Salt magazine Spring 2023

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The sunflower always orients to the sun, which reminds me of the beautiful Sunny Coast. To me, the flower represents happiness and positivity. I walked past this garden in Mudjimba on several occasions and one morning saw this particular one facing out to the road so I quickly took the opportunity to capture it. I took it with my previous camera, a Canon 5D.


It almost feels like we haven’t had a winter this year, with the warm, balmy days and perfect evenings we have been enjoying this past few months. I didn’t even unpack my winter wardrobe and was still wearing summer dresses in August!

Now, with spring upon us, our beautiful coastal haven shines even brighter.

I love the vibrant feeling of renewal that spring brings with it. It’s my favourite time of year. There’s an undeniable sense of rejuvenation in the air as the landscape awakens with a burst of colour and life.

In this issue, we celebrate the enchanting beauty and energy that spring brings to our region and invite you to uncover the best ways to


get out and enjoy it.

Journalist Linda Read takes us on a journey through the historic Eumundi Markets. A vibrant tapestry of art, culture and community, it’s a must-visit destination for locals and tourists.

Husband and wife team Lahnee and Pablo Pavlovich share some of their top picks to kick start your next few months of fitness, fun and food in our special spring feature. Plus, we share the stories of some clever and creative locals who are making their mark in their respective fields.

Spring on the Sunshine Coast is also a time to savour the region’s gastronomic delights. Martin Duncan, our Sunshine Coast Foodie, shares all the latest culinary news, including some great new restaurants and bars, as well as updates from some of our long-time favourites.

As always, our fashion pages are packed with stunning ideas for your spring wardrobe, plus our gorgeous homewares pages will inspire your next home makeover.

As you turn the pages of this issue of salt magazine, we hope you find inspiration, joy and a renewed appreciation for the wonders that surround us here on the Sunshine Coast.

The team and I have really enjoyed putting this spring edition of salt together for you, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we love bringing it to you.

Until next time, enjoy the read.

What do you love most about spring on the Sunshine Coast?

Bring on the bubbles and warm weather for our beautiful spring days on the Sunshine Coast. My favourite things about springtime are fresh flowers and family days spent up the beach! Such a beautiful time of year.





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I love taking my pooch to the beach and people watching. Best of all, it’s a time when family and friends come to visit. I love having a houseful and either dining out or having a barbecue at home with dips in the pool. My absolute favourite though is setting up camp for the day at Rainbow Beach, eating, fishing and taking in the beautiful sands and the clear blue ocean.

As the cold air gives way to crisper days and pretty blue skies, the region’s native flowers bloom. The ocean water becomes warmer, the days longer, and the scent of the Coast’s beauty wafts in the air. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a brunch picnic with the family at Happy Valley or Golden Beach, or to take a walk along one of the hinterland’s scenic trails; an afternoon drink with friends by the pool – bliss!































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6 SALT CONTENTS “ IS BORN OF THE PUREST PARENTS, THE SUN & THE SEA” PYTHAGORAS FEATURES 8 COLOURFUL CURATION A journey through the eclectic Eumundi Markets 18 STEP INTO SPRING Our guide to kick start the season PEOPLE 24 PURSUIT OF PASSION Eugene Rubuls 28 PROFILE Sheridan Austin 32 PROFILE Charlotte Hillenbrand 36 LIFE STORY Hugo Powell 82 MEET THE DESIGNER Karen Curwen 106 ARTIST Julie Holland 110 OFF THE WALL Tina Cooper TASTES 42 NOSH NEWS Food news and ideas 50 SIGNATURE DISH Park & Cove 52 TABLE TALK Bottarga 56 TABLE TALK Noosa Boathouse 60 SALT CELLAR Don’t wine about the price LIFE 66 FASHION Sweet sorbet tones & spring style 86 PAMPER AND PREEN Natural visionary 90 BEAUTY Get your glow on this spring SPRING 2023 98 66 50 98 ON THE INSIDE Where nature meets design 102 HOMEWARES Gorgeous ideas to make your home sing LOVESTRUCK 62 A TALE OF LOVE Bree & Jesse Moore STAPLES 12 LOCAL SECRETS Hidden gems to discover 22 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Things to do and see 38 GOOD READS Turn the page 94 ATTRACTIONS Touristy treats that locals love 62 116 ART DATES Galleries you must visit 120 ANTIQUES & ART

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FOR ALL OF EUMUNDI’S many charms, it’s the town’s legendary markets that have undeniably stamped this hinterland gem firmly on the national tourist map.

It began with a cake stall back in 1979 at the Country Women’s Association. Clearly, those ladies really knew how to bake – trade was so brisk that the Eumundi Historical Society put out the call to surrounding growers and makers and soon established the Original Eumundi Markets.

The rest is well and truly history, and the markets are now synonymous with the town itself. With hundreds of stallholders and tens of thousands of visitors each year, the Eumundi Markets precinct is a nationally renowned tourist mecca. It showcases a collection of wares from the region’s most talented artisans, creatives, growers, designers and producers, as well as from curators of international treasures.

While it seems as though this is one big market, there are in fact several markets operating side by side to create that effect. The Original Eumundi Markets, Eumundi Square, Parkside Markets and The Terraces all operate across the precinct, which is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7.30am to 2pm. Eumundi Square is also open on Fridays from 8.30am to 1pm.

It’s been a while, I realise, since I was here last. I’m expecting a line-up to get into the car park, or a fairly long walk from my car, but I am pleasantly surprised by the clockwork-like precision of the car parking team and the shady path that leads me quickly towards the action.

There’s a buzz in the air – it could be from the throng of voices, or it could be the birdsong and insect noises emanating from the surrounding countryside – but mingled with the tinkling of wind chimes and the waft of things freshly baked and brewing coffee, it serves to draw me like a magnet towards the gathering crowd of marketgoers.

With a plan to peruse the markets as a whole and chat with some of the stallholders, I’ve optimistically put aside a good couple of hours.

I start at Eumundi Square, which consists of 90 permanent stallholders positioned around a central treeshaded open-air space from which the upbeat tune of a live guitar soloist emanates.

I’m instantly drawn to a shop called Community Projects Worldwide. Among the plethora of treasures on display here are tiny Rasta dolls, colourful beaded Congolese walk masks, handmade jewellery and baskets, to name but a few. Business

WORDS LINDA READ PHOTOS BRIAN KERR Owner Pru McMillan and store manager Kerrie from Community Projects Worldwide

owner Pru tells me her fair-trade enterprise, stocking wares sourced from artisans in remote communities in Africa and other parts of the world, was established at the market about 16 years ago, and she has never looked back.

“It’s like a family here,” she tells salt

Realising that I am at risk of spending my allocated time entirely in one shop, I begin to make my way around the square.

I visit Fabric Society, a textile shop specialising in colourful Indian block printed fabrics, including pure cotton bedspreads, robes, bags and cushions. I meet Mel from Willow and Gypsy, an enchanting shop adorned with dreamcatchers, moon wreaths and wall hangings, all designed and made by Mel, along with some of the most exquisite jewellery, raw stones, and crystals I have ever seen.

At Zephyr, I find a range of floaty pure linen and linen silk clothing and a range of locally made pure cotton muslin mosquito nets, giving the entire space a dream-like feel.

It’s not only women’s clothing featured at these markets; Jed, designer and owner of Voice Clothing, brings a laidback beach-meets-street vibe with his range of men’s clothing made using small exclusive runs of fabric he sources from Java and Bali.

Nature’s Boards is run by a local couple who design and hand make boards and serving platters from camphor laurel timber. The products smell divine and are the colour of rich dark honey.

At 4 Your Petz, I meet an adorable pup called Rolo, who greets me with a smile and invites me to peruse the range of pet accessories he has on off er. His humans tell me the majority of their products are made locally, including beautiful twisted leashes, bandanas, shampoos, conditioners, and doggie treats.

Wendy at Shop 101 for Hats Galore has everything from beanies to peaky blinders, to the Afroblonde range, made from old truck canvases. She also has Southern Edge Ponchos from New Zealand, spun from possum, merino and silk.

Chez Provence offers French table linen and soaps sourced directly from Nice in France. One of the bestsellers is the Savon de Marseilles – the soap of Marseilles – made the same way for 300 years, with olive oil and Mediterranean salt water.

Meri, at Noosa Bed Body Baby, tells me that with her range of bamboo and organic cotton sheets and babywear, “the emphasis is on sustainability and products that are good for your skin and good for the planet”.

A range of luxury moisturising soaps, shaving soaps, shampoo and conditioning bars, beard oils and balms, all made locally from scratch at Boreen Point, are on display at

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I chat with Heidi at Eclectic Dreams, who designs unique upcycled denim jackets and other pieces, creating new designs using all sorts of motives from art nouveau to Alice in Wonderland

I’m already out of time, and I haven’t left Eumundi Square yet. I’ve only managed to see a fraction of the stalls here, having grossly underestimated the sheer number of fascinating, unusual, beautiful and enthralling ranges of homewares, clothing, artwork, jewellery and gift shops to browse through.

I walk briskly into the Original Eumundi Markets section with the purpose of finding lunch. I am instantly distracted by a man expertly coating macadamias, cashews and peanuts with warm caramel. The assistant gives me a taste of each, and I am sold on all of them, tossing three bags into my newly purchased large handwoven Kenyan basket (“perfect for market shopping”, Pru assured me).

I find myself lured into the Aladdin’s cave of stalls in this area that offer more treasures and delicacies than I ever imagined, from pottery, produce and paintings to jewellery, clothing and curios.

The motto here is ‘Make it, Bake it, Sew it, Grow it’, and each maker and grower reflects that individualism to a tee. Who could have imagined you could have so many stalls, and none of them the same?

All things magical from Willow and Gypsy Beautiful homewares at Oceanic Artworks Musician Haleigh Hing Isis O’Neill from Eyes of Isis There is always plethora of delicious delights to enjoy

I desperately want to visit the fortune teller, but that will have to wait for my next visit. A reflexology foot massage would be nice, too (note to self: way more time required).

There is simply too much food to choose from. I am torn between dim sims, Hungarian street food, Turkish gozleme, gourmet calamari and roesti. I decide on a roesti and salad, and it’s delicious.

My two hours were up about an hour and a half ago, and I have only seen, tasted and experienced a small portion of what is on offer here. The unmistakable strains of a didgeridoo mix with a harmonica to produce a soulful soundtrack for my exit, and I vow to return very soon, allowing an entire day at least.

I’ll be back, Eumundi Markets, and I’ll make sure to bring my basket.

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Noosa has long been a favourite for its natural landscape. So, it makes sense that this stunning seaside town would be home to an incredible trail network. Located in the Noosa hinterland and passing through a delightful array of fauna, the NOOSA TRAIL NETWORK is popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders. The network is made up of eight trails ranging from an easy five-kilometre circuit to 26-kilometre tracks that can be split into two days. Get ready for scenery that includes working dairy farms, timber plantations, lush rainforest and lakes, macadamia groves, horse studs, mango farms and, of course, so many incredible views. The Noosa Trail Network brochure can be downloaded from or visit the Noosa Visitor Information Centre for more information.


Not so much a secret, but a gem nonetheless, if you head to Caloundra on a Sunday, you will be sure to fill your morning with fun, flair and flavour. Featuring more than 120 stalls, the CALOUNDRA STREETFAIR has something for everyone. Located in Bulcock Street – the heart of town – the street fair is surrounded by the colour of Caloundra’s shopping and café precinct and attracts thousands of marketgoers each week. Local artists play groovy tunes, and there are plenty of kids’ activities, including a balloon artist, roaming entertainment, and occasion themes to make it a fun family day out. The markets have become an important platform for local small and family businesses as a springboard to success. The event is on every Sunday from 8am to 1pm at Bulcock Street, Caloundra. And guess what, it’s dog-friendly too! 5492 5977 or

Here at salt, our team loves an afternoon snack, and lately, we have been going nuts for MACADAMIAS. Did you know just up the road at Mooloo near Gympie some 60 million years ago, the world’s first native macadamia tree evolved? The small but mighty nut is now a versatile and tasty delicacy enjoyed around the world. The region is brimming with macadamia growers from the Glass House Mountains to Gympie. From this region alone, some 12000 to 15000 tonnes of nuts are estimated to be grown every year. Pretty cool, right? Make sure to nut out some time and head to Nutworks at Yandina to sample the delicious products made using local macadamias. Find Nutworks at 37 Pioneer Road, Yandina. 5472 7777 or


Packed full of vintage finds, retro pieces and one-off treasures, THE LOST TREASURE SHOP gives us another good reason to visit Maleny. Located on the road between Maleny and Montville, this place is amazing – whether you’re looking for a retro dress, some funky shoes and accessories, a vinyl LP, or crockery or memorabilia. When you’re done shopping, order a coffee and a cake from the friendly staff and relax before heading home. A word of warning – it’s easy to lose track of time when browsing all the wonderful treasures in store. The Lost Treasure Shop is at 927 Maleny-Montville Road, Balmoral Ridge. 5499 9821 or facebook. com/thelosttreasureshop

Did you know the Sunshine Coast region has more than 100 kilometres of sparkling blue coastline, rivers and hinterland lakes? This makes it the perfect place to cast a line. Locals love FISHING spots from Caloundra boardwalk to Golden Beach, Point Cartwright, Pumicestone Passage and the Maroochy or Noosa rivers, where you can fish from the banks or take out a tinny. There are some great inland gems brimming with Australian bass such as Baroon Pocket Dam, Ewan Maddock Dam or Lake Macdonald. Otherwise, if you prefer off-shore fishing check out the range of charters on offer for day or overnight adventures.

How does a stroll down an almost one-kilometre elevated boardwalk through a tranquil forest with birds calling and wind rustling through the leaves sound? Spring is the perfect time to explore the MAROOCHYWETLANDS SANCTUARY at Bli Bli. This peaceful wetland nestled on the edge of the Maroochy River is a wildlife haven where you can watch more than 200 different types of birds, as well as crabs, butterflies and many other creatures. It’s also home to five species of mangroves, which play an integral role in protecting the land from coastal erosion and providing essential feeding and breeding grounds for fish, crabs and birds. The walk is suitable for wheelchairs and prams, and there are plenty of viewing platforms and seats along the way – just be sure to bring the insect repellent! The Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary is on Sports Road, Bli Bli and is open daylight hours.

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With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to visit one of the region’s spectacular gardens. With beautiful water views over Lake Macdonald, the NOOSABOTANIC GARDENS are a great location for a leisurely stroll or family picnic. Just a short drive from Cooroy, or 20 minutes from Noosa, the gardens cover more than eight hectares, containing an abundance of native and exotic plant species. The vegetation attracts almost 100 different species of birds, plus a variety of wildlife. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity at bench seats scattered throughout the garden, with tables, shelters and picnic areas also available. A Greek-style amphitheatre is also popular for events and weddings (although an application needs to be made to hold an event). Find the gardens off Lake Macdonald Drive.

We all know how beautiful the Sunshine Coast region is, but imagine seeing it from the sky – while in a HOT AIR BALLOON. Yes, you can enjoy all the scenery of the Noosa and Sunshine Coast hinterland from above. Sunshine Coast Ballooning offers sunrise flights from its base in Cooroy and it’s the perfect opportunity for those who love an adventure, or special occasion or even a surprise sky engagement. Fun fact, this fascinating activity is actually the first form of human flight!

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Did you know the Sunshine Coast is home to 55 EXERCISEPARKS?

Whether you would like to do some resistance training, warm up with a cardio routine, improve your balance, shoot hoops or play cricket, there’s something for everyone – and a venue could be closer than you think. Some of our favourites include Kings Beach Park at Ormonde Terrace and Harmony Boulevard Park at Greenview Terrace, Palmview. At Wurtulla and situated on a quiet canal, Moondara Park has two exercise stations offering a variety of workout options for strength, cardio and mobility training. There’s plenty to choose from, so get out and get moving!

