gelatissimo offers flavours to please every palate with a range of old-school favourites and new flavours every month.

PLAY ALL DAY (AND NIGHT) Enjoy a world of entertainment with a great range of games for all ages at Planet Arcades. The arcade features the latest video games, car racing games and familyfriendly fun. The fun never really ends as the kids can redeem their tickets for prizes to take home.

GOLD CLASS SERVICE Event Cinemas have introduced the first Gold Class and V-Max experiences on the Sunshine Coast, alongside the latest concept general admission cinemas. Enjoy waiter service from your Gold Class recliner, tasting an indulgent menu of movie-length cocktails, beer and wine, alongside gourmet food options prepared by a chef.


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NOOSA FILMMAKER AND writer Matt Inglis has been surrounded by stories his entire life. Sad stories, funny stories, tragic stories. Real stories that are stranger than fiction and fictional stories that have become iconic films. Now, he has some stories of his own he wants to tell and he’s attracting interest from film and TV producers and major publishers. Matt’s own story begins as a boy growing up in Sydney’s harbourside village of Balmain, a hotbed for major players in the film and TV industry. Mel Gibson lived in his family home at one point, which was just around the corner from the Sir William Wallace Hotel (perhaps the inspiration for Braveheart). His neighbours included Bryan Brown, Rose Byrne and David Williamson and his house was often filled with actors, musicians and bohemians partying and playing music. It sounds like the kind of childhood dreams are made of, but the fun times were often tainted with sadness and tragedy. Matt’s mother was Kate Inglis, an academic and writer who in 1994 published a book called Living Mistakes, about the forced adoptions that took place in Australia for decades from the 1950s onwards. In 2013, then Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Australian Government for this illegal practice that forced or encouraged an estimated 250,000 unmarried mothers to give up their babies for adoption. Kate had a particular interest in the subject – she was forced to give up her own baby, Matt’s older half-sister Lisa. It was a trauma Matt believes his mother never recovered from, pouring her grief into her book, in which she shared the stories of women who suffered this cruel fate. Matt says the repercussions have been far-reaching for many Australian families and are still being felt today. It’s the reason he has decided to republish an updated version of the book in his mother’s memory. “I remember coming home from school one day as a 14-year-old and there’s a girl seven years older than me who happened to be my sister,” he says. “It was news to me at the time. All I remember was my mum writing this book and interviewing all these traumatised women. I remember the sound of the typewriter, the smell of cigarettes and the sound of women crying upstairs. As a boy, it was hard to comprehend.” The girl who turned up on the doorstep looking for her mother was Lisa Stevens, the mother of well-known author, comedian and actress Rosie Waterland, who has written openly about her traumatic childhood. “Rosie and her three sisters ended up living with my mother and me for some time and my mother cared for them for two years,” Matt says. “Mum took a bit of a shine to Rosie and 38

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Beauty could spot she was someone who was creative and a deep thinker. “When the girls came and stayed with us, I was 25 and had come back from London, where I’d been working in the film industry. I came back and my half-sister was in the picture. My mum and her didn’t click as you’d hope, but the daughters were left to fend for themselves and ended up with my mother in her house in Birchgrove. The girls went to nearby schools and life seemed quite stable for them. I would do things like take the girls on film sets I was working on, take them to the Easter Show, act as a big brother or uncle. “One day, Mum said, ‘I can’t adopt her daughters and look after them’. Mum was in no state to do it – she was very troubled and had quite serious mental health issues. I remember a time clearly that was absolutely heartbreaking. I had to take the girls to a foster home and just leave them there. Through default, I ended up being a carer for my mother. While she had her faculties and was able to hold a job as a lecturer and do some TV presenting, she suffered greatly from what had occurred as a teenage girl. Throughout Mum’s life she had many opportunities to achieve great things but sadly, I think mental health and the loss of a child always interjected. As a young boy, I was constantly surrounded by this up-and-down lifestyle, where so many great things would happen and then extreme things at the other end would happen.” With a house often frequented by film industry types, it was a logical step for Matt to gravitate towards a film career. He began visiting film sets at the age of 14 and was given an apprenticeship as a lighting technician, which led to ongoing employment as ‘best boy’ – a role that involves working with lighting and electrical equipment on film sets. For more than two decades he worked on beloved films such as The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Matrix films, Babe: Pig in the City, Moulin Rouge! and Young Einstein, cementing his reputation in the industry as a technician. But it was writing he wanted to turn his hand to. After a move to Noosa in 2006, Matt set up his production company, Tiger Tale Productions, in order to write, direct and produce his own videos and films. He has a number of film projects in development and is writing a memoir that takes readers behind the scenes of Australia’s film industry, from the hedonistic ’80s through to the 2000s. Tentatively titled Best Naughty Boy, it is a rip-roaring account of Matt’s film industry escapades. It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Matt, who is also teaching acting for screen courses to local high school students. But the project closest to his heart is his mother’s book, which he’d like to bring to widespread attention by adding his own chapters and republishing it for today’s readership. He wants the book to be his mother’s lasting legacy and says it’s even more relevant today than it was when it was first published. “I’d like to see it turned into a TV series,” he says. “It might suit that format because there are about 18 individual stories in the book and they’re very dramatic. They all lend themselves to interesting story arcs. If you look at it from a positive point of view, it did create a lot of movement towards the changing of certain laws. My mother passed away just before the apology occurred [from Julia Gillard] and I received messages from people saying my mother did so much for the movement. “I’m proud of my mum; that she made a difference to many women’s lives. It’s a project I can take to another level and possibly help more people. I’ve seen the heartache the forced adoptions created. For myself, as an innocent bystander, the pain and heartache it caused me is immense, just by watching my mum going through what she went through. I think it’s a subject people are still interested in. Matters like this are more openly discussed and it’s about time things were unearthed. I want to set the story straight.”

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WILDCRAFT: THE SCIENCE & SPIRIT OF WILD PLANTS AS FOOD & MEDICINE Heidi Merika | $39.95 Heidi Merika is a naturopath and medical herbalist based in Eumundi. This beautifully published guide to plants is a book to be used as a resource for professionals, or a book to simply pore over and enjoy; the excellent photographs of plants and the accompanying information is comprehensive and well laid out. We are fortunate to live in an area surrounded by bush, and in close proximity to wild places. This book could be used as a field guide to help identify wild, edible and medicinal plants. It could also be of use to the home gardener; you may find a new appreciation for the plants that grow in your garden, even those plants you try to remove such as the annoying, pesky weeds. In these pages you will find details of the constituents of each plant, nutritional information, culinary information, folk medicine, research and even spirit qualities, all wrapped up in a very unique, informative and attractive publication. The collecting of wild plants is called wildcrafting, a word I love, and a word I will endeavour to use whenever possible, out in the bush with a copy of Wildcraft in my basket!



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Leigh Robshaw is a local author (and salt magazine contributor) who came into my shop recently to tell me about her South American travel memoir. She had such a warm and vibrant personality, and I liked her so much, I agreed to stock her book without question! As it turns out, her book is an absolute treasure! In the 1990s Leigh and a close friend travelled to South America on a three-month backpacking holiday. The only real plan they had was to be in London on a certain date, otherwise they were going to travel wherever the road led them. On just day three of this extended holiday, Leigh was captivated by a handsome and charismatic Peruvian artisan named Gabriel, and her whole life changed. Despite wanting to cancel the trip and stay in Buenos Aires with her new love, Leigh continued travelling with her friend through some of the most scenic and sometimes dangerous parts of the continent, always thinking of Gabriel. She did return to him in Buenos Aires where this holiday romance blossomed. Leigh and Gabriel travelled together, and lived the life of artisans for around three years; an experience that we can only imagine, and which altered Leigh forever. While travelling the back roads of South America, successfully searching for new experiences and excitement, Leigh also discovered the hidden parts of her own identity and her own truth. Her travels are so beautifully documented, you truly feel you are travelling alongside this fun, passionate and curious backpacker. Leigh travelled through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and more, and the descriptions of her many and varied experiences are vivid enough to send you scuttling off to the nearest Flight Centre.

THIS CHICKEN LIFE Fiona Scott-Norman, Ilana Rose | Pan Macmillan | $33 This is a book full of stories about chickens and the Australians who love them. Tree changers have embraced the joys of rural life and discovered the wonderful world of chickens. There is a big, glorious wave of interest in living sustainably and self-sufficiently, and chickens fit perfectly into the world of permaculture and home food production. Regional poultry clubs have reappeared, and there is a big move to adopt rescue chickens. So chickens are everywhere! In this beautifully produced book you will find loads of photographs of chickens with their people, and all kinds of stories from chicken owners and chicken lovers right around the country. Whether you are obsessed with chickens, are toying with the idea of having poultry, or simply enjoy a collection of quirky Australian stories, you will love this book. The author, Fiona Scott-Norman, is a writer, performer, cabaret director, DJ and chicken lover, and in this book she has teamed with photojournalist and photographer Ilana Rose. It’s a delightful result!


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KARLA THE COOLEST KOALA IN NOOSA Fizzi & Lili | $25 “I am Karla a Noosa koala; I live in a forest by the sea. But I love to roam away from my home, my leafy and tasty gum tree.” Did you know that the koala is the official animal emblem of Queensland? This new local children’s picture book is dedicated to the enjoyment and pleasure the koalas of Noosa have given to so many visitors and locals over the years. We all know that our koala population is in peril. We love these animals so much, and it is great to see a book which celebrates koalas and their local environment. The book features local content with stunning images by Linda Wills (Lili) and fun, rhyming text by Elizabeth Reynolds (Fizzi) that will delight children and adults alike. A portion of book sales will go to the organisations working towards the protection of koalas in our area.


The Mamamia team offers a range of podcasts, but we love the MAMAMIA BOOK CLUB, which delves deeper into your favourite novels and features interviews with the nation’s most successful writers.


Even if you don’t watch Sunrise, you might have heard about SAM MAC, the show’s quirky weatherman. If you haven’t started following him on Insta, do it now. It’ll put a smile on your dial even when the weather is grey.


We’ve just started following the HISTORY IN PICTURES Instagram page, and we can’t get enough. It features fascinating photos and videos from history, of events big and small. If you love to look back at the past, this one is for you.


Need some help with your morning make-up, but tired of all those millennial beauty vloggers? Hit the ‘like’ button on YouTube channel BEAUTY BY SOANE. Kimberly Soane offers practical tips accessible for women of all ages and skill levels. Go to and search for ‘Beauty by Soane’.


It’s not just beauty vloggers and gamers on YouTube. 5-MINUTE CRAFTS offers an incredible range of videos including life hacks, how-to videos, health and beauty tips, science experiments and kids crafts. The creators are doing something right – the channel had about 65 million subscribers at the time of writing. Go to and search for ‘5-Minute Crafts’.


Sunny Coasters don’t need to head to Brisbane or online for stylish finds. Created by the My Weekly Preview team, MY STYLE is a great local guide to fashion on the Sunshine Coast featuring beautiful labels from your favourite boutiques. Book reviews by Annie’s Books on Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or The online picks were selected by salt HQ.


