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JAC LEE @ITSJACLEE COVER PHOTOGRAPHER I returned to the Sunshine Coast at the start of 2020 after living in Germany, taking ATP tour photos and creating travel content for brands like Contiki and Topdeck. Without the ability to travel since then, I adjusted to life at home and began capturing photo and video content for a variety of clients in many different fields. My greatest happiness is when I head to the beach at sunset or sunrise. Even if I go to the same spots over and over, there’s always something uniquely beautiful and unexpected, and that’s what I captured here. You can see and purchase my artworks on my website at ON THE COVER There’s something incredibly beautiful that happens on the Coast as the seasons change from autumn to winter. You feel a little more secluded, the water is bluer and clearer, and the sunrises and sunsets are enormously vivid. This image was taken from Rickys River Bar in Noosa, and shows a flock of seagulls soaring over the trees along the river, sun setting in the background. Definitely a view to enjoy with some bubbles or a cocktail!

SWEET SIXTEEN It wasn’t until I sat down to write this letter that it really hit me – winter marks salt magazine’s anniversary, and this year is our 16th birthday. That’s not a bad achievement. In the office, we marked the occasion with very little fanfare, but then, the magazine is not about us – the small team of writers, designers and photographers who work on it – it’s about the people we write about, the places and events we visit that make the Sunshine Coast region so exceptional. For this edition’s main feature we are taking a stroll around Cotton Tree. This place is special to me – when I was a teenager my family lived in Maroochydore, and I would potter down to Cotton Tree to visit the library or the newsagent, maybe grab an ice-cream. Before this, as a family visiting the region on holiday, we would spend days on the river, swimming and windsurfing, exploring the sand banks. I always get a little nostalgic when I am in Cotton Tree, but it wasn’t until I read Leigh Robshaw’s story that I realised why I still love it – Cotton Tree has it all. No wonder many locals go there for their staycations! Find out more over the page. Also this issue we meet the team behind the

unique Soundtrails app. This clever technology has to be experienced to be fully understood, but it helps if you read the story on page 18 first. This issue we also have fashion, fashion and more fashion. It always amazes me how many beautiful boutiques we have in the region. Plan your winter wardrobe starting on page 72. And while we’re talking fashion, we meet up with the very clever Zoe Kennedy, the woman who made cowboy boots cool on the Coast. Zoe has a new creative venture and we’re keen to share it with you over on page 90. As always, we have lots of food, glorious food. The All’ Antica team is sharing a few of their favourite recipes with us, and we chat to 20 20 Distillery founder Brian Bedding, who not only loves a good gin, but also makes a pretty tasty one too. Thank you to all our readers and supporters – it’s been a fantastic 16 years and salt wouldn’t be here without you. Here’s JEMMA PEARSON, EDITOR to 16 more!






I was working in publishing – funnily enough on another publication with one of the publishers of salt! I was living in the northern end of the Sunshine Coast and it’s amazing to see how much the region has changed. But salt is still here – going strong and looking as beautiful as ever!

Sixteen years ago I was one year off meeting the love of my life! I was 17 years old, travelling north Queensland and working on a dive boat in Cairns getting up to mischief! What a time.

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FEATURES 8 LITTLE BEAUTY Cotton Tree is calling and we’re happy to answer

18 LISTEN UP Explore the region with the home-grown Soundtrails app

PEOPLE 30 PURSUIT OF PASSION Bioshop’s Jessica Holdsworth

34 PROFILE Geoff and Dianna Ryan from The Shed



40 PURSUIT OF PASSION Rhiannon Wilde


106 ARTIST Julie Lucht de Freibruch

110 OFF THE WALL Tina Cooper


TASTES 50 NOSH NEWS Food news and ideas



Biophilic design

20 20 Distillery



Room to improve

All’ Antica

62 SALT CELLAR Exploring New Zealand wine country



Josh Humphris and Rochelle Blundell


70 I DO Wedding day treats

Coolum’s beachside art

72 FASHION Winter wardrobe finds

94 BEAUTY You beauty 6

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22 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Things to do and see


42 GOOD READS Turn the page

44 OUR BACKYARD Inspiring snaps of our region

96 ATTRACTIONS Touristy treats that locals love

114 ART DATES Galleries you must visit



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THE SEQUINED SEA sparkles in the distance, drawing the eye along the horizon to the north, where Mount Coolum punctuates the landscape with its curvaceous silhouette. The eye tracks in towards the glistening Maroochy River, gently lapping the sand where barefoot children dig holes and build sandcastles. Behind the riverbank, the playground is animated with laughter and squeals, as children swing, climb and spin. The flat footpath that winds along the riverfront is perfect for anything on wheels and is bustling with people skating, scootering, strolling, riding, walking dogs, chatting and taking in the idyllic scene of Cotton Tree on a Sunday afternoon. Wandering south along the riverfront brings you to the popular Boat Shed Restaurant, a stylish yet relaxed venue that attracts locals and visitors alike. Its views of the river and ocean are superb and people relax at outdoor tables situated beside the water, enjoying a glass of wine and the idyllic views. Others set up their own picnics on the nearby hill, eating fish and chips on the grass. Children climb the most climbable tree ever while kite surfers and SUP riders take advantage of the calm water. Every day is delightful in the charming little pocket of Cotton Tree, but weekend afternoons contain an extra element of magic. Sunday mornings bring visitors to the area for the markets, held in King Street from 7am to 12pm. King Street is closed to traffic and stallholders take over the street, with live music adding to the festive ambience. It always feels like you’re on holidays in Cotton Tree. This peaceful enclave has been attracting holidaymakers since the 1800s, when residents of Nambour, Buderim and the Blackall Range would visit to swim in the ‘Cotton Tree Lagoon’ and camp on the riverbank where the Cotton Tree Holiday Park now stands. In 2009 it was heritage listed for its status as the oldest campground in Queensland. Few caravan parks offer a river on one side, a surf beach on the other side and a major commercial centre within walking distance. When you stay there, you feel suitably separated from civilisation, with kids ruling the roads on their bikes and skateboards and expansive waterfront views. You have to be quick to book a site here, as it’s popular with

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I can’t believe how friendly Cotton Tree is. I think it’s really special how everyone says hello to you and wants to know about you.

families who return year after year to holiday in the same spot. Cotton Tree takes its name from the cottonwood or coastal cotton tree (Hibiscus tiliaceus) and you can see plenty of these around the caravan park and along the foreshore. While there’s no official boundary separating Cotton Tree from the surrounding areas, it’s generally accepted as being bounded by the Maroochy River and Cornmeal Creek to the north and by Aerodrome Road to the south and west. The Maroochy River was a popular route for travel as there was limited road access in the region and until the 1910s, Cotton Tree was accessible only by water. The ferry system and series of jetties along the river provided a means of transport for daily commuters, holidaymakers and cargo. The first European holidaymaker to arrive was convict John Graham in 1827 who escaped from Moreton Bay and spent six years living with local Indigenous tribes belonging to the Gubbi Gubbi language group, the original inhabitants of the area. Now, Cotton Tree is a much-loved destination for local, interstate and international holidaymakers alike. It offers a unique combination of natural and cultural assets, all within walking distance, that make it virtually unbeatable, particularly for family holidays. The river offers calm swimming for kids – although you do need to watch the current – while the surf beach has great waves and a small wave for beginner surfers at the sandbags near the river mouth. But your swimming options aren’t limited to just the river and beach. The Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre is one of the Coast’s best, with a selection of indoor and outdoor heated pools, a kids’ splash park and outdoor exercise equipment. Opposite the aquatic centre is a free outdoor sports area with two basketball courts, netball courts and ping pong tables. This is a fantastic facility for people holidaying in the area and also attracts locals for a friendly game of basketball in the sunshine while they play music on portable stereos and passers-by watch on. 10

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Continue wandering past the basketball courts and you’ll arrive at King Street, the main shopping precinct of Cotton Tree. This quaint village centre has everything you need in a small radius – a supermarket, newsagent, post office, butcher, two fish and chips shops, a chemist, a bottle shop, an icecreamery, cigar shop, shoe store, beauty clinics, a yoga studio, florist, hair salons, medical centre, dentist, natural health centre, library, bowls club and plenty of cafes and fashion boutiques. It wouldn’t be a seaside village without a swimwear boutique, and Sundaze is a Cotton Tree icon. A family-owned business that has been operating on the Sunshine Coast for more than 30 years, it’s the place to go to find the perfect swimsuit and be fitted by an expert. A few stores up from Sundaze, Leann Lamb’s store Lamb & Lamb is a Cotton Tree institution, with regular clients


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travelling from as far afield as Toowoomba and Cunnamulla to shop here. Leann is one of a handful of Australian designers who create and produce all of their garments locally. The designs are screen printed on the Sunshine Coast and every piece can be made to order in just about any size and with changes to sleeves and necklines. “People want Australian-made things,” Leann says. “I make my own clothing and not many people offer that. They say it’s designed in Australia and in very small print on the label it says ‘made in China’ – it drives me crazy! I do my own prints, make my own fabrics and cater for extra small to 8XL. I will make a garment to suit a client – not many places will actually do that.” With stores in Noosa and Melbourne, Leann started out at Eumundi and has had her Cotton Tree store for seven years. While she lives at Twin Waters, she has formed relationships with many long-time Cotton Tree locals. “I’ve made so many beautiful friends, especially the old people. They tell me stories of what Cotton Tree used to be like. My store used to be an old garage where they used to hoist all the cars. There was also a Rollerdrome at Cotton Tree. “I think people like Cotton Tree because it offers something for a broader demographic,” she says. “Cotton Tree offers a lot for families and at the same time, it has bespoke restaurants. The markets on a Sunday offer something unique; just to have the street cut off on a Sunday morning. It offers a bit of quirkiness – the music and the stalls. “My favourite restaurant is The Boat Shed. You can have a beautiful cocktail there at sunset, watch the boats, the food is nice and the kids can play around. You’ve got the caravan park as well as expensive apartments. Cotton Tree just ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people.” Leann also enjoys a visit to the award-winning tea and coffee emporium The Silva Spoon and says her clientele often has tea there first, before strolling around the corner to visit her store. Situated on Cotton Tree Parade, The Silva Spoon has been voted best tea house

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in Queensland four times and is a treasure trove of exotic teas and tea accoutrement, with a cafe serving bespoke cakes. The day salt visited, some of the teas on offer included spiced African orange latte, golden milk latte, French mint hot chocolate, salted caramel latte, pumpkin latte and ginger spice latte. A few doors down, also on Cotton Tree Parade, is popular locals’ hangout Cafe Envy. Blink and you’ll miss it, as it’s hidden away behind a thick hedge. But walk up the stairs and you’ll find yourself in a homely space with old couches, murals and artworks on the walls and birdcages hanging from the ceiling. Owned by Nicole Hoffman for 17 years, it recently changed hands. New owner Marie Klasen is originally from the Hunter Valley and fell in love with the cafe – and Cotton Tree – while visiting for her sister-in-law’s birthday. “I’d never owned a cafe before and never heard of Cotton Tree before, but I’d always wanted to live on the Sunshine Coast. “I was really scared when I bought it because I thought, nobody will know it’s here. But it’s so busy! I love the quaintness and the vibe. The locals love it the way it is and I want them to be happy. For an outsider, I can’t believe how friendly Cotton Tree is. I think it’s really special how everyone says hello to you and wants to know about you. They’re really genuine people. “What helped Nicole survive through COVID was that the locals were still coming in, even though travel was off. If I can just keep Nicole’s legacy going, that would be great.” A few doors down from Cafe Envy is Sweet Charlotte Studio, another Cotton Tree boutique that offers beautiful garments designed and made on the Sunshine Coast, and another local stalwart – OV Boutique – which has been operating for 17 years. Owner Shelly Kellow has an eye for beautiful labels and specialises in top-to-toe styling. A second OV Boutique opened last December, offering pre-loved fashion labels and samples from suppliers. For women who love to pick up a high-end label for half the price, this store is a must. Offering pre-loved clothing of another kind, Fabulous Darling is one of the Sunshine Coast’s best-kept secrets. Hidden away down an alleyway in King Street, it’s jam-packed with quality, one-off vintage pieces, from Great Gatsby-style flapper dresses to big-shouldered silver taffeta ’80s numbers. It’s not an op shop so don’t expect bargain basement prices, 12

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Customer Lisa Wells relaxes at Cafe Envy

but if you have an appreciation for true retro collectables, you’ll lose yourself for hours in here. In the same cluster of shops as Fabulous Darling, Wynd Espresso is a newcomer on the Cotton Tree coffee scene. Eudlo couple Elliot Gwynne and Daniela May opened in the October before COVID hit and did it hard for a while, but were supported by locals. “We saw a strong sense of community carry us through that time,” says Elliot, who learnt the coffee roasting trade with Sunshine Coast coffee king Tim Adams. “We would always come here and there’s something about the river mouth and this area – we saw there was a bit of an opportunity for specialty coffee here. We wanted to roast our own coffee and be the local coffee roaster for the area. I roast the coffee and Daniela bakes all our cakes and makes our ceramic cups by hand. “The response has been really positive and it’s exactly the kind of community quality that drove us here in the first place. In an area where development is taking place, we saw Cotton Tree as something still centred around community.”


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During winter most of us are heading to the beach or river to spend time on or near the water, rather than in it. And CHAMBERS ISLAND, on the Maroochy River, is the perfect spot to hang out if you want to feel the sand between your toes rather than the water in your hair. Families flock to Chambers all year round because the water is known to be calm and shallow – it’s great for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or boating, and the fishing isn’t too bad either. We love Chambers because it’s a spot where you can enjoy both a sunrise and sunset. And in the cooler months it’s easy to get a car park on Bradman Avenue near Swan Boat Hire. The council has done a bit of work around this area, with picnic tables and a good pathway on the Bradman side of the river. There’s even a pleasant little beach now closer to Ken Neil Bridge. Bring a picnic blanket, some food and some good company. Map reference N17

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A few members of the salt team recently took their families out to WILDLIFE HQ and we will definitely be going back soon. This little zoo, located near the Big Pineapple, punches above its weight with more than 100 animal species. Get up close with the residents with an animal feeding encounter – we’re talking meerkats, sun bears, lemur, red panda or a binturong such as Sari (pictured). Or have your photo taken with a koala, quokka, reptiles or even a dingo. Wildlife HQ is a great morning or afternoon out that won’t break the bank – the entry fee is $32 for an adult and $18 for a child – and there’s a café where you can relax with a coffee or lunch before heading back home. If you can’t get out there you can still help out – as a privately owned zoo, Wildlife HQ receives no government assistance so donations are always welcome. Wildlife HQ is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. It’s at 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye. 0428 660 671 or Map reference L17

If you’re thinking of taking up a new sport over the cooler months, we would ask, TENNIS, anyone!? There’s no time like the present to start a new hobby. If you just want to have a go without making a commitment, you don’t have to join a club. There are loads of courts dotted around the Sunshine Coast where you can go for a casual hit. So where to play? Coolum Tennis Club recently benefitted from a funding injection from the council and state government and boasts newly resurfaced courts. You can head there for private lessons or join a group. The club will even host your next work function. You can also go for a hit at Kawana Tennis Club, which boasts 10 fully lit hard courts that members and non-members can hire. There are also courts at Mooloolaba Tennis Club near Mountain Creek high school, or try your luck at Maroochydore Tennis Club in Cotton Tree. In Sunrise Beach, Noosa Tennis Club has 10 courts, a pro shop, cafe and bar. There are also courts in Woombye, Glenview, Eumundi, Yandina, Noosaville, Tewantin, Cooroy… The list goes on. Go to to search for your nearest club.

