To start this piece with ‘it was a sunny day’ might seem a bit cliché. But honestly, after stepping out into the warm sunshine, rolling surf filling the air and the scents of summer wafting by, I couldn’t think of a better opening.
I mean, Peregian Beach is almost an ode to summer days on the Sunshine Coast itself. So, after parking our car under the shade of the pines in this little beachside town, I decided the cliché fit.
My husband and I were on an adventure, and it took us to the sandy shores of Peregian. We wanted to find some good food, a local tipple to try, some funky fashion to buy and yummy treats to eat. We certainly picked the right place because Peregian Beach has all of that and more. And perhaps one of my favourite things about this place is that everything is so accessible.
The township is built around The Village, a selection of boutique shops and gourmet food outlets where you could easily get lost wandering for hours. And well, we did.
The first thing that caught my eye as we walked up from the car park to The Village was Harry, otherwise known as Big H, the friendly resident groodle helping run the show at The Local. How could we walk past without stopping for a pet and a squiz inside this innovative concept store?
Inspired by the free-spirited, small beach town nostalgia of times gone by, it was a lot of fun browsing the eclectic mix of apparel, homewares, gifting, retro vinyl and much more.
Fashion was the theme for the morning, and we found plenty of it. Everything from laid-back surfer threads to boho dresses, elegant upmarket vibes, statement pieces and bespoke jewellery, not to mention the sustainable textiles. And fashion is just the beginning. The Village is also filled with incredible homewares, luxury textures and patterns, vintage finds and antiques, artwork, skincare and so much more.
We meandered through the stores, chatting to the friendly merchants, browsing, smelling, touching, before a quick coffee stop at one of our favourite Peregian Beach restaurants, Periwinkle. Frank and his team always make you feel so welcome. Oh, and did I mention how delicious the coffee is?
If you’re hungry, they also serve up fantastic French Mediterranean cuisine cooked with love and local ingredients.
The day was still young, and we were more in the mood for a little snack, so we strolled the 50 metres or so from Periwinkle to Peregian Pantry, a beautiful little shop serving up artisan pantry items, including some delicious jars of local relish.
There is also pottery, candles and, of course, the thing they are best known for, Heavenly Gelato. And trust me, it is heavenly, with flavours like biscoff, balsamic strawberries, espresso, cookies and cream and my favourite, lemon cheesecake, which tastes exactly like a lemon cheesecake. Delicious. I could have eaten about three servings.
Now, it wouldn’t be right to talk about a day at Peregian Beach without mentioning the beach itself. So that was our next stop. It was a little windy during our visit, so we didn’t jump in the ocean but instead ditched the shoes and wandered along the long stretch of white sand, dipping our toes in the rippling waves as they rolled up onto the shore. The beach was glorious.
The walk certainly worked up an appetite, so after a quick outfit change into the top I had just purchased at The Local, we wandered over to the Peregian Beach Hotel, a modern bistro and sports bar on David Low Way. The pastel pink colours and artwork painted on the walls in the outside dining area caught my eye. Paired with palms and garden seating, I knew this was the spot to enjoy a nice cold beer and share a meal.
We opted for salt and pepper squid, a woodfired pizza and the old faithful, chicken parmy. We sat and ate the afternoon away with smiles on our faces, chatting about the next time we would visit this pretty little seaside town. Perhaps we could check out the communal veggie garden known as Veggie Village, or browse the iconic markets held on the first and third Sunday of each month. We could even visit with the kids and take part in one of the school holiday-planned events.
Either way, we knew we would be back soon.
While you’re in the area:
- If you decide to bring the little ones with you, Peregian Beach has a great little playground suitable for kids of all ages. It is surrounded by open grass, perfect climbing trees and a skate bowl for skateboards, blades and bikes.
- Want to get an uninterrupted ocean view? Follow the boardwalk through wildflowers and she-oaks for a three-kilometre return forest walk from The Village through to Stumers Creek, Coolum.
- Emu Mountain is another great walk and a fairly easy five-kilometre return trip from The Village. Trek along the winding boardwalk, passing over scrubland, and be rewarded with a mesmerising 360-degree view from the summit.
- Take a quick drive north to Lake Weyba and enjoy a bush walk in the national park, bird watching and water sports such as kayaking and kiteboarding or pack a picnic and chill.
- Head south and explore Coolum where you can hire a surfboard, visit the Blast Aqua Park, climb Mount Coolum or have a hit of golf.