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MITCHELL PETTIGREW COVER PHOTOGRAPHER I have been a photographer for about four years, but right now I only really get out on weekends. One of my favourite places to shoot is the beautiful Noosa National Park, but I also love Lady Elliot Island. At the moment I’m inspired to find more angles at the places I visit a lot as I just don’t think I’ve captured the best shot from these locations yet. You can find more of my work at photography or www.shipwreck

If you’re a Maleny resident or a regular visitor to the range town, you’ve probably spent a morning or two strolling through the much-loved Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. The sub-tropical forest is teeming with native flora and fauna, including dozens of species of trees, vines and palms, birds, lizards, frogs and marsupials (most visits I’ve been lucky to spot a pademelon or two). While nothing beats getting out on the track to experience the forest (and testing yourself on how many bird calls you can name), the newly refurbished Discovery Centre is certainly worth an extended visit. Leigh Robshaw has visited the centre and discovered the way new technology is helping visitors engage with the forest and the wildlife that call it home. Leigh finds that Mary Cairncross isn’t the only place in the region that is using cutting-edge technology to enhance how we engage with the rich environment we boast on the Sunshine Coast. Find out what it’s all about over the page. While Leigh was playing with iPads and microscopes and learning more about our natural world, I was spending some time engaging with

another quintessentially Sunshine Coast experience – the Eumundi Markets. I’ve always loved Eumundi, and its markets are just one aspect of the town that makes it a great place to visit. Find out what else it has going for it on page 18. Leigh wasn’t the only one engaging with nature in this issue of salt – Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane met Spare Harvest founder Helen Andrew, whose simple idea to reduce waste is also helping to connect people across the region (page 44). Meanwhile, Lahnee Pavlovich visited a young couple who is living off the land in a bid to create more fulfillment in their lives and help build a better world for their daughter (page 90). And Candice Holznagel’s weekend getaway reminded her of the importance of taking a break (page 94). So my advice this summer is this – get out there and experience the region in a way you wouldn’t normally, and please feel free to drop me an email and tell me what you discover. JEMMA PEARSON EDITOR

ON THE COVER This photo was taken at Caloundra. I used a low ISO for sharpness and some good timing while framing the shot nicely.




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Technology is helping us interact with nature


18 VILLAGE VIBE We spend a day in vibrant Eumundi

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32 PURSUIT OF PASSION Atalanta Moreau


106 ARTIST Olga Garner-Morris

110 OFF THE WALL The Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre




68 FASHION The heat is on

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THE RAINFOREST TREES are beginning to sway in the night sky and a storm is on the way. There’s an electrical charge in the air and then the storm breaks. Torrential rain pummels the trees, lit up by silver light as thunder booms above. Then, as quickly as it arrives, the storm passes and the night creatures come out. Fireflies float through the forest like tiny fairies and ghostly mushrooms glow in the dark. It’s a magical experience, being in a rainforest at night. But I’m not actually in the forest. I’m sitting in a dark room in the Rainforest Discovery Centre at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny. The Dusk to Dawn room plays this scene on rotation and it captivates children and adults alike. The reserve isn’t open at night, but this experience embraces technology to deliver the next best thing. It’s just one of the highlights of the new Rainforest Discovery Centre, which opened early last year after a $4.7 million upgrade to the visitor facilities at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. This 6

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included a new $330,000 interpretive centre that makes excellent use of technology and multimedia to enhance visitor experience. A set of iPads can be held up to a wall painted with murals and rainforest photos pop up on the screen through the use of augmented reality, a novelty that brings a cool factor to nature education, especially for kids. Magnifying walls, microscopes and soundscapes all help visitors interpret and connect with the flora and fauna of the stunning scenic walk through the lush subtropical rainforest. Michael Gilles is a senior environmental visitor centre officer with the Sunshine Coast Council and was integral in leading the Mary Cairncross upgrade. “One of our key drivers was to provide an experience that people could be part of no matter what the weather,” he says. “Someone can come and have quite a good time even though they might not be able to access the track if it’s wet. “We were fully aware of the generational shift that has taken


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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre Photo: Anastasia Kariofyllidis

University of the Sunshine Coast researcher Scott Burnett relaxes at the Rainforest Discovery Centre Photo: Anastasia Kariofyllidis

Eco River Rides Photo: Aspect UAV Imaging


children are involved in tech in the home, so we wanted to look at the use of tech to draw them into the wonders and magnificence of the natural environment.


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Rainforest Discovery Centre volunteer Margaret Lewis Photo: Anastasia Kariofyllidis

The Rainforest Discovery Centre encourages you to get your phone out Photo: Anastasia Kariofyllidis 8

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place. In our childhood we were engulfed in nature every spare second. We were outside, exploring creeks and rivers. In the last generation, there’s been a total shift. The opportunities to experience nature are quite limited and children are involved in tech in the home, so we wanted to look at the use of tech to draw them into the wonders and magnificence of the natural environment. “Some of our older volunteers have the perception that kids shouldn’t be using technology to explore nature. They should be in there unplugged, just absorbing it and being immersed in it. But when we were kids we had technology available in those days, whether it was a pair of binoculars or a magnifying glass.” And it’s not just kids who find the technology at Mary Cairncross engaging. It appeals to all age groups and you only need to take a look at some of the reviews on TripAdvisor to see how successful the new Discovery Centre has been with visitors, with 96 per cent of reviewers rating it either excellent or very good. The woman behind the company charged with creating the interpretive centre, Kelley Noonan of Focus Productions in Brisbane, says we are limited only by our imagination (and budget) when it comes to using technology to enhance people’s understanding and connection with a place. “We started initially working alongside the architects during the community consultation phase,” she says. “We consulted with community groups, the council, bird people, frog people, fungi people… Pulling out those stories and asking, what do we want people to experience? Who are our audience and how do we want to engage them? How do they learn? “We wanted to have seasonal stories with the technologies in place to update and change. We can change the AR [augmented reality] experience or change the movies playing in the little theatre. We had to pick and choose which stories really needed to be told in a more interactive way. It’s really great to read about a particular bird but if there’s something enchanting


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A display at the Rainforest Discovery Centre Photo: Anastasia Kariofyllidis

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about its sound, we’d prefer to use the audio rather than a written description.” Kelley has been running her business for 14 years, travelling the country installing innovative exhibitions and displays in visitor centres and museums. She says in the future, more tourist destinations will be incorporating technology and multimedia in ingenious ways. We already have projection mapping – think the Vivid lights on the Sydney Opera House – and beacon technology, which can send interpretative information to the user’s phone when they pass a tourist attraction. “With virtual reality we could put somebody up in the canopy at Mary Cairncross, where you could have them do a flight. You could put them in an alternative reality, change their scale so they can experience it from the size of an insect or the height of a bird. “A project we’re working on right now at Mon Repos Turtle Centre [east of Bundaberg] is a room that’s an immersive theatre. It has a full sand floor and puts you on the beach at night-time, however you can engage the senses, including scent and sound, adding things like wind and playing with temperature.” Whether it’s pushing a button and hearing a bird call, holding up an iPad to a picture on the wall or experiencing an historical

event through virtual reality, the one thing all these experiences have is a reliance on story. “People love stories, they relate to them, they remember them,” says Kelley. “If you have all the information presented in one way on an information panel, only a small percentage of the population will read it and take it on. You want people to have an emotional response. The Dusk to Dawn room at Mary Cairncross – some people find it relaxing, some people find it slightly uncomfortable. They’ve had an emotional response and it etches it in your memory when you experience something that’s really joyful or really surprising. In the night room, you can hear the night birds that are a little eerie; you can hear the rustle in the bushes and it fuels your imagination.” It’s not just the Sunshine Coast Council that’s harnessing the power of technology to enhance visitor experience of our region. Various commercial operators are jumping on board the technology wave too. At Sea Life Sunshine Coast, visitors can have an interactive Finding Dory experience where they ride the East Australian Current and use their own echo locator in Nemo’s Anemone Challenge. But it’s not just the big guns getting involved. Small operators are spotting opportunities too.

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Rainforest Discovery Centre Photo: Anastasia Kariofyllidis

Brett Potter of Doonan launched Eco River Rides in September. He operates solar-powered canoes that allow visitors to cruise a waterway in silence, with no paddling and no noisy motors to disturb the symphony of birdsong. “It had always been a plan for me to do a tourism business with electric and/or solar-powered canoes,” he says. “The technology of the motors has improved only recently. These new motors, called ePropulsion motors, are really efficient and go five times further than the cheaper motors. You don’t have to heap a pile of batteries in. It’s a four- or five-kilo battery that you attach to the motor itself and it can get up to 50 kilometres in one charge. “No one is doing it commercially anywhere else in the world,” he says. “Canoeing is beautiful because you’re really close to the water, but if you have to go a long distance, it really is hard work. With these canoes, you just sit back and relax. The only paddling you do is 20 or 30 metres coming in to shore so you don’t come in too fast. The rest of the trip is fully motorised and whisper quiet. All you can hear is the flapping of the water on the hull.” Brett has an 18-foot canoe and a 20-foot canoe, which he launches from Muller Park in Bli Bli. “When you leave the boat ramp at Muller Park, it’s only a couple of hundred metres under

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Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Photo: Lisa Pearl

Inside the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Photo: Lisa Pearl

the bridge and you’re in the wilderness. You go straight into the wetlands. There might be a few local fishermen, but basically it’s pretty empty.” As part of the trip, passengers stop off at the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary jetty and follow a 900-metre boardwalk to the interpretive centre, which was also created by Focus Productions for the Sunshine Coast Council. The walk traverses wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves, featuring abundant birdlife, crabs, butterflies and other creatures. The best time to visit is winter, as mosquitoes are out in full force in summer. The interpretive centre is smaller and more low-tech than the Mary Cairncross Discovery Centre, but still makes great use of technology to enhance the wetlands experience for visitors. It recently received a new $5500 microscope camera, which allows visitors to see insects and other creatures projected onto 12

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Environmental education officer Lisa Ryan at the Rainforest Discovery Centre Photo: Anastasia Kariofyllidis


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One of the treasures at Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Photo: Lisa Pearl

a screen, rather than looking down the barrel of a microscope. It’s the pièce de résistance of the centre, which also includes an audio storyboard that tells the stories of the people involved in the wetlands and an eight-button audio exhibit that allows you to hear the melodic golden whistler, the strange squeak of the brahminy kite or the familiar refrain of the eastern whipbird. Maroochy Wetlands Centre has formed a partnership with the QuestaGame app, which allows you to earn points by submitting photos you find of animals, plants and fungi or identifying the sightings of other players. It’s highly popular with students because it works like an eco-treasure hunt and not only gets them into the outdoors, but really interested in learning about it. Nothing like scoring points and beating classmates for motivation. “The beauty of this app is it’s not just a game,” says Michael Gilles. “It’s a citizen science nature gaming app. The information

and the data the kids collect gets sent to WildNet, a nationwide data depository that collects information about species and helps scientists to go back and improve the management of that site.” The Sunshine Coast is just getting started in embracing technology to better understand where we live and what came before us. Some exciting new projects are currently being discussed, like a virtual reality experience of the SS Dicky, which will allow visitors to see what the ship looked like and how it came to meet its rusty end on Dicky Beach. There’s a real sense we are on the brink of something aweinspiring and as a new wave of technology washes across the Sunshine Coast, we’ll see the magic that can happen when the human mind is harnessed in a way that protects, preserves and enhances our understanding of our natural environment by fostering something very important: a heart connection.

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The Noosa hinterland boasts some great townships that are well worth a visit (Pomona and Cooroy are two that spring to mind), but one township that sometimes gets overlooked is COORAN. Located just north of Pomona, and surrounded by the lush scenery of the Mary Valley, this little centre is oozing with artists, has some great little shops, restaurants and cafes and plenty of walking trails to explore. Map reference J12

salt’s editor recently spent a relaxing family weekend at the newly refurbished HABITAT NOOSA EVERGLADES ECOCAMP. The camping ground is hidden away in bushland, just up from Boreen Point, only about 15 minutes from Tewantin and less than an hour from Maroochydore. For those staying overnight there are plenty of sites for tents and caravans, plus there are glamping tents and cabins for those wanting something a little more luxurious. However, it’s also a great spot for daytrippers. Eco cruise boat tours head out from the camp every day, so you can hop on one of those, or just jump in a canoe or kayak to explore the Noosa River on your own. If you don’t have your own watercraft you can hire one – there are lots of canoes and kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and boats to get around on. Our tip – hire a double canoe so you can share the load and take a camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities – you’ll definitely spot loads of kangaroos nibbling on the grass near the water, and there are birds galore, plus the tannin-rich water beautifully reflects the changing sky. In the afternoon, grab a table at the CootharaBAR and watch the kids play on the large grassed area in front of the restaurant as you sip on a beer brewed right on the premises. There’s a great menu so you can fuel up before heading home. Lake Flat Road, Boreen Point. 5485 3165 or Map reference M10


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Nambour is cool. Need convincing? Then check out the NAMBOUR PUBLIC ART TRAIL. The trail helps you find and enjoy the growing number of public art pieces and street artworks that have been popping up in the town centre. At just over two kilometres long, the trail loop is a decent stroll and along the way you’ll be able to enjoy 13 diverse artworks by some of the best street artists in the region and the nation. There are also plenty of coffee shops and cafes in town, where you can take a break along the way. Head to and search for ‘Nambour Public Art Trail’. From there you can download the map. If you want to find out more about each work, you can download the free council app on your phone, look for the ‘things to do’ button and open the ‘virtual gallery’. Share your journey on Instagram by using the tag #scpublicart. Map reference L16 14

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Have you visited the caves at Currimundi yet? Located at the SUNSHINE COAST RECREATION CENTRE, the caves are manmade tunnels that are just like the real thing. Grab your helmet and head torch and challenge yourself with 150 metres of winding tubes that loop up and down and around each other. After you’ve successfully navigated the tunnels, you can head over to the Rock Face, an indoor climbing room with 12 different climbs. It’s a great afternoon for the kids, but the grown-ups are welcome to join in too. The recreation Centre is at 80 Currimundi Road, Currimundi. 1800 753 732. Map reference 019

Mark the third Friday of every month in your calendar. The Caloundra Regional Gallery hosts FRIDAY 3 LIVE every month to start your weekend off with a bang. Friday 3 Live includes music, food, drink and performances. In the past the gallery has hosted workshops, talks and a Flamenco guitar performance. The evening kicks off at 6pm. What will the next month hold? Find out by visiting the website. 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or Map reference O19

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Vanessa Fowler and Jillian Whiting (inset)

The Sunshine Coast Council recently launched a new initiative that aims to educate, inspire and empower the community. IN CONVERSATION is a series of four events – the first will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 and will introduce us to Network 7 presenter Jillian Whiting and Vanessa Fowler from The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation. Vanessa is the sister of Allison Baden-Clay, who was murdered by her husband in 2012. Since her sister’s tragic death, Vanessa and her family formed and work on the growth of the foundation, which will fund the education and awareness of domestic and family violence throughout Queensland. Each In Conversation series will

feature inspirational speakers from all walks of life, plus a lunch and Q and A session. The March 8 event is in celebration of International Women’s Day. The second event, scheduled for Friday, June 21, will focus on the disability sector, while the third event, on Thursday, September 12, will coincide with R U OK Day. The final event on Friday, November 22 will celebrate International Men’s Day. In Conversation will be held at Venue 114, the former Lake Kawana Community Centre, which is at 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina. Head to or call 5413 1400 to find out more. Map reference O18

For water play that’s away from the beach, head towards Mooloolah to hang out at EWEN MADDOCK DAM. Yes, the dam supplies the region’s water, but it’s also a great spot to have a picnic or barbecue, go canoeing and drop in a fishing line, or ride around on your mountain bike. There are also walking tracks and spots to take a dip and cool off. Make your way to Maddock Park, which is just off the Mooloolah Connection Road in Mooloolah. You’ll find a playground for the kids plus picnic tables, shelters and free barbecues near the swimming area. Map reference L19

The HONESTY BOX is a staple of rural Australian roads, but even in the more populated streets of the Sunshine Coast you’ll find locals selling or giving away excess fruit and veg, honey, eggs, firewood, even horse poo. There are, of course, some honesty box hot spots on the Coast – in and around Montville and Maleny, out to Kenilworth, up to Cooran and down to Beerwah. Be sure to have a purse fool of gold coins when you go for your next Sunday drive, wherever that may be, as you never know what treasures you’ll find if you keep your eyes peeled.


