Edition No.2 ~ Scenic Road Magazine 2018

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Simon Beedle Photography, @simonbeedlephotography

Editors Letter Welcome to the second edition of Scenic Road Magazine, a lifestyle publication showcasing the very best of what the Scenic Rim and Hinterland areas have to offer. We wish for you to take this magazine home, read it once, read it twice and read it again. Like all good things, they take time to perfect, and we hope we are heading in the right direction. Your feedback as readers is always welcome.

Our advertorial pages interview a number of thriving businesses within the region, with a better understanding of what drives these passionate business owners. I’m honestly in awe at the level of detail and thought that goes into sourcing the products and services provided. It makes our region hold its own with the best regional destinations in Australia. It is this community that makes this region most special.

In this edition we took advantage of the spring blooms and shot the story of Emma Lang, a wonderful creative who has just welcomed her first baby into the world — dressed by our very own boutiques from around the Scenic Rim. Carin Garland was the talent behind the lense, her career milestones held in high esteem having photographed for the now well known Outland Denim. Our photoshoot location was greeted with open arms, by Caroline and Rob, the owners of luxury accommodation venue, Glenloch Gatehouse and Gardens. Their article goes into detail about the journey of their well planned grounds and renovated luxury guesthouse. The images photographed by the talented Hannah Puechmarin.

We take a look at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast which has a direct impact on one of our most prominent industries in the Scenic Rim, the racing sector. Polo is of course always close to our hearts, so you must get along to the Magic Millions polo day on the Gold Coast. Our close proximity to the Gold Coast and Brisbane based events means we can enjoy the buzz of Summer.

We talk with Hobbs building, Luke and Nikki, a gorgeous young couple making some seriously bold eco-build statements in the often reproduced world of new builds. Our front page and feature spread on food from the Scenic Rim, photographed by the extremely talented Sabine, was a very successful collaboration of the senses. The Canungra Butchery providing the whole Rib Eye on the bone, Kate from The Vintage Pickle pulling together a simple yet very impressive salad using local produce from Summer Land Camels and Chantilly Farm, and my input, well that was the execution of the cooked beef. Having never cooked a whole Rib Eye before, I seriously pondered the idea of letting the professionals execute this project, however I knew for this piece to be an authentic achievement. I had to demonstrate that even an amateur chef like myself could pull off a perfect celebratory meal. Under the direction of Jen and Jo from the butchers, it was a complete success and cooked to perfection. And yes, it was as tasty as it looks. The Overflow Estate 1895 surprised us with their selection of wines, I really thought I was Pinót forever. However, their selection of grape varieties has us raving to our friends that they must visit the cellar door and sample for themselves. The combination of beautiful food, fine wine, architecture and the waters edge, make The Overflow Estate a destination not to be missed this Summer.

Which brings me to Eat Local Scenic Rim. A huge part of our region has been celebrated during the winter months, however with this new accreditation program, funded by local council and federal government, we can celebrate and beat the EAT LOCAL drum all year round. Our visitors to the region will enjoy piecing together their food trail, following the EAT LOCAL Scenic Rim “locavore” champions — these are the businesses who display the logo and can be identified as partners. What a great time to be doing agricultural tourism in the Scenic Rim. Finally our very own sister company Scenic Road Properties, having launched our two businesses which sit side by side the magazine and our real estate sales arm, we are very proud to present feature property Milford Country Cottages. We truly believe this is a region that families can come to and make a life in. We also believe the founding families need to be recognised and celebrated. The pages on Providence Farm is a story that warms my heart to the absolute core. There are so many families who love this area, who have loved it and will continue to live here. We are now one of those families and with our youngest taking her first steps as we go to print, I am reminded these are the memories I will look back on so fondly in years to come. I hope you enjoy this edition. My heart has definitely settled in this beautiful region we now call home.

Luisa Slack-Smith Luisa Slack-Smith Editor-in-chief Instagram @scenic_road_magazine Facebook @scenicroadmagazine


Hannah Puechmarin Photographer @hannahpuechmarin hannahpuechmarin. com

Sabine Bannard Photographer & Stylist

Carin Garland Fashion Photographer

@_housefrau sabinebannard.com

@caringarlandphoto caringarland.com



Stephanie Antill St. Clement Creative Graphic Design @st.clementcreative stclementcreative.com

Jade Schofield Photographer Visual Branding GC @visualbrandinggc visualbranding.com.au

Amber Walker Illahie Boutique @illahielifestyleandfashion rubylouboutique.com.au

14 Drew Slacks-Smith Editorial Contributor Scenic Road Properties @scenicroadproperties scenicroad.properties

Morgan Deane MD Healing Editorial Contributor

Jodie Clifford Canungra Green Team Editorial Contributor

@M.D.Healing @md_healing

Editor-in-chief: Luisa Slacks-Smith luisa@scenicroad.com.au 0434 074 882 Facebook @scenicroadmagazine www.scenicroad.com.au Copyright Š 2018 by Scenic Road Living Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. This magazine or any portion there of may not be reproduced or used in any manner without the express written permission of the publisher. Publication design by St. Clement Creative

Contents 01 Scenic Rim Regional Markets

66 Magic Millions

06 Laura Crane, Australian horse & landscape artist

70 Feature property - Milford Country Cottages

08 My Country Escape Michelle Dennis 10 Pickers’n Co. Leigh-Ann & Ursula Shead

74 Feature property - Larch Road 75 Feature property - Blakehurst 78 Huebner Motors


12 Canungra Hub Cafe Paul & Shona Kraayvanger 14 Holli Dolli. Talks all things fashion, family and finds 16 Glenloch & The Gatehouse 22 Emma Lang, Olive Ceramics 30 Scenic Rim Bride Bronwyn McDonald 32 Tree change brings success for local entrepreneurs Nikki & Luke Hobbs, Hobbs Building & Interiors 38 Six eco-friendly tips to building your dream Scenic Rim home 40 The Overflow Estate 1895. Great wine, delicious food, stunning location 46 Happiness is in the hands of the Ribeye bone holder! 50 The Vintage Pickle 52 The Providence Farm & recipe 54 Summer Land Camels, Healthy Skin 56 What could we say about the Gut and the Brain? Morgane Dean from M.D. Healing 58 Canungra State School Green Team 59 In the Spring garden with kids 60 Eat Local Scenic Rim 62 The Yes Project 64 WS Travel



Welcome to the Scenic Rim

The Lost World. Image Credit: Christine Sharp



1st Saturday of each month 7am – 12 noon Dick Westerman Park Enterprise Drive, Beaudesert Phone 5544 8200 – Jenny Young

2nd Sunday of each month 7.30am – 1.30pm Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds Main Western Road, Tamborine Mountain Phone 0417 618 379

BEECHMONT MARKETS 3rd Sunday of each month 8am – 1pm Beechmont Community Centre Beechmont & Binna Burra Roads, Beechmont Phone 0458 233 080

BOONAH COUNTRY MARKETS 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month 7am – 12 noon Springleigh Park,Coronation Drive, Boonah Phone 0448 248 828

CANUNGRA VALLEY MARKETS Last Sunday of each month (except January) 8am – 1pm, Canungra School of Arts, Canungra Phone 0432 569 963

KOORALBYN RSL MARKETS 2nd Sunday of each month 8am – 12 noon Billabong Park, Kooralbyn Phone 0400 610 055 – Lynn

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN LOCAL PRODUCERS MARKET Every Sunday 7am – 12 noon Held in the Green Shed Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds Main Western Road, Tamborine Mountain Phone 0412 941 151

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL MARKETS Last Sunday of each month 7am – 1pm Held in car park across from school Long Road, North Tamborine Phone 0402 527 241

TAMBORINE VILLAGE MARKETS 1st Sunday of each month 7am – 12noon Tamborine Memorial Hall Tamborine-Waterford Road, Phone 0487 779 114

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Laura Crane


+61 428236182 | www.lauracranecreative.com Facebook and Instagram @Lauracranecreative

Horses and landscapes are the language of my heart. I have been captivated by the beauty and majesty of the horse my entire life. Their intensity and purity of spirit speaks directly to me, and inspires me wholly. It brings me great joy and content sharing the beauty I see, through my creative process.

I find my best work comes forth immersing myself in a moment, a scene, an environment, observing and understanding it, and creating a piece that encompasses all of those elements—a visual translation of the beauty I feel. My work has recently taken on a new direction, while I’m still creating my energetic, refined, minimalistic responses to a subject, I am also working on some more complex and layered pieces which focus on a recurring macro to micro theme for me, creating worlds within worlds, built over time, in response to some formative experiences in Argentina and Spain 'Lita—You Learn' is a piece created specially for my equineinfused label Pony Ink, and will be on offer in large, soft wraps, light silk scarves, and over a range of products and surfaces. The piece contains a translation of a poem which holds great meaning to me by one of Argentina’s most revered poets and philosophers Jorge Borges. The poem serendipitously found its way to me at just the right moment, bringing an intricate unfolding of events, involving the poet, to beautiful full circle. I am delighted to offer this work with words in a world so close to my heart, to many.

My Country Escape Michelle Dennis

What new products do you have for the SPRING SUMMER season? What a crazy ride we have had with the weather leading into Spring and Summer. Firstly, a hot dry drought and then rain up to our knees. Queensland should be the land of layering. We seem to be swinging from one extreme to another and I am very pleased that our ranges moving forward reflect that. As always, we have exciting new brands dropping in store. My new favourite is Ladli which means Loved Child… I feel like labels are catching up with what the customer wants — ethical fashion using sustainable hand printed fabrics. It’s such an exciting time as the new summer prints flow into the store. Not forgetting our old favourites, like Humidity, Namastes, Boom Shankar, Hut and of course Imagine. We still have a sprinkle of the gorgeous Feather and Find left for that little bit of boho luxe. Buying gifts for the men in our lives is always hard, do you have this covered? There is no other way to say it except we have the coolest men’s goodies and gentleman’s hardware. You know you are doing something right when men come in and go straight to their special table. Quirky, different and fun.

What goodies do you have that the ladies always love receiving as gifts? Jewellery, scented candles, body and skin care products, fashion or homewares, we always have the most beautiful personal gifts that speak from the heart. We take the stress out of gift giving and are happy to wrap for you. We have an extensive range of cards that cover every occasion. Where can people find out about your workshops that you run? As we head towards Christmas and the warmer weather, the Mezzie and Frank chalk paint workshops slow down but it does not mean we stop. Some of the other classes we have run this year have included Wreaths, Jewellery, Lino cutting, Printing, Alcohol Ink printing and Children’s workshops. And we are already in the plaining for next exciting season of classes. You have been busy with your social media activities and website, tell us more about Facebook, Instagram and website changes? If you follow My Country Escape on social media, you will have noticed a few changes over the last six months. We have been very busy and as the website grows, our social media will change accordingly. This is all very exciting, and we hope to add more and more of the shops clothing and products over time. -9Scenic Road Living

But in saying that, if you ever see anything on our Instagram or Facebook but not on our site, please let us know and we will be happy to help you out. What do you love about country living and how do you enjoy time away from your business? It’s the people of Canungra and the community that continue to be the inspiration behind the store. It has also given me a chance to start to explore this beautiful region a bit more. So often we don’t know what is in our own back yard. We are loving this time and as our own children have grown and flown the coup, the shop has become my new baby and in a way the town has become my extended family. Small business is never easy. Our business is people first and I’m sure this is why we are still here. We will continue to keep changing and growing as long as the town and the region will have us.

