Everybody Loves the Sunshine Coast

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A lot can happen in five years. It feels like only yesterday that there were no late-night music venues on the Sunshine Coast, and locating a cafe that didn’t belong to a franchise was an impossible mission. The Maroochydore CBD was in the doldrums and visitors to the coast were mostly operating on autopilot, driving straight to Noosa’s golden sands.

Trying to find a restaurant with any atmosphere, or being seated after 7pm, was also a challenge. The heart of the coast was equally blessed and cursed, with local surf clubs and fish and chip shops still retaining much of the holiday romance – and patronage – that has kept the place kicking since the Sunshine Coast was officially given its sunny moniker 50 years ago.

That’s all changed – and the catalyst was a brownie.

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