With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to get out on the water and enjoy a paddle across the Sunshine Coast region. And there are some real hidden water trails to explore too. While the main rivers are always a hive of activity, if you’re looking for a heart-pumping adventure, the MAROOCHY RIVERCANOE TRAIL is sure to cover all bases. Head to the launch site at Muller Park at Bli Bli and paddle northward to enjoy an eightkilometre return journey. Along the way you will paddle past the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary we mentioned earlier before turning around and heading back the way you came. Otherwise, paddle along the patchwork of sugar cane and small crop farms in the upper Maroochy River estuary towards the heritage-listed railway bridge. Head to the launching point at Ashtons Wharf Road and head eastward.

Have you visited the lookout at WILD HORSE MOUNTAIN yet? It is the mountain you can see from the highway with the hut on top. If not, setting aside some time to make the effort is a must. Because it appears to be located out in the middle of nowhere, it is overlooked by the vast majority of motorists, which is a shame. It is easy to reach the base of the hill from the highway. From there, you will be met with a steep 700-metre walk to the lookout, where you can enjoy incredible 360-degree views out to Pumicestone Passage, Bribie and Moreton Islands on the eastern side, with the pine forests that stretch out to the Glass House Mountains on the western side. Be sure to stick around for sunset. Getting there is easy. From the Bruce Highway, take the Johnston Road turn-off that is signed ‘Wild Horse Mountain Summit Lookout exit’ and ‘exit 171’.


The Sunshine Coast is full of historic towns that are the backbone of the community – and here at salt magazine, we love giving them a visit to support local businesses. If you haven’t been to Woombye lately, now is the perfect time. Steeped in heritage and with a special country-like charm, the town is celebrating 155 years since the first Cobb & Co coach began the Brisbane to Gympie journey. To honour this, the WOOMBYEHERITAGETRAIL offers a wealth of historic sites, buildings and art installations dedicated to the history of the town. Vibrant streetscape works along Blackall Street (Woombye’s main street) have also recently been completed to help keep the town’s golden charm shining for generations to come. Head to Blackall Street to check it out for yourself, and be sure to enjoy a bite to eat at a local café.

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STEP INTO spring

SPRING IS WELL and truly here. You can see it in the colourful flowers blooming streetside, hear it in the chirp of the birds, smell it in the air and feel it as the sunshine warms your skin.

Yes, it is warming up and honestly, what better place to be than on the Sunshine Coast?

So naturally, we wanted to share some of our picks to kick -start your next few months of fitness, food and fun.

Work it out

Winter tends to be the time of the year to hibernate a little. But now the sun is out and it’s time to dust off the sneakers, break a sweat and step out for some fun in the sun.

Jump in the ocean – With the temperature rising, the ocean is calling. Hire a surfboard or stand-up paddleboard and get out for a bash in the waves. Maybe swimming is more your jam, in which case the calmer waters of Caloundra or Golden Beach are perfect. Pick up a snorkel and head to Noosa for crystal clear views under the sea. A little paddle will get the heart pumping too.

Go skating – If it is good enough for Barbie, it’s good enough for us. Channel your inner child, chuck on some skates or blades and hit one of the many coastal walkways for an incredible leg workout with a smile. Or perhaps a skateboard is more your thing? The Coast is brimming with skate parks suitable for beginners, through to the pros. You might even catch a few professionals training while you’re there. Bonus.

Pump it up – Mooloolaba has outdoor exercise equipment with a view to make you forget all about the muscle pain as you push up, chin up and jump your way to a fitter you this spring.

Take a stroll – Name a better combination than a beach, some rolling waves and a dog digging its nose into the soft white sand. Thankfully, the Coast is lined with stunning beaches that allow your furry friend to join you for a spring stroll. Certain beaches are even off-leash during set hours; just check the signs to be sure.

Eat & drink

Life is all about balance, so now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to eat!

Pack a picnic – You can’t go past a picnic by the beach, or some fish and chips, a local beer or wine as the sun sets. Throw down a rug or make use of the picnic areas, tables, and chairs at almost any beach or waterfall from Caloundra to Noosa.

Noosa Marina – Spring screams gelato and Noosa Amore Gelato serves up 24 flavours of authentic artisan Italian gelato

The meerkats at Wildlife HQ

made daily using traditional recipes and locally sourced products. Yum. While you’re at the Noosa Marina, check out the other restaurants and cafes, which all look out over the boats.

Donuts – Kenilworth Country Bakery has made a name for itself across the globe, bringing long lines of hungry patrons to the small township. Everyone wants to get their hands on the famous donuts. Now a World Heritage-listed landmark, the bakery serves up donuts in every size, and is home to the one-kilogram donut challenge. Don’t want to take a drive up to the hinterland? Don’t worry, they have a second store at The Wharf in Mooloolaba.

Shop til you drop

Bellies full, it’s time to shop. Make sure when you hit the Coast’s shopping haunts, you have room left for coffee and a small bite!

Sunshine Plaza – Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore is the region’s largest shopping destination after its expansion, which added more than 100 new stores. It also boasts some paddle boats, outdoor adventure course and a giant Time Zone to keep the kiddies entertained. It’s a good day out, if you ask us. Oh, and you know how we said coffee? Well, visit the crew at Archer outside Myer for a cup of coffee gold, served with a smile.

Kawana Shoppingworld – Another shopping precinct that has undergone a major renovation, here you can enjoy a Gold Class movie experience, shop at a variety of stores and grab a bite in the vibrant alfresco dining scene.

Markets – The Coast is known for its bustling markets. From Friday through to Sunday arvo the region comes alive with vibrant street fairs packed with yummy treats, art, homewares and more. We love Caloundra’s Sunday offering for a good morning out.


The Coast is a mecca for the outdoors.

Ready, set, race – Looking for something different to entertain the family on the weekend? Sunshine Coast Turf Club at Caloundra has regular race days, so dress up and head on out

there. If you’re lucky, you might pick a winner.

Deer me – Borumba Deer Park is a family-owned and operated caravan and campground situated in the Mary Valley on Yabba Creek. It’s a great place to unplug and unwind and spend time with friends and family. Book a site or a cabin, settle in and then enjoy a dip or kayak in Yabba Creek. There are nature walks, mini-golf and a nature-inspired playground with rock climbing, bridge walks and more. Let’s not forget the main attraction, the deer!

Wildlife HQ – Wildlife HQ, located at the Big Pineapple, was designed to provide a unique experience that allows visitors to take part in wildlife conservation and positive animal welfare. And while it might appear small from the outside, this place is home to a vast range of Australian and exotic animal species. The zoo has one of Queensland’s largest collections of primates. The best part is you can get up close and personal with many of them. Top tip: feed the meerkats.

Garden gazing – It wouldn’t be spring without stopping to smell the flowers, literally. And you can smell a whole heap of them at Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. Trust us when we say it’s not just about the plant life here. In fact, you can explore the 7.2 hectares of gardens, as well as the farm shed, which is home to rescue guinea pigs and rabbits, plus other mini creatures. Bird World has four walk-through aviaries and is home to more than 600 native and exotic birds. A fantastic day out for the whole family.

Soak it up – Need a little you time? You can’t go past Tank Riviera in Mooloolaba. With six concept tank baths, including five hot tubs and one ambient temperature cold plunge pool, this unique social wellness experience is a day club, waterfront restaurant and bar, river cruise, bathhouse and day spa all wrapped into one. It’s a beautiful modern, Mediterraneaninspired space overlooking the Mooloolah River, designed to ease the body and mind.

So, there you have it! It’s time to get out and welcome spring to the Sunny Coast.

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An unmissable three days of sun, surf and soul is back for 2023. Kings Beach and surrounds will come alive to the sounds of huge international acts and some of the best of the Australian music industry at the Caloundra Music Festival. The family-friendly festival is set to offer plenty of new and returning performers. Among the line-up will be Arrested Development (US), Busby Marou, Meg Mac, The Temper Trap and Vera Blue.

when September 29 to October 1

where Kings Beach Amphitheatre visit


Following their 2022 acclaimed performances of Swan Lake, the Royal Czech Ballet return to Australia with their presentation of the classic masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty. The muchloved fairytale will come to life with an array of colour and beautiful tutus – a true story of romance. The Royal Czech Ballet’s performance of Sleeping Beauty will feature international soloists Cristina Terentiev and Nikolay Nazarkevich. when October 6

where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra visit


Get involved in the Noosa art scene and visit the private workshops and studios of more than 100 remarkable local artists during the Noosa Open Studios Art Trail. As Queensland’s largest open studios event, this is your invitation to meet the artists behind the art. Visit painters and potters, ceramicists, sculptors, metalworkers and more on art trails from coast to countryside around the Noosa region. Take home your favourite pieces and be creatively inspired with art workshops and gallery visits.

OCT 6-15

when October 6 to 15


Botanic Garden plays host to performances by local and touring artists. From folky tunes and gritty blues to reggae vibes and sweet pop sounds, you’ll discover something diff erent at each Secret Garden event. Bring a picnic rug, your favourite snacks and relax with friends and family in this idyllic setting. It’s a great way to support live music on the Sunshine Coast. Secret Garden is a ticketed event, with details available on the website.

when October 8, November 12 and December 10

where Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, 51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha visit



Lovers of gems, this is one to mark in the calendar. Nambour Gemfest is on again for 2023 and promises an enjoyable day out for fossickers, miners, jewellers, traders or anyone interested in gems. There will be precious and semi-precious gemstones, minerals, opals, sapphires, fossils, jewellery, collectables and lapidary supplies available from a variety of traders. Entry is $5 cash at the gate, or 12 and under free. when October 14 where Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour visit



FESTURI Hinterland is a free, family-friendly multicultural music and dance festival serving the Sunshine Coast hinterland with culture, connection and education. Capturing and celebrating the essence of many nations coming together as one global community, the event will include a children’s carnival, world village, interactive workshop zone, gourmet international food, global world music and cultural dance. when October 21 where Beerwah Sportsground, 32 Sportsground Drive, Beerwah visit

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Celebrating 40 years in 2023 and as the biggest Olympic-distance triathlon in the world, Noosa Tri is completed around the iconic main beach, town centre and hinterland. While the main event attracts some of the best international athletes, you don’t need to be a world-class athlete to take part in the five-day festival. There are loads of events, including a fun run, kids’ triathlon, golf events, ocean swims and more. If you prefer to cheer from the sidelines, make sure you head to Noosa to catch all the action.

when November 1 to 5

where Noosa and surrounds visit

NOV 9-12


Don’t miss the iconic Sunshine Coast Comedy Festival this November as a host of comedians take over for four days of stand-up events from the coast to the hinterland. Back for a bigger and better-than-ever comedy bender, this year will see a plethora of shows across a variety of Sunshine Coast

venues. The side-splitting line-up features Dave O’Neil, Lawrence Mooney, Brodi Snook and Jacques Barrett, with more still to be announced.

when November 9 to 12 where various locations visit


NOV 23-DEC 10


Now in its 13th year, Sculpture on the Edge continues to grow and will feature a wide selection of artworks for all ages to appreciate. In 2023, the exhibition of selected entries by artists from near and far will be displayed at Flaxton Gardens and will include indoor and outdoor sculptures across a variety of media. The 2023 program includes the annual exhibition, workshops, artist talks and special events to create a deeply immersive creative experience for everyone to enjoy. The renowned annual sculpture competition is hosted by Arts Connect Inc. when November 23 to December 10 where Flaxton Gardens, 313 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton visit

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SOME MIGHT SAY Eugene Rubuls was born an artist.

Influenced from an early age by the beauty of the natural world around him, these surroundings became the base for Eugene’s artistic wonderland as his passion grew.

“As a kid, I was forever drawing or playing around with art on any media I could get a hold of,” he says. “I wanted to explore and learn everything I could.”

“I have always felt like a bit of an old soul, very connected to the world around me, and when I immerse myself in nature, my imagination and creativity just flow. The colours and hues mix, shapes appear in my head and my process begins. Then I start sketching and designing, getting the ideas in a sketchbook ready to be transferred to a canvas.

“My father was a sculptor and had a fine eye for details, which in turn had a big effect on my perception of the world. My parents supported me a lot and encouraged my love for drawing and painting and I attribute my devotion to interpreting nature in a creative manner to them.”

Eugene creates an array of artwork, and his distinct style bridges the gap between the traditional academic approach and modern abstract art. Internationally recognised and awardwinning, he has become quite well known for his incredible visual depiction of the natural world, especially the ocean and its inhabitants.

“Pencils and watercolour paints were my favourite toys as a child. As I got older, I studied art in Russia before moving to England, where I spent 10 years building my career as a tattoo artist. It was always going to be art,” he laughs.

“I decided during my career that I wanted to focus on something meaningful, and I felt that as a human being, I should somehow contribute to the planet.

“It was in about 2014 that one of my customers came to my UK-based studio to get an underwater-inspired leg sleeve


tattoo. It turned out he was a marine biologist and, because colour tattoos take time, we got to talking for hours about the coral reef and all the challenges it’s facing. At that point, I just knew this was it nature was calling my name loud and clear.

“From then, I wanted my art to share my love and connection with the ocean, to capture her beauty, to bring the beach indoors for all ocean lovers and give a piece of underwater wonderland to enjoy year-round. Because what we fall in love with, we protect.”

One year after this encounter, Eugene found himself on the Sunshine Coast staring out into the water, hypnotised by her vastness and a pulse that he had to explore through his art. While you can still find Eugene in the tattoo studio bringing his work to life, his fine art is where his passion shines.

“I showcase the dazzling textures and diverse forms of coral, tropical fish, the underwater playground where each captured element plays a vital part in the overall picture, just like every habitat of marine species depend on one another to survive. The ocean is an oasis of life that is under severe threat and needs our urgent attention, and art can subtly send a message without appearing to do so.”

These days, Eugene says he eats, breathes and lives his art.

“It’s an absolute necessity rather than a pastime, and I paint so prolifically that it feels as though it defines my very existence. It allows me to process emotions that I would otherwise struggle to articulate in words.

“I believe that art is a tool for educating and healing because it speaks to us of important issues beyond the scope of words and into the spirit. Everything is connected. I enjoy exploring themes of the natural world and the complex relationships within. With representations of flora and fauna, I hope to raise a greater appreciation and respect for our diverse planet.

“I want viewers to feel an emotion, to touch on the raw, to vibrate through the body, get into their hearts, bones and soul. To make a time and place for contemplation and reflection. To me, this is the real magic of art and what makes it an exceptionally promising tool for conservation. This is

what I identify

with. Social activism through art.”

As far as his medium, just as his art ebbs and flows, so does his way of expressing it.

“My artistic perception has gone through countless phases over the years, and I don’t limit myself to one style or medium. Colour and form take an open-ended journey which allows a sense of freedom and expression in my work,” Eugene tells salt

“But, through the process of exploration, I discovered fairly quickly that oil paints are the medium I like to work with the most. They can create depth through different layers of pigment applied over time. This gives oil paintings a sense of dimension that’s otherwise virtually impossible to achieve. They make an artwork look fabulous, stand out and pass the test of time.

“To me, oil paints are impressive, versatile and forgiving. They allow you to make mistakes, scrape the layer off, repaint and take long pauses between the sessions, hence longer time to work on the paintings.”

When looking at Eugene’s artwork, it is immediately evident that each and every stroke or mark is filled with soul.

“There are three things that bring me endless joy: being with my loved ones, nature and painting. I understood that I have been given the opportunity to combine my passion for painting with nature, in particular, the ocean, and I decided to dive in deep.” Contemporary Jewellery & Art ... to Love & Give Shop 4 ‘The Pottery’ 171183MainStMontville A striking selection of Australian cut opals, jewellery and art designed by local and world artisans 07 5442 9598 Shop 4 ‘The Pottery’ 171-183 Main St, Montville OPEN 5 DAYS 10 – 5 (Closed Tues & Wed) Aikil

AUSTRALIA’S natural wonder

KNOWN FOR ITS breathtaking landscapes, and diverse eco systems, The Kimberley is often referred to as Australia’s greatest natural asset.