My Country Escape Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Wednesday 9am - 7pm Saturday - Sunday 9am - 3pm 29 Christie Street Canungra 4275 (07) 5543 4042 www.mycountryescape.com.au Facebook @MyCountryEscape Instagram @MyCountryEscape

Pickers’n Co. Leigh-Ann & Ursula Shead

Where did the name Pickers’n Co. come from and what made you fall in love with this particular spot? When we had an idea for the business we started ‘picking’ for old treasures to use as décor for the espresso bar, the shop, the venues space or to hire out. This trend has continued since the business has opened and we are always on the look out. These old treasures also add to the charm of the 120 year old Cobb & Co, where Pickers’n Co. is home. There are not many old buildings on the coast, so to be situated in the old Cobb & Co is really special! What do you love most about living and working in the hinterland environment?

for the shop? We shop for things that we would like, always sourcing things that are different and have an international yet local flavour. Our influence has come from the two countries that we call home. When you come to Pickers you could be in outback country Australia or on a little farm in the Klein Karoo in South Africa. We like to keep things rustic and unique. Let’s talk coffee…. What is it about your café bar that sets you apart? One of our customers said that when they come to Pickers, it feels as if they are sitting in Annie and Ursh’s rustic kitchen. This is exactly the feel we wanted to create, your home away from home.

Fourteen years ago we moved from South Africa as a family, to the Gold Coast. We came straight to this area. It’s so beautiful and laid back. It has a real local, small country town vibe, but is still very central. We have always lived near water, so living and working on Sea Eagle Lagoon suits us perfectly. It’s so relaxing sitting on the patio at Pickers, having a coffee overlooking the water.

We serve an amazing 100% certified organic and free trade coffee blend from Seven Miles Coffee Roasters, called Leaf & Berry. The coffee beans are grown in the cool mountain climates of Latin America and Papua New Guinea. It’s a slight /medium roast profile of delicate citrus notes, with sweet caramel and hazelnut characteristics.

What is most important to you when sourcing products

We source local suppliers that are purely unique to our espresso bar. Meals ranging from gourmet

brekkie parcels; gourmet savoury and sweet muffins; savoury slices; cakes; Acai bowls, juices; vegan banana breads as well as gluten free options. Not your regular run of the mill café options. We like to be unique! We feel people in the local area a happy they have an insirational place to work from where they can bring their kids and dogs, have a coffee and catch up with friends.

We also offer our space to host workshops, weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, special events and farm house high coffee. We have a gift shop available. For private events after hours and intimate boutique style gatherings, this place really lights up! Who can we find working at Pickers’n co? It’s a family affair. Ursh (Mum), myself Leigh-Ann / Annie, Dad (Don), my husband Geordie and baby, Evelyn all pop in to help us out. Our newest addition is Sabie our little sausage dog!

Pickers’n Co. 388 Tamborine Oxenford Rd, Upper Coomera QLD 4209 Monday - Friday 6:30am - 1:30pm Saturday - Sunday 7am - 1pm www.pickersnco.com pickersnco@gmail.com Facebook @pickersncoeventhire Instgram @pickersandco 0431947490

Canungra Hub Cafe Paul & Shona Kraayvanger

How long have you both owned this business and what made you want to start a Café? We have owned and run the café now for two and a half years. We have been in business before and enjoy working for ourselves so it came about that we decided to continue on with a café that was operating after buying the land its on - it certainly is not something we would have thought of operating otherwise but have been happy getting into our own business again and growing it. The Canungra Hub is a great meeting place for so many local residents and passing tourists, what wonderful delights do you consider to be your main focus? We wanted to recreate the older style, home-made, wholesome food we knew as kids. We want people to come in as if they were

coming into our home, sitting on our veranda or in our garden. Our creative team specialise in wholesome, fresh, local (where possible) produce. We have a large selection of gluten free options and look after those who enjoy meat meals, vegetarians, vegan and dairy free options. We hand make our meat and veggie patties for our burgers, and offer a selection of breads to suit. Our garden is full of citrus, herbs, a bay tree, a fig tree, passionfruit vine and lots of other interesting plants we use in our cooking as they become available As business owners you are active members in the Canungra Chamber of Commerce, what events have you participated in and what have you got coming up? We have participated in the Scenic

Rim Eat Local week with cooking demonstrations and talks on gluten free and will continue with different topics each year. We also work with a Nutritional Therapist, who is very informative on many health and food topics. People can stay updated on these workshops through our Facebook page. Does your menu reflect the local produce and what is in season? Canungra Hub has just been accredited as a ‘Eat Local Locavore’ through Scenic Rim Regional Council for our efforts in supporting the region in using as much produce as we do. Herbs, honey, lettuce, eggs, mushrooms, milk, cheeses, macadamia nuts, jams made on local fruits and any seasonal produce we can get hold of from the area to make another delicious treat. We are very lucky to live where we do, in the Scenic Rim where quality food and beverage is grown.

You also do take-away options now with the curries, tell us more about that? We have just started take away curries on a Friday and Saturday, with the curry selection changing weekly. We have an exceptional Chef who is renowned for her curries here in Canungra so we are very lucky to have her working with us as another option.

We wanted to recreate the older style, homemade, wholesome food we knew as kids. We want people to come in as if they were coming into our home, sitting on our veranda or in our garden. We noticed you did your first wedding at a few weeks back, how does this space work for private functions? We have done several functions after hours in our garden now and are happy to do more in the future - functions are my favourite! Birthday celebrations, leaving town get together, business meetings, Christmas parties, Melbourne Cup lunches and our latest, a wedding reception, seating 50 in the garden area. Under the fairy lights, the area is beautiful at night. We have function packages (buffet style, home-made selection) and can work the packages to suit the occasion. This year we had 2 fundraisers. Our staff gave their time, we gave the venue and all money made went to the cause. One cause being Oz Harvest (collecting quality excess food to support people in need), and another, Burrumbuttock Hay Runners (donations of hay to those in need in drought affected areas of Qld and NSW).

Canungra Hub Cafe 32 Christie St, Canungra QLD 4275 Monday - Friday 6:00am - 4:00pm Saturday - Sunday 6.30am - 4:00pm Facebook @Canungra Hub - 13 Scenic Road Living

Holli Dolli Holli Annie

Holli Dolli is fairly new to Canungra. How long have you been in this location? Tell us how it all started?

I’m so very blessed to have my mum, Gina, who also happens to be my best friend as my helper at Holli Dolli. The locals love my mumma bear. She brings to Holli Holli Dolli took off in the garage Dolli a real warmth and joy and is of my house in 2005 and it was an absolute treat for our customers. a huge success. This was put on Mum is a huge help with selecting the shelf when my firstborn son clothing to suite the older entered the world. demographic and our curvy girls. Mum has a brilliant sense of style In July 2016 I decided to bring Holli Dolli back to life. I started nice and seriously great taste... This was and easy in a weekend market style handed down to her from my Nana who was a fashion trendsetter in set up and absolutely loved it. In October 2017 I decided to spread her day and age and even into her 80s, she was still killing it. My Nana my wings and open a boutique (who now has her Angel wings) of my very own. After a big shop holds an incredibly precious place fit out, Holli Dolli was open for in my heart as does my mother and business on December 1st 2017, and we haven't looked back since! I am so glad I got to fall not so far from this beautiful apple tree... How would you describe your We hear you have shoppers come style and the beautiful clothes from Warwick and Toowoomba as and products you carry. well as locals. Is this true? My absolute passion is for western I love interacting with my fashion! Realising the need to be customers and have formed lovely super versatile in a smaller town I friendships with a whole bunch have really tried to incorporate a of lovely ladies. I have shoppers number of different styles to cater that regularly make the trek from for all... Toowoomba, Warwick and Boonah. I post nation wide to a variety of different places including Tasmania I would best describe and the furthest I have shipped to Holli Dolli style as a was to a lovely customer in Abu unique blend of rustic Dhabi! This fills me with incredible boho crossed with a little excitement.

country and western with an added hippy element...

What do you do in your down time?

We also carry some very unique jewellery pieces, some of which are all handmade locally right here in the Scenic Rim.

In the little down time I do get, I like to be with my family. If I could choose to do anything, it would definitely involve my family, enjoying our horses, relaxing and maybe‌. cheese...feta cheese!

What specific things have you got coming in this Spring Summer season? Summer is well on its way... and we will have all the very latest range of prints and styles to keep you cool and looking on trend this season. I love my shop full of vibrant colours and fantastic prints. Florals are huge in this season and LACE... I so got a thing for lace. Soft lavender colours will dominate the whole summer season, romantic and elegant. Your Mum, Gina, also helps out. Does that mean you also cater to women of a mixed aged bracket?

I am engaged to the love of my life. Together we have 4 beautiful kids. I have truly amazing parents and a big family. They have backed my dream and supported me every step of the way and I am so grateful beyond words. Holli Dolli 4/40 Christie Street, Canungra Open 5 days a week Instagram @holliannie Facebook @hollidollicanungra

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Glenloch & the Gatehouse Luxury accomodation and gardens

The Garden It was some 16 years ago that Rob & Caroline Tolmie decided to make a ‘tree change’ from their waterside property on the Gold Coast. They chose Tamborine Mountain because they’d fallen in love with the village atmosphere and sense of community that the beautiful Mountain enjoyed and they wanted to be part of it. After searching for the perfect location, their imagination was captured by a 2.7 hectare property at the end of a leafy lane and only a short walk to the main village.

“It was bigger than we’d imagined,” Rob recalls. “It was a sunny day and the driveway was lined with blossoming jacarandas, so it was love at first sight.”

Caroline explains “Glenloch is a planned garden. We were definitely amateurs, but we sat down and drew out the ‘bones’ of what we wanted to create, with the avenues, terraces and ponds - the waterfalls and fountains. Whilst a few new features have been added here and there, we look back at the original plans with fondness, as the garden hasn’t changed much from our initial drawing.” Glenloch feels like a European inspired garden, with its central avenue of Pin Oaks, it’s structural rock walls and its Buxus hedges. The Tolmies have added grand bronze fountains, secret garden ‘rooms’ and wonderful ‘walks’ to explore this picturesque estate. The Mountain enjoys four very distinct seasons and this magnificent property shows each one off to the full, whilst continuing to be a haven for birds and wildlife. Rob & Caroline open the garden once a year to raise funds for local Mountain charities.

“Most of the property was given over to rough horse paddocks and scrub, but there was the existing avenue of jacarandas down the drive, lots of citrus that thrive so well on the Mountain and several rose bushes.”

The Gatehouse

Little did they know at the time, that this decision would lead them to design a garden on a grand scale. Many years of labour and love were ahead of them, to bring their dream to reality.

