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DAYS OF SUMMER KERRY MULGREW COVER PHOTOGRAPHER I love capturing sunrises and the local community’s interaction with the raw Sunshine Coast beaches. As soon as the sky is light enough, I’m on the sand ready for whatever story unveils itself. Being out under the sky, in the moment, is my favourite way to start the day. You can find out more about me and my work at or follow me at kezign ON THE COVER This image was taken at my local, Coolum Beach, in October this year. Many surfers rush into the water, their excitement tangible, and this fellow’s pensive mood perfectly reflected the peace of the early morning. Captured with a Canon 5D Mark II, 105mm, 1/250 f.13 @ ISO 100.

We live in a country of extremes, and the start of the summer season has reminded us all of that – one day in the salt office we were contemplating storm season, then bushfires sprang up around the country and we were discussing what we’d do if a fire swept through our street. Summer can be perilous when you live in a country like ours. But summer is also why most of us love living where we live, and this season we thought we’d take a nostalgic look back at that most coastal of pastimes – surfing. Sixty-odd years ago, the first surfers paddled out at Noosa, Alexandra Headland and Caloundra. Then came the surfers of the ’70s and ’80s, the pioneers of change. I don’t think those early surfers could have imagined how mainstream surfing now is. Even if they don’t do it regularly, most people I know have at least tried surfing. This issue, I had the great privilege of speaking to three Sunshine Coast locals who were early surfers. Jim, Kim and Al surfed when few people did, and they remember sharing waves with the greats of surfing. With this fascinating trio, I take a nostalgic look back

at the people they shared the water with, and what it was like back in the day, when a hardy few ventured out at the Bluff, Noosa wasn’t at all crowded and there was certainly no one out in the water at the exposed beaches. That story is over the page. Still in something of a pioneering mood, Candice Holznagel has been visiting a few of the region’s country pubs for our other feature story this issue. These pubs were the mainstays of the towns that sprang up when the region was first born, and they still are. So pull up a bar stool and head over to page 20 for that one. For many of us, a new season means refreshing our wardrobes, and this issue we have a 18 pages full of fashion finds. That starts on page 78. We also speak to the incomparable photographer, stylist and all-round fabulous artist Richard de Chazal (page 30), we get the lowdown on Yarra Valley wine country (page 66), meet the colourfully clever Amanda Brooks (page 114) and so much more. Until next time!





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This summer I can’t wait to get out and explore some hidden gems with the family now our kids are a bit older! Gems like Kenilworth, Buderim Forest, the fairy pools at Noosa. I’m also excited to eat our way through new seasonal menus across the Coast – indulging in some summer taste testing, wine sipping and view watching.

I’m really looking forward to summer on the Coast! I’ll be paddle boarding at Cotton Tree, surfing at Noosa, swimming at Alex, eating yummy food with friends at Mooloolaba Wharf and spending a lot of time beside my pool sipping a cocktail!



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MEANDER OVER THE bluff at Alex, stroll along the Noosa National Park coastal tracks or gaze out to the Moffat Beach headland and what do you see? If the surf is pumping – and even if it’s not – chances are you’ll spot surfers, and lots of them. In fact, at any Sunshine Coast beach with a half-decent wave (from Kings to Coolum, Peregian to Point Cartwright, Wurtulla to Tea Tree) you’ll see tourists on Mals, groms on shortboards and the older crew cruising around on SUPs. It’s hard to find a wave without someone on it. But there was a time when very few people surfed, and the hardy souls who did venture out were a rare breed. We chat to three of those early surfers, who remember what the Sunshine Coast surf culture was like in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

A lone surfer catches a wave at Alexandra Headland in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of Picture Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council 8

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Al Hing in 1975

THE EARLY DAYS Jim Woodriff was one of the first to grab a plank of timber and ride the Sunshine Coast’s waves. Born in Nambour hospital, Jim grew up in Buderim and started surfing in 1962, at the age of 15. Jim was among the first group of Buderim surfers who would head down to Alex Headland to catch a wave. His contemporaries included “Mal Pratt – he’d be 73 now, and Barry Coulter – he’d be about 75 now. There was Les Purcell – he became a surfboard maker. And Hayden Kenny – he moved down from Maryborough in about 1960, 1962.” “There was also a group at Caloundra, but we didn’t associate with them.” This lack of connection had nothing to do with rivalry, it was simply that the Coast was hard to get around – there was no road from Mooloolaba to Caloundra and no bridge across the Maroochy River. A trip from Mooloolaba to Caloundra or Noosa just took too long. “WindanSea surfboard club got going in Caloundra in around 1970,” Jim says. “That was the first real surfboard club, as opposed to a surf life saving club. The North Shore Boardriders Club [also formed around 1970] was actually formed by a few guys from Redcliffe. The main man there was Eric Cowley.” But back further, “there was an influx of top surfers in the mid-1960s – they came to the Sunshine Coast because it was laid-back and the rent was cheap. [They rented] houses on the hill at Alex. There was Bob McTavish, who worked for Hayden Kenny. Ken Adler – he was from the Gold Coast but he moved here. Russell Hughes worked for Hayden, and Bob Cooper, he was a California legend. He lives in Peregian and he’d be close to 80 now. “These guys were very good surfers and craftsman and they moved here for the surf and the lifestyle. The Sunshine Coast was more prominent than the Gold Coast. They were the guys that started the surfing culture and they built up the Hayden brand to being world-class. The most sought-after collectable surfboard is the Ken Adler Hayden 1966 model.” Why is it special? “Ken was a brilliant surfer and a very good designer and he had the latest designs from California in 10

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Kim McKenzie’s winning wave, which helped her place first in the Australian Titles in 1974

his back pocket, and he improved on those. And from that era on, Australian surfers matched Americans and even got better.” One of those was Nat Young. “He was the world champion in ’66,” says Jim. “He visited here and for many years he regarded Noosa National Park as his favourite surfing spot. “Locally the main places to surf were the point breaks because of the style of the surf board.” This was the era, says Jim, “when boards were nine-foot-plus and didn’t handle the shore breaks, so you were either a Caloundra surfer, a Noosa surfer or an Alexandra Headland surfer.” Though hailing from Victoria, surf pioneer Peter Troy had a Sunshine Coast connection. “Peter was the world’s first surf adventurer,” says Jim. “He explored the spots for surfing – places like Asia and South America. He was significant and after two years exploring the globe he settled on the Sunshine Coast. He had a surf shop in Mooloolaba.”


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Jim Woodriff at Noosa in 1967

Bruce McKean was another early surfer. “He was the first Australian to go to Asia and bring back fabrics and made surf clothing. That was around the late ’60s. He became the patron of WindanSea. “And there was Jim Pollard – he introduced channels underneath surfboards. They were corrugations which seemed to make the board lift and move better.” But it wasn’t just the blokes who were carving it up. Nola Coulter is a name many Alex surfers know. Jim remembers in 1964 taking his dad’s van and picking up his brother, some mates and Nola, and then heading down the hill for a morning surf. They all had to be back in Buderim early enough for Nola to make it to school. “It is interesting in that era, we didn’t have any drug culture,” Jim adds. “That came along later in the ’70s. The surf scene in the ’60s on the Sunshine Coast was happy and healthy, uncrowded and uncomplicated.” Jim still heads out for a paddle, but his chosen spot is now Caloundra. “I live at Moffat and I go out at Happy Valley. The surf has become a more comfortable place to be; people are accepted – there are short boards, long boards, SUPs, body boards and wave skis all sharing waves.” Just as it should be.

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THE PIONEERING WOMEN Living in Mooloolaba in the 1960s, 11-year-old Kim McKenzie was determined to surf. Kim says she can’t remember why she wanted it so much, but she thinks it was probably because she saw some boys with boards and decided surfing was for her. “Whatever it was, I was attracted to that,” she says. “So I asked Mum and Dad if I could have a board. They were pretty good about it. We went to Hayden Kenny and bought a second-hand one. It was a small board. That’s what I learnt on.” She looked up to Hayden, as well as Bob McTavish, Ken Adler and George Greenough. She remembers walking the dirt track from her home down to the beach to surf at Mooloolaba Spit – that was

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Kim McKenzie (above) paddles out at Sunset Beach, Hawaii to compete in the Smirnoff competition in 1975. Kim is also pictured right

before the rock walls were constructed. The waves from Point Cartwright would come right through to the beach and were perfect for a young surfer to hone her skills on. By the age of around 14, Kim was hanging around with the crew who surfed the bluff at Alex. “I also met Ma Bendall through Hayden Kenny,” she says. Kim’s teen years were spent fishing and surfing, and by 1968 she was good enough to compete at her first contest – the Queensland titles on the Gold Coast. Here she met world champion Phyllis O’Donnell and Josette Lagardere, who was a US champion. Kim competed on and off throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s, but she says there was no money to be made, even if you won. “Just a trophy,” she adds. “Phyllis always told us when she won one of the big ones [a competition at the Gold Coast], she just won a carton of cigarettes! That would have been around 1965.” Kim says while the male surfers were starting to be groomed to become professional sportsmen, the female surfers were forgotten – “There was no help, no prize money and no sponsorship.” Back on the Sunshine Coast, she says it was “interesting” out in the water. “Some of the boys, they could be quite sexist. They didn’t like girls in the water. It took a lot of guts [to go surfing] and you really had to want to surf to paddle out. It got better once I could take off really well and surf well. Boys always think they are better than they are.” To surf in the late ’60s and ’70s was to join an antiestablishment culture. And as a woman, it must have felt lonely at times. But Kim is humble about her courage, and her achievements. “I was always very comfortable in myself. I am the daughter of a fisherman. Even working on the dock with men, you just have to be brave and do your thing. “I left school at 14 and I went pro fishing. I was 20 or 21 out trawling with Dad.” In between fishing trips Kim competed. She took part in the world titles in 1972. She won the Australian titles in ’73 and ’74. But they were amateur comps and she wanted to be a professional. “All the boys were well and truly established as professionals by then.” And then in the mid-’70s she was invited to the Smirnoff World championship – her chance to become professional. But she says that put the male surfers’ noses out of joint, and 12

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she was getting no support from the official Australian surfing body. So she and a group of other female surfers created the Australian Women’s Surfing Association in late 1977 – “women looking after women”. “All the boys were getting publicity and sponsorship and I had nothing. There was a lot of sexism, inequality and unfairness. I had to give it up [surfing in comps] because there was nowhere for Australian women to go. Had it been an easier road I would have kept competing.” Today, Kim wants people to know just how hard it was for those pioneering women surfers, many of whom have been forgotten because they weren’t given the publicity back in the day. She doesn’t surf now – “I am getting up to 70 now and I don’t like to get sunburnt” – but she still loves the ocean and will take the boogie board out. “I just paddle out and muck around.” She’s also busy sharing the history of surfing via her Instagram account @sharkgirlkim. Why Shark Girl? Well, that’s another story.


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Surfers at Moffat Beach, circa 1965. Photo courtesy of Picture Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council

THE CULTURE SHIFT Beach Beat founder and owner Al Hing moved to the Caloundra region in the 1980s, and he can’t imagine living anywhere else. “Moffat Beach is my favourite,” he says. But the long-time surfer picked up his first board in Noosa. “My parents were in the hotel industry and we lived a bit of a gypsy existence,” Al says. “We moved to Noosa in the ’60s and I learnt to surf there.” By the 1980s, however, he’d made the southern part of the Coast his home and he opened Beach Beat in 1986. “It used to be a dry cleaner. When we first started off we shaped and made our surfboards out the back. That was the factory, and the front portion was our retail outlet.” Surfers in Caloundra in the ’80s were still part of a sub culture, he says. “It was more underground then and more low key. I think surfers have always had a bit of a rebellious reputation. Back in the earlier days – in the ’60s and ’70s – they were the polar opposites to surf life saving members. We were definitely anti-establishment.

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“Surfing has been legitimised now. Back in the ’80s when I first opened Beach Beat, it was rare that people thought of the surfing industry as a place to get a job.” Now, he says, the local industry supports the incomes of many locals – in retail, shaping and making boards, and surf schools. In the past 30 years he’s also seen the love of surfing passed down from parents to children. “We have three generations of customers now. I used to serve people my age, and then their children, and now their children’s children are customers.” With the arrival of surf cams, a surfer can be at Noosa one day, Mooloolaba the next and down to Moffs the day after chasing the perfect wave. But in the ’80s things were a little more territorial. “In the early days the vibe was quite good. But the territorial thing was alive and well.” He says customers from Maroochydore didn’t like heading to Caloundra for a surf because the Caloundra surfers had a reputation. “Back in the early ’80s you’d have to ring around and get guys to go with you.” You didn’t want to surf unfamiliar breaks alone. In the time Al has been surfing he’s been able to bear witness to some talented surfers. “The Sunshine Coast just


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Surfers at Main Beach, Noosa Heads, 1967. Photo courtesy of Noosa Library Service/Picture Noosa (T1000297)

Kim McKenzie with Ma Bendall in 1977

really created a lot of really good surfers over the years. Obviously Kim McKenzie was held in high regard. Then we have Gary Elkerton back in the late ’80s early ’90s. And today we have Julian Wilson.” Perhaps that has helped boost surfing’s popularity, and created a culture where anyone can paddle out. “I’ve done a few surf trips,” says Al. “The cross section of people that go on those trips – you’ve got doctors and physios and captains of industry.” And, of course, a lot more women and girls. “There are a

lot more girls and that is a great thing to see. I think it mellows the crowd when there are women out surfing.” Al also points to the business of surf schools as evidence that the popularity of surfing is on the rise. “The surf schools have never been busier,” he says. “Everyone wants to learn to surf if you live near the beach.” Looking to the future, the beaches are only going to get more crowded. So does it make Al long for the good old days? “We all do. And we all like to reminisce. But I wear two hats. I am a surfer still in my sixties and I am in the industry and a lot of people complain about how crowded it is, but it’s not going to get any less crowded. If you have been surfing a long time you have a responsibility to educate others out there who haven’t been doing it that long.” He’s talking about surfing etiquette, and he sees himself as an elder statesmen – rather than yelling at others for breaking rules of etiquette, “I think educating those is a better way go. They [beginner surfers] are open because a lot of them just don’t know.” While he says his flexibility is starting to let him down a bit as he gets older, “upstairs between the ears” is not. And it helps he is well known at his local break. “I got the best backhanded compliment the other day from a young woman in the surf. She said, ‘you know Al, you surf really good for an old guy’.”

