Australian Country Issue #22.1 January/Februay 2019

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

Welcome to our very first issue for the new year. I hope you enjoy the amazing places we’ve visited from Gympie and Banana in Queensland and Queenstown, Tasmania to Cowra in central-western NSW and SA’s Yorke Peninsula. We’ve continued our tradition of visiting the places other magazines overlook to bring you stories from some truly remarkable places. In between, and during, some of these trips I’ve also been busy recovering from a hip replacement operation. I’m not mentioning this because I’m hoping for a flurry of get-well cards — I’m doing very well thanks — but because I’ve been part of a new rehabilitation program that I think might be of particular interest to readers from rural and regional areas. It’s called 360KS and it means that most of my rehab…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

TAMARA SIMONEAU WRITER & STYLIST Tamara is falling in love with her homeland again after almost a decade living in Canada where she worked in TV, running the prime-time program, Entertainment Tonight Canada.These days, she’d like to say she’s living a quieter life as a writer in Queensland but, with three young kids, it’s anything but. She wouldn’t have it any other way. JESSICA HOWARD PHOTOGRAPHER Jessica lived in the UK for almost a decade making TV programs, before coming home and (re)starting her career as a photographer. From the bush originally, she’s drawn to country homesteads, characters and landscapes. She’s based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. australiancountry.net.au facebook.com/AustralianCountry @australiancountrymag zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

4 min
diary notes

JAN 13-20 (TAS) MONA FOMA The annual Festival of Music and Art (FOMA) at Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) spreads its wings and flies north this summer for a full program of the unexpected and unpredictable in Launceston. The line-up includes Swedish singer-songwriter and sometimes rapper Neneh Cherry, Welsh electric group Underworld, New Zealand indie chamber pop champ Jonathan Bree and Ethiopian music fused with jazz and Afro-Latin grooves from Mulatu Astatke and The Black Jesus Experience. Every year MONA FOMA invites a new audience to experience the festival for free. This year the Amish folk of Lancaster County have been honoured. It will be worth being there just to see if any of them make the journey. monafoma.net.au MARCH 8-11 (SA) WOMADELAIDE WOMADelaide is an iconic open-air festival set in Adelaide’s…

1 min
baker's dozen

6 min
bohemian bliss

Hanging on the wall in the entry of the cottage owned by artist Amica Whincop and her husband, Clayton, is the original deed to their property. It’s signed by a gentleman called Henry Devine and dated 1890. Horse-drawn wagons would have lugged the lumber from a local mill to build the worker’s cottage, amid the hustle and bustle of a developing regional centre where scores had come to find their fortunes since Queensland’s biggest gold nugget was found here 22 years earlier. Gympie’s gold rush of the late-19th century came and went of course, but not before the throngs of treasure hunters and their investment dollars saved the fledgling state of Queensland from bankruptcy. Beloved relics from those pioneering days are preserved throughout the town’s modern-day landscape, steadfast in the shifting…

4 min
styled for summer

The old adage about truth being stranger than fiction could well be applied to Ararat real estate agents Kim and Greg Kerr. As Kim takes up their story, she “won” Greg in a scavenger hunt. “I grew up in Horsham in the Wimmera region and Greg was originally from Ararat, although he has lived all over,” she explains. “We dated briefly as youngsters, but went our separate ways and married other partners.” Roll forward 20-something years and Kim was on a bus-tour hen’s party outing to Ararat, when she spotted Greg’s office as they drove past. When she announced to her fellow travellers that she used to go out with a guy from the agency, her friends offered 20 bonus points in the game they were playing if she went in and…