In the early days of the Mountain, the old cottage had been home to the local Post Master and General Store Keeper and was actually located in Capo Lane - about a kilometre away in another street.

When Rob & Caroline Tolmie bought the property that is now Glenloch, the sad two bedroom house at the top of the driveway had seen better times.

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“It’s hard for us to imagine that back in the 1940s when it was sold and relocated to Yuulong Road, that the local men rolled it on giant logs, over the fields to its final home. It now sits behind the wrought iron gates at the entrance to Glenloch - and it just seemed fitting to call it ‘The Gatehouse’ …” Renovating this lovely old lady was an inspiring work of love, as whilst the Tolmies wanted to bring her into the 21st Century, they also wanted her to retain her original cottage character. “She had been neglected for some considerable time and the roof leaked badly! In fact the roof was so far gone, that daylight could be seen through the holes when the ceiling was removed! - so that seemed a great place to start” Caroline remembers those first finds well. ”When the wall cladding came down and revealed that the sturdy Ironbark framework was in great shape – we were impressed. The ‘bones’ were still in good shape, and when the many layers of floor lino were removed, it uncovered old newspapers from 1943. Sadly, as fascinating as they were, with their enlightening history of the Gold Coast, their condition was so bad that they disintegrated when touched. It was still interesting to see the advertisements and names of the pioneering families that are still around today, both on the Mountain and the Gold Coast. It was an insight into the wonderful history that this old lady had lived through”

It is clear a lot of love and consideration went into the cottage restoration. A slow process however rewarding ‘The Gatehouse’ finally came to life, complete with a pretty new front entrance, a full modern kitchen, bathroom and laundry, as well as a large veranda and spa, from which guests can view the garden. And finally those luxury finishes such as plantation shutters, fireplace and high quality appointments were chosen and installed to make her the luxury cottage that she is today. The Gatehouse has been ‘home’ to many Mountain families over the early years, but happily now welcomes guests for luxury short breaks and holidays on Tamborine Mountain. For bookings and more information visit www.glenlochgatehouse.com.au Phone 0408349977 Facebook @luxuryinparadise Instagram @glenloch_gatehouse

Luxury guest house on a private seven acre garden estate. Relax in comfort and explore the grounds at your leisure. ‘The Village’ cafes and restaurants are within an easy three minute stroll. For availability and rates

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Emma Lang Olive Ceramics

Photography Carin Garland Slip from My Country Escape Head Scarf from Holli Dolli Opposite page outfit from My Country Escape

When did you first decide to make art a focus in your life? When I got back from living overseas I really struggled with trying to get back into a normal life, i.e working, renting.. the normal day to day stuff. I really needed an outlet. I had been following a fellow ceramic artist on Instagram and thought, that looks amazing, I want to give it a go. That was almost 4 years ago now! It took me about 3 years before I thought my work was at a quality where I could actually sell it! You got married last year - Congratulations!!! You just had your son, Leo, only 8 weeks ago. How do you think these life changes will impact your work? Maybe new inspiration? Thank you, very exciting times! Motherhood was definitely a life changing moment for me. Harder in so many ways then I had anticipated but so much more rewarding in so many other ways! I’m not too sure at this stage what I will draw inspiration from, my little man takes up most of my time. I definitely can’t wait to get back into the studio. Tell us about the style of ceramics you do and where did the name Olive Ceramics come from? My style has changed a bit over the years, but I mainly sell functional tableware. A lot of my tableware is slab rolled and put into a mould, where as my mugs and tumblers are wheel thrown. I have been so lucky to have a wonderful teacher in the past year who is an amazing thrower and has taught me so much! I’m really enjoying throwing larger amounts of clay and making vases and larger vessels. The name "Olive ceramics" came about because I love the name Olive. If I had a daughter I always wanted her name to be Olive. Now I think I would have to reconsider that If I was to have a girl! You have lived on Tamborine Mountain since early childhood, how do you think that has contributed to your creative side? I love Tamborine so much. It’s such a magical place. I feel so lucky to have grown up here! There are so many wonderful creative people up here to draw inspiration from. My first job was "Marks and Gardner Gallery" a beautiful space where they would showcase amazing artists, whilst stocking the most beautiful books. I definitely think living up here has been a huge creative inspiration for me. We are so lucky to have so many beautiful organic growers on Tamborine, I thoroughly enjoy going to the green shed, getting an abundance of organic fruit and veg, coming home and cooking up a big vegetarian storm! I like to have quite neutral coloured tableware — off whites and speckled mattes are my favourite! If I had big colourful plates I think it would take away the beauty of the beautiful homegrown produce! You are 24, and have also done some modelling is that right? Are you interested in this still or have you changed your focus a little. I love the creative freedom modelling can give. I also just love playing dress up and getting my make up and hair done! It’s not something I would persue on a professional scale however, I found it to be highly competitive but sometimes a little negative. My focus has definitely shifted since wanting to start a family, and I am so enjoying this new chapter.

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We are so lucky to have so many beautiful organic growers on Tamborine. I thoroughly enjoy going to the green shed, getting an abundance of organic fruit and veg, coming home and cooking up a big vegetarian storm!


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Well, we are glad you found ceramics. Is there anyone else creative in your family? My beautiful mum was a leadlight artist and created the most beautiful pieces in the home we grew up in. She no longer practises but I can still appreciate what she did. What are you dreams and aspirations for Olive Ceramics? For Anthony and I, we would love to buy a big block of land in the Northern Rivers, set ourselves up a and be totally self-sufficient. I would love to run my own pottery workshops. Even just a space where other creatives can come and enjoy the space, not narrowing it down to just potters. Anyone looking for a place to just create. What do you think it is about ceramics and potting that people love?

it like to have a family and be living in a tiny home. The pros and cons of living totally "off-grid". We won’t be connected to mains power at all, so it should be a very exciting learning curve for all of us.

I like to have quite neutral coloured tableware — off whites and speckled mattes are my favourite! If I had big colourful plates I think it would take away the beauty of the beautiful homegrown produce! If people wish to purchase your ceramics can they pre-order pieces or do you just make as you go?

Ceramics are a hard one for It’s just so organic and fun! It dosen’t people to pre-order, the nature really matter what you make because of ceramics are very delicate and often I can make ten dinner plates its always going to be beautiful! and only five make it through the From the beginning you can create kiln process. really anything you want from hand building. Then, if you want to delve I generally make a whole lot of a little deeper you can jump on the pieces up, get my dear friend Sabine wheel and learn that (it’s taken me (@_housefrau) to photograph them, four years to finally feel comfortable). put them on my Instagram with a It definitely requires a lot patience shop update date then go from and a lot of recycled clay! there! I won’t have another update until early next year as I would like Is there anywhere you know of that to get a nice stock pile together people can learn to do this? Is this before then. something you would want to help others explore? Olive Ceramics Instagram @oliveceramics_ Yes! I’ve already summoned my www.oliveceramics.bigcartel.com husband (who’s also a builder) to build me my own studio, big enough to hold workshops! There are studios on the Gold Coast, which are fully equipped with everything you need to learn the art of ceramics, with wonderful teachers to help along the way! I hear that your husband and you are building a tiny house in Bangalow. How exciting! Will you be running an account on Instagram for this so people can follow your progress? I am going to attach a blog piece to my current ceramic website where people can read all about living a sustainable lifestyle, as well as what

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crafted by time The story of our Handmade Reclaimed French Oak Tables is really the story of how everything old became new again...of how a European craftsman applied old world values and experience to produce fine French oak furniture. The first batch of our reclaimed wood was harvested in 2004. The buildings being over 300 years old produced low yield high quality French oak. This low yield philosophy produces high quality reclaimed oak tables. Every Reclaimed French Oak table is hand made by traditional artisans who start with the finest materials. Reclaimed French oak from our mills is at the core of every product. We are friends and collaborators, which is very much a part of our story. Our artisans are at the very core of what we do and who we are. They are masters of their respective crafts. It has taken them many years to develop rare and traditional skills. They value the process and they keep its integrity. French Oak Tables has captured the essence of European sophistication and created a collection that is both stylish and affordable. We have restrained the designs for those who love the elegance of French, yet prefer simpler lines to blend with more contemporary decor. Precision cut parquetry, slimline straight rails, finely shaped or tapered legs and beautifully finished timber is the hallmark of our tables. FIND OUT MORE CONTACT James Ruig - 0415 581 676 james@salvageeurope.com

ALESSANDRA et BRIDGETTE aspires to bring classic elegance, yet practicality to ‘resort-wear meets farm life’ for both Mother and Daughter.

Designed and made in Australia, the collection showcases feminine, neutral tones and ageless silhouettes. Each piece is timelessly designed and made to last, with the intent of handing down for years to come. Currently based between Mount Alford and Burleigh Heads, you can find ALESSANDRA et BRIDGETTE at The Village Markets and online at alessandraetbridgette.com or Instagram @alessandra.et.bridgette

Bronwyn McDonald - Founder & Director

SCENIC RIM BRIDE Our new LOVE Scenic Road pages will send you into a romantic whirl wind. We have joined forces with one of the industries best, who has decided to return home to the Scenic Rim, under her new brand – Scenic Rim Bride. Firstly let’s get to know who this talented wedding specialist is and what makes the wedding industry one of the most thriving sectors in the region. What is the essence of Scenic Rim Bride? After returning to the Scenic Rim earlier this year, and seeing the bridal buzz in the region, I felt it was my duty to share it with couples planning their dream wedding day. There is so much that has changed, with many beautiful new venues emerging. The wedding industry experienced a big movement over the years further South, now it’s time to shine the light on the Scenic Rim. Through Scenic Rim Bride, I hope to showcase all the known but also hidden beauty spots around the region. Geographically it also makes a lot of sense, with Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba all within an hour or so drive.

What has been one of your favourite shoots of late? Summer Land Camels without doubt. Working with camels was fun, exciting and an amazing experience. To top it off we had an beautiful sunset, open landscape with local produce and genuine country hospitality. A warm, exotic feel was achieved, yet keeping that country theme. It was definitely something a little different - It was a memorable day for all our team involved that day. What do you enjoy most about helping brides and grooms through the process? The first thing most people ask is ‘Do I deal with many Bridezillas?’. When I answer no, people are quite surprised. Having dedicated my life in the last 20 years to living, breathing and talking all things weddings, planning a wedding is second nature to me.

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Explain why someone should choose to look at going through a curator and planner such as yourself. With my experience spanning 20 years in the industry, I have learned the art of removing any stress before it begins so the planning process is an enjoyable one from start to finish, as it should be. We operate a little differently at SR Bride by providing each of our couples with a personalised service because each wedding is unique and no two couples are the same. We can assist with as much, or as little as required — from suggesting the perfect venue to curating a theme, which reflects their personal wedding style. We work closely with all our venues and suppliers and it may just be that we may just provide the initial introduction. Furthermore, couples have the option of finding everything they need via our Community page on the Scenic Rim Bride website. Scenic Rim Bride Facebook & Instagram at @scenicrimbride www.scenicrimbride.com.au Call Bronwyn on 0418 751 397

Tree change brings success for local entrepreneurs

Hobbs Building & Interiors is an award winning, boutique custom built firm located in the heart of the Scenic Rim. The dynamic team of husband and wife duo, Luke and Nikki Hobbs, specialise in steel frame, eco-friendly construction of both residential and commercial projects. The family team obtained 25 years collective experience in the fields of construction, project management and interior design; plus boast a strong passion for building prestige functional homes (since 2014).