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The WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL has been an annual must-visit event for Coast locals and visitors to the region. But many of us have never ventured out to Woodford between Christmas and New Year to soak up the festival vibes. If you haven’t made it to your first Woodford yet, make this year’s event a priority. This much-loved festival started in Maleny back in 1987 and when it outgrew the Maleny site it was moved to Woodford. Since then it has been getting bigger and better and now attracts big names in music, science, politics and more. Thanks to its diverse offering, the festival has become a cultural celebration attracting visitors from all backgrounds, who are there to listen and learn, relax and catch up with friends. This year, Kasey Chambers will be playing her first Woodford, while Emma Louise, Amanda Palmer, Lior and Kate Miller-Heidke will also take to the stage. Archie Roach will also be there to premiere his Tell Me Why concert. With 1600 shows across 25 stages, there is a huge line-up in genres such as blues and roots,

rock and pop, folk and world music. But it’s not just about the music. Four Indigenous languages will be taught at the festival this year and in celebration of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, Woodford Folk Festival will host the launch of the Mudburra/English Dictionary. There’s the Children’s Festival, where dirtgirl will be playing her hit songs and the kids can take part in workshops. Speakers and panel discussions are also a big part of the festival, and this year speakers include Dr Karl, Leigh Sales interviewing Michael Gudinski, Biology of Belief author Dr Bruce Lipton, and Noel Pearson. There is also a circus and cabaret program, comedy, arts and crafts, street performers and dance. Workshops on things such as basket weaving and bush foods, ceramics, drawing, flower crowns, mosaic making, upcycling and screen-printing are also on offer. The program’s diversity ensures that no matter what you are into, you will find something delightful at Woodford. To find out more head to Map reference I22



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THE MAGIC OF MARY CAIRNCROSS SCENIC RESERVE is a delightful book that celebrates the flora, fauna and fungi of this beloved rainforest. The hardcover book is illustrated not with photographs but with 126 original artworks of watercolour, acrylic, oils and carvings from 16 renowned artists. But not only is it beautiful to look at, thanks to the 11 scientists who have also contributed to the publication, it is also packed with information about this diverse botanical reserve. All the artists and scientists have made their contributions in kind, and all profits from the sale of the book will go to support projects that benefit the Mary Cairncross Reserve. Contributing artists include Peta Boyce, Jinibara elder Noel Blair, Gubbi Gubbi elder Lyndon Davis, Jim Cox, Sally Elmer and many more. The book retails for $59.95 and is available from the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Discovery Centre, Rosetta Books and other local bookstores, visitor information centres and art galleries. Map reference J19


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Want to enjoy Noosa from a different perspective? Then head to Mount Tinbeerwah. It’s a short drive from the centre of the action and is an easy hike to the top. The first section of the track (to the first lookout with views of the coast) are wheelchair accessible. After that the track continues to the fire tower lookout where you can test your photography skills or just soak up the beautiful 360-degree views. Many locals agree a good time to go is late afternoon when you can snap a sunset shot or two. Map reference L12

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IT’S A SUNNY spring day and our car is slowly rolling along pretty tree-lined Memorial Drive. The hillside town of Eumundi is bustling. Tourists and locals alike zigzag across the main street, exploring all it has on offer. Smiling and eyes wide, they duck in and out of the boutique stores carrying paper shopping bags filled with aromatic candles, locally penned books and handmade textiles. It’s a Saturday and the town’s biggest drawcard – the famous Eumundi Markets – is in full swing. Considered to be Australia’s largest arts and craft market, featuring around 600 stalls, the markets span a wide, open space and into the main hub of Eumundi Square. These markets are a vibrant collaboration of artists, designers and foodies who bring a fresh vibe to the charming old town. It may be small – there are only 1900 people who call Eumundi home – but the town is a thriving arts hub where heritage-listed sites meld with the colourful charm of talented artisans, musicians and community-minded souls. Eumundi’s roots are deeply planted in the fabric of the Sunshine Coast. The first European residents settled in the region in 1879. Prior to this, the land had been used as part of three cattle runs. When the cattle leases expired, residents sought to secure a parcel of land in the area. A boom of new selectors ensued and by 1885, 47 selections were taken up. As the township was established, land became available and by 1900, shops started to appear. There was a general store, saddler, blacksmiths, bakery, butcher shops, auctioneers and agents. Eumundi became an important centre of the timber and dairy industries. And with industry comes the workers, and it was the town’s Imperial Hotel that hosted many of these men. Today, the heritage-listed hotel stands tall and proud on Memorial Drive, and its presence is a reminder of the town’s rich history. Established in 1912, The Imperial Hotel has stood the test 20

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of time despite some challenges. Destroyed by fire in 1927, it was rebuilt and has since remained a staple – a hub of community life. Through the decades The Imperial has morphed into an uber-cool venue. I recently read this description, “[It] is what happens when a heritage-listed century-old pub in the heart of Eumundi drops acid, joins a commune, and discovers its inner hippie.” It’s pretty spot on. Yet its old bones, carrying more than a century of secrets, are steadfast. Despite the busy street, we park the car with ease and make our way into the rear entrance of the sizable pub. It’s been a few years since I set foot into The Imperial – I’ve been missing out! To our right is the latest addition, the Eumundi Brewery – home of the celebrated handcrafted flagship brews. The onsite addition was built back in August 2017 and gives visitors the chance to not only sample direct from the brewery tanks, but to also indulge in a tour and taste. Today, however, we are here to wine, dine and immerse ourselves in the grand pub’s history. We turn to the left and wander down a laneway adorned with hanging plants. On the outside, The Imperial retains its classic Queenslander façade, but once indoors it is a stylish, urban space with bright coloured murals, cute sitting nooks ideal for chatting with friends over a drink, and a blend of contemporary and traditional furniture. Upstairs is an expansive deck overlooking the main street, but we settle downstairs in the parlour-style dining room. Plate after plate of delicious-smelling food is being delivered to tables, while icy-cold beer splashes into glasses. The menu is a fusion of traditional Aussie pub food, and current food trends – cheddar, jalapeno and black bean corn fritters, karage chicken

The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi

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with kimchi, watermelon poke salad with toasted sesame seeds, tuna tikka masala burger on a charcoal brioche bun. We are in trendy Eumundi after all. Generally speaking, the Sunshine Coast’s hospitality and entertainment scene has grown in leaps and bounds in the past decade. Hinterland cafes and beachside espresso bars continue to pop up in response to the region’s health-focused lifestyle, and the growing interest in superfood and dietary trends. It’s not difficult to find a nutrient-packed green smoothie or wholesome quinoa salad bowl in this part of Queensland. But sometimes – if you are anything like me – you crave a little bit of country. Something that reminds you of the good old days. I find there is something soul-warming about walking into a classic pub. The solid timber bars, dated stools, faint beer scent and stock-standard bar mat induce a sense of nostalgia. My parents met in one of these pubs and enjoyed a loving 35-year marriage, and as a child I spent many summer holiday afternoons with my cousins, munching on packets of Samboy salt and vinegar chips and sipping red lemonade, in a small RSL in the town where my grandparents lived. It was where the 2000-strong community came together to socialise, discuss town issues and host important events. These venues are a reminder of early community life, standing steadfast against the test of time. So, with summer days beating down, and sentimentality running through our blood, we figure there is no time like now to celebrate the golden oldies – our quintessential Aussie pubs. What are you waiting for? Hit the road (with a designated driver, of course), explore the Sunshine Coast in all its beauty, and visit some of our oldest pillars of the community. As well as The Imperial, here are a few we think are worth visiting.

APOLLONIAN PUB, BOREEN POINT Dating back to Gympie’s gold rush days, this homestead-style building was relocated to the shores of Lake Cootharaba in 22

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Beerwah Hotel

1987. The colonial hotel, which has been a popular watering hole since the 1860s, boasts wide verandahs and an outdoor beer garden. Don’t expect any fancy fare, but the beers are cold and the community friendly. Our tip? Get back to basics by joining in on the weekly Sunday spit roast.

BEERWAH HOTEL Sunshine Coast Council’s heritage department reports the two-storey Beerwah Hotel was built in response to the growing volume of motor traffic passing through town due to the construction of the Bruce Highway in the mid-1930s. “Based on the designs of Brisbane-based architect AT Longland, this hotel was erected in 1937 by L Hammer, replacing an earlier building. Longland was also responsible for the rebuilding of the Hotel Francis in Caloundra,” the heritage report states. The now heritage-listed site is a kid-friendly venue and perfect for those with a penchant for live country music.

HOTEL MALENY Sitting at the entrance to the township, this pub has grown with its community for more than 100 years. In its early days it was the meeting place for farmers, loggers and bullock drivers. Over the bar they debated politics, conducted business and swapped stories. Today, it is patronised by a melting pot of culturally diverse people – artists, tourists, environmentalists and businesspeople. Like most small-town pubs, it has its collection of regulars who say it is the venue’s laid-back, casual atmosphere that brings them back again and again. In addition to the bar, the hotel still boasts old-style accommodation, plus the traditional timber-floor and furnished Bunya Bistro. Personally, I enjoy sitting out in the leafy beer garden to take in the hinterland’s fresh scent and bird chatter. It’s easy to feel a million miles from everyday life. There is no shortage of choices when it comes to food. The menu is one of the biggest I’ve seen, catering to vegans, seafood lovers and those seeking a generous serve of parmy and chips. I

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Palmwoods Hotel in 1912 (above) and now

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PALMWOODS HOTEL My five-year-old son is beating me at a game of Connect Four – for the third time. I’m not sure when he developed this competitive skill, and he is wallowing in his success. Needless to say, it’s a welcome relief for my ego when our meals are placed before us. Never before have I been so pleased to welcome a chicken burger. It is our first visit to the Palmwoods Hotel and I’m loving it – board games, a chilled, child-friendly atmosphere

and hearty food. Not to mention wide open windows, comfortable chairs and potted plants hanging from the ceiling. But it is the bar that has really captured my attention. Behind the old-style server are two young women with hearts of gold. Their friendly service, the traditional furnishings and a good-old ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude warm my heart. Constructed in response to the growing township and rail services in 1912 as the Railway Hotel, it was renamed as Palmwoods Hotel in 1926. The original two-storey building with lattice-decorated pavilion and wide, open verandahs still stands, and other than a modern lounge bar on ground level, the pub

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itself retains much of its history. It is the heart of the town and the team behind the locally owned and operated venue pride itself on offering service and values of yesteryear.

WOOMBYE PUB As the only pub in Woombye for more than a century, this hotel has a rich history. Constructed as The Criterion Hotel in 1900 by Frederick Schubert, the venue is significant for its historical association with the early commercial development of the town. First known as Middle Camp, Woombye was a significant link in the Brisbane to Gympie route following the discovery of gold in 1867. The road connecting the two towns was completed in October 1868, and by the November, Cobb & Co coaches were ferrying passengers, mail, gold and goods between the two. Middle Camp boasted the only accommodation for passengers along this route. Known as Cobb’s Camp Hotel, the establishment was taken over by Frederick Schubert in 1881. He also purchased 160 acres of land and constructed a store and butcher’s shop, and began further developments. It was the beginning of the Woombye we know and love today. In recent years the pub has been celebrated for its classic architecture, which is reflective of a two-storey country hotel from the turn of the 20th century. The pub has been heritage-listed by Sunshine Coast Council. One thing we know is that this is one pub that will make you feel at home.

YANDINA HOTEL A grand old lady with solid bones, this pub is the oldest on the Sunshine Coast. Of course, it’s no surprise considering Yandina’s history. The township dates back to 1853 when pioneers settled in the area following the approval for three cattle runs, which extended northward from the Maroochy and South Maroochy rivers. Timbergetters started to arrive by the late 1860s and a timber-rafting operator became the first selector of Yandina. By 1868 James Lowe had built accommodation, a store and stables.


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The following year he was granted a publican’s licence and his depot became the Maroochie Hotel – the first commercial centre for the shire. But it was the railway in 1891 that morphed Yandina into a business centre, which soon housed stores, butchers, a blacksmith, post office, police station and boarding house. It was during this era that John Sommer built the Australian Hotel adjacent to the Brisbane-Gympie Road. Wanting to take advantage of the thriving Yandina township, Sommer hitched his hotel to a team of bullocks in 1891 and relocated the building on skids to the Yandina Hotel’s current site. After a number of name changes, and under new ownership, the venue was eventually renamed as Yandina Hotel in 2005. This pub has no airs and graces. What you see is what you get – good old-fashioned service, cold beer and some of the friendliest barflies around the Coast.

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The Woodford Folk Festival always delivers and the 2019/20 program is bursting with big names in music, dance, art, culture, spirituality and science. Working in the theme of Imagining a Beautiful Future are performers such as Kasey Chambers, Emma Louise, Lior and Kate Miller-Heidke. Dr Karl will be there, as will renowned US author Dr Bruce Lipton. Visitors to the festival will be spoilt for choice with more than 1600 shows over six days. when December 27 to January 1 where 87 Woodrow Road, Woodford visit



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JAN 17-19 GINGER FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL Head to the Ginger Factory for this once-a-year showcase of ornamental gingers and heliconias, which thrive in the region’s sub-tropical conditions. Soil to Supper’s Cath Manuel and horticulturalist Paul Plant will again share their words of wisdom at the garden talks over the three days of the festival, which will also be packed with an exciting line-up of local chefs, including Matt Golinski, who will show you how to pair different ingredients with ginger. when January 17 to 19 where The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina visit



Australian actor and musician John Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta have come together to compose and perform Lennon: Through a Glass Onion. Part concert and part biography, the show celebrates the life and talent of one of the 20th century’s most admired musicians. In 1992, John and Stewart first conceived and performed the show and in the years that followed have performed it all over the world. when January 10 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra visit

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A MYTHICAL FIGURE poses in burnt bushland, smoke rising around her, the golden light of the afternoon sun illuminating a forest of charred tree trunks. She wears a magnificently tailored gown that trails the ground in flame-hued layers of ombre suede, offset with an intricately beaded and jewelled corset, long black kid leather gloves, shiny black boots and a feather headdress. She could be a queen, or a wicked witch, or a goddess of fire. The model is local teenager Eloise Ryan and the image was created by renowned Sunshine Coast photographer and stylist Richard de Chazal. A master creator of extraordinary photographic images, he has lived and worked around the world and now lives at Coolum. He designs and creates flamboyant haute-couture gowns by hand and is also a talented make-up artist and hair stylist. Richard styled and created the pictured images of Eloise in Peregian just after the September fires.


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“I’m a great fan of mythology and most mythology, modern and ancient, really surrounds itself with the triumph of good over evil,” he says. “When you think about it, devastation always leads to rebirth and renewal. Whilst there is pain and suffering, it always heralds the start of something new. For the orange dress, I was inspired by the legend of the phoenix. “One of my very favourite stories is about Persephone, the Greek goddess confined to hell for six months of the year and her mother is distraught and lonely. Six months of the year, the earth was barren and the six months Persephone was allowed out, there was bounty on the earth, hence the legend of spring, summer, autumn and winter.” Another striking image is of Eloise in a glamorously gothic black gown of shot silk velvet and vintage lace from the 1800s beaded with jet and hematite. A golden sunset illuminates the black silhouettes of trees and branches as Eloise leans defiantly towards the camera. It’s an arresting image reminiscent of Angelina Jolie’s evil Maleficent, a character that is both dark and beautiful. “The light is only good for those last couple of hours around the golden hour of sunset,” Richard says of how he captured the stunning images. “We had to get the hair and make-up and styling together, then you really have two to 32

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two-and-a-half hours to get a good picture. It’s so well worth it. When you shoot on location, it’s luck really.” As a member of the Australian Design Hall of Fame and winner of numerous photographic, design and art awards, Richard’s extravagant creations have graced catwalks, theatres and magazines around the world. He was living in New York during 9/11 and after sustaining injuries, decided to move to the Sunshine Coast permanently. “It’s my primary residence now,” he says. “I had done a fair bit of work on location on the Sunshine Coast as a photographer when I started my career in Australia in the 1980s and I thought it was a lovely community and an unspoiled area, with a lovely contrast to city life. “At the time I came back the internet had become a standardised method of communication and it was unnecessary to go back to a city. I could be anywhere, so I stayed.” Richard has known Eloise’s parents since the 1990s and when a model scout spotted her potential, he generously offered his services for free, creating a series of stunning images for her portfolio, including beautiful images at Buderim Falls. A year 11 student at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Eloise is the daughter of Geoff and Dianna Ryan, who own The Shed at Forest Glen.


