Our Story

Nil Desperandum – the Latin translation of ‘Nothing to Despair’ and what would a century later become the uniquely Australian expression of easy-going optimism – No Worries. We just love that. It not only sums up the Sunshine Coast – it also gives you an idea of who we are and why we do what we do. 

Our Inspirations are the cane fields of the Sunshine Coast and the world’s best rums – distilled in the Caribbean since the 1600’s. Sugar cane has been growing in our region for over 150 years. It’s well and truly time Australia had a rum the equal of the world’s best. 

Using Australia’s only commercial quantity of organic molasses, the finest methods including natural ‘wild’ fermentation, and our bespoke German copper stills, every bottle of Nil Desperandum is produced with Love, Art & Science. 

Australians love rum and so do we. Our spirits belong in the glass of someone with a passion for good things in life who just knows there’s something more. 


Our home and Distillery is located in lush Sunshine Coast hinterland rainforest, just a short idyllic walk from Queensland’s iconic and much loved Big Pineapple. It is here that we create and share our Sunshine & Sons range of spirts.

Maria and Sarah, our imposing and elegant 6,000 and 2,500 litre Tasmanian artisan pot stills were comissioned in January 2020 to Head Distiller, Adam Chapman‘s proprietary design and specifications. Hand-made in Tasmania from the finest German copper, they‘ve been
meticulously designed to create stunning and complex flavour profiles – an integral element of our vision to let The Coast Spirit shine.

In 1871 James Costar was granted a license to sell ‘Fermented and Spirituous Liquors’ at premises in Woombye, Queensland – the Judiciary having dismissed, in the ‘best interests’ of the Sunshine Coast, the constabulary’s protests, accusations and evidence of ‘sly grogging’.

The name James chose for one of the Coast’s very first watering holes was Nil Desperandum – the latin translation of Nothing to Despair For and what would a century later would become the uniquely Australian expression of easy going optimism regardless of the circumstances  –  No Worries. We just love that. It not only sums up the Sunshine Coast –  it also gives you an idea of who we are and why we do what we do.

The Sunshine Coast has long been a place to leave behind your cares — from ancient indigenous gatherings and feasts, through to today’s artisans, surfers, weekenders, festival-goers, backpackers, day-trippers and people who just kind of get it. Like James Costar.

You’re welcome. Enjoy.