Stretching along the northern coastline of Western Australia, covering an expansive 423,000 square km, it is twice the size of the state of Victoria and the same size as Germany, yet there is only one sealed road traversing the precious wilderness region.

From ancient gorges to pristine beaches to unique rock formations and abundant wildlife, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, it is a nature lovers wonderland.

A highlight for many is The Horizontal Falls, a natural wonder characterized by fast tidal currents squeezing through narrow coastal gorges. This unique phenomenon creates a breathtaking spectacle, drawing adventurers from around the world to witness the powerful forces of nature in action.

The massive tidal changes are also evident at Montgomery Reef. As the tide recedes, water cascades off the reef, revealing a sprawling expanse of corals and marine life. Creating a mesmerizing event that offers a rare opportunity to witness a vibrant underwater world exposed to the air. A living documentary unfolds!

PONANT Kimberley Expeditions offer an extraordinary and immersive travel experience to Australia’s most remote and stunning region, providing travellers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the rugged beauty and rich cultural heritage of this vast wilderness. Meet your team of expert naturalists, geologists, and historians who will enhance the journey with informative lectures and guided excursions. You will observe crocodiles, rock wallabies, dugongs and dolphins. Be guided by locals to marvel at the ancient Aboriginal rock art, dated before Egyptian hieroglyphics. Each day brings memorable moments.

The Kimberley Coastline is the Humpback Whale superhighway, with more than 74,000 migrating to the warm and sheltered waters to find a safe haven to breed, give birth and nurse their calves.

With a blend of authentic expedition experiences and the onboard luxury of PONANT, Kimberley Expeditions offer a luxurious and enriching adventure that connects travellers with the raw beauty of the Kimberley in a responsible and respectful manner.

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SHERIDAN AUSTIN MAY be a Sunshine Coast native, but it was on the other side of the world that she began her journey into what has become a lifelong passion for nutrition and wellness.

At the age of 18, while working in a prestigious boarding school in Wales in the UK, Sheridan was struck by what she saw as the negative health implications of the food that was being served at the school – not only towards the students’ health, but also her own.

The experience sparked a desire in Sheridan to make a difference. On returning home, she enrolled in a Bachelor of Nutrition at the University of the Sunshine Coast, beginning her formal career as a holistic nutritionist and gut and psychology syndrome (GAPS) practitioner.

GAPS is a condition that establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system, the brain and the immune system.

She is also the founder of Foraged For You, a growing natural food supplement brand using entirely natural ingredients established in 2020, which has just released a new

product designed specifically for children.

Sheridan’s personal health journey has fuelled her passion for her career.

“From a young age, I lived off antibiotics, anti-histamines, asthma puffers and pain killers due to suffering from consistent chest infections, sinus infections, hormonal issues, skin problems and hormonal breakouts, all along with extreme fatigue,” she tells salt

“When I was 20, the penny dropped, realising I could be symptom-free.

“This blew my mind and sent me on a journey of healing my gut, correcting nutrient deficiencies, avoiding foods that created several symptoms, all while living a very balanced social and business life.

“While we are human and always working on ourselves depending on what life throws at us, I am confidently symptomfree with no medication, and it is liberating, to say the least.”

It was during her time as a nutritionist for a global company, developing recipes and working on product development, that she became fascinated with the connection


between gut and brain health and the impact it can have on everyday life.

The effects of the modernisation of food production in the last 60 to 100 years, she believes, means that it is crucial for people to develop an understanding of just how profound those effects are.

“It wasn’t essential [in the past] to have a level of food and nutrition knowledge,” Sheridan tells salt

“Food was food; however, after the industrial and chemical revolutions whereby non-food ingredients began to be added into our food supply and we had the introduction of quick foods, the lack of connection and people’s desire to get into the kitchen to prepare real, whole, nourishing foods for themselves and their family.

“The altering of our crops through genetic modification and chemical hybridisation; and so much more; all this means we now require crucial knowledge to ensure we do not become a part of another growing ill-health statistic.”

Sheridan advocates that one of the major causes of ill health is inflammation and that prolonged inflammation, combined with a diet high in sugar, can lead to an imbalance

of the gut microbiome, which she says can have a negative impact on physical and mental health.

She says that transitioning from a processed diet to a “real food diet” can greatly improve overall health and wellbeing. One of the best ways to do this is to learn from the past, she adds.

“Be inspired by culture and tradition and how they have prepared foods for thousands of years, such as fermenting wheat into sourdoughs before consumption; embracing fermented foods; slow-cooked bone broths; using the whole animal including organ meats rather than just the fine cuts; and [eating] beautiful egg yolks that are like little vitamin pills.”

She also recommends consuming fats from nature, including saturated fats like animal fats, and avoiding laboratory-produced vegetable oils.

“When we allow the immune system and infl ammation to calm down, feed ourselves nutrient-rich foods from nature, it allows our body to feel safe and our minds to feel calm,” Sheridan says.

She is particularly interested in prenatal and early childhood health, with her own pregnancy being a catalyst to the development of her flagship product The Mother’s Blend by Foraged For You, a natural prenatal supplement designed to nourish pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

The latest release, The Children’s Blend, is formulated for children aged seven months to 13 years, with the aim of supporting growth, cognitive development and immune function. While good nutrition may begin in the womb, Sheridan also believes that the benefits of improving our diets, gut health and overall wellbeing is not restricted to childhood – any age group can benefit from improved awareness and an increase in nutrient-rich foods.

“It’s never too late to start embracing real food-eating habits,” she says.

“It doesn’t need to be challenging, overwhelming or something that feels unachievable.

“While pregnancy and childhood is an incredibly nutritionally demanding time, our whole life and varying seasons can benefit from real food and enhance our nutrient status. Most individuals don’t even realise how good they could feel.”

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CHARLOTTE HILLENBRAND IS a career high-flier: she worked as a lawyer, then pivoted to become an international pilot flying wide-bodied airplanes. She had a job and a life she loved.

Then, in March 2020, the global pandemic grounded the world. Like almost every pilot, Charlotte’s career was abruptly put on what she thought was a hiatus. It was a challenging time, but she found joy in the unexpected time with her family in lushly beautiful Mons. It was a break from the long absences and working strange shifts.

Strength and resilience were themes in public discourse in the months after the COVID-19 outbreak, and Charlotte says she used the enforced downtime to drill into the evidence and studies around what made people not just bounce back but grow forward. She says she had always been curious about human potential and had turned her inquiring mind to studies in applied neuroscience and positive psychology in a systematic way. The seed of a book was planted.

But greater challenges were to come.

A chronic eye infection reared its head, permanently devouring some of Charlotte’s precious vision – a disaster for a commercial pilot. Eighteen months after she was grounded with the rest of the world, she was told she was medically unfit and would not be rejoining her colleagues in the sky.

“It is one thing to have your job taken from you, but another to have the chance to return to it taken away as well,” Charlotte says. “It was a very challenging time for me, those initial weeks. It raised all sorts of questions for me about who I was professionally, what to do and what I wanted to move towards next.”

She turned her attention to the only thing she felt she could control: her thoughts.

“I needed to reach for a helpful thought, and I needed to take little steps to start moving myself forward,” she says. “I knew as I made our way through the process that I needed to share my experience: how do we move from feeling small and scared to feeling

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strong and confident? I did a great deal of research and I found that a lot of the books out there on resilience and recovery are quite hard and pushy, and that is not my way.”

Charlotte’s book Growing Forward: navigating change with ease was recently published, launching her third career, this time as an author, speaker, mentor and coach.

Somewhat refreshing in the self-help genre, Charlotte’s book focuses on change from within rather than making adjustments to external circumstances and activities to feel more fulfilled. She is an advocate for a gentle approach and making small changes.

“I feel very strongly about the word failure,” she says. “I think so much focus is on getting up again after failure, so much talk about failing and overcoming. But I don’t think the things spoken of are failure at all and needs to be reframed.

“It is either a success or a learning to me. In framing it that way, we can just keep growing, and it will take us towards something new.”

In person, Charlotte is gentle and softly spoken. She is warm, quick to smile and speaks with an eloquence that makes her words compelling. Her first-hand experience with traumatic change gives fibre and form to the theory.

In a deficit-focused society focused on what it lacks or has lost, Charlotte helps others realise what they already have and can move towards. The key to opening new horizons is to identify what a person is good at rather than what they lack, she says.

“We can never get the life we want by doing what we don’t want,” she adds. “We have to take responsibility and stop feeling deficient; if we are not doing what must be done to move towards the life we want, we are never going to get there.”

Charlotte says a softer voice in navigating change is what many need and sees no contradiction between being strong and gentle at the same time.

“I have always seen myself as more than my profession, and I always found it strange that people attached certain properties to me just because I was a commercial pilot.

before the pandemic’, but once I was medically excluded, I did have that thought of, ‘what do I say now?’ I needed to find my feet as well as be able to define what I do to others. Such are the social conventions of our society. I am glad I am no longer in that window of time.”

Charlotte says her gentle approach to navigating change is anchored by the process rather than the prize.

“People talk about goal setting and I am not sure about that,” she says. “I am not keen on the idea of SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) goals. Rather, I choose a direction and I walk towards it. Each step is just one step so that if you find that you are off course, it is easy to course correct.”

She says the approach of navigating change with ease is not just helpful for those at a low ebb or in a state of flux.

“I know how it feels: when you are on top of your game and life is good, you don’t have a reason to change,” she says. “I loved my job. I did not have a reason to want anything else. I did not think there was anything else to find, but I now know that even for high achievers, there is so much to be won by becoming self-aware. You can harvest so much more of your untapped potential.

“You don’t need adversity to get there.”

“And it was okay for a while to be able to say, ‘I was a pilot

“ we can never get the life we want by doing what we don’t want. we have to take responsibility and stop feeling deficient”
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What do you do?

I am a lawyer who acts on behalf of those who find themselves injured through no fault of their own. I now head up the Sunshine Coast office of Travis Schultz and Partners, a law firm dedicated to making a positive impact on our clients and throughout the community by offering expert legal advice without the price tag. Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast, and now raising my own family here, there is no place I would rather call home.

What would you do if you were not in your current career?

Having spent most of my life surfing, if I were not a lawyer, the dream career would have to be as a professional free surfer –travelling the world and surfing perfect waves. Like many others, I spent weekends in my teenage years at surf competitions up and down the coast with mixed success. These days, I don’t have much of an interest in competing other than in the Pa & Ma Bendall each Easter. It’s a great event at the best spot on the Coast, Moffat Beach (I might be a little biased).

When you have visitors where do you take them to show off our beautiful region?

We are fortunate to have Currimundi Lake on our doorstep which means that anyone who visits us will spend a good deal of time


on the coastal pathway between Currimundi and Kings Beach. Living at the beach, it is sometimes easy to forget the beauty of the hinterland behind us. I certainly do not get out there as much as I would like and it’s often when we have visitors with us that I am reminded of how lucky we are here on the Sunshine Coast to live in a place that ticks so many boxes.

What is your favourite restaurant?

With twin toddlers in tow, these days we don’t head out to restaurants as frequently as we once did. Takeaway in the park or the beach is the preferred (and less stressful) option. Recently, the go-to has been breakfast toasties from Between the Flags at Dicky Beach (I recommend the mushroom toastie with onion relish) or a takeaway pizza from Bocca.

What is your favourite meal?

I can’t go past the chorizo waffles at Sugar Mama’s Moffat Beach for a Sunday morning treat.

Your favourite song?

It’s hard to pin down a favourite song for me at the moment but I recently ordered a re-issued copy of The Drones album, Gala Mill, on vinyl. Nothing like a good dose of Australiana garage rock.

What is your favourite shop in the region?

I would have to say Beach Beat. It has been a staple of the Sunshine Coast surf scene since before I was born. It’s great to see an independent, bricks-and-mortar surf shop continuing to thrive, having supported the local surf community for such a long time.

What is your most prized possession?

In terms of the possession that gives me most joy, it would be my surfboards. I’m confident in saying that I would have less than most surfers which is probably because I just surf them until they die and then replace them out of necessity rather than buy backups or experiment with different designs. Given the surf we usually get on the Coast, my go-to board for the last decade has been a 5’7 Lost Rocket – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Chorizo waffles


Who inspires you?

Without a doubt, my partner Charlie inspires me every single day. She juggles so much, seemingly with such ease. From running her own business (Common Stitch) to running after our 18-month-old twins, it can certainly be chaotic at times, but no one does a better job than her.

What are you most looking forward to at the moment?

I’m looking forward to getting away to Yamba for a week in September with the family. We usually try to head down there a few times a year. It’s close enough that it doesn’t take all day to get there, but far enough away to feel like a holiday. If I didn’t live on the Coast, I would be in Yamba. For me, it’s paradise 2.0.

What are you reading now?

Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman and others. I found Kahneman’s earlier book, Thinking, Fast

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and Slow, a great read about human irrationality and why our decisions are usually flawed in some way. It’s far from a book you will burn through in one sitting, but it certainly gives plenty of food for thought about human behaviour and why two people faced with the same problem might make very different decisions.

What was the best day of your life?

We are fortunate enough to live in paradise here on the Coast, which makes pinpointing a ‘best’ day particularly hard. But it would be remiss of me not to land on what was equally the best and most

Between the flags


important day in my life, when our twins were born. It has been a wild ride ever since, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

What do you miss most about the Sunshine Coast when you are not at home?

The sense of community. I love heading down to the local cafe or being out in the surf and seeing familiar faces. But what I probably miss most is if I am away from the Coast and the surf is firing, that’s always a hard pill to swallow!

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Whether you follow the NRL or not, you will be familiar with the name Wayne Bennett. Bennett is an enigmatic rugby league coach; much has been written about him, and he is constantly on our televisions and radios. And yet he is largely unknown; an introvert who can captivate an audience; a devoted husband who left his wife after 42 years of marriage – a human contradiction – the good wolf and the bad wolf! Bennett is a very private man, with only the results of his expertise being exposed to the public eye. His teams have won seven premierships through the years, and he is known as the greatest rugby league coach the world has known. Sports journalist Andrew Webster dove into the world of Wayne Bennett to write this book. As well as speaking to Wayne, he has interviewed family, friends (and enemies) and colleagues, resulting in a highly readable account of this fiercely private, intelligent and ambitious man.


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Paul Bangay is Australia’s most admired garden designer. He has been designing gardens for more than 40 years, and his works can be seen all around the globe. He is the author of many beautifully published and informative books featuring his stunning designs. In contrast, this book turns the focus on Paul himself. It is an illustrated memoir that describes the evolution of Bangay’s life in garden design and his expertise in finding the perfect blend of scale, balance, form and colour. The story begins in his childhood gardens and moves through his earliest creative years to the present day. The book is heavily illustrated with photographs, maps and many garden design plans. This is a truly inspirational book and a salute to the elegance and classic simplicity of Paul Bangay’s fabulous creations.



Wikipedia’s list of conspiracy theories will have you scrolling for ages. From aviation to science, medicine, espionage and outerspace, there is something for everyone. A great conversation starter for your next dinner party.

Merriam-Webster provides a word of the day to keep things interesting as you learn something new daily. A must for lovers of the written word, this website also offers great quizzes, plus some excellent lessons on grammar and usage, commonly misspelled and mispronounced words, and lots more.