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Noosa by Paul Smith,

Alex Headland by Tracy Naughton,

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Cootharaba by Damian Watts from The Salty Pixel,

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Wholesale specialty coffee roastery EUMUNDI COFFEE CO finished 2019 on a high after taking out a silver medal for its organic ‘Mother Earth’ coffee blend at the Australia and New Zealand Golden Bean Coffee Roasting Championships. The coffee is brewed and judged by industry professionals, who award high scores for balance, sweetness, flavour, body and aroma. The medal is a real coup for young local Eumundi entrepreneurs Thomas Rumble, Hugh Gyngell and Gabby Lowik, who established their roastery less than a year ago next door to their cafe, The Store Eumundi in Memorial Drive, Eumundi. The three coffee-loving mates have worked together on the Coast in the specialty coffee industry for more than a decade. Head roaster Thomas Rumble says the latest award is one they will cherish, and reassures them they are on the right coffee path. The Store Eumundi is at 97C Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 0455 587 145 or

Say HELLO GELATO! Based here on the Sunshine Coast, Hello Gelato is a fantastic new way of having delicious, authentic gelato at your wedding reception, birthday party or corporate event, served Riviera style from the hold of a vintage-style gelato bike. Custom made in the UK, the bikes are compact to fit easily into any function space, and their design keeps gelato cold without electricity. This means Hello Gelato can head along to any outdoor event or venue. What flavours, you ask? How about white chocolate and raspberry, salted caramel, and hazelnut Roche. Sorbets flavours include blood orange, lychee, and watermelon and mint. Don’t have any reason for a party? Well make something up, so you can invite the Hello Gelato team along to help celebrate with you, doling out happiness by the scoop.

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Dining has never played a bigger part in our lives, so here salt shares news, information and products that enhance our passionate consumption.

As the weather cools we are craving hearty meals, and we love this SATAY CHICKEN SWEET POTATO recipe from Mayver’s. To make a meal for two, you’ll need two large sweet potatoes, a tablespoon of coconut oil, 400 grams of chicken mince, two cloves of crushed garlic, a teaspoon of ginger, two tablespoons of tamari and four tablespoons of Mayver’s Dark Roasted Peanut Butter or Tahini. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and line a baking tray. Cook the potatoes whole, for 60 minutes or until tender and soft when cut with a knife. When there is 20 minutes to go, start making the chicken satay by heating the coconut oil in a fry pan and browning the chicken mince. Add the garlic, ginger, tamari and peanut butter or tahini and mix to combine. Allow to simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes. If your mince is getting a little dry, add a splash of chicken stock to help keep the moisture in. Cut the sweet potato in half and add half the satay to each potato. Garnish each with a thinly sliced spring onion, half a thinly sliced chilli and some micro herbs. This delicious recipe was provided by the talented Monica ( thanks to Mayver’s. 46

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Honesty on a plate... With the luxury of an award winning restaurant, Flaxton Gardens can cater for any occasion. High tea, lunch with friends, a romantic dinner, special celebrations or weddings, we offer a variety of options for your special occasion.

Sometimes you don’t know something is missing in your life until it makes an appearance. That’s how we feel about OURS. CAFE & GOODS. Since opening late last year, certain members of the salt team now can’t do without their regular fix of vegetarian and vegan goodness that is created in store every day. It’s not surprising this is a little gem of a cafe – Ours was opened by the clever team behind the much-loved Pocket Espresso Bar, now a Moffat Beach institution. While the homey interior draws you in, it’s the food at Ours that is the real delight. If you’re sceptical about the whole vegan thing, this will change your mind – this fare is seriously tasty. Toasties, tarts and salads fill the cabinets – our faves include the broccoli and cabbage slaw with cashew cream, and the roasted sweet potato salad with wild rice, pepitas and cranberries. If you’ve never had tofu, get into the satay tofu burger – it will change your life. As the weather cools, we’re looking forward to tucking into gluten-free vegan cheesy pasta. There are also sweet treats and great coffee. What more could you want? Ours. Cafe & Goods is at 3 Roderick Street, Moffat Beach. Search for it on Facebook to find out more.

It’s almost time for the NOOSA EAT & DRINK FESTIVAL. The organisers are offering four days of incredible events that celebrate multicultural flavours and local producers. You can learn how spirits are made with Noosa’s Fortune Distillery, indulge in French cuisine with chef Frank Boulay from Periwinkle, take a brewery tour, join Rickys head chef Josh Smallwood in the kitchen or enjoy a paddock to plate experience with Copperhead Brewery, chef and writer Matthew Evans and producer and entrepreneur Nick Haddow. Other big names in food making an appearance at the festival include Miguel Maestre, Matt Moran, Matt Sinclair, Ronni Kahn, Alanna Sapwell and Matt Preston. The Noosa Eat & Drink Festival is on from May 14 to 17. Check out the whole program at

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We offer only the best seafood!

Keep your eye out for a new restaurant that’s coming to Buderim. Due to open in April, HONEYSUCKLE is tucked behind Ballinger Road, and will offer a modern Asian menu with an Australian twist. Chef Seung Joo Kim and his team have a passion for this style of cuisine and are busy preparing for their first patrons. Bring a friend because the lunch menu has been designed to be shared – think beef and betel leaf skewers with toasted peanuts, or sticky beef short ribs with fried noodles. The dinner menu will offer a modern take on classic dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Pictured are the Mooloolaba king prawns with sweet potato, pickled daikon, corn curry and popcorn. And while you are there take note of the dinnerware – it has been created by local ceramicist Peri Ceramics. Keep an eye out for Honeysuckle at 8/4 Ballinger Road, Buderim. We’re not going to lie, we are fans of Noosa’s PICCOLINO. This delightful restaurant offers faultless service and delicious Italian fare. In fact, if you want a taste of Italy but can’t afford a European holiday, this is the next best thing. It doesn’t get any better than that, right? Well, it actually has, because Piccolino recently opened up its private rooftop terrace – it’s a great spot where you can hang out with friends and watch the world go by on Hastings Street. Piccolino is open seven days a week and we recommend you book as it is popular. 8 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 5447 3346 or


Fresh seafood goes hand in hand with our Noosa lifestyle. There’s nothing like a seafood barbie or fresh prawns with a cold beer. We’ve got the freshest, best quality catch on the coast everyday and Chefs ready with cooking tips and advice.


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BOHEMIAN BUNGALOW was a much-loved Eumundi eatery that closed down unexpectedly about two years ago. But now the cafe has reopened with a wonderful new team and menu to match. Regulars will notice that the atmosphere is still welcoming and fun and the menu so good you’ll have trouble deciding what to go for. Head in for an all-day breakfast (acai bowl anyone?), lunch (we can’t decide between the green bowl and beef burger), dinner, or just go for a cocktail, wine, beer, or a delicious Eumundi Coffee Co brew. Bohemian Bungalow is at 69 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7727 or

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Noosa has got itself a new brewery, and we love it. At the BOILING POT BREWING CO you can settle yourself at one of the picnic tables in the turfed courtyard or kick back at a table in the cool interior and sample some local beers. There’s a lot to love at Boiling Pot. On tap are eight thirst-quenching beers for every beer lover, from mid-strength pale ales, IPAs and Saisons to black lagers and Rye XPAs. There’s also a local cider and ginger beer. But it’s not just about the brews – Boiling Pot has a kitchen on site, creating a local produce-heavy menu that includes pizzas, shared dishes and platters. Yum! Boiling Pot Brewing Co is at 130A Eumundi-Noosa Road, Noosaville. 5449 8360 or

THE BAVARIAN at Sunshine Plaza recently added a new range of loaded bratwursts to the menu. Yum. Each Loaded Brat ($18) is generously loaded with toppings and sauces. The Spicy K Dog incorporates kimchi slaw, sesame seeds and spring onion, all stacked onto a delicious kielbasa sausage and brioche bun. There’s the Chilli Dog, piled high with chilli con carne, queso, tomato, onion salsa and jalapenos. Or how about the Mac & Cheese Dog, with a cheese kransky, in a brioche bun, and topped with creamy mac and cheese, crisp fried onion and barbecue sauce. If you can’t decide which brat to buy, try the trio in the Mega Loaded Dog ($25), which is piled high with toppings from all three Loaded Brats. The Bavarian is on the Riverwalk at Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore. 3096 0552 or


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They say you shouldn’t mess with perfection but clearly the team at Arnott’s didn’t get the memo – they’ve been playing around with flavoured TIM TAMS for years now. And recently, a new batch of flavoured Tim Tams hit the supermarket shelves. If you haven’t seen them, head to your local supermarket now and look out for Gisborne Orange & Dark Choc, Manuka Honey & Cream, Murray River Salted Caramel and Sunshine Coast Strawberries & Cream. If you’re an old-school Tim Tam lover, we get it, these just don’t seem right. Until you try them! Our fave? Well the Sunshine Coast Strawberries & Cream, of course!

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MY FIRST BITE was the perfect mix of crunchy pastry and the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess of goat’s cheese. My second bite brought the sweetness of apricot chutney, and tartness of beetroot carpaccio into the mix alongside the freshness of greens and the crunch of candied nuts. Together, this assemblage of flavours danced on my taste buds. And then, my third bite – fries covered in poutine gravy topped with cheese curds and duck confit. Heaven. Welcome to Panache Bistro, a French-Canadian restaurant hidden away in the Town of Seaside, Marcoola, and the ‘baby’ of 39-year-old owner and executive chef Sandra Cousillas. The minute I looked at her menu, I knew I was in for a treat. I mean, how often can you order dishes like crispy duck confit with nashi pear salad, various nuts, mixed leaves, roasted pumpkin, beetroot and a blueberry sweet & sour vinaigrette, or, a burger with house spiced fried buttermilk chicken pieces, salad and avo in a brioche bun, both from the same restaurant and the same menu? It is this zesty clash of traditional French cuisine and Canadian staples – with a hint of European, American and even Asian thrown in for good measure – that makes this place so unique, and so inviting. But that was exactly the point. “The idea behind Panache is in praise to my beautiful home city, Montreal,” Sandra says. “And in order to experience true French-Canadian cuisine, you need to understand that it is very multiculturally diverse and very bold. That is what we are all about, even down to the name Panache, which translates to having the guts to do something, to being brave, courageous; it is what we want to bring to your experience with us.” Not only does the menu embody this premise, but so does Sandra herself. Born in Colombia and adopted as a young child, Sandra moved to the province of Quebec at the age of three where she grew up with a Spanish dad, Uruguayan mum and strong French-Canadian values. “I grew up surrounded by food, travel, large family gatherings,” Sandra says. “I remember shopping for groceries with my mother, organising menus and preparing dishes to



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put on our perfectly decorated table every time we entertained guests. My home was constantly filled with a variety of people, music, ambience and so many different foods to taste and smell. I fell in love with this.” In 2002, Sandra began her apprenticeship in French gastronomy, then followed this with a bachelor in restaurant management. “I started out in this industry in one of the most popular diner franchises in Quebec, then I spent time working my way up through the kitchen ranks, and travelling the world – Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, France, Thailand, Cambodia, French Polynesia, now Australia,” she says. “I’ve worked in five-star hotels, fine-dining restaurants; I ran a beautiful cafe and patisserie shop with my mum in Uruguay. It has been a great journey to here.” It was in 2018, after she lost her father to Alzheimer’s, that she decided to follow in his footsteps and start her own business. “I had been living in Australia nine years when I came across the opportunity to settle in the Town of Seaside, and so I took the leap,” Sandra says. “Everything had a place and not a space was wasted in this building; it was perfect, and the area is such an amazing place

for local dwellers as well as holiday makers. I think the Sunshine Coast depicts the perfect conception of what Queensland beach life truly is.” With the perfect location, she then moved on to bringing together the perfect balance of fresh, homemade, sophisticated food. “I am so passionate about the food,” she says. “So we cure and smoke our own meats and fish in house, all of our sauces are homemade, we use fresh local and seasonal produce and we are constantly experimenting. “It is all about the food for me, what it looks like in front of you before you eat it, the elements and the colours, making it all make sense on the plate. Then it is the aroma, the textures, taste! It’s like a dance when everything goes well in the kitchen, we are all in sync, the food is beautiful, people are happy, and that thrill is very addictive to me.” It isn’t hard to pick up on that passion when you dig into one of Sandra’s culinary creations. “I enjoy playing with old recipes and giving them my own little twist,” she says. “Canadian food isn’t just putting maple syrup on everything,” she adds with a laugh. “I love comfort food, naughty food and mixing unusual textures and colours and flavours together, like peaches and salmon gravlax or lettuce fritters and mint caramel.” 52

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Sandra also wanted to ensure Panache kept its “homely” casual vibe, but also reserved a touch of sophistication too. “It was important for me to have the right amount of sexy and comfort as soon as you walk in our doors, but not too much so that someone might feel out of place either. It is the Sunshine Coast after all. “I wanted some feature elements like the emerald velvet couch to stand out as well as the texturised wallpaper, which features pine cones as a statement piece, a homage to Canadian flora. Even our logo, a majestic deer head, is a tribute to where I grew up but still so welcoming and inviting for everyone.” And believe me when I say that even before your eyes catch a glimpse of her menu, or the decor, you will feel invited in; by the smiling staff, the twinkle of the fairy lights on the deck, the ambient glow, and from Sandra herself.