Buderim author and poet Gerard Traub recently released his debut children’s book LILY THE LOTUS. Combining Gerard’s beautiful words with the gorgeous artwork of awardwinning artist Turine Tran, Lily the Lotus tells the story of Lily, who dreams of a world beyond her pond. The book explores the themes of friendship and self-discovery, having faith in oneself and being kind to others. Lily the Lotus is available from online retailers including Booktopia, Amazon and


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We’re partial to anything salty in the salt office, but it’s more than the name that drew us to local children’s clothing label SALTY SHREDS. Every Salty Shreds garment is designed in Marcoola by founder and owner Ash Reynolds. The garments are ethically produced using the highest quality materials. The result is a gorgeous collection of pieces that are just not like clothing you’ll find anywhere else. The range is huge and the great news is they’re not just for kids – there are Salty Shreds pieces for mums and dads too. Check out the tees, socks, beanies, shorts, hoodies hats and more online. Salty Shreds is at 7/968 David Low Way, Marcoola. or Map reference N16

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Sip and paint studios are popping up all over the Sunshine Coast, and recently FRIDA’S opened its doors in Noosa Heads. Described as a ‘high-end sip and paint studio’ Frida’s offers a very cool vibe with chandeliers, glassware and warm timber benches where you can create while indulging in locally sourced grazing boards and BYO beverages. Noosa local and Frida’s founder Rebecca Green developed the luxe studio after attending other sip and paint studios. She opened her first studio in 2019 in Hobart then another in Brisbane’s Paddington last year. The sessions are led by professionally trained artists and you need no art experience to take part. Frida’s is at 26 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. 0402 100 991 or Map reference N12

Want to find out more about the Indigenous history of Buderim and surrounds? The website is a great little resource where you can go to discover more about the sights and happenings in BUDERIM, plus events and history of the town. The website also features an interesting ‘memory map’ showing the areas of Buderim Mountain that have sites of significance for our region’s First People and South Sea Islander communities that called the mountain home. Check out the map, find out more about the history and then follow the directions so you can explore the areas in person. Map reference M18

The Sunshine Coast has more than its fair share of quaint hinterland towns, and 40 minutes inland from Noosa there is yet another gem – the township of KIN KIN. It’s a spot that has developed a reputation as a great place to visit thanks to a thriving art scene and beautiful scenery. There is also the character-filled general store, home to Black Ant Gourmet, which serves up some seriously tasty food that you can eat in, take away, or take home as ready-meals for later. Kin Kin is also home to the Living Valley Health retreat, and if you feel like a hike or mountain bike, you can join the Noosa Network Trail, which is a beautiful country walk. Map reference J10


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Get down to Currimundi Lake and watch the sun set with family and friends while enjoying great food and a beverage or two. The CURRIMUNDI TWILIGHT MARKETS are on the third Friday of each month and have loads of food stalls, so you can pick up dinner and a Your Mates beer, claim a patch of grass to spread out the picnic blanket on, and then relax. The markets have become a popular hangout for locals and visitors, and it’s easy to see why. The markets are also eco-friendly – the food stalls use no generators or power and all stallholders use eco-friendly packaging. Currimundi Twilight Markets are at Westaway Parade, Currimundi. Map reference O19

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Hamish Sewell, Christine Parfitt, Keaton Mustard & Kris Randall


THE VOICE OF Powderfinger drummer Jon Coghill is in my ears as I stand outside Nambour Library. He’s telling me about his childhood growing up in Nambour through my wireless headphones connected by Bluetooth to my smartphone, which has an app open called Soundtrails. I’m about to embark on an augmented reality audio adventure through Nambour, where geolocation technology meets the primal pursuit of storytelling. “My family lived here when it was a living, breathing sugar town,” Jon tells me, as if he’s right beside me recounting his life. “It was an amazing place for a kid to grow up. Riding bikes to your mate’s place on the other side of town, hanging out at the old library after school, swimming in Petrie Creek and going to the skate park and local pool on the weekend.” He continues with a brief history of Nambour that takes no more than a couple of minutes before he gives me instructions: “Make sure you have your GPS and Bluetooth on. See that small pulsing dot where it reads ‘start’ on the 18

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map? That dot is picking up GPS and as you walk; the pulsing dot follows you. See those small translucent fields on the map? These are audio stories.” As I walk into each field, a story about that location narrated by a knowledgeable local person is triggered without me having to do anything. No need to hit stop or play, the stories just unfold as you follow the Soundtrail, offering a deeply engaging and immersive experience. From start to finish the Nambour Soundtrail can take up to one-and-a-half hours. If you’re a fast walker and don’t listen to all the stories, you’ll complete it faster. Sure, you can download the app and just play the stories from home, but you’ll be missing out on the real treasure of this app: its ability to engage all your senses and do a deep dive into the place. Walking north along Currie Street from the library, I enter another sound field and the voice of Florence Comino (nee Venardos) begins. She describes how her dad owned the picture theatre in Currie Street, then built a new one and


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opened it in 1958. The Old Vogue Theatre became a Nambour icon, and I’m moved listening to Florence and her son Cos reminisce about what it meant to their family and the town. Next, I reach the corner of Currie Street and Howard Street and the voice of Marie Nevin shares the history of Bayards legendary corner store. From here I continue down Howard Street, along Queen Street, Lowe Street, Ann Street, across to Quota Park, then along Mathew Street and around various points of interest until finishing in Mill Street. It’s a fun, immersive and convenient way to learn more about the town’s heritage, directly from the people with lived experience. The brainchild of Nambour audio producer Hamish Sewell, there are currently 16 Soundtrails in Queensland and northern New South Wales, with Nambour being the first Sunshine Coast Soundtrail. This is just the beginning. “We could do one for Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve or Kings Beach, where you could have stories working in tandem as well as a choreographed walk,” Hamish says. “You don’t want to be walking more than a couple of kilometres. You could even have driving or cycling Soundtrails.” The cutting-edge app was built by a small development team here on the Sunshine Coast, but its scope is limitless and it’s now being used internationally, by people in the UK and Canada who want to create their own local Soundtrails. “I would say it cuts across heritage, culture and tourism,” Hamish says. “It’s effectively what you would call augmented reality. Augmenting is really about augmenting the world

Experiencing Soundtrails in Nambour

around you and audio brings the world alive around you – and because you’re not looking down at your screen, you won’t get run over! “Because all the stories are GPS activated, you’re able to layer sound. Podcasts use what we would call linear sound. You push play and it plays from the beginning to the end, whereas a location-based audio app like Soundtrails is able to create very highly immersive audio experiences, because the audio is layered. “That means, for example, you might have background sound that’s invisible. That background sound might be on a slow loop so you have a sense of where you’re walking, at a number of key points more site-specific stories might kick in and then you might have instructional sound – cross the road,

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if you want to go here take this path – all of these are working in concert. So it really is a very tiered and choreographed spatial storytelling experience, unlike podcasts which are linear. If you walk out of a sound field and walk back in, it will continue. It’s geared to think through how people walk through spaces.” With a background in oral history and radio production, creating Soundtrails was a logical progression for Hamish, who is studying a PhD in locative audio. “I’d been working as a radio documentary maker with Radio National and a lot of the work I was doing was place-based. It was only being broadcast once, then disappearing. There are questions of digital material and its longevity. Stories and voices and memories and sounds have a real, natural affinity to places. I don’t think many people have understood looking at screens will only get you so far. It’s more meaningful when you’re standing on country, actually on site at the waterfall or crossing the bridge and you have that voice telling you the story.” Version one of Soundtrails was launched eight years ago, however, a substantially more upscale version was launched at the Black Box Theatre in Nambour in March. Version two allows anyone, anywhere in the world to upload their own Soundtrail, with instructions available on the website. The tech brain behind the project is Maleny software and app developer Kris Randall. Kris has spent 25 years in software development, working around the world for industries as diverse as shipping, fashion, banking and meat processing. In 2009 he started his first business, CoCreations, with his wife Angel Goulter Randall. One of their first apps was the excellent Woodford Folk Festival app. “Version one of Soundtrails was very rudimentary,” Kris says. “At the end of 2019, Hamish and I started to have conversations about rebuilding Soundtrails and what was going to be possible. There was a massive list of all the things Hamish wanted to get in there. We spent a lot of time really mapping out the different configuration options. “My junior developer Keaton Mustard, who has been with me for several years, spent a year on version two of the project. We’ve put an enormous amount into it. I love what we’ve done 20

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a location-based audio app like Soundtrails is able to create very highly immersive audio experiences.

with it and it’s super important to me. Part of version two is that anyone can sign up and create their own Soundtrail for their own project. We have now got our first sign-up of producer Chris Brooks, who will be putting three stories on. “My focus now is getting lots of people signing up and creating Soundtrails. A paid subscriber will get their Soundtrail featured in the gallery. You can sign up, make one and share it with anyone. There’s no limit to how many we can have. The architecture is flexible on multiple levels. This thing can scale to everyone in the world having a Soundtrail. “I like that we are placemaking – creating a connection to place for people. I found the Myall Creek Soundtrail incredibly moving. It was an Indigenous massacre site. When I listened to that, it really did connect me in a way that was quite real. That part of Australian history was abstract to me – white settlers massacring Indigenous people. Listening to stories of descendants of people who were there made that real and connected that for me.” Also an integral part of the team is Christine Parfitt of software development company Block and Table. Christine uses no-code tools to create custom websites and created the new Soundtrails website. She also works on strategic positioning for Soundtrails, coming on board as a partner with Hamish and Kris


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at the beginning of the year. Maleny-based cartographer Gavin James of Mapuccino creates the maps for the app and Hamish travels far and wide, connecting with councils, universities, school groups and Indigenous groups to identify and produce stories. “It’s still early days yet, but increasingly more and more people will want to make available these types of storytelling experiences on site,” Hamish says. “We will see an increasing sophistication with the way people start to approach these types of experiences and we’re very well placed to push this into new places. I think we’ll become known as a place for storytellers, creative producers and local communities to build their own trails. “This is the direction things are going because people are increasingly wanting authentic and genuine digital experiences on site now,” he says. “People are increasingly able to connect to the world through mobile phones. If you’re on a computer, you’re static. If you’re on a phone you have the capacity to move in and out of things. “I think we will continue to be commissioned because the material we do has a very long shelf life. The stories we’ve built are not going to disappear; they’re good for many, many years.”


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JUL 3 - 11 BUDERIM CRAFT COTTAGE WINTER SCHOOL Buderim Craft Cottage’s winter school is back in 2021 with workshops to nurture the creative development of community members. Most workshops last for two days but some are just half a day or a day. There are 14 workshops to choose from plus an artist talk, and the mediums include painting and drawing, pottery, silversmithing, photography, needlework, ecoprinting and more. when July 3 to 11 where Buderim Craft Cottage, Buderim visit

JUL 9 - 11

QUEENSLAND GARDEN EXPO Get inspiration for your backyard at the Queensland Garden Expo. Held over three days, the expo features some of Australia’s leading gardening experts who will be holding lectures, workshops and demonstrations. There are more than seven hectares of inspiration with landscape garden displays, floral design displays and kid-friendly events. when July 9 to 11 where Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour visit



JUL 17 RESPECT – THE ARETHA FRANKLIN STORY This electrifying show follows Aretha Franklin’s courageous life of love, tragedy and triumph, while showcasing her greatest hits over 50 years. Presented by Australia’s ‘Soul Mama’, Angie Narayan, Respect is a masterful piece of storytelling, exploring the diva’s life through the eyes of her siblings and her unique childhood, church, relationships and the turbulent music industry. Angie is a powerhouse performer and this is a show that’s not to be missed. when July 17 where The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads visit THE PELICAN COLLECTION 2021 The Passion on the Passage Group (The POP Group) members proudly present this inaugural fine art exhibition and sale featuring JUL 24 - 27 predominantly Caloundra and local established artists. Artworks include inspiring creations in watercolour, oil, acrylic and mixed media, from traditional, to contemporary, to semi-abstract and abstract, and of course, an offering of the definitely challenging ‘boundary-jumper’ modern genre. This piece, by Christine Hopkins, is called Dappled Light. when July 24 to 27 where The Pelican Waters Resort, Mahogany Drive, Pelican Waters visit Contact POP operations leader Jonathan Jones on 0413 085 838 or


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NOOSA ALIVE! Noosa is coming alive with shows, literary events, thoughtprovoking performances plus food and wine. Some feature acts include the Queensland Ballet, Katie Noonan and Cirque Du Soleil. The NOOSA alive! festival is a 10-day event that offers a varied program of events which every year attracts some of the best Australian and international performers, writers, film-makers, musicians, artists, chefs and commentators. when July 15 to 24 where Various locations visit

AUG 6 COCKTAIL FESTIVAL This cocktail festival is shaking things up at NightQuarter! Taste your way through a maze of pop-up bars and discover vibrant seasonal sippers, botanical flavours and creative concoctions by the most buzz-worthy spirits brands. The cocktail line-up will be complemented by NightQuarter’s street food vendors and musical performances. An entry pass to NightQuarter is required to attend – this can be purchased online in advance or on the door. when August 6 where NightQuarter, 201/8 The Avenue, Birtinya visit


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THE WORLD OF MUSICALS This incredible production brings the very best of musical theatre to life. You’ll hear classic songs from hits including The Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, Jersey Boys, AUG 17 Oklahoma, Les Misérables and much, much more. These are all performed by a star-studded cast of highly talented and accomplished performers who have featured in worldwide smash hits. when August 17 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra visit


GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER The muster is Australia’s original and best camping and music experience and if you haven’t been to one yet, book your tickets now. Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Adam Brand, Diesel and The Black Sorrows are just a handful of the performers gearing up for the event, which showcases Australian talent at all stages of their careers. when August 26 to 29 where Amamoor State Forest, Gympie visit

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SUNSHINE COAST MARATHON Get your running shoes on for the Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Running Festival. Not just a sporting event, since its inception, the marathon has raised more than $1.5 million. Event distances include the marathon, half marathon, 10-kilometre, five-kilometre and the two- kilometre runs. And each road race follows the stunning coastline of Alexandra Headland. when August 14 and 15 where Alexandra Headland visit

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HORIZON FESTIVAL Horizon Festival is back with 10 days and nights of visual art, music, theatre, dance, words and ideas, film and creative workshops, inspired by the stories and beauty of the Sunshine Coast. Local artists are at the very heart of the program and there are lots of ways for locals to get involved – not just as spectators, but also as volunteers. For the full festival line-up and to find out how you can get involved, head to the website. when August 27 to September 5 where various locations visit


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Walter Iezzi Property Group have been actively involved in developing luxurious residential projects on the Sunshine Coast for over three decades, they sold out Oceanus Bokarina Beach before construction which has now commenced. AZZURE Bokarina Beach is Walter Iezzi’s latest Bokarina Beach development that has achieved $30 million in sales in just 3 months.



Oceanus Bokarina Beach created by Walter Iezzi, who has an impeccable track record for creating innovative residential and retail projects on the Sunshine Coast for more than 30 years, launches his next project AZZURE Bokarina Beach.

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Bokarina Beach masterplanned community is only minutes to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, University of the Sunshine Coast, new Maroochydore CBD and Sunshine Coast Airport.

The Sunshine Coast’s economic growth outperforms every other regional economy. With GDP forecast to more than double to $33 billion in 2033, economic growth is predicted to deliver 16,000 new jobs over the next five years.

NEWEST OCEANSIDE COMMUNITY Set on 30 hectares, Bokarina Beach will be a premium mixeduse community, home to more than 2,500 people, and will include parklands, a lifesaving facility, beachside cafes and shops, plus more than five hectares of open space.

LUXURIOUS DESIGN Two, three and four bedroom apartments plus penthouse apartments with generous floor plans designed for luxury oceanside living.

SUPPLY & DEMAND With current rental vacancy rates at less than 1% on the Sunshine Coast, and people continuing to move from NSW and Victoria, demand will continue to further tighten availability.

POPULATION GROWTH The Sunshine Coast continues to be one of Australia’s fastest growing population centres.


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INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT The Sunshine Coast’s economy is set to more than double to $33 billion by 2033 and 16,000 new jobs being created over the 5 years. $12.5 billion game changing infrastructure projects include the Sunshine Coast International Broadband, expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport and University, Australia’s only greenfield CBD under development at Maroochydore and the Southern hemisphere’s largest health precinct in a mature stage of development, including two new hospitals.

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The Public Art Trail from Birtwill Street up to Point Perry makes a walk along Coolum’s foreshore much more interesting. Here’s a taste of the art.



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WE HEAR A lot about the benefits of eating organic, fresh produce. It is more nutritious, more environmentally friendly and tastier! Which is why we are loving the fact that Uwe Wullfen and the team at Bioshop Noosa are sharing the organic love and supporting local business in the process. Noosa’s largest organic market, Bioshop is a haven for the delicious and the organic, offering up a vast range of organic local seasonal produce, gourmet cheeses, vegan and vegetarian delights as well as beautiful handmade gourmet hampers or flowers for every occasion.

All of the staff, even our juniors, really believe in the vision. The product range is also very special.