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“Eloise expressed interest in being a model and had been scouted by a few people,� says Richard. “There’s something wonderful in just being able to create without the burden of who’s paying who and some sort of monetary transaction. It rather sullies the whole experience of having fun and making art.� At 17, Eloise has made quite the entrance into the modelling world with these photos and hopes they will help springboard her into the industry when she finishes school. “If there were to be a career in modelling for me in the future, Richard has been a wonderful mentor and prepared me for what the modelling life will be like,� she says. “I have a fabulous rapport with Richard. He’s just so wonderful to work with and such an amazing photographer. He knows exactly what he’s wanting to achieve in the shoot. He’s so extremely professional but at the same time, it’s so fun to work with him because of his wicked sense of humour. “I wasn’t nervous because Richard told me exactly what he wanted me to do and just made me feel comfortable. I felt proud to be modelling for him and it was amazing to see myself look like that. “It was a really good learning experience, because photographic make-up is completely different to everyday make-up. It has to be heavier and more defined, and the colour has to be more severe. “I plan to make a portfolio of those photos and put them along with some others I have and perhaps visit a few agencies in Brisbane who’ve shown interest in me,� she says. Dianna says she and Geoff support their daughter no matter what she wants to do, and are pleased she’s been able to work with a professional of Richard’s calibre. “It’s amazing to watch the process and how phenomenal Richard is with make-up,� says Dianna. “How he brings out the best of your features and knows the right hair to do with the dress. He has this amazing creative picture in his brain and watching him bring that to life in a photograph is fabulous. “He is just so humble and so ridiculously talented. He’s worked with a huge number of celebrities and done some amazing things. His dresses are out of this world; they are beautifully handmade and hand-beaded. They take hours upon hours to make. I’ve never met anyone who has the talent to create these photos, from make-up artistry to hair to the dresses.� While Geoff and Dianna are all for Eloise pursuing her modelling dreams, they are ensuring they guide her in the right direction. “If she can do well in modelling it’s great, but it’s one of those fields where there is a lot of competition,� says Dianna. “It’s a tough game and I think it’s good to have your feet planted on the ground.� Eloise is on the same page as her parents. “While I’d find modelling to be an exciting and fun experience, I also plan to go to university after I finish school next year and pursue a career in midwifery and obstetrics. I’m interested in both careers, but I think it’s good to have a back-up plan. “I want to keep a level head,� she adds. “Modelling is extremely competitive and I have to take that into consideration. But I have been told I would be good in runway modelling and also photographic modelling for magazines. That would be the dream.�

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HOW DOES A house become a home – and a stylish, comfortable one at that? It’s often the little things – a perfectly placed artwork, a well-read pile of books, a vase of fresh flowers – that imbue a dwelling with its inhabitants’ personalities, and create a welcome haven. It may sound easy enough, but for many of us, styling a home successfully is a process akin to climbing a mountain. For Noosa’s Gail Hinkley – interior designer and retail doyen – the process has become so instinctive, it’s almost second nature. With her retail store Signature on Hastings celebrating its 30th birthday in January 2020, and the interior design arm of the business, Gail Hinkley Design, established for 10 years, it’s no wonder Gail’s creative eye is more finely tuned than most. With a wealth of experience and contacts in the industry to draw from, Gail sources pieces both from her own store or from the many suppliers she has connected with in the last several decades as a retailer. Her interior designs are in demand not only in holiday homes and principal dwellings throughout the Sunshine Coast, but in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and as far afield as Airlie Beach, North Queensland. Perhaps one of Gail’s trademarks is that her interiors not only transform residences into stylish, beautiful spaces, but they also breathe the life of their owners into them, creating unique, individual homes. So how, exactly, does she do that? The trick, she says, is to get to know the owners well beforehand. She takes a very personal approach to each project, undertaking all steps herself, right through to the installation. “If they’ve employed me, they get me,” she says, explaining that she consults with the owners throughout every step of the design process. “I don’t put anything in people’s homes unless they see it. I try and do that with everyone; I don’t just say ‘this is what you’re having’.” Describing her own style philosophy as “classic”, Gail says clients often know what individual pieces they love, but don’t always know how to put it all together. Her job, she believes, is to work out the style a person is trying to achieve and work within those guidelines. It’s also vital, she says, to move with the times without getting too influenced by fads and trends. Many of her clients are repeat customers, who have certain expectations when they visit. “It’s a really fine line to follow a trend so you don’t look boring, but at the same time don’t go too far off track to what that customer expects,” she says. “There are lots of different styles that have come through; pale pink was popular at one point, but I don’t fill the shop with

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closely. There are departments in the store that have four or five times bigger turnover now than they did five years ago. That’s because I watch them and I watch what people are wanting. “And times have changed; people are spending their money differently to what they did 10 years ago.” The design arm of the business seemed a natural progression, although Gail admits it wasn’t really planned. “I got offered a job at Airlie Beach, and it was a beautiful brand-new big build,” she says. “I had to furnish the whole home, and I thought ‘Oh my goodness, I love doing this’.” At 65, Gail is at an age where many of us may think of retirement, but she has no such plans. “I don’t really see anything changing,” she says. “Except one day I will think ‘oh my goodness, I’m too old to do it anymore’. But I will keep going until I wake up that day and say ‘that’s enough’.


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MUSHROOMS CAN BE as delicate and beautiful as flowers. Take the pink oyster mushroom, for example – its fragile caps curl over like petals, and it grows in clumps reminiscent of a coral garden. Or the lion’s mane mushroom, with its shaggy white texture resembling the fur around a lion’s face. Plain old button mushrooms could be called boring in comparison, but there’s nothing boring about fungi. The kingdom of fungi is a fascinating one that draws you deeper and deeper into a complex ecosystem the more you learn about it. It’s a world Maleny’s Katrina Atkinson and Daniel Tibbett have become fully immersed in as organic mushroom growers. This eco-conscious couple owns Mountaintop Mushrooms, a small-scale agribusiness start-up specialising in gourmet and exotic mushrooms, which they began 18 months ago with very little capital. A crowdfunding campaign in October exceeded their expectations and they were able to raise more than $12,000 to help take the business to the next level. “At the moment we’re predominantly growing oyster mushrooms, lion’s mane and we’re about to experiment with some reishi,” Katrina says. “The old button mushrooms are so familiar and we wanted to do something new.” The couple was thrilled to supply its mushies to world-class Japanese chef Zaiyu Hasegawa, who visited their facility in Montville during the Curated Plate festival in August. Katrina and Daniel supply restaurants like Spicers Tamarind Retreat and Brouhaha in Maleny and have requests from other restaurants seeking their amazing mushrooms. With regular stalls at Witta, Yandina and Noosa farmers markets, their produce is in high demand and it can be challenging to keep up. “It’s hardcore,” says Katrina. “Dan works three days on the Coast as a sign writer and I work full-time at Green Harvest and Barung Landcare. Dan’s there twice a day, every day. They grow so quickly – they double in size every 24 hours. We’re incubating them and they have to be moved into the fruiting room. The temperature fluctuations are killing us because with the heat, they thin out. Dan has to be there all the time keeping an eye on them. I’m there at least two or three afternoons a week, as well as doing all the farmers markets.” Their passion drives them forward and with the success of their crowdfunding campaign, they have big plans for the future of their fungi farm, though they’re wary of scaling too quickly. “We’re upscaling now and we’re going to double the size of our incubation room,” Katrina says. “We’ll add a bit of climate control to the fruiting room – rebuild it with cool room panels. At some point we want to go sterile. A sterilisation vessel requires a lot more infrastructure, but it would enable us to produce and sell

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more, and it opens up the varieties we could grow.” Katrina and Dan found they shared an interest in sustainability and organics when they first met in Amsterdam as travellers 10 years ago. Katrina was from the Samford Valley near Brisbane and Dan was from Perth, but it seems their paths were destined to cross. “We shared an interest in how the greatest systems work,” says Katrina. “Economics, food, the cultural differences around the world. It was a global curiosity; to learn more about the planet and how we were evolving as a species.” After six months together, they went their separate ways for a few years. Dan worked in a pub in England, while Katrina

lived with an Indigenous Peruvian family in the mountains near Cusco. “I helped with the children and with cooking, which is where my food journey started,” she says. “We would go to the quinoa fields, harvest peaches and potatoes in the mountains. They had such a strong relationship with the source of their food. The pair returned from their respective adventures around the same time. It was then they reignited their relationship and settled in inner city Perth. “That was my first time ever living in suburbia in Australia,” says Katrina. “We thought, this is not the life we want to lead. We want to get out of the city. We had that




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connection to food and we were drawn to sustainability and organics. We’d go to the farmers markets every week to buy our food and talk to the farmers. The interest kept growing and we decided to go to Crystal Waters in Conondale and study permaculture.” It was there the seeds were sown for their move into mushroom growing. “We went to all the farmers markets to see what wasn’t being done because we didn’t want to compete,” she says. “We already had our eyes on the amazing world of fungi. There was new science around the medicinal and ecological benefits. Fungi have been neglected in science and are only just starting to get the attention they deserve. “The more we learnt about them, the more we discovered their awesome role in nature of breaking down wood. Button mushrooms live in the soil. Their role in ecology is further down the line in terms of decomposition. They’re different to the ones we grow, which are primarily saprophytes, which grow on cellulose-rich material. They break down wood and provide the initial stage of the decomposition process. “In a rainforest, these kinds of mushrooms live on dead wood. If a branch falls from a tree, it’s initial stage of being broken down will be the fungi starting to decompose it. It will run through the log and break it down and convert the material into mushrooms when it fruits. They trim the

branches off the canopy – the spore will germinate and decompose it so the branch will eventually fall down. If it falls, it’s the fungi’s job to decompose it and break the wood into soil. “We grow most of our shiitakes on pecan and they also like certain eucalypts. The main thing for shiitakes is they have to grow on hardwood. We grow our oyster mushrooms on sugarcane. We’ve done that on purpose because of the Queensland sugarcane industry, which has so much leftover product. We seek out an organic sugarcane. After they’ve extracted the sugarcane, we use what’s left over. We are taking agricultural waste and inoculating the leftover fibrous material.” After the mushrooms are harvested, the waste product then goes into creating organic compost for The Falls Farm at Mapleton. “One of the other reasons we were drawn to these types of mushrooms was the concept we could take a waste product and turn it into food. I just really love growing food; it is the most rewarding thing,” says Katrina. “I don’t think fungi could ever not be a huge part of our life now. I do hope this business is successful for us and continues for us for a long time.”

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THE TESTAMENTS Margaret Atwood | Chatto & Windus | $43

WILD ELEPHANTS: CONSERVATION IN THE AGE OF EXTINCTION Art Wolfe | Simon & Schuster | $75 Elephants are one of the largest of all mammals, and one of the most fascinating. They are known for their high intelligence, and it has been proven that they feel emotions, have memories and create strong family and social bonds. For these reasons, and for their unarguable charisma, elephants are one of the world’s most loved animals. They are also one of the world’s most endangered. Elephants are killed by poachers for their ivory, and by farmers and villagers for the destruction they can cause to crops, plumbing, irrigation and structures. Elephants are also mistreated by handlers in the tourism industry – I personally do not know why someone would want to ride/constrain/ dominate these magnificent animals; they are wonderful to simply observe! Wild Elephants is a visual celebration of the elephants and the people around the world working to save them. The book is packed with stunning photography of elephants primarily in Africa, but also India and Sri Lanka. Photographer and wildlife advocate Art Wolfe has drawn these stunning images from his 40 years of photography, and there is a heartfelt introduction from Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, the author of the bestselling book When Elephants Weep. This is one of the most beautifully produced wildlife photography books I have seen.

Celebrated literary author Margaret Atwood has written 17 novels, many of which were international bestsellers, as well as short stories, children’s books and poetry. Her novel The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985, and more than 30 years later, is still to be found on the shelves of any good bookshop. This book had an enormous resurgence of interest in the past couple of years with the airing of the fabulous series of the same name. The Testaments may be read and enjoyed by anyone who has read or viewed The Handmaid’s Tale. The action takes place 13 years after the end of the book and series, and the story is related by three characters – Aunt Lydia, the missing baby Nicole and Agnes, a child born and raised in Gilead. The personal perspectives from these characters give a new depth to this terrifying and thought-provoking story. Margaret Atwood’s writing is simply brilliant.

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Beautiful, brave and born to be punk. Debbie Harry is the epitome of New York cool. New wave/punk band Blondie was formed in the ’70s by Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, and they are still touring and recording today. One of the most iconic of frontwomen, Debbie Harry has always been an enigmatic and fascinating character, using her huge musical profile to support environmental issues, human rights and LGBTQ equality. This luxuriously published memoir is full of photographs (some never seen before), a great variety of different artist impressions of Harry, and the gritty honest story of her life told in intimate detail. Read about her years with Blondie, but also her personal and musical relationships with Iggy Pop, The Ramones, David Bowie and many more of the great musical acts spawned in the ’70s. This is different to other music memoirs; it is an inspirational story of the achievements and challenges of a woman who has experienced extraordinary success, wrapped up in a heavily illustrated and magnificently produced book.


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THE COMMONS: A YEAR OF GROWING, COOKING & EATING ON FAT PIG FARM Matthew Evans | Hardie Grant | $60 Matthew Evans is the owner of Fat Pig Farm, a 70-acre mixed holding in Tasmania that grows food for his on-farm restaurant. Matthew is a chef by trade, but also a journalist, food critic, television personality and farmer. He has fronted six series of The Gourmet Farmer, and is the author of 12 bestselling books, including cookbooks, memoirs and commentaries on food production and consumption. Matthew is also a warm and passionate man who so obviously practises what he preaches. He is an advocate of growing and producing your own food (when possible), and returning to the old ways of farming, cooking and preserving; using produce in season, creating your own small goods and condiments, and knowing where your food comes from. This new book is different to other cookbooks and also different to Matthew’s past books, as it is part how-to, part journal and part cookbook. There are more than 100 recipes broken into seasons, and it is a great inspiration for anyone wishing to embark on a simpler life (or dreaming of it!).


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





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Here at salt magazine we are partial to a sweet treat from the delectable range at FIONA’S FANCIES. And now owner Fiona Williams has created yet another reason for us to visit the Noosa Heads store. Our new favourite is the mango colada cake. Picture coconut sponge layered with Lindt white chocolate mousse and fresh mango jelly. The delicacy is topped with mango, white chocolate and macadamias. Perfect for a summer party! Fiona’s Fancies is at 3/37 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. 5473 5317 or

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Let’s face it, you don’t need another reason to head to Peregian, but we’ve got one anyway. THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER has become THE place to be for fish and chips on a lazy Sunday, but you can head over at any time of the week for fresh and tasty seafood, fast and fruity cocktails, beer and burgers. When members of the salt team were there we feasted on delicious barramundi spring rolls. The bar menu also includes fish tacos, Thai-style fish cakes and tempura eggplant, and we saw others tucking into burgers, potato scallops and salt and pepper calamari. Our recommendation? Go in the afternoon, secure a table in the courtyard and order a few nibbles from the bar plus a cocktail and a beer to wash them down, then watch the world go by. The Captain’s Daughter is at 4 Heron Street, Peregian Beach. 5448 2917 or

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PIER 33 has become a fast favourite for local foodies thanks to its unbeatable riverside location. On a sunny day, there’s nothing better than sharing a meal on the lawn and watching the boats bobbing on the sparkling water at Mooloolaba Marina. It’s a great spot to take visitors for a revitalising cocktail and a tasty meal – the menu makes the most of our region’s fresh seafood and unbeatable produce, and many of the meals are designed to share. But now we have another reason to head down to Parkyn Parade. Over summer, the Pier 33 team is putting on live music every Sunday afternoon, further adding to the cruisy vibe. Pier 33 is at 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. 5294 5675 or

The team at CLANDESTINO ROASTERS in Belmondos Organic Market is offering a new limited-edition bean, called Lelena, from Brazil. The bean is named after an extraordinary woman who has devoted her life to coffee production. Doña Lelena has been in the coffee industry for 64 years, and has been inspiring upcoming female growers to follow their dreams. This sweet Brazilian coffee from the Minas Gerais region wins you over with notes of vanilla, hazelnut, caramel and guava. We highly recommend you try it as a mug of long black or a piccolo. Lelena is now available online and in store. Belmondos Organic Market is at 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 5474 4404 or

We all know that on the Sunshine Coast we have some of the best coffee in the country. And that’s because we also have some of the best baristas. So we weren’t surprised to hear that TILLY SPROULE of Tim Adams Specialty Coffee regained the title of best barista in Queensland, when she took out the 2020 Northern Region Coffee Championship recently. When you listen to Tilly talk about the coffee-making process, you see just what an art form it has become. She says her winning routine was a culmination of the last six years of barista competitions. She was able to showcase her knowledge and technique across three beverages – espresso, milk-based and signature – using coffee beans sourced from producers in Panama and Honduras. She is now preparing for the 2020 Australian Specialty Coffee Association Coffee Championship, and would ultimately like to take out the World Barista Championship.