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KENILWORTH DAIRIES has been producing seriously good, award-winning cheese in the region for more than 60 years. And while you can buy the Triple Cream Brie, Kenilworth Blue, Vintage Cheddar, feta and haloumi from various shops and supermarkets around the region, why not take a leisurely drive to the country and buy from the very people who make the cheese. Kenilworth Dairies is open seven days a week for free tastings – so you can try before you buy. You can also pick up some yoghurt and ice-cream while you’re there. 45 Charles Street, Kenilworth. 5446 0144 or Map reference H16

If you’ve got a bit of a green thumb, but don’t have the means or the space to create your own garden, it’s time to stop into one of the region’s COMMUNITY GARDENS. Here you can meet other locals, share your skills and learn from others, and grow your own food. These gardens are dotted around the region and welcome new members. There are gardens in Buddina, Nambour, Peregian, Cooroy, Cotton Tree, Caloundra and more. For a full list of locations and contact information head to or and search for ‘community gardens’.



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IT’S 10AM ON a bright spring Saturday morning and as I ease my car into a rare free spot not far from the main street of Eumundi, I’m sure I can hear the thrum of the crowd from the iconic Saturday markets. As my companions and I head down towards the town centre, we’re swept along by the crowd of families and couples, teenagers and grandparents, locals and visitors. It’s easy, on days like this, to forget that Eumundi has a lot more to offer than just the markets. I have to admit it’s been a while since I’ve been here during the week. It was probably about five years ago that I visited on a Monday – an indulgent, child-free day when I browsed the bookshop and had a leisurely coffee in a cafe that I pretty much had to myself. Wendy Birrell is the manager of Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre and she assures me that there is a lot going on in the town. Wendy encourages Sunshine Coast locals and visitors (whether they are there on market day or not) to head straight into the centre when they arrive. “If they are wanting to

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know what to do in the town, we’ve got our finger on the pulse.” Staffed by a team that are largely volunteers, the centre is open six days a week (it is closed on Sundays). And it isn’t just a great place to discover what to do in Eumundi – it also houses a treasure trove of artefacts related to the region. “Unlike some museums we only collect things that relate directly to Eumundi,” says Wendy. “We know exactly who owned them and who used them.” It’s also where you’ll find Wan’din’in Arts Space, which opened three and a half years ago to showcase art that, says Wendy, is created by artists predominantly from the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie. Wendy has lived in the region for 23 years and she tells me the town has changed in that time (what parts of the Coast haven’t?), but for the most part has reassuringly stayed the same. “Certainly there has been a large increase in population and a lot of tree

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changers. There has been an influx of new people. But I think Eumundi is quite lovely in the fact that, in the main street especially, the houses and building still have a nice feel. There are not a lot of new buildings in the space. “I often run a town walk, which takes people to show them how the buildings used to look and how they look now. People are surprised by how much there is to do in Eumundi. There are a couple of fabulous pubs, great live music, good food, a great bookshop and more and more smaller and unusual shops are setting up.” If it’s good food you’re after, my tip is to head straight to The Imperial Hotel. This gorgeous pub has been watering and feeding the town since 1911 and the beautifully preserved Queenslander is well worth a visit. Hotel manager Paul Thomas assures me the food is certainly not your average


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Priscilla, Sahara & Sam visit the markets

pub grub. “It’s top-class food and we use local produce where we can,” he says, adding that the new summer menu is well worth inspecting. Now home to the Eumundi Brewery, and filled with quirky corners and colourful artworks, it’s a lovely mix of old and very contemporary. It’s a special building, says Paul, with a great ambience. Paul welcomes a mix of locals and tourists to the pub. And now that the Imperial is home to the Eumundi Brewery, there are also those keen to take a tour of the brewery and taste the four brews offered on tap. While the brewery supplies dozens of venues around the Coast with its canned lager, there’s nothing like sampling a Eumundi Lager in the town that is its home. While the hotel boasts a long history, it’s also set for a long future. “It is growing and getting bigger and better,” Paul says, adding that his team now caters for weddings. Okay, so you’ve got your bearings at Visit Eumundi and filled your belly at the Imperial, now it’s time to get to those markets. Started in 1979 as an artisans and farmers market, the enterprise quickly grew from the three stalls that were set up on that first market day to close to 100 stalls just six years later. By 2000, when there were 350 stalls, they started operating on Wednesdays as well. Jan Ammitzboll is the market operations manager at The Original Eumundi Markets. She’s now busy working towards the 40th anniversary celebrations of the markets and says it’s been a good opportunity to reflect on the changes that have taken place in that time. While some stallholders have been selling their wares for 22

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many years, Jan has seen many others outgrow the markets as their businesses grow. “Often the markets are used as an incubator.” She tells me it’s the quality and mix of products that keep drawing the visitors every Saturday and Wednesday. “It is also such a beautiful location – with the beautiful trees. And the products are unique. There is also great music.” Jan says the markets are a great place for locals to bring their out-of-town visitors and have a wander. “There is something for everyone. From kids right through to older people.” A Eumundi resident for the past six years, Jan agrees the town has grown a lot, as “loads of young families” and other new arrivals are drawn here for the affordable homes and community. “It is a great lifestyle. The town has a great reputation. It’s close to the highway and pretty handy to Mooloolaba and Nambour, and close to Noosa. “Eumundi has a really nice vibe – really cool.” And it’s not just the markets they are visiting. “People come during the week and have a picnic in the park or on the terraces under the trees. “With our 40th coming up next year we have lots of images before the trees grew. They were just these little sticks that are now these beautiful trees.” Like the trees the markets will continue to grow, Jan says, with more improvements in the pipeline. “We have further beautification planned for next year.” She adds, “We attract more visitors on the Coast than any other attraction. Considering we are here only two days a week, that is pretty good.” I couldn’t agree more, Jan.


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when December 27 to January 1 where 87 Woodrow Road, Woodford visit

Combining great music in every genre with informative talks, workshops, comedy acts, circus performers and street art, Woodford is the ultimate festival. This year’s festival welcomes speakers such as Dr Karl, Linda Burney and Costa Georgiadis, musicians Dan Sultan, Kimbra and The Cat Empire, comedian Geraldine Hickey, festival favourite Xavier Rudd and so much more. Head along for the day or camp and stay for longer. Everyone should do Woodford at least once.

CAROLS We’re counting down to Christmas but there are still a few caroling events you can take part in before the big day, including Nambour Community Carols, Caloundra’s Carols on Kings, Coolum Christmas in the Park, Kawana Carols by the Beach, Montville’s Carols on the Green and Witta Carols by Candlelight. Check out the councils’ websites for a full list. when now until Christmas where various locations visit;


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NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS There are plenty of NYE events in and around the region. Join the Beach party by Wonderland on Noosa Main Beach with DJs, cocktails and live entertainment. Coolum’s Tickle Park will come alive with fireworks from 8.30pm plus rides and fairy floss. Down at Mooloolaba, the fun starts at 4pm with free entertainment, live music and food. Family fireworks are at 8.30pm and there is even a kids zone with face painting and jumping castles. Celebrations in Caloundra will also be a family affair with music, food and fireworks from 4pm in the Kings Beach amphitheatre. For grown-ups, head to Ocean Street for great food, music and dancing. when December 31 where various locations visit,,,

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MOOLOOLABA CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE Grab a spot by the water early to take in this colourful yearly parade, which starts at 6.30pm in front of The Wharf before heading along the main canals of Mooloolaba, Kawana and Buddina. It finishes back at The Wharf. when December 22 where The Wharf Mooloolaba, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba visit christmasboat

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SUNSHINE COAST BRIDAL SHOWCASE This is the region’s one-stop shop for those planning a wedding with more than 100 local wedding professionals showcasing their wares, alongside bridal fashion parades, wedding-related workshops, entertainers and food trucks. when January 13 where venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina visit venue-114-0

UNDER THE SOUTHERN STARS Australian rock royalty are set to converge on the Sunshine Coast once again, after the success of the 2018 Under the Southern Stars event. Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I will headline the 2019 festival. They’ll also be joined by The Superjesus, British India (pictured), The Getaway Plan and Scott Darlow. when January 20 where Sunshine Coast Stadium, 31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina visit


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TASTE OF ART 2019 This annual exhibition and art prize is hosted by the Friends Noosa Regional Gallery and highlights the depth and diversity of creative talent on the Sunshine Coast. Winners of the 2D and 3D prizes will be announced at the official opening on February 1, while the People’s Choice Award winner will be announced on March 10 before the exhibition closes. when February 1 to March 10 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin visit

FEB 1-MAR 10 THE GINGER FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL Run over three days in January, this festival boasts flowers, food and fun. It’s a great celebration of Queensland’s sub-tropical climate that the whole family can enjoy. when January 18 to 20 where The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina visit MOOLOOLABA SWIM FESTIVAL

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Held over two days, this festival hosts two long-course ocean swims. On Saturday, there is the 2.5-kilometre Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba ocean swim. Then on Sunday, the beachside destination will host the Mooloolaba Mile and short-course events. when March 2 and 3 where Mooloolaba Beach visit mooloolaba-swim-festival

One of the region’s favourite events is now 28 years old. For the 2019 event, surf travel agency World Surfaris has been appointed as the festival managers. What hasn’t changed, however, is the great range of events including men’s 45 and over, men’s 55 and over, men’s 65 and over, plus junior boys and girls events, and women’s 35 to 50, women’s 50 and over and teams challenges, plus many more events.

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CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY Clean Up founder Ian Kiernan sadly passed away in October, but his legacy continues with the movement he started. Help carry on his good work by taking part in Clean Up Australia Day and rid our streets, beaches, parks and waterways of the rubbish we create. Clean Up Australia Day is held on the first Sunday of March each year, but you can register a clean-up event all year round. when March 3 where various locations visit

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Oskar Campbell performs with Dosed

DO YOU REMEMBER what you were doing when you were 18? Like most of us, it probably wasn’t jet-setting around the country playing in a rock band. Although many of us have that dream, few get to live it. But then again, some do. Such is the case for Maleny-based Oskar Campbell who, along with his two mates Rory Stirton (drums) and Noah Webbe (bass), formed Dosed in 2016 after jamming together and being asked to play Woodstock at Witta in March that year. “We were offered this spot as ‘the band with no name’ and from that day forward, I guess we were a band,” Oskar says. “We never really set out to form one, so it was strange trying to come up with a name after we did. Someone suggested naming ourselves after a Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song. We are all diehard fans, so I guess the rest is history,” he says. The group have played in some of the top music venues across the Sunshine Coast, at a range of festivals and are regulars in the Brisbane music scene. 26

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“Possibly the most surreal experience we’ve had to date was our support slot for Thirsty Merc,” Oskar says. “We all grew up listening to their music so to share a stage with them was pretty incredible, not to mention they were all super-friendly guys.” It’s funny, when you sit and talk to Oskar it is easy to forget he is only 18. His passion for music is obvious and you get the sense that he will be one of the few that make it to the top. “For me, the goal was always to try and make a living from something I love doing and I guess music just happened to be that thing,” he says. “Music is now a full-time thing for me and ultimately we would love to be working on the band full time in the near future.” And in five years’ time? “Well, ideally we’d be selling out stadiums,” he laughs. “But in saying that, we play music because we love it and that will always be our number one priority. We enjoy performing and sharing the art that we create together with our fans, and if we can make the world a little bit of a better place through music, I think we’ve succeeded.”


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And you can tell he means it. The way he breaks out in song at any chance, or sits and plucks at his guitar strings, a beautiful habit formed by the idea that practice makes perfect. His head and heart are in the music and it’s an experience in itself just to watch him put lyrics to paper, or compose music with the slide of his hand or the movement of his fingers across guitar frets, ready to fill the notes with words. According to him, there is never just one process for writing the songs. “It’s always different depending on what has inspired the song. Sometimes I might start with lyrics, and sometimes there has been a whole song composed before lyrics are even considered,” Oskar says. “With the Dosed stuff it generally stems from me pitching a song to the boys and then we just pretty much jam on it until we are all feeling good about what we’ve come up with. “As for the lyrics, I mean, there are a variety of themes throughout our music and every song speaks for itself, but that underlying theme is always there – those daily pleasures and struggles of being alive. “When we started out writing music, I think we all agreed that it was less natural and there was definitely a large element of imitating other artists that influenced us. After speaking with other artists this seemed to be a pretty common occurrence. As time has progressed though, we have really come closer to finding our unique sound and something that represents who we are as people and players purely. “We are excited to see where it takes us,” he says, a gleam in his eye.

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FLYING PLANES FOR a living may seem an unlikely background for a cosmetic company’s founder to have, but Noosa born-and-bred Saya McDermott is skilled in the art of pleasant surprises. With previous careers as a graphic designer and a pilot, she is also the founder and owner of Saya Skincare, a range of natural products using Australian native botanicals. What sets this range apart from the plethora on the market is its emphasis on clean, purely plant-based ingredients which are organically certified, cruelty free certified, vegan friendly and uniquely Australian. Its ingredients are also certified as sustainably sourced. The company grew from a hobby Saya took up on weekends as a teenager suffering from eczema and breakouts when she was trying to find products that worked for her skin. Eventually she opened a store at the Eumundi Markets. “I actually met quite a few of my first stores that I ever supplied to at the markets,” says Saya. “That’s the beauty of the Eumundi Markets and Noosa – it is a destination and you do get people from everywhere. They were there sourcing products. Before I knew it I was in a couple of little boutique stores and it really just started from there.”


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Today, the range is not only taking the Australian market by storm, but is making its way into the international cosmetics scene, with stockists in New York, Switzerland and New Zealand. Next on the list is the lucrative Asian market, with a recent foray into Hong Kong via the Austrade Conference the perfect opportunity to showcase the company’s unique range. Saya Skincare’s current headquarters comprise a large warehouse and retail shop located in Noosaville. Such is the growth of the business in the past two years, a local manufacturer has been contracted to make the products, so Saya and her growing team can concentrate on managing distribution, marketing and sales. This is all a long way from the humble beginnings in Saya’s mum’s kitchen, where she and her mum would mix, pack and pour the products on the weekends. Back then, her ‘day job’ was working as a graphic designer for “quite a few years”, and afterwards, following in her father’s footsteps, a pilot. Having gained both her private and commercial pilot’s licences, she flew medivac planes carrying patients needing specialised treatment from remote areas back to major cities. “I was always very hesitant to take the [skincare] business to another level – I didn’t know if I wanted to or if I knew how to, because the cosmetics industry is super competitive and cutthroat,” says Saya. “But just as I was thinking that I didn’t know what to do and thinking that I would follow an aviation career, the business started gaining momentum. “I was actually really intrigued as to how far I could push it if I gave it my 100 per cent energy, because I hadn’t been for all that time. So that’s when I decided to do it.” Since then, she hasn’t looked back, and now loves the creative freedom she enjoys – as well as being able to catch a few waves in her spare time. “I can live in Noosa and work for myself,” she says. “And I’m able to create. That’s my favourite part of it. I’m working with a team of chemists now to create formulations. It’s interesting seeing what we can do.” With about 40 products now in the range, Saya says she is constantly adding to and tweaking it as new ingredients come on board. “We’ve got our core range and I don’t want to touch that, 30

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but we’re always evolving with new ingredients and trying to be a little bit different and diverse with what we offer,” she says. “The core is a very simple, day-to-day skincare range, but we’ve definitely evolved to where we’re adding AHAs [naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids]. Also vitamin C and vitamin A, which we’re still able to add to a certified organic formulation.” One of the range’s top sellers, according to Saya, is the detox face scrub, one of the original products she formulated. Containing peppermint and lemon, yellow clay, ground walnut shell and papaya, it sounds and smells good enough to eat. It’s not the only one – the sumptuous menu includes cleansers with marshmallow, chamomile and Kakadu plum; hand and body lotion with mandarin and patchouli; and soap with Australian green clay, lemongrass and shea butter. Extracts of native Australian botanicals such as desert lime, quandong, Illawarra flame tree and crown of gold enhance the entire range and are what Saya says “promotes luminous, soft, beautiful skin”. “The use of our unique formulas using these botanicals kind of sets us apart from other brands on the market,” she says. “I think the fragrances are what really appeal to people and sell the products. I’m all about fragrance and blending the best and most unique essential oil blends.” As an added bonus, although she didn’t set out to create vegan-friendly skincare, 99 per cent of the range is naturally vegan,


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making it appeal to the rapidly rising number of vegan consumers. “I think it was a no-brainer for me to only use plant-based ingredients,” says Saya. “I never considered using animal-derived products and I’m totally against animal testing; I think it’s completely unnecessary. “We’re obviously also cruelty free certified as well and we are anti-palm oil; if there are any derivatives, they have to be sustainably sourced.” With the global market beckoning, there’s no doubt Saya Skincare will continue its rise and rise, but Saya is adamant the brand will not leave its birthplace, Noosa – the much-loved home town of its creator – no matter how much the company may continue to expand. “Noosa’s always been home,” she says. “My family and everyone is here. Some people say if you want to get your brand out there you should be based in Sydney or Melbourne. But I don’t agree with that mindset. Noosa’s where the brand was born and I think that’s where it needs to stay.”