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The team at All’ Antica is sharing the love with these tasty Italian classics. 54

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Kunara Precinct, Mons Road, Forest Glen, Sunshine Coast





1 sourdough loaf 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Salt & pepper to taste 4 ripe roma tomatoes 1 red onion (small to medium) Small handful fresh basil Small handful fresh rocket 2-3 whole bocconcini Balsamic glaze

Cut sourdough into 8 even slices. Rub with olive oil, salt and pepper then grill or oven bake. Make the tomato mix by finely dicing the tomatoes (de-seeded), onion, basil, salt, pepper and olive oil. Dress the rocket in a small bowl with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. Place the toasted sourdough on your serving plate/board and put the dressed rocket on top of the slices. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of tomato mix on the rocket bed. Place a slice or two of bocconcini (tip: use an egg slicer to cut them) on top of the tomato mix. Dress with extra virgin olive oil and cracked pepper. Drizzle balsamic over the bocconcini and serve.


Ingredients Napoli sauce 1 tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 small onion, diced 2 tins Italian crushed tomatoes 1 cup water ž tsp salt Pepper to taste Handful fresh basil, torn

Cannelloni 2 large handfuls baby spinach, finely chopped 1 handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 500g good ricotta 50ml extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp nutmeg 200g fine powdered parmesan 6-8 pasta sheets, cut into approximately 15cm square (use good pre-made sheets or make pasta yourself) Mozzarella

Method To make the sauce, heat the oil over a medium heat, add the garlic and onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add tinned tomatoes, water, salt and pepper. Stir, reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the basil. Set aside. To make the cannelloni filling, in a bowl add the chopped spinach and parsley, ricotta, olive oil, nutmeg and half the parmesan. Combine to make a firm consistency. Add more parmesan or even breadcrumbs or almond meal if the mixture needs firming. Before making the cannelloni, add some sauce to the bottom of a greased ovenproof dish. Lightly wet the inside of your pasta sheets and put a couple of spoonfuls of the mixture along one side of the pasta. Pat mixture down firmly, then roll up the cannelloni, placing the seam side down in the dish. Repeat. Cover the cannelloni with more of the sauce and sprinkle some mozzarella and the rest of the parmesan on top. Cover the dish with foil and pop in a 180-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Take the foil off with 5 minutes of cooking to go to brown the top. Scoop out with a spatula and serve.

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Ingredients Panna cotta 800ml cream 100ml milk 90g caster sugar 1 capful vanilla essence ¼ tsp vanilla paste ¼ tsp nutmeg 2-3 gelatine sheets Berry compote 250g mixed berries fresh or frozen 80g caster sugar ¼ tsp ground cinnamon Pinch nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method To make the panna cotta, gently heat cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg in a thick-based saucepan. Gently bring to the boil to dissolve the sugar. Then place the gelatine sheets into the mix (as the mix is hot the sheets do not need to be soaked in cold water). Once the gelatine is completely dissolved, remove from heat. Spray 8 to 10 dariole moulds with canola spray then pour the mixture into the moulds. Cover with cling wrap and let set overnight. To make the berry compote, gently heat all the ingredients until caster sugar has dissolved, then leave in the fridge overnight to be used on top of the panna cotta. To plate, place the small moulds upside down above the serving plates then with your thumb gently push the panna cotta to the side to let a little air pocket into the mould. The panna cotta should then slide out easily. Place a couple of spoonfuls of the cold berry compote over the panna cotta and serve.

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French Mediterranean cooking using locally grown products Nestled in the beautiful village square of Peregian Beach, Periwinkle restaurant offer a modern French Mediterranean cuisine with delicious seafood, hand crafted sourdough breads, char grill beef and seasonal vegetables. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast, lunch or dinner in the family friendly village square park.


Ingredients 10-12 ripe roma tomatoes Extra virgin olive oil 8 peeled whole garlic cloves Fresh rosemary Dried oregano

Sea salt and pepper 2 packs good Italian spaghetti Freshly shaved grana padano parmesan Half bunch fresh basil

Method Make a napoli sauce by heating the oven to 180 degrees. Place the tomatoes in a roasting tray and cover with extra virgin olive oil. Add the garlic, rosemary and oregano. Salt the tops of the tomatoes and place in the oven for about 30 minutes. As the tomatoes cook and combine with the oil they create the sauce. Once the garlic is starting to brown and the skin is separating from the tomatoes, the tomatoes are ready. Take out of the oven and pick the skin from the tomatoes and discard. Tip the mixture into a pot and season with pepper and more salt if required. Try not to break the tomatoes up too much as this is part of the rustic style of this dish. Set aside. Cook spaghetti in plenty of salted, boiling water until al dente. Strain then combine with the sauce. Serve and garnish liberally with the shaved parmesan, extra virgin olive oil and the fresh basil.

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Kalki Moon’s Rick Prosser



THE AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT scene has soared to dizzying heights in recent years. Sunshine Coasters and visitors can now treat themselves to some excellent local products made right on our doorstep. One exciting development is the CAVU distillery and brewpub at the iconic Big Pineapple site. Head distiller Adam Chapman is well known to Queenslanders as a winemaker for both Ballandean Estate on the Granite Belt and the last 20 years at Sirromet. 58

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You can’t help but be energised by Adam’s passion when he speaks of the new venture. As a winemaker driven by terroir, he has now brought this same philosophy to spirits. With CAVU’s proximity to all major centres on the Sunshine Coast, the added bonus of being able to access a range of local ingredients and cane sugar made his career shift an easy decision. “We want to give the Sunshine Coast back to the locals in the form of a drink,” he says. Having recently completed his distilling qualifications, Adam’s CV looks quite tidy given his winemaking experience, WSET and project management qualifications. “Raw materials such as grapes are used in winemaking and distilling,” he says. “My aim is to apply the winemaking experience I’ve accrued over the last 32 years to bring the technical palate, flair, passion and unique style to each spirit we produce.” The state-of-the-art distillery facility will feature an 8000-litre mixing SS tank with double cooling jackets transferred to two 4000-litre fermentation tanks, a wash still with 6500-litre capacity and two copper stills holding 6000 litres and 2500 litres. To ensure safety during distillation, air flow vents have been installed to remove 8000 cubic metres of air every hour. The new CAVU distillery will begin by producing its Sunshine and Sons gin and vodka range plus Whatmore small-batch peated whisky as well as a few local liqueurs, with the main focus on rum production (aged gently in oak barrels).


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We’re committed to supporting local producers and using local materials as much as possible.

The rum range will be made up of rum white, rum spiced, rhum agricole, and rum dark aged to be named Nil Desperandum, or as Adam says, ‘She’ll be right mate’. The long-term plan will be ageing the rum for three years in 100-litre and 200-litre casks before release. Using a unique method to embrace the local region, the Sunshine and Sons vodka will be drip fed through Buderim volcanic rock. And if that point of difference doesn’t get the juices flowing, the gin and vodka are also gluten free.


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Bundaberg’s Kalki Moon

Speaking about the brewpub, part owners Matt Hobson (CEO) and Michael Conrad (chairman) say, “We’re committed to supporting local producers and using local materials as much as possible, including other breweries and food outlets. Having beers from other local breweries makes sense to promote the Sunshine Coast as a whole.” Now the stills have been fired up, those getting thirsty will be able to get their hands on these artisan spirits by Easter with the brewpub planned to open mid-2020. Keen for a road trip and in love with small-batch production? Stretch your curiosity that little bit further up the Bruce Highway to Bundaberg’s Kalki Moon. Rick Prosser founded this label in 2017 and production seems to be forever increasing. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the distilling industry, Rick can proudly attest to be one of a few master distillers to have worked at the famed Bundaberg rum facility. Since taking the leap to go out on his own, business is booming and Rick couldn’t be happier. Proudly family owned and run, Rick’s mother manages the books, with his wife, children and in-laws all rolling up the sleeves and putting their shoulders to the wheel. Producing a range of gin, vodka, liqueurs and rum, the success of Kalki Moon has seen them land on the shelves of 120 Dan Murphy’s stores nationwide. Requiring two years ageing, the first Kalki Moon rum will be released mid to end 2020, and given Rick’s experience with rum, it will be worth the wait. Open to the public for tastings and tours seven days a week, more than 90,000 visitors have already walked through the doors. Coupled with numerous local and international gold medals for its products, the successes keep racking up at Kalki Moon with its classic gin recently voted number one in a competition of 250 Australian-made gins. A great mixing gin, this is a fabulous achievement considering its $40 RRP is less than half of many of its competitors. Kalki Moon is also now being exported to the United Kingdom – achievements all worth celebrating before the distillery turns three in March 2020. 60

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Barambah Cellars

But if wine is your thing, try a scenic drive two hours inland to Moffatdale in the heart of South Burnett wine country. Two clever producers have joined forces and opened a new cellar door called Barambah Cellars. Located at 167 Tipperary Road, Sarah and Stefano Radici’s Nuova Scuola label sits beside Vikki and Peter Stewart’s Lightning Tree Wines. Both families have extensive experience as winemakers and vignerons in the district and their passion for alternative varietals cannot be questioned. Visitors can not only taste the wines from both producers but kick back on the deck and enjoy the expansive vista overlooking a two-hectare vineyard in the Barambah Valley while grazing on a shared platter made from delicious local produce. Why not make a weekend of it and stay at the B&B accommodation on site?


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A French Canadian inspired Bistro using locally grown produce

Adam Chapman from CAVU distillery

SEVEN OF THE BEST: NUOVA SCUOLA VIOGNIER 2019 (SOUTH BURNETT) $21 Medium-bodied, watch out for yellow flower and grapefruit aromas with tinges of honey. There’s a citrusy vibe dancing through the mid-palate with white stone fruit driving through culminating in a fine ginger spice finish. Autumn nights kind of stuff. NUOVA SCUOLA SANGIOVESE 2019 (SOUTH BURNETT) $24 Crunch factor, deliciousness – what more do you need? An energetic wine that calls for long tables of food and good friends to share big laughs. On the lighter side of medium bodied, it weaves and sways through the mouth with ease. Tremendous value.

