Shop Local

This month’s blog focuses on some of our local suppliers, showcasing a handful of their products and how their businesses were born. A selection of these items are available in our online gift store, but the majority you will find in our on-island gift shop. Read on to learn about why shopping locally is important for the local community, how it benefits society and where you can pick up some fantastic locally made goods!

Art by Rebecca Jane

Artist | Drink bottles, Puzzles, Mats, Coasters and more | Hervey Bay

Art by Rebecca Jane was formed in 2014 based out of a single market stall at the Urangan Pier Markets. Today, ABRJ is stocked in over 20 retail outlets up and down the east coast and are some of our best-selling products on Lady Elliot Island! There is so much detail in each of Rebecca’s artworks, they are sure to keep your eyes busy for hours.

Explore the diverse range of coral shapes and colours at Coral Gardens. Located on the Western side of the island, you will find a snorkelling line here for guests to guide themselves with, and during our prevailing South- Easterly winds this area is protected and calm for snorkelling. Often sighted in this area are an abundance of fish, turtles, reef sharks and occasionally eagle rays and our cheeky local dolphin!

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Sailfish Creative

Greeting cards, Stickers, Mugs, Decorations and Apparel | Redcliffe

Formed in 2016 by Steph, an ocean-loving mum of two, sailfish creative offers freelance graphic design and creative services. On Lady Elliot Island, you will find a range of Steph’s ocean-themed greeting cards, decorations, and stickers. Steph donates 10% of her profits to charity and places a strong emphasis on using environmentally friendly materials.

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Paper n clay

Boho, Coastal and Rustic Décor | Hervey Bay

Created by Hervey Bay local, Wendy, paper n clay stocks Boho and Coastal Homewares that are ethically sourced from around the globe. They also handcraft their own clay tags, soy candles and room sprays. You will find a range of Paper n Clay’s tags available online and on-island.

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Nutty Creation

Soft Toys | Bundaberg

Susan Snowden creates handmade soft-toy animals including manta rays, clownfish, turtles and even Red-tailed Tropicbirds all available in our on-island gift store. Sue’s creations are created from natural fabrics and are machine washable.

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World treasure designs

Australian-made, sustainably sourced Jewellery | Hervey Bay

World Treasure Designs is a small, independent jewellery business specialising in 100% Australian made, ethical and sustainable jewellery. Designs are locally inspired and locally handmade featuring Australian gemstones and sustainably sourced metals. You will find a selection of this stunning jewellery available in our on-island gift store inside the glass jewellery cabinet with both silver and gold designs.

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Chalk Dust Fine Arts

Cards, Prints, Gift tags and Gift Designs | Yeppoon

Local to Yeppoon QLD, Belinda Reid uses watercolours and pastels to create beautiful fine arts. Her creations are designed and printed onto a range of beautiful homewares and gifts including Cushions, Sand free beach towels, Glasses cases, Coasters, Tote bags and more.

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Robert Irwin

Git Cards | Sunshine Coast

Robert Irwin is an award-winning nature photographer and wildlife warrior who travels the world in search of incredible images of wildlife and wild places to raise awareness for the environment. Robert and his family own and operate Australia Zoo and a non-profit environmental organisation called ‘wildlife warriors’, supporting conservation projects around the globe.

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Secret Trove

Earrings | Yeppoon

Secret Trove began as a fun way to teach the owners four children about the value of money and good customer service and has since grown into a family business. Their earrings are handmade in Yeppoon, Queensland with the business also placing a strong emphasis on the earth and being conscious of their impact. Packaging is limited to recyclable cardboard and paper with plastic only used if requested and necessary. Check out some of these quirky and unique designs below!

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Alizeti creative

Ocean Artist | Gold Coast

Acrylic and watercolour paintings inspired by the ocean and nature, created by our own Jessica Blackmore! Jess lives part-time here on Lady Elliot Island and spends the rest of her time beside the sea on the Southern Gold Coast. Jess aims to create conscious artwork by considering the environment in each step of her process, from the materials she paints on to the packaging for her prints. Jess hopes that her paintings can inspire passion for the ocean so we can all work towards preservation.

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Pure Underwater Imaging

Greeting Cards and Prints| Sunshine Coast

Justin started his journey in underwater photography as a scuba instructor on the Great Barrier Reef which nurtured his love of the ocean and the amazing creatures that live there. Justin is also passionate about raising awareness of the fragility of the ocean and so has partnered with the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Justin creates stunning wildlife prints, gifts and greeting cards.

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Woodgrain Designs

Handmade Furniture, Charcuterie and Cutting Boards and more | Hervey Bay

Brett and Robyn operate their small family business which started when Brett was a young boy, making outdoor furniture with his father, eventually turning into a love for working with wood. The couple, now with their sons, create unique pieces and save beautiful timbers that would often be otherwise burnt or discarded. They have recently started to incorporate epoxy and pigmented resin into their work, with some incredible results!

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Stephanie Elizabeth Artwork

Artist | Port Douglas

Stephanie is an Australian artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in tropical Far North Queensland, working out of her studio gallery in the heart of Port Douglas. Her love of nature and the ocean shines through in her unique, self-taught watercolour style. The soft and dreamy imagery she creates on canvas and paper brings a beautiful sense of calm to any space with a splash of fun. Stephanie uses art as a tool to educate and connect people to the environment by bringing it into their homes.

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Thank you for reading our “shop local” blog! Below are some benefits that come from shopping locally!

• It reduces your environmental impact

• It supports the local community and creates jobs

• Its more personal and you get better customer service because you’re often interacting directly with owners

• Less transportation costs