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There’s no denying a quality beer is the ultimate thirst-quencher during summer months. And we’re pretty partial to the EUMUNDI PALE ALE, which has been available on tap at a range of fortunate establishments across the Sunshine Coast for a little while. But now you can also get it in cans from your favourite liquor stores. Crafted by the renowned Eumundi Brewery team based at the much-loved Imperial Hotel, this pale ale is a refreshingly aromatic drop. The brew’s tasting notes tell us it has a delicate stone fruit/tropical aroma that balances with a slight biscuity malt note and deep golden colour. Better yet, all ingredients used in the brew are Australian. This cracker drop also happens to be a 3.5 per cent ABV mid-strength beer – and a mid-strength that doesn’t taste like a mid-strength. It’s actually brewed to taste like a full-flavour beer (just because you want to drink lower-alcohol shouldn’t mean you compromise on flavour). Responsibility has never tasted so good! We recommend dropping into the Imperial so you can sample the pale ale tapped directly from the tanks where it’s brewed. And then, grab yourself a case of Pale Ale while you’re there to take home for your next summer barbie. The Imperial Hotel Eumundi is at 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi. 5442 8811 or

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Have you been to the revived DAISY’S PLACE yet? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. The restaurant was once THE place to go for a special occasion dinner, and believe us, if you’re looking for a romantic location for you and your significant other, or need somewhere to impress interstate visitors, you can’t go past this Glenview gem. But don’t wait until you have something to celebrate to check it out. Our tip? Head on out to Daisy’s for a leisurely breakfast. You’ll have to navigate the roadworks to get there, but the Bruce Highway upgrades are soon forgotten once you step inside the stylish venue and settle into a chair on the expansive deck overlooking lush gardens. Daisy’s Place is at 2859 Steve Irwin Way, Glenview. 5494 5192 or


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Got an early-morning craving for a tasty taco? Then satisfy it at XALAPA. This new taqueria on Hastings Street serves up fresh tacos from 6am. If you prefer your tacos for dinner, don’t stress. Xalapa is open until late. But we reckon it’s worth giving the breakfast tacos a try. Xalapa uses local, free-range eggs and free-range bacon in its bacon and egg taco, which is topped with guacamole, fresh pico de gallo and chipotle mayo. Yum! The Baja fish taco is a beauty too – the perfect combination of crispy lime slaw, pico de gallo, fresh fish (Xalapa’s local fish is delivered every day), topped with Baja sauce and a wedge of lime. And of course all of these are served on handmade, organic corn tortillas. Xalapa is at 8/18 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0435 804 222 or

If you’re a fan of authentic Thai, you’ll no doubt know about P’NUT STREET NOODLES. The team there serves up favourites such as pad Thai, Singapore street noodles, nasi goreng and loads more. But if you’re keen to keep the calories low over summer, don’t fret. P’Nut has a great range of low-calorie dishes. These dietitian-approved delights are packed with flavour and contain at least 20 grams of protein, two serves of veg and have no more than 400 calories. Flavours include Mongolian stir-fry with beef, chilli jam stir-fry with chicken, Buddha’s vegetable and tofu stir-fry, and chilli jam salad with chicken. All are made from scratch from Australian produce. P’Nut Street Noodles is at Kawana Shoppingworld, 119 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina. 5444 5364 or


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Happy Valley visitors don’t have to walk all the way into Bulcock Street to get themselves a coffee since the opening of a container cafe on community land, called THE HAPPY TURTLE CAFÉ. Happy Valley is always popular with locals and visitors who flock there on the weekend to take in the pretty view, enjoy the park and playground and, of course, take a dip in the ocean. As well as tea, coffee, juices, milkshakes and smoothies, the cafe serves up smashed avo on toast, acai bowls, breakfast wraps, pies and sausage rolls. You’ll find the Happy Turtle Café in the Happy Valley Park, which is off The Esplanade, Caloundra.


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The salt team recently stumbled across PANACHE BISTRO, a gem of a place in the lovely Town of Seaside. Panache offers a tasty menu with a French-Canadian twist, and we think it is a winner. How do goats cheese spring rolls with beetroot carpaccio and crushed candied nuts sound? Or Canadian-style pork ribs with thick fries and creamy slaw? Or how about crispy provolone polenta with tomato stew, broccolini, labneh and chumichurri? We’ve already booked in for our next lunch meeting. Panache Bistro is at 10 Seaward Lane, Marcoola. 5448 9435 or panachebistromarcoola

Need an easy summer recipe for picnics, barbecues and family get-togethers? Try these EASY CHEESY CHERRY TOMATO QUICHES. You’ll need two sheets of frozen puff pastry, partially thawed, four eggs, a quarter of a cup of milk, half a cup of grated tasty cheese and a third of a cup of grated parmesan, 50 grams of goats cheese and 200 grams of cherry truss tomatoes. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees (180 if it’s fan forced). Place a baking tray in the oven and then grease four 12cm loose-base tartlet dishes. Cut four 14cm circles from the pastry and then use them to line the dishes. Whisk the eggs, milk, tasty cheese and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the goats cheese. Divide the mixture among the pans. Then top with tomatoes. Place in the oven on the baking tray. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the filling is set. Cool for five minutes and serve. This recipe makes four mini quiches, so if you need more, just double or triple the ingredients.

If you love food and art, then take THE DEGUSTATION JOURNEY – FINE FOOD, ART, CULTURE, which will be held at The Long Apron and is presented by Elizabeth Willing, Spicers Clovelly Estate and Caloundra Regional Gallery. The event will feature a stunning exhibition combined with a tasty dining experience in one of the prettiest parts of the Coast. Guests will experience a seven-course degustation menu with matched wines and a multi-sensory experience in the form of a live-art performance, developed by Elizabeth Willing in collaboration with local chef Chris Hagan from The Long Apron. Partake in some stunning food such as Kenilworth yoghurt parfait, veal loin and sweatbreads, Heirloom tomato consommé and more. The events are on December 15 and January 12. To find out more or to book your place, email We are loving our BEESWAX WRAPS and cloths. These simple squares of cotton are infused with food-grade beeswax, rosin and oil, creating a waxy coating that makes the cloth waterproof but breathable, and perfect for preserving your food. The wax and rosin also make the cloth stiffer and stickier, which is why they are perfect replacements for single-use plastic bags and cling wrap. Use your beeswax wraps for carrying snacks and sandwiches, covering bowls of leftovers and wrap around cut fruit and vegies to keep them fresh in the fridge. If your new wax cloths are a little stiff, use the warmth of your hands to heat up the wax, making the wraps easy to mould. When you’re done, just wipe down the wrap and pop it in a drawer to be used again. If you need to wash them, just follow the care instructions that come with your wrap. If used regularly, your wrap should last about a year. Once the wraps lose their stickiness, use as rags or compost them.

We’ve just discovered PSARI SEAFOOD BAR GRILL in Mooloolaba’s La Balsa building, and we couldn’t be happier. The restaurant serves up Mediterranean- and Greek-inspired food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Head in for an early-morning coffee and share the incredible three-tiered hot and cold breakfast platter. Or save yourself for a hearty lunch of grilled barramundi, lamb souvlaki or a wood-fired melts. Yum. But for something very special, order the whole baked snapper. Believe us, it’s good! Our tummies are also rumbling over the dinner menu with offerings such as natural oysters and Moreton Bay bugs. Pictured here is the grilled haloumi with vine-ripened cherry tomato, caramelised onion, asparagus spears & raspberry balsamic reduction. Psari Seafood Bar Grill Mooloolaba is at 103/45 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba. 5326 3468 or 52

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THERE IS SOMETHING special about Harry’s on Buderim. Maybe it’s the history found in the beautiful building, or the warm and undeniably cosy environment, or perhaps the aromas that waft through the doorway as you enter. Certainly, the decor and the historic house are inviting, but I’m inclined to think it’s the food and the gastronomical tale that invites you in and asks you to stay a little longer. That, and the people behind it all. Whatever it is, there is no question that Harry’s is a special place. And a place owners Stuart and Lisa Bell are extremely proud of. “Harry’s on Buderim has been a restaurant for more than 20 years and it’s certainly an iconic one,” Lisa says. “Everyone seems to know Harry’s. The original building was actually constructed in 1880 by Harry Board, a carpenter and coffee grower. Then in 1901 he decided to open up his home to the public, making it the first guest house to operate in Buderim.” And while the building itself has been through many owners and many changes since then, that ‘something special’ about it has remained the same. “We love it,” Lisa says. Stuart and Lisa hail from the south-eastern suburbs of Sydney and spent a lot of their youth travelling and working around the world. “I completed a diploma course in hospitality and worked in five-star hotels, cafes, even real estate, health and education for a while,” Lisa says. “Stuart has 30 years industry experience and worked for Paul Bocuse, Philippe Mouchel, Jacques Reymond, the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne and Michelin Star restaurants in Europe. He was also a two-hatted chef with The Good Food Guide in 2018.” But a place like Harry’s has always been the dream, so in 2018 when the opportunity arose, the couple and their three daughters relocated from Victoria, making the Sunshine Coast their new home. “We have all grown up with a love of food, travel and nature,” Lisa says. “This is where we are meant to be.” And it wasn’t the first time the couple had taken on an older, much-loved house and created a fine-dining experience. “Stuart has worked in a lot of owner-operated restaurants in older houses and it seemed quite fitting when we found out Harry’s was for sale,” Lisa says. “It has allowed us to

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combine all of our skills, and it has meant Stuart can perfect his craft and explore his passion for food further too.” Let’s talk a bit more about the food itself, now shall we? I’m no stranger to fine dining, but the menu at Harry’s on Buderim is more than that. It’s food you can actually feel good about eating because its food that represents a celebration of the produce, the community and the process itself. What Stuart and his team have created is a menu that is vibrant, succulent and sustainable. It is a visual and fragrant delight for the senses, particularly when Wes, the restaurant manager, expertly pairs each morsel of food with a glass of wine. And the menu really does showcase Stuart’s back-to-basics cooking and production


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style too – a rarity in today’s fast-paced culinary world. All you need to do is book in for a delicious two- or three-course meal, or a degustation if time is on your side, and you will see why this well-known restaurant has won accolade after accolade. “My cuisine comes from classic French training paired with the experience I got travelling throughout Europe and Australia,” Stuart says. “It was important to show our love of food and fresh produce, so we create our menus seasonally and the aim is always to highlight the local produce in an interesting and creative way. We will use as much as we can from local farmers or suppliers and with the abundance of amazing produce available on the Sunshine Coast, the choices are limitless.” The meals (such as the marinated Brisbane Valley quail with coriander seed and honey crust, pickled raspberries, celeriac and crispy leg croquette), are not only delicious, but spectacular to look at too. “I want to be dishing up flavour-packed food that looks beautiful every single time,” Stuart says. “We do a lot of pan work and every element of the dish is seasoned and tasted. I use a lot of classic methods with a few modern tricks so the emphasis is always going to be


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on taste and then presentation to finish it off. “We want to give the guests something they can’t find anywhere else – a true, quintessential Queensland experience, as we call it.” From the moment their Harry’s journey began, the couple decided they wanted to put an emphasis on giving back too. “We are committed to having a low impact on the environment,” Lisa says. “We reuse all our plastics, use paper

straws, recycle our menus, reuse our water, have a local person collect our bottles and donate the funds to the motor neurone fund. We also have another local lady have a weekly pick up of our compost. “Stuart and I love what we do and we are committed to being a part of the Sunshine Coast community. We are very thankful for the support the community gives us and we hope we offer this in return to the families of our wonderful suppliers and our amazing guests. It’s a big part of what we love here.” So, what is next for the Bells and Harry’s on Buderim? “We are looking forward to hosting some more premier events in 2020 with our fantastic food and beverage suppliers,” Lisa says. “We would like to keep doing more degustation menus for our special events, but also we are excited to offer that to our guests at any time they dine during dinner service – Stuart has been enjoying creating them on the night. We also hope to be part of the Curated Plate again in 2020.” I would recommend you take a trip up to Buderim and experience Harry’s for yourself. It will certainly be an experience to remember.


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500ml pure cream 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 2 star anise 1 cinnamon quill Zest of 1 lemon 150g caster sugar 5 egg yolks Extra caster sugar

Preheat oven to 130 degrees. Pour the cream into a saucepan and add the vanilla paste, star anise, cinnamon and lemon zest and cook over medium heat (don’t boil) for 10 minutes. Set aside and let the flavour infuse the cream for another 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and egg yolks and whisk gently, then add the cream gradually. Strain the mixture into a jug and pour into oven-proof shallow ramekins. Place the ramekins in a deep roasting pan and add boiling water until halfway up the ramekin. Bake for 30 minutes and check if the mixture is set (keep in the oven if need be). Remove the ramekins and refrigerate overnight. Before serving, dust the creme brulees with caster sugar and caramelise with a blow torch.



Ingredients 4 lamb rumps 2 tsp Ras el hanout spice Olive oil 150g cracked freekeh 100g feta cheese crumbed 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1 handful Kalamata olives

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Method Rub the lamb rumps with the spice and some olive oil, and place in the fridge overnight. Cook the freekeh as per instructions, drain and cool. Sear the lamb in a non-stick pan on a medium to high heat and turn to colour all sides, then reduce the heat to low and cook to your liking. Let the lamb rest at least five minutes. In a large salad bowl combine the freekeh, feta, cherry tomatoes, olives, cucumber, sunflower seeds, the herbs and sesame oil. Arrange the salad in the centre of a plate, slice the lamb and arrange on top of the salad, then drizzle with the lemon juice and olive oil.


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Ingredients The Riverwalk SUNSHINE PLAZA


Souffle 50g unsalted butter 50g plain flour 3 anchovies 160ml milk 1 tsp Dijon mustard 4 eggs, yolk and white separated 200g green spanner crab 1 tbsp chopped chive Salt, pepper & chilli flakes

Bisque Olive oil 500g prawn heads and shell, uncooked 1 brown onion, peeled and diced 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1 celery stalk, diced 2 star anise 1 tsp fennel seeds 2 tbsp tomato paste 10ml Pernod liqueur 500ml water 125ml heavy cream Chive

Method Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Butter four 250ml ramekins and place in the fridge for five minutes. Once butter is set, apply another coat of butter and flour lightly, then put back in the fridge. In a saucepan, melt the butter, and add flour and anchovies, stirring with a wooden spatula. Cook at medium heat for two minutes, add the milk and stir continuously until thick. Remove from heat and add the mustard, egg yolk, spanner crab, chive, and salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste. In a large bowl beat the egg white to a stiff peak with an electric mixer. Add the crab mixture to the egg white and divide into the ramekins and place them in a deep pan. Fill the pan with hot water to halfway and bake the souffle until golden brown (30 to 40 minutes). Remove the ramekins and let them cool. Remove the souffle for the ramekin and place in the fridge. For the bisque, heat some olive oil in a large saucepan and add the prawn shells and heads, onion, carrot, celery, star anise and fennel seed and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, Pernod and water, and cook, covered, for 20 minutes at a low temperature. Blend with a stick blender and pass through a fine sieve, return to the pan and reduce by half (this should take about 20 minutes), add the heavy cream and cook for five minutes or until the bisque is thickened. *TERMS & CONDITIONS MAY APPLY. EL CAMINO CANTINA PROMOTES THE RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL


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To serve, preheat the oven to 200 degrees and place the souffles in an oven-proof bowl and bake until they start to puff and colour. Place the souffles in the centre of a plate and cover with the bisque, sprinkle with chopped chive and serve.


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Ingredients 4 tbsp Dijon mustard ⅓ cup red wine vinegar Salt and pepper ⅔ cup vegetable oil 250g kipfler potatoes 250g green beans, trimmed 500g fresh yellowfin tuna, sliced in four portions of 1cm thick 1 lemon Olive oil

Salt and pepper 1 green oak lettuce 250g cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1 handful nicoise olives (or Kalamata olive) 2 tbsp baby capers 1 small eschalot 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved 12 anchovy fillets in oil ½ bunch fresh chopped flat parsley ½ bunch fresh chives


Method Make a French dressing by whisking the mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper, then add the oil while whisking. Add a little water if the dressing is too thick. Then set aside. In a saucepan, bring salted water to boil with the potato, reduce to a simmer and cook the potato until soft (around 10 minutes). Remove the potato when cooked and let it cool. Using the same water, add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes, drain, refresh in ice water and remove to a large bowl. Take the fresh tuna and cook one side on a hot pan with a little olive oil, remove and place in the centre of a plate, drizzle with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add all the other ingredients to the beans, the cooked potato cut in half, and the dressing. Arrange the salad around the seared tuna and serve. Recipes courtesy Periwinkle Restaurant, 2/216 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5448 3251 or SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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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.

