It’s no wonder developers had their eye on the parcel of land tucked in behind the Sunshine Coast village of Peregian Beach. With world-famous Noosa 20-minutes north and beautiful Coolum Beach less than 10 minutes south, it’s a cracking location. Fast forward a decade or so and Peregian Springs is one of the most sought-after new suburbs on the Sunshine Coast. It’s also where you’ll find Endeavour Foundation’s latest luxury Prize Home overlooking Peregian Springs Golf Course.
With the funky little village of Peregian Beach as your surfie neighbour, why wouldn’t you want to call this place home? From Peregian Springs, you can cut across on Emu Mountain Road to the southern end of Peregian Beach and have your toes in the sand in just a few minutes.
Since homes started popping up in the early 2000s, Peregian Springs has settled into life on the coast like a grom onto a wave.
With parks, restaurants and the famed Peregian Springs golf course, there’s no shortage of things to do without even hitting the sand.
So, other than heading to the beach, what else is there to do in this spectacular neck of the woods?
One of Peregian Springs most well-known attractions is overlooked from the outdoor entertaining area of Endeavour Foundation’s Augusta Circuit Prize Home. Considered one of the best golf courses on the Sunshine Coast, Peregian Springs’ 18-hole championship course is designed to challenge the pros and as the ‘hackers’ among us. Whether you’re a Greg Norman or more of a Happy Gillmore, you can enjoy a round followed by a drink or a bite at Peregian’s 19th hole, the Par Bar and Restaurant. Although you don’t have to be a golfer to come here. Anyone can come and enjoy lunch or dinner and the green and leafy outlook. The outdoor terrace is the perfect spot for families with adjoining grassy areas where the kids can stretch out.
If you feel like you need to brush up on your technique, personalised coaching lessons are also available. Or why not grab a bucket of balls and get some frustration out at the driving range.
Part of the Noosa National Park, Emu Mountain (otherwise known as Mount Peregian) is a little-known gem if you enjoy getting out for a good ‘leg stretch and view’ outing on the weekends. Don’t set your expectations too high though… literally. Doing the Emu Mountain Summit Walk is hardly scaling Everest. At a mere 75 metres high, it’s more of a bump, but Emu Mountain is still tall enough to afford impressive ocean views toward Coolum and north to Peregian Beach and beyond.
Not surprisingly, Emu Mountain gained its name from the former-locals that used to roam the area. (On a side note, it’s also how Peregian got its name because ‘peregian’ is the aboriginal word for emu.)
It’s amazing to think that emus were once locals in this area, foraging for tasty native grasses, seeds, flowers and insects. While it’s a shame that they are not still roaming these parts, at least you don’t have to keep an eye peeled for protective mamma emus while you’re walking the trails.
The Emu Mountain Summit Walk starts in Havana Road East opposite Coolum Beach State High School. The walk to the top only takes about 20 to 30 minutes depending on if you stop to smell the wildflowers.
There are two other walks in the Emu Mountain Section of Noosa National Park including Hakea Walk and the Ocean Beach Walk. You can combine the Hakea Walk Trail with the Summit Walk to create a longer hike or a loop of sorts that will take you back to Havana Road (and just a short section of road to follow to get you back to your car). Over on the Eastern side of David Low Way, the short Ocean Beach Walk provides access to Peregian Beach through the natural bushland and coastal dunes.
The type of paddling you do on this beautiful, shallow saltwater lake is up to you. Dip your toes in for a swim or take your stand-up paddle board and head off to explore. Close enough to the coast to pick up coastal breezes, this lake is also great for wind-surfing or kite-surfing when the conditions are right.
Best of all, this place is still generally undiscovered by the masses so if you head there outside of peak times, there’s a chance you’ll have it all to yourself.
Lake Weyba is just a few minutes north of Peregian Springs, directly inland from Marcus Beach.
If you’re feeling peckish, you won’t have to look far to find some tasty dining and takeaway options.