Meet Nikki Hobbs Interior Designer In the heart of the Scenic Rim Luke and I love to travel! In fact, our wedding vows highlighted my gratitude for Luke entrusting that around the world sabbatical was non-negotiable. Upon our return in 2012 to family and friends in Australia, and following a flooding incident in a girlfriend’s Coorparoo rental apartment, we stumbled upon our slice of paradise in the picturesque Scenic Rim. Our affinity with acreage homesteads, rolling hills, organic produce and a grassy paddock for my 38-year old childhood pony, Rosé, seemed to fit like a snug glove on Lamington National Park Road. Sustainable building and interiors The variation of our Hobbs project portfolio has been incredibly diverse including many eco-extensions, fully off-grid new builds and award-winning commercial projects. Often our buildings and interiors share common attributes — natural materials of recycled timbers, stone cladding, energy efficient gadgets and earthy colour tones. Additionally, each project employs cohesive design practices that embrace the Australian lifestyle and environment. We also strive to surround

ourselves with a local database of talented suppliers, contractors and creative folk, who respect and align with our eco-ethos and Hobbs family values. Our typical clients are professionals or retirees, pursuing a “tree change.” Most are likely to be custom building to implement eco-friendly initiatives into their everyday lifestyle. We thrive on unique build additions, like red barn chicken coops and native landscaping, which incorporate veggie gardens. Small business means multi-tasking Recently married on our 5-acre Canungra property, I guess you could say we’ve endured huge personal and business growth since relocating to the region four years ago. It’s been an incredible learning curve and we wouldn’t have it any other way! My business card suggests the title of Lead Interior Designer for Hobbs Building and Interiors however the reality of small business translates to (can I say crazy lady?) or rather “Jack of all trades” including managing client inquiries, estimations, contract administration, colour selections and the list goes on. I am a proud tourism professional, however I have recently re-trained to attain my QBCC Builder – Low Rise (Site Supervisor) license. It was important for me to support Luke and our clients throughout the entire build process.

I fondly recall telling my mum (at a very early age) that I’d be an interior designer when I grew up. It’s ironic how passions often come full circle. Now I receive a real buzz by helping our clients through their selections.

Client focused selections support With a smile from ear-to-ear I proudly announce the completion of our #builtbyhobbs showroom located right here in Canungra. Stocked to the brim with a huge range of local selections for our clients to experience first-hand (by appointment only). I am particularly excited to showcase the unique country-style fit out complete with mustard Moroccan tiles from Jatana Interiors in Byron Bay. The custom designed flat pack cabinetry by Kitchen Gallery in Salisbury highlights that DIY does not mean a compromise on quality. Excitingly, we will soon launch an exclusive software system designed by me to assist our Hobbs customers with their extensive (and often daunting) selections process. Building a house may be the biggest investment our clients will make in their lives and I’m proud to highlight that this software will elevate the Hobbs selections process and bring it to life. Clients will be able to peruse customised selections from the comfort of their own home (all while watching Grand Home Designs Australia) and make crucial design and colour decisions all in their own time. I envisage I will still maintain my role of helping curate all our projects. The software will allow clients the privacy and space to explore in their own time.

Nikki’s Building Qualifications • • • •

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Builder – Low Rise (Site Supervisor) HIA Greensmart Professional Accreditation Certificate IV Building & Construction, Construction Certificate IV Building & Construction, Contract Administration Diploma of Interior Design Diploma of Project Management

Next year and beyond for Hobbs The Hobbs interiors arm is geared to explode in 2019 (pinch me) as our energetic office creatives conspire to design our very own Hobbs homewares range. Think Indonesian influence meets Scenic Rim’s classic country, all wrapped in rainforest green and neutral colour tones. However, focus and energy now shifts to our incredible pipeline of new builds. Next year’s program includes more fully off-grid homes and local tourism projects, set to enhance the region’s product offering.

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Meet Luke Hobbs Builder Carpenter turned business owner Daydreaming out back in the Bunnings landscaping department while planning my Saturday night’s social calendar seems a lifetime ago (‘cause it was). Fast forward twenty odd years and in hindsight, my Carpentry apprenticeship alongside brother, Greg, followed by almost one decade working with steel frame, has clearly carved the path for Hobbs Building & Interiors as you see it today. We chose Canungra as it’s central to our families and friends, yet far enough away to feel somewhat remote. Reflecting on Nikki’s vision boards (in which I reluctantly participate) you’ll note magazine clippings steeped in green rolling hills, deciduous trees and outdoor bathtubs with views over farm land – almost all of which are a Scenic Rim reality. I am chuffed to share both my brother turned Carpenter Mark and dad, Eric, who’s fresh from retirement, (cheers to a recent Government employment grant) round out our family team. Not to mention, Robyn, who is my mum and avid support or cleaning-guru on call when needed.

Luke’s Construction Portfolio 2017 Master Builders ‘Best Commercial Build Under $5Million’ for the Windaroo Veterinary Surgery Animal Hospital; plus various projects located in Canungra, Mount Tamborine, Ipswich, Logan, Browns Plains, Shailer Park, Fraser Island, The Whitsundays, Whistler (Canada) and five-star Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island

Local talent on our doorstep As well as Nikki, Mark, and dad of course, we locally employ a talented 16 year old first year apprentice, Max, from Tamborine Mountain and a whip-smart part-time office guru, Jane, of nearby Boyland. Our suppliers and contractors are (mostly) local so we benefit from being able to work with our extended team on consecutive and concurrent builds. Businesses like Australian Framing Solutions, Mega Earth and ProTech Electrical have been with us for decades. While newcomers include Mount Tamborine based Horizon Concrete Tanks and socially responsible Akins Plumbing. We’re proud to share recycle their scrap metal and donate funds to charities.

With a smile from ear-to-ear I proudly announce the completion of our #builtbyhobbs showroom located right here in Canungra. Stocked to the brim with a huge range of local selections available for our clients to experience first-hand (by appointment only). - NikKi Building trends in the Scenic Rim I spend a lot of time researching and attending launches for new and innovative products so we can make genuine recommendations to best suit the Scenic Rim climate and our clients’ vision. We have built an industry reputation for our steel frames – both in design and complex construction techniques – and hence promote industry leader TRUECORE Steel by BlueScope Steel. It’s also a new era for responsibly sourced and certified timber which has proven health, happiness and climate change benefits, including storing carbon and reducing carbon emissions. Our new Hobbs Showroom is appropriately lined in exterior cladding profiles by Weathertex – a great Australian made timber composite cladding – which is environmentally friendly, termite resistant and looks great (both externally and internally). In the Scenic Rim we are seeing the desire for full scale off-grid homes and those solar powered or with alternative methods such as shipping containers. More builds are also now positioning on sloping sites with subfloors to take advantage of the country views (and killer sunsets). We are also starting to see many more boutique commercial jobs on the radar, presumably as new businesses fluctuates to the area and existing businesses grow in size and require bigger premises. It’s fair to say the benefits of living in the Scenic Rim are no longer a secret! Hobbs Building www.hobbsbuilding.com.au 07 5543 5145 or 0408 712 541 admin@hobbsbuilding.com.au Facebook and Instagram @hobbsbuildingandinteriors

Six eco-friendly tips to building your dream Scenic Rim home BY N I KKI H O BBS , HOBBS BUILDING & INTERIORS



Design is king (not necessarily cash)

Partnering with a mindful builder’s designer or architect is one of the biggest build decisions you’ll make (and we can help you here). Passive design, including the orientation of your home, thermal mass elements (such as polished concrete or stone walls) and the placement of windows and doors are crucial in achieving an energy efficient home. Understanding compliance requirements such as wind, bushfire attack level, and off-grid components at the deisgn stage is also helpful.

Colour palette consciousness

Living in South East Queensland we experience extremely high temperatures and it boggles my mind that dark roofs are in vogue. They look beautiful, however, the practicality of baking under a black tin or tile roof doesn’t sound enticing to me. Throughout the Hobbs selections process, my ‘go to’ Custom Orb colour options include Zincalume, Surfmist or Dune. We are also very interested in green garden roofs popular on high rise buildings.


Breeze easy and add timber Avoid stifling moments which tempt you to opt for air conditioning or electric heating with ample cross flow ventilation. This can be easily achieved with expansive french doors (and fly screens), gas strut or louvre windows and sklights (such as Velux). It’s also proven that certified timbers within the home assist to create a happier and healthier environment. Choose timber or bamboo flooring, laminate timber bathroom vanities and benchtops, and DIY oven rangehood cladding, rustic shelving or picture frames.

Building in TRUECORE Steel Frames is a smart choice for you and your family. TRUECORE Steel Frames are straight and true and don’t twist or warp over time which means less chance of sticking windows or jammed doors.


Health conscious build products Opt for natural products during the construction of your home such as Weathertex, which is 97% natural timber and 3% natural wax. It is termite resitant as the sugars and starches have been removed during manufacture and there are no chemical additives, such as glues, resins, formaldahydes or silicas. Not too mention, the boys love working with this product on the dropsaw and during installation.

They are 100% insecticide free, termite proof and without the need for harsh chemicals. Steel won’t assist in the spread of fire and is proven for its use in severe flame zone areas. Backed by a 50-year warranty from BlueScope Steel, why would you choose to build with anything else?

-Leanne Butt CEO Australian Framing Solutions


Planting for a good reason Potted colour, green sprawling lawns and gardens are lovely. Deciduous trees to the western side of your home ensure sun during winter and shade during summer. This can also be achieved with window hoods (such as Heka Hoods) or shading structures including covered decks.


Opt for an underground oasis Our supplier Brendan from Horizon Tanks in Currumbin is a huge advocate of his concrete systems. Hobbs recommends them due to their bushfire proof qualities and that they keep your water cooler, longer lasting, and have many health benefits.

Image credit Cieran Murphy

The Overflow Estate 1895 Great wine, delicious food, stunning location Sitting in the heart of Lake Wyaralong, delicately positioned on an island, The Overflow Estate 1895 commands views of this most scenic of lush valleys within easy striking distance of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It truly is a boutique business venture of inspired creativity. For many years I have been one of a myriad of travellers who have passed this historical grazing property, along the road between Beaudesert and Boonah – and even paused a number of times and admired the magnificence of the landscape, the homestead and the majestic Mt Joyce beyond. The extraordinary Wyaralong Dam Project has now created a reflective image of this entire ecosystem on its glass like surface.