Wednesdays Locals night $25 mains w/ glass of house wine Thursdays BYO wine no corkage fee Saturday Afternoon Canapés & Bubbles $15pp

LIGHTNING TREE TEMPRANILLO 2018 (SOUTH BURNETT) $24 If eating Italian, invite this Spaniard along to keep you company. Roasted meats, baked plums, dark chocolate and some fruit cake-like spices kick on to a grippy finish. Tomato based dishes would eat this up. LIGHTNING TREE SAPERAVI (SOUTH BURNETT) $24 Saperavi is a Georgian variety gaining some good traction in Australia. This swims deep with dark and black fruits partnered by star anise, Szechuan pepper and fine cinnamon spice. Pair this with a roast beef or hearty casserole and happiness will follow in hot pursuit. BERINI WINES HOOCHIE BUBBA ROSÉ 2019 (SOUTH BURNETT) $30 The kind of wine you want in your glass when tackling a barbecued steak. Made from cabernet sauvignon, it’s bone dry and all things tangelo, orange and mandarin peel. Great stuff! SUNSHINE AND SONS WOOMBYE GIN (SUNSHINE COAST) $70 Keeping it local, ‘Woombye’ is a cheeky take on ‘London Dry’. Made with nine botanicals including lemon peel, rose pedals and lavender, it’s soft and textured with powerful intense juniper with pomegranate and pepper berry flashing home late. G&T o’clock is calling!

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KALKI MOON PREMIUM GIN (BUNDABERG) $78 Produced with 10 botanicals including Bundaberg ginger, lemon and cinnamon myrtle, this is a traditional London Dry style. Delicate with great drive, the use of Australian native finger limes adds citrus zest and appeal. A purist’s gin, a recent gold medal at the Melbourne Spirit Awards solidifies that standing.

STEVE LESZCZYNSKI is a wine writer, wine dinner host and MC. Apart from writing for his website, Steve contributes to Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, Vinomofo, Wine Business Magazine, Grapegrower & Winemaker Magazine and has previously written for Must Do Brisbane. Steve is a passionate supporter of the Queensland wine industry.

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Bree G owlan d and Chloe Sharp

WHEN BREE GOWLAND got down on one knee to propose to the love of his life, Chloe Sharp, she thought he was “pulling her leg”. Chloe says the prankster had given her false alarms in the eight years they had been dating, so he probably didn’t get the reaction he was hoping for when he popped the question in August 2017. “He had joke-proposed twice before, once as a practical joke on April Fool’s Day and an earlier time at my 21st birthday, when he did a big speech and got down on one knee only to say, ‘Sorry I need to tie my shoelace’,” Chloe recalls with a chuckle. “So I could see he was building up to it, but in my mind, I thought, I’m not getting fooled more than twice. It wasn’t until I saw the ring that I knew it was real this time.” Car fanatic Bree had asked Chloe in late 2016 if she would head along to get some couples photos taken at Mayfield Garden in Bathurst with the photographer who was taking snaps of his beloved car, but she refused. “I said I couldn’t be bothered, so he asked me again a couple of months later, in January [2017] and I said I’d do it in August. I just thought it was the worst idea ever,” Chloe admits. “I watched while the photos were taken of his car and then we got some together and he dropped down on one knee to propose. It was the perfect ploy and we got some great photos because of it. He’d designed the ring himself with one of our local jewellers and he’d had it sitting there for over a year. He’s a very patient person.” The couple first met when they were students at school at All Saints College in Bathurst, but Chloe says it definitely wasn’t love at first sight. “We disliked each other at school,” she says. “He’ll tell you I was the goodie two-shoes prefect; he was the troublemaker.

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We liked playing practical jokes on each other and getting each other into trouble, but towards the end of school, something changed and we became quite good friends.” Most of their friends left Bathurst after high school, but the duo stayed behind to work for a year and became even closer before officially dating. They went on to study at different university campuses, with Bree staying at Bathurst to study accounting and Chloe heading to Orange to study dentistry. Their relationship survived long distance once more when Chloe moved to Tamworth for work before Bree decided to leave his job and relocate so they could buy the dental clinic Chloe was working at. They were married at Noosa Boathouse six weeks before their 10th dating anniversary. Chloe says she had joined Bree’s family to holiday at Noosa every year since they started dating, so it was the only place they wanted as their wedding destination. “It’s our happy place,” she says. “We went to Noosa Boathouse for lunch for my birthday and I fell in love with it. I’m a big planner and the things that got me over the line are that it’s one of the few places in Noosa that has a wet-weather plan, you can put your guests onto a booze cruise while you have your photos taken and we could fit all 100 of our guests. “Plus, they had beautiful views and a stunning venue.” Working at a wedding venue while studying at university, Chloe says she saw too many couples stressing themselves out trying to DIY, so she outsourced to the professionals to bring her wedding vision to life. “Planning a wedding is possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I couldn’t list one stressful thing,” she says. “If the florist says these are the best flowers, for example, I’d trust her and pick those flowers. It made everything very simple.” The weather was flawless on September 21 as Chloe walked down the aisle at Maison La Plage on the Noosa foreshore in her couture ivory gown with beaded pearl bodice and full tulle skirt, her 64

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three bridesmaids resplendent in forest green with bouquets of white, green and baby pink blooms. They were accompanied by three page boys and one flower girl, all nephews and a niece of the couple. During a relaxed ceremony, the couple exchanged vows they had written themselves, with Chloe ecstatic to hear Bree vow she could have more dogs, as long as they remained “in the single digits� in number. Maid of honour Lauren Osbourn, who is a music teacher, sang Adele’s Make You Feel My Love as the wedding register was signed before guests were whisked off on a one-hour cruise of the Noosa River with food and beverages provided by Noosa Boathouse. This allowed the wedding party time to be captured by photographer Alan Hughes along the beach and Hastings Street. Chloe says they planned for the reception to feel like a huge dinner party with the people they love, with feast-style dining and a live band cranking out the tunes all night long. “Everyone travelled, so no one was local,� she says. “We had guests from Scotland and one of our cousins came from South Africa. We had a raging party and even went out in Noosa afterwards; we just didn’t want the party to end.� The couple stayed on in Noosa for a week to enjoy time with their guests in an extended celebration before escaping to Fraser Island for a two-night mini moon.

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I CAN IMAGINE what brides must feel wandering into Elements at Montville for the first time. A sense of excitement and calm all at once. More than just a cafe, this quirky teahouse and beauty salon in the heart of the hinterland looks out over the rolling green hills of the Kondalilla valley, and it’s been designed so you can sit and truly take in the splendour that is its location. But that’s just the icing on the cake, if you will. Because before you even see the view, your eyes will dart over an array of homewares and gifts; eclectic but beautiful, elegant but fun. Making it perfect for a pre-wedding soiree. Hidden nooks and crannies are filled with vibrant colour. And there are hints of weddings everywhere too; like the 66

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bridesmaid survival kits, clever, quirky wedding cards and bridal boxes. These are the many reasons owner Sarah Hallam says Elements at Montville has become something of a pre-wedding hangout for brides-to-be. “First of all, you just can’t help but relax in here,” she says. “I love the vibe when we have our bridal guests visiting; it’s relaxing but spirited all at the same time. “It’s uplifting, it’s a girly haven and it’s just really beautiful, which is why so many brides choose to spend time here pre or post wedding,” “Not just that, the staff are amazing and the food’s great too,” Sarah laughs. Elements at Montville has become very well known for its quintessential high tea and delicious house-made cakes and treats. “We do these beautiful three-tiered high tea stands with fresh buttermilk scones, jam and cream; finger sandwiches and delicate petit fours,” Sarah says. While the exact selection of treats you get on your plate changes often, the melt-in-your-mouth flavour remains the same. “And it is all served with an array of teas in fine porcelain, vintage linen and our signature touch, fresh table roses,” Sarah says. Elements at Montville was brought to life 10 years ago as a business that had a mission to focus on providing a space for comfort and wellness, centred around feeding the body, mind and soul. At the heart of this is delicious, locally sourced and handmade food. “We have built up a reputation for our delicious food and the love that goes into making it,” Sarah says. “And then we added ‘A Little Beauty’ too, which was designed to complement what we were creating and offer treatments around the energy of the practitioner’s hands. “Now we offer an array of customised treatments for bridal parties such as professional facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures, tinting, body wraps, massages, and natural make-up applied by our professional make-up artists,” she says. “Brides really can have the full experience when they came here. They can indulge in delectable treats, sip a large selection of tea and enjoy a beauty treatment. Or even use this space to get ready for their wedding too.” There is also the opportunity to actually have an intimate daytime wedding at Elements at Montville, with onsite catering for up to 40 people. “We also offer full catering services for weddings outside of our venue, host bridal breakfasts, high tea parties, light lunches


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and more,” Sarah says. “Something else we are particularly proud of is that we cater to special dietary requirements with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. There’s also a strong environmentally friendly focus in Elements’ ethos and our cooking staff bake and prepare everything in our kitchen with love, care and beautiful presentation, even down to our special touch – fresh roses atop our cakes.”

Sarah says she loves hosting the wedding parties because there is always so much excitement for the bride, her friends and family while they are there. “And it just feels good for us to be able to go that extra mile and give them a truly memorable experience,” she adds.




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MORE THAN ONE Weddings aren’t just about one day. From the moment he (or she) pops the question, there are so many big events leading up to the wedding. You’ve got an engagement party to plan, wedding dress fittings, bachelorette/bachelor parties and rehearsal dinners. It really is quite a build-up for just one day. It only makes sense to expand the big day into a MULTI-DAY CELEBRATION, so more and more couples are sending out their wedding day invites with additional events such as pre-wedding dinners and after-wedding breakfasts.

Can’t decide between the dramatic gown with a long train, wrapped in intricate lace, or the simple look with a low back and sleek silhouette? Why not have both? A SECOND WEDDING GOWN, otherwise referred to as a reception dress, is an idea more and more brides are flirting with. Generally, the ceremony calls for the traditional gown with all the bells and whistles, while the reception dress can strip it all back with a sexier, simpler dress made to dance the night away. Two-piece gowns are also gaining popularity after influencer Steph Claire Smith walked down the aisle in a statement matching set. If you too like the idea of showing off some midriff yet still have your heart set on that gown you’ve been crushing on since you started a wedding Pinterest board, consider changing into a two-piece for the reception.


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There are no rules when it comes to what’s trending in ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGNS, with couples opting for customisation for a ring resembling their personality. It’s all thanks to a boost in boutique jewellery designers opening the window for more affordable handcrafted rings. Mix and match your all-time favourite designs, pick your own unique rock, or even incorporate a family stone passed down from previous generations.


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SWING TO IT From the hinterland to the beach, the Sunshine Coast is home to many beautiful wedding venues. Give your guests the best seat to take in the breathtaking views with an OVERSIZED SWING. There is something so peaceful and romantic about a swing for two, and it makes a great wedding photo prop!

SIGN OF THE TIMES NEON SIGNS at a wedding aren’t exactly new, but the messages on show are. In a bid to make your wedding more playful, carefree and, dare we say it, Instagramable, opt for a funky sign with a laugh. Some popular ideas include ‘Drunk in Love’, ‘Sip Sip Hooray’ or ‘All You Need Is Love, & Mojitos’. PHOTO: William Daigneault

TO YOUR HEALTH! Smashed avocado is making its way into weddings with catering companies offering HEALTHIER OPTIONS for wedding day spreads. Organic produce, vegan and vegetarian alternatives as well as local and sustainably sourced ingredients are some key features couples are looking for when choosing a catering company. Furthermore, healthy options don’t stop on the plate. Healthier drink options are also on the rise, with zero-proof and low-alcohol beverages tapping into the wedding market.