In Peregian Springs, you’ll find modern Mexican inspired by the streets of San Francisco at the Burrito Bar. For fresh gourmet pizza look no further than Peregian Eats. Or for authentic, American-style, 18-inch pizza check out Brklyn Pizza and Wings in neighbouring Peregian Breeze.
Of course, you can also pop over to the village square at Peregian Beach to try some of the coast’s favourite dining haunts.
In the heart of the square you’ll find Pitchfork, a Peregian favourite since 2010, with a seasonal menu and cool, rustic décor complete with industrial styled stools finished with pedals for foot rests.
For modern French Mediterranean cooking using locally grown produce, check out Periwinkle Restaurant. Fresh caught seafood, chargrilled beef and handcrafted sourdough sounds like a recipe for heaven.
In the village square, you’ll also find Sushi Wave – a little slice of Japan serving up authentic, healthy Japanese food to a loyal band of locals and holiday-makers. Owner and chef Kazuto (Kaz) Yuki was born and bred in Tokyo and now runs an ethically-responsible business where you’ll find some of the most delicious and freshest sushi and sashimi on the Coast.
If you’re considering venturing out for dinner with the kids, Kellys at Peregian is a great choice. This family-friendly establishment will bravely welcome you and your ankle biters with open arms. Let the kids run free on the village green while you kick back with a cocktail or a glass of wine. Don’t miss steak night on a Friday or Saturday night where you can enjoy a $20 rib fillet cooked over Kelly’s charcoal BBQ.
Or if you’re prepared to go a little further afield, there are more great spots just down the road in Coolum and, of course, there’s always Noosa, dah-ling.
Peregian Beach is a surprising haven for fashion with a host of locally-owned boutiques stocking not only the beachy fashion you’d expect but also edgy Aussie labels.
On the beach side of Peregian village, Style Workroom is a boutique Australian vintage brand started in Peregian Beach in 2007 and now has a sister boutique in Noosa Heads. Mix and match carefully-curated vintage gems with new styles made from natural and environmentally-friendly fabrics. And if you’re looking for vintage denim on the coast, Style Workroom is where it’s at. There’s sure to be a pair of Levi 501s with your name on them.
Cloth & Hide is another label founded on the Sunshine Coast and based in Peregian Village. With a slow-fashion ethos, Cloth & Hide produces beautifully-sewn wardrobe staples made from sustainable, plant-based textiles. You’ll find Cloth & Hide in the Oasis Arcade in the village.
The Changeroom Collective is another must visit store with fashion, accessories and homewares.
You’ll find brands like the fun and fabulous local Sunshine Coast label Boom Shankar plus Brissie accessories label Louenhide and Aussie brand Mink Pink.
If you’re channelling your inner spirit goddess, head to Bohemian Sundays in the village for current Aussie brands like Arnhem and Will and Bear, or pop into locally-owned Soul Sanctuary on Kingfisher Drive, for boho luxe fashion for all shapes and sizes.
Once you’ve scoured the streets of Peregian, there are plenty of beautiful boutiques on Noosa’s Hasting Street that will happily help you part with some cash.
The famous Eumundi Markets is also a great place to find something unique. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning people come from far and wide to explore the packed laneways of these amazing markets.
On the second Sunday of every month, you can kick back on the grass at Peregian Beach park and listen to the best live music talent on the Sunshine Coast. The Peregian Originals is a free event on the beach stage at Peregian, showcasing four original acts each month. In its 20th year, the Originals is an absolute institution in the local community and is 100% funded by the community. Put it in your calendar, stat.
The Peregian Beach Hotel is also a fun place to grab a bite or catch up with friends. In their own words, this family-owned and run establishment is a “rockin’ little pub” and by all accounts it’s an accurate description. If you’re lucky enough to win our Peregian Springs Prize Home, you might even be able to call it your ‘local’.
Checking out Endeavour Foundation’s Peregian Springs Prize Home is all the reason you need to take the drive to Peregian. This beautiful home, overlooking the Peregian Springs Golf Course, is now open for inspection from 10am to 5pm daily until 3 September 2020. Find out more details and directions here.
If you can’t get there in person, or you just can’t wait, take a virtual tour of this impressive home now.
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