Australian Country Issue #22.2March/April 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

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editor's letter

Here at Australian Country HQ, we never cease to be amazed by the passion people from one end of this vast land to the other put into their homes, creative endeavours and pet projects. In this issue alone we’ve had the privilege of meeting artist Julianne Pulford and her architect husband, Greg, who have transformed a two-bedroom stone cottage in Clare. We also enjoyed visiting Sydney businessman and philanthropist Charles Curran and his wife, Eva, who enlisted the help of landscape designer Paul Bangay to create the garden of their dreams at Noojee Lea, their country estate near Canowindra in central-western NSW. Nearby at Millthorpe, John and Lois Willing have put their all into restoring their historic stone homestead and, fittingly, as former teachers, a relocated schoolhouse in which they once…

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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.She’s produced live shows, been on the red carpet for the Academy Awards, travelled the globe and worked with some of the world's biggest celebrities. These days, she’d like to say she's living a quieter life as a writer on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast but, with three young kids, it’s anything but. She wouldn’t have it any other way though. 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 and has worked as overall coordinator…

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diary notes

APRIL 16-21 (WA) THE KARIJINI EXPERIENCE The Pilbara’s iconic Karijini Experience features an eclectic mix of food, music and Aboriginal culture at the beautiful Karijini National Park in the heart of the Pilbara, 1200 kilometres from Perth. Visitors can camp in the park, surrounded by stunning gorges, or glamp at the Karijini Eco Retreat, and experience the unspoiled nature of the region. In addition to many free, family-friendly activities and workshops focused on indigenous art, culture and enrichment, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy local music and food. karijiniexperience.com MARCH 27-31 (VIC) MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show will once again unite the country’s most forward-thinking and respected horticultural and floral designers and host interactive DIY workshops, retailers and one-off installations. This year’s standouts include a spectacular…

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hinterland haven

Before the sun shoots its first rays of golden morning light across the crest of the Blackall Ranges, Sally Herniman is quietly slipping on her gardening clogs and padding out the pale pink front door of her cottage to enjoy a sunrise ritual among her beloved beds of blooms. She’s worked hard to establish a whimsically rambling and colourful display of flowers and shrubs not easily reared in her neck of the woods and first light is when they’re at their most glorious. “Every morning just before sunrise, I go to my garden and spend an hour there before breakfast,” she says. “I bring baskets of roses and hollyhocks or foxgloves inside to plonk into jugs, then often bake an organic lemon and poppyseed cake for morning tea using lemons…

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pastiche of the past

Retired school teachers John and Lois Willing are probably way too pragmatic to believe in destiny, but it would be hard to imagine there could be better owners for their historic property, Vermont, in the Millthorpe district of central-western NSW. John and Lois met at teachers’ college in Bathurst in the early 1970s and forged their careers as teachers and principals in country schools all over western NSW. John’s particular passion is for history, so it’s little wonder they’ve always had an eye for an old house, have restored several and even ran a weekend antiques business in the late ’70s when they were teaching in Gulgong. They moved to Millthorpe in 1980 and purchased a rundown old bank building, which they gradually restored. These days, that house is a landmark bed…

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