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THE FIRST THING that strikes me about Atalanta Moreau is her vibrancy. It’s an energy that follows her around, just as her horses and two dachshunds do. The animals must be able to feel it too. This pull she has. There is no denying she is an interesting character – full of life and wisdom as well as a story or two. And you can’t help but settle back and take in every word when she tells them. Born in 1949, Atalanta spent her early years on a 35,000-acre Queensland cattle property. Her dad was a stockman and her mum raised her and her five brothers. The horses, the farm life and the land are undoubtedly coursing through her blood. “I can close my eyes and hear the bellowing of the calves, smell the searing of cattle hides on branding days. Those senses, the sounds and smells come flooding back to me all the time,” Atalanta says. “My mother had a herd of saanen goats, so we drank goats’ milk, ate goat meat, had goat and cattle hides on the homestead floors. If we kids were ever naughty, we would get locked in the meat house with hanging carcasses, big drums with meat soaking 32

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in brine, and trays of salt for curing meat. So, it might sound odd, but I have wonderful memories from these parts of my childhood; they were always so full of adventure.” In the 1960s, Atalanta and her family packed up and headed coast-side to work at the luxurious Hotel Pearl in Caloundra. She calls this time the years of plenty – “plenty of luxury, maids, chefs and plenty of exquisite Chinese fabrics”. “My mum was a beautiful socialite and my dad drove a fabulous big wide blue Chevrolet with wings. During these years, the three older of us kids worked in the hotel. I was in the reception; the boys in the beer garden collecting glasses,” Atalanta says. “My brothers were wild and mischievous then too. They would collect cigarette butts and smoke them behind the laundry. We would play ‘cowboys and injuns’ in the spare allotment next to the hotel. Such great times. “It was always so glamorous; never-ending pool parties with the olden-day bathing beauties, celebrities and gatherings. The Pearl even hosted a state reception for Princess Alexandra with


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premier Nicklin,” she says. “They were halcyon days of peace and happiness, and I recall big ocean liners out in the bay, weekends on private launches in Pumicestone Passage. It was a wonderful, exciting time – everything was so wild and free.” Although Atalanta’s eyes are so often hidden behind sunglasses, when you do catch a glimpse of those eyes, they still contain a glint of wildness. And I can see the nostalgia light up her face as I ask the question of how her childhood shaped her adult life. “Well here I am, at Mooloolah Valley, surrounded by horses, ponies and donkeys, living amongst glorious lush countryside and operating luxury guest houses with cow hides on floors and horns on beams, entertaining fascinating people from all over the world,” she laughs. “Wow, how our adult lives really are shaped by our childhood.” But Atalanta was barely an adult when she took the reins on her life and moved to Mooloolah Valley with her dream of turning an old settlers’ cottage and a dilapidated turn-of-the-century arrowroot mill into something unique. Armed with sheer determination and that country gal grit, Atalanta has weathered financial storms, equine industry challenges and turbulent market fluctuation. But she has endured and from humble beginnings has brought her dream to life. This year she celebrates 50 years at Mooloolah Valley Riding Centre and Holiday Houses. “The Riding Centre and Holiday Houses are my whole life,” Atalanta says. “It has been a fantastic journey and I have made life-long friends through it. With humans and horses. The horses have fashioned my life; they bring people to me every day, from all over the world. They have taught me to be compassionate, to be who I am today. “My two children were born into the saddle here in Mooloolah Valley and they worked tirelessly beside me for years. I have no doubt life on the land and with the horses has shaped them into the amazing people they are too.” So, what does the future hold for this marvellous woman? Well if you ask her, she will tell you that the winds of change are blowing over Mooloolah Valley. “The whole area is booming, and we are up for a wild ride. I am ready and I’m hanging on tight!”

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GARDEN LOVE: PLANTS, DOGS, COUNTRY GARDENS Simon Griffiths | Thames & Hudson | $60 Simon Griffiths is the author and photographer of a multitude of fabulous coffee table books about food, interiors and gardens. The chunky, tactile new book Garden Love is a delicious treat for anyone who enjoys gardens and gardening. The book offers luscious photography and the stories of 22 gardens, the people who created them, their influences and their stories of creation. Each garden’s plants are listed and described, and although they are Victorian country gardens, there is still much relevance for us Queenslanders. I just love and agree with this famous Chinese saying: “If you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a long time, fall in love. If you want to be happy forever, take up gardening.”

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DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ Olivia Newton-John | Penguin Books | $45 ‘Our Livvy’ is one of the most successful recording artists in the world, having sold more than 100 million albums! She has won four Grammys, and achieved astronomic success with her iconic roles in Grease and Xanadu. This is the story of the beautiful Olivia Newton-John OBE, a huge musical talent, and a woman committed to supporting and inspiring millions of people (and animals) around the world. Her lovely face is rarely without a radiant smile, but her 70 years have not all been plain sailing. Olivia writes candidly about her relationships, the rollercoaster of motherhood and her journey through the minefield of popular music, as well as her long battle with cancer, and her desire to help others. Olivia is one of those rare people who has used her profile and money to make a difference to innumerable lives. Read this biography and get to know this warm and wonderful woman. A portion of profits from book sales will go to Melbourne’s Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.

We are summer loving these terrific titles.

SHAKEN: DRINKING WITH JAMES BOND & IAN FLEMING Hachette | $30 What a great idea – a book of cocktail recipes inspired by the James Bond films! These films are the backdrop of all our lives, and we all have our favourite Bond (mine is Sean Connery, of course). 007’s favoured drink has always been the vodka martini – shaken, not stirred, but there are 10 more classic cocktails in this book which also featured in the Bond movies. In addition, mixologists have created 40 new drinks paying tribute to the characters, the storylines and the destinations in the Bond films. This is a unique and quirky title – a perfect gift for the person who has everything (including a penchant for a drop or two) and a fun addition to any bookshelf. Actually, I wouldn’t mind being a mixologist! 34

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THE E WRITER’S RIT TER’S MAP: AN ATLA ATLAS OF IMAGINARY LANDS Edited by Huw Lewis-Jones | Thames & Hudson | $55 For me, this is one of the most wonderful publications of the year. It is a collection of maps of places you can visit only in your mind and heart. Maps have the ability to transport us to other places, and even other worlds. I love looking at the world atlas, and I have spent many hours poring over the maps of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, making the intricate and marvellous Lord of the Rings stories come to life. The intricately drawn maps and their descriptions in The Writer’s Map are from books we have loved through the years, such as Tolkien’s stories, The Chronicles of Narnia, Treasure Island, Harry Potter, Swallows and Amazons and many more. Some authors create a character and story, and then create a world for them to inhabit. A map can truly deepen the reading experience, providing a landscape for the action on the page. This is a fascinating and beautiful book.


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SIMPLE Yotam Ottolenghi | Penguin Books | $55 I predict this book will be the most-given book gift this Christmas! Yotam is the owner of the famous Nopi Restaurant in London, and this is his sixth cookbook. All of his other books have been bestsellers around the world, and certainly in my bookshop. Like the others, this is a beautifully published hardcover book with one recipe per page, accompanied by bright and attractive photographs. Yotam’s focus in Simple is freshness and simplicity; a few vegies picked up on the way home from work and a quick and easy technique, resulting in a delicious and nutritious meal. As well as recipes, there are meal planning suggestions, feast menus, ingredient descriptions and a glossary. None of the 140 recipes has more than 10 ingredients. That is a great thing in my book!



The ABC is home to some great podcasts, and for one the whole family can get into we just can’t go past FIERCE GIRLS. In each episode a well-known Australian tells the story of another Australian – a fierce girl with courage, spirit and tenacity. Check it out at or download from your favourite podcast app.


How could a neglected church or forgotten rail car be so beautiful? IT’S ABANDONED celebrates buildings, landmarks, vehicles and other treasures that have fallen into disrepair with a tenderness that is deeply moving.


Want to get into (or back into) yoga but just don’t have the time to join a regular class? Then head online and practise some YOGA WITH ADRIENE. This fit and fabulous Texan has a big YouTube following thanks to her playful style and easy-to-follow videos.


If you need an antidote to the negativity of the world, jump on Instagram and check out EARTHPIX. These images celebrate the world and all its beauty and we love it.



No one is safe from the BETOOTA ADVOCATE boys’ sharp wit and cheeky style. This satirical news site, which was launched in 2014, has a growing social media following thanks to the team’s seemingly inexhaustible ability to lampoon all the hot news items of the day. It’s sometimes hard to be healthy, but the FOOD MATTERS team makes it easier. The website is brimming with helpful articles and recipes, so whatever your ailment or concern you can discover how to take control of your health through the food you consume. Book reviews by Annie’s Books on Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or The online picks were selected by salt HQ.

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Noosa River by Paul Smith,

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Noosa National Park by Paul Smith,

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Dining has never played a bigger part in our lives, so here salt shares news, information and products that enhance our passionate consumption. Summer means heading outside with picnics in the park and lunch on the beach. Make sure you still get your vegies at your next picnic by creating a SALAD IN A JAR. We guarantee that once you make one, you’ll never pack a picnic without it. Start with a good-sized jar and pop the dressing in first, then your heavier ingredients such as chickpeas or beans, quinoa, feta, onion and corn. You can then layer on your more delicate ingredients such as leafy greens and herbs. With the dressing at the bottom the top layers won’t get soggy and wilt. When you’re ready to serve, simply tip it into a bowl and enjoy.

The Australian Healthy Food Guide magazine awards have recently been announced, and our region got a mention. The awards aim to help consumers find the healthiest products in the supermarket, and a Sunshine Coast company has taken out one of the 10 gongs. The HAPPY SNACK COMPANY’S lightly salted roasted chick peas were named best packaged savoury snack. So you can chomp on these tasty treats while feeling good about it.

Local coffee roaster GROUNDSKEEPER WILLIE has opened a coffee pop-up cafe in the Moffat Beach industrial estate. Husband and wife team Attie O’Rourke and Will Kemp started coffee roasting while living in Vancouver, injecting some Aussie flavour into the Canadian coffee scene. Alongside their own roasted coffee, the custom cart will serve a rotating range of hand-blended nitro tea, the perfect alternative to sugary drinks. The pair developed the range of nitro tea while living in Vancouver and are now sourcing Australian ingredients. The coffee cart will be a launchpad for a future roastery in the Moffat Beach area. 2/2 Allen Street, Moffat Beach. 0447 299 934 or

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Have trouble with gluten? You’re not alone. According to Coeliac Australia, one in 70 Australians suffers from coeliac disease. There are also an increasing number of us who have a mild gluten intolerance, while plenty of other consumers are just choosing to ditch gluten in a bid to become healthier. As such, demand for GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS is increasing rapidly and food producers are being forced to explore gluten alternatives. The CSIRO produced the world’s first gluten-free beer a couple of years ago, and now consumers can get their hands on other gluten-free varieties at their local bottle shops.

Sunshine Coast-based Australis Drink Co has just introduced us to the range of WISTERIA LANE premium vodka and gin. Hmm, the beautiful bottle holds a drink that is full of flavour and smooth on the palate. Distilled in Poland, the Wisteria Lane recipe is all Australian. Cheers! Go to to find your local stockist.

Did you know salt’s favourite Noosa cake shop also creates delicious savoury treats? Pop in for lunch or grab a freshly made quiche for dinner. Our favourites? The roasted vegetable, and smoked salmon and cream cheese. FIONA’S FANCIES is at 3/37 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. 5473 5317 or


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

Open every day 8.30am - 8.30pm 2/216 David Low Way Peregian Beach QLD 4573

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Summer is here. Yay! We’ve discovered the perfect summer drink thanks to the team at BUDERIM GINGER. Get refreshed and toast the warmer months with the delicious Lychee Ginger Rose High Ball. To make your own you’ll need four muddled lychees, 45ml gin, 15ml lychee liqueur, 7.5ml rose syrup, 15ml lime juice and a good glug of Buderim Ginger Beer. It’s easy – just combine all ingredients and stir. Serve in a high-ball glass over crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and an orange wedge. Find more gingery recipes at

Find yourself in Nambour craving a cocktail and a show? Well, you’re in luck. THE BISON BAR is an Art Deco-inspired cocktail lounge with expert mixologists on hand to create your perfect cocktail. Music-lovers can sink into a cosy couch with drink in hand and enjoy local and touring acts or, on the first Thursday of the month, take part in drag queen bingo. If you don’t drink alcohol or are just not in the mood for a mojito, try one of Clarkey’s delicious hot chocolates. The Bison Bar is in the C-Square Courtyard, 52-64 Currie Street, Nambour. 0434 760 880 or

One FOOD TREND we’ll be seeing more of in 2019 actually has to do with age-old methods of preserving food. Food experts both here and overseas predict that fermenting, preserving and pickling will become even more popular in 2019. Our ancestors did it to store and save food, while today we’re embracing preserved and fermented foods such as miso, kefir and kimchi as we become more aware of gut health. You’ll notice many more of these foods popping up in supermarkets and health food stores, but of course you can make your own. Get into it! Your insides will thank you.

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Begin with a Citrus-Mint Foot Soak & Refreshing Foot Exfoliation, followed by an Oriental Leg & Foot Massage, Finish with a Nourishing Arm & Hand Floral Infused Treatment, complete with a High Tea.





A new coffee has arrived at Noosaville’s CLANDESTINO ROASTERS STE ERS aand nd d iit’s t’s ’ the h Cl Cland Clandestino destiino team’s most fruit-driven coffee to date. Meet Guji Genet from Ethiopia. Among the highestgrown coffees in the Guji region, this naturally processed bean creates a rich and intense cup, bursting with red fruit notes. With balanced fruitiness and velvety body, it will make you dream of sweet jam and strawberries and cream. The Clandestino Roasters café is at 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 1300 656 022 or

Vintage High Tea

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Noosa’s favourite organic cafe VANILLAFOOD at Belmondos Organic Market has just opened a new store. The VanillaFood Organic Cafe is on Lanyana Way, Noosa Junction and offers wholesome, seasonal food with a rustic twist including breakfasts, lunches, gluten-free baking, raw and vegan treats and nourishing smoothies as well as Clandestino Coffee and Mayde Tea, and will be open Monday to Saturday! 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 0427 466 977 or

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IN JUST TWO generations, our relationship with food has morphed beyond recognition. Where once families used their plots of land to grow what they could (and throwing anything away was unheard of), the age of convenience foods and having an abundance of supply has diminished the value we place on the food we eat. So much so that nearly 30 per cent of farmland worldwide is used to produce food that is never consumed. In fact, Australians will throw away one out of every five food items they buy. But a grassroots community founded by a Sunshine Coast resident on a mission to reverse this has been quickly gaining traction in the region. Determined to break the habit of food waste, Coes Creek resident Helen Andrew created Spare Harvest so people could connect to share excess produce, unwanted food in the pantry, glass jars, eggs, seedlings and various gardening items. Helen and husband Ron moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2013 to give their children Alesya and Jaryd a taste of life on the land. When the established fruit trees on their three-quarter-acre property began to yield produce, there was simply too much for them to eat and their neighbours were also dealing with an oversupply of fruit, so Helen couldn’t give it away. Devastated, she ended up burying hundreds of pieces of unwanted fruit in the ground. As she repeated this process the following year, Helen devised a plan to create a platform where people searching for fruit like hers would be able to receive it for little or no cost, ultimately reducing food waste. The simple idea swiftly became a movement, which now has more than 2000 members. Helen says not only is Spare Harvest a waste-reducing technique, but it also encourages people to reconnect with their community and begin to once again be mindful of what they consume and where it is coming from. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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the world has lost 75 per cent of its food diversity in the last century…. Home-grown produce brings back diversity.