WEDDINGS AT THE MARY VALLEY RATTLER! The Mary Valley Rattler has a range of ceremony & reception opportunities, either at the Historic Gympie Station, Amamoor or Dagun Station or onboard our fleet of heritage locomotives and carriages. For more information, call us at the Mary Valley Rattler or head to our website. 07 5482 2750 @maryvalleyrattler Historic Gympie Station 10 Tozer Street, Gympie, QLD.



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And trust me when I say you could spend half the day just casually perusing the beautifully lined shelves, picking out the perfect hamper of goodies, or even talking to the incredible staff including Jessica Holdsworth, Bioshop’s new general manager. Jessica started with the team after relocating back to the Sunshine Coast with her wife when COVID hit. “A few big life changes due to COVID brought me back to the Sunshine Coast, which is actually where I grew up,” Jess says. “And I have to say, for the first time in many years, my wife and I feel at home and have decided to stay put. Jess ran a successful optical business for eight years, and has created her own range of organic products, Love My Earth, which was born from the desire to help more people become healthy and happy while leading an organic lifestyle. “I have always considered myself a huge healthy living advocate and it was actually during my travels to India helping local communities there that Love My Earth was born,” Jess says. “And funny enough, this was actually how I came to meet Uwe from Bioshop. I stock my products there, we got chatting and here I am – the general manager.” Bioshop operates with the intention to make organic produce a staple in every household. This is something Jess is also very passionate about. “I love teaching people about organic living, which is why I love the mission of Bioshop,” she says. “It is really refreshing and I really love being a part of a team and being able to apply my business skills to an industry that I am really passionate about. I also love working with local farmers and producers and getting their products to the market and then seeing our customers enjoy them so much. “Bioshop is all about supporting the local community and sourcing locally made and produced products. All products are either certified organic to the highest national and international standards in their country of origin, or are whole foods of the highest standard too.” 32

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TOP 10 NUTRITION TIPS FOR WINTER FROM JESS & THE BIOSHOP TEAM: • Increase your spices daily • Add fresh herbs to everything • Try slow-cooked meals loaded with organic vegies • Add in plenty of organic bone broth and warm soups • Drink some nourishing herbal teas • Go organic! • Add plenty of ginger and garlic in meals for immune health • Consume more whole foods • Get your vitamins in by consuming an array of coloured vegies • Try home-made curries


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Jess says she felt drawn to Bioshop after meeting Uwe and hearing what he and the shop were all about. “Bioshop has been amazing to work for,” she says. “I mean, I have always been involved in organics, and I take a lot of pride in providing really warm, inviting customer service, and the entire team here feels the same. “That is something that I have found really sets this place apart – Uwe and the team. All of the staff, even our juniors, really believe in the vision. The product range is also very special and we really aim to be ahead of the market finding those unique and truly distinct products that no one else has. “Bioshop is a beautiful and busy place. We are open seven days a week and receive orders every day to keep the shelves full and the produce fresh. Our wonderful manager Janet takes a lot of pride in the community feel and connection with our customers and looks after the day-to-day running of the shop. We also have a fabulous team of behind-the-scenes workers who look after product sourcing, ordering, marketing logistics etc. It really is a huge team effort and we all love it.” But don’t take our word for it. Go and see for yourself.

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MY NANA USED to say that buying a house won’t bring you happiness, but turning it into a home certainly will. So when my husband and I built our first home, we didn’t run to the local big-box retailer to fill it with Scandi-inspired flat-packed furniture. Instead, we turned to retro pieces and vintage items that would inspire and delight. Our home is our sanctuary and many of us find true joy in filling our abodes with sentimental pieces that evoke a sense of wonder and calmness. But where do you start on this treasure hunt? Your first stop should be The Shed (which is relocating from Forest Glen to Palmwoods in late June this year). Owners Geoff and Dianna Ryan are lucky enough to be surrounded by stunning pieces all day long. From a cherry blossom-inspired Venetian glass floor lamp to a delicate dinner set, handwoven rugs and vintage wooden chairs, they have it

all, paired effortlessly with some new pieces for all you modernists out there. Dianna grew up around antiques with her parents owning an auction house throughout her childhood. Being surrounded by unique pieces, each laden with their own history, taught Dianna to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into creating furniture and homewares from a time gone by. Dianna turned her passion into a career, working as an interior designer before opening The Shed with her property developer husband Geoff, who brings a love of art, jewellery and antiques to the business. You may already know The Shed from their former location in Forest Glen, but this ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of treasures has a new home and one with an exterior that perfectly complements the interior. The old railway storage sheds in


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Palmwoods are the perfect home for the eclectic blend of kooky, quirky and designer pieces that fill this incredible space. “We looked around for a year before we found our new location,” Dianna says. “The railway stores are so full of charm and have such amazing energy. It is the perfect place for us.” A short wander through The Shed reveals a huge array of treasures from religious icons from the 18th century to glittering crystal glassware, vintage record players and so much more. From the roof to the walls and the lanolin-stained floorboards, the building alone is steeped in history and it feels like a cocoon for all of these historical pieces that make up The Shed. Now, following their move to a bigger location, Geoff and Dianna will expand The Shed to be more than a unique retail experience but also a dining destination for locals and visitors. “Part of the railway stores’ charm is the tracks and there is a balcony that runs the length of the building. There will be lots of space for dining out there and guests can have a drink as they watch the trains come through,” Dianna reveals. “Palmwoods is a popular locale with so many people wanting to move out of built-up areas. It is such a charming town, so this is a great location for us. We are excited to join its unique offerings.” Geoff and Dianna are also so excited about the move that they have even sold their long-time family home and have bought acreage in Palmwoods. Dianna says it is important for them to live where they work and to support other local businesses in their community. At the core of The Shed’s ethos is sustainability. Geoff and Dianna are passionate about the environment and want to 36

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educate consumers on the finite natural resources available and why it is so important to repair, repurpose and recycle everything we bring into our homes. “We are all about reusing what we already have,” Dianna says. “There are so many amazing pieces that already exist, ready for us to continue their journey. “Everything we stock is hand-chosen by us and it is up-market and comes from all over the world. It is always good quality so people can buy a designer piece at a fraction of the price while keeping sustainability alive. Vintage furniture is always so much nicer, anyway. “We are proud to offer a more sustainable option for a healthier environment, and it’s also back on-trend. I’ve seen Ralph Lauren campaigns with old radios used in the styling. These pieces are back in style and it is great to see.” As Geoff explains, often in times of uncertainty, people will want to surround themselves with the familiar, things that remind them of the past. Repurposed pieces and antique furniture is a way to bring that sense of “steady” to your home and create a place you can feel comfortable, safe and inspired. If you’re reading this while sitting in your lounge room and you find yourself uninspired by your surroundings, maybe it’s


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time to turn your house into a home and start the hunt for vintage, retro and quirky pieces that speak to you. Geoff and Dianna can help you find the perfect decor or furniture items to bring your space to life, plus a few extra things that will delight you. Not only is buying vintage a beautiful way to add personality to your home, but it’s also sustainable and one of the best ways to get a designer look without costing the earth. You will also boast a one-of-a-kind interior that is sure to spark envy in your guests while you relish the good feels of doing your bit for the environment. The Shed’s new location is 3-5 Main Street, Palmwoods, which will be opening in late June 2021. Check the website for details. 5479 6603 or


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WHEN FORMER PRIMARY school teacher and Sunshine Coast resident Nicky Mih read a book 12 years ago about the sex trafficking industry in Cambodia, it set her life on a course she could never have imagined. Today, as the founder of not-for-profit child protection organisation Free To Shine, Nicky leads a team of 18 education officers and social workers to prevent the trafficking of vulnerable girls by getting them into school. She is also in high demand in the business community as a public speaker, and has written her own book – Do What Matters – about the lessons of life and leadership she has learnt during her extraordinary career. To date, Nicky’s mission with Free To Shine has resulted in securing the safety and education of 754 girls from 59 rural villages in Cambodia. But she has no intention of stopping there. The book that started it all was The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam, a teenage girl in Cambodia who was sold to a brothel. It was a turning point for Nicky, who says she had always felt compelled to help vulnerable women but hadn’t known how. “I had read a whole bunch of books about the plight of women and girls in different countries around the world,” says Nicky, who is originally from England. 38

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rescued, the traffickers didn’t go without a girl, they just went out to a rural village and took a new young girl,” she says. “So they said to me, ‘Nicky, go out to the rural villages, find the girls who aren’t in school, and get them into school’. And as I looked around the room, the survivors were shaking their heads. Not one of them had been in school when they were trafficked.” Nicky had “no idea whatsoever” how to go about such a task, so she spent 18 months researching and liaising with dozens of organisations. While she found many groups helping girls who had been trafficked – rescuing them, providing them with safe houses, and prosecuting criminals – there were none that specifically targeted education as a preventative method. “I couldn’t find an organisation that was out in the rural villages, specifically identifying the girls before the traffickers did,” she says. “So that’s what we ended up doing. And instead of helping another organisation, which is what I had planned to do, in order to deliver on my promise I had to set it up.” Free To Shine has three broad objectives that aim to keep girls safe: firstly, creating safe communities by teaching families how to protect themselves and prioritise the safety of their children; secondly, providing access for girls to education – while they are in the classroom, they are safe and under the watchful eye of a professional; and thirdly, encouraging women in leadership by modelling gender equity, providing leadership training for young women, and funding university places. While getting girls into school has proved to be a huge success for Free To Shine, there are always many complex social and economic issues throwing roadblocks in the way. “Those roadblocks come when a family living in poverty, battling things like poverty, illness, unemployment, migration, family violence – they’d have no food, or no place to stay, or they’d get sick from drinking dirty water – and that’s when the girls would drop out of school in order to go to work and help the family, and that’s when traffickers would target them. So that’s the second goal – getting the girls into school, but more importantly, keeping them there.” Given the huge challenges of running such an organisation, it’s not surprising that Nicky has learnt more than a few life

lessons, which is why her public speaking engagement calendar is full. She believes these lessons can be applied to many aspects of life. One of the most important of those lessons is that the education is a two-way street – while Free To Shine may be helping to provide girls in Cambodia with formal education, the Cambodian families are offering something immensely valuable – albeit less tangible – in return. “We could learn an equal amount from them,” Nicky says. “We can provide education for them to go to state school, but there are things that we do not get right here that they do get right there. I think that they’ve got a wisdom and an approach to life that people here find really valuable. “It gives that kind of strength and perspective and inspiration to people. The girls inspire me, for sure. That’s where I get my strength from.” To find out more about Free To Shine go to For more information about Nicky Mih and her book, Do What Matters, go to

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AUTHOR RHIANNON WILDE has a habit of hearing voices. They are the voices of her characters, insisting that she write them down. They can also appear before her, fully formed. They even sit beside her on the bus or in the car. It’s a phenomenon that may seem a little unnerving but for Sunshine Coast-based Rhiannon, 26, whose award-winning debut novel launches in July, seeing and hearing the characters that populate her books is par for the course. Henry Hamlet’s Heart, a young adult (YA) queer romance novel set in Brisbane, is a love story that revolves around two best friends in a boys’ school. In 2019, Rhiannon won the prestigious Queensland Literary Awards Glendower Award for an Emerging 40

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Queensland Writer for the unpublished manuscript of the book, which came with a publishing contract. Unsurprisingly, she’s been touted by critics as a new voice to watch in Australian YA fiction. The main character, Henry Hamlet, presented himself to Rhiannon, a quirky former English and history teacher, when she had taken her students on a school trip. “It’s a bit of a funny story,” she says. “I went on an excursion to a cemetery with my year nine history girls, and there was a grave of a man called Henry Hamlet from the Victorian era. Pretty much as soon as I saw the name – I didn’t believe this could happen until it happened to me – I fully saw the character.


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“He was just standing in front of me, brown hair and glasses, a goofy teenage boy who has all these feelings and doesn’t know what to do with them. And he literally followed me around from then on, for all of the start of 2018. “He’s a very insistent voice, and he kind of sat with me every day on my way to work, telling me stuff that I should write for him to do, and once I sat down to do it, I wrote the first 90,000 words in three months. “A lot of other writers describe it – and this is how I would describe it too – is [the characters] just drop into your head; they just drop down from somewhere. I’m working on another novel and the same thing’s happened again. They drop from somewhere else and it’s your job to transcribe them. That’s how I see it.” It was also her experience as a teacher that steered Rhiannon towards writing YA fiction, having started a creative writing degree before switching to English and history teaching at university. After teaching for three years, she found herself drawn back to her creative roots. “As soon as I stopped teaching, [writing] pretty much pulled me back in. I think in a way, teaching informed my writing. Because I write YA fiction, I don’t think the book would be what it is if I hadn’t taught before I wrote it; I don’t think that I would be able to still access that young headspace if I hadn’t been around them all day, interacting with them.” Although she doesn’t rule out ever going back to teaching, Rhiannon is enjoying being a full-time writer and living on the Coast where she grew up, after studying and working in Brisbane. Currently working on her second novel, she says her environment has inevitably influenced her work. “It’s set by the beach, so very much inspired by where I am,” she says. “I can say that it’s about two sisters, it’s got another queer through-line but female this time, and the ocean and living by the sea and what that means for you is another big thread. “I think because I’ve always lived by the sea I wanted to interrogate that a little bit. Since I’ve come home and I’m not living in the city anymore, I’ve realised I really enjoy being in nature, so I think that worked its way into what I did next.” A cafe is Rhiannon’s preferred workplace – “I think white noise and caffeine is just a golden recipe for being creative and

not feeling trapped” – although she also loves the beach. During the pandemic, when her novel was going through the lengthy editing process, cafes were off limits so she headed for the outdoors, finding inspiration at Moffat Beach, Caloundra’s Happy Valley and Point Cartwright. “A couple of key themes that weren’t in the first draft [of Henry Hamlet’s Heart] that are now in it were written at Happy Valley sitting by the beach with a coat on, in the middle of winter,” she says. Keen to encourage unpublished and emerging writers, Rhiannon urges them to “just keep going”. “Another good piece of advice a writer friend of mine always says is to just finish a book, and it will teach you so much about how to write one,” she says. “Keep going until you finish a manuscript and even if that’s not ‘the one’, you’ll know all these skills and you’ll start picturing all these things in your head as a book rather than just an idea that you don’t know how to fit into anything concrete. “And listen to the Henry Hamlets when they drop into your head, or when they sit next to you in the car.”


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Paul Theroux | Penguin | $33

Julia Cameron | Souvenir Press | $30

Paul Theroux has been writing for around 50 years. He has published numerous works of travel writing and non-fiction, as well as around 30 novels, some of which have been made into classic films. Under the Wave at Waimea is a work of fiction, but as Paul has lived in Hawaii for many years, this story rings with authenticity; and although he is not a surfer, he is a waterman of sorts and has obviously spent a lot of time observing the world of surfers and surfing. Joe ‘da Shark’ Sharkey was once a hero of big-wave surfing, constantly chasing that 100-foot wave. He was fearless, obsessed and adored. He had it all – the Triple Crown of surfing, adoring young women and the respect of his fellow surfers. These days, now in his sixties with his best waves behind him, Joe spends much of his time looking back. He is a man unravelling and losing his identity, “another leathery geezer in flip-flops”. Joe has lost his stoke. Surfers will love the many vivid passages describing the waves and the joy and fulfilment surfing brings, and travellers will love the descriptions of Hawaii itself: “Hawaii was a gorgeous green woman reclining on her side, sensual, sloping, allowing you to rest against her softness”, but Hawaii also has a dark underbelly, and a culture often fuelled by sex and drugs which is well illustrated in this book. This new offering will join Paul’s extensive list of bestselling books, and find a whole new readership.

The Artist’s Way has been a vigorous bestseller for many years, having sold more than five million copies, and recently published in a brand-new edition. Author Julia Cameron is hailed by The New York Times as ‘the Queen of Change’, as she is credited with starting the movement which has brought creativity into our everyday lives. The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention offers a six-week Artist’s Way program, opening up a new way for you to listen to people and focus on your surroundings, reducing noise and finding clarity and insight in the silences. The Listening Path will help you find the connection with, and direction to the treasures within yourself, often hidden by the chaos of everyday life.