YOU WOULDN’T KNOW that Nilla Tomkins has called Australia home for more than 20 years. She talks with a thick Danish accent and her calm, laid-back mannerisms as well as her love for the sweet and simple certainly pay homage to her Scandinavian background. But the Dane fell in love with life Down Under during a trip back in 1995, and as they say, the rest is history. “I grew up in Denmark. My life was there until I travelled to Australia back in the ’90s,” Nilla says. “I have lived here ever since!” Nilla’s path to cafe ownership started out as it does for many, in hospitality. “I did that for many, many years when I moved here,” she says. “Then when I wasn’t working, I was enjoying the Sunshine Coast lifestyle with my two daughters Emma and Fia and our dog. I was innovating new recipes in the kitchen, and in 2014 I decided I wanted to take this further, do something more, so we opened our first cafe at Belmondos in Noosa,” she says. “I really wanted to do my own thing with a focus on organic and sustainable eating,” she says. “It was always a passion of mine so it made sense. That was nearly five years ago. Then, 12 months ago, we had the opportunity to open a second cafe, which was a bit daunting, but I knew I had a good team and we could make it something special. This is how VanillaFood was born.” And it would be hard for Nilla’s Noosa Junction creation to be anything but special. From the food, to the simplistic yet coastal Scandinavian design, it all just works. “The building was an empty shell when we got it,” Nilla says. “I drew up designs. I wanted it to be simple and light, a lot of white and timber, but something fresh and coastal with unique bits and pieces. I had a specific vision and with the help of the design team next door to us, CLO, we made it come to life.”

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We care about good food, health and the environment. We use organic produce and buy local where we can.

“It’s amazing because everyone tells me the cafe is calming and although it can get noisy on busy mornings, locals come in to get some work done on their laptops and families enjoy the big space and communal tables,” she says. “It did turn out very special.” It’s not only the decor, or the design, or the soothing atmosphere that shines. The food does that too. “I suppose my interest in food started when I was very young helping out my mother in the kitchen back in Denmark,” Nilla says. “And then during my time as a chef, I developed a love of wholefoods and health. It is something I knew would be a big part of my cafes.” Something else that would inevitably be a big part of her ethos as a cafe owner was sustainability. “I mean, we compost, recycle and minimise our plastic waste at home. We bring mugs and reusable bottles to the markets and always have spare bags in the car,” Nilla says. “We eat meat maybe once a week and buy line-caught fish to have occasionally. It is a way of life for us, so this is what VanillaFood is about too. We care about good food, health and the environment. “We use organic produce and buy local where we can. We source most of our produce from an organic supplier in Brisbane and we have our own edible garden. We are already getting herbs, flowers, tomatoes and some of our leafy greens from there, which is exciting. “You won’t find any preservatives, additives, refined sugars or any artificial colours or flavours in our food. Instead we embrace the power of food as medicine and its ability to bring and connect people together,” she says. “I want all our customers to feel relaxed and to feel that they are somewhere they can enjoy good, yummy food, with a strong focus on local and sustainable products too.” 64

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She isn’t wrong either. Nilla’s menu is created around Scandinavian food with an Australian twist and the food really is what I would describe as “yummy�. And, after our chat, she put her executive chef hat on and whipped up the most delicious meal I’d had in a while. Spinach gnocchi with garden peas, native greens, coconut feta, roasted macadamia, finger lime and micro greens for me. Line-caught fish tacos on blue corn tortillas with corn salsa, avocado, slaw and chipotle cashew cream for my husband. Needless to say, there were no leftovers. So, what’s next for this slice of organic heaven? Some delightful wines to complement the menu. “After a few evening events over the last year, we decided a nice glass of biodynamic wine would suit our lunch menu,� Nilla says. “It was a bit of a process getting the licence, but I think it’s worth it. “We will only be using a few select organic suppliers and keeping the menu small,� she says. “We’ve sourced some beautiful biodynamic wines from Cullen Wines in WA, a biodynamic NZ Brut and a Mountain Goat Steam Ale, so we are excited about launching this soon.� I know I can’t wait to head back in to VanillaFood for another tasty dish over a glass or two of wine. Care to join me?

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A meal at Levantine Hill



WITH ROLLING GREEN hills and striking vistas a mere stone’s throw from the Melbourne CBD, the Yarra Valley is a perfect weekend escape. Less than an hour from the Victorian capital with numerous flights a week departing the Sunshine Coast, you can easily bathe in the glory of some of Australia’s most revered wineries. Known primarily for its chardonnay and pinot noir, the region’s cabernet is well worth seeking out too, with a few more gems also ready for you to uncover. Grab some friends and pack up the car for a weekend away sure to satisfy everyone’s curiosity. Here’s my guide on where to go and what to do.

SATURDAY 10:30am Curiosity is definitely the word hot on your lips when you walk through the doors of Punt Road. Winemaker Tim Shand has left nothing to chance, letting his creative juices flow, producing exceptionally approachable wines at the right price. Immerse yourself in the Airlie Bank range – easily one of the best-value labels in the country. The Punt Road gamay is a winner too. If Tim had his way a century ago, he would have pulled out all pinot vines and planted gamay – fact! Wow factor alert – the Punt Road Monopole 2018 took out the best pinot noir at the Yarra Valley Wine Show 2019 and the Block 11 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 took home the trophy at the same show in 2018. 11:30am Head next door to the Yarra Valley Dairy. Not only can you access a range of locally produced cheeses, cured meats, 66

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known primarily for its chardonnay and pinot noir, the region’s cabernet is well worth seeking out too.

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local jams and biscuits, but the venue also doubles as a cellar door for some of the smaller producers in the region who do not have their own. Every weekend one of the vast array of small producers will host a tasting of their wines. All wines are available for purchase, but a tasting with the winemaker themselves is always an experience worth your while. Chardonnay fans ought to make a beeline for the precise and adorable Bird on a Wire Chardonnay made by Caroline Mooney, or the savoury and whole bunchdriven Syrah from Alkimi made by Stu Dudine, or the refreshing example of riesling made by Dominic Valentine from Valentine Wines. 12:30pm It’s been a tough slog already, so you deserve an indulging lunch. Book a table in advance at Levantine Hill. One of the newest cellar doors in the region, it overlooks the vineyards and soon to be completed gravity-fed winery and boasts an ever-changing menu. Gorgeously plated up, the food here is a feast for the senses. Relax indoors in the state-of-the-art restaurant or casually kick back outside. The hot smoked trout, king fish and lamb shank are dishes all worth sticking in the middle of the table and sharing with friends. Winemaker Paul Bridgeman (ex Yarra Yering) spares nothing when it comes to producing excellent wines. A glass of his exceptional chardonnay or elegant pinot noir will send you to your happy place. 3:00pm Hit the road towards Healesville. Just outside the charming little town find Payten & Jones. Here you’ll discover a story of two guys putting it all on the line and making a great go of life – and they’re smashing it! Behn Payten and Troy Jones are the brains behind this label. They have built their business steadily to include a cellar door and casual function space. Edgy and uber cool, much like themselves, their wines exude interest through every pore. Check their Vignerons Pinot Noir 2018 – super value at that price point.

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Enjoy the view at Levantine Hill

4:00pm It must be G&T o’clock by now? Wander across the road from Payten & Jones and immerse yourself in the heady scents of the Four Pillars Distillery. Try a range of gins (the Bloody Shiraz gin is a cracker) and be led through the process by your hosts with samples of botanicals on the bench to aid your understanding and heighten your senses. Dinner With an abundant array of options laying at your feet, consider the relaxed 30-seat bistro at Graceburn Wine Room or the cosy Healesville Hotel with its highly commended restaurant and wine list.

SUNDAY 10:30am Start the day with a change of pace by visiting the TarraWarra Museum of Art. The museum operates as a not-forprofit institution with a charter to display Australian art from the second half of the 20th century to the present day. After immersing yourself in some culture, skip across the courtyard to the architecturally acclaimed TarraWarra Estate cellar door. Built of stone from Castlemaine quarry, it’s described as the vineyard equivalent of Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole. Be sure to taste the MBD Pinot Noir 2017. Only made in exceptional years, it’s sublime. 12:30am Next stop is Soumah. For a winery that hasn’t been around all that long, it certainly makes all the right noises in all the right places. Producing impressive chardonnays and pinot noirs, Soumah is also inspired by the charm of Northern Italy. Brace yourself to uncover some great examples of pinot grigio, viognier, rosato, nebbiolo, syrah and cabernets. 1:30pm Ring the lunch bell and head to Oakridge – your insides will thank you. Its multi-award-winning and hatted restaurant offers a seasonal and innovative menu. Embrace the stunning view as you look out across the vineyards while you lunch long. Be sure to head to the cellar door and taste the exceptional chardonnays, pinot noirs and cabernets from the hands of respected winemaker David Bicknell. If something 68

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A bird’s eye view of Levantine Hill

slurpable is more your style, meunier is for you. Gorgeously perfumed, juicy blue and purple fruit dances through the mouth. 3:30pm One more for the road? Sure! Seville Estate is home to Dylan McMahon, Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year 2019. McMahon’s wines just sizzle with his aim to capture cool-climate complexity with finesse. Try his range and you’ll agree he deserves all the praise that comes his way. After a wonderful weekend of full bellies, warm hearts and loud laughs, be sure to buy a bottle or two for your designated driver!


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Oakridge cellar door

WINES FOR THE BOOT: AIRLIE BANK FRANC 2018 ($22) With a captivating personality, it struts with streetwise appeal. Violets and purple flowers, blue and purple fruit pulsate through its veins. This is all about juicy fruit and no oak. Run to this and feel its vibrant energy. PUNT ROAD GAMAY 2018 ($25) Gamay is bringing sexy back. The fruit playfully swans about highlighted by freeze-dried strawberries, baked raspberries plus a touch of blackcurrant. Earthy and mushroom characters play the savoury card. Crazy delish! BIRD ON A WIRE MARSANNE 2014 ($35) Beautifully balanced, slinky curves are the highlight of this elegant marsanne. Released with five years already under its belt, lovers of generous whites will be in raptures. SOUMAH VIOGNIER 2018 ($40) There are a few Viogniers in Australia throwing their hand firmly in the air screaming ‘pick me!’. Put this in that basket. A mouthful of pleasure awaits as this rolls through effortlessly.

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SEVILLE ESTATE SHIRAZ 2017 ($40) Oozing charisma, its medium body profile steals the show. Delicate red and blue berries dance with ease. Oak and fruit walk hand in hand with fine spices and powdery tannins sitting long. Smart shiraz. PAYTEN & JONES CHARDONNAY 2018 ($40) Troy Jones says this is a deconstructed chardonnay. This swims deep, swirling about fluently with a punch of tension. Delicious and then some! TARRAWARRA ESTATE RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2017 ($60) Dangerously smooth, it’s a pinot that shows dark cherries, cola, liquorice and hints of sarsaparilla. Expected undergrowth and composty aromas saunter through – you get the sense the veneers of interest don’t ever stop. Fine spices tingle on a long and seemingly never-ending finish. OAKRIDGE 864 FUNDER AND DIAMOND CHARDONNAY 2017 ($85) A sublime expression of chardonnay. The fruit glides through the mouth with absolute ease demonstrating a dainty textural presence which holds on longer than Wilson Phillips. Oh, what a gem. LEVANTINE HILL MELISSA’S PADDOCK SYRAH 2015 ($200) There’s a soothing and calming presence about this wine. Attractive scents of dried roses, lavender, charred steak and tilled earth get you in the mood. Gorgeously medium bodied, it seems to float with pillows of tannins delicately placed. Long to finish, a superb wine.

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KERRYL CHANDLER WAS a fresh-faced 11-yearold wielding a hockey stick with a fierce determination to win her next match when she first met Jamie Brown. The then eight-year-old matched Kerryl’s determination on the field, but they didn’t think much of one another when they were first introduced by mutual friends at the Sunshine Coast hockey fields. Going to different schools, they saw each other only through the club and as they began to mature, they built a friendship on their shared passion for hockey. Kerryl says when she was about 18 they began to connect in a different way. “Jamie wanted to graduate from high school before we actually got together, but we both knew it was on,” Kerryl says. “Our only connection was through hockey and on the Sunshine Coast, it’s such a small community. You kind of know everyone and his family became my family before we were even together.” Hockey was undeniably the sport that brought them together, but Kerryl says they are the typical “opposites attract” type of couple. “He’s very much laid-back and chill and I’m very much unable to slow down. We are very yin and yang in that respect.” Kerryl, who works in administration at Vincenza Coffee, quips that Jamie is so laid-back, he found it near impossible to plan anything, which is why she didn’t see the proposal coming in July last year. “We’d been dating for seven years and I’d been dropping hints for a good three years prior,” she says. “We had talked about it, so I knew it was inevitable, but we were in a phase where he wanted to finish his arts degree at uni and find a stable job. “I didn’t know this at the time, but he asked two of his

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Youi colleagues to help him so it would be a surprise. He told me we would be meeting up with some of his colleagues at the beach before an awards night, which is not out of the ordinary. “I wore heels that weren’t very comfortable and had dressed up, so I was getting annoyed with him when we began walking a fair way down the Mooloolaba spit. “I heard the music to a song we had talked about walking down the aisle to and saw a tepee that had been set up with flowers, wine and a food platter and I instantly wasn’t annoyed with him. “Neither of us remember what was said, me because it came out of nowhere and him because he was so nervous, but it was an amazing night and we caught up with friends and family to celebrate at The Dock. He had arranged all of that too.” Being an action-taker, Kerryl had locked down the wedding ceremony and reception venues within three weeks of becoming engaged in July and took great delight in planning and organising every element of the big day, right down to the centrepieces. She quips that they chose September 21 as their wedding day because it was “after the hockey season”, but there was also a much deeper reason. “My late mother’s [Kym Axelby] birthday is on the 22nd and I wanted to wake up on her birthday and be married that year,” she says. There were many tributes to Kym throughout the ceremony. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of coral and lemon, Kym’s mum’s favourite colours, and a photo of her was given pride of place on a chair in the front row of the ceremony. The stunning bouquets were offset by the navy worn by the bridal party. The couple gathered with 140 guests to say ‘I do’ at the picture-perfect AnnaBella Chapel in Ilkley before moving to The Lakehouse in Brightwater for a modern-rustic waterfront reception. Guests travelled from far and wide, with Jamie’s New South Wales-based family travelling up and his groomsman Liam Morgan arriving from England for the occasion. The 10-month-old son of Kerryl’s cousin, Braxton, sent the cuteness factor into overload as he took some tentative steps down the aisle as ring bearer and the couple had guests swept up in an intimate and very personalised ceremony that saw a smattering of personal jokes offset the more serious parts of the occasion. “Jamie is very good with words and his vows were incredible. The ceremony was very us in that it wasn’t too formal or over-thetop,” Kerryl says. There were plenty of hockey references on the day and Jamie 72

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was able to showcase his other passion – music – as he serenaded his new bride with John Legend’s hit Stay With You after the first dances at the reception. Kerryl says she is still in awe of how it all came together and how smoothly the day went. Two of the couple’s close friends, Priscilla Harangozo and Taylah Emblem, worked together to create a reception venue they had only dreamt of. Three days after the wedding, Kerryl and Jamie “jumped over” to Queenstown for a 10-day honeymoon. It was the first time the couple had ever been on holiday without family or friends. “It was absolutely beautiful. Queenstown is such a picturesque place to be. It’s exactly like what you see in photographs; absolutely breathtaking,” Kerryl says. “Jamie had never been to the snow, so we ended up going to the top of one of the mountains there and he was like a kid in a candy store. It was the best time.” The couple, who now lives in Sippy Downs, is still heavily involved in the hockey scene. “Jamie plays and coaches and umpires here and there whereas I play locally and officiate internationally as well,” Kerryl says. “Jamie’s part of Maroochydore Swans and I’m with the Nambour Demons. It makes it fun when it comes to finals time.”