“It is the power of taking stock of what you’ve got,” she says. “All this stuff we might call waste, someone else calls a resource and we are all about rehoming resources for the right person so that they are used and not wasted. “When all of the people in my street have mandarins on their trees – and they all go ripe at once – we have the potential for waste, but people living on the coast struggle to grow fruit trees because they have sandy soil. They would love to take these mandarins off my hands. I truly believe we don’t have to reduce our waste all by ourselves; collectively we are reducing our waste footprint.” Helen says those connected to Spare Harvest are also enjoying a newfound ability to source produce that is not available commercially. On a larger scale, the world has lost 75 per cent of its food diversity in the last century due to the reliance on large-scale agriculture. Home-grown produce brings back diversity and builds food resilience. “There are many varieties of food sitting in gardens that are no longer available commercially,” Helen says. “We had some black sapote [a species of persimmon], which


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you never see in the shops in its heritage form. The fruit ripens and falls down and you have a window of just 24 hours to eat the very soft, fleshy fruit that is also known as chocolate pudding fruit. Before the days of chocolate toppings, you would mix this in with your ice cream to make it chocolate flavoured. It doesn’t travel well, so you never see it in the shops or at the markets. “When I listed this on the marketplace, I had so many enquiries including one from a lady who was travelling in India at the time. She really wanted some black sapote, but it didn’t last long enough. I moved every single one of them on to people who were so grateful to have fruit you can’t get readily.” Spare Harvest featured in Food Innovation Australia Limited’s third edition of Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations. The book showcases 50 diverse innovations from across Australia’s food and agribusiness industry, which were chosen by an expert panel of judges. Helen says Spare Harvest is a standout because it is about harnessing technology in a way that forges face-to-face connections to nurture our human desire for interaction and socialisation.


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“While their initial connection is online, the transaction is made in person, so they get to meet one another and you will see where the produce was grown and who grew it. Often our growers are using very little or no chemicals and if they choose to sell rather than give away, it is at much lower than market value,” she says. “The power of social interaction is something that is often forgotten these days and I am pleasantly surprised to see Spare Harvest playing a role in nurturing human connections. A lady on Spare Harvest is a full-time carer for her husband in Bli Bli and she loves her garden. It’s her joy. Sadly, her husband has no interest in the garden and she spends her time out there alone. She can’t leave her home as she is a carer and can’t leave her husband, so to combat social isolation, she invites likeminded people to her home through Spare Harvest and she shares what she has from her garden. “While it started as a way of reducing food waste, Spare Harvest has also become a way for people to connect with the outside world, improving mental health through social connection, reducing budget stress by allowing people to source produce for little or no cost and giving retirees and those on a low income another source of income if they want to sell their excess produce. All the while, it is encouraging people to eat healthy. It blows my mind that all of this has come out of it.” Did you know that if food waste were a country, the volume of methane gas it gives off would make it the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China? When questioned about why she thinks we have become such a wasteful society, Helen says it has been a very slow and insidious journey, for which there has been no real catalyst. “It has infiltrated every part of our lives to the point where we buy products now that you simply cannot replace the batteries for, so once they run out, it is completely useless. But people are starting to wake up to this fact and even though our lives are busier than ever we are starting to live our lives more consciously. “We need to make change, we need some space to put some thought into what our behaviours are doing not only in a physical sense, but also a mental health sense because we are disconnected with the community and our planet and how readily we are contributing to climate change and waste.”

GET INVOLVED The Spare Harvest marketplace is free for anyone to join and use. All you need is an email address and password and you are set to go. If you have something spare, simply create a listing with a description and image, and it will be saved into the marketplace. If you don’t have anything spare, search the listings by location, listing type or keywords to see what your community has spare that you could use. Share, swap or sell, the choice is yours. FOOD WASTE FAST FACTS • One in five of the things we buy, we throw out. • A third of our bins is made up of food waste. • Australians wasted 3.3 million tonnes of food in 2014/15 – enough to fill the MCG six times over. • Supermarkets and other retailers send 170,000 tonnes of food to landfill each year. Source: ABC War on Waste presenter Craig Reucassel


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NOTHING BRINGS ASHLEY Jubinville more joy than seeing a child with a smile on their face as they tuck into a leafy green salad or dip vegetable sticks into a healthy sauce. This is the driving force for the Buderim resident, who is known around the country as The Kitchen Coach. After being diagnosed as a coeliac, Ashley left her engineering job in Hervey Bay and began to research and study different ways to use the power of food to heal. When she moved to the Sunshine Coast five years ago, The Kitchen Coach started off as a service where Ashley would spend time one-on-one with families cooking for them and showing them how to use whole foods to create delicious and nutritious meals. The results were so overwhelming, demand grew and Ashley established a live online cooking show, Cook With Me Live, which now attracts 4000 views each week. Families in every corner of Australia are signing up to her online Kitchen Reset Program, which takes them step-by-step through the process of transitioning from a convenience-based way of eating to whole foods. One of the first steps that any household can take to have real change in the way they eat is to carry out a pantry flip. Ashley says this means cleaning out your entire pantry and beginning to understand what is in the boxes, packages and tins that are in your cupboard and going into your body. “The pantry flip is actually a day about food education,” Ashley says. “The smoke and mirrors is having a pretty, beautiful organised space. “We are not there to throw everything out. We are there to help people understand how to find replacements for what they have and how they can use these alternatives to boost their health. 48

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In the process, we help them literally clean a pantry that might not have been cleaned since they moved in there. “It is a massive undertaking and that’s why I do it. People doing it on their own could take four or five days to go through everything. There is no judgement about what we find in there – and you would be surprised what we’ve seen – but it is about allowing people to accept the fact that they just didn’t know and showing them the way forward.” Ashley believes the set-up of a pantry and cooking space is a huge factor in determining whether the home cook will have long-term success. “It really is the foundation and getting it right is so important. Not having your pantry set up for whole foods would be like expecting to become a professional speed reader, but in your library all you have are CDs and DVDs. The way most people are set up now, they are set up for failure, and their pantries are filled with convenient options and packages and many of them don’t even realise that,” she says. Ashley says she predominately works with parents to bring about healthy change in their kitchens, and she is motivated by the outcomes she sees in the children. “So many parents are witnessing the effect of food on kids and realising that they need to do better. We are seeing more and more respiratory and behavioural issues in young children and we are seeing diagnosis of autoimmune diseases in children as young as two. This is what we are up against as a country and we need to learn how to do food better,” she says. “The number one most underestimated and underutilised form of easy health that we have in this world is food. Food is absolutely medicine, but people don’t know how to make it so.


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THE KITCHEN COACH S IS GIVING SALT READER A EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO UR COPY OF GIFT EBOOK. GET YO – RECIPE SERIES 1 COOK WITH ME LIVE S /IS.GD/SALTMAGBONU BY GOING TO HTTPS:/ “If you are not eating food that will help your body it is harming you in the long-term – there is no grey area. Your body will either classify what you eat as a food that it can use, or as a toxin and get rid of it. Understanding that nowadays is so important because of all of the bombardment we’ve had with food marketing and the not-so-healthy foods that are so easy to access.” With so many food options, diets and contradicting professional opinions, Ashley says it has become overwhelming for some people. But with the average person eating about 100,000 meals in their lifetime, beginning to pay more attention to how we fuel our bodies can be the key to more vibrant health for many. “I get full-body goosebumps when I see changes in the kids whose families are making a real effort to create space and time to prepare healthy meals. One girl all of a sudden had her eczema disappear because she was eating less processed crap,” she says. “Another boy stopped bed-wetting and his behaviour improved because we uncovered a food intolerance – these are things people don’t usually associate with food. “We live in one of the best places in the world where we can access fresh, healthy produce and we completely take it for granted by eating processed ‘frankenfoods’ and takeaway. We owe it to our kids to become more aware so that they, as well as us, can be healthy and feel well.”


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We offer only the best seafood! Photo: Krista Eppelstun


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE KITCHEN TOOL? A cryovac machine. It seals the bag and keeps everything fresher for longer, and you can cook items in the bag to help retain moisture. It really is a great piece of equipment.

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

WHAT’S THE INGREDIENT YOU MOST ENJOY WORKING WITH AT THE MOMENT? Smoke. The different flavours of wood chips and levels of cooking and smokiness are amazing. WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A CHEF ON THE SUNSHINE COAST? The down-to-earth lifestyle and the community around it. WHAT IS THE STRANGEST PLACE YOU HAVE EVER COOKED? A small village outside Saigon in Vietnam. WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO RECIPE TO WHIP UP AT HOME? Coconut chicken relish. So simple and so delicious, just wrap it up with fresh cabbage leaves and enjoy! No cutlery needed.


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favourite coffee WHAT KITCHEN JOB ARE YOU MOST HAPPY TO DELEGATE TO SOMEONE ELSE? Shucking oysters. I’ve shucked so many in my career, someone else can do it now! Ha ha. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL THAT SOMEONE ELSE PREPARES? My wife Erin’s fresh pasta bolognese. WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GRAB A COFFEE ON THE COAST? The Milk Bar Coffee Co on Sixth Avenue in Maroochydore. WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU WEREN’T A CHEF? A truck driver. Ever since I was little I always wanted to drive a truck. YOUR FAVOURITE SPOT ON THE COAST? Camping on Double Island. Nothing beats it. The beach, a fire, fishing and camping – it’s so peaceful and beautiful. Carl Mitaros is the chef/owner of The Loose Goose, 3/175 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters. 5457 0887 or

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GLOBAL GOODIES Travel around the world with this delicious taster of recipes from Maeve O’Meara’s latest book.


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EAT DRI NK REL AX These recipes are edited extracts from Food Safari: Earth Fire Water by Maeve O’Meara, published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $60, which is available in stores nationally.

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NATALIE’S BROCCOLINI SALAD This salad is courtesy of chef Joseph Abboud’s wife, Natalie. Serves 6

Ingredients 3 bunches broccolini 1 small handful of pistachio nuts 1 small handful of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 1 small handful of sunflower seeds Extra virgin olive oil 1 handful of green beans seeds of ½ pomegranate 1 bunch flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, leaves picked 1 handful of mint leaves Best-quality apple cider vinegar Salt and pepper Feta (optional)

Method Cut the broccolini into small pieces, making sure the stalks are very thinly sliced. Put in a large serving bowl. Toast the nuts, pepitas and sunflower seeds in a dry frying pan over a medium heat then toss, warm, onto the broccolini. Drizzle a little olive oil on top and season. Slice the beans into 1cm pieces and add to the salad. Add the pomegranate seeds, toss, then add the herbs. Add a little vinegar and check the seasoning. Adjust the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Crumble over your favourite feta if desired.

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DAL MAKHANI One of Australia’s most respected Indian chefs, Ajoy Joshi, says there is nothing like the taste of dal made next to the tandoor – ‘next to’ as the ambient heat of the oven helps the soaking beans and lentils to soften up overnight but keep their shape. There’s an astounding amount of butter in this recipe, but Ajoy says it mellows the flavour and adds a rich texture. Cooking on a rack over the tandoor is a slow-cooking method. Serves 4 as part of a meal.

Ingredients 100g whole black lentils 50g rajma red kidney beans 50g split chickpeas (chana dal), available at Indian stores 1 small cinnamon stick 2-3 green cardamom pods 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder 400ml tomato passata (pureed tomatoes) 250g unsalted butter 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves, crushed


Wash the three pulses in cold water. Place in a bowl, cover with water and soak overnight. Light a fire in the tandoor and preheat for about an hour or until there are hot coals. Place the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and cloves in a small piece of muslin (cheesecloth), bring up the corners to form a bundle or bouquet garni and tie with kitchen twine. Place the lentil mixture in a large heavy-based saucepan and add the muslin bundle. Simmer on a rack over a low-fire tandoor until the lentils are fully cooked – about 4 to 5 hours. Add hot water, if necessary, to keep the lentil mixture covered. Stir occasionally. If cooking on a stove top, use the lowest heat for 2½ hours, or until the kidney beans are soft. Remove the bouquet garni and mash the cooked chickpeas along the side of the pan. One at a time, add the garlic, ginger, chilli powder, passata and butter. Let it come back to the boil, then simmer for 45 minutes on the tandoor or 10 minutes on a stove top. The consistency should be like thick soup. If too thick, add a little water. Check the seasoning and adjust as required. Add the dried fenugreek leaves and serve hot with rice or Indian bread.

PAN-FRIED RED SPOT WHITING Seafood chef Steve Hodges is on a mission to open our eyes to new species, including this delicious small, sweet fish, butterflied, skin on and ready to be simply pressed into breadcrumbs and fried quickly in ghee, salt and a squeeze of lemon. Simplicity and deliciousness. Serve immediately! Serves 4.

Ingredients 4 red spot whiting, butterflied and filleted Dry breadcrumbs to coat 1 tbsp ghee Salt and lemon to serve

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organic pantry

Summer Tastes

All your organic local seasonal produce, gourmet cheeses & more

Gourmet Hampers also available


Located at Belmondos Organic Market 59 Rene Street, Noosaville - 5440 5126

This simple Sicilian pasta dish by Guy Grossi sings with the taste of summer, using the goodness of tomatoes captured in passata and beautiful ripe eggplant. Serves 8.

Ingredients 2 eggplants 200ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve 1 onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1 long red chilli, halved 30g flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, finely chopped 1 bunch basil, torn 80g tomato paste (concentrated puree) 2 x 750ml bottles tomato passata (pureed tomatoes) Salt and pepper 800g garganelli (penne or macaroni) Ricotta salata, grated to serve

Method Peel the eggplants and cut them into rough 2cm chunks. Place into a colander in the sink, sprinkle with salt and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Heat 50ml of the olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and cook until the onions caramelise. Add the celery, chilli, parsley and half the basil. Sweat until the celery softens. Add the tomato paste, then the passata. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, heat the rest of the oil in a frying pan over high heat. Fry the eggplant in batches until golden, making sure you don’t overload the pan. Add to the sauce and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Strain and return to the pan. Add the sauce and mix through. Shave over the ricotta salata, the remaining torn basil leaves and drizzle with a little olive oil before serving. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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SUMMER IS HERE, and you know what that means – sizzling barbecues, picnics and outdoor cook-ups. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all about meat. Vibrant vegies, sizzling skewers and flavour-packed burgers make vegan barbecues a joy to eat. Think creamy potato salads, black bean patties and salsas. Yum. With so many delicious plant-based ingredients out there and growing right in our glorious backyard, it seems a waste not to add them to the mix and dish up some vegan treats. Throw a turnip or two on the barbie, if you catch my drift. The key is to use fresh ingredients. Use the grub growing in your backyard garden or visit one of the many local farmers markets for fresh, seasonal produce.

I know there will be the die-hard carnivores reading this and shaking their heads in protest. But hear me out because with just a bit of imagination and a few good recipes, knocking up some tasty meat-free morsels is not only easy, but you might even find yourself enjoying a taste of the vegan life. Not to mention the health benefits of adding some plant-based foods to your repertoire. Keep in mind, vegan cook-ups are all about mixing combinations of flavours together and using the grill to add that intense smokiness. So, if you’re up for the challenge, here are a few of our favourite vegan-inspired meals for the barbie.


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In a blender or food processor, process the black beans until smooth. Stir in the cumin, chilli powder, salt and coriander and blend well. Roll the mixture into balls, allowing 3 tbsp of mixture per ball. Place balls between sheets of greaseproof paper and press down to form rounds about the thickness of your finger. Heat oil on the barbecue. Fry the patties for 2 or 3 minutes per side. In a bowl, combine yoghurt and milk with cayenne pepper to taste to create a sauce. Serve the sauce over the hot black bean patties.


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Makes 6-8

Makes 4-6 skewers

Ingredients ents


1½kg potatoes atoes Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper,, to taste 2 celeryy stalks, finely diced 1 cup vegan mayonnaise 1 small all finely chopped red onion ¼ cup up chopped fresh dill 1½ ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp lemon juice 1-2 -2 tbsp dijon mustard

1 cup cherry tomatoes 1 corn cob, cut into 2cm slices 1 small zucchini, sliced 1½ cups halved mushrooms 2 tbsp peanut butter 1 tbsp white miso 1 cup fresh coriander Juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp maple syrup 1 tsp fresh, grated ginger 2 cloves of garlic ½ tsp cayenne pepper 1 dash hot sauce 1 cup water Salt and pepper


Cook the potatoes until just soft then drain and let cool. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the cooled oled potatoes into 2½ cm cubes and add dd them to the bowl, stirring carefully until coated.