Given the long association between this property and its’ industrious creative pioneers, I am pleased to report that the new custodians of the land are equally motivated to leave their own mark on the region. The Usher and Morgan families, who purchased the holding in 2006, have generously unmasked a part of their beautiful property and feel both honoured and privelaged to be able to share this region of barely describable beauty with you. S O M E FAC T S The Overflow Estate 1895 is a Boutique Vineyard and Cellar Door hand crafted into the surroundings of Lake Wyaralong. David Morgan, part owner and creative genius behind the venture, said it best when describing how they achieved such a collaborative result mixing business with landscape and history – “Everything has an origin. Things we can see, smell, taste, hear and touch have survived. Those that we cannot, have not. We are here to see that everything else remains”. The facility offers a wonderful select menu of local delights from the gourmet cafe and proudly offers wine — exclusively produced from the vines of the estate. The Vineyard which was established in 2010, is home to over 2500 vines of select varieties ideally suited to the local climate and soil types. The results I can attest after ample sampling, are a delicate pleasure to consume and complement locally grown produce perfectly. The history of the property is fascinating. The Overflow Estate 1895 is just a small part of a larger working rural property venture set upon 4000 acres within the Scenic Rim, only 60 minutes by car from the city or the coast. I won’t spoil the party, take five minutes and get online or better yet go for a short drive and visit for yourself.

“Everything has an origin. Things we can see, smell, taste and touch have survived. Those that have not, we cannot.”

T H E V I N E YA R D What began as an affair of the heart and a holiday in Toro, the north of Spain, has matured into a magnificent viticultural affair. Like in so many stories when fate intervenes, it can lead to unlikely outcomes and when the stars align, something extraordinary can be created. I am referring to a relaxing journey leading to a hectic creative new venture or a disastrous natural event leading to a signature vintage. The vineyard features vines representing the very best

the most productive harvest the vineyard was yet to produce, the team at The Overflow Estate 1895 The vineyard produces a great wine thought all was lost. list from the grapes lovingly grown and handpicked from the property. Sometimes fate is cruel to be kind. With a decimated harvest the team The varieties include Vermentino, set out to make the most of the Fiano, Montepulciano and what is produce and carefully nurtured and fast becoming known as the new crafted this vintage. The Storm Cru Pinot Noir, Tempranillo. It is the is widely becoming known as a Storm Cru Sparkling however that stupendous sparkling combination has most recently become the of Vermentino and Fiano and signature vintage for the estate. a revelation for not just the When a tremendous hail storm vineyard but also for Queensland struck the property on the 31 Winegrowers at large. December 2017, just days from of “climate change” varieties from both Italy and Spain.

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THE CELLAR DOOR A visit to the Cellar Door is an experience in itself. With nothing left to chance the building has been designed by celebrated architect Con Zahos, of Loucas Zahos Architects. The brief was: “to be startling, new, modern and edgy but similarly to complement the history of The Overflow 1895. It had to sit comfortably with the post and rail fences, the grids, the barbed wire and the cattle loading ramps.” The result is a building integrated with the surroundings allowing visitors to regard the ever changing landscape whilst enjoying the bountiful crop of the estate and local producers. The entire experience has an ethereal quality. It will consume you both physically and emotionally. The Overflow Estate 1895 is open to unannounced visitors Friday through Sunday. Food and wine available 10am till 2pm from the Cellar Door. The facility caters not just to the public but is the ideal location for Corporate and Private Functions. Tours of the estate can also be booked. Moda in the Vines is the must go to event - held a number of times through out the year. This most popular event features fine wines, food and music. To ensure you don’t miss out, stay tuned through the Overflow Estate 1895 social media pages. Management tell us there is lots more to come from this wonderful location in the Scenic Rim. Story by Drew Slack-Smith. The Overflow Estate 1895 1660 Beaudesert-Boonah Rd, Beaudesert QLD 0455 221 895 Facebook @theoverflowestate1895 Instagram @overflowestate1895 www.theoverflowestate1895.com.au

The brief was: “to be startling, new, modern and edgy but similarly to complement the history of The Overflow 1895. It had to sit comfortably with the post and rail fences, the grids, the barbed wire and the cattle loading ramps.”

ABOVE David Morgan (Director) with his dog Nero BELOW & RIGHT The Cellar Door

Happiness is in the hands of the Ribeye bone holder! Presented by The Butchery Canungra Images by Sabine Bannard Just like a super hero, this impressive beefy marvel has many aliases such as Ribeye, Rib Fillet on the Bone, Standing or Prime Rib Roast, OP Rib through to Cowboy or Tomahawk steaks. It can be prepared as a multi rib roast, trussed with bones, specially trimmed or as individual impressive thick steaks featuring ribs like handles. This cut, without the bone, you already know as the tasty Rib or Scotch Fillet It has a seam of fat and precious marbling. It comes from high up the beasts back, helping it turn side to side but not worked very hard contributing to its tenderness. The Ribeye is renowned for its true beefy experience. To do this spectacular cut justice, observe some basic steps. Salt it and salt some more with large crystals such as sea or kosher salt. Try a salt/herb or dry rub. Some ingredients to mix and match include freshly cracked black pepper, thyme, parsley, coriander, smoked paprika, garlic, rosemary, lemon rind and seeded mustard. Well-matched these build a scrumptious crust. Avoid heavy, rich sauces. To ensure an even and successful cook get the meat up to room temperature, all of it! You’ve heard it before and its true, fat is flavour! It also protects the meat during cooking. Keep it on for cooking. Individuals can trim it to their taste if desired when served. This is a “dry heat” cooking cut. Baste the meat with high smoke point oil and barbeque on the heat, a hot or very hot oven or very hot clean BBQ grill. Give it time to make a nice char or crust, then take it down to moderate heat and finish cooking. Hooded BBQs are great for this. Times will vary between weight and the degree of “doneness” desired. Keep in mind a multi rib roast will take a few hours. The final and often skipped step is rest! Rest the meat and let the juices redistribute throughout the cut and tuck into a juicy delectable steak. Add a knob of herbed butter to the caramelised juices from the rest for a final indulgence. It teams well with cold sides like leafy greens and mixed salads that can be made ahead of time. To partake in this satisfying hands-on-bone-gnawing experience, organisation is the key. Organise your meat, your heat, someone to bring the salads, someone else to bring the beer and wine and organise them to arrive nice and early!

The Butchery Canungra Shop 3/38 Christie Street Canungra, Queensland 4275 (07) 5543 5153 Monday -10am - 5:30pm Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5:30pm Saturday 7am - 3:30pm Sunday 10am - 2:00pm thebutcherycanungra.com.au Facebook @thebutcherycanungra

Serving suggestion by Kate Raymont, The Vintage Pickle

Roast pumpkin, charred mandarin & camel feta salad Ingredients 500g butternut pumpkin cut into 2cm cubes 100g camel persian feta 6 small mandarins, cut in half 50g roast pecan, halved mixed salad leaves Nigella seeds edible flowers 1 tbsp Bunjurgen verjuice 1 tbsp Scenic Rim Olives blood orange olive oil 50g butter Method Preheat oven to 180° degrees. Drizzle pumpkin with olive oil and season well. Roast for 15 - 20 mins until cooked through and coloured. Leave to cool. Melt butter and a little olive oil in a large heavy based frypan. When it starts sizzling, add mandarin halves, place open side down. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes until charred. Remove from pan and cool. Arrange mixed salad leaves on a large platter and place pumpkin and mandarin randomly. Dot chunks of camel feta throughout and scatter over pecan pieces. Drizzle blood orange olive oil and verjuice over salad to dress. Finish with Nigella seeds and edible flowers.

The Vintage Pickle Owner Kate Raymont How long have you owned the Vintage Pickle and how did it all start? After running a successful catering business in the Scenic Rim for six years, I was offered the opportunity to open a retail space in Main Street, North Tamborine in October 2016 and this was when The Vintage Pickle was born. We are now two-years old and continuing to grow steadily. For me it was the culmination of everything that I had been working towards – my goal had been to increase the catering business but also have a retail space in which to promote local producers with whom I had been working with for years. You clearly have a passion for food but you also have a real passion for local produce, tell us more about why you love local... Connecting with as many Scenic Rim producers as possible allows me not only to stock their products but also use them in catering which promotes them even further throughout the region. It was always really important for me to stock as many local producers as possible because it is very hard for smaller artisan producers to find retail space in the large supermarkets and to me it makes perfect sense to promote local – economically and ethically. My customers shop with me because I stock local and that in turn goes back to the producer – by supporting local you are supporting local families, employing local people and keeping money in the Scenic Rim. What can people expect when they come into the deli? We have a really diverse range of local products at the deli including Allumburra Organic Eggs, Bunjurgen verjuice & grape juice, Scenic Rim olives & olive oil, Koorumba Gully preserves, The Lime Caviar Company fingerlimes, Green Lane Coffee, Duck Creek Honey, Elite Meats smoked hams, bacon and smallgoods, Towri sheep cheese, Pure Artisan cheeses, Summerland Camel milk and cheese, Canungra Creek fingerlime marmalade & preserved fingerlimes. The deli is the shop front, and you do catering for functions and events. What else have you got going on for this business? The Vintage Pickle has recently partnered with The Overflow Estate 1895 to provide a succulent weekend dine-in bistro featuring local produce. This partnership has proved to be a match made in heaven with the outstanding Overflow Estate wines perfectly balancing the antipasto and tapas sharing platters and other light meals offered. The gorgeous chocolate brownies and lavender scones are not to be missed! You are a Eat Local Week ambassador and an accredited Eat Local ‘Locavore’ tell us more about that It’s a real privilege and honour to be able to represent the region to help promote local food. The diversity within the Scenic Rim always astounds me and it’s such a pleasure to visit the farms and hear their stories first hand. The Eat Local accreditation program is also helping to connect local business with producers and it is creating a real buzz within SE Qld, so lots of exciting times ahead! The Vintage Pickle, Main Street, Mt Tamborine or head out to The Overflow Estate 1895 to sample everything Kate has to offer and much more. Cheese image credit Scenic Rim Regional Council. All other images by Sabine Bannard

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Sabine Bannard The German living on the mountain behind the sea

Food, lifestyle and portrait photography for small businesses, special moments and artists. Get in touch IG @_housefrau | 0435 055 213 | sabinebannard.com | sabine@housefrau.com.au

Providence Farm Nestled high on the lush green Beechmont plateau sits Providence Farm, with glorious views sweeping across Numinbah Valley, out to the Gold Coast and the sea. When Greg McKenzie’s parents were ready to retire, Greg and his wife, Wendy, took over the traditional dairy farm, which has been in Greg’s family since 1880. Greg and Wendy made the decision to go it alone: to produce bath milk and shower cream from their cows’ milk, and soap made from the milk of their goats. They sell their products from their roadside stall, and via direct delivery to their regular customers. The McKenzies also own the charming Providence Farm Hall, next door, built in the 1940s, and available for hire for weddings and events. To read more about Grey & Wendys story visit: www.eatlocalweek.com.au/producers/listing/providence-farm

Quark, fennel & macadamia nut cheesecake Quark originated in Northern Europe, where it is called ‘kvarg’. It’s made by warming soured milk until it curdles, adding cultures and then straining to form a solid curd. Quark tastes like a combination of Greek yoghurt and cottage cheese. It is high in protein and low in sodium, and doesn’t contain animal rennet, so it’s suitable for vegetarians. Ingredients - serves 10 200g quark

60g cornflour

(We used store-bought quark for this recipe.)