ABOUT THE VENUE The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast offers a number of different location options for your wedding ceremony. If you love the rustic look, the timber pontoon is ideal. If a garden scene is more your thing, the waterfront lawn is idyllic. With a stunning function venue on site, you can have all of the components of your dream wedding in the one beautiful location. Enjoy exclusive use of the waterfront deck and function room to celebrate with friends and family into the night. The Lakehouse functions manager will be there to welcome your guests, settle nerves and fix up the finer details ready for the grand entrance, and when the rings have been exchanged and the union sealed with a kiss, the gourmet wedding catering offers only the best ingredients with dishes developed to suit all tastes and requirements.

AN AMA ZING CULINARY EXPERIENCE With a unique ambience of eating in an historic Buderim building nestled in a tranquil rainforest setting, diners will savour the culinary delights created by two-hatted chef Stuart Bell from Mornington Peninsula. Stuart designs seasonal menus featuring locally grown and produced ingredients that burst with freshness and delightful combinations of flavours that will satisfy any palate. Harry’s is the perfect venue for special occasions and hosts monthly degustations for those who crave a truly amazing experience. Vegetarian & Vegan menus available. Catering to all dietary requirements.

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ARTISAN CRAFTSMAN PAUL NEW knows a thing or two about wedding rings. One of the Sunshine Coast’s best-known manufacturing jewellers, he’s been designing and making those universal symbols of the ultimate commitment for nearly four decades. With more than a little help from his “two very good organisers” – wife and business partner Kristen, and jeweller and design collaborator Rayna Picking – Paul works from his family-owned jewellery showroom and workshop, NY2K, established 15 years ago at Cotton Tree. So what are the latest trends in the wedding ring department? The answer, according to Paul, is anything – as long as it’s not traditional. Gone are the days when a single diamond – usually modestly sized, in keeping with the engaged couple’s income – was the symbol of an engagement, followed by a simple gold band on the wedding day. “People aren’t really traditional at the moment,” says Paul. “The traditional wedding band is a plain band, and we hardly ever do any plain wedding rings. Everything we do for ladies has a stone in it: a diamond, a coloured stone or pink diamonds. And not just round [stone] shapes, but fancy shapes. “Men are also wanting an alternate to a plain gold band. Maybe black zirconia and gold; lots of different things. 74

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Some people want to go stainless steel. Anything goes. “Some people don’t even worry about an engagement ring; they just want a band that has diamonds all the way round it. Trends are all over the place. We’re getting people that want stacker rings [fine bands stacked next to each other] made for their wedding rings. They want finer designs, finer detail.” Australian parti sapphires – natural bi-colour sapphires that come in hues of golds, greens and blues – are also on trend at the moment. And the bigger the better. “We’ve had a run with big three- to four-carat parti sapphires,” says Paul. “Big and bold. Simple, big-stone rings. You have runs on things. If someone famous gets married, then people follow that.” When Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William in 2010, she famously wore Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond ring. That design became highly sought after, according to Paul, just as it had been after Diana’s engagement several decades earlier. “If people love [what a celebrity is wearing], they’ll want to copy it,” he says. “But also, if we think the longevity of that design is not going to be there, we’ll tell them.” A ‘push ring’ – a gift to symbolise the birth of a child – has also become something of a modern tradition, embraced by many celebrities and often featuring the birthstone of the baby, according to Paul. He explains that the design process is often made easier now because of the internet, with many clients beginning with


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Paul New & Rayna Picking create their masterpieces

a picture of their heart’s desire on their phone. There are still many couples, however, who really have no idea what the piece will look like. “We go through design books with them to get an idea of what they might like,” says Paul. “And if they pick a few designs that are completely different, we try and merge what they like into that one piece and do a few design sketches up for them. “Once we get down a design they’re wanting, whether it’s diamonds or gemstones, then we source the stones, get the people back in and play with formation. That finalises what the look is that they’re after. “We still get lots of people coming in wanting to plan and design things. I think they get a kick out of being able to pick their own gemstones.” While modern soon-to-be newlyweds may be snubbing tradition when it comes to wedding jewellery designs, there is one decidedly traditional custom that appears to be stronger than ever – men are still surprising women with

a ring to pop the question, or “doing the deed”, as Paul calls it. “Recently it’s been all men buying engagement rings,” he says. “Because of all the media on their phone, that helps the guys. I think it means more to the women as well – he’s gone out of his way thinking, and planning, and that means more of an emotional attachment to the piece.” Despite witnessing ongoing change in both design trends and the jewellery industry more generally, one thing remains true for artist-at-heart Paul: he simply loves his work. Often losing track of time while creating a new piece, he never tires of the creative process. “My favourite thing to make is something unusual,” he says. “Things that make you think; spark your creative flair. “It’s also a good thing when someone comes in when they wanted something, Rayna has designed it and we’ve made it up, and they are over the moon with it. It’s always satisfying when you’ve got a happy customer.”

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SHORT AND SWEET If you thought a big wedding dress was the only way to make a dramatic entrance, think again. Imagine walking down the aisle in a LITTLE WHITE DRESS. It’s so untraditional, so unexpected and so incredibly powerful. Modern brides with a little rebel inside are making fashion designers re-think wedding day style. Get ready to see all kinds of fuss-free pieces walking down the aisle this wedding season, from chopped hems to jumpsuits, separates and even knits. It’s all about encompassing your individual style, and potentially being able to wear your wedding dress (or pantsuit) again.

Comfort versus fashion – it’s a lifelong dilemma. Most brides will dig in their heels when told to sacrifice style on their big day. Well, we have good news for fashion-forward brides. BRIDAL SHOES are emerging in pairs with realistic brides opting for a shoe change mid-wedding day. Be prepared for the sore feet syndrome and get yourself some bridal sneakers. Most bridal gowns cover the shoe anyway, but if you’ve opted for a trendy LWD to bring in the reception, you’ll be surprised how stylish some matching sneakers will look. Plus, comfy shoes are made for dancing!


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NO BAD VIBES TASTY WORKS OF ART The WEDDING CAKE has always played a leading role in the wedding day schedule, so it was only a matter of time before wedding cakes evolved into modern works of art. Rustic ‘naked’ cakes filled our Instagram feed last season, but be prepared for a fresh new coat of paint as colour and creativity are set to take over the cake scene. Think ombre colouring, metallic speckles, edible flowers and even geode cakes. Nothing is off limits. Even Harry and Meghan broke free from tradition, serving guests a gourmet lemon and elderflower concoction. 76

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CRYSTAL HEALING has been practised by many ancient cultures around world. But used by wedding planners? Welcome to the new age of weddings. Clearing and releasing past energy imprints of wedding venues is quickly gaining traction. Not only used for their decorative beauty, it is understood that applying pressure to certain crystals generates a type of electricity. Spiritual awakening in the modern world has brought crystal healing back, and it’s a wedding goldmine. A positive ball of energy doubling as gorgeous decor? It’s a vibe.


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LET’S GET TROPICAL BOUQUETS are embracing summer vibes with botanical-infused leaves making their way into floral arrangements. But try to avoid going full troppo – it’s the contrast of rustic bouquets and tropical palms that are turning heads. Mix and match native flowers like banksia or protea with tropical palm leaves for an unexpected yet fresh summer look.

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SILHOUETTES Billowing silk fabrics and easy-to-wear pieces get an oriental upgrade.

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Lula Soul Geisha top, Birds in Paradise, 5444 6204

Cassandra Harper Madeline dress, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach, 5373 8866; Mooloolaba, 5391 1786 18ct white gold, sapphire & diamond flower studs with heartshaped petals, $3750, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

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14ct yellow gold ring with a Lightning Ridge black opal (1.43ct), $3285, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Cate boot in Brass by Old Gringo, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

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

Lula Life Getaway dress, Birds in Paradise, 5444 6204

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the white CLASSICS

When in doubt, fall back on wonderful white. Art Deco diamond filigree cross set in 18ct white & yellow gold, $2395, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Emily strappy dress, Jeuje Clothing,

Mable dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

Botto UNO Plus quartz watch, $795, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Elka Collective dress, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach, 5373 8866; Mooloolaba, 5391 1786

Gaimo wedge, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700 Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny Phone 07 5494 3636 Open 7 Days home . body . living


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Annie dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

Exotic jumpsuit, wYse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

18ct white & rose gold diamond petal ring featuring an Argyle pink & blue diamond, $22,805, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

Alessandra linen baby doll dress in Silver, Signature on Hastings, Noosa Heads, 5474 9400


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Seafolly Wild Tropics V wire bralette top and high-cut Rio bikini pants, Cozie Swimwear, Caloundra, 5437 2523

Gaimo wedge, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Kelsey Collective Lars top in Musk, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

Bruno Sรถhnle Lagomat watch, $2100, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643


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18ct white gold diamond & Argyle pink diamond pendant with chain, $11,495, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Art of Vintage blush pink bag, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340



Bold and pretty – you can’t go wrong with this combination.

18ct white & rose gold diamond crossover ring featuring Argyle pink diamonds, $3795, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

18ct white & rose gold ring featuring a 0.36ct princess-cut cognac diamond, $2115, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

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Stunning boulder opal set in a sterling silver pendant, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Peridot ring, POA, Paul Amey, Noosa Heads, 0409 776 467

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Eumundi Bamboo sunglasses, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340


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Ayala bar green river small necklace, $420, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Wildcatte e Blow Wildcatter Out bo Out boot ot, Agave boot, Bl Blue lu , Eum Blue, Eumundi, 04409 273 273 946 0409

Will & Bear hat, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

Rubyyaya Palm maxi dress, Onyx Poppy, Sippy Downs, 5370 9222 Fifi top and Phoebe skirt, wYse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150



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Elka Collective dress, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach, 5373 8866; Mooloolaba, 5391 1786

Black Caviar Lea bag in tan, Giddy and Grace, Maleny, 5494 3636

Elk tank, Evolve, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077

14ct yellow gold ring with two crystal opals from Winton, (total weight 1.62ct), $2245, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

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MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve watch, $7500, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

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Black Caviar Isla bags, Giddy and Grace, Maleny, 5494 3636

Garnet, topaz, emerald: take your pick from these on-trend hues.

9ct yellow gold hoop earrings, $515, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

Inoa dress, wYse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150



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Handmade 9ct yellow gold Amazonite drop earrings, $425, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Seafolly Wild Tropics bandeau bralette bikini top, Cozie Swimwear, Caloundra, 5437 2523

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Handmade 18ct yellow & white gold ring, featuring a 10.53 golden sapphire & diamonds, $32,000, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

Gaimo wedge, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Briony Marsh Franca dress, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach, 5373 8866; Mooloolaba, 5391 1786

Sans Arcidet bag, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Crocs Kadee II Anchor-print flip-flop, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755 88

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Lula Soul Delos dress, Birds in Paradise, Mooloolaba, 5444 6204

Fortis Marinemaster chronograph watch, $2810, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Lula Soul strapless cotton dress, Onyx Poppy, Sippy Downs, 5370 9222

Mühle-Glashütte ProMare Go – $3,000

Habring² Doppel 3 Blue Dial – $11,625


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Baroque & round freshwater pearls with faceted tourmaline bead necklace, $995, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422


luxury Every day is a holiday when you embrace relaxed resort style.

Kelsey Collective Cinabell dress, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

18ct rose gold cushion-cut morganite & diamond halo ring, $5800, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Cupid dress, wYse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

Courtney top and soft-top flares, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776


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9ct bezel-set blue topaz drop earrings, $490, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955


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Custom-made 18ct white gold ring featuring a marquise-cut mint tourmaline and diamonds, $4950, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

Mabel dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

Black Caviar Dottie bag in silver, Giddy and Grace, Maleny, 5494 3636

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Turquoise earrings, POA, Paul Amey, Noosa Heads, 0409 776 467

Garnet bangle, POA, Paul Amey, Noosa Heads, 0409 776 467

King Csilla blouse, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

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Eumundi Bamboo sunglasses, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340


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


Effortless cool is easy with these stylish finds. Kelsey Collective Dee jumpsuit, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

Alexander Shorokhoff Miss Pilot 1 watch, $2870, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

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Kate strappy dress, Jeuje Clothing,

Get noticed with block colours, timeless pieces and unusual designs.

Handmade 18ct rose & white gold pink oval tourmaline & diamond ring, $10,950, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Blue enamel pendant, POA Paul Amey, Noosa Heads, 0409 776 467 Jantzen one-piece, Cozie Swimwear, Caloundra, 5437 2523

White sapphire, sterling silver & rose gold pendant on silk, $450, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561


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Ayala bar crimson flame classic medium necklace, $425, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy 3E watch, $4350, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643


Handmade gem rings in silver and fine gold, various prices, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

18ct white & rose gold flower ring featuring Argyle pink diamonds, $1895, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

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WALKING INSIDE THE beautiful To Hold & To Have, I got the distinct sense that I was entering a world where old meets new, where vintage and modern combine seamlessly to create art. And I was right. It wasn’t just the decor either – the recycled hardwood table flanked by an eclectic array of chairs both old and new, or silver trays on glass counters, flutters of pink here, there and everywhere throughout the shop. It’s the vibe. The elegance. The process. I’m greeted by one of the owners, Jo Saxelby-Balisky, with a warming smile. The second owner, Shiree Hobson, is busy creating her works of wearable art out back. And as with any client who walks through the door at To Hold & To Have in 96

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it’s about ensuring old manufacturing techniques, styles and materials are sourced and revisited, honoured and used.

Buderim, I take a seat at that big timber table and am offered a cup of tea before we begin to chat. Jo tells me about her childhood – born into a family of jewellers, growing up on a tropical fruit farm in Palmwoods, travelling the world after studying for a Bachelor in Visual Arts. All the things that led her to where she is today, creating bespoke jewellery designed to unite the past and the present. “We restore and remodel vintage and pre-loved jewellery to create something magical,” Jo says. “We celebrate bespoke providence. Making sure jewellery heirlooms remain a part of history. “Every day I am reminded of the importance of preserving antiquity. Even as I drive down the streets, or past parks named after historical Sunshine Coast families like the Pettigrews, Latchams, Burnetts, people I knew or had a connection with in some way,” she says. “These names represent markers of identity and history, my history, and it means a lot to me. And that’s what we do. We preserve the importance of the past.” From the simplest ring resize to the complete remodelling, reconstruction and design of a piece using Grandpa’s fossicked gemstones or Mum’s diamonds, Jo says they strive to add to what already exists. “It is about adding depth, identity, providence, authenticity, relevance, meaning, connection, resourcefulness, responsibility, thoughtfulness,” she says. “And it’s about ensuring old manufacturing techniques, styles and materials are sourced and revisited, honoured and used, while embracing new technology at the same time.”

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As we sip our cups of tea, Jo tells me about her business partner Shiree, who also has a background in visual arts and is inspired by nature. I begin to get the feeling that together, these two were destined to create something special. “Yes, if you knew us you would know that it was always destined to be everything that it is,” Jo laughs. “There was no other choice, it would never be a generic business.” At the heart of this business, Jo and Shiree say they celebrate life and art. “People will come to us with their old jewellery,” Jo says. “Sometimes it’s in brown paper bags, sometimes in beautiful vintage boxes. Often it is a mix of fashion and costume jewellery, so we help


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them sort through it, work out what pieces they should keep as is, and what might be able to be turned into something new. “Shiree then hand draws a design on the spot either to scale or magnified. Sometimes people know what they want, or we do up options for them, and occasionally we can quote on the spot unless we need to source or match jewels, and then it takes a little longer. “It’s the reactions when they come back to pick up the jewellery that’s the most rewarding part though,” she adds. “It varies so much too, from silence and processing, to laughter because they are overjoyed and of course you also see the tears. Some people will literally grip the counter. There is always so much emotion and thought involved, which is really beautiful to see.” For Jo, it’s the engagement rings and working with diamonds that excite her the most. “Engagement rings are what we do the most, and people spend the most amount of time honouring this,” she says. “There can be so much effort put in by the men to make it a big surprise, or women coming in with their grandparents’ rings wanting to remodel them into something magical and bespoke.” Recently, Jo and Shiree had another type of special piece to remodel. “A lady brought in a ring that was her nan’s and that had tremendous sentimental value for her, but it was very old fashioned,” Jo says. “We were able to transform it into a piece that would be able to be worn every day, and a piece that this lady was excited to be able to pass down to her daughter one day too. These kind words are what makes us love our job so much. “We are helping families create a story to be passed down through the generations.”