Place the vegetables in a large bowl. Put the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth to make a marinade. Then drizzle onto the vegetables and toss to coat. Leave for at least 20 minutes, or longer, to marinate. Skewer vegetables on 4 to 6 skewers. Reserve the remaining marinade in the bowl. Grill skewers on the barbecue for about 5 minutes, then turn over and brush with more marinade. Grill for another 3 to 5 minutes, until the vegies are tender and have grill marks.

Don’t forget to add some toasty, tasty breads to accompany your vegan smorgasbord. Charred rosemary flatbread served hot off the barbecue is always a winner. Or serve up a beautiful platter of bruschetta sliced 1cm thick and toasted on the barbecue, then rubbed with garlic and drizzled with quality olive oil. The toppings can be as humble or as luxurious as you like.

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RADIANT BLUE SKIES, soothing sea breezes plus the kiss of the sun on your skin – that sounds like summer right there. As throngs of folk flock to the Sunshine Coast for their end-of-year celebrations or annual holidays, the words ‘chill out’ reverberate from every corner of the Coast. Embracing the ideal Queensland climate with some fresh seafood, a platter of fresh tropical fruit or a salute to the French with a charcuterie board, summer time and sunshine mean picnics. As the shift from winter red wines to refreshing whites has commenced in earnest, perhaps we need to consider the beauty of pink as we lap up the sunshine. That’s right – rosé. According to a Wine Australia report released earlier this year, consumption of rosé in 2017 has increased with those in the 25- to 34-year age bracket the greatest consumers at 27 per cent – up six per cent from 2016. Curiously though is the perception that rosé is only for the ladies. Wrong. The same report shows data indicating that 46 per cent of males surveyed indulged in the pink stuff. Male fans of rosé have been given the Brosé tag, a label which men seem very comfortable with. It’s fair to say that rosé has never been more popular. But let’s debunk a few myths about rosé. The winemaking process is pretty straightforward and rosé achieves its colour from skin contact. Bled rosés (saignée) is the free run juice that bleeds from crushed red grapes. Another method is limited maceration rosés, whereby the skins are in contact for a few hours, half a dozen or perhaps even overnight. Winemakers set their watch and that is that. Consumers and sommeliers alike have driven what they want to see and, as a result, we now have access to a multitude of wines with a rose gold, pale salmon or faint copper appearance. In their efforts to copy some of the best Provençal examples, winemakers are playing with texture and experimenting with portions of barrel-fermented fruit too. One unfair misconception is that rosé is sweet – and that couldn’t be any further from the truth. I spoke with a consumer at a tasting event not so long ago. There was a range of wines to taste but she wanted whites only, then pinot noir. When I asked if she’d 58

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like to taste a rosé, I was met with a raised eyebrow and a, “No, they’re too sweet”. As we continued to chat we established her perception of sweetness came from the colour. A few minutes later all those preconceived ideas were put to rest and rosé is now her preferred drink. We keep in touch via social media and her exploration now knows no bounds. Conversion stories such as these are always the best! Back to the sweetness thing, and sure, there are instances where deliberate amounts of residual sugar remain, but on the whole, it’s dryness that winemakers are aiming for. Check the recommendations at the end of this article where all the suggested rosés are bone dry – and delicious! Above all, what makes rosé such a good drink is its versatility. Enjoy as an aperitif, with a meal or even paired with dessert. I attended an Oliver’s Taranga dinner in Brisbane not too long ago, and the vineyard’s Chica Mencia Rosé was paired with vanilla tapioca and burnt honey custard, hazelnut and milk chocolate plus caramelised fig ice-cream for dessert – that match closed the night out beautifully. Mencia is a Spanish variety which Oliver’s Taranga winemaker Corrina Wright thought would suit the McLaren Vale climate and her vineyard perfectly – and she’s nailed it. Mencia is grown in only a handful of vineyards in Australia. Think raspberries, the white of the watermelon and some crunch. Yum! Rosé doesn’t have to haemorrhage the bank balance either. Penny pinchers ought to make a beeline for the Yalumba Y Series. Made from sangiovese, it’s such an easy drinking wine with some textural interest sure to please. Track it down on special for around $10 and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. Speaking of bargains, a couple of months ago I made the call on social media, “Find me a better value rosé for $18 – I dare you,” referring to Queensland’s own Golden Grove Estate’s Brosé Rosé 2018. With an eye-catching label oozing shelf appeal, it seemed the bargain drum was being smashed a little bit too hard and the sold-out sign has already been posted. But rosé lovers and fans of Queensland wines ought to stick that name in their back pocket and get in the queue, because if previous vintages are any indication, the train of pleasure will arrive again in 2019. Cheers to summer and picnics!


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NOOSA SPRINGS SPA EIGHT TO TRY: 1. CHAIN RING CIDER CO 2018 (GRANITE BELT) 750ML $16, 4 X 330ML, $24 Such a delicious cider to throw back. It’s made with Granite Belt-grown pink lady apples and mosaic hops without a drop of concentrate responsible for most commercial ciders. Bottle fermented and still on full lees, it’s hoppy and yeasty but crisp and bone dry. Go here cider lovers. 2. RICCA TERRA COLOUR OF CALMNESS 2018 (RIVERLAND) $22.50 Super-attractive packaging. A blend of nero d’avola, negroamaro and tempranillo all co-fermented from Riverland fruit. A lick of creamy texture is preceded by aromas of watermelon juice and tease of blue fruit. The creamy drive builds momentum to a long and refreshing finish. 3. SCHWARZ WINE CO. ROSÉ 2018 (BAROSSA VALLEY) $25 A crowd pleaser from top to toe. It looks, feels and tastes oh-so good. A blend of grenache and mataro, the brief has been nailed with the copper appearance and bone-dry finish. Red apple skin, red berries and currants stride out comfortably. Dry herbs nip in before a creamy drive pins everything down onto solid foundations. Fabulous! 4. NIKKAL ROSÉ 2017 (YARRA VALLEY) $25 Made from pinot noir, it’s a wine laced with freshness and easy drinking appeal. It is dry to taste, and scents of mandarin, orange peel and freeze-dried strawberries seduce the senses. Savoury characters run riot in the mouth with delicious textural feels. Super buying.

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5. FLAMETREE PINOT ROSÉ 2018 (MARGARET RIVER) $25 High fives for the Flametree crew. Some whiffs of sweet strawberry hit early before orange peel, dried red currants and Mediterranean herbs create a platter of intrigue. Creamy texture rides with ease leaving a trail of soft spices in its wake. A moreish and sessional rosé. 6. ALKIMI THE GOOD EARTH SYRAH ROSÉ 2018 (YARRA VALLEY) $27 I sat by the river slurping this watching the shadows of the afternoon get longer and longer. A wonderful picnic wine if I do say so myself. Rose gold in the glass, attractive aromas of citrus peel, red apples, apricot kernel and strawberries and cream. Fine spices dance across the mouth. Long and persistent, it’s great stuff. 7. SEPPELT DRUMBORG RIESLING 2017 (HENTY) $35 So refreshing and primed for indulging. With whiffs of orange blossom and jasmine flowers, it sizzles through the mouth. The minerally feels waltz on the balls of its feet. Pristine limey goodness and some pith exude cool riding long and driving through with a chalky finish. All class. 8. HUNTINGTON ESTATE SPECIAL RESERVE SEMILLON 2017 (MUDGEE) $35 Fresh and crisp, it’s the delicate fruit presence which I am liking the look of. The third release of this label entices with citrus, shades of tropical fruit and handfuls of cut herbs. Delicious.

STEVE LESZCZYNSKI is a wine writer, wine dinner host and emcee. Apart from writing for his website, Steve contributes to Wine Business Magazine, Grapegrower & Winemaker Magazine and has previously written for Must Do Brisbane. For two years he presented the Wine Time segment on Brisbane’s 4BC during Friday afternoon drive time. In 2017, he emceed the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup, hosting 730 guests at Penola Racecourse. Awarded the Queensland Wine Industry’s Social Media Commentator Award 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017, Steve is also a passionate supporter of the Queensland wine industry.

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62 TRUE ROMANCE A waterside wedding in Mooloolaba.

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A SHARED EASY-GOING nature and dedication to family and friends created an instant connection between Natalie Young and Paul Gorton when they met at a Brisbane pub in August 2016. Paul, an MRI specialist who lived on the Gold Coast, was up for work in Brisbane when he met Natalie, a teacher. They instantly hit it off and began taking turns travelling between their respective cities to go on dates. The couple decided to move in together in Coolum so they could be closer to the ocean and have more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors together. Natalie says they have a shared passion for any form of game and competition and would turn a leisurely mountain hike into a race once the end of the track approached. They would also never miss an opportunity to wager a bet with one another. In keeping with this, Paul proposed to Natalie in September 2017 with an elaborate treasure hunt with 15 clues at the private Mount Tamborine cottage they had stayed at a year beforehand. “I was off the scent and had no idea and just thought it was kind of like an excuse to go back there because we both loved it,” Natalie says. “He had me travelling all over the property looking for clues and the 15th clue was a bottle of my favourite Veuve in front of the fire. I thought it was a sweet anniversary gift. “But then he said he’d heard of this game and had ordered it online and asked me if I wanted to play it. He brought out this bubble-wrapped box and inside was a wooden box he’d had made. 62

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Inside, it said, ‘Will you marry me?’ And there were two custommade decks of cards on either side of an engagement ring.” The decks were marked ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ and despite being in shock at what was happening, Natalie went straight for the Yes deck. “It said ‘HOORAY! You chose the YES card! You have made the best decision of your life and have made me the happiest man on the planet. I love you to the moon and back and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you. Now, where is that champagne?!?!’,” Natalie recalls. “It showed me he was a lot more romantic than I thought he was.” Natalie says they were so excited to get married that they simply didn’t want to wait, so they set the date for April 21, 2018. “We didn’t need anything extravagant. For us, it was more about getting friends and family together to celebrate,” she says. The majority of their wedding plans came together seamlessly (Natalie even found the perfect dress on the first go) but with 120 guests and a short lead time, Natalie says they had come up against a few challenges in securing a venue. That was until they came across Pier 33.

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The venue had only just opened up to host functions and Natalie says the instant she walked through the door, she knew they had found the place. “My dad used to spend a lot of time there with his surfing team when it was the old yacht club, so I thought it was perfect,” she adds. The couple chose to have their ceremony at the Mooloolaba Marina, which is within walking distance of Pier 33. When 4pm arrived on the big day, Natalie was flanked by seven bridesmaids all dressed in white and carrying bunches of baby’s-breath. She looked radiant in a Grace Loves Lace wedding gown with her great grandmother’s diamond brooch in her hair. The collection of white dresses was offset by the natural surroundings in the park at the Mooloolaba Marina. Paul had five groomsmen, including his best man who flew in from the UK. The men injected a bit of colour with navy pants and vests. Two adorable flower girls and a junior groomsman rounded out the bridal party. While the couple were exchanging the vows they had written themselves, Paul announced that he had brought their beloved dog, Xavi, to the ceremony to witness his ‘parents’ getting married. It was a touch that Natalie says was moving and one she will never forget. The couple decided to throw a few traditions out the window for their big day, first by inviting their respective mothers to sign 64

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the registry for them. They also decided to forego the usual bridal party photoshoot and instead, stole some time alone with their photographer while their guests moved on to Pier 33 for drinks and canapes overlooking the water. “The day was such a whirlwind, it was so lovely to get that time with Paul to process that we had just got married. It was a beautiful moment on the day for me,� Natalie says. Having not seen the venue decked out before setting foot inside the private function room upstairs at Pier 33, Natalie says she was in awe of how her minimalistic styling of sparse greenery, white roses and candles on the long tables transformed the room. Guests feasted on share plates that were placed along the centre of the tables, creating an intimate family meal atmosphere, and after dessert, they tucked into a truly unique wedding ‘cake’ made from tiers of cheese topped with figs, nuts and dried fruits. The five-piece Millennium Band had guests on their feet until the clock struck midnight, signalling the end of what Natalie called “the most amazing day�.

ABOUT THE VENUE Pier 33 Mooloolaba restaurant, bar and functions venue offers panoramic waterfront views from all aspects of the venue. Overlooking the Mooloolaba Marina, it is styled in a sophisticated nautical theme. This two-storey building is perfect for all weddings and functions. The culinary team brings sustainably and ethically sourced cuisine to the table, sharing this passion and food philosophy to showcase the region’s most unique produce. The venue can comfortably cater for 120 people for sit-down occasions or up to 250 people for a stand-up cocktails in the large, upper-level function space. For smaller events, Pier 33 offers a private dining room for 25 to 60 people.

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BRIDAL STYLE TWINKLES There will be more STARS spotted at weddings than the Milky Way this summer. The five-pointed beauties are shooting their way onto dresses, veils, capes, headpieces and even make-up. Glittery wedding details? That deserves five stars. If you want to add a little last-minute twinkle, just grab some sparklers.

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Here are our picks of fashionable, must-have products for that loved-up occasion. SIP ON THIS Wine, beer, champagne. It’s the standard bar tab at a standard wedding. What’s a bride and groom to do if they don’t want a standard affair? Simple: WINE SMOOTHIES. That’s right. Wine smoothies are a thing and they’re the best thing since, well, wine. Just get the bartenders to grab a fruity wine like rosé and blend with ice and fruit. Garnish with a few berries and boom – the most Instagramable drink for the most memorable occasion.


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COLOUR PALETTE GOES RUSTY There’s a new metallic on the wedding palette and it couldn’t be more fitting for seaside weddings. Welcome: RUST. Think rusty chair legs, rusty wine barrels or rusty tin decorations. The key to incorporating rust is by combining the vintage texture corp with vibrant ccolours. Avoid a dull and gloomy-looking space and make rust pop with colourful summer shades like coral, lemon, peach aand pear.

NEWLYWED’S BIGGEST FAN NEW WEDDING FAVOURS are fun and thanking guests WEDD is important, but do they really need a jar of love impo heart lollies when there’s a fully loaded dessert lo bar? The best wedding favours are ones that actually come in handy. For summer weddings, c we’re a ma massive fan of, well, fans. Delicate hand fans make a beautiful gift for guests. Go the extra step and engrave a thank-you message on the en side. They even ev make great accessories for the bridal party p photoshoot (and keep make-up looking smudg smudge free – bonus).

INDOORS ARE IN Summer on the Sunshine Coast is beautifully unpredictable. npredictable. Blue skies or thunderstorms? Even ven the weatherman can’t tell you. Surprisingly, INDOOR DOOR WEDDINGS are huge this summer, but not just st any roof will do. Industrial, loft-style spaces with high gh ceilings and plenty of open space are the essentialss for this summer’s wedding venue. The idea is to have a space just as airy and open as outside but protected from either blazing sun or worse, rain. But if you’ve ve always wanted that summer beach or garden en wedding, we get it. Just add shade. Tents and tipis are still trending and are saviours aviours from summer sun and nd rain.

MIX AND MINGLE DIY BARS are BIG this wedding season. More couples are avoiding formal sit-down dinners in favour of relaxed eats and more socialising. If you’d like your guests to mingle more on your special day, set up an interactive food and/or drink station. It could be a whisky-tasting table, fruity cocktail station or a DIY taco spread.



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9ct yellow gold aqua-dyed agate long tapered drop earrings, $280, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Peridot set in fine gold on a silver band, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598


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Faithfull dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

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Elk Sark slide, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933, Soul Diva, Buderim, 5456 4111, Evolve, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy Avantgarde watch, $4000, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

14ct yellow gold ring with 1.5ct Queensland boulder opal & diamond, $1865, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Rollie sandal, Soul Diva, Buderim, 5456 4111


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Victorian bohemian garnet bracelet with links in the shape of butterflies & tongue & groove clasp, $1695, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

9ct yellow gold dearest flower ring, $1300, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Megan Park Ikat wrap dress, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach and Mooloolaba, 5373 8866

Binny Poppy pant & The Digger’s Club one-shoulder blouse, Footprints on the Beach, Mooloolaba, 5442 2100

Galibelle shoe (sole and straps sold separately), Footprints on the Beach, Mooloolaba, 5442 2100

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Mela Purdie t-shirt, OV Boutique, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505

9ct rose gold faceted teardrop quartz & diamond set pendant, $555, and 9ct rose gold trace-link fine chain, $435, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Elka Collective Sia dress in Ivory, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach and Mooloolaba, 5373 8866

Raw white diamond solitaire in rose gold ring, from $1500, Kimberley Mather Jewellery,

Holiday Austell dress, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933

Botta Nova Titan quartz watch, $675, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

14ct yellow gold freshwater pearl, colourless topaz & diamond ring, $2180, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

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


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Renee Waters rose gold-plated U necklace with porcelain beads, $45, Original Eumundi Markets, Saturdays, 5442 7106

Sandy VIBES For seaside inspiration think neutral tones, relaxed fabrics and pretty details.

