Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville

I was in Montville for a wedding and now having seen a reception at Clovelly I'm not sure I can imagine one anywhere else! They put on an incredible spread for dinner on the verandah and served us hot cups of peppermint tea on the lawn the following morning to combat a blustery winter's day in the hills.

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Noosa Heads

No trip to the Sunshine Coast is complete without a stop in Noosa. The beach really is incredible; sheltered enough for young ones and paddleboards but also enough surf for beginners and boogie boards. There is so much on the go in Hastings st, shopping, snacking, ice cream eating... it is a very stimulating place to stay; the beat of the town very much speaks to the heart of a Melburnian.

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Collective Haus, Yandina

The beach in winter is a treat for a Melburnian but sooner or later a shopping day will be necessary. I wasn't able to find a vintage warehouse like Ballarat's The Mill or the Waverley Antique Bazaar (let me know in the comments if there is one for my next trip) but I did come across Yandina's Collective Haus. Set in an old chapel, I was there to praise the gods of style and marvel I did at the gorgeous collection of vintage designer clothes, antique notions, curios and jewellery. While I didn't purchase, my weakness is for retro kitchenware, I did indulge in a latte from the cafe set up in the vestibule.

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Pizzami Gourmet Pizza Bar, Peregian Beach

Cheers to happy hour at Pizzami! Excellent bar service and a well chosen selection of beers on tap, including my fave Mountain Goat Beer Steam Ale, and a new-to-me stunner Cricketers Arms' Spearhead Pale Ale. This was the perfect spot to start your evening in Peregian or to settle in and enjoy the warm night, good pizza and gentle flow of conversation around you.

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Peregian Beach

I declare Peregian Beach to be my new home away from home, this is a village that you can fall in love with. Situated on a small stretch of coastline between Maroochydore and Noosa, Peregian is close enough to all the major tourist spots but entirely self-sufficient, you need not go anywhere else during your stay. The town centre is built up around a garden square filled with huge trees, perfect for children to climb in and amuse themselves throughout dinner. There are no high street shops, instead boutique after boutique of local designers and artisans that offer a mix of their own wares and goods from around Australia. Shameless plug, my parents have a house five minutes from the square and are offering it on Airbnb, it's all yours if I haven't booked it already...

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Skål Coffee, Peregian Beach

On arriving in Peregian Beach at 11am I set my bag down - that's one small bag for a week, I'm still a backpacker at heart - and went on a mission to sniff out the good stuff. Oh yes, I went full hipster in my first five minutes at the beach and I scored big time with the beautiful caramel notes of Padre beans and a perfectly whipped and poured latte from Skål. After a brief foray into other offerings, I came back every day I was at Peregian.

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