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WILD MUSHROOMING: A GUIDE FOR FORAGERS Alison Pouliot & Tom May | CSIRO Publishing | $50 Fungi are diverse, delicious and sometimes deadly. It is essential to correctly identify a mushroom or fungus while foraging in the wild, an activity that is becoming more and more popular. CSIRO has released Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers, a book for natural history buffs, gardeners, cooks or those simply fascinated by this most unusual plant. Western society is obsessed by food, and these days healthy eating and food sustainability are part of our lifestyle. Our do-it-yourself and grow-it-yourself culture is growing rapidly, and such activities as wild foraging are enjoying a resurgence. This guide is lavishly illustrated, and there is very comprehensive information on the science, history and uses of fungi. Author Alison Pouliot is an ecologist, photographer and fungi conservationist, and co-author Tom May is a natural historian and mycologist. They are both Australian and highly qualified in the field of fungi.


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Journalists Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall describe themselves as obsessed with the past, and in their weekly YOU’RE WRONG ABOUT podcast, they take a look at an event, person or phenomenon that’s been misinterpreted and misremembered in the public imagination, and set the record straight.


The chocolate art of US-based Swiss pastry chef AMAURY GUICHON is next-level good – how about a mini Ferris wheel that actually spins, a terrifying lifelike gorilla sculpture or an intricate timber table that would fool the cleverest antique dealer. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth you’ll want to follow him on Insta.


Described as the pop culture podcast for smart people who like dumb stuff, SHAMELESS is the work of two twenty-something journalists who explain pop culture and celebrity news that is insightful, informative and easy to listen to.


We didn’t even realise there was a CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY until we stumbled across its videos on YouTube. Check out the informative and cool clips like the one of astronaut Chris Hadfield brushing his teeth in zero gravity.


Fashion blogger JENN IM has gained a loyal following, not just for her style sense, but also because she is what many fashion bloggers aren’t – warm, un-patronising and very honest. She offers loads of practical tips and handy tutorials for all of those women, and men, searching for fashion and make-up advice. Go to YouTube and search for ‘Jenn Im’.

RELAX: A LITTLE BOOK OF CALM Meredith Gaston | Hardie Grant | $23 The lovely Meredith Gaston is the author of 10 books, all illustrated with her unique, naive style, and all written to inspire healthy and joyful living. Meredith’s latest book is called Relax, something that many find very difficult to do! With a very small investment of time, we can change our lives and experience joy and ease. Life is hectic, and many of us are driven to succeed, putting our minds and our bodies under pressure. The affirmations and inspirations found in this little treasure of a book will help the reader live in a more relaxed manner; still working and succeeding, but with less wear and tear on body and soul. As with all Meredith’s titles, this is a beautifully published book, perfect for a treat for yourself, or someone you love!

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Have you checked out the boutique EUMUNDI DISTILLERS at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi yet? The distillery produces small-batch gins crafted in a custom-built copper still. Head distiller Mick Reif lives and breathes the science of distilling, so much so that the Imperial team call him the resident ‘gin-tellectual’. So what can you expect? There’s the Folktale Eumundi Gin, made with juniper, angelica root, coriander seed, lavender flower, cassia bark, cardamom, native lemon and anise myrtles, plus pepperberry and Cooroy Mountain spring water. The Folktale Navy Strength Eumundi Gin combines fresh local ginger, limes and lemon myrtle. As well as the signature gins, the distilling team will release a range of seasonal varieties – each with its own personality and delicate flavour profile. These will be available only at the Tasting Bar at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi, which is at 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi. 5442 8811 or

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Dining has never played a bigger part in our lives, so here salt shares news, information and products that enhance our passionate consumption. Not that long ago, if you wanted a healthy sweet treat your options were pretty limited. But with so many clever cooks experimenting with ingredients and flavours, the quality of healthy and raw treats means that we can all ditch refined, unhealthy cakes and chocolates for good. Leading the way is the incredible SUNSHINE COAST RAW TREATS. These guys really do produce some of the best raw and plant-based cakes, slices and treats that you’ll ever come across. The treats are free from gluten, dairy, refined sugars, preservatives and soy, and packed with nutritious wholefood ingredients. And did we mention they taste amazing! Sunshine Coast Raw Treats are stocked at various cafes around the Coast, you can shop online or pick up your treats directly from the Kunda Park factory. But what to buy? Salt’s editor Jemma is particularly partial to the Shnickerz and Strawberry Ripe, but our advice is to try the mini treat box, which gives you a taste of eight delicacies. Sunshine Coast Raw Treats is at 1/13 Endeavour Drive, Kunda Park. 0417 004 426 or 50

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If someone says ‘bamboo’ and you immediately think of flooring or furniture, it’s time to shift your perspective and taste-test a relatively new product on the Sunshine Coast foodie scene. BIG HEART BAMBOO produces a range of gourmet bamboo condiments such as pickles, relishes, chutneys, toppings and teas, plus fresh bamboo shoots. The hinterland company was established by Becky Dart, who was inspired to take bamboo into the kitchen after working on her father’s bamboo plantation and studying applied science. “Bamboo has an unexpectedly powerful nutritional profile and a really delicate flavour that adapts effortlessly to other flavours and textures without losing its own fragrance and crunch,” Becky says. Bamboo is also a readily renewable crop that requires no pesticides, minimal organic fertilisers and is able to sequester one-and-a-half times the amount of carbon dioxide as an equivalent acreage of broadleaf forest. Find out more at


Winter means cosy days at home, long drives to explore other parts of the Coast, and hiding in cafes relaxing with friends. We love ELEMENTS AT MONTVILLE at any time of the year, but in winter there is something special about heading to Montville for a high tea. Share it with a friend or three – the servings are generous and the tea range is incredible. Every time we go to Elements we are left breathless by the view. Afterwards, we recommend you have a browse in the gift shop – Sarah and the team stock loads of homewares and other bits and pieces that make perfect gifts. Elements at Montville is at 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville. 5478 6212 or

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Lots of cafes do chai tea, but not all chais are created equal. In the salt office we love to brew up a beverage from FRESH CHAI CO – these chais are seriously easy to make and taste amazing. And by indulging in a Fresh Chai Co brew, you’re supporting a Sunshine Coast business. Founder Adam Donoghue creates his chai with a lot of love and all the ingredients he uses are certified organic and Fairtrade. He carefully mills whole spices with other selected spices and infuses these in raw honey, agave and vanilla for weeks. The result is a selection of chais that are full of flavour. And they are easy to brew up at home. If you’re new to chai our advice is to get the Chai Sampler pack, which contains Fresh Chai Co’s four most popular blends plus a free chai strainer. There are loads of stockists around the Coast – try your local wholefood store, cafe or supermarket, or jump online and buy direct from Adam at

Have you visited THE WONKY LOAF cafe in Kuluin yet? This bakery’s delicious sourdoughs have gained a loyal following of Sunshine Coast bread lovers. Loaves include traditional and light rye, wholegrain plus caramelised onion and parmesan, and fig, date, apricot and ginger. There’s a lighter sandwich loaf and you can even stock up on pizza bases for you to create at home. You can pop into the cafe to pick up your loaf but we reckon it’s worth staying for a coffee and a sandwich or pie, or a sweet treat like the sourdough brownie or pastries. The cafe is cosy and welcoming and there is plenty of seating out the back. The Wonky Loaf is at shop 1&2, 2-4 Melaleuca Street, Kuluin. 5343 7627 or


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HUMBLE ON DUKE is just the kind of little eatery we need in our lives right now. What the restaurant lacks in space it more than makes up for in service and taste – the staff are warm and the menu is brimming with hearty dishes that are made with love. Standouts include the house-smoked potato gnocchi, the pistachio-crusted lamb rump and the housemade blue cheese ice cream. The food has been described as modern Australian with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences, but we think one word sums it up – delicious! Humble on Duke is at 4/48-54 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach. 5345 5530 or


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Need a dining option that’s just a bit special? We love NOOSA SPRINGS, which is open daily for breakfast, and for lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. The menus are brimming with mouth-watering dishes using fresh local products. Our pick? Now that the weather has cooled we’re loving the look of dishes like the slow-cooked Sovereign lamb shank curry. It’s a mild curry with a hint of spice. Yum! Noosa Springs is at Links Drive, Noosa Heads. 5440 3333 or

If you love the idea of making your own healthy protein balls but the thought of buying all those nuts, seeds and powders leaves you feeling overwhelmed, we’ve discovered a local small business that is here to make your life easier. BLITZ BALLZ offers a range of pre-prepared packs full of all the ingredients you need to make your own bliss balls at home. The packs come with all the ingredients measured and weighed – all you have to do is follow the simple instructions and roll your own. Flavours include tropical, gingerbread, apricot, choc fudge and after-dinner mint. Each pack is a generous 720 grams and from that you’ll be able to make 36 20-gram balls. Stockists include Yandina’s Silo Wholefoods, The Shop at Coolum, Foodworks at Moffat Beach, Noosa Farmers Market and Bunya Grove Produce.

PEREGIAN BEACH HOTEL has been taking pub meals to the next level ever since it opened its doors, and now that it’s curry weather, it’s the perfect time to head to the seaside town for lunch or dinner. How tasty do these dishes look? There is the beef short-rib jungle curry and the vegetarian Massaman curry with tofu, chickpeas and vegies. Peregian Beach Hotel is also known for its woodfired pizzas, plus tapas and starters that are perfect for sharing. Head there for the food and stay for the live music and relaxed atmosphere. Peregian Beach Hotel is at 221-229 David Low Way, Peregian Beach. 5448 3111 or


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Modern Australian with flavours & spices from the

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Intimate 14 Seater Restaurant in Sunshine Beach 20 20 Distillery founder Brian Bedding

DINNER Thursday - Monday 5pm to Late

Upstairs on the deck, 48-54 Duke Street

sunshine beach 07 5345 5530

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FANCY A QUANDONG gin? Perhaps a pink gin made with fresh local Sunshine Coast raspberries? Queen garnet plum your flavour? This delicious fruit was designed by the University of Queensland especially for our climate after all, so you know it will hit the spot. Or maybe you like to keep your gin classic? In which case, the East London Dry will be your pick. Whichever takes your fancy, 20 20 Distillery in Cooroy has you covered. And these four flavours are just the first of 16 so far to be released. Tapping into the Sunshine Coast’s freshest fruits and other local produce, 20 20 Distillery has been using recipes inspired by traditional methods to concoct a selection of premium gins and whisky for just over a year. Named after the ‘vision’ and not the year, 20 20 Distillery is the brainchild of London-born Brian Bedding who decided to switch things up four years ago. “I had been working in FIFO for a long time as a construction manager – since 2011 I think – and a few years back the wife said it was time to find something new and come home,” Brian says. “So, we started looking around for new ventures and

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Vintage High Tea . 95 $39 gluten free option $49.95

Gin is like a great risotto – if you have a great base, then there are so many ways you can turn it into something special.

businesses to buy. It was at the end of a trip to Tasmania for our wedding anniversary in 2018 that we did a beer and wine tour and from that day forth there was no question what I wanted to do – I was either going to buy a brewery or distillery. “For the next 12 months we visited every brewery and distillery we could and by the time we sat down and looked at requirements, it was clear the beer needed more attention than we could give it at the time so distillery it was. I can put a whisky wash on in my five days off, go back to FIFO work for nine days and then come back and distil it. It just worked.” Brian says despite the long FIFO career, the love of brewing has always been in his blood. “It has always interested me, and been a big part of my life growing up in Australia as a teenage boy,” he says. “Beers and barbecues have always been a thing.” Brian started creating his own home brew at 19 and these days, he has swapped the hops for something a little more refined. “Once we made the decision to go into the distillery business, we invested in a five-litre copper pot still and I think we have done about 160 distillations in that over three and a half years. I went and did some courses in Tasmania and here we are, we upgraded to a 400-litre in September last year and haven’t had to throw out a batch yet,” he laughs. The magic happens at 20 20 Distillery from Monday to Thursday when the doors are closed to the public. But from

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Mixologist Jess Carlton

Friday to Sunday the place comes to life as the patrons fill up the 31 available seats and taste the tipples. “We have a small warehouse fit-out and we have been pretty lucky to fit in a large production kit on the ground floor,” Brian says. “What that means though is when Friday comes around, we just pack it all up, set tables and chairs down the centre of the venue and invite our customers in to sample the goods. “The look is very industrial luxe, according to our architect. We have a mezzanine level, and a beautiful brass bar. You can sit to drink and eat and actually touch the still and fermenters, which makes it a special experience. We have had great feedback so far.” And it isn’t hard to see why. 20 20 Distillery has become a bit of a favourite spot for Coast locals already. “Over each weekend we play some cool jazz, serve up our gin, some cocktails, and we have a very popular tasting flight, which is like a beer paddle with four gins, some tonics and dried citrus,” Brian says. “We love to talk you through our premium gins too, how and why we make them and where the ingredients come from because we keep it all as local as possible and use a lot of Australian natives. Also, we use no sweeteners in our products; it is the gin and the fruit and that is it.” One of the goals for 20 20 this year is to explore even

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Brian with manager Danny Hoy

more local ingredients and create something unique and contemporary. “We are in touch with the traditional owners of this land and plan to go foraging with them before Christmas to create a truly Australian native gin which is very exciting,” Brian says. “In fact, we have so many ideas and options when it comes to flavours. Gin is like a great risotto – if you have a great base, then there are so many ways you can turn it into something special.” Other plans include another gin flavour release in June and getting the 20 20 premium products out to more people. “Selling retail over the bar from the distillery has been the only way of purchasing our products so far,” Brian says. “A few months back we did begin the wholesale journey and now have our gin in five establishments up this end of the Coast. The plan is to boost this a lot more. We want you to be able to experience the gin, fall in love with it and eventually be able to go out and get it from Dan Murphy’s or somewhere like that.” And, just in time for winter, 20 20 Distillery is releasing a Navy-strength gin called George, named after Brian’s grandfather, a WWII Navy stoker. “We’ve called it Navy strength because back in the days

when the tall ships would sail around, gin was stored in barrels and used as currency on the sea. They would actually test the quality of the gin by putting a bit on gun powder and seeing if it would light. Only a gin over 57 per cent would light up and that’s how they knew it was the good stuff.” “Ours will be 58 per cent, so great quality, excellent for cocktails and with orange citrus on the back end.” And as if all of this wasn’t enough of a reason to check out 20 20 Distillery, it has also launched the first gin seltzer in Queensland with 88 calories a can, no carbs and natural sweetener from the sap of a South African tree. “We were only weeks away from being the first to do this in Australia,” Brian laughs. “Just missed out.” So, what about the whisky? “We will be releasing a ‘white dog’, unaged whisky barrel this year,” Brian says. “In order to call it whisky it must be aged in wood for a minimum two years.” And don’t worry, when you come to taste the liquid gold, you can get your fill of delicious foods too, including charcuterie boards that boast locally made cheese, dips and other nibbles.



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We’ve got your next dinner party menu sorted thanks to the incredible team at All’ Antica in Buddina. PHOTOS ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS


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Ingredients 15ml Kahlua 15ml Galliano Ristretto 15ml vanilla vodka 15ml sugar syrup 1 shot espresso coffee

Method Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a martini glass, hit the bottom of the shaker to get all the froth out. Float three coffee beans on top for garnish.

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


Ingredients 1 house-made sourdough loaf Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 4 ripe roma tomatoes (de-seeded) 1 red onion (small-medium) Small handful fresh basil Small handful fresh rocket 2-3 whole bocconcini (chef’s tip: use an egg slicer to cut fresh bocconcini) 250g smoked salmon

Method Cut sourdough into 8 even slices. Rub with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, then grill or oven bake. Make a tomato mix by finely dicing the tomato, onion, fresh basil, salt and pepper and extra virgin olive oil. Dress the rocket in a small bowl with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. To plate, place the toasted sourdough on your serving plate/board, place the dressed rocket on top of the 8 slices of sourdough, place 1 to 2 tablespoons of tomato mix on the rocket bed. Place a slice or two of bocconcini on top of the tomato mix. Roll a good-sized amount of smoked salmon into a cylinder shape and place on top of bocconcini. This is also amazing with a couple of capers rolled inside the salmon. Dress with extra virgin olive oil and cracked pepper. Serve.

