Australian Country 18.7 September 2015

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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in this issue

2 min
editor's letter

The flight from Brisbane to Longreach turned out to be a bit of a reality check as the view from the plane was a sobering reminder about the sorry situation the country I love so dearly is in. The fact is that all but the coastal fringe Queensland is in severe drought and many areas are in their third consecutive year of drastically reduced rainfall. The story is repeated across vast swathes of Australia, in particular in northern NSW, western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia, and the truth is, that even if it bucketed down tomorrow in every place that needs it, it will be many years before the bush recovers from the impact of these bad seasons. It takes time for the land to restore, for herds to be…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

BRONTE CAMILLERI STYLIST & LOCATION SCOUT Bronte’s career began in visual merchandising for major Australian retailers, including R. M. Williams, Myer and Cue. She has been a lecturer on the subject for the tertiary education system. She has worked as overall coordinator on a range of projects from small studio propping to photo shoots for international corporations. ROSS WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHER Ross has been a photographer for 30 years, shooting food, wine and commercial and residential architecture, as well as travelling overseas to shoot everything from mining projects to aircraft. He relishes the challenge of arriving at a previously unseen location and working on the best way to showcase it. ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS PHOTOGRAPHER Anastasia has been capturing an array of images from interiors to still life, architecture, gardens, landscapes, food and travel for more than a decade. She is…

4 min
diary notes

YEAR-ROUND (QLD) Noosa Farmers’ Market Beautiful beaches, relaxed coastal vibes and a sunny climate draw visitors to Noosa year-round. Every Sunday the region’s fresh food reigns supreme at the Noosa Farmers’ Market. With divine coffee, marinades, freshly-baked bread, seafood and cheeses aplenty, Noosa Farmers’ Market gives visitors the chance to meet local producers and sample the distinctive flavours of the Sunshine Coast. noosafarmersmarket.com.au SEPT 2-20 (NSW) Daffodils at Rydal Spring has brought a bountiful crop of golden daffodils to the gardens of Rydal, a small country village nestled in the hills between Bathurst and Lithgow. Named after the English town where William Wordsworth, author of the famous poem, The Daffodils, lived, Rydal village celebrates the writer’s fervour for the flower, showcasing the yellow bulbs in a striking Australian bush setting. With open gardens, food and live…

5 min
good karma

As shopping lists go, Rose Hawkins drew up a doozy when she went searching for the right property for relocating her family and yoga studio. With four adult children, she needed five bedrooms so they and their partners and children could all comfortably visit at the same time. Having grown up in the wide open spaces of the Northern Territory and central western Queensland, Rose knew her dream home needed to be have some land around it. She also wanted to run yoga classes and retreats from home so a studio was another box on the wish list. It may have taken five years of searching, but amazingly Rose found precisely what she was looking for not far from Montville in the ranges behind the Sunshine Coast. “The house not only…

1 min
inspired by...

5 min
a fresh chapter

By her own reckoning, Rosemary Howe is on her third incarnation. Born and raised in the farming service centre of Cummins on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, her family moved to Adelaide to better the children’s educational opportunities. “I went into hairdressing straight out of school and worked at that for 20 years,” she explains. “During that time I also lived and worked in England where I met my former husband and had two sons. Then I returned to Australia and moved into interior design, which I have practised for the past 25 years. But now I am in transition again.” This time round, Rosemary has reinvented herself into yet another creative and people-based career as the proprietor of a B&B and café, Meller’s of Auburn, in the historic gateway village to the…