Trent Dalton | Harper Collins | $33

Australia fell in love with Trent Dalton when he gifted us the superb yet heartbreaking semi-autobiographical novel Boy Swallows Universe All Our Shimmering Skies followed: the magical story of Molly Hook, the grave digger’s daughter, and then Love Stories, a collection of stories from random people accosted by Trent Dalton on the streets of Brisbane. We have all been waiting for another novel, and at last, here is Lola in the Mirror. Readers will be pleased to return to the streets of Brisbane, where Trent has constructed a big-hearted novel based on many years of collecting real, personal stories. Although fiction, this story is authentic and totally credible. Lola in the Mirror confronts the crisis of homelessness in Australia today, as well as domestic violence and drugs. A mother and daughter are on the run. They run from the police and a monster in their own home. They sleep in an abandoned van by the Brisbane River, dodging danger and disaster; their days are spent scraping together some kind of life and trying to stay safe. Dreams of a different life are a luxury, but the girl does have visions of a life of creativity, safety and love. Is there a future for this girl whose pillow has been a footpath and whose life has been full of fear?

Book reviews by Annie’s Books on Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or

The online picks were selected by salt HQ.

Whisking you through a vivid 3D map of the local universe, Chrome’s 100,000 Stars page hones in on the sun before shooting out to give a view of the solar system. It then takes in the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, 4.3 light years from Earth, before taking in that spectacular view of 100,000 stellar bodies. When you’re done zooming hundreds of light years away, there are a few educational nuggets to be found as well.

Gnoosic is your go-to spot for new music recommendations. It asks for three of your favourite bands, and based on your interests, spits out an artist that you might like. You then have the option to ‘like’, ‘dislike’, or mark it as something you aren’t familiar with – which further refines the results. It is a must for music enthusiasts who are looking for a musical adventure.

From budgeting advice and productivity hacks to cooking shortcuts and streaming guides, if you want to do it faster and smarter, you have to check out Lifehacker Australia. Discover endless creative and clever ways to make life easier. If you’ve wondered how to fix it, watch it, make it, or just do it better, you will find it here. Lifehacker Australia’s reporters cover everything from the latest entertainment events and food trends to personal finance and cool tech gadgets.

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A LITTLE DISTILLERY at Woombye, which is fast-growing a big name for itself here on the Coast and Australia-wide, scooped the prize pool at the 2023 Melbourne Royal Australian Distilled Spirits Awards in August.

Gin distiller, Sunshine & Sons together with its sister rum label, Nil Desperandum won 12 medals including top gong (Gold) for its Original Dry Gin and The 44 Special (a Nil Desperandum 1871 club release).

Nil Desperandum was clearly a competition favourite, claiming the title of the most awarded rum brand in Australia.

All nine Nil Desperandum rums entered left with a gong; and The 44 Special gold win deserves special mention as it was one of just six golds awarded in the competition.

“This is a fantastic result for Nil Desperandum Rum. We have a significant diversity of rum styles in oak across the board and for nine from nine entries to collect medals shows the quality we’re producing here on the Sunshine Coast,” says Head Distiller, Adam Chapman.

“Our vision to make Australia’s finest rum is well and truly underway and the style of production that will allow us to achieve that – real unadulterated rum made with molasses, Woombye water, wild yeast and nothing else, along with expert blending, has us very excited for what the future holds for this brand.”

Sunshine & Sons also took pride of place on the winner’s podium. Its Original Dry Gin scored a gold both at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards and at the 2023 Gin

Distillers Association Awards. The label’s delicious Barrel Aged Gin also picked up Gold medal honours at the 2023 Gin Distillers Association Awards.

Located just a hop, skip and a jump from another Coast icon, the Big Pineapple, Sunshine & Sons is a place where locals and visitors can gather to soak up the sunshine and chilled vibe; taste some spirits and knock back a cocktail or two while grazing on a Woombye cheese platter.

The distillery opened its doors to the public in 2020 with an attitude of embracing community, friendship, support and togetherness.

This ethos extends to our fellow humans in Ukraine.

When the invasion begun, Nathan Burraston, a Canberra real estate agent and activist who raises funds and awareness for humanitarian demining equipment, joined his Ukrainian colleague Boris to protest; as his commitment deepened, and he became aware of the devastating toll landmines were inflicting on Ukrainians, he felt compelled to do something to help.

And so, Nathan approached Sunshine & Sons with a brilliant proposal: to create a range of products to raise funds for humanitarian demining equipment in Ukraine. Since then, the little distillery with a big conscience created three fundraising bottles: Kherson Liberation Gin, Patron’s Peace Vodka and, most recently, The General’s Friendship Gin.

To date, Sunshine & Sons has contributed to raising $150,000 to buy desperately-needed metal detectors for Ukraine.


Cocktail hour



60ml Nil Desperandum Special rum

30ml fresh lime juice

20ml rich Demerara sugar syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water)


Place the Nil Desperandum Special rum, sugar syrup and fresh lime juice into a shaker and fill with ice

Shake for 10 seconds or until very chilled Strain into a chilled coupé glass and serve


2023 Melbourne Royal Australian Distilled Spirits Awards


Nil Desperandum – The 44 Special

Sunshine & Sons – Original Dry Gin


Nil Desperandum – Special

Spring is in the air, which heralds the arrival of cocktail season. Here are a couple of recipes to celebrate the new season with friends and family. Open




30ml Sunshine & Sons Original Dry Gin

15ml Chambord

Prosecco or sparkling wine

Fresh raspberries


In a champagne flute add 30ml Sunshine & Sons Original Dry Gin to a few cubes of crushed ice

Add the Chambord

Top up with prosecco or sparkling wine

Add a few fresh raspberries to garnish


Nil Desperandum – 1871 Spiced

Nil Desperandum – The Double Dunder

Nil Desperandum – The Mezcal Barrel

Nil Desperandum – The Wild Muck

Sunshine & Sons – Barrel Aged Gin


Nil Desperandum – Go Fourth

Nil Desperandum – The Road North

Nil Desperandum – The Roasted Cane

Sunshine & Sons – Pineapple Parfait Gin

Australian Gin Distillers Association Awards


Sunshine & Sons – Barrel Aged Gin

Sunshine & Sons – Original Dry Gin


Sunshine & Sons – Pineapple Parfait Gin

Sunshine & Sons – 4pm Australian Dry Gin

Be sure to keep an eye out for Sunshine & Sons’ new 4pm Gin, a classic dry gin with Australian native quandong (or wild peach), orange and lemon peel that is unmistakably Australian and perfect at 4pm, or whenever gin o’clock is. Available exclusively to First Choice and Liquor Land stores nationally.

Sunshine & Sons is open every day from 10am til 5pm for free tastings.

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Martin Duncan AKA the ‘Sunshine Coast Foodie’ has a passion for showcasing the Sunshine Coast’s restaurants, cafes, producers and products. He is a former chef and restaurateur, and a true connector of people in food agribusiness, including the plant nursery and hospitality industries.

Martin’s other passion is Sconetime – a wonderful opportunity for older people, along with their carers, companions and family, to establish social connections and come together with other people from the community over scones.

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IN THIS STUNNING spring edition, we have plenty of pages full of delicious foodie pics and stories for you to pore over, as well as what’s hot in food and beverages, produce, products and venues.

I must say I loved catching up with Nicole and Paul of Noosa Natives on their farm at Carters Ridge. You will love their Davidson’s plum, lemon aspen and finger lime yoghurts. Available in both dairy and coconut varieties.

Meanwhile, I was excited to emcee the launch of Park & Cove restaurant at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas recently – a true local producer showcase.

Chef Andrew Wilcox crafts innovative, locally-inspired dishes to delight visitors. His style blends old-fashioned charm with a touch of modern cuisine, while his keen attention to detail shines through in his mouth-watering plated creations.

Make sure you also pop into the newly opened Vine Wine Bar at Sippy Downs. The chefs are rocking out beautiful food and fabulous bartenders are blending refreshing cocktails and serving the latest craft beers. You will love the vibe.

In other news, Spice Bar Mooloolaba is under new ownership. Chef Sophie says it’s time to revisit. Her food is delicious!

There are some new kids on the block too

Spill Wine is a boutique wine shop and wine bar in Maleny Their snack menu is constantly evolving and changes based on the season. All plates have been paired with their wines in mind.

Also in Maleny, Shotgun Espresso, now Frank Food & Wine, is fast becoming the cool, hip place for lunch and a cheeky glass of wine or two with your besties. Kelly and the team are also creating fabulous dinners, Wednesday to Saturday.

Pizzeria Sisily at Golden Beach is offering expertly made cocktails, delectable Italian dishes and wood-fired pizza. It’s located directly beside the iconic Cafe Sisily, the home of sublime cannoli and perfect pastries.

Chef Alejandro Soto has opened Alma by Latinos on Ocean Street. He aims to bring the vibrant flavours and spirit of Latin and South American culture to your plate.

Newly opened Maiori Pizzeria in Nambour is getting rave reviews too.

In other news, hats off to Erin and Carl at The Loose Goose on 12 years of rocking out great food and service. Check out their chargrilled octopus with crispy potatoes and Vietnamese sate (pictured above). So delicious.

Excited to say The Curated Plate festival was a big hit across the Sunshine Coast. Our Celebrate Glass House Country Long Lunch at Yanalla Farms was epic. Chef Dan Penfold of Penfolds Catering and team did a stellar job showcasing local Glass House producers.

The Curated Plate is a delicious celebration of the Sunshine Coast’s local produce, producers, chefs, and unique natural assets from the sea to the hinterland. We can’t wait until next year’s event!

I look forward to sharing more great stories on our artisan producers and Sunshine Coast foodies in future editions.

Until next time, bon appetit.


Elise and the team at PRICKLY PINATA have been rocking out great Mexican food and cocktails for 10 years. Fresh, festive and fun, it’s the perfect place to perch yourself on a bar stool and watch the world go by. Their traditional margaritas and summer splash mocktails are sublimely delicious.

Head chef Jack Harbrow and owner Elise Barry specialise in bespoke function party packages. The restaurant is also family-friendly, offering a great kids’ menu. The menu is 95 per cent gluten-free and they cater to dairy-free and vegetarian diets. There is also a large vegan menu. A wide range of housemade hot sauces, using various chillies are also available. Don’t miss out on happy hour specials from 4pm to 6pm daily.

Prickly Pinata is at Shop 1, 45 The Esplanade, Maroochydore.

Born in the hinterland of Maleny, Brouhaha has become more than just another Sunshine Coast brewery. Two venues featuring an extensive list of award winning craft beers, an ever expanding footprint in bars, bottle shops and airports around the country.

Whether you are looking for a quality restaurant experience or live music and food trucks, we have you covered.

Maleny Brewery & Restaurant

6/39 Coral St, Maleny

Baringa Brewery & Taproom

1 Edison Cres, Baringa

Elise Barry

The team at BROUHAHA BREWERY has taken out a swag of gold medals at the Independent Brewers Association 2023 Independent Beer Awards. Every beer that was entered by Brouhaha this year won a medal with the final tally coming in at five gold and one silver. Two of those were in the running for a trophy also. The annual awards saw a total of 1348 beers from 190 breweries entered. Brouhaha now operates taprooms at two locations, with their original venue at Maleny acting as the pilot lab for limited release creations, and Baringa acting as the production brewery, with taproom, food trucks and live music. Brouhaha’s unique core range and seasonal releases are all hand-crafted right here on the Sunshine Coast. Brouhaha Brewery is at 6/39 Coral Street, Maleny and 1 Edison Crescent, Baringa.

Indulge in a remarkable dining experience on PARK & COVE’S expansive deck at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, offering breathtaking vistas of Noosa National Park and Little Cove. With a culinary team spearheaded by Andrew Wilcox, a talented chef and third-generation local of Noosa, Park & Cove’s menu brings a genuine passion for the region and its vibrant produce. Andrew embarked on his culinary journey at the age of 13. After completing a school-based apprenticeship, he ventured to Melbourne, immersing himself in the bustling food scene and managing kitchens with unwavering dedication. Upon returning to Noosa, Andrew was inspired to unite families with his tantalising taste sensations. Today, as the executive chef of Park & Cove, Andrew crafts innovative, locally inspired dishes to delight visitors. His style blends old-fashioned charm with a touch of modern cuisine, while his keen attention to detail shines through in his meticulously plated creations. Want to bring the family? Their innovative kid’s menu is sure to keep the little ones happy and entertained. Chef Andrew and his team also host seasonal food supplier dinners, where you can meet the makers who are dedicated to working with the local land and put their heart and soul into what goes on your plate.

Park & Cove is at 33A Viewland Drive, Noosa Heads.

Andrew Wilcox

You’ll love the feel of this absolutely stunning restaurant overlooking the Noosa River. LUCIO’S RESTAURANT was established at Noosa Marina to continue the family tradition of providing great food and friendly hospitality. Matteo and wife Dieuwke, manager Chris, chef Alberto and the team combine quality local catch with Italian culture. Highlighting the region’s offering, the team has designed a menu that will transport you to coastal Italy with a nod to the original Lucio’s menu. You’ll find Lucio’s open every day for lunch and dinner, except Tuesday. You have to try their fritto misto. Just like in Italy, no batter, simply flash-fried with semolina and polenta: baby calamari, local school prawns and whitebait from Western Australia, served with lemon and their divine housemade mayo. Their bar is worthy of a beverage or two and you can enjoy happy hour from Wednesday to Saturday from 4pm to 5.15pm. Their Sunday sunset sessions, with live music from 3.30pm to 6.30pm are a lovely way to finish a weekend. Lucio’s is at 3/2 Parkyn Court, Tewantin.

Fresh produce means everything to Graham and the chefs at NOOSA SPRINGS GOLF AND SPA RESORT’S RELISH RESTAURANT, so their menu changes with the seasons as fresh, local ingredients become available. Graham Waddell is an experienced, highly trained, versatile chef who originally hails from Scotland. Having spent much of his formative industry years working in a variety of high-end restaurants in both Scotland and England, Graham and his wife Sarah, also a chef, now call Noosa home. Graham’s passion is in using local produce. His favourite food to cook is French, so look out for exciting specials and themed dinner events at Noosa Springs. You know a resort restaurant is good when Noosa locals choose to dine there as regularly as resort guests and members. Relish offers fabulous breakfast, lunch and amazing high teas in a truly lovely setting with indoor and outdoor dining, overlooking the golf course and beautifully manicured gardens.

Relish is at Links Drive, Noosa Heads.

Sarah & Graham Waddell Matteo Galletto

You will love the products at NOOSA NATIVES, which are made from the bounty of Nicole and Paul Van Miltenburg’s native orchard. Davidson’s plum, lemon aspen and finger lime feature in their range of coconut and dairy native fruit yoghurts. Paul and Nicole are located in the Noosa Hinterland, on 12 acres at Carters Ridge. They have been living on the land for several years, creating a sustainable, ethical, and loving farm environment with their two young children. The idyllic climate and soil quality nurture their native food gems, allowing their fruits, nuts and berries to burst with flavour and colour. They use organic, sustainable and regenerative farming practices and are organically certified by Australia’s newest and most progressive organic and sustainable agricultural certification company, Southern Cross Certified Australia. You will find Paul and Nicole at Noosa Farmers Market on Sundays. Their Organic Native Yoghurt range is available now at Noosa Belmondos, Organika, Noosa Farmers Market, Cooroy Harvest Fresh and BFresh, Warana. Look out for their midyim berry and sandpaper fig yogurt later this year.

Found in a quiet corner of Peregian Square, PERIWINKLE RESTAURANT offers French and Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner. Led by the passion and expertise of owner and head chef Frank Boulay, Periwinkle Restaurant delivers the romantic and artisan approach to food found only in French cuisine. Featuring local seafood, seasonal produce and ingredients sourced from the finest producers in Australia, the menus showcase an interpretation of classic French dishes with unmistakable Italian and Australian touches. Periwinkle’s wine list also boasts heavy French and Italian influences, featuring champagne and wines from some of the best regions in Europe. The decor is inspired by the simplicity of European summers spent by the ocean, with splashes of blue in the alfresco dining space that welcomes the fresh ocean air.

