All the beautiful things

My new favourite destination-within-a-destination on the Coast is The Shed, a beautifully restored century-old railway siding shed perched alongside the train line at Palmwoods. I liken the once-derelict shed to a grand old dame who has been given a new lease of life. It now houses a delightful vintage emporium and a relaxed dining bistro, …

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Capturing the magic

Which gemstone comes to mind when you imagine a rainbow? It is told, in one Indigenous Dreamtime story, that the opal was created when the colours of a rainbow touched the Earth. When moved in light, these beautiful gemstones can indeed sparkle in wondrous patterns with all the colours of a rainbow – red, orange, …

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A life less ordinary

From outback nurse to company director, Jasmine Leggatt certainly has a big lust for life and adventure. The 37-year-old trailblazer opened her first cosmetic injectables clinic eight years ago at Mt Martha, Victoria, at a time when she says the industry was “still a bit secretive”. Jasmine spent 40 to 60 hours a week working …

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Artistic rebellion

In the realm of art curation, there are those who assemble exhibitions, and then there’s Kevin Wilson — a visionary art curator, gallery manager and director who breathes life into the spaces he oversees. Kevin’s journey through the art world has been nothing short of remarkable. From the vibrant halls of Melbourne’s Linden New Art …

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La dolce vita

The moment you walk into Vista Monti on Buderim, you exhale deeply. This light-filled, spacious luxury home is a sanctuary from the everyday. It was designed to evoke a holiday resort feel, which instantly invites a sense of expansiveness and relaxation. Vista Monti means ‘mountain view’ in Italian, and it certainly lives up to its …

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Quirky meets retro

The vibe is airy and happy, sunny and colourful. It’s a little bit quirky and a lot retro. The Local at Peregian is like a cool breeze on a warm day, and the store is a space that has something for everyone and where everyone is welcome. It feels like a small-town beachy shop from …

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Call of the wild

It happens in a heartbeat: a striking, magic moment when nature’s light shifts and the colours deepen and sharpen. They are instances so stunning they might leave a viewer dumbstruck by the beauty. But while others stop and stare, it is at moments like these that artist Natasha Ruschka swings into action, feverishly trying to …

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Global connection

SPANISH SCULPTOR Mireia Serra may live and work a world away from the Sunshine Coast’s sparkling shores, but her work deeply resonates with the ocean city. That is precisely why her stunning wall and miniature bronze sculptures fit so perfectly at Noosa’s The G Contemporary, the Hastings Street gallery renowned for its diverse representation of …

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Awakening Palm Springs

Palm Springs. The home of cacti, agaves and luxe landscaping that complements the clean lines and geometric shapes of modernist architecture (white façade and breeze blocks, anyone?). It is an oasis, not unlike our own piece of paradise here on the Sunshine Coast – sans the coastline, of course. This is why it makes perfect …

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A natural visionary

Saya McDermott gets up each day at 4.30am – in the Sunshine Coast springtime, that is well before the sun. The quiet pre-dawn hours are her productive time, affording her space and time to order her mind around her working day while the world slumbers. Then she moves, aligning her body and mind. It is …

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