Normally we would choose one photo of one dish and use it to tell you how great the new menu at The Long Apron is. But we loved them so much we couldn’t decide on just one. So here is a selection - all from Head Chef Chris Hagan’s autumn menu for 2020. Consider it your invitation to visit us here in Montville - for a meal or for a weekend and enjoy the relaxed luxury of The Long Apron and Spicers Clovelly Estate.

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Stevie May dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700



Dusty pink Sapphire dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

We are loving these oh-so-pretty hues.

Kelsey Collective top, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

Circula 1955 Classic Quartz Champagne watch, $490, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

18ct Argyle pink diamond & white diamond daisy ring, POA, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422 Harper dress & Mabel dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

Ecco sneaker, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755 18ct rose & white gold ring with Argyle pink diamonds, $14,950 (exclusive salt magazine reader offer: $11,199), Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709 70

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Platinum diamond set flower design pendant with chain, $3425, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Old Gringo MacKenzie boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946


whites Dreamy neutrals look great in any season.

Stevie May dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Art Deco 14ct white gold diamond plaque ring, circa 1950s, $5500, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Rose-cut 18ct diamond pendant, POA, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

Fontalina linen top, Giddy and Grace, Maleny, 5494 3636

Travelling the world to bring together a unique & luxurious collection, as timeless as the heavens above.

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Freshwater 14.5mm pearl & 9ct gold earrings, $650, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778; Noosa Heads, 5474 8710

Rails Charli Safari top, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach, 5373 8866; Mooloolaba, 5391 1786 Stevie May jumpsuit, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

18ct rose & white gold stud earrings featuring Argyle pink diamonds, $4517, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

Paloma top and Lana skirt, Wyse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

Commemorative Argyle hourglass with 3 carats of pink diamonds, limited edition 1 of 10: $25,000, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709


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Birkenstock Gizeh in Tabacco, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Ivy Lee boots, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy 2G watch, $4790, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

9ct gold hand-crafted Noosa necklace, $495, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778; Noosa Heads, 5474 8710

neutral LUXE

Beige, tan and brown are reborn in these wardrobe must-haves.

9ct yellow gold ring featuring a natural freshwater pearl and small diamond, $1445, Paul Amey Jeweller, Noosa, 0437 231 921

Kelsey Collective top and pants, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

Martha three piece bag set three-piece set, Giddy and Grace, Maleny, 5494 3636


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Istana top and Palazzo pant, Wyse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150


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Black skivvy, Lindsel pant & jacket, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304

9ct yellow gold double circle necklace $462, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 9am-1pm Parking behind the store Nevada boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

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Lisa pure linen pinafore, p y Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

Birkenstock Madrid in Mocca, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Opal ring, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Diamond Aurora 18ct ring, POA, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

Skechers Go Walk Joy in mauve, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Lulu dress in Salt and Lorell cardigan in Boysenberry, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304



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Ayala Bar Clear Water, Classic Collection Corin large earrings, $395, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Handcrafted bright-blue marquise-cut aquamarine, ring, claw set in platinum with elegant bead-set diamonds, $4995, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422 Skivvy in Boysenberry, Bibi skirt in Boysenberry and Tully jacket in Spearmint, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304

Old Gringo Mayra Bis boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

Habring2 Doppel Felix Tachy Green watch, $11,625, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Skechers | ECCO | Arcopedico | Taos | Teva | Tsonga | FitFlop | Chaco Noosaville - 230 Gympie Tce 5447 1755

Amethyst & champagne diamond 14ct ring, POA, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

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Rails C Clement dress, Bedouin Trade Traders, Peregi Peregian Beach, 5373 88866; Moolo Mooloolaba, 5391 11786

Pure linen Bobby dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776


black It’s beautiful black all the way this autumn.

Kelsey Collective jumpsuit, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340 Silver plain half cuff, $520, and silver half cuff with beaten finish, $1132, Paul Amey Jeweller, Noosa, 0437 231 921

Black skivvy and Berty tunic, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304


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Maya ramie top and organic cotton Wonder Tube, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

Botta-Design UNO 24 quartz white-orange watch, $800, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Paloma jumpsuit, Wyse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

Sinn 857 – $3,100

Hanhart Pioneer Mk I – $3,250

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Opal earrings, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Valerie top and pure silk velvet pants, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776



Calm down and style up with beautiful blue.

18ct white gold ring featuring 0.54ct Lightning Ridge black opal & diamonds, POA, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400 Kelsey Collective Cinabell dress, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340





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Hanhart PRIMUS Nautic Pilot Bronze watch, $4750, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643


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Birkenstock Gizeh sandal, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Lapis Lazuli & freshwater pearl strand featuring 18ct yellow gold, & diamond clasp, $9699, Paul Amey Jeweller, Noosa, 0437 231 921

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Lux shirt and Lux skirt in Moonlight, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304

LUXE TROPIC fashion & lifestyle boutique

Shop 2 / 214 David Low Way, Opal & rose gold ring, POA Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, Eumundi, 5442 8778; Noosa Heads, 5474 8710

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Morgan dress, Wyse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

Up the ante on neutral tones with prints & stripes.

Rails White Mocha dress, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach, 5373 8866; Mooloolaba, 5391 1786

Flora maxi dress, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach, 5373 8866; Mooloolaba, 5391 1786

Double D Ranch Skat Kat boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

Georgia pure linen dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

Caddis Eye Appliances Turtle Glasses, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach, 5373 8866; Mooloolaba, 5391 1786 82

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Saffy top in dusty pink & Deelia pants in charcoal check, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

Wedge, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Stevie dress, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304

A curated selection of global luxury homewares, furniture, fashion, jewellery and fine art.

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18ct yellow gold & white South Sea pearl drop earrings, $1595, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

18ct yellow gold pendant featuring Queensland boulder opal & diamond, Opals Down Under, POA, Palmview, 5494 5400

Casual and cool, there’s nothing we don’t love about these tangy treats.

Citrine & Tahitian pearl, 9ct yellow gold drop earrings, POA, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

18ct yellow gold and platinum bark finish ring featuring white diamonds & colour-enhanced green diamonds, POA, Paul Amey Jeweller, Noosa, 0437 231 921

Rails Fruit Medley Top, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach, 5373 8866; Mooloolaba, 5391 1786 Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny Phone 07 5494 3636 Open 7 Days home . body . living


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Victorian 15ct ornate drop earrings with natural emerald & pearls, $7950, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Kelsey Collective top and pants, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

Bowie shirt in sage and pant, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304

Double D Ranch Cattleman boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946 Handmade 18ct white gold 0.50ct oval-cut Zambian emerald & diamond ring, $4850, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955 Circula 1955 Classic quartz green & gold watch, $650, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643


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CHERILYN HEWISH REMEMBERS pricking her finger on a needle when she was about seven years old, making dolls’ clothes on her toy sewing machine. Luckily, that slight mishap didn’t put her off – in fact, it was barely a tiny hitch at the beginning of what would become a stellar career in design, which includes her own fashion label, stores, factory, and customers from around the world. Zephyr, the Noosa-based fashion label now synonymous with classic and elegant lounge wear, is Cherilyn’s labour of love that officially began about 26 years ago, but was written in her stars long before that. She grew up on a farm in the Queensland country town of Goondiwindi, where her dad was a station hand and her family was, in her own words “quite poor”. An unlikely setting, perhaps, for a budding designer, yet Cherilyn, inspired by a stylish aunt who taught her how to sew, was seemingly born with a love of French fashion and an attraction to natural fibres. “For me, it’s definitely innate,” she says. “I was always dressing a little bit ‘on the edge’ in Goondiwindi; I was always trying to find something different. I made a lot of my clothes, and I used to do a little bit of modelling. “All my life, I’ve loved clothes. And I think, possibly, having a poor upbringing meant rather than going to the shop and buying them, I had to create them. So, out of that little bit of adversity came a fairly strong person who wanted to do her own thing.” After trying out “a few little careers” such as transforming

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op-shop fabric to clothing and selling it at the markets, she created a small range of linen bedsheets and mosquito nets and made her way to the Eumundi Markets 26 years ago. Six months later, she couldn’t keep up with the demand and began employing people to sew for her. That little enterprise became the extremely successful Noosa Nets & Bed Linen (which is still a part of Cherilyn’s business today). Wearing clothes she had made herself, she was constantly being asked if her designs were for sale. Finally, she obliged those requests, and Zephyr was born. A permanent store at the Eumundi Markets now supplements the label’s Noosaville headquarters. Zephyr has a “huge international following” today, with customers from the United States, New Zealand and Europe, as well as from all over Australia. With social 88

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media also now firmly in the mix, Zephyr’s customer base is continually growing. “Feminine” is the word Cherilyn uses to describe her style philosophy that forms the range, which is aimed at more mature women – a demographic she believes is often overlooked when it comes to fashion. “I’m not designing clothes for 18-year-old girls – there’s loads of clothes out there for them,” she says. “It’s the women from 30 to 100 that we target. I’m 62, and I’m not invisible. I still want to look a bit funky and sexy too. I think there’s a huge hole in the market there. “We don’t want to be ‘mutton dressed up as lamb’, and we don’t want to look like old ladies. Trying to find something in the middle seems to be what I’m good at.” Linen is Zephyr’s trademark fabric, with its origins in the


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Netherlands from an organic flax. That is then shipped to China, where the fabric is manufactured and then imported by Cherilyn in its raw state. The cutting and sewing is done both at the Noosaville base, as well as in Zephyr’s factory in Vietnam, which was established 14 years ago. “The main reason I’m in Vietnam is because of the quality of the seamstresses,” she says. “One of my lead girls there was trained by a Parisienne designer.” She also praises the talents of her Australian team – yet Cherilyn also remains extremely hands-on in the business. Although she no longer has time to sew, she can be regularly found out the back doing the cutting. Most Saturdays, you’ll find her at the Eumundi Markets store, and at least on a couple of days through the week, in the Noosaville shop, connecting with her customers. “I love my customers and I’m very in tune with them,” she says. “They’re my inspiration really, because I’m trying to always listen to what they want, and trying to fulfil that.” As for the future, there’s a promise of plenty more to come, with a strong hint from Cherilyn about a new lingerie range in Zephyr’s pipeline. “All I want to do is keep on doing what I do, and just improve on it, and keep on getting better and better at it,” she says. “Since I was a small girl, I’ve been buying pieces of fabric. Now, I get to buy a lot of fabric. So it’s kind of like a dream come true.”


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AT SOME POINT a few years ago I realised my age was catching up with me. As my thirties rolled into my forties, and I looked in the mirror, more and more fine lines and wrinkles stared back at me, reminding me that – shock, horror – I was ageing! Now, I’m not complaining. I’ve earned those lines, and my friends tell me I look fabulous (I have very nice friends). Nor do I have a problem with ageing – to be honest, I really don’t want to be in my twenties again. But I do miss the smooth skin of my youth. Having said that, I have no interest in having anything injecting into or sliced away from my face. And I know plenty of women – from colleagues in their mid-thirties to friends in their forties and fifties – who feel the same. So I was really excited when I received a call from Grace Kovac, from Professional Beauty Clinic. Grace is an aesthetician who offers a range of treatments from her Noosaville rooms. But it’s a relatively new treatment – Plamere Fibroblast skin tightening – that she was excited to tell me about. She only needed to mention smoothing out wrinkles and I was in!