Ecco slide, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

NY2K stocks a selection of 9ct yellow gold bangles, from $750, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

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Humidity Sunflower kaftan, Gingers, Buderim, 5373 6398

18ct rose & white gold flower design natural pink & white diamond set earrings, $3750, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Holiday East dress, Gingers, Buderim, 5373 6398

Raffia shoulder bag, OV Boutique, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505

Kinga Csilla top, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700


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Paige jeans, OV Boutique, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505

Dogstar Papershadow top, Soul Diva, Buderim, 5456 4111 18ct rose gold hoop-design diamond ring, $3400, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Maison Scotch short-sleeve shirt with ruffles & Bohemianne soft indigo jeans, Threads 4556, Buderim, 5476 7686

Scotch & Soda Poolside short-sleeve cotton shirt with elasticated all-over print swim short, Threads 4556, Buderim, 5476 7686

Birkenstock Arizona slide, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Navy & pink palm leaf shoe, Soul Diva, Buderim, 5456 4111


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18ct white gold rose-cut & round brilliant-cut diamond drop earrings, $7800, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

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Holiday Globetrotter dress, Gingers Buderim, 5373 6398

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Josef Seibel thongs, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Lizard-skin ankle boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

SINN 103 watch, $4400, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643


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Mühle-Glashütte Yacht Timer watch, $3300, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Boulder opal in rose gold and sterling silver, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598


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St John maxi, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach and Mooloolaba, 5373 8866

Alessandra Olivia dress in white & petal, Footprints on the Beach, Mooloolaba, 5442 2100

Desigual Verona dress, Gingers, Buderim, 5373 6398

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Morganite and diamond dress ring set in 9ct rose gold, $625, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

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Dreamy details When it comes to effortless style, it’s the little things that matter.

Barton top, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933 Alexander Shorokhoff Babylonian watch, $3600, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Faithfull dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

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Veronica leather wrap bracelet in tan white or silver, $59, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933

White gold drop earrings with diamonds & South Australian opals, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598


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MOOLOOLABA ESPLANADE, RUNNING parallel to the inviting beach that has made this town so famous, has become a Mecca for those who are seeking an escape from the ordinary. Whether you choose to visit one of the many dining and shopping options that rate among the best in the state, or simply experience the glorious ocean outlook provided by Mother Nature, Mooloolaba provides a treasure trove of easy-on-the-eye delights. And if it’s treasure you’re searching for, you can quite literally find it right in the middle of the esplanade – at Avenue J Antique & Fine Jewellery. 84

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This is no ordinary jewellery store. With a mixture of antique and contemporary pieces, every item in the store is selected by owner Sue Gaylard, who has almost two decades’ experience in the antique jewellery business. “I personally love unique pieces that are one-offs; that were made for a reason or [have] a story,” says Sue. “People truly do want something that is unique and beautiful, whether it’s antique or whether it’s modern.” Sue says she sources the majority of the antique pieces from England, with some coming from France and Central Europe, and some from America. “England is where the largest volume


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[of jewellery] was made, whether it was back in Victorian or Edwardian times,” she says. “I source them either through my long-established contacts in the industry, or when I go travelling myself I find things and bring them back. I never stop looking and never stop thinking. “I’m pretty particular, because I’ve been really spoilt. I’ve seen so many lovely things, and when I see them and I buy them, whether it’s me or through my contacts, I know I may have only had two of these in 10 years, or one of these in 20 years. “I know the supply and demand and the rarity of the pieces, and I can then explain that to my customers.” Sometimes, customers ask Sue to find them a particular piece if she’s travelling, or to find, for example, matching earrings for a necklace they already have. “It might take a little while but when it pops up, it’s so rewarding. It’s a real quest, and a lot of people don’t mind the journey; it’s worth waiting for.” According to Sue, rings and earrings are very popular, but one of the most sought-after styles of antique jewellery at Avenue J is the Albertina – a feminine version of a style of fob watch chain made popular in the 1800s by Prince Albert. Today, Albertinas are worn as a bracelet or joined together to form a necklace. So sought-after are they, in fact, that Avenue J recently shipped a gold Albertina to a customer in Japan, who had fallen in love with the piece on the store’s website. Some of the pieces Sue discovers are hallmarked, which gives her a strong clue as to the age and origin of a piece, but sometimes, she relies purely on her wealth of knowledge and experience. “Through handling pieces, you get to know the styles from different periods, and I can say ‘well that was made in the late 1800s’, or ‘that’s bang-on Art Deco [1920 to 1935]’,” she says. “It’s the style of the jewellery, whether it’s white gold or platinum, the hallmark, if any, and the look of the piece. They’re all indicative of the timeframe. That’s the sort of information we can give to our customers.” And it’s not only the antique jewellery at Avenue J that’s proving a big hit with its burgeoning customer base – which includes regular holidaymakers from Melbourne, Sydney,

Brisbane and Toowoomba, as well as Sunshine Coast locals. With an expert jeweller on staff to make designs to order, customers are limited only by their creative imaginations. “My whole philosophy is about beautiful, unique and affordable pieces,” says Sue. “We can make something ‘in the style of’, or we can make something in an old style, or remodel something in a modern style. “It’s good old-fashioned quality, and good old-fashioned service. I’ve got great staff that work for me who love what they do. That’s my point of difference.” Sue says she plans to develop more of an online presence in 2019, to open Avenue J’s treasure chest to a wider customer base. The fact remains, however, there’s nothing quite like walking into the bricks-and-mortar version on that sparkling oceanfront. “Jewellery is so tactile,” says Sue. “You need to try things on – you need to see it on your own hand, with your own skin tone, your own hairstyle. By coming in to the store, you get the joy of that, and then you get the interaction with us, giving you the story behind the piece.”

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SINCE BECOMING A mum, albeit a working mum, it’s fair to say that my alone time has dwindled somewhat. Those long champagne lunches and relaxed reading sessions are few and far between these days. It’s shocking, I know. I’ve heard the chatter, of course, about this fabled thing called ‘me time’ – spa days, leisurely coffee dates, rejuvenating walks along the beach. I recently read the results of a study that revealed working mums get around 17 minutes of ‘me time’ a day. I get an hour or so of me time each evening before my head 86

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Sunshine Plaza, not to shop, but to be pampered at the Shine Beauty Salon. An hour of relaxation laid before me like a nurturing and much-needed hug. Upon entering the sleek and sophisticated salon, I was met by the beaming – and blemish-free – face of Caitlyn, the confident and kind young woman who was to be my therapist. In total 40 staff offer a wide range of services across the six Shine locations from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast. Founded almost 20 years ago by the inspiring and successful Tania Turner, Shine services 50,000 customers annually and each personalised treatment combines the best of relaxation and skill to address your skincare concerns – of which I have plenty. Thankfully, Shine’s new range of Gemology Cosmetics lives up to the hype as I was soon to discover during the Signature Facial treatment. Created in France by Chrystelle Lannoy (hats off to her), Gemology is the first cosmetics skin-care brand in the world based on minerals from gemstones. The products contain no parabens, no animal byproducts, no gluten or lactose and no propylene glycol. Gemology Cosmetics laboratories extracted the natural minerals from 20 precious and semi-precious gemstones including diamonds, rose quartz, peridot, tourmaline and jade, to create the range, which are luxurious products for all skin types and concerns. Diamonds? Show me the way. I was ushered into the treatment room where the subtle scent of white tea and orange blossom washed over my body, immediately easing my tense muscles and hurried mind. As I sank softly into the pillowladen treatment bed, I had a fleeting thought, ‘This must be what lying on a fluffy cloud feels like. Can I stay forever?’. Caitlyn hadn’t even begun to work her magic and already I was won over. In this cocoon of relaxation the only sound I heard was the deeply relaxing music and the soft click of the precious stones. The facial began with a gentle mousse cleanser and continued with the beautiful Youth Diamond Lotion, which left my skin feeling renewed and soft. Unlike regular facials where creams and lotions are the highlight, at the core of the Gemology treatment are the warm stones, which are used to massage the face, décolletage and arms. Each stone is individually hand cut in France and shaped for specific parts of the body. I felt the first stone ease into each pressure point on my hand before Caitlyn gently massaged oil into my arms. I could feel my neglected skin come to life. The same has to be said for my face as the cooling Youth Diamond Mask and Diamond Gel Masks were applied to my skin. Moments later as Caitlyn gently peeled the mask from my face, I felt rejuvenated. As Youth Diamond Cream was applied to my body, and I wafted in and out of my lulled state, I couldn’t help but think this had to be the best facial I’d experienced in my 35 years. I have a running joke that I’ve only ever been fully relaxed about a handful of times in my adult life. It’s fair to say that this number has ticked over to the other hand now.


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NESTLED ON THE side of a mountain in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, a few hundred metres above sea level on a 35-acre property you will find Joel Clement, Roxy Karas and their 16-month-old daughter Ora. Tired of living a life that left them unfulfilled, the young family took a leap and headed straight off the grid. “We don’t really know where this little move is headed, we only know why we are heading in this direction and it’s an exciting time right now. It’s only just the beginning,” Joel says. I had wondered why such a young family would give up the ease of the modern world for a block of land in the middle of nowhere and a tough life on the land. But sitting in the soft, wet grass watching their daughter play with wild flowers, it all made much more sense. And after a while I could feel it too

– that overwhelming sense of nature; fresh air in my lungs. They wanted to create a life that took them back to basics and back to nature, and that’s what they are doing, one hay bale at a time. “It is a work in progress, and one that will most likely continue until the day we die,” Joel says. “The ‘block’ has already been 18 months in the making. We’ve planted over 70 species of different edible fruits, vegetables and herbs, dozens of native species along the creeks and tree lines. We have rotated our cow through the paddocks for about 10 months. This kind of life isn’t a short-term project and one day we will leave this earth and pass it on to Ora. Going off the grid is a scary thought for many, but for Joel and Roxy it seemed like a natural step.

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“We were so over the mundane day-to-day routine,” Roxy says. “Feeling like a small cog in the wheel of society and feeling the dullness that comes with the machine-driven world. Scrolling through social media we found ourselves liking more posts and signing mountains of petitions to ‘save the planet’, but still felt like we weren’t doing enough. “Seeing what was happening around the world and the destruction that was occurring created in us a level of concern that we think most people now share. With all this information we were tempted to be activists, but we weren’t attracted to the disappointment and negativity that can come with activism. We did, however, want to contribute positively to the future world, a world that we want our 16-month-old daughter to grow up in, a world of regeneration and abundance. “We decided that if we wanted to talk the talk, we needed to walk the walk; simply liking a Facebook post or signing a petition wasn’t going to cut it.”

So, after many discussions around permaculture and the hopes they shared of an abundant future world, the decision was made to change their lives. “We moved to this much larger property and now grow and eat our own food,” Roxy says. “It’s literally planted everywhere. We should be eating 80 per cent of our food from the block within five years. “We value water and have introduced catchment, storage and distribution techniques,” she adds. “We wake up every morning to the birds chirping, we walk outside, have a tasty organic coffee and check out how much our vegetables and fruits have grown. There’s always a grub, butterfly or bird for our daughter to interact with. We feed our cow and pat our dogs and enjoy the feeling of the earth beneath our bare feet.” So far, the block has several large-scale compost systems, a dam brimming with fish, gravity-fed irrigation systems, two fruit orchards and several food forest systems around the main cabin.

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“We also have two 6000-litre tanks set up for the cabin and 45,000 litres of rainwater storage on the way, as well as three dams that are spring fed and run into a seasonal creek,” Joel says. “We have spent time learning about managing livestock. I suppose the end game is a lifetime away, but we are basically looking for an oasis of food, animals and a fun place for our daughter to grow up in.” Watching them interact with each other and Mother Nature is enough to make anyone interested in at least finding out more. The serenity out here is inspiring. It truly is a holistic approach to living and co-existing with nature in a way that has a positive impact on the planet. And this is precisely the message they want others to take away. “For us, a move to the country to do this was the perfect chance to be closer to the natural world,” Joel says. “For many people the change can happen in their own suburban backyard without having to move away. We just hope that we can lead by example and that people will see the joy that comes with a better way of living. A way of life that doesn’t come at a cost to the health of our planet. “We know it’s not possible for everyone. But everyone can

make a difference. We are all aware of the disconnect between the ‘Western way of life’ and nature. The deforestation, acidification of our oceans, climate change, the mass extinction of 60 per cent of animals in the past 40 years; it’s depressing stuff,” Joel adds. “We kicked this journey off simple, just one compost patch and a pop-up garden in a suburban block in Caloundra. We had hardly any land, but we managed to eat food and chicken eggs from our backyard. “From a family-care perspective, this would have to be the healthiest way to raise a young daughter. Playing in the mud, dirt, creeks and paddocks. Our daughter gets to see where her food comes from and how to interact with the land and animals. From a dietary perspective, you can’t get any healthier than picking your very own food from the garden.” Roxy says things like ditching the takeaways for keep cups, composting food scraps, starting a herb garden or vegie patch, and becoming more aware of water wastage are all things others can do that can make a big difference too. Follow Joel, Roxy and Ora’s story on Instagram @thefreelittleducks


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AS OUR CAR rolls to a stop, noise seems to come to an eerie end. The night is black except for the handful of glittering stars smattered across the sky above. As my foot slides out of the car and onto the ground below, the only sound is the crunch of gravel and quiet squelch of damp grass. The nearby house is clearly empty and in the dark of the night, a little foreboding. Thick scrub stretches out into the distance and I can’t help but wonder what lies beyond. I glance across at my husband whose facial expression echoes mine: “Where are we?” Of course we know exactly where we are, but as we arrive at this little piece of farmland on the outskirts of Gympie in the late evening, it feels like we are very far from our day-to-day life. Suddenly, our four-year-old son exclaims and gestures into the distant paddock and as we watch the glowing headlights of a vehicle grow closer. Within minutes the unfamiliar ute draws to a stop and out steps a burly man decked out in a dark blue singlet and work boots that have seen better days. “G’day! You must be Candice,” our host beams, his weathered face open and friendly. This is our introduction to the Lake Barra Cottages – the 94

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240-acre country retreat operated by local identity Brian Burton. On this serene property, which is about one and a half hours from Mooloolaba and roughly half an hour from Rainbow Beach, there is one goal – to catch the largest barramundi you can. There is no prize as such, just the glory of setting the record and the subsequent bragging rights. This is why we are here on this balmy Friday night: for my eager husband to spend 48 hours fishing, and for my son and I to relax and immerse ourselves into the country that I so often crave after a childhood spent on farmland. Our cottage is comfortable, quaint and decked out with all the mod-cons you need, and as the sun rises tomorrow, we will discover the million-dollar view that spans outwards from the timber deck taking in the pool, mango trees, green rolling paddock and the glistening lake beyond. Our first day begins with the obligatory barbecue breakfast before we jump in our four-wheel-drive to take a tour around the property. Our first stop is the pig pen where our son squeals with delight at feeding the two large sows. It’s obvious that the gentle-natured Brian gets a kick out of sharing his life with new people as he regales us with stories about the pet pigs and farm life.


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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Looking for a little escapism this summer? Here are five of our favourite ways to escape without having to travel too far from home. 1. FAIRY ROCK POOLS – these beautiful tidal pools are just like something from a fairytale. They can be a little challenging to find, but they’re worth the time. They are located west of the tip of the headland at the eastern end of Granite Bay in Noosa. 2. EXPLORE ON FOOT – pull on your walking shoes and explore the beautiful coastline via the 96-kilometre Coastal Pathway, which stretches from Pelican Waters to Tewantin. 3. MOTHAR MOUNTAIN ROCK POOLS – pack a picnic lunch and spend a day at this tranquil, rainforest hideaway located in the Woondum National Park, about a 20-minute drive from Gympie’s CBD. 4. BOOLOUMBA FALLS – there are many swimming holes in the hinterland region, but Booloumba is guaranteed to be a little quieter than most. It’s perfect for a day of swimming and relaxation. Keep in mind that the walk from the car park to the falls is about 1.5 kilometres. 5. BUDERIM FOREST – the 45-hectare oasis with its rainforest and cascading waterfalls might be located in the town centre, but it feels much further away. Take a picnic, have a barbecue or simply enjoy a dip in the falls.

As I walk, the geese and cows watch on and I’m struck by the pretty pops of purple and yellow wildflowers.

