THE LUXE COASTAL BLOG

A JOURNEY OF RESILIENCE, CREATIVITY & COMMUNITY: A CONVERSATION WITH JONETTE WILTON

Welcome to “Living Your Luxe Life on the Sunshine Coast,” a podcast that delves into the lives of those who have discovered their ‘Luxe Life’ on the Sunshine Coast. This series explores the connection between home, lifestyle, and community, providing insights into the region’s real estate market, economic factors, and the unique blend of coastal and hinterland living.

In this episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with Jonette Wilton an extraordinary entrepreneur, we explore her remarkable journey of resilience and adaptability, from Melbourne to Tinbeerwah to Sunrise Beach.

A Journey of Resilience and Creativity:

Jonette Wilton is the founder and Editor in Chief of Sunday Press, a dynamic publishing company specialising in exquisite hard cover coffee table cookbooks. With an impressive portfolio of over 35 books, Jonette’s creative journey is nothing short of inspiring. During the upheavals brought about by the global pandemic, she undertook a transformative pivot into the realm of fundraising cookbooks, launching projects that not only celebrated culinary excellence but also made a tangible difference in people’s lives.

Finding Tranquillity and Purpose:

Two decades ago, amid her battle with breast cancer and a yearning for change, Jonette discovered a breathtaking acreage property in Tinbeerwah, nestled alongside a private plane runway and embraced by a lush rainforest. This property, which she purchased sight unseen, became a sanctuary for her wellness journey. While on her recover journey, she orchestrated a remarkable renovation, transforming a quirky, neglected dwelling into a haven of tranquillity. This endeavor not only symbolized her resilience but also marked the inception of her affinity for creative transformation.

Pioneering Community and Connection:

As a true advocate of community, Jonette has woven a tapestry of connections in her journey. From sharing office spaces with fellow entrepreneurs to embracing the community of Sunrise Beach, Jonette’s story showcases the importance of connection and community, especially when operating one’s business. Her engagement with local business networks, local social groups and the region’s natural beauty has enriched her professional and personal life alike.

A Fusion of Cuisines and Cultures & Charity:

Jonette’s journey through various cultures, including Singapore, America, and Italy, profoundly influenced her culinary appreciation. Her ventures into capturing and celebrating these global flavours through cookbooks have not only created culinary art but have also become conduits for positive change. Notably, her collaboration with an international chef Dean Keddell in Bali led to the creation of a fundraising cookbook that raised over $500,0000 for struggling Balinese communities during the pandemic. Our Bali Your Bali also came 2nd in the best cookbook in the world in the gourmand awards and first in the best fundraising cookbook in Asia, both presented in Sweden last year.

This amazing success story bought together the collaboration between Jonette and Christine on her latest charity cookbook, Plates of Goodness, in partnership with a leading Sri Lankan charity, the Foundation of Goodness, which is a lifeline for many desperate villages across Sri Lanka. You can purchase your copy of Plates of Goodness – HERE

Remote Work and Coastal Lifestyle:

The pandemic has catalysed the evolution of remote work, and Jonette’s move to the Sunshine Coast aligns seamlessly with this transition and was a key consideration when looking for property in the Noosa region. With a view of the Eastern beaches and the ocean beyond, her workspace has become an extension of the vibrant landscape, fostering creativity and productivity. She emphasizes the importance of finding a balance between work and the outdoors, ultimately contributing to a healthier and more inspired work environment.

Choosing the Right Location:

Jonette ‘s experience prompts the exploration of essential considerations when looking for property in a lifestyle location such as Noosa. Proximity to major airports, such as Maroochydore & Brisbane airports, the allure of beaches including Noosa Main Beach and Sunshine Beach, the availability of fresh local produce, and the nurturing of a vibrant community are all crucial factors that contribute to striking a balance between your dream lifestyle and everyday convivence when considering where to rent or buy on the Sunshine Coast. The hinterland offers tranquillity and privacy, whilst coastal living provides an unparalleled connection to the natural world and an environment conducive to outdoor activities as well as community through the local villages. Jonette highlights, while there are some beautiful properties in the hinterland region it’s easy to ‘glorify’ having land, and it is important to consider both the positive and negative realities of purchasing acreage on the Sunshine Coast, including the ongoing and necessary daily upkeep and how this will fit into your desired lifestyle requirements.

Reflecting on the Journey:

Jonette’s journey illustrates the transformational power of resilience, creativity, and community connection. From navigating the challenges of cancer treatment to orchestrating a successful publishing business, she has crafted an inspiring narrative that underscores the importance of embracing change and seeking a life that aligns with one’s passions. Her story encourages us all to find our own place in the world, whether it’s amidst the rainforest’s in the Noosa Hinterland or overlooking the ever-changing horizon of the ocean.

Jonettes Hidden Gems:

Jonette has many favourite spots within the Noosa Hinterland from Pomona to Kin Kin, however she loves to visit Cooroy, just a 20-minute drive from Noosa. It has a fabulous brewery Called Copperhead Brewery on the way into town which also has great food. The town itself is a thriving little village with clothing boutiques, local produce and conveniences.

Jonette also recommends visiting The Doonan, which has recently opened in Doonan, which is like a floating community situated between Noosa and Eumundi, with a café, local produce shop and now this great venue which anchors everything. The Doonan offers a fabulous outdoor setting, serving amazing woodfire pizzas. It has a large grassy area for the kids to run around and you can sit and relax.

In the evolving landscape of remote work and lifestyle-driven choices, Jonette ‘s journey serves as a reminder that embracing change and connecting with our surroundings can lead to a truly luxurious and fulfilling life on the Sunshine Coast. So, as we continue to explore the narratives of those who have discovered their paradise here, let’s find inspiration in their stories and create our own pathways to living our own Luxe life.

Listen to Jonette’s story with Christine Mount over on the Living Your Luxe Life Podcast.

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On The Living Your Luxe Life podcast Christine engages with locals who’ve embraced this region as their “home,” she delves into the relationship between home, lifestyle, and community. Through her role as Property Buyers Agents this allows her to dissect the broader economic and property growth influences, situating them within the property cycle. From Noosa Heads to Maroochydore, and into the Hinterland, she intricately analyses the distinct sub-market dynamics and why and how locals have chosen to live in this region.