We made a time, and on the appointed day I arrived at Professional Beauty Clinic full of hope. Grace had a quick look at my face and identified a couple of areas that could benefit from the treatment – the usual suspects: around the eyes and between the eyebrows. Grace said the treatment is also known as soft surgery. “It is a revolutionary new treatment that is an excellent alternative to invasive cosmetic procedures.” Sounded good to me! I settled myself on the table and Grace numbed the areas I was having treated before working her magic with the little Fibroblast Pen. She explained that the pen “harnesses plasma in the skin to instantly vaporise [or carbonise] the skin in a pinpoint grid”. The needle-fine pen never breaks the skin’s surface, but it creates a tiny burn that causes the skin to contract and shrink, and stimulates the fibroblasts (these are types of cells) in your skin to produce more collagen. As we know, collagen is a very important protein that helps support skin structure. As the tiny dots heal, the skin is left tighter and smoother. The treatment didn’t take long, and even before it was over

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It is a revolutionary new treatment that is an excellent alternative to invasive cosmetic procedures.

I could sense a firmness that wasn’t there before. When Grace finished, I jumped off the table and looked in the mirror. She had treated three small areas – at the edge of each eye and between my eyebrows – and these were covered in fine dots, but underneath I could see the skin looked smoother already. Grace told me the carbon crust marks would wear off naturally over seven to 10 days and she gave me some after-care notes to take home – no sun exposure or make-up on the area for a week or so. And no heavy exercise, saltwater swims or rubbing of the areas treated until the dots had healed. The little dots were very noticeable for a good five days afterwards, and when I did the groceries a few days after the treatment I sensed the young man at the checkout was looking quizzically at my face. If you’re a little self-conscious about strangers looking at you in the supermarket, it’s perhaps a good idea to have the treatment done when you know you have a quiet week ahead. But really it was no big deal, and less than a week later the spots were barely noticeable. Two weeks later the dots had all but disappeared, leaving smoother skin underneath. Yay! 92

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I asked Grace how long would the results last for. “Nothing stops the ageing process,” she told me. “But after three treatments [she advises clients to have three treatments at three-month intervals] on the required area it may last years, as long as the skin is maintained with quality serums.” She added that the serum is almost as important as the treatment itself. Luckily, if you want a quality product, you need look no further than Grace’s Ocean Muse range. I used the vitamin C serum from the range as part of my after care. This stuff alone can do wonders in smoothing the skin. I also use other Ocean Muse products and love them. If you’re nervous about invasive procedures – and even if you’re not – I would absolutely recommend trying the Plamere Fibroblast treatment. And it’s not just able to lift the eye area – Grace also treats other parts of the face, hands and even stomachs. The fact that the procedure is natural makes it a winner in my book, but that it is also very effective (and let’s face it, a whole lot more affordable than injectables) means I’ve already persuaded a couple of friends to give it a go. I’ll definitely be heading back to Noosa for my second treatment soon!

IN A NUTSHELL Plamere Fibroblast skin tightening is a new procedure that helps tighten and lift saggy or excess skin. It is a safe alternative to surgery and other invasive procedures. Grace creates a grid on the area being treated with the Plamere device, which produces a mild controlled burn in the epidermal layer. The body responds by creating more natural collagen, which instantly contracts the skin, creating tightening of the area straight away. Clients are left with tiny dots on the treated area, which clear up after seven to 10 days. Less than two weeks after the treatment clients will see new pink skin. It is recommended to have a second treatment three months after the first and a third treatment three months after that. The treatment is great for lifting eyelids, smoothing out wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, mouth and neck, clearing away sun spots and scarring, and tightening loose skin on the stomach. The treatment starts at $250 per area. Professional Beauty Clinic is at suite 4, Noosa Life and Health Centre, 5 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 0410 681 250 or


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WE ARRIVED EARLY to beat the heat, parked the car and wandered up to the kiosk, the kids already full of energy and excitement from “eye spying” the bright yellow monument out their car windows as we pulled in. They ran up to the Big Pineapple, wide-eyed at its height, and then did what most young kids do – asked for an ice-cream. Thankfully the train blew its horn at that very moment and the allure of jumping on was enough to distract from 94

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the ice-cream, for the moment, and get us started on our adventure. It had been a while since I had ventured up to the Big Pineapple, mostly because I wasn’t sure what was still on offer. I quickly discovered that while the icon itself may have its doors closed for now in anticipation of its $116 million makeover, the heritage-listed site is still well worth a visit. Because hidden behind the 16-metre-tall fibreglass structure


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Craig the conductor with the Pavlovich kids

is a world of fun; the well-loved train still rattles along the tracks, Wildlife HQ, which calls the grounds home, showcases 200 animal species from across the globe, and the brand-new Treetops Challenge has around 120 activities across a two-kilometre, heart-pumping course. It’s actually a fantastic day out. Of course, with a three- and four-year-old in tow, ziplining through the treetops would have to wait for another day, so instead, we took the low-key option and started on the train. After the toot called us down to the tracks, how could we not. It is also the best way to get across to Wildlife HQ, which is where we planned to spend most of our morning. Our conductor, Craig, gave us the safety rundown – he

must have picked up on our little man’s mischievous smile – and away we went, pottering past avocados, sausage trees, through the tunnel where the station keeper still sits, past the man in the dunny, something my daughter found particularly strange, and after about 10 minutes, we arrived at Koala Station. Disembarking took a few extra minutes because Craig was kind enough to give my overly enthusiastic kids a toot (or five) of the horn and show them around the train. For me, I felt a little nostalgic as I thought back to my childhood and holiday adventures spent at the Big Pineapple doing the same thing. Then I started to wonder if that made me old, or the Pineapple itself was just getting

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Wildlife HQ is actually home to a vast range of Australian and exotic animal species, including Queensland’s only sun bear, Maly.

on. I mean, it has been around since 1971 after all. Toots out of their system, our clan ventured along the track surrounded by lush rainforest, following the signs to the zoo where we found koalas, a Tasmanian devil, free-range wallabies, a deer and its unlikely emu friend. I must say I really loved the idea that even before we entered the gates, it felt very much like we were being invited into the animal’s natural habitat. Turns out this is something Wildlife HQ is very passionate about. The zoo was designed to provide a distinctive experience that allows visitors to take part in wildlife conservation, and positive animal welfare. And while it might appear small from the outside, Wildlife HQ is actually home to a vast range of Australian and exotic animal species, including Queensland’s only sun bear, Maly. The zoo also boasts having one of the largest collections of


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primates in Queensland too. The best part – you can get up close and personal with many of them. After a wander around the zoo, a sun bear talk, an awkward encounter between a wallaby and my son, and some yummy ‘refuelling’ at the cafe, we opted for an encounter with four cheeky meerkats, something that I’ll never forget. It was an experience that pushed these adorable mammals closer to the top of my favourite animal list, and, apparently, right to the very top of my daughter’s. It was a special moment being allowed into their enclosure and having them clamber up our legs to get to the wriggly worms we had on big plastic plates. They nibbled and ran around some more, which brought giggle after giggle to our kids’ lips. They loved it and, truth be told, so did I. What a thing to get to do!

By this stage, the kids were ready for that ice-cream and one more ride in the train, so we said goodbye to our new furry friends and made our way back to the Big Pineapple for a quick rest and look through the souvenir store. As we sat and gobbled down the icy goodness of our treats, I had a look at the masterplans for the site and I must say, I’m excited to watch this much-loved Queensland site being reinvigorated with fun and fanfare, brought back to the glory of its former days. With plans that include a food and tourism hub to show off our local produce, a water park, music programs, food production facilities and other educational elements planned, it is going to soon become THE place to be on a sunny day out.

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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.

BACK IN TIME ON THE RATTLER Rediscover the magic of a bygone era aboard the historic MARY VALLEY RATTLER. Sit back, relax and enjoy this nostalgic rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland. The Rattler crosses over the Mary River and makes its way around an abundance of curves, across bridges and over numerous gentle hills. The journey passes through Dagun, home to a beautiful heritage station, before continuing to the quaint community of Amamoor. It’s here that you can marvel at the restored turntable. Make sure you also leave plenty of time to explore the beautifully restored Gympie Station, which houses a historic display dedicated to sharing stories of the century-old Mary Valley Railway line and the vital role it played in lives of local residents. The magnificent Mary Valley is a patchwork of grazing properties, macadamia farms, rainforests and endless rolling hills providing a tantalising hinterland experience characteristic of rural Australia. The Mary Valley Rattler is more than a train ride; it’s a half-day adventure into history. See the website for itineraries, times and to book.



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Now that the weather is cooling down, there is no better time to get out on the water for a boat trip with family or friends. The summer heat has gone but the weather is still glorious. SWAN BOAT HIRE has a range of boats for hire for fishing, cruising or just for fun – get a group together and hire one of the barbecue boats, which are perfect for a day out on the water or to celebrate a special event. Head to the Swan Boat Hire website to check out the range and book a boat. Or follow along on Facebook or Instagram. Swan Boat Hire has a range of boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes for hire seven days a week. If you want to drop in a line but don’t have the gear, the team can also set you up with the latest fishing tackle, bait and anything else you need to get out on the water. But the best thing about Swan Boat Hire is that the boats are pet friendly, which means your four-legged mate doesn’t have to miss out on all the fun.


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LOADS OF AQUATIC ADVENTURES Whatever your idea of aquatic adventure, SUNREEF MOOLOOLABA has you covered! From snorkelling or scuba diving with the turtles around Mudjimba Island, scuba diving on ex-HMAS Brisbane, local reefs and the incredible Flinders Reef, to going for a glorious cruise on the Mooloolah River or exploring on kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, jet skis and more, there is plenty to do. Sunreef Mooloolaba is also the home of Australia’s first Swim with Whales experience (July to October) as well as the premiere place to go whale watching (from June to November) on the Sunshine Coast. “Getting out on the water or in it, gives you the opportunity to see the Sunshine Coast from an incredible new perspective so give us a call today,” says Sunreef owner Dan Hart. Sunreef Mooloolaba is at The Wharf Mooloolaba. Call 1300 942 531.

SWEET TREATS TO TEMPT ALL TASTE BUDS THE GINGER FACTORY has become even more irresistible with its newest sweet destination. Visit resident chocolatier KOKOPOD and indulge in chocolates handcrafted with love. See where art and science collide to make gorgeous chocolate. KOKOPOD pairs the finest sustainable European couverture chocolate with superior ingredients sourced locally to create unique flavours. KOKOPOD offers an award-winning range that is sure to surprise and delight all ages. From chocolate blocks to chocolate-covered Australian macadamias, chocolate-coated local honeycomb to macadamia butter brittle, the collection is the perfect treat. The Ginger Factory is excited to share this unique sensory and shopping experience with its visitors and can’t wait for the fun and informative Chocolate Workshops starting soon in the chocolate laboratory.