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Monday to Friday 11am - 8.30pm Saturday & Sunday 8.30am - 8.30pm 2/216 David Low Way Peregian Beach QLD 4573

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Ingredients Panna cotta 800ml cream 100ml milk 90g caster sugar ¼ tsp vanilla paste 1 capful vanilla imitation essence ¼ tsp nutmeg 2-3 gelatine sheets

Berry compote 250g mixed berries, fresh or frozen 80g caster sugar ¼ tsp ground cinnamon Pinch nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla essence Garnish 2-3 biscotti biscuits, crumbled Small handful pistachios, roughly chopped Fresh mint

Method To make the panna cotta, gently heat cream, milk, sugar, vanilla paste and essence, and nutmeg in a thick-based saucepan. Bring gently to the boil to dissolve the sugar. Then place gelatine sheets straight into the mix; as the mix is hot the sheets do not need to be soaked in cold water. Once the gelatine is completely dissolved, remove from heat and spray 8 to 10 dariole moulds with canola spray, then pour the mixture into the moulds. Cover with cling wrap and let set overnight.


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To make the berry compote, gently heat all the ingredients until the caster sugar has dissolved, then let cool overnight in the fridge to be used on top of the panna cotta. To plate, place a small mould upside down above the serving plate then use your thumb to gently push the panna cotta to the side to let a little air pocket into the mould, then the panna cotta should slide out easily. Place a couple of spoonfuls of the cold berry compote over the panna cotta. Garnish with the crumbled biscotti and chopped pistachio and fresh mint.


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Ingredients 500g good Italian spaghetti (or make your own if desired) 100g unsalted butter Extra virgin olive oil 1 cup chopped Spanish onions 4 peeled whole cloves of garlic

2-3 mild red chillies 1kg fresh South Australian blue-tip mussels 250ml dry white wine 1 can good-quality Italian tinned tomatoes Sea salt and pepper Half bunch fresh basil

Method Cook the spaghetti in plenty of salted, boiling water until al dente, then set aside. Heat a large ceramic or thick-based bottom pan and add the butter, olive oil, Spanish onion, garlic and chillies to the hot pan and sauté. Add the mussels and white wine, cover until mussels open up. Add the tomatoes, season with the salt and pepper and heat through. Then simply combine with the cooked spaghetti. To plate, garnish with extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil.

Recipes courtesy of All’ Antica, 3/115A Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina. 5444 0988 or SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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NEW ZEALAND. IT’S the place where every turn is met with a stunning vista. A short trip across the ditch will net reward in so many ways, but it is the burgeoning wine scene I go hunting for – no surprises there. Although there are a few regions that take the spotlight, there are a couple of hidden gems worth seeking out. The North Canterbury region is one of these. A mere 45-minute drive north from Christchurch airport and you’re in the midst of a humble wine region that does not get the recognition it deserves. Pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling dominate the landscape with flashes of other varieties such as cabernet franc, gewurztraminer and even shiraz (syrah). With a landscape peppered by small, family-owned businesses, that sense of community is driven home from the outset. Warm sunny days and cool nights highlight the North Canterbury district’s viticulture, which spans 230 kilometres down the east coast, of which 90 per cent is planted in Waipara. In the shadow of the Three Deans Ranges and on the banks of the Waipara River, limestone and clay soils ensure the wine industry will always flourish here. Talk about little producers, a stay at The Wine Pod at George’s Road Wines could not be recommended highly enough. Tucked away on the edge of a vineyard, this cute container home possesses all the amenities you’d ask for. With a plentiful breakfast pack, barbecue and deck overlooking the vineyard, and a bar stocked with the product picked and made only metres away, the icing on the cake is the hot tub in the vineyard. Relaxing in the tub with a glass in hand as the sun slowly falls behind the Three Deans is simply magical, 62

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before being treated to a galaxy of stars to delight the eye. You don’t need to go far to continue your exploration either. The neighbouring properties are rich in vino diversity – check out The Bone Line for a wonderfully refreshing chardonnay and elegant cabernet franc or head to the organic vineyards of Terrace Edge for a delicious riesling or syrah. The biodynamic and organically farmed Fiddler’s Green is a worthy dinner stop with an impressive menu worth savouring. If you are a serious connoisseur though, make an appointment and head 20 minutes out along the Weka Pass to Bell Hill and Pyramid Valley. Lunch at the most famous vineyard in the district is a must. Established in 1986, Pegasus Bay is owned and run by the Donaldson family from the ground up. With all five family members managing all facets of the business, this place is simply magnificent. The stunning gardens are nothing short of picturesque. On a glorious day drenched with blue sky and sunshine, we sat among the flowers and the biggest bumble bees you will ever see as they went about their work. Many of New Zealand’s top chefs have started out in this kitchen before venturing across the country and the world. Does your belly need any more convincing? Pinot noir and chardonnay excel on the valley floor south of the Waipara River but it is riesling that general manager Paul Donaldson has a special place for. Five are produced – more than many other producers I might add – all with varying levels of sugar and texture. Incorporating sustainable practices in the vineyard, winemaker Matthew Donaldson builds complexity,


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power and weight in his wines ensuring the fruit speaks for the earth from which it’s born. Next stop, Central Otago, one of the world’s premier wine-producing districts. It is easy to see why this is so. Warm days ripen the fruit evenly as cool nights hit the pause button. But there are many other factors too. The town of Cromwell is the most inland inhabited area and this region is the least maritime-influenced in the country. Located in the 45th parallel – halfway between the equator and the South Pole – the region is shaped by the cool continental weather pattern. As a result, six subregions all show their uniqueness. The French use the word ‘terroir’ to describe this but the Kiwis use a Maori term ‘Turangawaewae’, which is translated to “a place to stand” empowering connection to the land. Moving around the district you can see the wines are a reflection of their soil and microclimates. A run around the subregions looks like this: Wanaka is the northern-most sub-region and the smallest, receiving more rain than the others but producing juicy fruit. Bendigo is all power and structure, Cromwell/Lowburn/ Pisa are supple and approachable, Bannockburn is the dress circle of the region and demonstrates power and richness. Alexandra produces skeletal wines and Gibbston is more about bright fruit. But with so many wonderful wineries to befriend, where to start? Well, I went to the pub. Make a beeline for the Cardrona Hotel. Please do. Roughly 20 minutes from Wanaka, you arrive at this establishment, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Walk in and it is thriving. Incredible! A hearty pub menu awaits but the best thing you can do is arm yourself with a Speight’s as you slowly devour the seafood chowder. This is the advice I was given and it is advice I’m more than happy to share. Kick off your Central Otago wine fix at Aitken’s Folly. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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Blink and you’ll miss this tiny three-hectare site a stone’s throw from the Wanaka township. Pinot noir (75 per cent) and chardonnay are the only two varieties planted here and both are delicious. If there was such a thing as a sessional pinot, this would be it. The chardonnay is clever too and the wines are humbly priced. A great find. The Maude cellar door is an ideal place to kick back with a glass or two matched with a clever menu. Sitting on the hill overlooking Wanaka out to the lake, the business has been family run for 26 years. Winemakers Dan and Sarah-Kate Dineen met when working at Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley and have been inseparable since. Returning home to New Zealand, their wines are pristine and engaging. Their mission to produce the best pinot noir is clear with five takes on the variety with varying expressions of site, weight and texture. Brilliant! Just outside Wanaka you’ll find Nanny Goat. The name is a reflection of the goat’s drive to survive, much like the vines that struggle in the soil to produce excellent fruit. Now certified organic, winemaker Alan Peters-Oswald is all about letting the fruit express the site without being overworked. Readily available in Australia, his pinot is a classic interpretation of the district. In the heart of Cromwell you’ll come across Wooing Tree. Named after the iconic tree that is over 100 years old and unmissable from the road, the 18-hectare property was isolated in 2002 when purchased, but the urban sprawl now sees the vineyard surrounded by development. A great spot for a relaxed lunch, the Blondie is an eye-catching wine oozing refreshment, but the complexity of the flagship Sandstorm pinot noir sits at another level. A little further up the road is the Burn Cottage vineyard, which is planted to 97 per cent pinot noir. Although there is no cellar door, this pinot noir swept me off my feet and was by far and away the best I tasted in the region. Biodynamic and organic since its first planting in 2003, the fruit is delicately handled, delivering a sumptuous and curvaceous wine that is simply breathtaking. Winemaker Claire Mulholland’s philosophy is simple – focus on the vineyard to produce vibrant and elegant wines that represent the site. Balanced impeccably, this is a sublime example of Central Otago pinot noir. Resting on the banks of the Kawarau River and Bannockburn inlet you’ll find Carrick. Certified organic and biodynamic, winemaker Rosie Menzies’ wines have an elegance and grace as she plays with textures, delivering engaging wines through skin contact and whole bunches. A relaxed aspect looks out from the restaurant, which delivers a sophisticated dining experience.

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SAY CHEERS WITH A SUNSHINE COAST BEER! Moffat Beach Brewing Co. Moff ’s Summer Ale (4.5% alc) Forget the Milton mango when you can rip into an insanely refreshing Moff Mango! A passion fruit and mango bomb, it is crisp and crushable. Voted Champion Session Beer at the Australian Independent Brewing Awards – enough said. Moffat Beach Brewing Co. Social Jam (3.5% alc) An American pale ale with full flavour but the punch dialled down, delivering a super mid-strength beer showing tropical fruit and mild bitterness. Stay a little longer and have another.

Carved into a rocky outcrop, unwinding on the terrace and absorbing the ranges in the distance and the Cromwell basin is tough at Mt Difficulty. While sipping on a glass and enjoying a first-class meal, the cellar door is an iconic experience. Its wines cater for all price points and the fruit is drawn from various subregions. One more stop? You’re living on the edge when driving to Chard Farm – literally. The road to the cellar door creeps along the edge of a cliff. Round the turn and it is all worth it. Formerly a fruit orchard, Chard Road was once the old road linking Cromwell and Queenstown – hard to believe. Chard Farm’s vineyards are picturesque and perched on the edge of the Kawarau River. With its cosy cellar door, this will be a memorable experience. But you still want more? If adventure is your thing, satisfy your adrenaline by bungee jumping off a bridge, white-water rafting, jet boating, head off into the wilderness on a mountain bike or cruise along well-maintained and easy riding tracks and rail trails – an excellent way to experience the region. Even book a helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view. Once the snow falls, skiing and snowboarding bring the area to life in the winter months. What is not to love about this splendid part of the world? Mind you, if you’re unable to physically get across the border, take your senses on a journey in the comfort of your own home and try these wines, which are available at good independent retailers right across the Sunshine Coast.


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NINE WINES TO TRY: LONG LUNCHES – WOOING TREE BLONDIE 2020, $35 Perfect for long lunches and warm days in the Queensland sun. A blanc de noir (white wine from dark grape) with a gorgeous blush appearance, red currant and red cherries roll through ever-so softly. Scents of jasmine add pretty factor. Go here. REFINED – MAUDE PINOT NOIR 2019, $38 Deep but refined. Quite savoury with a hint of smokiness, this grew on me. Quality pinot will age and this will demonstrate that – if patient. A ripper!

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LOCAL HERO – BARAMBAH FIRST GRID RACK DRIED SEMILLON 2016 $39 (375ML) A wonderfully balanced dessert wine from the South Burnett that has eyes only for dried fruits and cheese. A far cry from some of those syrupy and sickly sweet dessert wines, this has a cleansing appeal about it. Long with great acidity. Delicious! TERRIFICALLY AROMATIC – CARRICK BANNOCKBURN PINOT NOIR 2017, $55 There is concentration and focus here yet there is also a playful side. A pinot that slides down with ease. Moreish and classy, the longer it sits the better it gets. Big love.

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MR RELIABLE – MT DIFFICULTY BANNOCKBURN PINOT NOIR 2018, $55 The Central Otago 2018 vintage was the hottest summer in 50 years, bringing harvest three weeks early. Some density with youthful tannins and soft baking spices curl around the mouth. Yum. EARTHY AND MINERALLY – CHARD FARM MATA-AU PINOT NOIR 2018, $55 An impressive Central Otago pinot sourced from two of Chard Farm’s Cromwell sites – the Viper and Tiger vineyards. Highlighted by pretty red berry and red flower aromas, supple and fine spices click into gear. Captivating. PRETTY AND POWERFUL – NANNY GOAT SUPER NANNY 2019, $65 Wonderfully structured. Terrific width and stunning length. Sleek and super fine delivery. Polished in every facet. Classy deluxe. ALWAYS THE STAR – PEGASUS BAY PINOT NOIR 2017, $70 Give this some time in the glass and the reward is imminent as it slowly unfurls. It is hard not to be captivated by the weight and length. A super impressive wine. BREATHTAKING – BURN COTTAGE PINOT NOIR 2017, $90 This exudes all the prettiness and delicacy that pinot has to offer. Incredible purity and elegance are laced throughout. Balanced impeccably, this is a sublime example of Central Otago pinot noir.

STEVE LESZCZYNSKI is a wine writer, wine dinner host and MC. Apart from writing for his website, Steve contributes to Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, Vinomofo, Wine Business Magazine, Grapegrower & Winemaker Magazine and has previously written for Must Do Brisbane. Steve is a passionate supporter of the Queensland wine industry. *Disclaimer – the author paid for all flight, accommodation and car hire expenses. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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WHEN JOSH HUMPHRIS decided it was the right time to propose to his girlfriend Rochelle Blundell, he knew the perfect location to ensure a spectacular view and an intimate proposal. After weeks of anticipation and planning, the big day arrived and Josh, Rochelle and Rochelle’s aunt and uncle set off to the lush hinterland. Usually a bright, clear and sunny day is a welcome sight for a proposal but for a hinterland lookout, this means only one thing: hordes of tourists all vying for that perfect photo of the views over the valley and out to the ocean. Popping the question among a throng of tourists wasn’t how Josh had imagined his proposal so, while taking care not to spoil the surprise, he quickly consulted with Rochelle’s aunt and uncle on where might be another great spot to pop the question. Luckily, the hinterland is bursting with incredible locations all surrounded by nature and exquisite landscapes that inspire romance, but the foursome ended up driving from one hinterland hot spot to the next with Josh determined to find the perfect place to replace his original destination. Finally, as dusk fell on the charming township of Montville, Josh could wait no longer and he dropped to one knee in front of the iconic waterwheel at Montrose. With the soothing sound of the water providing a tranquil soundtrack and in the soft light of the sun setting, Josh asked Rochelle to be his wife.

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“I was shocked,” Rochelle says. “I was starting to get suspicious because we just kept driving from one place to the next, but it was such a surprise.” Finding the right place to propose was a tough decision for Josh, but deciding on their wedding reception venue was easy. “We had been to look at a few venues in Gympie but one day we happened to visit The Rattler with friends and as soon as we walked into the restaurants we knew this was the place,” Rochelle recalls. “We fell in love instantly. I loved the look of the room and we didn’t want tablecloths or anything to cover the beautiful wood of the tables. It was just such a beautiful place and perfect for our reception.” Now, a train station is not the first place many couples would think of to have their wedding reception, but Rochelle and Josh wanted something a little different and they found themselves drawn to the historical train and the rustic tracks. After all, American author David McCullough did say that we need history as much as we need bread, water and, of course, love. The iconic station was built in 1913 and has been meticulously revitalised to offer a perfect blend of old-world charm and modern style, ready for contemporary couples to tie the knot. Gone are the days of poky reception rooms and stale halls – many modern couples are embracing venues that provide more than a reception room; they are after an experience. The Mary Valley Rattler has the added benefit of providing incredible photo opportunities with beautiful architecture on show along with lush surrounding bushland and the trains themselves. Rochelle and Josh were married in July 2018 and were the first couple to celebrate their wedding at the Mary Valley Rattler’s Rusty Rails Cafe as part of its Veils & Rails offering. Just over 60 guests explored the iconic Mary Rattler train while the bride and groom had their photos taken. Then everyone gathered in the station’s restaurant for a celebration steeped in history and paired with a delectable menu filled with local produce. The day was extra special for the couple with Josh due to start chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma as soon as they returned from their honeymoon in Tasmania. Josh was diagnosed just after the couple was engaged, making their wedding a day where everyone could truly celebrate love and being together. John has now been free of cancer for over two years. Choosing the historic Rattler and the 1913 carriage house was an ironic backdrop for Josh and Rochelle, who 68

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met through one of the most modern ways possible, the internet. “We knew of each other over Facebook,” says Rochelle. “I knew Josh’s cousin who lived in Gympie at the time. Josh comes from Rockhampton but we met in person when he came to visit his family down here.” The rest, as they say, is history. Mr and Mrs Humphris recently welcomed baby Eli Cade to the family and the couple is settling into family life as they prepare to celebrate three years of marriage this winter.