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WALKING INTO THE peaceful space of Kansha Natural Therapies in Noosaville, I have an open mind, as I’m having a treatment I have never heard of before. My practitioner Deborah Callan assures me it will be a wonderfully relaxing experience. The ancient practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu is said to be an art rather than a treatment. Originating in Japan, the name translates to ‘the art of the creator, through a person of knowing and compassion’. We sit in a dimmed treatment room as Deborah asks me what issues I’d like to treat and explains more about Jin Shin Jyutsu. It works on similar principles to acupuncture, but instead of using needles, she will be using her hands to gently unblock stagnant energies in my body. “It’s like using the hands as jumper cables,” she explains. Ancient records found in the Imperial Palace of Japan show Jin Shin Jyutsu was widely known more than 3000 years ago but fell into obscurity, before being rediscovered in 1912 by Master Jiro Murai. The knowledge was passed on to Mary Burmeister, who took Jin Shin Jyutsu to the US in the 1950s. Today, it has spread around the world and is increasing in popularity. “It’s really well known in New Zealand,” Deborah says, though it’s in its infancy in Australia. She discovered it when she was travelling in Singapore. She booked in for an acupuncture treatment to help with jet lag and her therapist felt she would benefit from Jin Shin Jyutsu. She had never felt anything like it, and after the treatment her jet lag had completely disappeared – she felt vibrant, energetic and deeply relaxed. Jin Shin Jyutsu is said to assist in the treatment of numerous conditions including chronic pain, arthritis, eczema, asthma, autoimmune disease, shoulder and neck pain, sciatica, migraines, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, vertigo, allergies and thyroid imbalance, along with many other diseases. Through balancing the body’s energy systems, it assists the body to restore itself to a more harmonious state of being; one which promotes self-healing. Deborah instructs me to remain fully clothed as I lie on the massage table, and she begins by taking my pulse. “We hear a different kind of pulse,” she says. “We listen to different textures and feelings and it can give us an understanding of where to best start the flow. We can tell if one side is stronger.” My left side is weaker, according to Deborah, which is interesting because it’s the side of my body where I regularly

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experience pain. I have an arthritic left knee which causes my left quadriceps muscle to work overtime. This muscle pain sometimes wakes me at night and is usually there in the morning. Deborah begins by gently placing one hand on my inner left knee and one hand under my right rib. All I need to do is lie back and relax as she holds her hands still in that position for around 10 minutes, before moving her hands to other areas, including the lower back and the temple. “We employ 26 safety energy locks to unblock the flow of energy along these pathways,” she says. “When I can feel them harmonising, I move onto the next one. It can feel like a buzzing; I feel them soften and come to life.” As Deborah moves her hands to different positions, she leaves them in place for what feels like 10 to 15 minutes before moving on and I feel myself gradually slipping into a deep state of relaxation. I also feel heat rising to my face and Deborah explains this is my body’s energy unblocking and flowing. She finishes by holding my toes to ground me and then teaches me a self-help technique, which is a major component of the treatment. This is a simple practice that can be done easily at home to enable you to be proactive in your healing. Deborah says the number of sessions required depends on what each client needs, but after one treatment, the pain in my left leg was gone. At the time of writing, which was a week after

the treatment, I hadn’t experienced the leg pain either at night or when I woke in the morning, so something has clearly shifted. Something that makes this treatment unlike almost every other treatment available is that it can be used by people with chronic pain who ordinarily don’t like being touched. Deborah recently treated a client with motor neurone disease who couldn’t have massage as it was too painful, but within minutes of Deborah beginning Jin Shin Jyutsu, he fell asleep and his wife was giving her the thumbs up. “This man couldn’t have had physiotherapy or massage,” she says. “Jin Shin Jyutsu is suitable for people with chronic pain or people who can’t tolerate medications, and also for people who like to practise self-care. It incorporates the mind, body and spirit and it’s very powerful.”

IN A NUTSHELL Kansha Natural Therapies offers a range of treatments including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and now Jin Shin Jyutsu. Deborah Callan starts her consultations by getting a history of your condition and your current life issues, and then tailors your treatment to suit your individual needs. Kansha is at 6 Mary Street, Noosaville. 5473 0724 or

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SEA LIFE’S NEWEST LITTLE ADDITIONS SEA LIFE SUNSHINE COAST will soon become home to a delightful colony of little penguins, with an interactive new exhibit launching in December 2019. Opening in time for the summer school holidays, the Little Blue Penguins zone will immerse guests in the wonderful world of the smallest penguin species. The brand-new zone will take guests on a journey from an above-ground observation deck to an underwater vantage point for an all-encompassing look into the life of a little penguin. As well as this exciting new addition to the aquarium, guests will still be able to meet seals, grey nurse sharks, rays, turtles, lionfish and moray eels along with countless other intriguing sea creatures.

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A THRILL A MINUTE There’s nothing like the thrill of racing down the twists and turns of a waterslide and the anticipation of the splash that awaits at the bottom. There is only one place on the Sunshine Coast where you can experience the rush of a 120-metre dynamic hydro slipslide – THRILL HILL. Operating since 1979, Thrill Hill has built a reputation as one of the Sunshine Coast’s best days out. Not only can you enjoy non-stop sliding action, but the venue also has covered barbecue and picnic facilities and a kiosk full of delicious snacks to keep you energised. If you want to take the thrill to the next level, enquire about night sliding or bring along friends and family for a birthday or Christmas party.

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.

CHRISTMAS WITH A DIFFERENCE Join SUNREEF and jump on board WHALE ONE during this festive season with a Christmas Lights River Cruise for an experience that will warm the heart of even the biggest Grinch. Board from The Wharf Mooloolaba before heading down the river to check out the impressive houses and some of the best Christmas lights displays on the Sunshine Coast. There is a fully licensed bar on board with comfortable lounges to relax on. There are also delicious all-beef hotdogs and vegie dogs available for purchase on board. The Christmas cruises run from December 16 to 23. If you prefer to ring in the New Year in style, book one of the two-hour New Year’s Eve cruises that take in the 8.30pm and midnight fireworks at Mooloolaba. For times and tickets, visit the website.

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME Get the family together to conquer the treasure hunt at SUNSHINE CASTLE and dip into the king’s treasure chest as a reward for your efforts. The castle in Bli Bli has been a Coast tourism icon for 45 years and prides itself on bridging the gap between the medieval era and Sunshine Coast history. Check out the expanded tour of historical shields and get dressed up in themed head gear to truly get into character while exploring the castle’s majestic dining hall and delving into the depths of the dungeon before mounting the winding staircase for a stunning view of the region from the lookout tower. 104

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Jump on board a nostalgic rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland, the stunning Mary Valley, on the MARY VALLEY RATTLER. Each train in the fleet takes you on a trip back in time as you make your way across bridges and rivers, rolling hills and farmland. It’s more than a train ride, it’s a magical experience, with journeys starting at the Gympie and Amamoor historic railway stations. Book in for the New Year’s Day Steam Train and welcome in 2020 on the Rattler. There’s also the Aussie Express on January 27, a three-hour trip from Gympie to Amamoor return. Check out more train journeys and the full train timetable, and book tickets, at



THE FESTIVAL IS BACK THE GINGER FACTORY will once again host the highly anticipated annual Ginger Flower and Food Festival from January 17 to 19. The Ginger Factory will burst with colour and flavours, showcasing an exquisite range of ornamental gingers and heliconias. Popular presenters Soil to Supper’s Cath Manuel and horticulturalist Paul Plant will share their words of wisdom during the informative garden talks and an exciting line-up of Coast chefs, including local favourite Matt Golinski and new additions – Lisa Maher from Makepeace Island and Dylan Campbell of Sum Yung Guys – will highlight ingredients that pair well with ginger. All the food and fun that the Ginger Factory is famous for will also be on offer.

ENJOY A FAMILY DAY ON THE WATER Summer is here and these are the best days to spend out on the Maroochy River. If you don’t have your own vessel to launch and enjoy a spectacular day on the water, head to SWAN BOAT HIRE. Its fleet of boats includes sixto -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 (SUPs). Most boats and the SUPs are dog-friendly, so you can bring along your four-legged friend for the day. Swan Boat Hire can provide Eskies and sells bait, tackle, drinks, ice and snacks for your idyllic day out.



QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM has made its most sizeable acquisition just in time for the festive season. The 60-tonne P3 Orion is one of RAAF’s quiet achievers and was used in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, as it is extremely versatile. It is an aircraft capable of land and maritime surveillance as well as search and rescue operations. QAM volunteers are now reassembling the Orion and aim to finish by June 2020. Go and check it out, along with 99 other aircraft. If you crave a slice of aviation history, head to the QAM these holidays. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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HAVE YOU EVER had a moment when you’ve stepped inside someone’s home that you’ve wished it was yours? I certainly have. It’s what I felt entering John and Kerry’s stunning Noosa Waters house. One foot inside and it was as though I had been transported to a villa somewhere in Bali. That’s not to say this house doesn’t fit right where it is. It absolutely does. Coastal colours, earthy browns, shades of grey and crisp white with hints of blue – that elegant Noosa beach vibe. It has all of that. It is a contemporary home with modern features and fittings, and a unified look. But there is something else about this house too, an essence that makes it feel both resort-like and homely at once. Something that makes it completely unique. And this is the point. From the outside, it might look like any other in the area – a beautiful, well-made Sunshine Coast home. On the inside, however, it is a seamless combination of texture, warm hues and flawless design that flows from the entrance through the entire home down to the point where the grass meets the Noosa River. It has the best of both worlds. And it is something John and Kerry are very proud of. 106

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“Looking at the end result, you wouldn’t guess that we faced quite a few challenges during the build process,” John laughs. “We made a number of modifications along the way because we really wanted something perfect for us, and we are really happy with the way it’s turned out. Thanks to the amazing team we had working with us, it is the perfect home.” A big part of getting the house right was ensuring they were welcoming the outdoors in. “We certainly wanted that modern resort vibe,” John says. “We wanted to live on the water, so we designed it is so the home interfaces with the water and the climate. We interact with the river, but we also interact with the pool, which is the centrepiece of the house. “We were very conscious about embracing the sun and creating a space where we could make the most of natural lighting too, while still having a cool breeze flow through the home,” he adds. “We didn’t want the harsher western sun impacting us too much. So, the way it’s designed is that in summer we get the morning sun before it’s too hot, and a sunset in the afternoon,” he says. “Then in winter, the sun flows into the lounge room and the house maintains a nice cool breeze. It just filters through effortlessly.”


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That isn’t the only element that’s clever about this home either. From the varying roof heights to allow intimacy and airiness, to the ambient yet functional inset LED strip lighting and the clutter-free nooks, this house was definitely built for design, comfort and practicality. To help the couple achieve this, John and Kerry enlisted Tim Christopher, from Christopher Design Group. They had completed several projects with him in the past, and they knew he was someone who could help bring their dream home to life. “We made up a lot on the go,” Tim says. “John and Kerry would shoot through ideas and concepts and I would find a way to make it work. “Something exciting about this home is that everything is custom made,” Tim says. “It was actually more of a specialised commercial construction with modern, fine finishings, rather than your usual home build, so a lot went into bringing it to life.

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We used a number of different materials and textures to achieve that resort vibe, but kept the colour palette earthy and warm.

“Originally, we looked at the option for a two-storey home but we changed our minds on that to allow for more space and volume, which we achieved by constructing different roof heights in different rooms, which gives the feel of a two-storey house but with more practicality. “We used a number of different materials and textures to achieve that resort vibe, but kept the colour palette earthy and warm,” Tim adds. “We also wanted to get the glazing as fine as possible to give the appearance that the roof is actually floating on the glass and timber.” When it came to marrying the elements of the home together, Chris Beszant from Architectural Carpet and Tiles says it was a collaborative effort. “The brief was always to create something earthy yet modern and durable,” Chris says. “So for the tiles, we went for 108

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premium, Italian glazed porcelain tiles, and used them throughout the whole house in different shades of grey. The bathroom tiles are based off limestone, and cross-cut granite in the main living areas so there is something to link back to that natural feel. They can be lived on but they look very natural. It’s a clever product and they fit the home beautifully, giving it real depth. “We also wanted to create a seamless transition between spaces,” Chris adds. “And I think we definitely achieved that. There is a continuity through the home – it all flows. It’s not jarring. “This was a home that really evolved with the build, too. For example, we weren’t originally using timber for the floors, but as the plans evolved, we found a French oak that had been lime washed. It had character and life, and everything else plays off it, so we went with that. The floor then become

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the anchor of the house; it lets it sit on something.” It is easy to see that a lot of heart was put into this house. And it’s not just the house itself, but it is also reflected in the choice of furnishings, artwork and meticulous styling too. “The design is beautiful, and then the finishes are all high quality, which makes it timeless. We didn’t want on-trend things; we wanted something that wouldn’t date,” Kerry says. “Texture was a big thing for me, too,” she says. “We didn’t want anything too over produced. All the furniture and art complements the home because we hand-selected everything for this house once it was finished. We started with a blank canvas and are creating it as we go. Once we got the lounge, we could get the mat, and then the chairs. It’s been a journey and it’s safe to say we are in love with where we’ve arrived.” Find out more about flooring at


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Dramatic additions and clean lines add impact to any room in the home.

We’re feeling tranquil summer vibes thanks to this bathroom featuring products from the Caroma Contura range. Available at NCP, Maroochydore, Nambour, Caloundra, Noosaville and Gympie. Go to to find your nearest showroom.

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Turn to the Experts to discover the ideal Caroma products for your bathroom

Caroma is an iconic Australian company with over 75 years experience in creating bathrooms and kitchens. Their distinctly Australian designs are available at NCP, bringing together a minimalist design aesthetic with beautiful materials for a stunning bathroom experience that is both practical and ultra-stylish. There’s a wide range of styles, colours, designs and materials to choose from, so let NCP’s expert staff answer all your questions and show you baths, showers, tapware, vanities, basins and accessories from Caroma that will bring your design ideas to life.