Periwinkle Restaurant Peregian Beach is at 2/216 David Low Way, Peregian Beach.

Nicole & Paul Van Miltenburg

We are so excited by the all-new VINE WINE BAR AT THE BOWER TREE in Sippy Downs. We recommend stopping in for a glass of fine wine or a cocktail or two. The Vine Wine Bar is the perfect place to catch up with friends, family or colleagues. Unwind after a long day and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this stylish bar while chefs rock out beautiful food and fabulous bartenders blend refreshing cocktails and serve the latest craft beers. We recommend the watermelon sugar or toasted coconut and kaffir lime margaritas or nana’s knock-off cocktails. You’ll love their Not the Winemakers Dinners, showcasing an array of wines from different regions. Cheers to that!

The Bower Tree is at 10 Courage Street, Sippy Downs.

Bring on the warmer weather and bring on Sunshine Plaza’s newest gelato offering, the much-loved Gelatissimo. Traditional gelato-making techniques and the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients, indulgent inclusions and better for you options, are just a few reasons Gelatissimo is a family favourite all over the word. Gelato is Gelatissimo’s obsession, and the world is their inspiration. Fresh ingredients spark fresh ideas and Gelatissimo is bringing the experiential flavours of the world to Sunshine Plaza. With the belief that flavour is more than taste, the team is always thinking about what’s next –dedicated to delighting their customers and inspiring all the senses. Feel the flavour in-store at the plaza from September, or share in the magic of Gelatissimo with a take-home pack to treat the family.

Seafood Restaurant &

River Lounge

just a ferry ride up the river from Hastings Street

a modern approach to dining with old world charm

river lounge specials half price oysters 3pm-4pm happy hour 4pm-5:30pm



Enjoy great food at Flags Bistro, the ultimate beach location with views from Noosa in the north to Mooloolaba in the south at MAROOCHYDORE SURF CLUB. With a recent refurbishment and a new kitchen team, the bistro offers an elevated food and beverage experience with seasonal menus and rotating specials. You’ll love their Mooloolaba prawn special (pictured). The Surf Bar is the perfect place to meet for an icy cold beverage, with a range of wines, spirits, premium and craft beers, as well as a delicious cocktail menu. Boasting a modern gaming room, function spaces, live entertainment and a free courtesy bus, the venue has something for everyone. Maroochydore Surf Club is a voluntary community-based organisation. Their mission is to take an active and leading role in educating our community on beach safety. Through public education, patrol, junior activities, training and exchange programs, they strive to prevent injury and the loss of life at Maroochydore Beach. Keeping our beaches safe for over 100 years. Maroochy Surf Club is at 34-36 Alexandra Parade, Cotton Tree, Maroochydore.

Introducing Erin Mitaros and Matt Thomme from THE LOOSE GOOSE restaurant and Little Goose Takeaway, a hidden gem on the Sunshine Coast. Owners, Erin and Carl have been rocking out seriously good food and hospitable service for just over 12 years. The Loose Goose offers European-influenced Australian cuisine prepared using fresh local produce. Their meals are generous, made with flair and flavour, prepared daily on the premises, including delicious breads and pastries. Head Chef Matt Thomme’s speciality is sourcing the freshest local ingredients and creating delicious meals for customers to enjoy. You will love the relaxed atmosphere, with both indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the pond. You can find the restaurant at Twin Waters, next door to the Twin Waters Golf Course. Look out for their special wine dinners. Pinot & Picasso Noosa is taking over The Goose deck on Saturday, September 23 - a fun bubbles and painting experience. They are open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday.

The Loose Goose is at Unit 3/ 175 Ocean Drive, Twin waters.

MOMO CHICKEN is bringing the exquisite flavours of Korea to Sunshine Plaza. Inspired by the simplicity of Korean street food, Momo Chicken offers a great atmosphere to enjoy a tasty meal with friends or family. Momo chefs take market-fresh ingredients and fire them up to achieve those amazing Korean flavours. Momo is a true fried chicken lovers’ heaven. With 10 kinds of fried chicken to choose from, ranging from classic and marinated pieces through to boneless sets with a variety of seasonings, there is a fried delicacy to suit every finger-licking craving. Plus, each generous serve comes with hand-cut potato chips (we’re not talking fries here – think giant salted Kettle chips). The chicken love affair continues through to the unique meal offerings, with the likes of giant chicken cutlets, chicken noodle soup, chicken curry and chicken salad featuring on the menu. Visit Sunshine Plaza to taste for yourself.

Matt Thomme, Erin Mitaros

INDULGE yourself



Makes 6


300g Daintree chocolate, chopped

5 egg yolks

2 whole eggs

250 castor sugar

80ml water

500ml double cream


Place the finely chopped chocolate in a stainless steel bowl and melt it in a double boiler.

Remove the chocolate and allow it to cool.

In an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the five egg yolks and two whole eggs until they form the ribbon stage. You need to place a bowl of hot water under the mixing bowl to create the right volume of sabayon.

As the sabayon rises in volume you need to combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring it to the boil until it reaches the thread stage of 120 degrees. Once the sugar has reached temperature, the sabayon should be reaching its peak.

Carefully pour the boiling sugar into a mixer and beat at high speed for 10 minutes. When pouring in the sugar, make sure that you run it down the inside of the bowl (not hitting the bowl itself) to avoid hitting the top of the whisk. Otherwise the cooked sugar will spray the inside of the mixing bowl. If this happens, you won’t achieve the required volume when folding in the chocolate and cream.

In a stainless steel bowl beat the double cream until soft peaks form.

Carefully fold the melted chocolate into half of the sabayon and then combine the rest of the sabayon mix. You have to make sure that the melted chocolate is neither too cold or too hot as this will affect the volume of the base. The chocolate should be at room temperature.

When the chocolate and sabayon are combined, fold in the lightly whipped cream until the mixture is fully combined. Pour the pave onto the genoise tin base and allow to set in the fridge overnight.


500ml milk

190ml sugar syrup

75g washed and picked Eucalyptus leaves (squeeze and bruise them just before adding to mix)

Xanthan gum (about two tsp)


Cold infuse the milk with the eucalyptus leaves (for at least 24 hours but no longer than 48) then pass through a fine cloth and mix with sugar syrup. Next, blend with xanthan then freeze in mould in freezer.


500ml milk

250ml sugar syrup

115ml glucose


Melt glucose into sugar syrup by boiling and allow to cool completely before adding to the milk. Mix well and churn.


Using a muffin tin for your mould, heap in a tablespoon of the mousse into one muffin mould, then a frozen eucalyptus centre. Then place another heaped tablespoon of mousse on top. Allow to set again in the fridge.

serve with

Espresso Martini ingredients

30ml Sunshine & Sons Vodka

15ml Sunshine & Sons Mr. Barista

30ml Mr Black Coffee Liqueur

15ml Brookies Macadamia Liqueur


Turn out your Melting Moment onto a plate and shave some Daintree chocolate over the top with a microplane. Place a spoon of milk sorbet on top and serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Park & Cove.



STEPPING THROUGH THE big open doors into Bottarga feels a little like coming home. Cosy and comforting, featuring warm hues and timbers, the smell of delicious food wafts from the open kitchen as you take your seat.

This is what Bottarga is all about.

French-born Frank Boulay and Austrian-born Karin Doeldl opened their first restaurant, Periwinkle, in Peregian Square back in January 2017. Now, they have brought an entirely new concept and restaurant to life in Maroochydore. And it is hard not to fall in love with Bottarga.

“From the minute you arrive, you are at home,” Frank says. Frank and Karin met in Puerto Rico and spent about 20 years travelling the world together and solo. The pair worked in some of the world’s most notable restaurants as waiters or chefs and eventually decided to create something of their own. This is when restaurant number one, Periwinkle, was born.

“Periwinkle was our baby and has been such a success,” Frank says. “We decided we wanted to open a second place, found this space in Maroochydore and decided to go for it.

“It has been challenging because we also have three children, and obviously, we can’t be in two places at once, but we have a great crew, and they follow us wherever we go. The team, both kitchen management and restaurant management, are fantastic at both sites, and we simply fill the gaps when we need to.

“It took us about a year to design this space, working with our lifestyle designer, and then another six months to build it, so it was a long process, but we love the result.

“We really want people to feel as though they are having dinner in their own home, so the design process was very much inspired by this idea.”

Bottarga boasts a relaxed ambience. It is open, airy and comfortable. Textured walls mix with eclectic seating, timber tables and warm tones, to create the vibe that is Bottarga. Quite literally.

“We handpicked every colour for the fabrics, the furniture, and they are all inspired by the bottarga, which is the roe sac of a fish,” Frank says. “It is a very salty ingredient and full of flavour, natural colours and something that tastes fantastic dried and shaved on top of pasta, so we kept with that theme throughout the name, the design and the food,” Frank tells salt

“The design began with the stone materials on the bar, which illuminates from the back through the marble at night and we kept adding from there.

Frank Boulay

“We used some Italian rendering on the walls and kept the kitchen open with ceramic tiling, so our chefs feel that they are cooking in the home too. It’s a big open kitchen and we want that ambience to flow right through.

“It looks fancy, but it’s also very homely, and we want people to feel that. So far, the feedback has been amazing and we already have a lot of repeat customers, which we love.”

As for the food, you could say they serve up dishes that dance across your tastebuds and fill your belly as you sit, sip and eat among friends. But if we are to get technical, the menu is inspired by southern Mediterranean cuisine.

“Of course, because I am the chef and I am French, I cook with a lot of French techniques, but the food itself is Italian

inspired with a touch of Mediterranean,” Frank says.

“It isn’t traditional Italian though, so you won’t find traditional dishes on the menu, except for our fresh pasta and hand-stretched Neapolitan pizza, which are both crafted by hand on site by our chefs. The pizza dough also uses a 48-hour fermentation process to really bring out the flavours and give the pizzas that beautiful puff

“I personally love working with pasta, and the signature


spanner crab spaghettini with white miso butter and bottarga is a crowd favourite to eat too. We essentially use ingredients from other cuisines to add to the Italian flavours.”

Pair with one of the Italian, French or Australian wines, which have been thoughtfully curated to complement the menus, and you have yourself quite the meal.

In fact, there is a French proverb that goes something like this; ‘de la bonne bouffe et de bons amis’, which translates roughly to ‘good food and good friends’; people dining in comfort with their family and friends, great food and wine bringing it all together. The art of eating well, and the notion of togetherness through food.

I would say this sums up the experience at Bottarga pretty well.

We dined on a selection of dishes over lunch including the beef carpaccio with marinated wagyu beef, hazelnut and porcini cream, artichoke chips, pickle mushrooms. We couldn’t go past the popular spanner crab spaghettini; Fraser Isle spanner crab, house-made spaghettini, white miso butter, yuzu, chive and bottarga. The slow-braised Bass Straight beef short ribs and porcini cappellacci, shaved duck foie gras and white truffle crema were bursting with flavour. And finally, the diavola pizza with San Marzano tomato, fior di latte, spicy salami, n’duja, kalamata olives, basil and olive oil.


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Garden Soirée

on the edge of the Sunshine Coast Baby Showers. Lunches. Hens High Tea


Breakfast & Lunch – Wednesday to Sunday Seasonal Set Lunch. Flaxton Feasts.

313 Flaxton Drive Flaxton

P 5445 7450


COASTAL fusion


A FLAIR FOR creativity and a passion for local produce are at the heart of one of Noosa’s favourite dining spots.

Behind the scenes, an ecosystem of moving parts work seamlessly together, drawing on the talents of the team and the abundance of freshly sourced ingredients.

And the result is an exciting curation of mouth-watering dishes and a truly memorable dining experience.

Before we go much further, we need to address the jaw-dropping location of the Noosa Boathouse.

The floating restaurant has become a Noosa icon over the years, with its restaurant, function space, rooftop bar, Little Boaty takeaway coffee and fish and chip window offering something for everyone.

Set across three storeys with a fresh nautical theme, the restaurant gives the illusion that you are dining on a moored boat. As you cross the boardwalk and walk through to the restaurant, you are immediately hit with an incomparable view of the Noosa River. The restaurant is located on the lower level.

This spring you will discover a menu brimming with delicious dishes showcasing some of the freshest produce from around the region.

Heading the kitchen for nearly 10 years now, head chef Shane Bailey has a passion for his craft.

He loves what he does, what his team achieves, the local suppliers he collaborates with and the fulfilment of producing “simple food done right” that diners keep coming back for.

Formally trained in Italian cuisine and with a background in fine dining, Shane has adapted his cooking style over the past decade to bring a modern Australian flavour to the Boathouse, letting his creativity run wild.

“With our cooking, with Australian, there are no real rules,” he says. “My cooking is relaxed. There are no boundaries. It’s all about the produce, what is around and what’s in season.

“We are pretty in touch with the surroundings. I like to go fishing so I know about the moons and what fish are biting.”

Some of Shane’s recent spring creations showcase ingredients including everybody’s favourite Mooloolaba king prawns, locally caught tuna and crab, fresh Doonan-grown

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tomatoes, native finger limes and an exciting and unusual ingredient – ice plant.

It is ingredients like this that inspire his new creations – many which end up on the menu as daily specials.

One such dish is the marriage of Rockliff spanner crab, Noosa Reds heirloom tomato, watermelon, ice plant and mint salad. The light, sweet crab flesh is beautifully paired with the fresh watermelon and juicy tomatoes.

But the star contrast is the unique ice plant. With a sweet and salty fl avour, it bounces around the mouth adding a surprising fl avour and texture to complement the rest of the dish.

Ice plant is a green succulent that grows year-round, producing huge, juicy leaves in spring. The glistening bubbles of salty surprise are found on the underside of the leaves and stems.

Another spring-inspired dish is the yellowfin tuna sashimi.

It features native sea vegetables but has a Thai twist with the addition of crying tiger sauce.

“Crying tiger is usually done with beef, but because [the sauce has] got the roasted rice in it, texture-wise, the tuna is quite soft, but then you get a bit of crunch and texture from it,” Shane says.

Other seasonal dishes include the Mooloolaba king prawns with green pawpaw hot and sour salad and toasted peanuts,


plus freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters, with finger lime, dill and Queensland chardonnay vinegar.

Shane says he has a network of local producers and suppliers whose abundance of quality ingredients feature across the menu.

In addition to using the Noosa Reds tomatoes, he chooses to use macadamia nuts from Yandina, seafood from Rockliff Seafoods at Mooloolaba, eggs from Sandy Creek Gympie and mushrooms from Kin Kin.

Other locally grown produce includes figs, ginger, chilli and finger limes.

“We are all very produce driven,” Shane says. “We go through lots of seafood. We go through lots of everything.

“Because of the climate and soil, you can pretty much grow everything here and we love that.”

Shane says he is constantly inspired by his team, drawing on their own areas of skills to make the most of each and every ingredient.

“It’s a hype of activity and creativity always, every day,” he says. “It is something that has a thousand moving parts.

“Our team includes a professional butcher, fisherman and pastry chef.

“My wife Lucinda, who is our pastry chef is also a very good cook and I get a lot of inspiration from her. She does Asian food very well.”

This all translates when reading the menu. There really is something for everyone. It’s no wonder Noosa Boathouse is a favourite for locals and visitors.

No matter what time of day you go, whether for a seated dining experience, takeaway fish and chips or a sunset drink, Noosa Boathouse will not disappoint.

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DON’T WINE about the price

SCOURING THE BOTTLE shop shelves often raises questions as to why some wines that are made from the same variety and come from the same region can vary in price so significantly.

But getting the fruit off the vine and onto a table for the consumer is a complicated web of pricing that may not be as simple as first thought.

The first consideration is the fruit. Where it is grown and how it is grown has a significant impact on price. It’s not uncommon for fruit contributing to Australia’s most prestigious brands to fetch more than $15,000 per tonne. Per tonne!