Pigs fed, we continue onwards, stopping to admire and feed half a dozen cattle, whose pretty, wide brown eyes watch us with interest. With these tasks completed for the day, we head down to the lake, much to the excitement of my fishing-mad hubby. As our blue kayak slides gently into the calm water, dragonflies buzz and a couple of quizzical geese watch over the proceedings. We begin paddling and the kayak gracefully cuts through the still water as we take in the serenity – there is not a person in sight. A few cows, yes, but other than them we are alone. The boys while away the morning fishing (the big one escapes them on this particular day) and I choose to take this time to unwind and explore, something that I have little time for these days. With my walking shoes on and a bottle of water in hand, I head off to discover the property. The air smells different out here – a crisp freshness lingers. As I walk, the geese and cows watch on and I’m struck by the pretty pops of purple and yellow wildflowers that make their mark on the fields. This is one of the reasons I love living in the Sunshine Coast

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SEE IT FIRST AT SEA LIFE SEA LIFE SUNSHINE COAST is a multi-award-winning visitor attraction for a reason. There’s no other place on the Sunshine Coast that can take you on an amazing journey from the coast to the depths of the ocean and get up close to more than 10,000 creatures. Spread over three storeys, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy while escaping the summer heat. You’ll be mesmerised as you walk through Jellyfish Kingdom and entertained by the playful residents at Seal Island. Sea Life is the only place in Queensland where you can see the majestic grey nurse sharks in the Ocean Tunnel. The best part is, the kids will be having so much fun they won’t even realise they are learning.

GET FESTIVE AT THE GINGER FACTORY 2019 marks the 23rd year of the Ginger Flower & Food Festival at the GINGER FACTORY. The festival is set to delight foodies and garden lovers with three spectacular days of food, flowers and entertainment. An exciting line-up of Sunshine Coast cooking and gardening experts awaits, including local celebrity chef Matt Golinski. A theme of locally grown and sourced produce will run through the cooking demonstrations, highlighting all that is fresh to the Sunshine Coast and how these ingredients pair so well with ginger. An exquisite range of ornamental ginger and heliconia plants will be showcased, with an array of more than 3000 plants available for sale. The Ginger Flower & Food Festival runs from January 18 to 20 and is a free all-weather event, perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Fees apply for tours and rides.

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There are plenty of things to see, do and explore on the Sunshine Coast, so get out there and head along to our beloved attractions. 99 AIRCRAFT GROUNDED QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM recently acquired its 99th historically significant aircraft, a Macchi Trainer operated by the RAAF from 1971 and delivered to QAM in early October. This acquisition follows on very quickly after the Orion P3, which rests at the Sunshine Coast Airport pending disassembly, transport to Caloundra, and reassembly – a huge challenge for the a 60-tonne aircraft with a 30-metre-long wingspan. There has been a lot going on at QAM recently with acquisitions and restoration works and with 99 historic aircraft and many other displays, the Pathfinder Drive venue in Caloundra is the spot to spend several memorable hours these school holidays.

IT’S MAGIC ON THE WATER Enjoy the Maroochy River aboard a vessel from SWAN BOAT HIRE. The picturesque waterway offers many beautiful spots for relaxing. Spend the day dropping a line at a top fishing spot, go sight-seeing, bird-watching or just enjoy the ecosystem at your own pace. Stop for a barbecue in a pontoon boat, pack a picnic to have at one of the parks along the way or call in for a pub lunch at the Waterfront Hotel. Swan Bites can provide drinks, snacks and a delicious lunch. The fleet of boats includes six- to eight-seater tinnies, runabouts, half cabins, cruisers for seven to 10 passengers and luxury barbecue boats for eight to 12 people. Non-powered options include canoes, kayaks, paddle skis and stand-up paddleboards. 96

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ENJOY MOOLOOLABA FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE If you want to see Mooloolaba in a new light, then SUNREEF MOOLOOLABA’S new Shoreline or Sunset Cruises aboard Whale One are for you. The shoreline cruise meanders up the Mooloolah River and out along the beaches and shoreline. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can even see resident wildlife including sea turtles, birds and even the occasional dolphin. The two-hour cruise is a great way to spend time with friends and family onboard the luxury catamaran Whale One. Sunset Cruises travel through the Mooloolah River waterways while hosting great live music from local Sunshine Coast musicians. Sunreef begins to officially celebrate Christmas from December 15 with a decorated boat and tours of the light displays on the canal homes. For all cruises you can pre-order gourmet food boxes created by The Dock Mooloolaba. There is also a licensed bar onboard.

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UNIQUE RAIL EXPERIENCE AWAITS With the steam and diesel engines of the MARY VALLEY RATTLER once again chugging their way from Gympie through the Mary Valley, now is the perfect time to jump onboard this unique rail experience. The Rattler’s journey starts at either Gympie or Amamoor’s historic railway station and makes its way through the Mary River around an abundance of curves, across bridges and over numerous gentle hills. At Amamoor you can marvel at the restored turntable and the fascinating process required to turn the engine around for its return journey. Leave plenty of time to explore the beautifully restored Gympie Station, reputed to be the largest timber railway building owned by Queensland Rail in the 20th century, and arguably one of the most stylish and elaborate in terms of timber railway architecture. You can even buy a bottle of wine and a cheese platter to enjoy aboard one of the lovingly restored heritage carriages.

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Get outside and support local growers and producers at one of the Sunshine Coast’s community and farmers’ markets. CALOUNDRA COUNTRY & FARMERS MARKET 17 Buderim Street, Currimundi, every Sunday, 6am to noon. Stock up on fruit, vegies, honey and eggs, then head undercover for coins, collectables, books and handcrafts. CALOUNDRA STREET FAIR Bulcock Street, Caloundra, every Sunday, 8am to 1pm. Enjoy breakfast or a juice before picking up some fresh flowers, handmade products and local art from this huge market. COTTON TREE MARKETS King Street, Cotton Tree, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Support local artisans, grab a coffee, then go for a stroll by the river.

MARCOOLA MARKET 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola, every Friday evening 4pm to 8pm. Grab a bite to eat, listen to the music and bask in the seaside serenity. NIGHTS ON OCEAN Ocean Street, Maroochydore, second Friday of the month from 5pm. Organisers describe this as an evening of art, cuisine, craft and culture. Join the crowds to see what all the fuss is about. NOOSA FARMERS’ MARKET AFL Grounds, Weyba Road, Noosaville, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Noosa’s famous market is a food-lovers’ paradise with fruit, veg, nuts, cheeses, bread, seafood, flowers and more.

EUMUNDI MARKETS 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, every Saturday, 7am to 2pm; Wednesday 8am to 1.30pm. This is the granddaddy of all markets with arts, crafts, fashion, health and beauty, homewares, food, music and, of course, fresh produce.

NOOSA JUNCTION TWILIGHT MARKETS Arcadia Street, Noosa Heads, third Friday of the month, from 5pm. Your Friday night is sorted with street food, stalls and live music. There’s also a bar with happy hour prices all night.

FISHERMANS ROAD SUNDAY MARKETS Fishermans Road, Maroochydore, every Sunday, 6am to noon. Get all your green groceries done before picking up some plants, grabbing a secondhand book and hunting through the bric-a-brac stalls.

PEREGIAN BEACH MARKETS Kingfisher Park, Peregian Beach, first and third Sunday of the month from 7am to 12.30pm. Find lots of craft, upcycled and recycled goods and handmade gifts and goodies.

HAVANA NIGHTS MARKETS 220 The Avenue, Peregian Springs, fourth Saturday of the month, from 4pm. Gather the family and head here for an early dinner and entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere.

SUNSHINE COAST COLLECTIVE MARKETS Coolum State Primary School, School Road, Coolum Beach, second and fourth Sunday of the month from 8.30am to 12.30pm. These markets bring together musicians, artists, foodies, creators and vintage wares.

HINTERLAND HARVEST MARKET 7/9 Kiel Mountain Road, Woombye, every Saturday from 7am. Support hinterland farmers at this market that offers fabulously fresh fruit, veg and local produce.

TIMARI VILLAGE MARKETPLACE 14 Timari Street, Pacific Paradise, every Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Head along to this recently launched market for music and a great selection of the Coast’s best food stalls.

KAWANA WATERS FARMERS’ MARKET Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina, every Saturday, 7am to noon. Kawana offers a relaxed vibe with food stores and produce plus skincare, cheeses, breads, olives and seafood.

WITTA MARKET 316 Witta Road, Witta, third Saturday of the month, 7am to noon. Head to Witta for organic meats, seedlings and plants, olive oil, jams, preserves and beauty products.

MALENY SUNDAY MARKET RSL, Bunya Street, Maleny, every Sunday, 8am to 2pm. Stock up on candles, crystals, books, collectables, antiques and more, before indulging in a massage.

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YANDINA MARKETS North Street, Yandina, every Saturday, 7am to noon. A gardener’s paradise, Yandina’s markets are just brimming with plants and produce. You can also find lots of pre-loved treasures here.

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SIMON LEYSHAN AND Holt Meyers had lived in some beautiful homes in Brisbane, but when they became dads almost five years ago, they craved a tree change. Somewhere fresh, quiet and green, where their daughter Olivia could run free and have lots of pets. “We loved our house but the shutters were always closed because the neighbours were so close,” Simon says. “I said, ‘I want to live somewhere where we can just look through the windows and see the view’.” Late last year, they went for a drive to Dulong and after a scones stopover in Flaxton and a look around Montville, headed to Maleny. They’d never visited the town and were surprised to find a thriving, arty village. When they noticed an ‘open home’ sign, they followed it on a whim. “As soon as we came over the hill and saw the house, it was instant,” Simon says. “We just knew it. There are special moments you remember in your life, and this was one of them. I remember saying to Holt, ‘Oh my god, look at that’. We hadn’t even sold our house in Brisbane and we bought this house five days later at auction.” 100

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They moved into the Hamptons-style country house in North Maleny in October last year and set about redecorating. “It was owned by a doctor from Brisbane who used it as a weekender,” says Simon. “The home I always thought about living in when I had a family was a Queenslander. I like warmth and timber and I like a collected look. I don’t like the minimalist look. I have done that and it suited our lives when we were busy and I wanted something clean and tidy. This feels more family and has a homely feeling. That’s what you get from using timbers and rugs and a bit of texture. Because it’s up in the mountains it has a fireplace and we wanted it to feel cosy, not industrial.” Simon, a personal trainer, has been a stay-at-home dad since he and partner Holt had Olivia through a surrogate mother in America. Holt runs his own IT business with an office in Maleny, leaving Simon to be the stay-at-home dad. Simon’s parents live in their own quarters on the property, so Olivia has plenty of contact with her grandparents. With a little help from his parents, Simon does most of the cleaning, mowing and gardening, taking pride in keeping the 22-acre property looking pristine. Out the back is a lap pool


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family quarters, while to the right is a self-contained guest wing that can be closed off for complete privacy. High ceilings and dormer windows create the impression of space. Each of the four bedrooms has its own bathroom and the sunken bath in the guest wing is delightful, set against a large window overlooking nothing but rolling green hills and a big hinterland sky. “We were wanting a smaller house,” says Simon. “But even though it’s not a small house, it’s a lot smaller than what we thought. The windows make it look like two Jessica Boulevard, Minyama

surrounded by a formal garden, and with the Obi Obi Creek running along the bottom of the property, they have their own private waterhole. “There’s a cedar cabin near the waterhole and last summer we hung out down there having barbecues,” he says. “The swimming hole is what sold the house for us. It wasn’t actually the house, it was the land and the living area.” However, the house is beautiful. A welcoming, breezy entrance separates two wings of the home. To the left are the


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levels. It’s a good thing, because it’s more homely for us.” Simon has a knack for styling and has become an influencer through his popular Champagne Dad Style Instagram page, which has 18,000 followers. He’s constantly being sent household products to review and accepts only products he would genuinely use. He’s turned down multiple offers for Olivia to review products. “I went onto Instagram because I was quite depressed when Olivia was about two years old,” he says. “I’d never had depression before. I’d been backpacking around the world for six years and then I found myself at home with a baby. My role in life was so different. The mums at the mother’s groups were nice and would say hi, but they would stick to their groups. The dads were nice but then they’d find out we were gay and we’d never see them again. My psychologist suggested I try Instagram to zone out a bit, and also get back into the outside world. The biggest thing for me was finding other families like ours. It was so uplifting.” Simon had always enjoyed styling homes, so he shared photos of himself, Holt and Olivia at home and on their travels, and it took off. In styling their Maleny home, he aimed for a contemporary yet cosy look, which has a spacious, 102

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I like warmth and timber and I like a collected look. I don’t like the minimalist look.

bright feel, with splashes of blue in the soft furnishings and white tiles throughout. “The tiles are practical and help with mould, but I want to do timber floors in future,” he says. “I’ve used big rugs to make it a bit warmer. I don’t want to come across too old, but I like old pieces. A lot of Hamptons homes would have Persian carpets but I’ve added modern rugs and pieces like a brass and marble coffee table, the blue and white hunting chair and a teal velvet Chesterfield couch, tan leather armchair and fluffy white cushions.”


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Like the rest of the house, the kitchen has a spacious feel that’s both country and contemporary, with a black Falcon stove, cathedral ceilings and stone benchtops. A window overlooking the outdoor entertaining area and pool is filled with pot plants and every item is stowed with precision. “We don’t go to bed unless the kitchen looks like this,” Simon says. “Everything has a home, and everything has to be there.” The exception to Simon’s impeccable orderliness is four-yearold Olivia’s bedroom, a perfect little princess hangout with plenty of pink, a double bed and her own ensuite complete with piles of makeup she loves to play with. “I’m a neat freak and I can’t think if things aren’t neat,” says Simon. “But Olivia’s room and bathroom can be messy. Her side of the car looks like a wild animal lives there. She just eats and drops things. At the end of the day she’s having fun and doing her thing. She’s just a kid and they don’t need to be so neat.” Olivia will start school next year, freeing up Simon’s time for a new online business venture, selling photographic prints he makes himself and will print at home. “This year I’ve been taking photos and editing them,” he says. “There will be landscapes and botanicals in black and white and colour, but I’ve changed the colour so it suits a modern look. Some of the pictures have a Scandi look, which is quite on trend.” For now, Simon has his hands full with Olivia, the chickens, the cat Theodore and their three miniature Galloway cows Noah, Nigel and Nero, which they bought from Byron Bay

Galloway stud. They make great pets for Olivia and they mostly look after themselves, he says. While the house no doubt appears perfect to most onlookers, there’s still plenty Simon would like to do before it feels exactly right – renovate the kitchen, lay carpet in the bedrooms, install plantation fans… But for now, he has a little lady to prepare for school and reckons he’ll shed quite a few tears on her first day.



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HOMEWARES Missoni Towelling hand towels, $39.95, small bath towel, $99.95, and bath sheet, $219.95. Available at Signature on Hastings, 18 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 5474 9400 or

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Renee Waters porcelain coffee cup $29, a grand cup, $59. Available at Original Eumundi Markets, 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi every Saturday.


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These pretty Walter G saffron cushions bring a touch of the exotic to any space. Available at Bedouin Traders, 2/2 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5373 8866 or shop 32 & 33, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.