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ABOUT THE VENUE Powered by volunteers, the Mary Valley Rattler is a labour of love that brings to life the charm and elegance of a time gone by. From 1881 to 1995, the Mary River train line serviced the Gympie community with the Pagoda-style station built in 1913 that still stands today. A refreshment room, telegraph, booking office and a cellar are all part of the original building that is now home to the Rusty Rails Cafe, where guests are treated to a delightful blend of original character and contemporary comfort. Gympie’s station was one of the largest timber railway buildings in Queensland during the 20th century and Mary Valley Rattler volunteers and Gympie locals alike all say it is one of the most stylish and elaborate stations around. The Mary Valley Rattler is the perfect option for couples looking to tie the knot in a unique way. You can celebrate your reception in the Rusty Rails Cafe with room for up to 120 people or dine right out on the platform while taking in views of the historic train and the surrounding bushlands. For more intimate affairs, you can enjoy a cocktail reception on board one of the lovingly maintained trains or invite guests for a cheese and wine evening for a sophisticated celebration. This is an exciting chance to join the thousands of passengers who have relished the history and character of this treasured building nestled in picture-perfect surroundings.

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CLOSE TO HOME Let’s face it, small and regional businesses have done it tough over the past few years, and many couples are choosing to support local businesses as part of their celebrations. If you’re planning a wedding, it makes sense to use LOCAL SUPPLIERS AND VENDORS – they know the region and have probably worked together, so the day is more likely to go smoothly. So if you’re getting married on the Sunshine Coast, be sure to choose local florists and wedding dress makers, jewellers and cake makers.

Remember when a wedding was a FULL-WEEKEND AFFAIR? Now that restrictions are being lifted, many couples are choosing to go all out and are creating wedding weekends with loved ones that they might not have seen for a long time. We’re talking pre-wedding catch-ups before the big day, a full day of wedding fun, then recovery sessions afterwards. Some couples want their guests to have a special experience or mini holiday, and are including adventurous excursions or pampering day spa visits as part of their celebrations.


Here are our picks of fashionable locations, must-have products, and the latest trends in weddings.


LET’S PLAY When dancing at weddings was cancelled, many couples had to come up with other ways to keep their guests entertained and we saw loads of PARTY GAMES being played. And why not – games are a great way to break the ice, they keep the kids entertained and, well, they’re fun! So stock up on Jenga, oversized games like Connect Four, checkers and chess, ring toss, bocce and croquet, then place them around the venue and enjoy! 70

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The pandemic has made us all rethink the way we do things, and when it comes to hair and make-up, social distancing and smaller weddings forced many brides to do it themselves. But we think DIY HAIR AND MAKE-UP is a more lasting movement. If you are going for a relaxed look, it’s not so hard to do it yourself, and with a plethora of YouTube video tutorials and online advice, you’re never short of ideas. If you’re nervous, get a friend or one of your bridesmaids to help out – that can be her wedding gift to you. A word of advice – practise as much as you can in the months leading up so you have it nailed before the big day. Be sure to use waterproof mascara and a setting spray and wear more make-up than you would normally as it will look more understated in photos.


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PETS WELCOME! According to the RSPCA, Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world with almost two-thirds of households home to a pet. That means there are close to 30 million dogs, cats, fish, birds and other BELOVED PETS in this nation. Wedding planners and venues are catching on, with more and more recognising the importance of pets and helping brides and grooms to incorporate their best friends into their special day. Ask your venue if they are happy for your pet to be part of the wedding – they might even have suggestions on how to do this, plus offer special meals and suggest pet-minding services for a night or two after the event.


OUT AND ABOUT We are lucky on the Sunshine Coast that our weather allows us to hang outside all year round, and there is no reason why you have to give up on your dream of an OUTDOOR WEDDING in the cooler months. There are loads of great locations to say ‘I do’ outside – we’re talking about beaches and parks, vineyards and gardens. Know someone with a decent backyard? Just hire a couple of marquees, string up some party lights, fill it with flowers and you have the perfect wedding venue.

Due to the pandemic, many couples have had to embrace NON-TRADITIONAL WEDDING SETTINGS, but it seems that even as life returns to normal post-COVID, some couples are still choosing left-of-centre venues. We think it’s a trend that will still be going strong in the years ahead. Our couple this issue was married on a train (see previous page) and we’re also seeing couples getting married on boats. If you’d rather stay put, how about a barn or art gallery, historic house or refurbished factory, a farm or maze? Even Australia Zoo hosts weddings – what better place to say I do!

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Boulder opal & tourmaline pendant, set in rose gold, $2600, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Handmade 9ct white gold abstract pendant featuring freeform 11.06ct Lightning Ridge black opal & accent diamonds, $22,340, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

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Handmade opal ring fitted with opening and closing fitting to suit arthritic hands, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Sala Sid loafers in super-soft leather, made in Turkey, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville 5447 1755

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9ct yellow gold ring featuring an 11.4ct Queensland boulder opal, $4685 Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Whilster knit, Ginger Lilli, Maleny and Caloundra, 0402 392 836

Cienna handmade knit, Onyx Poppy, Sippy Downs, 5370 9222



Fine weaves, textural ribbed fabrics, knitted dresses and long-line cardigans provide an instant, injec no-fuss style injection.

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18ct WG green tourmaline, diamond & Ceylon sapphire ring, $24,950, Antiques & Possibilities, Peregian Beach, 5372 8838

Liberty black Nala Chita boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

Ministry of Style Westward knit mini dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700


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Boho cardigans in various designs with and without hoods, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250 Ministry of Style Westward knit sweater, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

WINTER 2021 NEW IN-STORE Lane Wild stitch midnight boots, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946


Shanty Natalia skirt, Urban Tonik,

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Shop 2 / 214 David Low Way, Verbenas Gaudi black and pink boot, Pure Footwear, Buderim, 5456 4440

Mahson & Co leather bag, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

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18ct yellow gold stud drop earrings featuring Akoya pearls $1450, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

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

Anannasa blouse and pant, Ginger Lilli, Maleny and Caloundra, 0402 392 836


dressing Platinum dress ring featuring purple spinel centre & two Argyle pink diamond accents, $5800, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim 5445 5709

Glamorous and striking colours in comfortable fabrics and styles will take you from afternoon to evening.

Botta Tres Colores quartz watch, $995, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Victorial oval sapphire & old-mine diamond daisy cluster ring, $10,300, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

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Frank Lyman evening dress, Onyx Poppy, Sippy Downs, 5370 9222

European and Australian fashion brands for a woman seeking natural fibres in a variety of styles. TRIBAL DESIGUAL NAUDIC IMAGINE SEE SAW

Green amethyst, yellow gold bezel-set dress ring, POA, To Hold & To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

12/43 Maple St, Maleny Shop 1/ 33 Bulcock Street Caloundra 0402 392 836.

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14ct yellow gold pendant featuring a 9.77ct Queensland boulder opal with six diamonds, $2850,

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We’re loving Palm Springs, poolside energy and ’70s power dressing. Think velvet suits, jewel tones, flowing silks and stand-out prints. Double D Ranch Don’t Fence Me In booties, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

Original design fit and flare dress in African abstract print, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250

Free People floral pant, Ginger Lilli, Maleny and Caloundra, 0402 392 836

Tutima M2 Seven Seas orange 6151-07 watch, $2755, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Remonte Isa ladies leather boot, Pure Footwear, Buderim, 5456 4440

Eos Javi shoe, Pure Footwear, Buderim, 5456 4440

Flower & Tassel clutch bag, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250


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Kinga Csilla Trigger blouse, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Opal pendant in rose gold, handmade in Australia, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

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Zeta Montez boots, made in Spain, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville 5447 1755 Light blue enamel butterfly brooch made by Finn Jense, $595, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422


Emerald & reverse-set diamonds in an 18ct white gold dome ring, POA, To Hold & To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561


Shop 5/5 Hastings Street Noosa Heads

Chrysophrase & rose gold pear drop earrings, POA, To Hold & To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

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Stunning enamel jewellery by Arior from Barcelona, bangles from $750, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Kompanero Skyla moss-green bag, Pure Footwear, Buderim, 5456 4440

Dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

9ct gold freshwater pearl drop earrings $650, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778

Birkenstock classic Boston clog in mocca suede, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville 5447 1755

Ameise Leather slide sneaker, Onyx Poppy, Sippy Downs, 5370 9222

Frank Lyman metallic shirt, Onyx Poppy, Sippy Downs, 5370 9222


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Cienna Shey kimono, Onyx Poppy, Sippy Downs, 5370 9222



P Putting together a luxe casual wardrobe has never been easier. Add a splash of bling and away you go.

18ct white gold ring featuring a 3.2ct Queensland boulder opal, with nine diamonds, $3750, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Kelsey Collective Daisy dress in black, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

Victorian onyx & seed pearl drop earrings, circa 1890, $2500, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Chloe bootie in Burnt Caramel, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946


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Adel top in black, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340



Light-weight knitted separates with a luxurious superfine weave are the cosy layers you’re looking for right now.

Beautiful & elegant handmade diamond bow earrings with detachable Tahitian South Sea pearls, $9400, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

SINN 434 St B watch, $1300, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Jumper in assorted colours and styles, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250

Natural pink 9ct gold earrings, $395, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778

Skechers GOwalk 5 Trendy slip-on, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville 5447 1755

Dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

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Top and skirt, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

Bueno Gilli-Go’s leather shoe, Onyx Poppy, Sippy Downs, 5370 9222

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YOU CAN SEE it in Zoe’s eyes – the passion, the love of her craft. And if you miss the sparkle there, you catch it in her smile for sure. In fact, it was clear from the moment we arrived at her studio, tucked away in the Noosa hinterland, that she loves what she does. And after spending most of the morning losing time and chatting away in the studio her husband built for her, I have to admit, I fell a little bit in love with her craft too. Zoe Kennedy launched Eumundi’s beloved Agave Blue in 2014, after a lifelong obsession with Western boots. But after COVID hit, she decided it was time to “play again” and get back to her roots in textiles. “I just wanted to find a happy place amongst the chaos and uncertainty,” Zoe says. “When COVID hit, there weren’t many people around to come into the shop, so I picked up some embroidery cotton and started playing. It was beautiful just living outside the box


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and getting back to my childlike self, creating and having some fun with it.” That is how Butler Rd came to be. “I started embroidering on denim jackets for fun, and then two women came into the shop, saw them and they were sold before I even had a chance to finish them,” Zoe says. “I knew there was something there and ran with it.” In fact, Zoe was so inspired by this she decided to put Agave Blue up for sale and begin her journey down a new, exciting pathway. “The jackets are picked up from various places. I have about 40 hanging in the studio now waiting to be adorned and turned into art,” she says. “They are all chosen based on them having some weird point of difference – quirkiness, colour, quality. “The work and the love that goes into making every single one is immense, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I guess it just means there is no one type of client, or no average time frame to complete each one because everything is unique, one-of-a-kind and it’s my mojo too – I’m either in flow or I’m not as I work with my heart and soul. “I recently finished one custom jacket that took 12 weeks and over 400 hours. It had thousands of French knots and

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because I learn as I go, I ended up getting so overwhelmed as to how I would do this piece justice. “The trick is just to ‘fake it till you make it’, get out of your own head and just start,” she says. “And the end result was just magic. “Butler Rd really is about making pieces of art, and adding pieces of your heart into these jackets.” If you had asked Zoe when she was a child what she wanted to be, she would have told you “a fashion designer”. Funnily enough, that answer hasn’t changed. “I like to live outside of the box, because I don’t really see things as they are; I see them as they could be,” she says. “And I have loved playing with and creating with textiles my whole life, for as long as I can remember, so now I feel as though I am being intrinsically drawn back to my roots and I’m just letting my dreams become a reality. “When I was little, about four years old, I would visit my granny and she was a milliner. We would go to Coles together, get waffles and ice-cream with caramel topping and then go through the shops to find a little dress I liked. Then, we would go and buy some very luxe fabric, catch the bus home, and Granny would draft up a pattern, and start creating. I would run around the studio annoying the crap out of her and an 92

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Butler Rd was created as a space to play, to have no fear and to create art.

hour later, she would have made the dress for me. I still have the old dressmaking ruler she would use. It was incredible.” Zoe believes whole-heartedly that this kind of love, passion and creativity is in your blood. “My grandfather was a tailor, my family have been collecting their tools of the trade for generations and I have all of them now – my grandfather’s scissors, a jar of buttons passed down from woman to woman,” she says. “I remember my dad gave me a sewing machine at the age of eight, and I never got taught to use it. I just learnt through play. But I had my first lesson when I tried to make a T-shirt. I cut the fabric, left the space for the arm holes and got sewing. That is when I discovered that not all fabrics can be used to make all clothes. I had to cut myself out of the shirt I made. But I have been loving it ever since anyway,” she laughs. “My mum wouldn’t buy me a Cabbage Patch Kid when I was younger – she thought they were ugly – but all my friends had one so I became the seamstress for all my friends’ dolls, making them cute outfits. “When I was 18, I used to get boxes of chamois scraps sent up from Sydney and make bikinis. I would make them – it would cost me about $2 – and I would sell for $60 to $90. I loved it.” And despite the numerous ways Zoe has embraced this passion over the years, she knew in her heart that one day she would realise that childhood dream. “Butler Rd was created as a space to play, to have no fear and to create art. But it evolved into something else: my portfolio. A space to showcase my skills and the calibre of design work I could do,” Zoe says. “I love the jackets, but it isn’t really about them; at its core, it is my canvas for my technique and my design work because since 2016 I have been working on a patent in America that just got approved.” “Butler Rd is simply the beginning as I transition into my dream,” she says. And knowing Zoe, that dream will be just as wild, free and full of love and passion as she is.

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Winter Solstice Bath Ritual, $24.95, 220g. Available at Skin Muk,

Ena Foot Treatment, $24.95, 100ml. Available at Eumundi Emporium, 88 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7340 or eumundiemporium

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There are plenty of things to see, do and explore on the Sunshine Coast, so get out there and head along to our beloved attractions. START YOUR MARRIAGE ON THE RIGHT TRACK Gympie’s heritage MARY VALLEY RATTLER steam train has launched new wedding packages, providing a unique experience that guarantees couples start their new life together on the right track. Couples can choose their preferred train and carriages, many dating back more than 100 years, and all packages include a range of options for ceremonies and receptions, with styling, venue decoration, meals, refreshments and a wedding co-ordinator to ensure a memorable day. The Mary Valley Rattler will take the wedding party through the picturesque Mary Valley to the beautiful rural villages of Amamoor and Dagun, with drinks served onboard the 50-minute journey. Wedding ceremonies can be arranged at the historic Gympie, Amamoor or Dagun stations. Packages are also available for engagement parties, bridal showers, high teas and engagement photoshoots.


RELAX AND UNWIND AT NOOSA MARINA NOOSA MARINA has been a popular destination for more than 30 years. It is a favourite dining location for locals, with a variety of restaurants on offer from modern Australian and a la carte, to Italian or family favourite fish and chips. There is always something new to see with a variety of fashion shops and hairdressers, plus a day spa on offer. Noosa Marina is also a departure point for many river cruises or do it your own way with a barbecue pontoon or hire boat. Sundays are a fanfare of colour and entertainment with the regular markets and live music. Why not arrive relaxed, by ferry, enjoy breakfast or lunch, or perhaps top the day off with an exquisite dinner with a view straight up the Noosa River. 96

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The iconic Ginger Factory offers plenty of fascinating tours, activities and fun rides, a variety of retail shops and a cafe surrounded by beautiful sub-tropical gardens. Kids can escape into a world of wonder on the Overboard Boat Ride or create their own garden adventure with the help of the much-loved Gruffalo Trail. Learn about Yandina’s early settlers with a fun and educational ride around the property on the famous 120-year-old ginger train, Moreton. Take a tour through the factory and find out how Buderim Ginger has been creating the world’s finest ginger for more than 80 years. If the kids start getting hungry, it’s time to enjoy a delicious lunch at The Ginger Cafe. Purchase a DIY gingerbread kit from the ice creamery and watch your kids’ imagination run wild. With so much to see and do, it’s time to explore all that’s on offer at The Ginger Factory.


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Looking to escape the cold these school holidays? TEWANTIN NOOSA RSL has lots happening to keep everyone in the family entertained. As we come into the next school holidays, the club has a free jungle-themed holiday program on offer, with three events during the holidays. Children will have a chance to boogie with their parents at the parents and kids disco on June 25 from 4.30 to 6.30pm. Larrikin Puppets will be performing an energising show on June 29, with the amazing Snake Boss, Julia Baker from Animal Planet, in the club on July 7 with a reptile show sure to keep everyone glued to their seats. Bookings via 5447 1766.