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SPACE, STYLE AND simplicity are the hallmarks of this stunning hinterland property, perfectly positioned atop an escarpment with sweeping views of the Glass House Mountains. The juxtaposition of light and dark, cool and warm, stark and soft create contrasts that ensure this minimalist home is a wonderfully warm and inviting place to live. And to think it all began with a shed. Maleny building designers Norman Richards and Fiona Briody purchased the property in 2000 and converted an existing steel portal frame shed into a small home, where they lived with their two young children. As they grew, the time came for a larger home and they capitalised on the shed idea, designing the R-B House (which stands for Richards and Briody). It went on to win the 2019 National Building Design Award for Best Residential Alterations/Additions for houses up to $350,000, an outstanding achievement for the couple, who are no strangers to accolades. They’ve won dozens of national, state and regional architectural and building design awards, including 26 awards for the redesign of the Rainforest Discovery Centre at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny. All of their designs bear their signature style, which encompasses elegant form, comfort and low environmental impact. “I believe well-designed, carefully considered and proportioned spaces have a positive impact on people’s wellbeing,” Norm says. “It goes much deeper than style and modern research is bearing this out. The contemporary philosopher Alain de 100

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Botton has written a good book on this subject, The Architecture of Happiness. “Your spirit just feels good when you’re in a space that’s well lit, elegantly proportioned. These things are important – simple but good materials, natural materials.” “Design is all around us,” says Fiona. “It’s all decisions someone has made and it affects us. Architects go on about lines all the time. Whether you notice it or not, your eye is picking up the lines around you, whether in the cabinetry, the heights of ceilings – your eye and your brain are taking note of all those things.” “We like less clutter and we like simplicity,” Norm adds. “One thing that’s really of note in our designs is they are deceptively simple. That is deliberate. It takes a lot of work to get it to do what I want it to do. People appreciate living somewhere that has clean space and room for their busy lives.” If you get a mid-century vibe looking at the photos of the R-B House, that’s no accident. Norm is heavily influenced by the mid-century modern home where he grew up in Toronto, Canada, which he says was wonderfully designed for a family in the 1960s. “I think that was a high point for residential design,” he says. “When we travel we always visit something of architectural interest,” says Fiona. “We went to LA and saw the Eames House, a landmark of mid-century modern architecture. There’s a good reason people like mid-century design. What it’s really about is spaces that are well-proportioned, a flow of space indoors and outdoors, which perfectly suits our climate


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here. It’s also about light and getting a balance of materials that make you feel good about the place.” Small touches of mid-century styling throughout the home include a white 1960s Verner Panton chandelier in the lounge room and a bright Andy Warhol serigraph. The interior styling follows a mostly neutral colour palette, with warm greys and umber whites. “When designing something that’s minimalist, we try and go for bold form, clean lines and simple materials,” says Norm. “That’s my mantra. When you do that, you have to have rich materials with texture, a linen sofa, velvet cushions, calacatta oro marble. We have textured tiles everywhere. The kitchen has granite benchtops with a washed finish on it. There’s nothing shiny. You’ve got so much glass you can’t have anything shiny. “When people think of minimalism, they think of something sterile and that’s the last thing I want. I want a place that feels comfortable, but clean. I’m obsessed with making spaces that are comfortable to be in; everything starts from that. I always design from the inside, out.” Floor-to-ceiling glass is the dominant feature of the main living area, and why not? The views of the surrounding rainforest and hinterland are spectacular and the large windows take advantage of borrowed landscape, as well as Fiona’s carefully tended garden filled with herbs, vegetables and her magnificent dahlias. The passive solar design ensures the home is naturally cool in summer and warm in winter, with no need for a fireplace or air-conditioning.

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I’m obsessed with making spaces that are comfortable to be in; everything starts from that.

“It’s really important for passive solar design to have a connection to the earth,” says Fiona. “It’s called thermal coupling – you’re connected to the temperature of the ground. We have a floating European oak floor over the top of a concrete slab. We get the thermal mass of the concrete, but the warmth of the timber. The slab almost acts like a battery. Our view is to the south-east. The overhangs are designed so in winter, the sun streams in and heats up the slab, which releases heat throughout the day.” Fiona and Norm share a love and appreciation not only for building design, but also for nature and conservation. They met on a scuba diving trip in Indonesia and spent seven years living in London together, before settling in Maleny in 2004. They’ve been building their business, Norman Richards Building Design + Interiors at a rapid rate since then. While Norm studied architecture and environmental studies in 102

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Canada, Fiona studied environmental engineering at RMIT in Melbourne, later studying building design and joining Norm in the business. In 2011, the couple was dealt a blow when Fiona was diagnosed with a blood cancer, which presented as a tumour in her leg. It was a difficult time for the family as she underwent treatment. She spent a year on crutches and in a wheelchair, fearing she could lose her leg, and they took this into account when designing the R-B House. “I thought I might have had a wife in a wheelchair,” says Norm. “When I designed the house I made sure there were no steps and that it had corridors wide enough for a wheelchair.” Fiona adds, “We came to the realisation that we all benefit by homes designed for people with mobility issues, because it can happen any time, not just when you’re old and incapacitated.”

Incredibly, a few years after Fiona was given the all-clear, Norm was also diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in his leg – one of only 15 people in the world to have it. Again, the family went through a difficult time while he underwent treatment. Thankfully, he was given the all-clear in January 2018 and is back firing on all cylinders as projects continue to pour in, mostly through word of mouth. “It’s a cliché, but [having cancer] makes you assess your priorities,” Norm says. “To be honest, I didn’t have to change anything because I’ve always felt a good life is a designed life. It’s a conscious decision every day where you will put your energies or efforts, whether it’s family or working on beautiful projects for your clients you really want to help. We didn’t have to change anything.”


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Autumn is the perfect season to restyle the home with cosy finds and newly acquired keepsakes. Nature-inspired prints, from $259 each, and Somersby pendant light, $219. Available from Domayne, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5293 7116 or

SOH candles and room sprays are now available at Bedouin Traders, 2/2 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5373 8866 or shop 32 & 33, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Wildflower tea lights holders on long iron stand, $122. Available at Giddy & Grace, 1 Maple Street, Maleny. 5494 3636 or

Custom cabinetry comes in all forms and colours. This fun wall unit, POA, doubles as a piece of art and would look amazing in any area of the home. Available at Di Henshall Interior Design, 32 Gateway Drive, Noosaville. 5449 0788 or 104

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Leather cushions, from $139 each. Available from Domayne, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5293 7116 or maroochydorehome

Moroccan blankets, $395 each. Available at Wabi Sabi, 4/11 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 0400 220 813 or instagram/ wabisabinoosa

For truly unique pieces for your home, head to The Shed, 1/319 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5479 6603 or

Liza Enger Interiors cushion, $75 each. Available at Emporium Eumundi, 88 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7340 or

Autumn-inspired pottery vases, handcrafted in Queensland by Jo Armytage. Available at Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

Versaille Ivy cushion by Weave, $89.95, Available at Main Linen, 2/27 Premier Circuit, Warana. 5437 8544 or


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THE LEGENDARY GLASS House Mountains have inspired countless artists, but perhaps nowhere else are they so ethereally portrayed than in the work of internationally renowned ceramicist Johanna DeMaine. Although Johanna’s highly sought-after porcelain vessels, pots, and bowls sit in some of the world’s most prestigious collections – including those of Queen Elizabeth II, the Danish royal family, and the National Gallery of Australia – she draws much of her inspiration from a source much closer to her hinterland home at Landsborough. Along with the famous mountains of glass on Johanna’s doorstep, many other local landscapes are featured in her art: Pumicestone Passage, pineapple plantations, the Woodford Folk Festival. Such depictions, coupled with her trademark gold

lustres and rich enamels, have become synonymous with this celebrated artist’s ever-evolving work. While the pure aesthetic value in Johanna’s works is undeniable, the layers of rich glazes that adorn them symbolise deeper layers of meaning, with the mountains holding a particular significance. “In order to depict the imaging of the wondrous Glass House Mountains that dominate my landscape, I have nurtured my own vocabulary of marks and symbols to represent one of the first meetings of European and Murri culture: the Murri myth of creation, and Cook’s myth of glasshouses glistening in the first morning light,” says Johanna. “In 1770, the same wind that filled the Endeavour’s sails blew across these mountains.

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“People relate to mountains on different levels, and I use a process of layering to express these levels. As these works are dependent on the interplay of light, many layers are built up with resist [a ceramic technique], lustre and precious metals. “In these works, I endeavour to interpret the feeling of the mountains floating eternally like ships through space and time bridging two cultures, thereby creating our unique Australian culture.” With five decades of practice, extensive academic studies, and numerous exhibitions, prizes and awards under her belt – including being awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to study in Europe – it may seem a little incongruous that it was while working in a butcher shop in Central Queensland that she stumbled upon her talent. Born in Holland, Johanna had come to Australia aged six with her family, who had fled their devastated home country after the German occupation. After having what she describes as an “idyllic” childhood growing up in Maroochydore and attending Nambour high school, Johanna became a high school geography, economics and languages teacher. She married Ted DeMaine and they moved to Yarwun in Central Queensland, where Johanna taught and Ted owned and operated a butcher shop. Having soon become disillusioned with teaching, Johanna was helping out in the butcher shop when some friends insisted she go to adult education ceramic classes. “I resisted initially, as I had no interest in it,” she says. “However, I relented and attended a class. I was immediately captivated, as I realised that I could create with clay. I had always been a hands-on person; this was just a natural extension of using my hands. Coupled with this was my love of research, and ceramics fitted the bill. Ceramics was embryonic in Queensland at that time so self-learning was paramount. “From that time on, it became completely addictive. I still teach myself new skills; it is just part of my nature.” Ted and Johanna established DeMaine Pottery Studio 108

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I am totally inspired by the Japanese culture and their reverence for ceramics.

Gallery in Calliope, Central Queensland, moving it to Landsborough in 1981, where it has since become a local icon. At first, Johanna produced high-fired tableware to help support her young family, specialising in the decorative ceramic techniques of fluting and faceting. After Ted became ill in 1989 – he passed away in 2015 – Johanna changed direction in her work. A degree in visual arts from Monash University was the beginning of an ongoing fascination with overglaze techniques – the practice of painting or printing a decoration over a glazed surface. She has since studied her art extensively; in China and Japan she gained the skills of water-based, raised enamel to add to her repertoire of lustre, gilding, sand etching and decals. Her latest area of research has been in screen printing water-based enamels as decals. These days, Johanna divides her working life between her Landsborough studio and another in Kasegawa, Japan, where she collaborates with traditionally trained Japanese porcelain master artist Tatsuya Tsutsui, now also her partner in life. While the couple collaborates under the brand of Kayabuki Kobo, they both remain individual artists. “I am totally inspired by the Japanese culture and their reverence for ceramics,” says Johanna. “To be steeped in so much history and beauty is a dream come true. I have always pushed the boundaries in my work, adapting my skills to whatever is needed for that time. “My plans are to keep working between Landsborough and Japan. At present, I don’t have access to my plotter cutter and sandblaster in Japan, so I am adapting my work using the skills


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of my screen printer in Arita [a Japanese town famous for its porcelain]. So, I am building on my layering and collaging techniques. “I am also building on my overglaze decorating skillset, as Japan is the perfect place to learn this.” There is no limit, it seems, to Johanna’s artistic development and exploration of new techniques. However, there is one constant in all her work – its ability to invite the viewer to glimpse a world beyond that of the vessel’s physical form, and to read something deeper between the layers. “Form has always been central to my work; the threedimensional presence that draws the eye and displaces space in such a way as to create a communication of beauty, inviting the viewer to a closer intimacy,” says Johanna. “In my work, I explore the notion that the sublime is an extension of beauty. The work explores my inner and outer space through the use of preciousness. I attempt to achieve this through the use of higher levels of skill, precious materials and contemporary technology, while actively pushing all to their limits. “My work can be seen as iconic, in that it celebrates the ritualistic and raises the object above the everyday.” See Johanna DeMaine’s work until April 26 at Caloundra Regional Gallery, SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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ART CAN BE a solitary pursuit – unless you work in a fish bowl. That’s how artist Sally Hayes describes the Montville gallery she opened in April last year, where she creates her paintings in full view of anyone who cares to watch – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Sally’s very visible workspace, the Sally Hayes Artist Studio fronting Razorback Gallery in the main street, is a hive of artistic energy, and is where Sally can be found at least six days a week, adding to a vast portfolio of work that has sold extensively both nationally and internationally. With floor-to-ceiling windows nearly all around her, giving the public a front-row seat while she works, it would be understandable if Sally felt a bit put-off her creative game as she sits at her easel. In fact, the opposite is true, with Sally drawing inspiration from her viewing audience. “I’ve got beautiful light, and constant company watching me paint,” she says. “Everyone has a story, and I find that I get so much inspiration from talking to people and asking them questions, and it’s really quite interesting how that’s grown while I’ve been up here [in Montville]. “People come in, and the week after I’ve talked to them regarding whatever [issue] it is… that’s what seems to come to me to paint. It’s just this massive big outrush of energy – that’s how I tend to find my mojo for painting.” Both her subject matter and style can best be described as eclectic. Dogs, horses and turtles are heavily featured. Beaches, landscapes and people are also popular. She plays with both abstract and realistic styles, and many different media, including acrylic, pencil, charcoal, chalk and mixed media. She even uses


