Monday, June 20, 2011
The Perfect Village - Peregian Beach
So you all think Noosa is pretty perfect...you feel the love for Eumundi...this whole area is full of gorgeous spots... but there is somewhere else that will steal your heart. Peregian Beach Village is the hidden gem that convinced this Sydneysider she had found her new home. The village, the markets, the music - just magic. This perfect village made our holiday feel like a home and we couldn't wait to be locals of this slice of heaven
Filled with excited plans for an adventurous new life we had headed North across the border on a holiday to Peregian Beach. Instead of just imagining and dreaming - We wanted to try out our new life and see if it fit. This trip would introduce our new lifestyle to our three children and fearless romantic husband who had agreed with my fabulous relocation plans unsighted! Let's just say that as tour leader and instigator of this whole crazy dream, I hoped things would go well. Ruby two shoes was not yet one, I was sleep deprived and had taken quite a leap!
I had found a house surrounded by vines and pandanus palms a stone throw from the beach. The back deck looked out to the mountains and after stocking the fridge we lay back in the balmy evening air with a glass of wine and thought wow - this could be home.
Our first full day – Sunday, found us sitting in Peregian Beach Park with a bottle of wine listening to live local music, picnicking in the sun. Generations of families surrounded us on the grass enjoying the festive atmosphere. We were witnessing the famous local Peregian Originals concert. As I bounced Ruby on my hip, I thought,‘this is perfect!This was definitely the best of my many impulsive decision so far!’ Here we were, dancing on a Sunday afternoon watching a community that twice monthly enjoyed beautiful local markets in the park in the morning and then gathered together to celebrate original live music alfresco in the afternoon. We could definitely be part of this village!
My English husband has been hankering over that perfect village feel his whole life. I wanted something beautiful, inspired and alive. A place with a real sense of home which would be the backdrop of my children growing up and hold memories on every corner. Our visit was going well. The icing on the cake was fittingly delivered on my Birthday.
Hubby had strolled into the village early for coffee, papers and a sublime box of just made pastries from Le Bon Delice. As I looked at the gorgeous treats inside the box, he exclaimed he had just had random conversations with three different people in the village and it wasn’t even 8am. He had found his village!
So now here I am in the village, sitting sipping tea under a gorgeously ostentatious red umbrella at Shanghai Sally’s Tea & Furniture Emporium. My son is sitting in an equally eccentric throne enjoying a book from the cute Annie’s bookshop next door. We may have settled in the beautiful hills above Noosa but this will always still be my local village.
My perfect village just has to have a square and this one is filled with beautiful exotic Pandanus palms and small children. The locals spill out under the awning of Baked Poetry cafe devouring slices of decadent cakes. Later couples and families sit on the funky shaped tables placed around the square with Wahoo seafood’s take away Fish n’ Chips and a glass of wine. Children scooter and laugh and play. Adults meet up and chat and the balmy evening air will be filled with the sounds of a community. One day sitting in the magical park by the beach, hundreds of tropical blue Butterflies flew from the National park over our heads. We were speechless..
That gorgeous French Patisserie – Le Bon Delice tempts from around the corner with just baked baguettes or croissants. Beautiful boutiques entice with clothes for a Noosa lifestyle and Design & Home Furnishing stores satisfy the interior designer in me. A children’s boutique for those first Ruby red shoes? Or a coconut for the coffee table at home – it’s all here – and what a laid back and lovely way to shop!
The storeowners here recollect with a friendly knowing smugness their journey to relocate here from all over the country. The day I received a ‘Locals’ discount at the beautiful Style Workroom was a very proud moment. I just wanted to sink into my localness forever. I am just so proud of this magic spot, especially after searching worldwide to find it!
Peregian beach is located between Coolum Beach and Markus Beach. 13km south of Noosa.
check out the Peregian Beach Village website
Regular Village Events
1st & 3rd Sunday each month 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Peregian Surf Life Saving Club is proud to host the Peregian Originals live music in the park. Bring a picnic, a rug and your fellow music lovers for a relaxing afternoon of original live music.
Peregian Beach Markets
1st & 3rd Sunday of every month @ 7am
The Peregian Beach Markets are held the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, and every Sunday during the December/Christmas period, in the beautiful surroundings of Peregian Park on Kingfisher Drive at Peregian Beach.
Peregian Beach Community website cam be found at www.inperegianbeach.com