14 Days in Naturally Refreshing Queensland…

Wow. Sunshine Beach, you have captured a little slice of my heart. The sun, the pristine beaches, the subtropical forests, the fresh produce and the laid-back pace of it all...

We were lucky enough to stay in a beautiful Spanish Villa at beautiful Sunshine Beach recently, located on the southern side of Noosa National Park, about 5 minutes walk from the local Duke Street shops and the beach - what an amazing place!

I couldn’t wait to check out the local Noosa Farmers Market, it was recommended by my partners' family, and boy was it good, by far the best farmers market I have ever been to, and I've been to a lot of farmers markets! The produce in their warm climate was amazing, but what made it great was the atmosphere, it's held on the side of a football club, in amongst the fragrant shady gum trees. It's intimate aisles are packed full of shady stalls, with tables and chairs if you want to kick  back with a snack (or multiple icy drinks, like I drank - because it was boiling hot!) and watch it all go by. The stall holders are helpful, while I was selecting avocados I asked the father and son team if they could help me select some avocados that would last for the 2 weeks we were staying there, so off they went finding me some ripe ones for the next few days and some not so ripe ones to last into the next week! The bush-ripened heirloom tomatoes were fantastic. It's held every Sunday on Weyba Road, Noosaville between 7am and 12pm.   Pro-tip : get there early before it gets too hot!

Noosa Farmers Market
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Inskip Point is a beautiful spot. It's a peninsula to the north of the town of Rainbow Beach, south-east Queensland, directly opposite World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. That day we walked all the way around the point and came across some friendly locals eager to share their fishing tips.

Journeying inland with our little orange (beep-beep!) hire car we found the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. We stopped at some quant little towns like Maleny, Montville, Mapleton and many more. The Kenilworth cheese factory was a funny little stop. They had a tour bus full of cute little old ladies arrive just as we got there, and off they rushed to try the free tastings - so we followed them! We bought some lovely cheese, and an ice block to keep it nice and cool for our journey. Driving through the hinterland leads you to the beautiful Glass House Mountains National Park. It’s a Heritage-listed national park, my partner tells me it was named by Captain Cook in 1770 on his epic voyage north on his ship The Endeavour. Lovely views.

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Eumundi Market and surrounds are pretty. The market is open on Wednesday & Saturday and is nestled amongst the majestic fig trees. Go there hungry because the food is great, make sure you try the ginger beer too, so refreshing! Eumundi town has some boutique shops with loads of local artisans keen to share their wares, and a really great book shop - it's a really colourful place!

I love the tropical green, ease and relaxed atmosphere - and the weather is lovingly perfect! One thing that was funny : of all the ‘locals’ we spoke to in our travels, nearly all of them were originally from Melbourne! Take me back now please!

Over the coming weeks I will share some recipes we enjoyed while away! So inspired!