It’s a dog’s life

Dogs – our furry companions, our sidekicks, our best friends. There is no denying that pets very quickly become part of the family and I think it’s safe to say we love their company. Thankfully, the Sunshine Coast has stepped up and is showing its dog-friendly side with an array of eateries, accommodation options, dog …

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Meet the makers

It’s 8am on a Sunday morning as we walk through the gate and onto the green oval of Coolum State School. The Pacific Ocean is a mere two-and-half kilometres to the east and I can smell the salt and feel the gentle sea breeze tickling my face. From Monday to Friday, this field is buzzing …

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A new consciousness

On an organic farm in Doonan, Trent and Teagan Banyan live a simple life with daughter Mala and dog Coco. Their home – a converted caravan – sits on open land, which backs onto rainforest. A nearby community garden provides food, and the farm is home to pigs, and banana, citrus and arrowroot plants. Chickens …

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Listen up

The voice of Powderfinger drummer Jon Coghill is in my ears as I stand outside Nambour Library. He’s telling me about his childhood growing up in Nambour through my wireless headphones connected by Bluetooth to my smartphone, which has an app open called Soundtrails. I’m about to embark on an augmented reality audio adventure through …

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Little beauty

The sequined sea sparkles in the distance, drawing the eye along the horizon to the north, where Mount Coolum punctuates the landscape with its curvaceous silhouette. The eye tracks in towards the glistening Maroochy River, gently lapping the sand where barefoot children dig holes and build sandcastles. Behind the riverbank, the playground is animated with …

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Let’s dance

There is something about the sway of your hips, the shimmy of sequins across your body, that energy rising up from the bottom of your feet to your fingertips as you move to the music; there is undeniably something about dance that captures you and makes you feel alive. And while you may not know …

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Blast from the past

Once upon a time in Palmwoods, there was a little grocery store with a timber floor and shady verandah. You could stroll in with your grocery list and the shop assistant would hand-select your goods from the shelves and carefully wrap them in paper and string. If you wanted cheese, it wouldn’t come already sliced …

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Saving our men

Nestled inside an industrial shed set under the soaring canopy of gumtrees is the Men’s Shed Pomona. Its iconic mural of two hands clasped in a friendly grip is a reminder of the mateship that is formed inside these four walls. But this isn’t your regular mateship. This is the kind that is helping improve …

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Heart and soul

If there was ever a year where we’ve stopped to reconsider our values and purpose in life, it’s 2020. During isolation, many of us had time to re-examine our lifestyles and resolved to live healthier, less stressed, more mindful lives. Through job loss or career insecurity, some of us have been forced to seek entirely …

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Southern star

We explore Caloundra and its many hidden gems.MORE