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house paint, which she explains is practical, long-lasting and easy to use. One of her latest style experiments is painting intricate leaf patterns that have images embedded into them, inviting the viewer to look beyond the initial layer that meets the eye to see something deeper. “I like to play around with new styles; that’s something I’ve developed,” says Sally. “I’m very free to try new styles, because I haven’t actually studied art formally, and I think it’s allowed me to be outside the box. So many things influence me. “I’ve developed that [leaf pattern] style since I’ve been on the Coast. That’s only about 10 months old. It’s really cool, and really meditative to paint.” Perhaps her artistic diversity is also a reflection of her own professional and personal life experiences, which have been as varied as her painting. She grew up on a farm in the Adelaide Hills, where her parents gave her the choice between a television and a pony. She chose the pony, of course, and has never had a television since. On the farm, she developed a life-long love for nature and the land, leading her to later study permaculture – “a big turning point” in her life – and set up her own permaculture farm. She has also been a flight attendant, lived and worked in remote countryside on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, worked for a pottery business throwing pots, and run a successful event theming and theatre prop business in Adelaide. In between, she has also managed to raise three daughters – the youngest is in her final year of schooling – run an art school in an old jail in Port Adelaide, teach illustration, do multiple artist residencies, foster abandoned working dogs, and travel the world. 112

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While Sally’s art is undoubtedly valued for its aesthetic appeal, there is also a political edge to some of it recently – she describes it as becoming “more outspoken”. Her farming background has given her a deep insight into issues such as water security, for example, a subject she feels passionately about and which is reflected in a series depicting African women carrying vessels of water. “I’ve got a fairly strong opinion about water security and biosecurity in the country, or lack thereof,” she says. “That’s what that painting is about – women carrying water long distance; it’s all very normal for people in other countries, but if anything happened to the water supply here, people are so reliant on turning on a tap, they have no idea what it’s like not to be able to do it. “The only thing at the moment I can do is to paint, and see if I can raise awareness. I think these things need to be addressed more.”


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In keeping with her tendency towards pushing her creative boundaries, Sally has added another string to her very artistic bow. She is hand printing her designs onto raw natural bamboo fabric, and is planning a new range of hemp fabric women’s pyjamas. In the meantime, she seems to have found her happy place in the hinterland, and is not planning on moving on any time soon. “I love it up here, I love everything about it,” she says. “It’s the most beautiful place; it’s like paradise. The weather is so gentle. The people up here are just fabulous. Everyone is on holidays even when they’re not.” It’s this setting, and the conversations sparked by the art she is creating in it, that are continuing to be Sally’s most

enjoyable inspirations, as she works in her very public space. “Lots of people really enjoy it, and they ask me what am I doing, how am I doing it, and what am I trying to achieve. It’s really interesting; I love being able to hand on any information. “A lot of amateur artists come in and watch and talk. If every person can go off with one little piece of information that either inspires them, or makes them go home and have a try at something they wouldn’t have necessarily tried before, that’s cool; that makes my day. “That’s what art’s about, I think – allowing more people to enjoy it.” Search for Sally Hayes Montville on Facebook


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5 BANYAN TREE BY SALLY HAYES, Sally Hayes Montville


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

ONGOING 1. ART BY BROOKS Amanda Brooks’ gallery and studio features a range of her bright and beautiful artworks, prints, gifts and cushions. when ongoing where Art by Brooks, studio visits by appointment. 0417 071 336 or


2. ART NUVO Art Nuvo showcases a diverse range of mediums and subject matter in a wide range of genres, from luxurious, high-end paintings to fascinating sculptures and beautiful ceramics. when ongoing where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim, 5456 2445 or


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3. PAUL SMITH IMAGES Featuring stunning landscape and aerial photography from this incredible part of the world, this space is definitely worth exploring. when ongoing where Paul Smith Images, shop 1, 16 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Junction. 0405 834 864 or


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“Sublime Realities”


Johanna De Maine & Tatsuya Tsutsui

One Song at a Time - Johanna De Maine

Mizusachi - Tatsuya Tsutsui

April 4 to 26, 2020 Noted Queensland ceramicist Johanna de Maine is exhibiting with her partner Japanese master ceramicist Tatsuya Tsutsui, for this exhibition which features new work by each artist individually, as well as collaborative pieces. Works are inspired by their lives which are based in both Arita, Japan and Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Art on Cairncross

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


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4. AUTUMN EXHIBITION Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Maree Welman, Tamara Sewoff, Phillip Rolton, Leigh Karen Joyce, Sara Paxton, Jeanette Smith, Jen Robson, Kirsty McIntyre, Glenn Doyle and Vaughan Robinson. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or 5. SALLY HAYES ART STUDIO Montville artist Sally Hayes has created a colour-filled gallery space and working studio where members of the public can chat to her while she creates her quirky pieces. when ongoing where Sally Hayes Art Studio, 127-133 Main Street, Montville, 0439 726 836



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MARCH 6. STORY RECONSTITUTED This is an inspired collection of artworks created by Nathalie Bastier from recycled metals and materials, but with lace, giving them an intriguing delicacy. Each piece has its own story and delight. when now to March 29 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or


7. JOHANNA DEMAINE: THE FORM : THE FUNCTION : THE AESTHETIC This exhibition celebrates the career of one of the Sunshine Coast’s most accomplished ceramicists, Johanna DeMaine. This collection, covering five decades of practice, includes early functional ware, the decorative and ornamental, through to recent works incorporating new techniques and imagery that combine the influences of the Sunshine Coast and Japan. when now to April 26 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or 8. MARY MACQUEEN – A RETROSPECTIVE Drawn from both private and public collections Australia-wide, this retrospective exhibition surveys the life and works of modern Australian artist Mary Macqueen. when March 13 to April 26 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or 9. ROSIE LLOYD-GIBLETT: THE SPACES BETWEEN THE TREES Rosie’s deep concern for climate change and love of natural landscape is evidenced in her colourful, expressive works. Responsive to the natural environment, these energetic works invite the viewer in. when March 13 to April 26 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or


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Sally Hayes Studio & Art Gallery Original art and limited edition prints Hand printed bamboo ladies sleepwear Cards and gifts

FRACTURED FLIGHT BY JOHANNA DEMAINE, Caloundra Regional Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist

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SETS FOR A FILM I’LL NEVER MAKE BY DANIEL AGDAG, Noosa Regional Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist


APRIL 10. DENISE MURRAY Montville Art Gallery’s feature artist for April is sculptor Denise Murray. Her lithe dancer series is a celebration of the joy of life, and there is a range of Denise’s sculptures in bronze and cold-cast bronze on display. when April 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

SUBLIME REALITIES 11. This exhibition includes pieces by both world-class ceramicists Johanna DeMaine and Tatsuya Tsutsui, individually and in collaboration. when April 4 to 26 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or 118

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Long-time gallery artist Todd Whisson is the featured artist for May. Lush brush and palette knife strokes are found in his impressionist style landscapes, in a loose and spontaneous style. Todd paints our local beaches and recognisable Gold Coast seascapes. when May 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

13. DANIEL AGDAG: MISCELLANEOUS ASSEMBLIES Melbourne artist and filmmaker Daniel Agdag’s practice sits at the nexus of sculpture and motionography. Primarily working by hand with cardboard, Daniel’s fantastical sculptures of machines, gears and technological structures are inspired by the overlooked, concealed mechanisms and systems that enable the industrialised world to function. when May 1 to June 14 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

14. ELYSHA REI Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws on her mixed heritage and lived experiences between places, cultures and communities. Her works are created from personal and historical archives which embed narrative and symbolism within a Japanese design aesthetic. when May 1 to June 14 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or 15. FUN AND GAMES One of Noosa’s most loved and admired artists, Spencer uses colour and movement to portray the excitement of yacht racing and the characters of native Australian birds and animals. when May 9 to 31 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

JUNE 16. KATE GRAHAM Sunshine Coast artist Kate Graham has a naive landscape style, often bursting with a celebration of colour. Along with her contemporary landscapes, Montville Art Gallery has on display a range of paintings of her whimsical fox Frankie. when June 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or


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Explore the region’s many galleries, artists’ studios and antique stores from Noosa down to Caloundra.

Buderim Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, 5456 2445 Garner-Morris Gallery, 201 Ballinger Road, 5478 2418 Koningen Art, 0490 778 462 Tiffany Jones, 0407 452 024 Caloundra Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, 5420 8299 Cooroy Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, 5442 6665

Maleny Art Direct, 21 Maple Street, 0413 885 220 Peace Of Green Gallery, 38 Maple Street, 5499 9311 Mapleton Art Antique Antlers, 3/1 Post Office Road, 0414 782 079 Moffat Beach Seaview Artists Gallery, 4 Seaview Terrace, 5491 4788 Montville Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, 5442 9211

Doonan Art by Brooks, 0417 071 336

The Opalcutter, 4/171-183 Main Street, 5442 9598

Eumundi Artisans Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0409 848 098

Australis of Montville Antiques, 160-162 Main Street, 5442 9400

David Suters Timber Craftsman, 43 Caplick Way, 0413 509 482 Red Desert Gallery, 46 Caplick Way, 0414 504 360 Forest Glen The Shed, 1/319 Mons Road, 5479 6603 Glenview Opals Down Under, 11 Ballantyne Court, 5494 5400

Illume Creations Gallery, 4/127-133 Main Street, 5478 5440 Ben Messina Landscapes Gallery, 178 Main Street, 5478 5164 Sally Hayes Art Studio, 6/133 Main Street, 0439 726 836 Mooloolaba Avenue J, 14/47-51 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 4422

Solitude Art, 163 Glenview Road, 0413 013 882

Bluechip Investment Art Galleries, 23/13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5452 5600

Maleny Art On Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, 5429 6404

Gallery Beneath, 81 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 7775

David Linton Gallery, 14 Maple Street, 5429 6831

Noosa Heads Enigmatic Drawings, 75 Hastings Street, 0490 395 346

Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, 0407 840 745 Isabella’s Fine & Antique Jewellery, 2/41-47 Hastings Street, 5449 2626 Jive Art + Design, 3/2 Hastings Street, 5455 3308 Poeta Herford On Hastings, 5/62 Hastings Street, 5455 4899 Noosaville Noosa Arts & Crafts, 1 Wallace Drive, 5474 1211 Art Vision, 4/47 Gateway Drive, 0400 490 720 Peregian Beach The Gallery Peregian Beach, 12 Grebe Street, 5448 2314 Pomona Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station Street, 5485 2950 Sippy Downs University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, 5459 4645 Tewantin Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, 5329 6145 Tinbeerwah Phillips Gallery, 0406 198 300 Art Tours Noosa, 0424 456 877 Yandina Yandina Historic House, 3 Pioneer Road, 5472 7181 Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, 0448 051 720


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ON THE COVER: Glass House Mountains

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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Rediscover your backyard

Pumicestone Passage, Caloundra

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