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Explore Noosa from a different angle as you float along the crystal waters of Noosa River. The NOOSA FERRY cruises along the picturesque river, offering you the opportunity to explore this vibrant town by water. Cruise along the Noosa foreshore in the classic-style custom-made vessels complete with open-air top deck for the perfect boating experience. Bring your family and grab a day pass, which allows you to jump on and off all day from Noosa’s famous main beach (Sofitel Jetty) with stops dotted along Noosaville’s Gympie Terrace and down to the Noosa Marina harbour. Private charters are available for weddings, events and parties for a unique waterfront experience. The daily sunset cruise is also a fantastic option to experience Noosa’s golden hour in all her glory.

REDISCOVER ICONIC FAIRHILL NATIVE BOTANIC GARDENS Under new ownership, FAIRHILL NATIVE BOTANIC GARDENS invites you on its mission to restore Queensland’s original native botanic gardens. Fairhill is 21 acres of gardens and nursery in a magical setting in Ninderry, just a five-minute drive from Yandina. For gardeners, the nursery offers the most diverse selection of natives that flourish in south-east Queensland, attracting wildlife like the brown honeyeater (pictured) on a eucalyptus phoenicia. Pop-up cafe Botanist and Baker serves fresh Padre Coffee and Ten Acres pastries and sausage rolls from Wednesday to Sunday from 8am to 4pm. Enjoy a coffee and stroll through the gardens under the winter sun.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT EUMUNDI MARKETS The Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Eumundi has been the superb location for the award-winning Wednesday and Saturday morning markets since the early 1980s. EUMUNDI MARKETS are at the heart of the vibrant town, which consists of a picturesque street with two hotels, school of arts, museum, a park, various shops and alfresco cafes. Rain or shine, Eumundi hosts splendid markets of buskers, street food, fashion, face painters, traders, masseurs and artisans arriving from outlying districts for a festival atmosphere. Eumundi continues to promote opportunity for micro business development at Eumundi Square, where more permanent traders open market days and Friday mornings. Eumundi is a 1.5-hour drive north of Brisbane and one-kilometre to the Bruce Highway, or 15 minutes inland from Noosa Heads.

INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILY THESE HOLIDAYS Bluey is heading to NOOSA CIVIC on June 29 and 30. Come and meet everyone’s favourite Heeler in person for smiles and photos at this free, ticketed event. The following week join Noosa Civic to celebrate NAIDOC week in-centre with storytelling and interactive dance sessions for the kids on July 5, 6 and 9, as well as a live painting session by local artist Ryhia Dank on July 8, plus competitions and lots more. Noosa Civic is the premium shopping destination on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, less than 10 minutes from Noosa’s famous Hastings Street. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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^ WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Wildlife HQ is home to native and exotic animals from around the world, located at the iconic Big Pineapple in Woombye. A WILDLIFE HQ favourite is the up-close animal encounter. Visitors can also enjoy an immersive dining experience with critically endangered cotton-top tamarins housed in an exhibit right next to you. The new cafe and undercover eating facilities serve fresh sandwiches, burgers, vegetarian options, fruit salads, barista-coffee and slushies, plus daily specials across a breakfast and lunch menu. Wildlife HQ is open every day, except Christmas.

Since it opened, PEREGIAN BEACH HOTEL has challenged the idea that pub food is secondary to the beer. The menu is brimming with tasty dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Tuck into burgers, chicken parmigiana (of course), wood-fired pizzas or beerbattered fish and chips. Our recommendation is to pair your meal with a refreshing cocktail.

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< HAVE A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE ABOARD A TIMBER VESSEL Join SALTWATER ECO TOURS onboard a beautifully restored 113-year-old timber sailing vessel, cruising Mooloolah River. Immerse yourself in an authentic, cultural experience led by a Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi traditional custodian. Get in quick for the popular sunset tours with live music, featuring an ever-growing line-up of local and touring musicians, or book the boat for your up-coming event. Saltwater Eco Tours specialises in corporate functions, intimate weddings, birthdays and more.

GET UP IN THE AIR AT SUNSHINE PLAZA > You can now zipline through Sunshine Plaza on Australia’s highest ropes course, NEXT LEVEL. The course has more than a kilometre of zip lines, the longest of which spans 135 metres, and runs above Cornmeal Creek and through the centre. There are seven circuits across four levels of difficulty, including 145 aerial obstacles. You can also access a 22-metre-high viewing platform that offers fantastic 360-degree views of the Coast, which can be done as a separate activity to the high ropes. Next Level tickets start at $25 for six to 17 years old, $35 for 18 years plus and $5 for the viewing platform.

< A LITTLE SLICE OF EUROPE BY THE BEACH ^ EXPERIENCE THE BEST IN LUXURY CHARTERS Noosa is the home of luxury and heads turned when Medusa, a classic Riviera with all her beauty, arrived bringing the first bespoke cruise to the region. Long-time local Wally Boor has taken his Trip Advisor five-star tour, Fish Noosa, to a new level with Medusa, offering luxury charters in cruising, fishing, marine tours and romantic overnight stays. His new venture, NOOSA BESPOKE CHARTERS, can design any tour to suit. The crew has more than 30 years’ charter experience on Noosa waterways and is professional and discreet. Medusa can accommodate up to 10 passengers with a fully air-conditioned cabin, comfortable lounge, full bathroom including shower, bedroom and galley inside, as well as comfortable bean bag lounges and a shaded deck outside. Medusa is an experience you will never forget. 98

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While PERIWINKLE RESTAURANT is the perfect spot to relax and watch the world go by, the Peregian Beach staple also offers takeaway. So if you don’t feel like cooking, this is the restaurant to stop by and get a meal before heading home, or to the beach, or the park. What to order? Here at salt we are partial to the crab souffle, though the spanner crab and seafood linguine is also pretty special. Don’t forget dessert. Chef Frank does a mean crepe suzette and creme brulee.


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MALENY CHEESE produces award-winning, lovingly handcrafted cheese and yoghurt, and offers visitors an authentic paddock-to-plate experience from its licensed cafe and shop. Enjoy quality food, a range of regional treats and condiments and other local delights as part of the seasonally inspired menu or pick up something delicious to take home. The cafe overlooks the working dairy factory that uses pure, locally sourced whole milk from the Maleny Cheese farm and several other dairy farms. By supporting this business, you help support the region’s many local farmers. Maleny Cheese Cafe is open daily from 10am to 3pm with the cafe menu operating Wednesday to Sunday.

If you are a tea lover, you can’t go past TIELKA, Australia’s most awarded organic tea brand. One sip of Tielka and you will be whisked away to your own moment of pure indulgence. Tielka is a champion of all things sustainable and ethical, with fine ingredients sourced from Australia and around the world. In the blends, you’ll see Queensland-grown lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepperberries or lavender grown in Victoria. Delightfully packaged, even the Tielka tea bags are crafted from luxurious, plant-based fabric.

< THE BEST STEAMED BUNS YOU’LL EVER TASTE THE STEAMED BUN COMPANY is dedicated to offering an innovative taste experience. The locally owned company combines quality Australian ingredients with authentic Asian techniques to produce the best steamed buns you’ve ever tasted, all handmade in Noosa. The Steamed Bun Company’s dough is unique, and the team aims to use the best in fresh local produce for the bun fillings. At The Steamed Bun Company, simplicity is key, and all products are ready to eat. Visit the shop on Arcadia Street in Noosa Junction for hot takeaway or to purchase a fresh cook-at-home pack.

SPECIALITY ROAST MEETS INDUSTRIAL STYLE > FLYING WEST COFFEE ROASTERS is an open-plan, industrial-style cafe and specialty coffee roastery located at Doonan, in the Noosa hinterland. Flying West offers a range of wholesome food, from cooked breakfast and lunch to delicious cakes and slices. Enjoy the variety of coffee offerings, including single-origin and coffee blends, as well as organic teas and yummy smoothies – there is something for everyone. You can also find Flying West’s delicious coffee at Noosa Farmers Market, Yandina Country Markets and Eumundi Markets.


^ TASTE AWARD-WINNING BLENDS AT DOWNTOWN TEA BAR Enjoy a visit to a unique tea bar for not just a cup of tea, but also a tea experience. ARTEA THE TEA MERCHANT serves organic loose leaf tea blends in beautiful downtown Caloundra. Founded by a local tea enthusiast in 2018, now the business has a dedicated tea bar where you can enjoy the entire range, served hot and cold, as well as speciality tea drinks and, of course, teas to take home. All the award-winning small-batch blends are hand curated locally from ethically sourced and 100 per cent natural ingredients.

PINOT AND PICASSO is Australia’s number-one paint and sip experience and is now open on the Sunshine Coast. Guests can take on some of the basic techniques of painting on canvas in a hassle-free, approachable and collaborative setting in the new Noosaville studio. Enjoy a night of bring-your-own wine and painting as expert Pinot and Picasso hosts deliver each session with comprehensive step-by-step instructions with plenty of room left for your inner-Picasso to run wild. By the end of the night, even “non-creatives” will be taking home their very own Picasso. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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IT’S A COOL autumn morning and the hinterland village of Montville is buzzing with activity. The aroma of freshly ground coffee melds with gentle chatter as people amble along the sun-dappled cobblestone paths. Inside Shop 2, 171 Main Street, people talk in hushed tones as they explore the myriad beautiful objects adorning timber and rattan shelves. It may be the delicate wares, or the imposing view through the large picture window – a kaleidoscope of green leaves and brilliant blue sky – but a sense of peace descends on the cosy store. Behind the counter, Jessie Bailey looks up with a smile, her warm eyes welcoming. She chats with ease as she places my selection – a natural-cut rose quartz crystal and a wood and cotton woven baby toy – into a small carry bag. She looks at home here in her homewares and style store, Bailey Loves, which she opened in August 2020. Interior design is Jessie’s lifeblood, and her passion is evident through each item in the store. The curated range is handpicked with wellbeing in mind. Natural materials, textures and hues, organic patterns and plants engage the senses, conjuring feelings of calmness. “I’ve been a qualified interior designer for a decade but I think it’s always been something that is within me,” Jessie says. “I remember spending a lot of time redecorating my bedroom as a child, making tables out of boxes and putting the nicest sheets I could find as a tablecloth so I could create a vignette of my collections.

“As a young child, I remember becoming quite obsessed about the beautiful raffle home brochures that would be sent in the post and loved following my parents around the display homes. “In saying that, I have felt as though design was incredibly subjective, and as a creative person with an academic background [she studied law and business], it was hard for me to justify why my opinion in design and style was worth any more than anyone else’s. “Sure, balance and scale are important, apparently I have ‘the eye’, but style really is based on opinion and I struggled to see the meaning behind it.” It was upon discovering the concept of biophilic design that Jessie’s true potential blossomed. She realised that her skills could make a significant difference in people’s lives. In a nutshell, biophilia is the hypothesis that humans crave a connection to the natural environment. Biophilic design focuses on connecting humans to nature through architectural and style elements to improve wellbeing. It is based around 14 patterns, which fall into three categories: nature in the space, which includes visual connection to nature, non-visual connection, air flow and the presence of water; natural analogues and patterns, including biomorphic forms and patterns and material connection with nature; and thirdly, nature of space. “It was an evidence-based design theory that had proven benefits,” says Jessie. “I could design beautiful spaces and have SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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the client feel better for it and that sat much better with me.” Raised on a dairy farm in regional Victoria, Jessie has a natural affinity with nature and identifies how personalities change between different environments. “I think most of us notice the change in us when we spend time outdoors. When we go on holidays we search for the beach or the mountains. We know that we aren’t supposed to spend so much time indoors.” As a mother of two boys, she also notes how children benefit from an outdoor experience. “Hence my fascination and research into how we can live 102

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and function in this society, but still have that necessary connection to nature that we need as human beings. I have a very strong belief as a result of my research, that children also should either be outdoors as much as possible, or be in an indoor environment that has biophilic benefits such as ample natural light, natural materials and textures, plant life and opening windows. “We, as humans, have spent most of our existence outdoors in nature. It hasn’t been until recent history that we spent so much time indoors with the rise in technology and comfort and convenience that home offers. “We can turn lights on rather than open up blinds and windows. We can cool ourselves in air-conditioning rather than being in a cool space under a tree. We can entertain ourselves endlessly with TV and our phones rather than going to the park or for a walk. Having so much separation between us and the natural world is bound to have an effect. “And now the studies prove it with cities that have less greenery being associated with less social cohesion and more crime. Other studies have shown that our immunity, sleep and general happiness improves if we are more connected to nature.” These studies, and the observations of how nature and design intertwine, are the driving force behind the growing interest in the biophilic philosophy. It’s about emotional connection and the basic fundamentals of life. For example, curves are popularised in biophilic design for a positive experience and directly linked to a human’s natural fight or flight response activated by sharp corners. Natural lighting is important for circadian rhythm to help us sleep better and be more energised through the day. “Incorporating biophilic elements does not just mean incorporating indoor plants,’’ Jessie says. “The direct connection with nature, like adding plants, is one component, but there are also natural analogues and nature of the space principles that are applied. “It’s completely people-centred, where we mimic the natural environment and its processes in our homes or workplaces to allow us to feel the way that we want to feel


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in that space, whether that be calm, creative or energised.” Through her home-styling services and the products sold at Bailey Loves, Jessie practises what she preaches. “It's a holistic wellness approach which also considers colour psychology, organisation and clutter-free living and buying things only because you love them or because they serve a purpose. “We choose handmade, perfect imperfections and uniqueness. We source many products locally, but also further afield where they fit our values,” she adds. “There is little doubt that COVID has had a huge impact on our interest in our homes. Many people working from home and spending more time at home notice and care about how their homes look, function and make them feel. “People are slowing down, buying locally, and perhaps appreciating the smaller things a little more.”


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TO IMPROVE Reinvigorate your favourite space with new pieces to impress.

Condiment bowls (set of four), $20 each set. Available at Pottery for the Planet, 22 Action Street, Noosaville. 5449 9345 or

Wall-hung entertainment unit, POA. Available at Things of Metal and Wood, 9/13 Newspaper Place, Maroochydore, 0407 011 772 or Como Co C omo cushions in Mineral and $79.95 each, an nd Forest, Fo and an nd Ava Av cushion in Dusk, Available at Du usk, $59.95. $ Mainlinen, Maainlin 2/27 Premier Circuit, Warana. 5437 8544 Cir C or

Original works from many local artists, makers and writers can be found at Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

Regency-era walnut settee with turned front legs and needlepoint upholstery, $4200. Available at Antiques & Possibilities, 5 & 6/6 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach. 5372 8838 or


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Blossom vase, $19. Available at Pottery for the Planet, 22 Action Street, Noosaville. 5449 9345 or

Moroccan cactus silk cushion cover, $89. Available at Bailey Loves, Shop 2, 171-183 Main Street, Montville. 0413 039 968 or

Bronte oak dresser, POA, with jute rug, $149, JL Daisy pouf, $119.95, Sweet Horses framed canvas, $229, and various accessories, from $69.95. Available at James Lane, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5293 7116 or

Antique Antiq Chinese pot, $295. Available at $ Emporium Eumundi, Emp 88 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7340 or eumundi emporium

Handmade Clay Society palm plate, $175. Available at Bailey Loves, Shop 2, 171-183 Main Street, Montville. 0413 039 968 or

Vintage floral bowl and rectangle plate, $19 each. Available at Treasure Store, The Wharf Mooloolaba. 0488 288 250 or

Now that The Shed has moved, there will be even more treasures to check out, such as this Johnson Brothers six-place setting, at the new store at 3-5 Main Street, Palmwoods. 5479 6603 or


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IF YOU THINK science and art are polar opposites, artist Julie Lucht de Freibruch may just turn that theory on its head. The acclaimed painter with a love of science has an honours degree in psychology – not necessarily an artist’s traditional path of study. But while her academic qualifications may be science-based, her fluid acrylics are colourful, characterful works imbued with a sense of wonder and whimsy. True, she does have creative blood literally flowing through her veins – most notably, her great-grandfather Ricciotto Canudo, a famous Italian poet and film theorist, was a friend of Picasso and Matisse in 1920s Paris. Her grandmother was a portrait artist in France, and her father is a watercolourist. Unsurprisingly, and despite choosing the sciences in her study, Julie always showed a creative flair. She turned to graphic design before she decided to make art a daily practice. It wasn’t long before her work was spotted on Instagram, and she was approached by a leading Hastings Street restaurant to paint a mural. “And that’s how it all started really,” says Julie, who believes her family heritage inevitably influenced her art practice. “I think if you’re brought up in that environment where creativity is seen as normal and part of who you are, you kind of take it for granted a bit,” Julie says. “I probably didn’t realise when I was younger that that was in itself a gift. So I do think that has influenced my way of thinking; to be creative, to think creatively, to be into the philosophies and ideologies and the bigger ideas.”


