Australian Country

Australian Country Issue #22.3 June/July 2019

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Australian Country is a magazine that lets you escape. This luxurious title delves into the world of sprawling homesteads, charming properties, working farms, contemporary cuisines, tasteful interior design and outdoor living ideas, with everything from antiques and collectables to recipes in between. Australian Country is dedicated to highlighting the best of the Australian country life, made for the people who are passionate about country living by the people who are passionate about country living because we understand that a love of country runs deeper than just a passion for decorating. The magazine provides readers with the inspiration to capture the essence of the country lifestyle, no matter where they live — whether city, coast or country. urchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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2 Min.
editor's letter

As this issue goes to press, photographer Ken Brass and I have just returned from a trip to Queensland’s Granite Belt via western NSW. It was a sobering reminder of the trials people from one end of the country to the other are experiencing. While we were travelling through drought-stricken landscapes and dreadful dust storms, the nightly news feed was full of images of folk dealing with floods in Townsville and on stations in the far north, where stock losses and damage to fences and buildings are still being tallied. While it will take many years for people in those parts to recover from the devastation left in the wake of these climatic extremes, there is a silver lining to the clouds. It’s inspiring to see people digging deep to contribute…

1 Min.
helping out on this issue are ...

MIRIAM VAN COOTEN HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST Miriam started in the make-up and hair industry 20 years ago in film and television and has worked on fashion pages for magazines across Europe and Australia. She has won many awards for her bridal looks, works at weddings across the Sydney region and teaches at one of the city’s elite make-up schools. ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS PHOTOGRAPHER Anastasia is a lifestyle photographer who has been capturing an array of images from interiors to still life, architecture, gardens, landscapes, food and travel for many years. She is based on the Sunshine Coast and has also contributed to many books. KEN BRASS PHOTOGRAPHER Ken has been on the road again this issue. Venturing from southern Queensland to South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, with a few detours along the way, to shoot the…

5 Min.
diary notes

JULY 19-21 (VIC) AUSTRALIAN SHEEP & WOOL SHOW For three days in July, Bendigo in central Victoria comes alive with the Australian Sheep & Wool Show, the largest of its kind in the world. This year, more than 3000 sheep and 400 trade sites will be the main attraction for the expected 30,000-plus visitors. In addition to the Sheep Show, there will be a national fleece competition, shearing championships, dog trials, fashion parades, careers and technology displays and an amazing array of food sites and wine vendors. The Festival of Lamb marquee features cooking demonstrations and is a highlight. Meanwhile, the runway fashion parades are held twice daily in the Noble pavilion and feature top fashions from the Australian Wool Innovation, The Woolmark Company and the national Woolcraft competition winners. Stalls in…

5 Min.
a diamond in the rough

When you’ve spent your whole life in a small country town where everyone knows everyone and community gatherings are more like big family reunions, pulling up stumps to start a new life elsewhere can be daunting. After growing up together in the central Queensland town of Clermont, Jules and Matt Fish wanted to give their three children, Ava, Hollin and Nayten, something a little different. “We loved growing up and raising our children in Clermont,” Jules says. “But we felt it was time to go and start a new adventure.” When Matt, a diesel fitter contracted to various mine companies, began spending more time away working, Jules set her sights on being closer to a city and the beach so the family would have plenty to keep them busy while Matt…

5 Min.
just add water

Forget beer budgets. Grace and Fernando Ferreira cheerfully admit they had Champagne taste on a water budget when it came to their new home on a semi-rural site close to Queanbeyan and with easy access to the national capital. With an owner-builder’s licence, some creative recycling and a design by Collins Caddaye Architects (CCA), they have been able to create a showpiece home that fulfils all their aspirations for a hospitable hub that can comfortably accommodate just the two of them or the many guests who routinely respond to their generous natures and open-door policy. Portuguese-born, Grace had spent time in Australia when her parents moved here when she was in primary school. She returned to her home country in 1987 and met Fernando the following year. They dated for five…

5 Min.
green behind the gold

On any given day, Simone Williams may be jetting into New York or touching down in Tokyo as part of her day job as a Qantas cabin service manager, but there’s always one place she’d much prefer to be — her sprawling Gold Coast hinterland property, Hillview Homestead. “My husband, Bruce, and I bought Hillview 14 years ago,” she explains. “I grew up in Brisbane and always dreamed of living in the country in a beautiful old Queenslander.” Just half an hour from the glittering Surfers Paradise strip, Hillview is a world away with its rolling green hills and thousands of acres of surrounding Crown land in the lush Currumbin Valley. Once the heart of a thriving dairy farm owned by one of the areas pioneering families, the 116-year-old homestead is…