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HOMEWARES Leilah handcrafted glass votives, various sizes. Available at Bedouin Traders, 2/2 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5373 8866 or shop 32 & 33, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. bedouintraders


The Sail Away copper wall sculpture, POA, was handcrafted in Noosa. Available at Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

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End Game quilt pattern and templates ates by Jemima Flendt, $$44 44 for pattern templates. Available tern and temp plates. A vailiable va at The P Patchwork Mons atchwork Angel, 343 M ons n Road, Forest Glen. 5477 0700 or

Golden Sands framed print by Dina Broadhurst, $500. Available at James Lane, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5293 7116 or

For a trinket for the home you’re just not going to find anywhere else, head to The Shed, 1/319 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5479 6603 or

Handmade vintage Indian i n ia sandblasted wooden statue, $320. 320. Available at Emporium Eumundi, ndii, 88 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7340 340 or um 112

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Bedouin Traders stocks a range of cutlery and salad servers, such as the Leilah spoons. Available at Bedouin Traders, 2/2 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5373 8866 or shop 32 & 33, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. facebook. com/bedouintraders

Santorini lantern, tern, $99. Available at James mes Lane, Maroochydore Homemaker memaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. ochydore. 5293 7116 or

Black and white photographic one-metre by one-metre poster, $295. Available at Wabi Sabi, 4/11 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 0400 220 813 or instagram/ wabisabinoosa

AAVIK Art print, $100. Available at Emporium Eumundi, 88 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7340 or

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Elizabeth Willing | Golden Lily (after William Morris) (detail) | 2019 | digital wallpaper print

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CLAUDE MONET ONCE said, “I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” And it’s this quote, from one of the great masters of impressionism, that artist Amanda Brooks loves. Birdsong is one of her greatest inspirations – nestled in her Sunshine Coast hinterland studio, surrounded by swaying silver gums, native blossoms and nature’s feathered choir, Amanda’s latest paintings are a reflection of the environment that envelops her. With an artistic career spanning more than two decades, the former florist has amassed a large body of work characterised by her impressionist florals, abstracts, and still-life scenes, imbued with a dazzling, rich, colour palette. As a florist, Amanda would paint the flowers that surrounded her at work, and it wasn’t long before her paintings were in such demand that her employer insisted she leave her job and paint full time. She still loves painting fresh flowers, but Australian birds and native flora are currently featuring strongly in her paintings, which have also taken on a new level of detail in the past 18 months. “Even though my artwork is still quite loose and impressionistic, it’s definitely got more detail to it now,” she says. “It’s definitely still impressionism, but I’ve started painting a lot more Australian natives as well – the gums and the banksia – and they have got a lot of detail when you look up close. “And we get so many birds here. Until you sit and look, you don’t realise the diverse range of beautiful birds we’ve got visiting us all the time. We’ve got the black cockatoos, the white cockatoos, the lorikeets – they all visit us. “I used to paint birds in a quirkier, pop art way, whereas now

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I’ve really got up close to them and focusing on the finer details of them and the environment they thrive in. Because I love flowers so much, I added the flowering gum and the banksia to the birds, just to combine the two elements. I think the birds with the flowers create the true story of nature.” Amanda’s bushland studio at the back of her property, complete with a nest of black cockatoos directly above it, lends itself perfectly to her preferred mode of working – outdoors. As a participant in the Noosa Open Studios 2019 event, which gives people the chance to visit artists in their private studios, Amanda’s visitors were able to witness first-hand the living inspiration for much of her work. She says it was a “wonderful opportunity” to connect with art lovers and share her unique surroundings. “My main inspiration is nature, definitely,” she says. “I do enjoy focusing on Australiana landscapes and flora and fauna. But it’s not traditional – it has a contemporary twist.” That “twist” is in Amanda’s use of colour, light and form. Close-up portraits of kookaburras, black cockatoos and hummingbirds are infused with azure blues, hot pinks and aqua greens; avenues of gum trees pop with bright hues of purple and yellow – unmistakably Australian scenes, interpreted through Amanda’s instinctive colour lens. “I just know that when a certain colour’s missing, it doesn’t seem to bring the art work to life,” she says. “So if I took the purple or the yellow out, to me it just feels flat. But if I just add that pop of colour, it seems to create movement and life and energy to the art work.” With private commissions being a huge part of Amanda’s work, she stresses the importance of being able to retain her creative control of a piece while still meeting a client’s expectations. “Some people will commission me and say ‘we’ll just leave 116

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My main inspiration is nature, definitely. I do enjoy focusing on Australiana landscapes and flora and fauna.

the colours to you’, which is quite brave of them, but I think they realise that what they think might work, won’t, until I’ve added or taken certain things away to make it come alive. “So I have got lovely customers that are very trusting, and are very happy to leave things to me. And they’ll get the best painting when they do that. Otherwise, I feel quite sterile if I feel I’ve got to follow such a strict brief; it takes the creativeness away.” While Australian flora and fauna are making their colourful mark on Amanda’s canvases, her floral still lifes remain one of her favourites. Often, they feature one of the pieces of blue and white china from the vast collection she has amassed in the past 20 years. And although her work is acquiring a more detailed style, her abstract paintings – which Amanda says cater for a niche market of art lovers – are also one of her favourite artistic indulgences. “I absolutely love painting abstract works; that’s my alter ego coming out,” she says. “To paint abstract is kind of something that I do for myself, because I find it quite therapeutic. For me, that’s when I feel I’m painting for a hobby, because it’s something fun for me to do. But I think it also helps you create new skills because you’re dabbling and experimenting and


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SIMPLY T THE BEST DESIGNER PATCHWORK PRODUCTS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST The Patchwork Angel carries a huge range of Patchwork and quilting patterns, fabric and notions. We are always ready to help with colour choices and design suggestions. We love to visit local groups and share the passion we have for Patchwork.

having a play. Then you can convert anything you learn from that into other art work. “It’s also a play on colour; I get to learn new colour combinations when I get to paint those abstracts, which I’ll adapt to the other art work in another way.” Amanda’s ever-evolving creative process and changing style will no doubt continue to add to her diverse and growing portfolio – but don’t ask her to make any predictions about exactly what that style may be in the future. “I think it just evolves without me even knowing,” she says. “I don’t really put much thought into that, because I know that if I overthink things I can ruin it. “I think it’s just that painting as often as I do gives me certain techniques that change along the way, then somehow it just evolves into something else. I don’t mean to change my style; it’s just something that happens. “Intuitive, I think that’s what they call it. You just follow your heart, and see where it leads.”

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I HAD HEARD The Shed in Forest Glen described as an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ and it took me a total of two seconds to wholeheartedly agree. The moment you enter this treasure trove, you are drawn into a world of mystery. An eclectic array of old and new, vintage and modern, pretty and odd. Not to mention the cosy cafe just off to the side that dishes up local treats. Yum. One might be enticed to hang around for hours. And you might just need to. Geoff and Dianna Ryan took over this den of wonder about six years ago and transformed it from an antiques and auction house into a space that is completely relevant in a contemporary design world. “My parents owned this business for many years and we used to come in and sift through the antique goodies; collect things for our own home,” Dianna says. “It was always so interesting and we loved it.” So, not long after Geoff retired, the couple decided to buy the business and put their own slant on it. Geoff came from a background in real estate and property development, and Dianna from interior design, so for the Sunshine Coast couple it just felt right to take on this particular project and give The Shed new life. “It made sense for us,” Dianna says. “Geoff has a keen interest in art, jewellery and antiques, and I’m excited by the

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decorator pieces and pretty stuff, so we each have our part to look after and grow. “It has changed a lot too since we came on board. I suppose you could say things are geared towards the more modern home now, and antiques are the smaller part of our business,” Dianna says. “Even then, if it’s going to be an antique that we take on, it is going to be one of those quirky pieces that set off a modern interior.” The day I came to chat to Dianna and Geoff, I spent just minutes wandering the halls before I realised you can find almost anything at The Shed. In just a moment you will spy unique ornaments, candles and skin care down one wall, deer antlers, glass wear and crystal on another, books, optical sets, art, jewellery. And I had barely scratched the surface. “There is literally a bit of everything,” Dianna laughs.


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“Probably because we have such a diverse clientele too. There are a lot of older customers, that is where a lot of stock comes from, but our demographic is anywhere from 25 to 70,” she says. “And we also sell to a lot of international photographers who are seeking out props, interior designers, theatre groups, TV stations…” Because of this eclectic group of repeat buyers, as well as the collectors, the couple rarely has to “sell” their items. Geoff says they sell themselves. “We actually struggle to get enough stock for all the buyers who know about us and the variety of what we sell,” he says. “We do specialise in watches and jewellery. It’s a passion of mine, and I think the longest amount of time a Rolex we’ve come across has been on the market is about four days, and the shortest time was three minutes,” he laughs. “I’d barely even got it on the shelf and it was snapped up.” “It is the same with vintage and designer handbags – they often don’t even make the counter. They sell so quickly,” Geoff adds. “We have people on a list waiting for them.” And when it comes to sourcing the unique mix that makes The Shed so special, well, it all comes to them too. “We don’t need to go looking for items,” Dianna says. “We have dozens of emails daily of people wanting to sell things, or people pull in with stuff in their boot and we go through it, so we rarely source things. “We do have a very high standard though and we will only take on high-quality, upmarket pieces. Brand names and designer names. So, you will always find beautiful, immaculate things in our store.” Immaculate and sustainable Dianna says. “We love the fact that our business is doing its bit for the environment by supplying our beautiful customers with stunning sustainable, quality chic items,” she adds. “The items all have a story and it’s not just vintage either. People think vintage and assume old. We have a lot of new pieces too. Everything has to be a good name brand, very well made, or an unusual rustic, vintage piece,” Dianna says. “Maybe this stems from my boredom at only being able to find things that are very cookie-cutter, and wanting more when it came to my career as an interior designer. People were missing that personality in their homes, the individual quirky pieces no one else has. So that’s what we look for.” You’d expect with such a business that there would be the occasional odd item or two, perhaps something very rare, and you’d be right.


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“Funnily, a lot of the more unusual things come from the States, or people that have migrated here and haven’t gone through all of their belongings,” Dianna says. “They show up with a boot full of interesting items and we look for gems. Australia is a melting pot and people come from all over the world, so we see things from all over the world. “The weirdest and most awful item though was a whole jar of teeth, which obviously didn’t go on display,” she chuckles. “We’ve also had human ashes come in. At one stage we had someone bring in a whole heap of massive taxidermy pieces, but they were so well done we had them all on display around the store and they all sold.” “We’ve had some fantastic things through too, like rare Modoc rubies which are too expensive for jewellers to even stock,” Geoff says. “We have an old antique poker machine, rare WWI bits and pieces. We have had a munitions carrier from the Light Horse – they often didn’t come back; they were ploughed into the ground during the War. But we got one. We’ve had museum pieces like an ancient Chinese tea-horse, a real Spanish Armada treasure chest from the 1640s. We currently have a First Fleet coin from the 1780s. “I always wonder where people come across these items. I’d actually love to get a pad and pen, start at the entrance of the shop and list all the different places these items come from too. It’s just so fascinating what we have or what we have come across.” No matter what comes through their door, for Dianna and Geoff, every delivery feels like Christmas. “Opening boxes is always a thrill,” Dianna says. “I get to decorate all day, every day, and each day is different; it is never boring. This place really feeds our soul. The Shed is chic, different, quirky and it just works. We love it.” SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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GOLDEN LILLY (DETAIL) BY ELIZABETH WILLING, Caloundra Regional Gallery Image courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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

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

Over 45 artists on permanent display with a different featured artist each month...

January: Lorraine Rogers

February: Wayne Malkin

March: David Hinchliffe

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QUARTERED BY KARLA DICKENS, Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, Noosa Regional Gallery

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 3. SUMMER EXHIBITION Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Maree Welman, Tamara Sewoff, Phillip Rolton, Leigh Karen Joyce, Rayma Eveson, Colin Crawford, Jen Robson, Sara Paxton and Vaughan Robinson. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or



4. TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS A twist on gift giving! From two dolphins swimming (beautiful small bronzes) to 12 handmade books, this is an inspiring selection of artistic, original presents. Delightful original works of art are guaranteed to make a brilliant impression as Christmas gifts to bring joy for years. when now to December 29 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or



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Art on Cairncross 5. ELIZABETH WILLING: PITH Artist Elizabeth Willing’s interdisciplinary practice explores the history, production and consumption of food. Pith will feature sculpture, collage, video, wallpaper and a live performance celebrating the produce of the region. when now to January 12 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or 6. VIOLENT SALT Artists share their experiences of racism and discrimination as First Nations peoples and minority groups, while offering an opportunity for understanding and connection to celebrate and honour Australia’s unique multiculturalism and landscape. Artists include Abdul Abdullah, Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Karla Dickens, Sarah-Jane Norman, Yhonnie Scarce and Jemima Wyman. when now to January 26 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

Representing a selection of fine artists from the Sunshine Coast region and throughout Australia. Artworks include paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, leather masks and unique gifts.

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


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JANUARY 7. LORRAINE ROGERS The feature artist for January is water-colourist Lorraine Rogers. Her small but distinctive landscapes strike a chord with locals and visitors alike for their recognisable scenes. when January 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 8. THE HOLIDAY SELECTION This exhibition showcases the depth of talent of the gallery artists from landscapes, still life and illustrative paintings to a terrific range of ceramics, glass, porcelain and sculpture. when January 4 to 26 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or 9. LOCAL ARTIST – LOCAL CONTENT ART PRIZE 2020 The art prize exhibition reflects the Sunshine Coast through the eyes of 40 artists. when January 16 to March 1 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or 126

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10. WALLACE HOUSE QUILT PROJECT Noosa Regional Gallery is proud to present works from the private collection of local collector John McCrea. The exhibition features Archibald Prize-winning artist Davida Allen, and represents a unique opportunity for visitors to see the acclaimed Australian painter, filmmaker and writer’s works held outside major public collections. when January 31 to March 8 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

FEBRUARY 11. WAYNE MALKIN Wayne Malkin is Montville Art Gallery’s feature artist for February. Along with his stunning seascapes, the gallery also has a range of local landscapes done in oils. when February 1 to 29 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

MARCH 12. DAVID HINCHLIFFE Well-known Brisbane artist David Hinchliffe is Montville Art Gallery’s feature artist in March. David’s distinctive contemporary impressionism is renowned internationally, and the gallery has a large range of his works on display. when March 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 13. STORY RECONSTITUTED Nathalie Bastier has created an inspired and inspiring collection of artworks created from recycled metals and materials, but with lace, giving them an intriguing delicacy. Each piece has its own story and delight. when March 7 to 29 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or


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

Noosa Heads Enigmatic Drawings, 75 Hastings Street, 0490 395 346 Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, 0407 840 745 Isabella’s Fine & Antique Jewellery, 2/41-47 Hastings Street, 5449 2626 Jive Art + Design, 3/2 Hastings Street, 5455 3308 Poeta Herford On Hastings, 5/62 Hastings Street, 5455 4899 Noosaville Noosa Arts & Crafts, 1 Wallace Drive, 5474 1211 Art Vision, 4/47 Gateway Drive, 0400 490 720

Red Desert Gallery, 46 Caplick Way, 0414 504 360

Seaview Artists Gallery, 4 Seaview Terrace, 5491 4788

Yandina Yandina Historic House, 3 Pioneer Road, 5472 7181

Caloundra Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, 5420 8299

Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, 0448 051 720

Glenview Opals Down Under, 11 Ballantyne Court, 5494 5400

Tewantin Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, 5329 6145

Tiffany Jones, 0407 452 024

Pomona Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station Street, 5485 2950 Tinbeerwah Phillips Gallery, 0406 198 300 Art Tours Noosa, 0424 456 877 Cooroy Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, 5442 6665 Doonan Art by Brooks, 0417 071 336 Eumundi Artisans Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0409 848 098 David Suters Timber Craftsman, 43 Caplick Way, 0413 509 482

Peregian Beach The Gallery Peregian Beach, 12 Grebe Street, 5448 2314

Solitude Art, 163 Glenview Road, 0413 013 882

Buderim Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, 5456 2445

Maleny Art On Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, 5429 6404

Garner-Morris Gallery, 201 Ballinger Road, 5478 2418

David Linton Gallery, 14 Maple Street, 5429 6831

Koningen Art, 0490 778 462

Maleny Art Direct, 21 Maple Street, 0413 885 220

Forest Glen The Shed, 1/319 Mons Road, 5479 6603 Mooloolaba Avenue J, 14/47-51 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 4422 Bluechip Investment Art Galleries, 23/13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5452 5600 Gallery Beneath, 81 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 7775 Sippy Downs University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, 5459 4645 Moffat Beach Karl Angell Ocean Art Photography, 1 Roderick Street, 0432 907 821

Peace Of Green Gallery, 38 Maple Street, 5499 9311 Montville Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, 5442 9211 The Opalcutter, 4/171-183 Main Street, 5442 9598 Australis of Montville Antiques, 160-162 Main Street, 5442 9400 Illume Creations Gallery, 4/127-133 Main Street, 5478 5440 Ben Messina Landscapes Gallery, 178 Main Street, 5478 5164 Mapleton Art Antique Antlers, 3/1 Post Office Road, 0414 782 079


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


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