Ever dreamt of owning your own hugely successful seaside vegan café in one of Australia’s most pristine and serene tourist spots? Now you have the chance to, for just $15!

Yep, Laura and Matt McNamara, owners of Island Whole Foods at Phillip Island, Victoria, are raffling off their enormously profitable seaside cafe to travel through Australia in a caravan.

Currently, the debt-free café has an annual turnover of $500,000, over 9000 Social Media followers and is rated Number One on Trip Advisor, so really, they’ve done all the hard work for you already!

It offers an all-day breakfast and lunch menu focused on wholesome plant-based ingredients. They also provide specialty coffee, house-made raw treats, the popular vegan COCOWHIP soft serve, and superfood smoothies.
It’s located literally 250m from the Cowes foreshore and is open six days per week from 8am-3pm. 

Why are they doing this, we hear you ask? Well, Laura and Matt heard about a resort in Panama that did a similar thing and they’re ready for a change, so they want to explore Australia and give back, too.

Laura realised that by finding a new owner this way means they can help make someone’s dream come true – that the winners will be someone who truly has always dreamed of owning their own business. 

They also want to help save our oceans. The raffle will also help to raise funds for charities that are close to Laura and Matt’s heart.

With each purchase of their $15, Laura and Matt are splitting a donation of $2 between Take 3 for the Sea (https://www.take3.org ), and other local charities.

Take 3 for the Sea share a simple and powerful message – ‘Take 3 pieces of rubbish when you leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere!’.

Other local charities include Plastic Free Phillip Island and Boomerang Bags Phillip Island.

How To Win Your Own Seaside Vegan Cafe

To enter, you simply need to buy one of their Raw Vegan Golden Chocolate Bars, made with Virgin Cacao Butter, Coconut Nectar, Raw Cashews, Coconut, Raw Cacao Beans, Buckwheat and Pink Lake salt.

You do need to pick it up yourself, by October 17, but if you’re not in the area and can’t pick it up, that doesn’t exclude you from entering. The competition is open to all residents of Australia except those in South Australia.

All we have left to say is … what are you waiting for? The competition closes on October 16. Check out www.islandwholefoods.com.au for Terms and Conditions and your chance to enter!

About the Author


After 30 years of working in Australian media, Shonagh is one of Australia’s busiest and most in-demand beauty, health, travel and lifestyle writers.

As a health and lifestyle journalist and consultant, Shonagh has worked closely with international wellness experts and icons, including Dr. Sandra Cabot, Therese Kerr and Miranda Kerr.

In other aspects of her work, she has travelled the world reviewing wellness retreats and luxe holiday destinations, and she has interviewed and written feature articles on some of the world’s best love celebrities, including Sting, Elle McPherson, Pamela Anderson, Simon Baker, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, Tina Arena, Heather Graham and many more.

She currently lives in the NSW Southern Highlands with her four dogs (three Siberian Huskies and one Maltese Cross), where she grows her own veggies and advocates ending Factory Farming and animal cruelty.

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