On the flip side, much of the bulk wine market has collapsed due to the trade restrictions with China in recent years and some fruit from the Riverland was recently offered for $180 per tonne.

The varying scales of quality play their part here too. Vine age, the region in which the fruit is grown and how it is grown all increase the cost. Those wines that are organic and biodynamically farmed fetch a little more too.

Harvesting the fruit is another consideration. Is it handpicked or machine-harvested? The latter being significantly quicker and less laborious. If the vineyard is owned by the business, the cost is kept down as opposed to those winemakers or wineries that source their fruit from

growers or other wineries.

The Barossa Valley, for an example, is dotted with growers who have farmed their land for generations. Some 300-plus growers sell their fruit to all and sundry. Given the Barossa has some of the oldest vineyards in the world, those older vines attract a premium for the quality of fruit that they bear. It’s not


unreasonable for the grower to increase their pricing with their fruit in high demand.

Buying trends play their part too. The soaring appetite for grenache has seen its price per tonne in McLaren Vale triple in recent years, and growers are reaping the reward. A curious fact is that the average price of grenache in the region is now higher that the average price for shiraz.

Another consideration is the winemaking and how hands-on the process is. Large facilities will crush, ferment and press off wines with the push of a few buttons, whereas smaller wineries will handle the fruit meticulously to sort the best quality to then hand plunge and dance about the winery shifting a never-ending number of hoses and pumps.

The cost of oak is another input that adds up. The best French oak will attract a higher premium, particularly when only two barrels can be made from an 80-year-old tree. Consumers would know some wines are aged in American (and even Hungarian) oak. The reasons for this are two fold: the American oak imparts different characteristics on the wine and the price of this vessel is half the price of the French oak.

Less expensive wines seeking the impact of oak will use either oak dust, oak chips or starves that are tossed into a stainless steel tank.

Once the wine is finished, packaging is another consideration. Regulations impact price as well as supply chain issues and taxes. A shortage for glass bottles due to the pandemic saw high-end bottle prices surge, with some producers now paying $8 per bottle. Add the cost of bottle caps or corks and labels, some wines cost upwards of $15 before the bottle is even filled.

Bottle aging by the winery adds another cost. Time is money, and storing the wine in a temperature-controlled facility for a year or two, or even five years plus, will ensure a premium is added on release.

With the finished product ready to hit the shelves, the limited production and availability of a specific wine will elevate the price. Brand reputation is a big consideration too. Some brands have gradually built a reputation over time demanding a high retail price. One such brand was on the shelves 20 years ago for $150. Clever marketing and demand has raised the current price beyond $800.

At the end of the day, the wine landscape is littered with excellent wines at every price point. Just because a wine is expensive does not make it great, but if you ever get the opportunity to taste wines over a range of price points, you’ll sure see the step-up in quality in most cases.

STEVE LESZCZYNSKI is a wine writer, author, wine dinner host and MC. Apart from writing for his website, Steve co-authored a book, Grenache –Barossa Grown. He contributes to Halliday Wine Companion magazine, Vinomofo, Wine Business Magazine and Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine.


A TALE of love


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A WHIMSICAL OUTDOOR Italian wedding was the inspiration behind the beautiful celebration of Sunshine Coast couple Jesse and Bree Moore. A celebratory garden party; sprawling grass, festoon lighting and touches of pink set the scene for the September hinterland event. Romantic, serendipitous and pure joy – their wedding echoed the young couple’s sweet love story.

You see, it was love at first sight for Jesse and Bree, who met at church three years ago.

“I had a really big crush on Jesse,” Bree tells salt

“From the beginning, it was very straightforward and easy to spend time together. We both had clear intentions and were honest with each other, which allowed our relationship to blossom and grow quickly.

“It was effortless, and I quickly discovered that he was the most kind, caring person I had ever met, and I didn’t want to let go of him.”

Jesse echoes Bree’s sentiments.

“We fell in love very quickly but didn’t tell each other for a few months to be wise,” he says. “I knew I was going to marry Bree not long after our first date. Having been friends before, we had an effortless connection and shared the same values. I thought she was the most beautiful girl and started looking at rings six months into dating so I didn’t waste any time.”

Their proposal was a family affair with both sets of parents playing a role in the engagement celebrations.

“Jesse organised his parents to buy tickets to a play at QPAC in Brisbane as a birthday present for me,” Bree recalls.

“My parents happened to be staying in Brisbane on the night he proposed and were out for dinner with Jesse’s family and we planned to meet up after the show.

“After the show, we were walking to meet them when Jesse

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told me he had to run to the car to get something. He came back with a bag from Sunglass Hut and started leading me in the wrong direction.”

Jesse led a slightly confused Bree to a grass field in the middle of Brisbane’s South Bank, stopped and dropped to one knee. Of course, Bree said yes.

“My dad and I made a case for the ring to go inside the glasses case because I knew Bree would find it on me if I didn’t hide it,” Jesse tells salt

“It was a very elaborate plan because she asks a lot of questions, leaving her suspicious, and I am not good at making up stories. I was super nervous the whole show and became

even more nervous when she started asking why we were walking in the wrong direction afterwards. My nerves turned to joy when she said yes, and I was so happy we could have our families there afterwards to share in our excitement.”

The couple were married three months later in front of 110 guests at the quaint AnnaBella Wedding Chapel in picturesque Ilkley. The ceremony was followed by a reception in Tanawha at their friends’ events venue, Kingdom House.

“We loved the idea of a garden wedding with festoon lights glowing over the tables,” Bree says, reflecting on the theme.

“We were inspired to make a lot of our wedding décor ourselves to be as minimal as possible and to stay within our budget. Jesse and I shoot wedding videos and photography, so had been to lots of weddings leading up to our own. We noticed that the small details at the receptions weren’t as important as people having fun and enjoying themselves.




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“We didn’t sweat the small stuff because we knew we would just remember the people and the moments.”

Family played a key part in the couple’s special day.

Jesse’s grandfather Alan acted as celebrant, marrying the pair. Their brother’s sister-in-law Sharleen was the wedding photographer, while Bree’s dad pitched in to help with the financial aspects of the celebration. Jesse’s dad also lent a hand, building and creating items, such as the dance floor, to bring their vision for the reception to life.

“We also had a great friend of ours offer to gather a team of people to help set up everything on the day,” Jesse adds. “They were life savers and exceeded our expectations.”

The day went off without a hitch and finished with music and dancing under the stars.

“It felt like it all went too quickly,” Bree says. “I loved dancing with our families. My dad chose the father/daughter song himself, which was very special.

“It was such a stress-free wedding, and everyone had fun.”

Jesse adds: “Our families made speeches that were very touching. We felt so loved and honoured.”


Jesse spent around three months researching engagement rings, collecting photos and gauging Bree’s interest in certain designs. With a solid plan in mind, he spoke with Jo and her team from to Hold & to Have in Buderim. They came up with a number of designs for Jesse’s consideration.

“It was an exciting process as they discreetly called me and sent photos of the progress, so I could plan the proposal ahead of time and not accidentally give it away,” Jesse recalls. “The ring was beautiful. I wanted a timeless look as trends go out of style quickly, and a big stone isn’t always a good stone. The final design had a round diamond in a square basket and smaller diamonds around the side, a gold band and sweeping shapes that look amazing from up close and far away. The whole experience was excellent, and I couldn’t recommend To Hold & To Have enough.”


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BEADING a future



THEY SAY NECESSITY is the mother of invention. Meet Scottish-born Karen Curwen, a mother who has re-invented herself out of necessity.

When Karen and her husband David traded Glasgow’s wild and woolly weather for subtropical Brisbane 12 years ago, they couldn’t have imagined their escape to paradise would soon devolve into a nightmare.

Their four-year-old son Harry became gravely ill, and Karen’s mission was to find a cure. After a merry-go-round of doctor’s appointments, their little boy was eventually diagnosed with a rare condition known as PANDAS/PANS – a form of autoimmune encephalitis.

With life forever changed, Karen knew she had to create a new future for herself and her family. While back in the UK, she had held a fast-paced, high-pressure job as personal assistant to the president of the Scottish Football Association, Harry’s diagnosis now meant a nine-to-five job was out of the

question. Karen became a stay-at-home, home-schooling mum in the suburbs of Brisbane.

But it was a passion she had discovered in her previous life that shaped the present.

While living in the UK, she and Harry had regularly visited the local library where Karen had found books about beading. She pored over them enthusiastically and began teaching herself the art of bead embroidery.

Today, her “wee little project” has global reach and appeal. Karen Curwen Handmade is a wondrous collection of beaded jewellery from colourful dangling earrings to bold pendant necklaces.

Karen is the creative director and one-woman beading artisan. She scours the world for the best quality beads, including glass, crystal and semi-precious gemstones. Her statement pieces (bold pendant necklaces) are striking and no two are the same.

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“I love to find unusual things to incorporate into my work, like hand-painted, porcelain owls and pyrography pieces featuring foxes and wolves, which I then bead embroider around to make pendants.”

Karen explains pyrography is where the artist burns a picture into the wood to form “the most amazing, mystical creations”.

Karen was born and raised in Scotland’s north, full of wild scenery and even wilder characters. “I’ve always been creative and have been drawn to design from a young age. The environment around me has always proven to be inspiring, even living in bustling cities. There’s so much colour and life in the world, and I love to capture it in my art.”

And being a true Scots woman, storytelling is in her DNA. Each piece tells a story literally and visually. Karen gives each statement piece a name, and she likes to pen a mystical story to go with it, something inspirational.

Karen says she gets many repeat customers from the US, the UK and Australia. And her vibrant, whimsical, eclectic creations are as global as they come.

Here’s a Scottish woman living on the Sunshine Coast using statement objects from the Czech Republic and Belarus to create stunning pieces that appeal to American women who love the spiritual ‘messaging’ in her jewellery.

“I have a lot of clients who wear them like mystical amulets – certain crystals offer protection for people – I love that aspect of my jewellery as well.”

“I have one lady who’s been going through cancer treatment. She messaged me recently and said she’d put them on and they made her feel more powerful. She’d wear them to her (medical) appointments. I love that. It’s nice to have that heart connection with customers.”

Karen’s first job in Scotland was as a florist, and she also did a 12-month fl orist stint in Sydney.

“Mixing all those vibrant colours, I absolutely loved that.”

And clearly, Karen’s love of colour has carried on from there. “I love colour. I just can’t stop myself from using it.”

Karen laughs when she recalls her first attempt at beading. She says she borrowed a “very advanced book on beading” from the library and followed it to the letter, but the whole

“ The environment around me has always proven to be inspiring… there’s so much colour and life in the world”

experience was discombobulating.

“I had to find out what all the terminology meant, what is a bicone, for instance? The book had names for all the different types of beads and I didn’t have a clue what they were – that was a learning process.”

Karen says she wants to demystify the beading process and plans to create DIY beaded earring kits for her customers.

The entrepreneurial mum says she’s constantly researching what customers want and adapting to new trends.

Her next collection will feature clip-on pendants, which can be attached to different necklace types such as chain or leather, and can be worn at different lengths.

“One piece will serve a multitude of styles, so you can wear it as a choker or as a short, mid or long necklace.”

Karen started selling on Etsy two years ago and already has a loyal following of repeat customers, some buying up to six different pieces from her.

“I love jewellery-making. I can’t stop myself doing it. The business has just built over time.”

Karen now has her own ‘virtual shop’ – a branded website and Instagram – and her stunning jewellery can also be found at Adorn Sunshine Coast in Montville and Stevens Street Gallery in Yandina.

Karen is a huge animal lover, so it’s little wonder animals feature like totems in her jewellery. Grazing the green pastures surrounding her cute cottage at Carters Ridge, located near Imbil, are alpacas, goats, pigs, chickens and two friendly dogs.

A passion project she and David share is to create a toxic-free space for children with special needs and their families to have a holiday in nature. Since the family moved to Carters Ridge three years ago, Harry (now 16) is faring better.

“They say everyone has a [health] bucket and certain things, like toxins, will fill that bucket,” Karen says.

“But just by coming here, Harry’s emptied his bucket a lot more, so now he can go out and hang out at shopping malls with his friends like a regular teenager.”

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A NATURAL visionary


SAYA MCDERMOTT GETS up each day at 4.30am – in the Sunshine Coast springtime, that is well before the sun.

The quiet pre-dawn hours are her productive time, affording her space and time to order her mind around her working day while the world slumbers. Then she moves, aligning her body and mind.

It is safe to say Saya’s days are full to bursting.

The business that bears her name has continued to grow and mature, marking its 21st birthday this year. Remarkably, the growing customer base in Australia now includes some who have only ever used Saya Skincare products in their beauty routine.

But the reach is not just domestic. Saya Skincare has also secured a foothold in New Zealand, the United States, Asia and Chile markets, with forays into the international luxury amenities market afoot and three new products in the research and development stage.

But while she has spread her wings and is flying, Saya remains fiercely rooted to where it all began on the Sunshine Coast. Her origin story has been told many times – about how

her difficult teenage skin sent her on a journey back to basics and how she discovered through experimentation that natural, pure and simple were best.

“It was just a hobby for a long, long time. I was creating products to solve my own problems, and I then wanted to help others out there and so sold them at the Eumundi Markets,” Saya says. “I did enjoy creating formulations. That was the fun side and the creativity.

“But then we expanded quite quickly and the business part grew. We were certified organic, and it took off, and I couldn’t keep up with manufacturing in-house.

“We ended up getting help eight years ago – a local manufacturer we still work with today.”

Saya found the right ingredients were in plain sight in the Australian bushlands. The use of native botanicals in her 25 products is what sets them apart in a crowded market – that and the astounding number of boxes Saya Skincare ticks: organically certified, cruelty-free certified, vegan-friendly, ingredients that are certified as sustainably sourced.

“Up until eight years ago, I was making it on my own in

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our factory in Noosa,” Saya says. “But the pressure of having the larger orders to fill meant more raw materials, more stockists, a bigger warehouse and more staff. A constant series of adjustments must be made in a business this size.”

And while she has gathered a team of good people to help run the business and execute her vision, she still creates.

“For so many years, I controlled it all. I still like to be involved in the first steps of something new, although now I have a chemist who works with me. I am very much involved, and I can’t see a time when I let that part go.”

Saya has a passion for finding solutions in nature. Think part professor in a laboratory and part chef in a kitchen, and the picture is still only half formed. Saya says that researching, testing and blending elements to find the perfect combination for a particular purpose is invigorating.

It is alchemy in its truest sense: seemingly simple ingredients are transformed into skincare gold.

The very Australianness of the product range makes it stand out as much as its distinct black and white packaging. The Australian native botanicals used in Saya products contain extraordinarily high levels of potent antioxidants, containing key anti-ageing, healing and protective compounds. Saya was the first skincare company to use many of these gifts from nature.

Slowly, over the two decades Saya Skincare has existed, the skincare world has caught up with it – recognising the need for the organic, sustainable, cruelty-free components that Saya has always insisted on. But Saya sees this as a benefit for the world rather than a competitive problem.

“I am so pleased that there is a general push for sustainable packaging and cruelty-free ingredients,” she says. “That was always a massive focus for me, to align with what I was trying to do, and because of the shift in consumer focus generally, it is now a lot easier to source the elements involved in such things as our packaging and ingredients.

“But I do find it a bit funny that other brands are now advertising that they now use post-consumer recycled packaging or cruelty-free ingredients.

“I wonder why they didn’t do that before now because it was always the right thing to do.”

The process of continued evolution can be relentless, but Saya says it is at the core of what she established.

“I am always looking for ways for us to do better. It is never about what other brands are doing,” she says. “The advantage of that is that I am always open to new ideas and

they open up opportunities I may not have thought of. Having said that, we are highly selective with new ingredients and how we can blend them into our current formulation. When choosing any new ingredient, it must align with our high standards and brand values.”

