Mother of two Moon Lane is one stylish mumma. Her women’s clothing label Cloth & Hide and adorable kid’s label Moon Child both feature in some of the Sunshine Coast’s hippest stores, and are worth tracking down if you’re after threads that exude the laidback coastal vibe that the area is famous for. So who better to show us around some of the Coast’s hidden gems? Here’s Moon’s take on family-friendly fare on the Sunny Coast.
Where’s home right now: Warana, Sunshine Coast about 15 km north of Caloundra.
Kids ages: Fletcher, 11, and Wynter, 5.
Q: Best thing about where you live:
A: The best thing about where we live is the beach. We live right near a little walkway to a beach that is never crowded, and the water is beautiful and clear. When it’s sunny and there is a good surf bank out the front, it’s paradise!
Q: If you had overseas visitors with kids staying with you, where’s the first place you’d take them?
A: We would take them up to Noosa to check out the National Park and amazing beaches. There are often koalas in the trees and my favourite beach, Little Cove, is there. There are heaps of amazing cafes and restaurants there too. We love Bistro C.
Q: Best local coffee joint (and is it kid friendly?):
A: Best local coffee joint is Jimmy’s which happens to be right around the corner. It’s not really set up for kids, it’s quite small but the coffee is amazing.
Q: Family friendly places to eat out:
A: Bistro C at Noosa has always been a fave and whenever we have taken the kids they provide colouring pencils and are super helpful. Once when Wynter was small the waiter actually took him for a little walk around the restaurant so that I could eat my food. Mains are around $30- $40.
Buderim Tavern is the other place we frequent with the kids. There is a kid’s room, outdoor playground and they often have face painting which the younger kids love. Kids meals are around $10 and mains around $25 to $35. We always try to book early and get a table near the kid’s room so we can eat in peace while the kids play.
Q: Best local places to keep the kids entertained under $20:
A: As we live close to the beach that’s pretty much the entertainment for the kids when the weather is good, but if it’s raining and we need to get them out of the house there is Chipmunks Playland at Birtinya for under 8’s and the Big Boing (trampoline centre) which is right next door for age 7 and up. Entry is under $15 and they can play for as long as they like.
Q: Local park with the best kid facilities:
A: There are local parks all along the beach front at Kawana, so there are plenty to choose from.
Q: How much of what you do is inspired by being a parent and/or where you live?
A: Both are big factors. My clothing labels Cloth & Hide and Moon Child were inspired by our relaxed coastal life. They feature natural fabrics in classic wearable styles for those Yummy mummies who like to dress themselves and their kids well.
Q: And lastly, how do you juggle the whole work productivity/parent thing?
A: If I’m honest, with difficulty most of the time! Haha, but I make it happen! I try to be organised and write everything down in my diary and I write lists. Lots of lists!! Sometimes I’m forgetting library books or hats and others I’m forgetting work stuff. I think things will get easier as the kids get older.
When visiting the Sunshine Coast, you’ll find Moon’s clothing labels at Alterior Motif in Cotton Tree and Noosa, Teepea Kids in Peregian, and Finn and Dash Toys in Cotton Tree – all stores any traveling fashionistas will love. They’re also sometimes found at the Peregian Beach Markets too, another great location to visit if you’re after some holiday shopping therapy
Cloth and Hide/ Moon Child can also be found online at: clothandhide.bigcartel.com
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