40 ml lemon juice

250g cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

300ml cream

4 eggs

2 lemons, zest only

120g golden caster sugar Base 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 200g Greenlee Farm unsalted roasted macadamia nuts

50g golden caster sugar 120g plain or spelt white flour 80g unsalted butter, melted

To Serve Just-picked lemon thyme edible flowers Method

Left: The Magic Goat Above: Greg and Wendy

To make the filling, place the quark, cream cheese, cream, sugar, cornflour, juice, zest, vanilla and eggs in a food processor, and process until creamy. Refrigerate until required. To make the base, grease and line a 36 cm long x 8 cm wide x 7 cm deep cake tin with baking paper, leaving an overhang on each side of the tin — this will assist in removing the cheesecake when set. Place the fennel seeds in a small cast-iron skillet and toast over a medium heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Pound the seeds to a coarse texture using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Process the nuts in a food processor to a coarse crumb consistency, add the ground fennel, sugar and flour, and pulse to incorporate. Add the melted butter and pulse again until the base forms a ball. Divide the mixture in two. Press half the base mixture into the base of the cake tin. Divide the rest in two and press it into the sides firmly using an off-set spatula. Refrigerate the tin for 30 minutes so the base and sides firm up. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Remove the tin from the fridge and pour in the filling. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 40 minutes. The cheesecake is ready when the filling is set. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven to cool. This will help to prevent cracks from forming on top of the cheesecake. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Refrigerate overnight and then serve with lemon thyme and edible flowers. Recipe featured in Eat Local Volume 2 available from www.eatlocalweek.com.au

Healthy Skin by Summer Land Camels Many people treat their skin like a vinyl covering for their body; a waterproof membrane that keeps them from the external world. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Your skin isn’t a barrier. It’s actually a dynamic interaction, a means of engagement with the external world. When we look at the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of skin we can see that those things work hand in hand with the skin biome. The skin biome is a dynamic ecosystem that includes the living bacteria, fungi, viruses and insects that live on our skin. It is multifunctional and vital to our overall health and wellbeing. A lot of people are distressed to think that there are insects living on them. Everyone has millions of insects crawling on them all the time and they're really important for the health of your skin. They're like pets for the skin biome. They're tiny little mites. You can't see them, you can't feel them - but they're vital. These insects are important for lots of reasons. One reason is that they create biomatter that mixes with our dead skin cells and forms a nutrient rich layer similar to a compost layer on the skin. The biome; the fungi and the bacteria, thrive in that nutrient rich barrier. Those bacteria, fungi and viruses living on our skin actually work very closely with our body and with our immune system. The skin biome produces metabolites (chemicals) that direct the amount and quality of the new skin produced by the dermis.

A healthy skin biome means healthy skin. There are many ways that people damage their skin biome but one of the most common is the use of antibacterial products. Our modern society has become obsessed with being “clean” but that is often at the cost of good health. If you kill all the bacteria and fungi on your skin it will affect your dermis and epidermis, your immune system and lead to skin thinning, wrinkles and blemishes as well as skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Avoiding products that destroy the essential skin biome is a great first step but it’s also really important to use products that encourage growth of a healthy skin biome.

Camel Milk is like a prebiotic and a probiotic for the skin. The milk contains vitamins, minerals, phospholipids, essential fatty acids, alpha hydroxy acids, immune proteins and prebiotics. It’s excellent for our skin because it supports and promotes a healthy, biodiverse biome. At Summer Land Camels, we developed our Artisan Skin Care Range specifically to help people create a healthy skin biome and many people have seen massive changes in their skin as a result of using camel milk on their skin. To purchase our Summer Land Camels Skin Care Range, head to our website www.sumerlandcamels. com.au or follow us Facebook and Instagram. Jeffrey Flood Managing Director B.Sc., B.App.SC.,M.Sc. www.summerlandcamels.com.au Facebook and Instagram @summerlandcamelfarm

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What could we say about the Gut and the Brain? By Morgane Dean from M.D. Healing “Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Remedial Massage Therapist” Nowadays, people are realising that the gut is the root cause of so many diseases. There is definitely more awareness about how food, diet and lifestyle have an impact on our health. From my personal health journey and professional experience as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and as a Remedial Massage Therapist, I believe that diet has an impact on at least 70% of our health. Almost 80% of our immune system sits in the gut. A healthy gut will protect you from foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria and parasites and much more. We can’t underestimate our good bacteria. They make 90% of our body as a human being. What is more important is that our bacteria makes up to 99.9% of our genes.

Diet is one thing, but digestion is as important. We are what we eat but we are also what we can digest and absorb. It is said that the gut is the “mother” of the body because of how it feeds everything from our brain to our skin, in the same way a mother feeds a child. When I first learnt about digestion, which I believe is the number one foundation for healing, I realised that it started in the brain. When we see and smell the food, our body is already releasing digestive enzymes before the food gets into our stomach. I also learnt that it is a north to south process. If the chain further up is not functioning properly the bottom line is impacted. For example: if there is no stomach acid released, we can’t

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have protection from parasites. Bacteria and Protein can’t be broken down properly which can set you up for a damaged gut (leaky gut) along with food allergies and sensitivities.

To be able to digest, we need to be in a relaxed state called “parasympathetic”. This will allow production of good saliva, stomach acid and many other enzymes to break down food so nutrients are available for the body. We can all recall the elders of the family saying “sit down & chew your food properly!”

Here are some tips below of how you can improve digestion: Eating should be done in the most relaxed and social environment. Chewing your food is vital. Stay hydrated. Our body uses 1.5L of water for each meals. Do not drink while eating. Choose low carbohydrate and possibly limit starchy food. Choose good quality grass fed organic free range meats, plenty of green vegetables so stomach acid production is stimulated. Ensure that your meals have a generous amount of good quality animal fat, so your liver and gall bladder can learn to do some work there and be nourished to be able to detoxify. Don’t overeat. Don’t skip breakfast, mornings are when our stomach acid production is at its best. Breakfast should be your main meal, with a medium sized lunch and a small dinner. Good quality salt like Himalayan or Celtic are vital for stomach acid production. Eat many different types of fermented foods like sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, kimchi and natural yogurt. Fermented food have many enzymes to support digestion, there stimulate stomach acid production, there are packed of beneficial friendly bacteria and they give amazing flavour to our food. Digestion is like “Use it or lose it.” Eat protein to digest protein and eat fat to digest fat. Nature has provided all the necessary nutrients in whole food.

When we eat what is right for us, when our digestion is working well and the gut bacteria are balanced, the body can be nourished. Without the integrity of the digestive system, the body cannot support the other foundations of health. In our small intestines, 95% of the water, nutrients and electrolytes are broken down. Proteins are properly broken down into amino acid, which is very important for our hormones and particularly our neurotransmitters. Our neurones use neurotransmitters to communicate within the body and this is why our gut has a huge connection with our brain. The gut has been described as the second brain. The gut makes use of more than 30 neurotransmitters, most of which are identical to the ones found in the central nervous system, such as acetylcholine, dopamine, and serotonin. More than 90% of the body’s serotonin lies in the gut, as well as 50% of the body’s dopamine. That is why digestive dysfunction can have such a dramatic impact on mood due to its impact on neurotransmitter synthesis. You know when you have butterflies in your stomach? This is actually real, the belly has emotions like our brain. The brain and the gut are continuously talking to each other. Moreover, profound nutrient deficiency can be the root cause for mental illnesses. For example, it is common to see vitamin B3, B6 and zinc deficiencies in schizophrenia and people who suffer from depression. All cells of the body need nutrients to function adequately. A healthy gut and brain run only on good quality food and a powerful digestive system. Digestion is by far the top healing priority of the body. When the gastrointestinal system can’t properly digest and absorb nutrients, it affects the vitality of the entire body. Knowing how to optimise digestive function is one of the most powerful tools. We have seen how the gut interacts with our feelings but it is also true that you cannot heal a distressed gut without considering the role of stress and emotions. Remember, digestion starts in the brain!

Avoid sugar and processed packaged food. Overconsumption of alcohol, chemicals such as pesticides, drugs and medication all contribute to low stomach acid production. These simple suggestions can make a huge difference to your gut health and absorption.

If you would like to know more, please follow along on our social channels. Yours, in health! Morgane Dean M.D. Healing Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Remedial Massage Therapist Facebook @M.D.Healing Instagram @md_healing

*Please note that this article is not a substitute for medical advice. For major health concern please consult with your current doctor or practitioner. - 57 Scenic Road Living

Canungra State School Green Team Canungra State School Green Team has been an important part of the school community since 2010. The Green Team recognises the importance in preserving and enhancing the natural world, and places a strong emphasis on cultivating environmental projects throughout the school. The Green Team is a collaboration between parents, students and staff with senior students encouraged to contribute to meetings with project ideas.

Projects that the Green Team have developed include: •

Canungra Creek Restoration Project

Wangerriburra Cultural Trail and Bush Tucker Garden

Food Garden and Cooking Club Projects

Composting and worm farm project for food waste

Litter audit and waste management program

Weekly gardening club is hosted to tend the productive food gardens with excess produce sold and used in the canteen. Working bees are undertaken throughout the year to improve the creek system and school grounds and align with annual environmental events such as Clean Up Australia Day. Students and their parents are encouraged to attend and contribute to make a positive difference to our unique local environment. Our world is developing and changing at a rapid pace and the kids of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Green Team projects are providing a platform for students to engage in learning opportunities and create positive change. Green Team kids are aware kids! Jodie Clifford

In the Spring Garden with the Kids Keep it simple - start small and with a couple of easy to grow vegies and herbs that you enjoy eating. The spring / summer planting is perfect for growing tasty fresh treats that can be eaten straight from the plant or used in salads and a variety or dishes. Plants, like us need the right nutrients to thrive. Deep organically rich soil encourages the growth of healthy, extensive roots able to reach more nutrients and water. Simple raised garden beds with a good mix of organic matter are a great way to encourage fertile soils. Larger pots with good quality organic potting mix are also a simple, effective, space saving option to plant in. Soil health is super important and there is loads of information available for those keen to put some time into their soil.

Top four easy picks!

1 2 3 4

CHERRY TOMATOES there are heaps of varieties now. Disease resistant, kid size and sweet. SNACKING CUCUMBERS lebanese variety that are perfect in pots. Crunchy and sweet when picked small. SWEET BASIL heavenly match with the tomatoes. CABBAGE great to mix into a salad.

Visit a reputable nursery with the kids and buy some quality vegetable / herb seedlings. Mulching your seedlings is also recommended and organic sugar cane mulch is a great option and available in bales at most nurseries. Make sure you have some small digging trowels, watering can / hose and gloves if you prefer. Engage the kids in the simple practice of planting and tending your seedlings. Make it fun and accessible and don’t overthink it! Read the information on the labels and plant with love and care: •

allocate the kids their own space - some pots or a garden bed

vine plants such as cucumbers can be grown vertically so use a trellis, fence or stake.

the addition of 30-50mm of mulch will assist with moisture retention and looks fab

water in gently and regularly depending on the weather

try companion planting - basil and tomatoes are besties

Gardening is a grounding way to get back to nature, the challenges can help kids with developing their resilience, and reaping the produce should be a celebration of the wonder of our natural world. Plant together, grow together.

