As the kids bombed from the back of the boat into the lake, we chatted with a ‘born and bred’ East Gippslander. An interesting sentiment unfolded, which sparked a conversation about why we sea-changed to East Gippsland, and the topic for this blog series.

The locals remarked:

When you’re young, it’s easy to take this place [East Gippsland] for granted. Then as you grow up, you come to appreciate how beautiful it is.

We often tell the kids how much they under-appreciate the beauty of their homeland. They will realise this when they’re adults!

East Gippsland is a place where fond childhood memories are etched into a person’s consciousness. How many people remember a holiday at Lakes Entrance? Or those days spent camping in a National Park, or fossicking the Ninety Mile Beach for shells while the waves roll in?

For some, an East Gippsland childhood connection encourages them to relocate here. And for others, East Gippsland is the place for their next chapter in life. Be it a tree-change or sea-change to raise a young family. The perfect destination to enjoy the golden years of retirement. Or a reason in between.

In this post series, a collective of tree-changers and sea-changers share their reasons for choosing to call East Gippsland ‘home’.

First up is Pixie Violet, East Gippsland’s resident pixie, who brings magic to our lives through her mobile fairy caravan.

So Pixie, why did you move to East Gippsland?

We moved from Lake Eildon to Banksia Peninsula eight years ago. Hubby had a job at a school camp, which offered free accomodation and meals, so we made the temporary move there with intentions of returning to Eildon.

Mum came to visit and fell in love with Paynesville, so Mum moved here permanently with her mum (who is now 92!).

After a year at the camp we decided to sell our Eildon home and buy over at Newlands Arm. Since then we sold that home and built a new one to accommodate our family and businesses.

And what do you do for a living?

I spread magic and joy for a living! I started The Pixie Palace in 2015 and love my job as Pixie Violet. Being self-employed fits around my family commitments and hubby’s outdoor education business.

Through my market stall I get to share fairy garden creations with the young, and young at heart. And through The Pixie Palace party service and fairy caravan, I create lasting memories for children’s birthdays.

Editor’s note: The Pixie Palace was nominated for several East Gippsland Business Awards in 2016 and 2017, winning the Child-Friendly Services award in 2016.

Favourite hidden gem in East Gippsland?

Fairy Dell is a favourite magical place to visit any time of year.

We love boating over to the back lake (Steamer Landing and Ocean Grange) during the warmer months.

The old dam wall on the Mitchell River is a fun place to swim and take a break during a rafting trip.

Oh, and the Den or Nargun is beautuful!

Favourite place to holiday in East Gippsland?

This may sound silly but we spend a lot of our holidays at home! Dawson’s Cove at Newlands Arm has a great boat launch and sheltered swimming spot, so we spend most of summer there. When our friends from out of town come to visit, we take them on all sorts of adventures close to home.

Best coffee in East Gippsland?

After my Laughter Club session on a Friday, I’ve had coffee at every café in Paynesville for the last thirteen months! I think the best is the Waterview Bakery.

Best food in East Gippsland?

Best place to eat out is Sardine (Paynesville).

Connect with Pixie

You can connect with Pixie Violet in person at your nearest East Gippsland market.

Or through the usual digital channels: website, Facebook, or Instagram.

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