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Matilda & Kurt: Andamooka Yacht Club

ROAR: We are so excited to introduce you to Matilda and Kurt! They are on an awesome adventure out in South Australia! 

Kurt has recently completed his Masters of Architecture at The University of Melbourne with First Class Honours. He has had extensive experience in the building industry and all aspects of project development from design, documentation through to construction. Kurt developed his interest in community based projects when participating in a community driven design and construct project in a small outback Indigenous Community in NT. 

Matilda completed her double degree of International Studies and Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications at UTS in 2013. She worked in Sydney as a designer and tour guide taking design and fashion tours for a publishing company in Surry Hills. 

ROAR: Tell us about your exciting project!

M&K: Currently we are building a space in Andamooka that will be the community hub for the locals and people of the Far North Region (and the only cafe in Andamooka.) Our business plan has three main elements; a cafe, a display of young and local metal-smiths displaying the local opal, and a designed map guide to the local area.

We will have some recycled bikes and a map guide to give people the opportunity to ride around the town and experience the landscape and main points of interest. The space will be designed as a contemporary mesh of cafe culture, raw materials and outback lifestyle, using as many recycled and up-cycled items as possible. The initiative aims to support outback tourism and provide local knowledge of the area.

ROAR: The name Andamooka Yacht club sounds intriguing for being out in the country?!

M&K: The business name is an ironic play on the outback location of Andamooka, created to capture people’s interest. The names relevance also comes from the historical lakes that surround; Lake Torrens and Lake Eyre, now existing as dry land.

ROAR: How did you end up in the outback South Australia?

M&K: We first came to this part of Australia to visit family, and we just couldn’t believe the freedom of being in a place so geographically isolated. After visiting a few times to bring friends back to experience the area, we decided to make the move. We hired a relocation 6 birth camper van and drove all our belongings across from Sydney. It was epic to have a whole week to drive 3000km and experience all the little outback towns between. There’s so much of Australia that Australians haven’t had the opportunity to experience.

ROAR: What makes Andamooka so special?

M&K: Since moving to Andamooka we’ve met many colourful characters, the people in the town are so awesome, theres a lot of history here and most people have stories to tell about what it was like in the early days. Being one of the original mining towns theres so many different cultures here, which makes it really interesting. Last week we got a lesson from our neighbour on traditional German bread making. 

One of the first few times we visited Andamooka we got chatting to some of the local opal miners, and hatched the idea to team up with some metal-smiths to create young contemporary opal jewellery. At the moment most opal jewellery is really traditional and we think theres an opportunity to create a new market for the stones, based around more simplistic youthful pieces. We saw this start to take shape when friends visited Andamooka with us and fell in love with opal, when they had previously thought it was unappealing. Once you spend some time with the miners and see the earth where the stones come and how its mined from you have a more appreciation for what it is and how it was formed. There's even dinosaurs bones out here that have been opalised, as this was a prehistoric ocean.. its wild picking up a shell in the middle of the desert. 

We’re aiming for an opening party in the beginning of August!

 Follow the Adventure: Insta is @andamookayachtclub and website is andamookayachtclub.com

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Tim & Annabel: Surfcoast Wholefoods

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We never miss an opportunity to stock our van pantry with yummy organic treats. When we heard about Surfcoast Wholefoods we knew we had to pay them a visit. As soon as you walk in you are met with smiling faces and a huge range of fresh fruit and veggies, plus shelves stocked with organic muesli, nut butters, herbs, chocolate and vitamins. They also have books and an in store health clinic for those wanting a more in depth health chat.

Surfcoast Wholefoods is a fresh new take on your average health food store, it's now our go-to in Tourquay, a place where you can sit down and enjoy one of their amazing juices, coffees and yummy lunch treats. Then shop up a storm, stocking up on fresh grapes, kale or chocolate. If you are in Torquay or even if your not, get there, it is so worth visiting this vibing market and cafe.

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How did Surfcoast Wholefoods come to life?

Tim and I have both had a strong passion for healthy living and organics for a long time, but it was the birth of our first child that made us realise we wanted to devote our lives to living healthier and raising our children in the best environment possible. From this came a desire to share this information with as many around us as possible, so coupled with a desire to live by the ocean we looked for the place that seemed to need this type of store the most (& the place we wanted to live the most!)… and here we are!

What are some of the most important goals of your company?

Educating others by sharing our passion of healthy eating and living, and our love and respect for the environment. We hope to inspire people to make shifts towards living harmoniously with their bodies and their environment, to make conscious purchases that support both of these elements, and to live to their fullest potential.

What are some special attributes that make your business unique or different to other cafe's?

We use only certified organic produce and source as much as possible from local farmers. We offer foods for a range of food sensitivities and 'diets' such as gluten free, processed sugar free, dairy free, grain free and predominantly vegetarian / vegan. We also have a selection of Raw foods, which means food that is not heated beyond 45c, to maintain the maximum levels of nutrients and enzymes (the favourites are the raw "cheesecakes" which are all dairy and sugar free).

What were some of the greatest challenges getting Surfcoast Wholefoods off the ground?

It's a massive change in career paths for both of us, given that we've never run or owned a shop of any kind before, so there's been plenty of learning curves all round really. But thankfully we've had such amazing support from the local community who have literally welcomed us with open arms and been very forgiving for any initial oversights or mishaps we may have had!

What does the future hold for Surfcoast Wholefoods?

Expansion and lots of fine tuning! Our cafe menu is expanding by the week and doesn't look ready to settle down anytime soon. As are all the products we stock on the floor, it's amazing where we find the space to keep bringing in more! We're also holding more events such as educational movie nights, workshops and cooking demonstrations and more, as we focus more on becoming the health hub and educational centre that we truly hope to be.

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Tim and another happy customer.

Tim and another happy customer.

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Jess getting her dark chocolate fix sorted.

Jess getting her dark chocolate fix sorted.

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Get on the health train and check out their website and Facebook. If you can't make it to the store, they will deliver their products to you. Check them out through the links below.

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