Australian Country

Australian Country

Issue #24.3 June/July 2021

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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5 min.
tastes like country

STICKY DATE PUDDINGS Serves:6 Butter, for greasing180ml strained orange juiceFinely chopped zest of 1 orange180g pitted dates, chopped1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda90g butter, softened100g caster sugar¼ cup (50g) brown sugar2 eggs, lightly beaten180g self-raising flour, sifted1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Caramel sauce ¾ cup (150g) brown sugar120ml pouring cream140g butter1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 6 x 1-cup (250ml) metal moulds with butter. Set aside. Bring orange juice to the boil in small saucepan. Add orange zest and dates, turn off heat, and stir in vanilla and bicarbonate of soda. Cool. Beat together butter and sugars using an electric mixer or hand-held electric beater until light and fluffy. With mixer going, drizzle in eggs a little at a time, beating well between each addition. The batter may look a little…

5 min.
the art of country

Allison Bellinger cheerfully admits she knew nothing about running an art gallery when she opened her exhibition space in the centre of Inverell in rural northern NSW. The town is better known for agriculture and gemstones than a passing parade of potential art investors. But the former Sydney lawyer trusted her instincts and long interest in art and aesthetics and, in 2016, launched AK Bellinger Gallery with a sell-out show of works by contemporary Australian artist and three-times Archibald Prize finalist Vanessa Stockard. “I’d bought some of her paintings,” Allison explains. “Through the years, we’d become friends and she generously offered to give me my first show. There was real local interest in what I was doing, and opening night was wall-to-wall with people. Vanessa and her husband came up for…

1 min.
win a prize

We appreciate your thoughts and in each issue, one correspondent wins a prize. Simply email Kirsty at or write to us at Australian Country, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670. We reserve the right to edit lengthy letters before publication. Our favourite correspondent next issue will win a wonderful set of Resparkle household cleaning products, which are not only effective and toxin-free, but also zero-waste. Just send us your thoughts on the magazine and life in general to be in the running for this wonderful prize.…

2 min.
stockists & contacts

Belle Couleur ph: 0417 913 192 e: w: Birdsnest ph: 1300 696 378 w: Bronze and Marble Gallery 1195 Osborne St, Stoneville WA 6081 ph: (08) 9204 4436 e: w: Chelsea Park 589 Moss Vale Rd, Burradoo NSW 2576 ph: (02) 4861 7046 e: w: Clementine Sleepwear ph: 1800 336 153 w: Coomber Bros Jewellery 78 McDowell St, Roma Qld 4455 ph: (07) 4622 1145 e: w: Cotswold InOut Furniture 29/69 O’Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015 ph: (02) 9906 3686 e: w: Emu Wire Industries 2/25 Encore Ave, Somerton Vic 3062 ph: (03) 9308 5599 e: w: Euro Fireplaces 165 Mount Buller Rd, Mansfield Vic 3722 ph: 1300 733 705 e: w: Glen Dimplex Australia 1340 Ferntree Gull Rd, Scoresby Vic 3179 ph: 1300 554 155 w: Glenview Products 3 Edenholme St, West Pymble…

4 min.
paradise for plants

If Jim Flanigan hadn’t arrived home after work just as his two-year-old son rolled down the driveway and onto the road on an out-of-control bike, his family would probably still be living in suburban Brisbane. Fortunately for the Flanigans, there were no other vehicles around so tragedy was averted. But the event did set Jim, a builder working in air conditioning, and his payroll consultant wife, Jan, on the search for a property with more space to raise a family and keep a few horses. They found what they were looking for in a bush block at Mount Crosby on Brisbane’s western periphery. It was close enough for them to commute to the city for work and the children to attend school in Kenmore, and while it felt like a move…

4 min.
shirt story long

Sue Holmwood candidly confesses she could barely take up a hem when she launched a handmade shirt business in the 1990s. But survival is a strong motivator and, through hard work and determination, she developed a brand that sold all over Australia and was so successful that it supported her children through boarding school. Sue grew up in Canowindra in the NSW central west, where her parents ran sheep and grew wheat. Her family’s association with the historic town on the banks of the Belubula River goes back to the earliest European settlement of the district as her ancestor was one of the region’s founding fathers, convict John Grant. He came to Australia at the age of 18 and was assigned to emancipist surgeon Dr William Redfern, who made him overseer…