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Psychotherapist, Kym McGregor, had always been a ‘city
person’. The 43 year-old grew up in Brisbane and lived in
its inner city suburbs for many years. Kym’s last Brisbane
residence was in New Farm and she loved its atmosphere
and proximity to the river, the CBD and entertainment.
Then Kym met her partner, Vivienne Golding, a former
Australian kayaking champion who shared her desire to
combine therapy with outdoor activities. “We hadn’t known
each other long when we decided to go travelling in a 4WD
around Australia,” Kym recalls. “The whole time we kept
talking about doing healing retreats.”
After making it to Broome, Western Australia, the pair
pulled out a map and decided Queensland’s Boreen Point
would be perfect for their new business. In three weeks,
they crossed the continent and started a new life in idyllic
Boreen Point, a tiny town 25 minutes drive from Noosa,
where Kym says they are the only lesbians.
Vivienne had not previously settled in one place, as Kym
had done, but moved frequently throughout her life.
Vivienne also preferred not to live in cities, so Kym found
the transition to the quiet life most challenging. At first, Kym
said they often travelled to Brisbane, but now she rarely
needs a ‘city fix’.
They both fell in love with Boreen Point. “The area is
beautiful,” Vivienne says passionately. “There’s the beach
and the lake, quiet roads to cycle on, and we’re totally
surrounded by wildlife.”
After establishing themselves at Boreen Point in the past
four and a half years, the two continue to meet more
lesbians in the broader Noosa region. They are happy to be
finally living their shared dream of improving people’s lives
with their adventure therapy business, Kanu Kapers.
Rather than starting a new sea change venture, Trish
Weston has transplanted her Brisbane-based life coaching
business, Work/Life Design, at Noosa Heads.
The initial decision to move north to Peregian in mid-2003
was difficult for Trish and her partner. Trish was still studying
and had her life coaching clients in Brisbane, so they had to
live somewhere that was close enough to commute. After
18 months living in the paradise of Peregian, they settled
in Noosa Heads.
Trish used to see herself as a distinctly urban person. For
15 years she called Brisbane’s West End and Highgate Hill
home, where she enjoyed the local multicultural and lesbian
communities. But as the area became more gentrified, 37
year-old Trish and her partner realised they were ready to
leave. They resolved to move somewhere that freed them
from the pressures of conformity.
Although now part of a token lesbian couple in a mainly
straight community, Trish has not experienced discrimination
in her new home and has opened herself up to some
wonderful people she said she would never have been
friends with in the city.
“There’s very little like-mindedness here,” Trish says. “You
are a lot more tolerant and look for commonality in people.”
Now, Trish perceives Brisbane differently; she values its
diversity and vibrancy, but clearly sees the trade-offs of
pollution, heavy traffic, cramped living spaces and the
predominance of concrete and bitumen.
Louise Terry, Tourism Noosa’s Marketing Manager,
appreciates her inspiring new work environment,
overlooking the Noosa River. “It’s a view that beats the
city skyline hands down,” the former Melbournian says.
“I watch houseboats setting off, fishing lines being cast,
pelicans flying by and even fish jumping out of the water
every now and then.”
The 35 year-old’s desire for a sea change developed when
she and her partner enjoyed a fantastic holiday in Byron
Bay. “[We] decided that if we lived by the beach we would
never have to leave.” She was also eager for a change of
scenery after working in the same large organisation for
Despite her long-standing love for Melbourne, Louise
embraced the chance for a new adventure. She applied for
work in Noosa, a town she saw for the first time the day
she arrived for the job interview.
“My partner travelled up with me so we could decide
together if this was a place where we could live. We ate on
Hastings Street, walked along the Noosa River, explored
the Noosa National Park and, by the end of the weekend,
I was determined to get the job.”
There is a small lesbian community at Noosa, according to
Louise, and she and her partner have felt comfortable living
there as a couple for the past two years. She encourages
other lesbians to come to Noosa and enjoy the warm
winters, clean air and beach culture. “All I can say is, let us
know when you get here!”
A SHORE THING
NEW LIFE IN THE
Top Right: Louise Terry,
photo courtesy of The Age
Top Left: Kym McGregor
and Vivienne Golding
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