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Born in Belgium and having lived in many countries including Zaire, Bahrain, France and England, Julie and her family have chosen to settle near Noosa, an area she describes as “probably the best place on the planet”. “We’ve lived a lot of places; the vibe here is amazing,” she says. “The ocean is stunning. You just have to go up to Noosa National Park, and it’s perfect. “And what I love about it is you get little glimpses of houses through trees, and you get a little snapshot of the ocean through foliage, and it kind of gets your imagination going as to who lives there. “It’s almost otherworldly, the tropical vibes here – it’s really special. It propels me to want to paint how I feel about it.” This tropical otherworldliness is beautifully portrayed in Julie’s most recent series of works, the Tropical Houses series. As the name suggests, the series depicts houses submerged in tropical landscapes – lush foliage reflected in sparkling pools, palm-fringed coves and pathways into hidden gardens. Strongly influenced by the graphic design elements of printmaking and illustration, Julie’s style incorporates themes of the contrast between man-made and natural forms, as well as capturing the magic of the surrounding environment. She says her style is “difficult to put into one area”, with descriptions wavering between semi-abstract and whimsical/ folk art. “If I’m talking to someone and they’ve never seen my work I would probably say it’s semi-abstract landscapes,” she says. “However, my influences are very much from children’s illustration picture books – woodcut and linocut printing – so for me, it’s more of a blend of those two. I’m trying to make it contemporary and warm, and also trying to capture the wonder that I feel about where we live, and our place in the world and basically our part in the universe. “I’m also really drawn to pattern. That’s partly why I enjoyed graphic design – the shapes interlocking and that kind of thing that you’d get from linocut [printmaking]. “When I paint, I don’t want my subject matter to feel heavy; I want it to feel inspiring.” Pops of colour punctuate Julie’s paintings, adding an element of surprise and giving the works a distinctly 108

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contemporary vibe. “I find that here with the landscape itself,” she says. “It’s very green, when you’re looking at all the trees, then you suddenly get a huge splash of bright colour, and it’s lovely to see that; it’s almost like finding a little gift. “I also think those pops of colour help move the painting away from it being more traditional, or tied to a more realistic way of depicting it; they kind of help the eye travel around the painting as well.” While most of Julie’s paintings are on larger-scale canvases, she also creates smaller studies of each work beforehand. The studies become paintings in their own right, although they begin as part of her creative process. She takes photos of anything that might inspire her, and finds images on Instagram of things she likes – “be it shapes or

colours or just something to remind me of what the feel was and what caught my attention”. “I will take all those elements together, and I will create a very small study of it and see if they will work together, or if it’s not going to gel,” she says. “Once I’m satisfied with the little study of it, then I’ll transfer it to a larger canvas. “Obviously it’s completely different on the canvas. So it only informs me in terms of the vibe I’m going for, and the placement [of things]. The beauty of the little ones is that you do a flick of your paint brush and you’ve done a tree. Whereas with the larger ones, I have to be a lot more considered as to where things get placed on the canvas.” As for Julie’s interest in science and psychology, that hasn’t waned, and she seems to have found a way to integrate that into her art. “I love the world, and I love science, but I found it very hard to just pick one thing to do,” she says. “With art, you can do a lot of different things. “I still read a lot of psychology books, but they tend to be about creativity and innovation now, and cognitive psychology. I just love finding out about the people who buy certain houses and how they decorate them, and how that’s a reflection of how they want to be seen. “All that side of things is just fascinating.” See Julie’s work at Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

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

June: Karen Atkins

July: Colley Whisson

August: De Gillett Cox

MONTVILLE ART GALLERY Open 7 days at 138 Main Street, Montville QLD 4560


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BREAKING THROUGH THE glass ceiling is something artist Tina Cooper has built her career around. Excelling in a traditionally male-dominated art form, the Montville glass blower has overcome her fair share of adversities to be where she is today. Having dabbled in various jobs beforehand, Tina’s career in glass blowing began 31 years ago after an illness left her bed-ridden and in search of a therapeutic outlet. “I was a single mother at 30 years old venturing through life as a waitress, a petrol pump assistant, I was even a DJ and ran an entertainment centre,” she says. “I had a business background and then I became unwell and found art was quite therapeutic. A part of me that had never been switched on finally switched on.” Tina experimented with clothing design, carving and pottery before a chance meeting at a Mapleton pub sent her in a completely new direction. “I met two glass blowers there and we were chatting. It was basically a chance meeting. I call it the ‘a-ha’ moment where the stars aligned. “All the hairs on my arms stood up and it was like I’d walked into my true life.” Being a single parent, a woman and someone with absolutely no experience in glass blowing, Tina says it was difficult to find an opening into the industry. That was until fellow local glass blower, the late Mark Galton, offered her a room in his shed. “Mark offered me a space working out of a shed renting a room. I said to him ‘yes, I’ll do anything to learn glass’. “My career started at Eumundi Markets selling Mark’s work and then we created [the brand] Martini Glass – Mark and Tina – and that was quite well known. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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You’re working in a gym, doing open heart surgery while doing a ballet; that’s how I explain it to people. I left Martini after five years and decided my passion was to do large expressive pieces. “I travelled the world every year and studied under masters. Because I wasn’t traditionally trained, I was basically looking outside the box and creating techniques through learning and doing it my way.” Tina’s journey to creating and selling “high end” glass has not been easy, with years spent selling “bread and butter” items like bowls just to make ends meet. “There were so many times I went to the markets with nothing, not even fuel to get home. “If we had a good day my daughter, Jasmine, would come home and we’d go to dinner and celebrate because we sold something. If we didn’t sell anything we would eat two-minute noodles. “I made glass five days a week and did markets Saturday and Sunday for about 12 years, so there was no life. I felt that I couldn’t give up and ‘no’ is not an option, and what I found is if there is a will there is a way.” Then in 2001, just two weeks after September 11 and onboard one of the first flights back into the United States, Tina was invited to be part of SOFA Chicago, one of the 112

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largest three-dimensional art shows in America, known today as Intersect Chicago. “I eventually represented Australia in the world’s biggest exhibition in the USA. As a woman, that was pretty amazing.” Today, you’ll find Tina Cooper Glass across Australia and the world in homes and hotels. Her work was also featured in the famous The Palazzo Versace in 2004 where the Sheikh of Dubai had a private viewing. Her passions lie in creating sculptures, tribal goddesses and memorial orbs incorporating ashes, with nature her biggest inspiration. “I love working with myths, I love working with Mother Nature because it always inspires you everywhere you go – she gets it so right. I love to represent the beauty of the range, the colours of the mountains and the beautiful skies. “You gather things from your trips, and you have boxes and boxes of treasures – feathers and beads and corals. Everything has a story; every part of the piece has a story.” Tina enjoys collaborating with other artists and mediums, particularly local Indigenous artists, and says the art of glass blowing happens in a team environment under physically challenging conditions.


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“You’re working in a gym, doing open heart surgery while doing a ballet; that’s how I explain it to people,” Tina says. “You’re working in synchronicity with up to six people on the larger pieces and everything has to flow, and every moment is critical. You’re one or two seconds out in your timing and your piece is history.” Tina and her team work with heat nearing 1200 degrees and she admits burns are part of the daily job. “You’re constantly burning. It’s one thing that you’d be very lucky not to get a burn each time you work. “You have to switch off to the pain and you have to get into the visuals and know that what you’re creating will come together. “I have no fear when I go in creating new pieces, you’ve got to trust yourself so much. It’s like you’re a stunt driver and you know your car and you know your moment. It’s sweaty and dirty and grungy and you just get something so beautiful and stunning out of something so grungy.” Tina believes art is a “national treasure” and hopes her work “makes people feel again”. “I feel my aim is to record history through my own perspective using glass as my medium,” she says. “That’s what art is. You don’t have to read something to know what it’s about; you need to feel it and once you feel it then it tells you its story.” Tina now runs a gallery from her Montville home, something that has been decades in the making. “It’s a dream that I’ve had for 20 years to create this gallery. I’ve owned the block 21 years and it’s taken me that long to get it finished. “Now it’s just an amazing place for people to come and see.” Tina says she will never be finished learning the art of glass blowing and believes as long as she reflects herself in her work, she will keep going. “It takes a lot of skill and it is just year after year, pushing your skill level and having the courage to go and create something new and interesting. “It’s a really long journey to learn glass and I’m still learning and I’m 31 years in it. The biggest thing I’ve learnt through working glass is not to try and be better than someone; just be you.” SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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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 artwork, prints, gifts and cushions. when ongoing where Art by Brooks, studio visits by appointment. 0417 071 336 or

Michael COOK (Bidjara), Stickman (#2) (detail), 2010 | inkjet print on photo rag | ed. AP 1/2 | 62 x 121cm | Gift of the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2016 | Sunshine Coast Art Collection | Photo: Sarah Jane Smith

NAIDOC 2021: Culture Remembered; Revitalised; Reactive | 25 June to 15 August A cultural celebration across NAIDOC week exhibiting artefacts, cultural works and art which remember, revitalise and react towards the telling of First Nations history and combined histories. NAIDOC: Heal Country, heal our nation.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2021 I 27 August to 10 October Reflecting outstanding contemporary arts practice in Australia, the exhibition presents the 40 finalist works of this dynamic art prize. 22 Omrah Ave, Caloundra | | 07 5420 8299 | FREE ENTRY 114

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3 4. TINA COOPER GLASS Montville glass artist Tina Cooper is an internationally recognised glass blower and artist whose work is in collections all around the world. She runs a small, private studio in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. when ongoing where Tina Cooper Glass, contact the artist on 0417 194 329 or


2. ART NUVO Art Nuvo showcases a diverse range of mediums and subject matter in a wide range of genres. The gallery has recently welcomed works from artist Chalie MacRae, an abstract artist based in Yarraville, Victoria. when ongoing where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or 3. WINTER EXHIBITION Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Maree Welman, Tamara Sewoff, Kate Piekutowski, Phillip Rolton, Leigh Karen Joyce, Jeanette Smith, Pepi Wren, Erin Hughes and Jade Thompson. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or


COOL ART PICTURE FRAMING + GALLERY | 5/43 Access Cr, Coolum Beach, QLD, 4573 | (07) 5471 7366 Instagram: @coolartgallery Facebook: @coolartpictureframinggallery SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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12 BEACH OASIS BY CARLEY BOURNE, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre

JUNE 5. WOODFIRED CERAMICS: FLAME PATH A survey exhibition featuring local and international ceramic artists connected to the Sunshine Coast’s Quixotica Art Space, who specialise in woodfired techniques. when now to July 11 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

6. JUNE EXHIBITION Karen Atkins is the featured artist in June, with her whimsical animals and surreal dream-like landscapes. All works are on the website and on display seven days a week. when June 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 7. HEAL COUNTRY: FIRST NATIONS ARTISTS Celebrating NAIDOC week, this exhibition showcases emerging and established First Nation artists connected to or residing on Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Country. 116

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when June 18 to July 18 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or

8. NAIDOC: HEAL COUNTRY | CULTURE REMEMBERED; REVITALISED; REACTIVE Celebrating NAIDOC week, this exhibition presents artefacts, art and cultural works that remember, revitalise and react towards the telling of First Nations history and combined histories. when June 25 to August 15 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or

JULY 9. JULY EXHIBITION July’s featured artist is Colley Whisson along with 40 others artists on permanent display. Colley is an internationally recognised artist, author, teacher and judge and his works show his skill in a loose, spontaneous style. when July 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

10. PETALIA HUMPHREYS: INHABIT A new body of work by local artist Petalia Humphreys explores both non-objective and architectonic approaches to geometric painting. when July 16 to September 5 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or 11. PETER PHILLIPS This is a survey exhibition of one of the founding figures of the Pop Art movement – English artist Peter Phillips. when July 16 to September 5 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or 12. FLORAL COLLECTIVE: CARLEY BOURNE Immersive while filled with a hypnotic wonder, this is a unique contemporary collection of abstract impressions of flora. when July 23 to August 29 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or


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13. TRIAL NO.8: ODESSA DEVRIES Locked in a jail cell with four instructions or tiptoeing along scaffolding, the performative and laborious act of painting is foregrounded in this bold exhibition. when July 23 to August 29 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or



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16. AUGUST EXHIBITION The gallery will glow with the colourful works of featured artist De Gillett Cox. As bright and joyous as her works, De brings together a mixed media style with multiple layers of colour and mediums. All works are shown on the website along with gallery display. when August 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 17. SUNSHINE COAST ART PRIZE 2021


14. LEGENDS FROM OBJECTS OF DESIRE: MANU BUGALLO Inspired by dance and theatre this exhibition explores significant telling of the untellable through fables of the tables. when July 23 to August 29 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or

AUGUST 15. CONCURRENT EXHIBITION In August, Cool Art will be hosting concurrent exhibitions featuring a new body of work by Margaret Ellen Turner titled Matriarchs; and a collection of works by Sunshine Coast-based artist Rick Gruin, featuring a cross-section of paintings and drawings from his more than 60 years of arts practice. when August 2 to 24 where Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. 5471 7366 or

This dynamic visual arts award reflects outstanding contemporary 2D arts practice in Australia. The diverse range of 40 finalist works are by established and emerging artists from across the country. when August 27 to October 10 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or

SEPTEMBER 18. CREATIVE GENERATION EXCELLENCE AWARD Showcasing the outstanding visual artworks by senior high school students over the entire north coast region, the awards offer the only collective exhibition of senior student artwork. when September 3 to 12 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or



INHABIT 2021 BY PETALIA HUMPHREYS, Noosa Regional Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist. 118

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BEERWAH AND TIBROGARGAN BY BIANCA BEETSON, Caloundra Regional Gallery. Photo by Carl Warne


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

Buderim Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, 5456 2445 Garner-Morris Gallery, 201 Ballinger Road, 5478 2418 Koningen Art, 0490 778 462 Tiffany Jones, 0407 452 024 Caloundra Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, 5420 8299 Coolum Beach Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. 5471 7366 Cooroy Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, 5442 6665

Maleny Art Direct, 21 Maple Street, 0413 885 220

Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, 0407 840 745

Peace Of Green Gallery, 38 Maple Street, 5499 9311

Isabella’s Fine & Antique Jewellery, 2/41-47 Hastings

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

Street, 5449 2626

Moffat Beach Seaview Artists Gallery, 4 Seaview Terrace, 5491 4788 Montville Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, 5442 9211 The Opalcutter, 4/171-183 Main Street, 5442 9598

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

Montville Antiques, 162 Main Street, 5442 9400

Palmwoods The Shed, 3-5 Main Street, 5479 6603

Doonan Art by Brooks, 0417 071 336

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

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

Eumundi Artisans Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0409 848 098

Ben Messina Landscapes Gallery, 178 Main Street, 5478 5164

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

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

Pomona Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station Street, 5485 2950

Red Desert Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0414 504 360

Mooloolaba Avenue J, 14/47-51 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 4422

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

Glenview Opals Down Under, 11 Ballantyne Court, 5494 5400

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

Tewantin Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, 5329 6145

Solitude Art, 163 Glenview Road, 0413 013 882

Gallery Beneath, 81 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 7775

Tinbeerwah Phillips Gallery, 0406 198 300

Maleny David Linton Gallery, 14 Maple Street, 5429 6831

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

Art Tours Noosa, 0424 456 877 Yandina Yandina Historic House, 3 Pioneer Road, 5472 7181


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SF state forest

major road

NP national park

minor road

golf courses



ON THE COVER: Noosa Heads

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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a beautiful place to live Again and again, we’ve seen the location, versatility and liveability of Sunshine Cove win over those looking to secure their slice of our wonderful coastal lifestyle. With the stage one release of our Lancelin Precinct completely sold out, you would be wise to register your interest for the forthcoming, stage two release.

Land Sales Centre: 17 Hidden Place, Sunshine Cove, Maroochydore

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