Although Saya Skincare is now a long way from its humble beginning at a market stall in Eumundi, Saya can’t foresee a time when her range is not produced on the Sunshine Coast.

“The quality of Australian-made products is just so superior to anywhere else. I really believe that,” she says.

“Keeping it local and supporting other local businesses is a core value for us. Community is one of our pillars. We will always stay true to that.”

“ I still like to be involved in the first steps of something new… i can’t see a time when i let that part go”

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Discover the future of the Noosa Business Centre. Exciting developments are underway at NOOSA CIVIC, delivering much needed local community health services at the Noosa Civic Medihub, as well as more residential accommodation options at Hof Noosaville. Development applications have also been lodged for a mixed-use village precinct that includes Reading Cinemas and refurbishment of the existing Noosa Civic, as well as a cutting-edge early learning centre. Noosa Civic is the premium shopping destination on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast with more than 100 specialty stores. or


With the help of its passionate team, FLYING WEST has spent years planning and executing how to offer customers the best coffee and café dining experience possible. The team is dedicated to offering a selection of specialty coffee – from single origins to a unique range of blends – as well as an amazing assortment of delicious, wholesome food. The open-plan industrial style café, located at Doonan, has now been extended with a grand outdoor seating area. It’s a must visit! You can also find the team ‘slinging shots’ at Noosa Farmers Market, Yandina Markets and Eumundi Markets.


A truly immersive way to capture the essence of spring is to experience the I LOVE EUMUNDI MARKETS. The shopping experience provides marketgoers with everything from fresh, seasonal produce to new, exclusive fashion and local designer accessories, as well as handcrafted gifts for the home or someone special. The vibe ramps up as the days become brighter with musicians, entertainers, street food vendors, baristas and stallholders all ready to greet and welcome visitors with open arms to the vibrant town. I Love Eumundi Markets is open Wednesday and Saturday from 7.30am to 2pm and Friday from 8.30am to 1pm. It includes the Eumundi Square, Eumundi Parkside Markets and The Terraces.

There are plenty of things to explore, see and do on the Sunshine Coast, so get out there and enjoy the range of activities, events and attractions.


Yandina’s impressive STEVENS STREET GALLERY is a vibrant art space showcasing talented local artists and makers of beautiful things. The gallery content changes every two months, featuring new artists’ work across a range of media. The Abstraction and Pocket Pieces exhibitions will run alongside each other until October 29. Pocket Pieces features a collection of small artworks by more than 50 local artists. Then from November 1, Colour Pop is a vibrant, artistic celebration of colour with bright, bold artworks to finish off 2023. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday


Visit Noosa’s iconic 100-yearold MAJESTIC THEATRE at Pomona, famous for its silent film screenings. It is the only theatre in the world that still continuously plays silent films, which are presented in the original format accompanied by Ron West on the 1937 Compton organ. Films screen every Saturday at midday. While there, be sure to enjoy a self-guided tour of the theatre.

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For golfing enthusiasts, a visit to Noosa Springs Golf Shop is a must. Located at NOOSA SPRINGS, the shop stocks a large range of golf, leisure and activewear from leading brands such as Ralph Lauren, J.Lindeberg, FootJoy and Peter Millar. In many ways, it’s also a fashion boutique, offering bags, wallets, sunglasses, belts and shoes, and a comprehensive range of golf accessories and equipment. Come in and meet the team of experienced staff who can help you make the right selection. Located in Noosa Heads, the shop is part of the Noosa Springs Golf Resort and Spa.


Enjoy the sunshine and shop outdoors this spring at THE ORIGINAL EUMUNDI MARKETS. Come and discover some of the Sunshine Coast’s most passionate and talented stallholders. There is something for everyone on every corner, including local artisan crafts, baked goods, fresh produce, gourmet food, live music, hair braiding, henna tattooing, balloon twisting and much more. Also be sure to enjoy a visit from the Spring Stilt Walkers during the school holidays on September 23. The Original Eumundi Markets are open every Saturday from 7am to 2pm and Wednesday from 8am to 2pm.



Fostering a sense of community and unity the NOOSA MARINA Sunday markets are not to be missed. The vibrant atmosphere is an opportunity to find handmade and locally sourced items. Many vendors offer organic, sustainable and environmentally friendly products, adding to the market’s charm and appeal. It is a chance for visitors to interact with local vendors and help support the local economy. The markets operate every Sunday from 8am to 1.30pm with live music playing throughout the day. Why not arrive by the Noosa Ferry and enjoy the many dining venues and small shops on offer every day?

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Get ready for a scrumptious adventure at THE GINGER FACTORY, where a world of food, drinks and delightful adventures await. Dive into a mouthwatering experience at The Ginger Kitchen with dishes crafted from the freshest Sunshine Coast ingredients, sure to make the tastebuds dance. Plus, don’t miss the relaxing atmosphere of the beer garden, where you can soak up the sun and enjoy refreshing Buderim Ginger beverages on-tap. Fulfil your sweet dreams at Gingerlatis Gelati & Dessert Bar, or for the ultimate culinary thrill, join the Factory Tour and Tastings. With a treasure trove of flavours and endless excitement, The Ginger Factory is a playground for taste and discovery this spring.


WHERE NATURE meets design

NESTLED IN THE foothills of Buderim, this architectural masterpiece is reminiscent of mid-century modern design. Despite being an unusual style for this coastal region, the design harmoniously connects to the sprawling parcel of land and its forestry backdrop.

Clean lines, an open floor plan, innovative structural elements and integration with the surrounding environment –this home ticks all the boxes for the famed architectural style, which has left an enduring impact on the design world since it was popularised around the 1950s.

The Buderim home is the result of a collaboration between award-winning builders SX Constructions, Aboda Design Group and Kate Cooper Interiors.

SX Constructions owner Simone Essex says the project embodies a timeless design.

“It is a contemporary interpretation of a mid-century modern home with natural, earthy elements,” she tells salt.

“It is a little more classic and rustic than the traditional retro style.”

Simone’s words paint a vivid picture: “Featuring a diverse range of natural materials including limestone, quartzite, French oak and Abodo timbers, this home feels natural and earthy despite its sophisticated edge, creating beautiful contrast against the glass, steel and black aluminum cladding.

“The client brief centred on a low-maintenance home. The black batons on the walls are an aluminum product, which means no painting ever,” Simone says.

“They can literally be hosed down. Another interesting feature is the outdoor timber ceiling.”

The ceiling is created from Abodo Vulcan cladding,


which is a kiln-dried, thermally modified wood. The product’s golden tone is designed to grey with age. The board is also designed not to rot, crack or split.

“It’s cool and edgy. The timber and stone create a homely feel,” Simone says. “There is also that connection to the environment with the biophilic design elements.”

In its simplest form, biophilia is the hypothesis that humans crave a connection to the natural environment. Biophilic design focuses on fulfilling that desire through architectural and style elements. To fit the bill, natural products, as well as smart and conscious landscaping, have been incorporated into the Buderim home.

Landscape architect Marc Conlon worked closely with the builders to establish native gardens and an outdoor entertainment space. The re-tiled renovated pool edges a rendered pool house, complete with timber accents, a stylish black kitchen space, integrated speakers and, for some added fun, a kegerator.

The wall of the pool house also plays a role in the property’s floodwater mitigation system. The site’s terrain and natural water flow called for the integration of these measures.

“It was a complex site in terms of managing the potential

“ it’s cool and edgy. the timber and stone create a homely feel”

overland flow of flood waters. Gullies were created, and a flood bund was incorporated into the landscape and building design, redirecting water flow into the dry rock creek beds,” Simone explains. “By engaging such experienced designers, landscapers and builders, the owners could create a space that functions successfully and looks great. When designers and builders collaborate, that’s when the magic happens.”

And upon walking through the front door and into the home, there is more magic to discover.

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The interiors are captivating, melding the mid-century design with luxe features. Each of the five bedrooms has a walk-in robe and ensuite, complete with a stunning honed limestone tile.

In the master bathroom, handmade glazed Moroccan-look tiles by Ceramica Senio take centre stage, while quartzite polished stone benchtops are an added feature in all bathrooms.

European oak floors sprawl throughout the home, adding to its warmth. Other internal features include a temperaturecontrolled wine cellar, a state-of-the-art media room and Art Deco wall lights.

A Seguin wood-burning fireplace sits at the heart of the home, centred within a unique stone accent wall. The Barrimah stone cladding is constructed of limestone and sandstone and is installed in a dry-stacked method.

“It is an intentional installation method… installed without grout to give that appearance of a handmade rustic product,” Simone says. “The guest studio ensuite features handmade glazed trapezoid tiles that are installed the same way.”

These features add to the understated luxury feel that reverberates through every inch of this beautiful home.

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NOOSA AUTHOR JULIE Holland records the world and her imaginings in real time, jotting down thoughts and observations as they come to her, catching a moment or a creative spark in words or pictures before it fades.

But Julie’s scratchings are not just private musings: the writer, artist and businesswoman has a history of converting concepts into creations and is currently knee-deep in her third novel, a gentle tale built around the texture and serendipity that life sometimes throws called Full Circle

The pursuit of such creativity invigorates her – it is at her core and the forefront of how she chooses to live.

“They say you are a pantser or a planner,” Julie says. “If that is the case, I am a pantser – I fly by the seat of my pants. I start my novels with some of the elements very clear in my mind. The location of it is very important and I spend a lot of time on that. I know my main character really well before I start, but the minor characters and a lot of the plot evolve as I go. I find that in that way, they come to life during the process and carry the story in a real way.”

What underpins the appeal of this author’s tales is the realism of her narratives and her confident, well-rounded, mature central characters.

“I am a bit over the stereotype of the damaged female protagonist, and I think some readers have had enough of that too,” Julie says. “There is a lot of normal out there – not everyone and everything is a disaster – and it doesn’t mean a story can’t have hills and valleys, light and dark, as well as strength and joys in abundance.”

Julie published two works of contemporary fiction, HERE-After and That Summer in Nautilus Cove, two years ago during the period when much of the world was cramped and stifled by COVID restrictions. Anchoring them in dreamy locations and focusing on mature women who are faced with life-changing choices struck a chord.

The warm, humorous and inclusive fruits of her creativity were well received and reviewed, and Julie found a loyal


following that is eager for her next publications.

Julie also finds beauty in creating little things.

A writer of inspirational verse, 10 years ago she also released a little book of her work called A Nest Twice Built. It had something of a rebirth last year after being reworked, added to and given a new title – Seasons. She created the drawings that adorn the pages.

“The verses aim to nurture inspiration, reflection and of course joy, because every season has a reason,” Julie says.

Energy abounds in Julie’s voice as much as in her daily life. She runs a busy business in Hastings Street, Noosa – Hearts and Minds Art – with her beloved partner Greg Peeler, as well as making time for writing, drawing and photography.

Julie sees Hearts and Minds Art as a vehicle to help other creatives reach their audiences; to share beautiful light, colour and exquisite form with passers-by via the Noosa shop and beyond via their website.

She is proud that her shop has soul, that the wares sold there are not the ilk that are ubiquitous or mass-produced.

Julie and Greg started Hearts and Minds Art in 2010, shortly after they moved to Noosa from Victoria. Theirs had been a high school romance, and they found each other again

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“ Getting your hands dirty is important, just like making mistakes and feeling inspired and then acting on that inspiration”

after life had taken each through marriages, raising children and divorces. Their love story was the seed from which Julie’s novel-in-progress, Full Circle, grew.

“Greg is my greatest advocate,” Julie says. “He is the one who said ‘let’s do it’ when my books had come so close to being published with major publishing houses but were ultimately rejected. He is everything I could want as a support and in a partner.”

Julie firmly believes that creativity is inherent in everyone, regardless of obvious aptitude. She strongly feels that using imagination to create something new is a vital, valuable part of society, and it has never been easier to acquire skills in pursuit of it.

“We are in a world where learning has never been more accessible: you can have an idea of something but not know how to go about it, and all you have to do is YouTube it to make a start,” Julie says.

“Getting your hands dirty is important, just like making mistakes and feeling inspired and then acting on that inspiration. I am all about new shoots, fresh expressions.”

Julie says it all starts with a step and a willingness to take a chance.

“You never ever know where it will lead you and the joys it will bring to you as the creator and others who appreciate your work,” she says.

“Whether you create to earn money and share it, to fill in time or to meet people, or just to have those little treasures in your bottom drawer – just start.”

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A TRIBAL tribute

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This story includes details about an Indigenous person who has passed.

WHEN TINA COOPER greets me at the entrance to her by-appointment-only gallery in the Montville hinterland, I am instantly struck by her big energy.

Through surviving and eventually thriving in the arts, Tina has had to learn to diversify and reinvent herself constantly.

“I always felt that the main lesson in life is to believe in yourself, to make sure you follow your dream, to never give up, be positive and push yourself constantly,” Tina says.

The diminutive 64-year-old’s eyes are ablaze with passion and determination. Tina may be small in stature, but she has big ideas.

Over the next hour, I gain insight into Tina’s life and who she is. A maverick and a rule-breaker. A successful female glassblower and artisan in a milieu typically dominated by men. A triumph of originality and female creative expression. A trailblazer and highly original collaborator with Indigenous artists.

Tina recalls the early days of her career. She was a broke, 30-year-old single mum when she lit on the idea of working with glass.

She remembers with ease the moment she first witnessed the art of live glassblowing. Her reaction was immediate.

“All the hairs on my arms stood up and I knew it was my destiny,” she tells salt

She was further inspired after visiting renowned glass artist Chris Pantano’s studio and seeing his team at work.

Synchronicity struck again when one of the glassblowers left Chris Pantano’s studio and asked Tina if she wanted to learn glassblowing and be his assistant.

“I worked with him for a year and learned basic skills. Then we created Martini Glass Company – Mark and Tina.”

Tina went from selling her early glass creations on a card table at the Eumundi Markets to now selling limited edition original artworks to high-rollers from her gallery, which overlooks the serene Baroon Pocket Dam.

“If you’re working on your passion, it doesn’t matter if you eat five-minute noodles for months on end. Once I made that first sale, I thought, ‘Wow’. That gave me the money to make the next glass art, and so on and so on.

“And now I feel each piece is kind of like recording history.

“The history of where I’ve been and what I feel, and people relate to that.

“I’ve had people cry in the gallery because they relate to what I express in my art.”

Over the years, Tina has followed a lot of the Murano glass masters and has also done workshops with big names in glass artistry, including Pino Signoretto, Lino Tagliapietra, Richard Clements, Ruth King, Dante Marioni, Dick Marquis and Chuck Simpson.

Her most inspiring mentor is American glass artist William Morris whose work Tina describes as “spiritual” and “mindblowing”.

Tina is the only female glassblower from Australia who took part in a William Morris workshop in New Zealand. It’s where she learnt how to do hot componentry work. It was a game changer for her career.

Tina describes the technique simply. “It’s where someone creates a vessel and then creates another vessel and joins them in hot componentry instead of cutting and glueing and grinding.”

Tina has worked with a big team of up to six glassblowers


to create massive pieces. Tina’s creations are all in her imagination so she has to communicate her big ideas to her all-male staff by chalking them on the ground.

Tina calls her team her ‘left-hand man’ because it’s her intuitive side, “and because we connect on that level. I’m very lucky with my team, They’re all amazing glassblowers in their own right.”

Another moment of synchronicity was meeting Nunna, a Noonuccal woman from Bribie Island. This meeting opened the door to an amazing Indigenous artist collaboration that spanned more than 20 years.

Nunna and Tina met at the 1999 Maroochydore Art Exhibition. Both women attained first prize in their respective categories and had a mutual respect for each other’s work.

Afterwards, a mutual Indigenous friend and neighbour, Sue Swale, invited Tina and Nunna to sit around a fire pit and share past experiences. The women talked freely about how their lives were similar in some ways. Sue encouraged the duo to create some work for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards in Canberra, and they did.

