……. or what I did on my holidays!
The Sunshine Coast in Queensland, is about one hour north of Brisbane. It is a mecca for all things natural and new age and it’s a great spot for a fabulous family holiday.
I have been a local a few times in my life and enjoyed many holidays and I just love it. There is something really special about it.
This time around, we met some amazing people, saw some wonderful sights and ate some fabulous food.
Please note, that all of these recommendations are my own. No-one paid me to say anything nice or gave me any freebies (maybe next time, hey? 😉 )
chai at The Silva spoon
The Silva Spoon. A very cool cafe at Cotton Tree. The Natural New Age Dad and I went on a bit of a chai-tea-tour of the Sunshine Coast. We love our chai. I think the best though, was at The Silva Spoon – look at the presentation! The cakes and treats are all baked on the premises and cater to gluten-free. They were so delicious and looked amazing as you can see in the photo of my daughter’s gluten-free chocolate cake. A few treats on holidays are good for the soul. You can buy lots of different teas, teapots and teacups to take home as well. I had to get some of the masala chai and some immunity booster tea. Visit their webpage or Facebook page.
gluten-free goodies at The Silva Spoon
Right next door to the Silva Spoon is a fantastic organic food store, Get Fresh Cotton Tree. We purchased some groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables and lots of healthy, gourmet treats. The locally made butter chicken curry paste was to die for. Visit them on Facebook.
While you are in Cotton Tree, there are lots of cute little stores and boutiques to look at. My favourite funky little store was the lovely bird. Tanya blogs and sells some of her stuff online too. Visit her webpage or Facebook page. I had some pampering in Cotton tree too and highly recommend the gorgeous girls at Juhi Hair Body Life to look after you using their Aveda natural products.
Lake Baroon. Tucked away behind the hinterland town of Montville, is the idyllic Lake Baroon. We stopped here for a picnic lunch and to soak up the serenity. There are rest room facilities, bbqs and a playground for the kids. Visit the webpage for more details.
Obi Obi Creek
Obi Obi Creek. We did a short, but steep bush walk down to the creek, just near Lake Baroon. What a magical place, with an interesting indigenous history. You can do all sorts of bushwalks as part of the Great Sunshine Coast Hinterland walk.
the water wheel at Montville
Montville. This hinterland town is almost like a quaint English Village. It has some very cute shops and cafes with views stretching right to the coast. Our favourite shop by far was Cadman Cottage. They sell all sorts of new age treasures at very reasonable prices with friendly service. We bought books, some feng shui nick nacks and some lovely gifts. Check out their website.
locals at Eumundi markets
Eumundi markets. These markets are so famous and there is a reason why! The atmosphere and energy is second to none. Stall holders must ‘make it, bake it, grow it or sew it’ and there is an awful lot of talent around. Check out the market website or Facebook page.
The food is superb. We tried calamari, paella, okonomiyaki, sushi, Tibetan dumplings, yoghurt, fresh limeade, local strawberries, curry paste, brie, lots of samples and of course, chai. Check out the huge paella pans – it was so delicious!
Once a year, the markets also host ‘All Well and Good’ – a free health and wellness event. We were so lucky it was on while we were there. I was fortunate enough to meet so many beautiful souls interested in all things natural and new age, including the lovely Natalie from Enlightened Goddesses. We had a lovely reading using the Body Consciousness system and were in awe of the Acro Yoga display.
The Natural New Age Dad and I were drawn to a wonderful man, Pratika-Sahayak playing a really unusual instrument. Simply blissful music for the soul. We had a lovely chat and bought a windchime for our new yoga space. The Samjjana CD is on my Christmas list. Check out the website or Facebook page.
Eumundi Markets are not to be missed! Make sure you get there early and allow most of the day to experience everything.
cake display at Husk and Honey
Husk and Honey. Jodi from Hot Pink Chilli recommended this place, so we had to stop for (yet another) chai and some morning tea. Everything at this eclectic little cafe, tucked away in a side street at Nambour, is grain-free and gluten-free. Guilt free too! We sampled raw shortbread, sticky date muffins and apple and cinnamon cake. All I can say is, do yourself a favour and stop by sometime! Check out the website or Facebook page.
Mooloolaba. We stayed right on the beach at Mooloolaba. Listening to the waves at night, taking early morning walks along the beach, evening strolls down the Esplanade and browsing the Twilight markets are some highlights. If you are inspired to stay, you can’t go past Bellardoo Holiday Apartments for very affordable, family-friendly accommodation. Check out the website or Facebook page.
There is so much more I could share with you. The Sunshine Coast really is a little piece of paradise. Put it on your must do list!
Have you been to the Sunshine Coast? What are some of your favourite places?