Eat Local Scenic Rim www.eatlocalscenicrim.com "The Scenic Rim has developed a strong reputation for producing wonderful food and wine, for gourmet getaways and for stunning scenery. It's now taking its rightful place alongside these other The inaugural intake of Scenic Rim ‘locavores’ iconic destinations, and we have the was announced at the launch of the new added advantage of only being an hour Eat Local Scenic Rim initiative yesterday away from Brisbane or the Gold Coast." (November 1). The Scenic Rim Regional The Scenic Rim is emerging as one of Council program builds on the popularity Queensland’s most exciting food and of Eat Local Week by enabling locals and wine destinations and one of the most visitors to find, taste, buy, connect and eat collaborative, with producers keen to local food and drinks year round. work together to develop unique offerings, The Eat Local Scenic Rim initiative was including beer chutney, carrot bread, camel launched today at Towri Sheep Cheeses milk vodka and sheep and cow’s milk stout. Allenview and boasts 57 inaugural To be eligible for endorsement, Eat Local ‘locavores’, who will champion Scenic Rim food and drinks on their menus, in their cafes, Scenic Rim applicants had to meet criteria for their category, including regularly featuring restaurants, wineries and accommodation, and identifying Scenic Rim ingredients on and sell local produce in their shops. menus, in their mini bar, or in their shop. Accredited participants will display the Accredited members will be encouraged Eat Local Scenic Rim logo on menus, in to display the Eat Local Scenic Rim logo shopfronts, on farm gates and on websites in their restaurant or shopfront windows, and packaging, so visitors and locals can at the farm gate and even on packaging easily identify places to try and buy local and their website. They will also be invited produce. to be involved in industry networking and development opportunities and be featured Regional visitors can also create on a dedicated website, designed to make their own Scenic Rim Food Trail, it easier for visitors and consumers to source local food and drinks. It’s never been easier to eat and drink locally in the Scenic Rim, thanks to a new program which enlists the help of accredited food and wine champions.

using the online portal, or they can download ready-to-go food, wine and beer itineraries created for the region. Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen says the region’s reputation as a gourmet destination is building, and consumers are hungry to enjoy Scenic Rim produce beyond Eat Local Week.

“The time was right to launch this next phase,” he said. "South Australia has the Barossa Valley, Western Australia has the Margaret River, New South Wales has the Hunter Valley, Victoria has the Yarra Valley and Tasmania has the Tamar Valley - all great spots for a gourmet getaway and with a reputation for wonderful food and wine.”

“The Eat Local project was made possible by the Federal Government and includes an online platform featuring local producers and businesses. Visitors to this beautiful region can have some real and engaging experiences with the men and women who produce our vegetables, dairy products, olives, honey, wine, craft beer and coffee, all within the Scenic Rim area.” The full list of accredited Scenic Rim Locavores is online. Businesses which would like to become part of the program can still apply online. www.eatlocalscenicrim.com.au

Opposite Page bottom left: Kate Raymont The Vintage Pickle. Top Right: Jenny Moffatt, Moffatt Fresh Produce. This page from top: Kay and Dave Tommerup, Tommerup’s Dairy Farm & Farm Stay.Council’s tourism and economic development team LtoR: Brent Randall, Brenda Walker, Susie Cunningham and Gen Windley. Mayor Greg Christensen in foreground.Carolyn Davidson, Towri Sheep Cheeses

The Yes Project Scenic Rim photographers Kate Higgins of A Little Life Photography and Samantha Daly of Style Pose Click have teamed up and launched a not-for-profit organisation that brings together their love of photography, the great outdoors and a desire to help others improve their mental health and they’d love you to get involved! Founded in early 2018, The Yes Project is a registered charity that runs programs (in person and online) with one simple purpose – to bring joy and happiness. It’s all in the name of helping people improve their mental health and everyone is welcome – whether depression or anxiety are ongoing concerns, you are feeling lonely or you just want to be part of something special and meet other like minded people. The Yes Project mantra is simple. Just SAY YES (when you would usually say no). Go on a community walk, sign up for a more adventurous hike or contribute to online collaborative art projects. Free group yoga classes and photography meetups are also soon being added to their program. Samantha explains, “We started walking the trails of the Scenic Rim and South East Queensland for our own mental health after advice from our GP and soon realised the power of reconnecting with nature and regularly clearing our minds combined with regular exercise. We then started inviting friends and family that we knew were struggling with anxiety,

depression and other mental health concerns to walk with us. It didn’t take long before we realised people everywhere would benefit and so our YES WALKS were born.” Yes Walks range in length and complexity and are regularly advertised on The Yes Project Facebook page @theyesprojectlimited and www.meetup.com. Walks take place around the Scenic Rim, Brisbane and the Gold Coast every 6 to 8 weeks with the occasional child (and scooter) friendly community wander added to the program. The walks are free to attend and are great for people who want to go adventuring with the security of walking in a group. If you would like to find out more about getting involved in a Yes Project, you can contact Kate and Samantha at www.theyesproject.org.au or find them on Facebook and Instagram @theyesprojectlimited. Kate Higgins ~ A Little Life Photography www.alittlelife.com.au Samantha Daly ~ Style Pose Click www.styleposeclick.com.au

Lydias Garden by Samantha Dusting. "Lydias Garden is a tribute to my wonderful Grandma, Lydia Alice, affectionately known to all as Mickee. She had an amazing Victorian cottage garden and shared her love of flowers with my sister Emma and I. When we visited we were given a basket and a pair of snips and allowed to cut as many flowers as we liked."

Hand crafted orders for special celebrations, weddings, wreaths, corporate functions and events. Purchases and orders taken at My Country Escape in the heart of Canungra.

Follow on Facebook, Instagram @lydias_garden or www.lydiasgarden.com.au call 0488 664 183

Life is about the Journey... not the destination. - Ralph Waldon Emerson

WS Travel Louisa Trevethan

At WS Travel and Events it is our job to guide you through your journey so you can experience the very best of your chosen destination. Be it smelling cherry blossoms in Japan, sipping Moet Chandon in France or cheering on the Wallabies at the World Cup. We are here to make your experiences memorable from the moment you leave home until the time you touch down. Why book through a travel agent? I believe all holidays should be unforgettable. Booking your trip, boarding the plane, arriving at your destination and embracing new culture, are all a part of the many adventures that arise from simply being on holiday. We aim to save our customers stress, time & money to provide the most meaningful travel and event experiences possible. How do you plan your dream holiday? For some, it might be a tropical beach escape that's all about luxurious overwater bungalows and private plunge pools. For others, it might be a wildlife experience like an African safari, or an active holiday that sees you truly embracing the road less travelled. It could be a gourmet food and wine tour or a solo journey that’ll do just the trick. Or it may be a simple as cruising the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Whatever kind of holiday you have in mind, we can craft the perfect travel package to reflect your specific tastes and desires. Not only are we dedicated to providing you with the best possible service, but a great selection of premium travel products and tour packages as well. Your holiday, your way. Get in touch with Louisa, 07 5545 1935 2/11 Mian Street, North Tamborine. www.wstravelandevents.ucraft.net | info@world-sport.com.au | Facebook @worldsportgc

Louisa’s Dream Holiday Picks Paris Paris is one of the great cities of the world, arguably the best. The name alone evokes images of grand streets and cosy cafes, of cobblestoned lanes filled with the warm aroma of chocolate. croissants and coffee. From the grandeur of the Seine and the Louvre, to the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, Paris is where the modern and wonderfully old-fashioned meet, in the midst of beautiful boulevards, leafy parks and romantic architecture. It’s not a question of why you should visit (or revisit) Paris, but why would you not? Who doesn’t want to don a beret and nestle into a cafe sipping champagne on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées?

New York New York, The city that never sleeps – also never disappoints. New York City remains for me that iconic destination that delivers on the hype. It is simply electric. Visit New York for the museums, the Broadway shows, the Cronuts and the Statue of Liberty. Whether its Skating in Central park or

shopping up a storm on 5th Avenue you will definitely have pinch me moments in New York. There is a dynamic energy that pulsates through the very fibre of the city and its people.

Barcelona Barcelona is a mystical childlike Neverand. You can’t visit and not be swept away by the creativity that heaves from its heart. Gaudi, Picasso, Miró and Dali. Barcelona inspired (at least) four greats. As a sign of thanks, they left their artistic mark throughout the city. Barcelona really is a treat for the senses with treasures of the ancient Roman and medieval city infused with the quirkiness and wild abandon of Gaudi’s creations that surprise across the city. It is a city you fall in love with due to its art nouveau architecture, fabulous shops that look like art installations, mind-boggling hotel foyers, dynamic street art and sculpture. There is always a restful bar with a jug of sangria and mouth watering tapas awaiting you.

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Magic Millions As the festivities of Christmas and New Year draw to a close and most take a breath and consider what the New Year will bring, there is one industry that has been hard at it and preparing to be in full swing for one of the biggest thoroughbred events on the Australian calendar. For those with an interest in thoroughbred racing it is a time of great expectation and excitement. Chance on a bid! Sweat the reserve! Sold is the call and the gavel falls. A chance at 7 races paying $1 Million or more. The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival & Raceday, running for 10 days annually throughout January, has made the Gold Coast the place to be for the biggest names in racing not just nationally but internationally. Offering one of the largest yearling sales to be held in Australasia, the carnival climaxes with Australia’s first $10 Million race day as the Crown Jewel Event for the World’s Richest Sales Based Incentive Race Series.

From small beginnings with a sale of 200 yearlings in 1986, to Magic Millions recording the largest buying bench for premium 2018 yearlings in Australasia, it is clear the achievements of this business are widely regarded. Don’t be fooled. Magic Millions plays a fundamental role in the breeding and racing economy here in Australia. A worldwide platform to showcase the best and brightest Thoroughbred Progeny Australia has to offer has been created. All these achievements and industry innovations have two people in common – Magic Millions Co-Owners Katie Page-Harvey and Gerry Harvey. Gerry co-founded Harvey Norman with Ian Norman in 1982 and he remains Executive Chairman. Since 1999, Katie’s full-time role has been as Managing Director and CEO of the retailing giant. Under inspiring guidance & leadership this business has brought many tens of millions of dollars in revenue to South East Queensland. It has put another great Australian event right on the doorstep of the Scenic Rim, whilst contributing to the bottom line of many businesses within the area. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s a look at some of the stars that have come from the Gold Coast sale. Buffering (purchased 2009) 54:19-9-8, now retired $7.3 million in prizemoney. Redzel (purchased 2014) 28: 14-6-1 $15 million in prizemoney. Invincibella, D’Argento, Pierata, the list is long and distinguished. No horse in Australia is more recognisable than Winx, 39:33-3-0, purchased for $230,000 in the Magic Millions GC 2013 Sales. A lineage steeped in Ireland and New Zealand, the mare bred by fairway thoroughbreds. Currently Winx has a career earnings in the vicinity of $23 million and celebrated as the world’s greatest racehorse is a testimate to Australian breeding ingenuity.



Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo at The Spit, Gates open 11.30amM

Yearling Inspections at Magic Millions Complex, Bundall

am: Barrier Draw and thoroughbred run along Surfers Paradisese foreshore



SAT 12 Jan

Yearling Sales commence, Magic Millions complex, Bundall

Yearling Sales

The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday featuring Harrolds Fashions on The Field

THU 10 JAN Yearling Sales

Some Facts The Magic Millions isn’t exclusive to the Gold Coast. Every year there are sixteen sales and nineteen races held throughout the country. This includes six Black Type Group Races, including the $2 million The Star Gold Coast, Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas. In 2018 at the Gold Coast Sales 1,108 Lots were prsented for sale across 5 days. The top sale exceeded $2Million and the clearance rate was 89.83% for a Total of $168 million in Gross sales. Magic Millions is the world’s richest sales based incentive race series. To compete in a Magic Millions Race a horse must have been purchased at a Magic Millions Sale. Co-Owner, Katie Page-Harvey and Zara Phillips MBE (inaugural Magic Millions Racing Women Ambassador and Patron) launched Magic Millions Racing Women

in 2012, an initiative that champions the participation, recognition and development of women in the thoroughbred horse racing industry. Katie’s vision is to continue to increase the profile of women in the industry which has been her personal and professional passion for over 30 years. As such The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic offers a prize of AU$500,000, which is distributed between the first four ‘all female owned or leased’ horses in finishing order of the race. The bonus is paid in addition to race prize money of AU$2,000,000. As a testimate to the versatility of the thoroughbred horse and to re-trained racehorses, Magic Millions is proud to support Polo in Australia. It is presented as a magical Polo spectacular as part of the Gold Coast Carnival in January. The Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo at the Spit has become the talk of the town and is a social date not to be missed. Story by Drew Slack-Smith.

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Milford Country Cottages Rarely does an agent have the privilege of presenting a property that has been crafted and maintained to the level of 268 Evans Road Milford. This property is the complete package. Literally just a few minutes from the Boonah CBD, the 40 odd acres features private elevated home sites at the east end of the block with 360 degree views of the scenery. The sunsets are breathtaking, no two are the same.

property offerings on the market in the Scenic Rim. Milford Country Cottages are fully self contained, with kitchens, and bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, verandas, post and rail fencing, with dog friendly chain link, and each cottage styled in a classic cottage feel from days gone by. All homes have water tanks, pumps, and beautiful mature gardens – making them private and a wonderful place for guests to relax.

The Cottages were completed between 2007 & 2009 with the main home completed in 2014. The build quality is second to none. The property features immaculate fencing and grazing, easy to maintain boutique gardens, great water and panoramic views. It’s clear that careful consideration has been given to the design for maximizing the features of the landscape without sacrificing privacy.

The Rose Cottage is disabled friendly as is the main home. All homes contain air conditioning, screens, fans and a fireplace.

The western end of the block has been fenced for cattle but features a dam perched upon the gentle rise and alluvial flats for all year round grazing. Not just for cattle, 268 Evans Road would suit equine enthusiasts with a little further development. The landscape offers everything a horse owner could need.

This property is a must inspect for buyers such as large families or investors considering a purchase suitable for creating instant income.

The residential end of the property contains three homes, a large shed, diverse orchard, and a fully fenced horse paddock, all situated around the main dam. Milford Country Cottages boasts great water security, with the main dam equipped with a bore and southern cross windmill, there is also ample rain water storage and town water is also connected. The Bottle Tree Orchid features over 100 trees at various stages of maturity with yearly propagation continuing. This has great potential cash flow, for now and into the future. The planning of this property is impressive, with over 400 trees in the development of the gardens, which are now all starting to flourish and mature. Owners Lyn & John McLean are proudly offering the farm complete with everything required to maintain both the property and the operating farm stay business, Milford Country Cottages, which is highly regarded in the area. This is one of the best lifestyle

Milford Country Cottages have all relevant council approvals for the farm stay and tourism activities. Contact Drew Slack-Smith for the Information Memorandum on 0407 324 399.

The Homes Main Residence •

3 Large Bedrooms with semi-walk in robes ( 2 bedrooms access veranda )

Rose Cottage •

2 Large bedrooms

1 Main bathroom

Open Planned Living & Kitchen

Polished Timber Floors


Air conditioning

Main Bathroom beautifully detailed and spacious

Designer Kitchen and Living

2.7m Ceilings, wide doorways and spacious hallways

Complete with all internal furniture, fixtures and fittings

Handicap Friendly

Polished Red Gum floors

Bottle Tree Cottage


Sweeping Verandas

6x6 Outdoor Dining/Alfresco (with Storm Covers )

Handicap Friendly

2 Large bedrooms

1 Main bathroom

Open Planned Living & Kitchen

Polished Timber Floors


Air conditioning

Complete with all internal furniture, fixtures and fittings

Head to www.scenicroad.properties.com see the full listing

Head online to see the full listing


Mount Alford. 379 Ganthorpe Road $1.8 Million

Luxury f arm lifestyle, first class grazing or investment for tourism. If these are your interests, then this beautiful 162 acre farm is a must inspect. The home is situated proudly elevated in the middle of the block, surrounded by some of the most fertile creek flats the Boonah district has to offer. Exuding character and charm at every turn, the homestead has four bedrooms, open-plan living, a fireplace and sweeping decks ideal for summer and winter entertaining all while taking in the spectacular surrounding landscape. Creature comforts such as french doors opening to verandas from every living space and bedroom, ducted air conditioning and an in-ground pool are also part of the package, while a gorgeous weatherboard cottage sits adjacent to the house and makes for great guest accommodation. The property features great water infrastructure and amazing improved pastures fronting the Teviot Brook supplying some of the best grazing money can buy anywhere in South East Queensland. Contact Drew Slack-Smith to arrange your private inspection

This is why your marketing strategy shouldn't be the same old approach, it should be a well crafted strategy unique to your property.

2018 has been a busy year in Real Estate with a great deal of activity occurring throughout South East Queensland. Residential Property has continued to perform well in the city regions but also notably within the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland. Scenic Road Property specialises in property sales with a focus toward presenting the best possible marketing outcomes based on your budget. We believe every property has its own story and that it is a privilege as a real estate agent to tell it to the next custodian.

In 2019 we look forward to welcoming a number of new Property Sales Specialists to the Scenic Road team as we continue to grow our business in this beautiful region we call home.

Get in touch today Drew Slack-Smith 0407 324 399 drew@scenicroad.properties Facebook @scenicroadproperties Instagram @scenic_road_properties

More properties available www.scenicroad.properties

“Jabodine” Tamborine 162-172 Larch Road $810,000 For the past 14 years Jabodine has provided not just a great acreage lifestyle for the family but also a wonderful training facility for many horses and riders in South East Queensland. Situated on 12.5 Acres with 150m of Albert River frontage this property is one of those rare jewels. 100% useable, fertile and private. Best of all the acreage is large enough to provide a resource for so many activities. • • • • • • • •

12.5 Acres 3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Home Separate Self Contained Office 6 x 4 3 Horse Stable Block with wash bays 2 Stables with walk out yards 4 Paddocks with shelters 60 x 20 Olympic size dressage arena 3 Bay equipment shed with work shop

Adventure Awaits

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3 x TV’s

12 V x 2500 Watt x 120 Amp Inverter Charger

Tasmanian Oak Cabinetry

DVD, CD, Satellite & UHF Facilities

Cosy Queen Bed

GPS Navigation System

On board 5kVA Onan Diesel Generator External Sensor LED Lights

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning in Cabin and Rear

Reversing Camera

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Webasto Diesel Heater

Hydraulic Levelling Legs

Electric Awning

Slide Out

460 Watts of Solar Power

Ample Storage Space


Convection Microwave Oven




Late 1980s

Huebner Motors Where we started to now...

Huebner Toyota began in 1973 on the banks of the Brisbane River, South Brisbane and traded on this site until the Queensland Government resumed the land to create Expo 88 and later the Southbank we know today. Klaus Huebner moved to Beaudesert Toyota in 1978 and quickly set about creating a new showroom and workshop employing local staff on the site we now know as Coles Beaudesert. After the closure of Beaudesert’s Holden in 1983 GMH and Klaus Huebner teamed up to bring Holden back to the Scenic Rim. In 1985 Klaus constructed a new showroom and workshop right next door to Toyota. It was at this time that Neil Dagan joined the Holden team, 26 years later and Neil is still a part of the team as the Toyota Parts manager.

Huebner Toyota moved to its current location, 189 Brisbane Street in 1986. It was at this time that Beaudesert Holden moved next door into 191 Brisbane Street and was sold on a couple of years later. It was then moved and 191 Brisbane Street became home to the St Vincent De Paul Society. Mark bought Huebner Toyota from his father Klaus in 1988. It was in December 2002 that Mark acquired Beaudesert Mazda and became a second franchise. Now Huebner Motors employs 36 staff and services the Scenic Rim, Logan and Gold Coast areas selling over 900 vehicles per year. Over the past 40 years Huebner Motors has supported many local sporting teams some of which include the Beaudesert Soccer Club, Beaudesert Golf Club, Jimboomba Juniors Soccer Team, Tamborine Golf Club, South East Queensland

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Polo Club and Little Athletics. The team have also worked with the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Cancer Council and Turning Canungra Pink to raise vital funds. Huebner Motors also supports the Boonah, Beaudesert and Canungra Show Societies and the Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Week. It is with great excitement that Huebner Motors embarks on its next chapter and welcomes Isuzu Ute to the family. From November 19th Isuzu Ute will trade from 191 Brisbane Street after the block was purchased back recently from the St Vincent De Paul Society.

It is the support and patronage of this amazing community that has built this company to where it is today. Beaudesert has changed a great deal over the past 40 years and we have ridden the highs and lows that came with that change to the amazing, growing community it is today. We cannot thank our customers enough and look forward to bringing Isuzu to Beaudesert.

We would also love to take this opportunity to thank past and current employees as well as some of our longest standing employees, Robert Davis (17yrs), Matthew Glover (12yrs), Brad Bullock (11yrs), Mark Casteleijn (10yrs) and Juanita Hoffschildt (9yrs). It is through their hard work Huebner Motors is what it is today. Moving forward 2019 will be one of the biggest years yet for the Huebner Motors family and we look forward to bringing you all along for the ride.

Huebner Motors 185 - 191 Brisbane St Beaudesert QLD 4285 T 07 5540 1000 huebnermotors.com.au Facebook @huebnertoyota

Above from left: Mark, Karen & Andrew

King off the road

Huebner Toyota celebrating 40 years in the Scenic Rim

Family owned local business 189 Brisbane St Beaudesert QLD 4285 T 07 5540 1000 M 0417 634 389 huebnertoyota.com.au