Their journey would bind Nunna and Tina together for many years as the first white female glassblower and Indigenous woman artist creating a series of works together.

Their Tribal Tribute series began in 1999 and was a body of work sharing Nunna’s knowledge and stories through her paintings on Tina’s handblown glass.

Each piece dances with a creative energy of reconciliation and a life force of its own.

Their first collaboration piece, Women’s Business Talking Bowl, was exhibited at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards in Canberra in 2000.

Tina shows me a large glass bowl on which Nunna painted three crossed-legged women sitting around a fire (one white, who was Tina; one brown, who was Nunna; and one light tan, who was Sue).

The bowl is suspended on an iron frame. Beneath it are three glass rocks with Nunna’s totem animals painted on them.

“When Nunna and I first started, it was all about women’s business,” Tina shares.

“Our first exhibition sold out to one gallery overseas, but from then on it wasn’t easy to sell in Australia because there was the question: ‘should I be involved doing work with the Indigenous’ or ‘should Nunna be involved with a white woman’?”

Tina says Nunna taught her to live by her heart, sew the seeds and do the right thing. Then, people would buy Tina’s Indigenous glasswork and be able to share in the important stories.

Before Nunna’s passing, she gave Cheryl Thompson, an Iningai woman, permission to continue the important women’s business collaboration.

Tina says Nunna painted many limited editions of their work, and they are now part of collections all over the world.

Tina has met some other truly talented Indigenous artists who continue to express their stories through the Tribal Tribute Series.

A collaboration with Mu-raay Djeripi (Peter Mulcahy), William Chambers and Sue McPherson was exhibited in NAIDOC Week in Canberra in 2008.

“I feel we have left a legacy in our work together, spreading the seeds of mixed culture through a different medium – glass with Dreamtime stories.

“All works in this series are a limited edition and have been created with respect and admiration for each other by both artists.”

At the first exhibition with Mu-raay Djeripi at Illume Creations in Montville in 2005, Tina had a didgeridoo player for the opening and was inspired to make one as a gift to celebrate this collaboration.

It took Tina 10 years to develop the fine instrument played

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in concerts today. Her first glass didgeridoo made its public debut at a Nambour concert hall played by Adrian Ross.

Tina handed it to Adrian with these words: “I’m handing this over to you. Through my hands and your breath, we’ll send out the good message.”

Tina also implored him not to play it as she had no idea if it would work as a musical instrument.

“But then Adrian played it and it was amazing. Everyone just turned their head. It was just so emotional.”

The prototypes Tina auctioned off were to help fund Give Me 5 for Kids and then the glass studio in Yandina.

Her glass didgeridoos are now in major glass collections in Australia and overseas.

When Kabi Kabi man Lyndon Davis came into her life, he helped Tina refine her glass didgeridoo from being raw-edged, thick and heavy into a streamlined version. It’s stronger sounding than traditional wooden didgeridoos, so they added wax as a semi-sealant at the top. Tina doesn’t play the didgeridoo out of respect for Indigenous culture.

When Lyndon first tried the refined didgeridoo, he said, “Where the wood finishes, the glass starts. It just teaches you to go further.”

Tina explains that is because glass is stressed, and once the breath leaves the didgeridoo, it still plays.

Tina adds native seeds, gumnuts and feathers to her glass didgeridoos as decoration, so each one has its own journey and energy, which she says people relate to.

“Anyone who works together in any collaboration, just the energy of any mixed media that comes together, is more powerful.”

Tina remarks, though, how strange it is that the Tribal Tribute series is shown in museums around the world, but not in Australia.

“Many people have sent emails to support this very important body of work to Australian museums, with no response,” she says.

“I’m hoping to eventually get Nunna’s and Peter’s works in museums. I will bequeath a whole heap of our work when I pass, so it’s really recognised.”

Tina has now been blowing glass for 34 years and involved in Indigenous collaboration for 23 years.

“Looking back over many years, I’ve had an extremely exciting, terrifying rollercoaster ride.”

She says she feels extremely privileged and humbled by the thought of having a life existence where she can express her passion as a woman through her creations that support her mind, body and soul.



ARTS CONNECT INC’S 13th annual competition, Sculpture on the Edge, has transformed into an 18-day sensory extravaganza centred around the existing art contest. Now an art festival, the event aims to engage people of all ages and skill levels in creative exploration. Last year’s move to Flaxton Gardens and the addition of indoor and outdoor sculptures catalysed this evolution.

Festival director Gretchen Keelty says due to the immense popularity of last year’s workshops and artist talks, they have expanded the program into a full-fledged festival.

Workshops primarily focus on sculpture, featuring notable artists and schools, including Monte Lupo, Janna Pameijer, Laine Cooper-Taverne, Paintbox Art School and Cam Crossley. These offerings extend to painting, experimental drawing and more, fostering diverse creative experiences. Jinibara elder BJ Murphy leads enriching workshops on clapstick making, ochre painting and cultural exploration.

The festival also introduces masterclasses and professional development sessions for established artists, while providing workshops for kids and light-hearted Sip and Sculpt evenings. The Sculpted Dinner on December 2, curated by food stylist Jaime Reyes in collaboration with Flaxton Gardens, promises a unique culinary delight.

Internationally acclaimed avant-garde multimedia artist, Justene Williams, will be delivering a one-off performance, which will be a highlight in the rich and diverse program.

Central to the festivities remains Arts Connect Inc’s sculpture competition. Esteemed judges include Michael Brennan from Noosa Regional Gallery, Justene Williams, and sculptor and lecturer Mikala Dwyer.

The competition’s prestige is matched by a $22,000 prize pool, supported by local small businesses. Flaxton Gardens donates the $10,000 first prize, with the De Deyne family sponsoring the $5000 Highly Commended Prize and Illume Creations offering $2,000 for the Local Artist’s Prize.

The Recycled/Reclaimed/Repurposed category winner will

receive a $2000 prize from The Opalcutter, and the $1000 Artists’ Choice Peer Award, determined by fellow finalists, debuts courtesy of Tina Cooper Glass Gallery. The Emerging Artist prize of $1000 is co-sponsored by Montville Art Gallery and Bodo Muche Studio, while the People’s Choice Artist Award of $1000 is supported by Hammond Optometry and Montville Chamber of Commerce. Voters in the People’s Choice category have a chance to win a luxury escape for two at Lovestone Cottages in Montville.

Ms Keelty says this year, there is a diverse pool of entries.

“For this year’s competition, we are seeing lots of local entries as well as interstate, and some interest from overseas.

“The team of curators will have a tough job selecting finalists and choosing where and how to display them, but they are committed to providing visitors with the best experience possible and showcasing each finalist piece to the best of their potential.”

The 18 days of Sculpture on the Edge marks a significant portion of the Sunshine Coast’s cultural calendar. The Gretchen Keelty and 2022 Sculpture on the Edge winner, Nicole Voevodin-Cash with her winning piece Pocket Park Mounges Des (eagle) by Colleen Lavender PHOTOS BARRY ALSOP, EYES WIDE OPEN IMAGES

Sunshine Coast Council’s Major Event Grants program and local councillor support, alongside Telstra’s sponsorship for enhanced connectivity, underscore the festival’s importance in fostering artistic opportunities and showcasing the Sunshine Coast’s creative profile.

Local produce will be showcased from Piggy in the Middle, CC’s Kitchen, Chocolate Country, Mountaintop Mushrooms and Kenilworth Dairies, and event partners Sunshine and Sons and Matso’s, who were in-kind sponsors last year.

Flaxton Gardens will have breakfast available from 8am. Guests can order from a light garden menu that can be served on the verandah or picnic-style.

Visitors can treat themselves to a seasonal set menu and finish with Flaxton’s famous raspberry soufflé. The lobster and bubbles speciality is also there for those who want to experience the full dining art experience on a special day out, but you need to book in advance.

Follow your art to the hinterland!  Sculpture on the Edge will be an 18-day deeply immersive and inclusive art experience for attendees of all ages and abilities.


November 23 – December 10

Open 8am – 4pm daily at Flaxton Gardens

Adults $10, concession $5, children school age or younger are free.


Doors open to the public: Thursday, November 23

Official opening and announcements: Friday, November 24

Sculpted dinner: Saturday, December 2

Closing: Sunday, December 10.

For more information go to

ART & GLASS GALLERY EXHIBITION The ‘Travellers’ 12 th November (invite only) Open by Appointment 12 th Nov 2023 to 30 th Mar 2024 Hand blown glass 56cm high x 26cm wide Sculpture ONTHE EDGE presents Immerse yourself in creativity! Exhibition Workshops Artist Talks Special Events 23 Nov - 10 Dec 2023 sculptureontheedge sculptureontheedgesc Proudly hosted and supported by
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Take a moment to peruse some of the finest works from some of the best galleries on the Coast.



Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Erin Hughes, Pepi Wren, Maree Welman, Christina Power, Sara Paxton, Kate Piekutowski, Phillip Rolton, Ray Wilson, Fi Clark

Photography, Leigh Karen Joyce, Jeanette Smith, James McKay, Lupytha Hermin, Stacey Petersen, Jade Thompson, Heidi Leeming. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

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Internationally known glass artist, sculptor and wood artist, Tina Cooper has an exquisite eye for detail that shows in all her works. With a background specialising in colour, her limited-edition artwork is shown in her appointment-only, exclusive gallery that looks directly over Baroon Pocket Dam in the Montville hinterland. The Art Experience includes Wolfgang Engel Studio/ Gallery, the Art Cave and the Main Gallery. The next hotglass exhibition, The Travellers, begins in November.

when ongoing. The Travellers runs from November 13.

where Tina Cooper Glass, Montville, visit by appointment . 0417 194 329 or


Art Nuvo is brimming with a diverse range of mediums and subject matter in a wide range or genres, from luxurious, high-end paintings to fascinating sculptures and beautiful ceramics. Brisbane-based Monte

Lupo returns to Buderim for its 2023 collection of garden sculptures with This is Australia. These sculptures are all made by a collaborative effort of artists with special needs. All artworks are made to live outdoors in your gardens and are made with love.

when ongoing. This is Australia runs until September 23. where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or artnuvobuderim.



Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art features 26 contemporary Australian and international artists working across diverse art forms –including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art, exploring the changing

notions of life in response to new scientific research and technological change.

when until October 1

where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or


Premier Australian exhibition Ocean Light is a solo exhibition by UK artist Gareth Edwards, showcasing a stunning new collection of evocative, abstract landscape oil paintings. The works have been painted in the famous Porthmeor Studios at St Ives, Cornwall. This is a unique opportunity to experience these incredible works up close and personal.

when until October 1

where The G Contemporary, 6/32 Hastings Street, Laguna on Hastings, Noosa Heads. 0400 716 526 or




Montville Art Gallery’s featured artist for October is Dave Groom. Few southeast Queensland artists live and work in the landscape they portray, as Dave Groom does. His work primarily centres on Lamington National Park and the rural landscapes of Beechmont on the Gold Coast. Dave’s artworks are on display seven days a week at the gallery. when October 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or


A joint exhibition of two plein air artists, Leisl Baker from Toowoomba and Natasha Ruschka from Brisbane, share a love of painting the outdoors. Art Nuvo welcomes all to visit this beautiful exhibition, bringing together an exhibition of Australian landscape and flora.

when October 6 to 26 where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or


A group exhibition featuring Courtney Scheu & Itamar Freed, Eco Trio, Ketakii Jewson-Brown, Shaye Hardisty, Mia Hacker, Brian Warner, Kilagi Nielsen, Studio 26, and Tamara Kirby and Corrie Wright.

when October 6 to December 1 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or


See an eclectic collection of artists rotated weekly with a special showcasing of works by talented Barcelona sculptor  Mireia Serra.

when October 1 to 31 where The G Contemporary, 6/32 Hastings Street, Laguna on Hastings, Noosa Heads. 0400 716 526 or



Sunshine Coast artist Julie Lucht de Freibruch is inspired by her local environment, exploring Queensland’s vibrant tropical landscapes, its nature and distinctive buildings. The contrast between man-made and natural forms is a popular theme in her work. Her style is also inspired by the strong graphic design elements of printmaking, and atmospheric details of illustration. New works are arriving for her November display, available to see at the gallery seven days a week and online via the website.

when November 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

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Four local artists, each painting in distinctive and original styles come together in this landscape group show. Immerse, enjoy and experience the dynamic responses to the land around us from artists Ben Hedström, Jo Young, Darren White and James Ainslie. Their observational perception, creative form and artistic aptitude is tangibly personal and unique. Opening night is Saturday, November 11 from 6pm to 8pm. when November 9 to November 26 where The G Contemporary, 6/32 Hastings Street, Laguna on Hastings, Noosa Heads. 0400 716 526 or



Bruce Buchanan is a highly skilled watercolour artist with a focus on capturing mood, atmosphere and subtlety in his subjects. Originally trained in watercolour as an architect, he is meticulous and precise in his application of watercolour washes and fine detail. Montville Art Gallery is proud to be presenting new works in the featured artist display for December. See all available works in the gallery, open seven days a week, or view online. when December 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or


See an eclectic collection of artists rotated weekly with a special showcasing of works by Sunshine Coast artist, Michael Whitehead. when December 1 to 31 where The G Contemporary, 6/32 Hastings Street, Laguna on Hastings, Noosa Heads. 0400 716 526 or



Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, 5456 2445

Koningen Art, 0490 778 462

Tiffany Jones, 0407 452 024


Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, 5420 8299


Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. 5471 7366


Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, 5442 6665


Art by Brooks, 0417 071 336


Apma Creations Aboriginal Art Gallery & Gift shop, Shop 3

Eumundi Village Centre, Eumundi, 0437 617 390

Artisans Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0409 848 098

David Suters Timber Craftsman, 43 Caplick Way, 0413 509 482

Red Desert Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0414 504 360


Opals Down Under, 11 Ballantyne Court, 5494 5400

Solitude Art, 163 Glenview Road, 0413 013 882


David Linton Gallery, 14 Maple Street, 5429 6831

Maleny Art Direct, 21 Maple Street, 0413 885 220

Peace Of Green Gallery, 38 Maple Street, 5499 9311


Art Antiques Antlers, 3/1 Post Office Road, 0414 782 079


Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery, 3 Longwood Street, Minyama, 5444 0009


Seaview Artists Gallery, 4 Seaview Terrace, 5491 4788


Ben Messina Landscapes Gallery, 178 Main Street, 5478 5164

Illume Creations Gallery, 4/127-133 Main Street, 5478 5440

Montville Antiques, 162 Main Street, 5442 9400

Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, 5442 9211

Sally Hayes Art Studio, 6/133 Main Street, 0439 726 836

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

Tina Cooper Art & Glass, 0417 194 329


Avenue J, 14/47-51 Mooloolaba

Esplanade, 5444 4422

Bluechip Investment Art

Galleries, 23/13 Mooloolaba

Esplanade, 5452 5600 Gallery Beneath, 5444 7775


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

Poeta Herford On Hastings, 5/62 Hastings Street, 5455 4899

The G Contemporary, 6/32 Hastings Street, 0400 716 526, 0400 716 553


Noosa Arts & Crafts, 1 Wallace Drive, 5474 1211


The Shed, 3-5 Main Street, 5479 6603


The Gallery Peregian Beach, 12 Grebe Street, 5448 2314


Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station Street, 5485 2950


University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, 5459 4645


Gaiungan Gallery, 11b Tewantin Plaza, 113 Poinciana Avenue, 0401 742 678

Gallery93, 93 Poinciana Avenue, 0439 752 543

Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, 5329 6145


Art Tours Noosa, 0424 456 877

Phillips Gallery, 0406 198 300


Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, 0414 687 895

Yandina Historic House, 3 Pioneer Road, 5472 7181

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