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Kindred Co Mexicana salad servers, $34.95 for set of two, and salad bowl, $79.95. Available at Dan Scott, shop 6, 38 Bulcock Street, Caloundra. 0423 353 933 or

Vintage Italian art glass bowl, $145. Circa 70, 123 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba. 0409 302 779 or

Positano corner sofa, $3799. Available at Remarkable Outdoor Living, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11/55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5479 3286 or

Bond Harding Decanter from Salt & Pepper, $69. Available at Domayne, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5452 1400 or This beautiful beautif range of Noosa-made Noosa-mad Destination candles, diff di users and bath salts is available at Hearts and avai Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. Head 0418 108 299 or heartsandm

Sugar Rush quilt pattern, $15.95. The pattern and fabrics are available at the Patchwork Angel, 343 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5477 0700 or

Euphoria outdoor/indoor bean bag, $159. Available at By Edwards. 0405 656 275 or

Cubby Shaker hessian vertical hanger, $15. Available at Original Eumundi Markets, 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi every Wednesday and Saturday. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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This room features a painting by Inese Owen called Fractured

OLGA GARNER-MORRIS remembers the day Ronald Reagan eclipsed her like it happened yesterday. It was June 7, 1982 and the free-spirited artist was standing on the stairs of Buckingham Palace. She had arrived moments earlier in an old Australian ute owned by her third husband, Derek – yes, third, there have been four in total. “I’m impatient,” Olga laughs when queried about her love life. “I’m not prepared to put up with anything,” she adds, her tone firm and confident. “I was almost like a Germaine Greer before her time. I believe in shareness, fairness and helping each other.” And help her Derek did. As a “mad royalist” and antique dealer, the Englishman had introduced her to a new possibility – to gift Queen Elizabeth with a painting. “He wrote to Buckingham Palace and said ‘this is my wife, this is what she does. She’s going back to Australia and as a matter of appreciation she’d like to give one of her paintings to the Queen to say thank you’,” Olga says. “They loved it.” On this momentous occasion, the couple – the quirky artist and the traditional Brit – drove through the palace gates, flashing their official invitation to the guards. The vehicle came to a grumbling stop and the pair’s wide eyes took in the red carpet stretched before them. The crowd of people gathered outside the gates cheered with gusto. “My husband started waving back to everybody. These huge doors opened up and in we went. There was my little Australian painting, up against these huge walls that were built in the 15th century. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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right through school it was always art, art, art. I went through every form they could teach me. Hot Jazz by Olga Garner-Morris

“William Heseltine [the Queen’s private secretary at the time] came to meet us and said, ‘I’m afraid the Queen cannot personally see you today as the President of the United States Ronald Reagan is flying in’. “I was only upstaged by the US president. That’s why all the crowds were there,” Olga says with a hearty laugh. Olga has had plenty of brushes with fame during her artistic career (she also gifted Prince Charles and Princess Diana a painting for their engagement), but has no interest in retelling these stories. “I could name drop all over the place, but it would bore me to tears,” she laughs joyously. Olga’s artistic journey began as a curious four-year-old who made the mistake of scribbling in her mother’s precious encyclopaedias. Unsurprisingly, she was punished, but this incident also unleashed something in Olga – a creativity that she harnessed into a successful career. “I used to win prizes in competitions and win money and that related to me as a very young person that there was a possibility of making a living to support my mother who was a widow. Right through school it was always art, art, art. I went through every form they could teach me. “People say ‘oh gee, you’re clever’. No, I’m not, I’m talented, there’s a difference. I utilised my talent that I’ve been gifted. It wasn’t just a dream, it was single-mindedness. As an artist one is very selfish. It’s a drive and you can’t help yourself. You need to paint. It’s like being an addict. “It’s the blood, sweat and guts from the ground up that get you to where your dream is.” And sweat she has. From her first job in her home town of Wollongong dressing windows at a local store, and through the twists and turns that eventually led her to the Sunshine Coast, Olga has carefully mastered her art. One of the most influential lessons came early. In 1969 she took leave from her job, bid her two young children goodbye and jetted off on her first overseas trip. In six weeks she took in Greece, Rome and London, immersing herself in art galleries and exhibitions. She had an epiphany. “It made me realise how little I was, to look at these magnificent creations from 100 years before. It made me strive 108

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The award-winning OLGA GARNER-MORRIS will be hosting art classes every Tuesday. No prior experience is needed; just sign up for some artistic fun. Classes will be limited to five students. For bookings phone 5478 2418.

Glasshouse Splendour by Olga Garner-Morris

harder to create things that people want to keep, that’s handed down in the family, whether abstract or realistic paintings, it made me want to do better. People pay the price of a good lounge suite on my artwork and I want it to be the best I can be.” Her first ‘big break’ came eight years later when she staged her first major exhibition in the Wollongong town hall. Each night, after putting her children to bed, Olga would escape to the garage to create and paint. The finished product was a body of 100 works. From here she put herself through the National Art School in New South Wales. She was a single mum, working, raising two kids and studying. It took sheer determination. Life has been an adventure-fuelled journey for Olga – she and her children spent two years living on a 65-foot yacht sailing through the Mediterranean, she has exhibited everywhere from Malta to the United Kingdom and has had more than 30 solo exhibitions. Even as recently as this year, she had a lovely email from the curator of the Broadway Gallery in New York inviting her to stage an exhibition. And although she passed the opportunity up – citing old age as the reason – Olga has no plans to put her paintbrush down just yet. Her magnificent works are on display in her exquisite Buderim home, which is now open to the public. “My husband has been under palliative care for some years and

my daughter lost her husband some years ago. We bought this house and brought it back to its original condition. It has beautiful, huge walls and we paint so decided to open a gallery. “I decided to utilise the house and give other people a chance. There are a lot of amateur painters out there who can’t get into the bigger commercial galleries. This is a good chance to show amateur works and I don’t want commission or money. The community has been very good to me. That’s the way we work on the Coast. We care about each other and help each other in our own way.” There is no escaping the beauty of the home, or the works. Guests are invited to wander from room to room taking in the art. The work is varying – from landscapes to abstract – and stunning. “I’ve broadened my horizons into abstract,” Olga says. “I paint commercially and sometimes because it’s beautiful, I love it and I know someone will buy it. These days you are up against some of the best photographers you can come across. Therefore I also paint for the mood of what the art world is moving towards. I take on fashion design, markets. I notice these things. I notice what’s happening around me. “I think you’ve just got to bite the bullet and do your own thing. Have the confidence. I’m like the weather, not unreliable, just variable.” The Garner-Morris Gallery is at 201 Ballinger Road, Buderim.


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to the community in 2016 and is now run by The Cooroy Future Group (CFG), a volunteer executive whose vision statement is “to develop and sustain facilities in the Cooroy Community for the benefit of present and future generations with balanced consideration to history, culture, education, arts and economics”. The centre’s co-ordinator, Alicia Sharples, explains that the organisation aims to celebrate and showcase creativity in all its forms. With four gallery spaces, an artisan store, an impressive ceramics studio, and a new mezzanine exhibition space, the venue is a go-to destination not only for artists but for the growing band of tourists and art lovers from far and wide who visit the area. “We’re on a lot of the tourism brochures,” says Alicia. “We’re one of the historical homes which is part of the Sunshine Coast Open House event [which allows visitors to tour historic buildings across the region].” Having retained its industrial character, the building’s red brick exterior is enhanced by many of the original features still in place inside. Factory lights and soaring exposed-beam ceilings add to its charm. A newer addition (in 1997) accommodates the thriving ceramics studio, which houses 10 pottery wheels and two kilns. Historical significance of the building aside, The Butter Factory Arts Centre is a thriving hub for artists throughout the Sunshine Coast region to showcase, share and enhance their

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THE OPENING OF Cooroy’s very own butter factory, in April 1915, was cause for great celebration in the local community. According to a newspaper report at the time, it was a “red-letter day” for the town in the lush hinterland dairy country. Hundreds of people turned out to witness the event, and the local school children sang for the premier, who had come to officially open the factory. “The town was decorated with flags of all sizes and the railway station and factory with palm leaves as well; the effect was quite gay, and the sight of holiday makers roaming about gave quite a busy appearance,” reported the Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser on April 9, 1915. It’s fitting, then, that more than a century down the track, the old butter factory is still providing cause for celebration in the community, although butter production has long stopped. Since its closure as an actual butter factory in 1975, the building has housed various ventures such as a craft studio, restaurants, a community centre and a TAFE College. Today, The Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre is a creative space that showcases the work of both emerging and professional artists, with a strong focus on community collaboration and showcasing the work of local artisans. Previously owned by Noosa Shire Council, it was handed over

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Artist Doug Walker

There’s a selection committee and we expect a high standard of work, but we do like to showcase local artists.

talents. According to Alicia, the gallery spaces are booked out a year in advance for exhibitions. “Breaking into the regional galleries can be quite difficult [for emerging artists], so this is an opportunity for them to have their work seen and to get into a gallery setting,” she says. “And it’s also quite affordable too. “We have professional artists starting to exhibit here as well. There’s a selection committee and we expect a high standard of work, but we do like to showcase local artists. So there’s quite a variety of work.” The ceramics studio is a major drawcard for the artistic community, with classes being held most days and two evenings a week. “There are also open days where anyone can pop in and work on pottery projects,” says Alicia. “And we do frequent pottery firing, which is a good community facility, because a lot of potters 112

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might work from home but they don’t have the opportunity to fire their work.” The artisan store, a recent initiative of the CFG, has proved to be a huge success. With an extensive range of one-off, local, handmade pieces of jewellery, ceramics, paintings, prints and macrame, the store has garnered a close following of people searching for the perfect gift. One of the most exciting projects in the pipeline for the centre is an artist-in-residency program starting in 2019 – a proposed extended work and exhibition space for an artist who wants to explore and extend their creative practice. The space will be named after long-time Cooroy resident and internationally renowned artist Kaya Sulc, 87, whose work featured in a recent retrospective and earned the adoration of the local community. Other upcoming projects include the dedication of the whole gallery for a period in 2019 to a women’s exhibition in collaboration with International Women’s Day, and school holiday activities that include a visiting program from Brisbane’s prestigious Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). “We’re always open for people to come with ideas of how they can connect with the community here,” says Alicia. Another way in which the centre embraces the community arts scene is through the hosting of creative events, such as a recent concert staged during Mental Health Week to a packed house, which included a live artist painting and a young opera singer – both of whom were on the autism spectrum. “That was celebrating creativity and how it helps mental health challenges,” says Alicia. “That’s the sort of thing we’re doing – including the community and celebrating creativity, whatever form it’s in. “It’s not just a visual arts centre. Last year we were involved in Anywhere Theatre [a group that performs anywhere that’s not a traditional theatre space]. They used the space for free performances. And musicians play here – it’s a venue that celebrates all forms of the arts.” The word Alicia thinks is best to describe the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre is ‘dynamic’. “There’s always something different happening, something new; different artists and great things,” she says. However, although the building’s transformation into a creative arts landmark seems complete, it appears the old butter factory’s beginnings will not be easily forgotten. “Occasionally, we get people coming and looking for butter,” Alicia says. “We also have people come that used to work here when it was a butter factory, and they want to see it now; they’ve got really good stories.”

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1 SHADOWING AUSTRALIAN GUMS BY AMANDA BROOKS, Acrylic, ink and oil on Belgian linen, 75cm x 150cm, POA


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



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

THE VISITOR BY DARREN TREBILCO, Mixed media on canvas, 1200mm x 1200mm, $3200 114

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Art on Cairncross 2 PAUL SMITH IMAGES


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

Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Maree Welman, Tamara Sewoff, Michelle Pike, Elizabeth Langreiter, Phillip Rolton, Rayma Eveson, Richard John, Colin Crawford, Nick Fedaeff, Glenn Doyle and Vaughan Robinson. when open daily where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

3 SOLITUDE ART GALLERY AND OPEN STUDIO Solitude invites visitors to view the bold and dynamic work of Sunshine Coast artist Darren Trebilco. Experience the creative process first hand by visiting a live, working art studio. when ongoing where Solitude Art Gallery and Open Studio, 163 Glenview Road, Glenview. 0413 013 882 or

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

‘Precious Little’ Original gifts. December 1 - 23

‘Director’s Choice’ January 5 - 27

‘In Harmony’


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NATURE This exhibition is a collection of handmade sculptures by artists with special needs. All mosaic sculptures are created to be garden dwellers and give a spark of colour to gardens or homes. The exhibition will feature elements of nature within the highly decorated outdoor sculptures. when now to December 22 where Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or

March 3 - 25

Representing fine artists from the Sunshine Coast region & across Australia, with paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, porcelain... Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny, Qld. P. 07- 5429 6404


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12 SUMMER BUNCH BY KENDALL, Mixed media, 40cm x 40cm, $600 SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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10 WATCHING THE RIVER FLOW BY DOUG WALKER, Coloured lacquer, 850mm x 1200mm, $2100


18 HYBRID BY EMMA DAVIES, Woven Polypropylene, POA

Established Sunshine Coast artist Dale Leach ventures down a new path of enquiry in her new solo show. Twisted Tales unearths some of the secret histories of our favourite nursery rhymes and brings other rhymes into the present day. when now to December 23 where Cooroy Butter Factory Art Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or

8 PRECIOUS LITTLE Expect originality and quality for Christmas gifts or small pleasures for yourself. Make a memorable impression and give lasting joy. when now to December 24 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

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

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


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IN THE MOMENT BY MAREE WELMAN, Acrylic on canvas, 1200mm x 900mm, $2300

9 [SQUEEZE] 2018 Art teachers by day and, for some, Archibald Prize finalists by night. Experience the master strokes of our region’s art educators. when now to January 16 where Cooroy Butter Factory Art Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or

10 FLOW After three months in the studio for BFAC’s pilot onsite residency, Doug Walker presents Flow. Liquid colours, concepts of energy and stagnation, inner and outer worlds all play on the surface of this vibrant colour lover’s gorgeous light boxes and paintings. when now to January 16 where Cooroy Butter Factory Art Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or 11 THE MIXED SHOW This is always an exciting time of the year and Stevens Street Gallery exhibits that feeling with a room full of delights including contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, exquisite glasswork and ceramics. Get in before Christmas and pick up a special gift. when December 12 to February 27 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or

JANUARY 12 KENDALL Kendall’s hugely popular vibrant works have been featured in this gallery for more than 13 years, and provide an insight into the colourful imaginative world of this exuberant artist. when January 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 13 APT9 KIDS ON TOUR For The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), QAGOMA and BFAC present APT9 Kids. The Butter Factory is excited to host this fantastic free, school holiday experience for families. when January 2 to 15 where Cooroy Butter Factory Art Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or 14 DIRECTORS CHOICE This is a stunning selection of artwork from oils to charcoals, porcelain to bronze and much more, showcasing the talent of the gallery artists. when January 5 to 27 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

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19 THE GATE IS ALWAYS OPEN BY TONY LEWIS, Watercolour, 25cm x 36cm, $850


15 VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolfgang Lammle gives us a peak into his masterful collection, perhaps for the last time. Painter Emma Nancarrow brings her vibrant paintings to BFAC for the first time. Barbara Ziolek and Catherine Macauley form a delightful partnership. when January 18 to February 26 where Cooroy Butter Factory Art Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or

FEBRUARY 16 CHRIS POSTLE Chris is a local artist who specialises in acrylics on canvas and finds inspiration in the rainforests and local wildlife, along with the ocean and its inhabitants. when February 1 to 28 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

MARCH 17 WAYNE MALKIN Wayne’s stunning Turbulence series of works showcases his detailed studies of waves and brings the ocean to life in oils. when March 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 118

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6 18 EMMA DAVIES Acclaimed Melbourne artist Emma Davies will transform the gallery with her incredible polypropylene sculptures. They look more like tribal weaving than orange bags thanks to Emma’s unique technique. The artist has travelled through many countries and communities where recycling rubbish has become an art form. when March 6 to April 6 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or 19 IN HARMONY Tony Lewis and Dawn Lewis create exquisite watercolours of serenity and beauty. Tony has a subtle strength in his landscapes, showing his expertise with the medium, while Dawn maintains a feminine approach with great depth of feeling. when March 9 to 31 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

BIRD HOUSE GIRL, 87cm high, $1450 inc GST


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SF state forest

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NP national park

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ON THE COVER: Caloundra

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


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why settle for loving life only during your holidays?


The Sunshine Coast isn’t just the perfect place for a holiday. There’s so much more going on. The development of our new CBD, SunCentral and the recent announcement of Maroochydore becoming Australia’s new, global digital gateway are just two examples of just how good our economic future is looking.


Whilst new homesites might be a little light on the ground until next year, there’s always a new opportunity for some lucky family to join the Sunshine Cove community, to enjoy the benefits of living within blossoming Maroochydore with a new home.

Your urban oasis

From luxury waterfront homes to chic urban terraces, you’ll find some of the most architecturally innovative homes on the Sunshine Coast right here at Sunshine Cove. Why not drop by and take a look around for yourself. And when you are ready to take a closer look, come talk to us.

Artist’s impressions only, Subject to change.


Designer townhomes in the heart of Birtinya • Walking distance to Sunshine Coast University Hospital • Internal park with pool and BBQ pavilion • Only 3km to Bokarina Beach

Starting prices for the first release • 1 bedroom $329,000* • 2 bedroom $419,000* • 3 bedroom $465,000*

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Maroochydore CBD



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*In the first release: 1 x 1 bed at $329K, 3 x 2 bed at $419K and 1 x 3 bed at $465K available. Price correct as at the date of publication. Subject to change. Price does not include stamp duty, registration fees or any other incidental fees. Subject to availability.

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Stockland Sales & Information Centre Lake Kawana Blvd & Birtinya Blvd, Birtinya QLD 4575 Visit or call Nikki on 0437 958 624

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