Australian Country Issue #24.1 February/March 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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in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

Happy new year to you all. I don’t think many of us were sorry to see the back of 2020 and I sincerely hope that 2021 delivers a smoother ride. If I were asked to count the silver linings in challenges posed by the pandemic, I’d rate a great deal of pride in how Australians (with a big shout out to our neighbours in New Zealand) shouldered the responsibilities for minimising infection highly on that list. Well done to everyone, particularly Victorians, for managing lockdowns and social restrictions. The uplift in community spirit is another reason to pat ourselves on the back. I heard so many stories of people looking out for others and engaging with folk they’d never previously met that I’m convinced there is real power in a…

1 min
helping out on this issue ...

KEN BRASS, PHOTOGRAPHER Ken has been on a big road trip through central-western NSW for this issue. From Sofala to Cowra, Parkes and Forbes, with a detour to Mount Wilson on the way home, he’s been once again working hard capturing images for many of our stories. 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 more than a decade. She is based on the Sunshine Coast and for this issue showcased Mel Manley’s splendid subtropical haven near Eumundi. australiancountry.com.au facebook.com/AustralianCountry @australiancountrymag zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

2 min
diary notes

April 3–17 (SA) FESTIVAL FLEURIEU Set around the Yankalilla district among the rolling hills and sparkling shores of the Fleurieu Peninsula, the biennial Festival Fleurieu is in its 18th year. The diverse program encompasses everything from literature, performance and film making to history and the bounty of the local food, wine and beer. This family-friendly event takes place just one hour’s drive from Adelaide, so make a day trip or book into one of the many beach houses, B&Bs or camping and caravan parks in spectacular locations. festivalfleurieu.com.au APRIL 6–11 (QLD) WINTON’S WAY OUT WEST FEST Pack your swag and waltz up the Matilda Highway to Winton for this wonderful celebration of Australian music. Performers on the main stage will include The Wolfe Brothers, Beccy Cole, Busby Marou, Daryl Braithwaite and Lee Kernaghan, while there…

6 min
hinterland haven

They were young, idealistic and utterly unprepared for the waters into which they dived so enthusiastically. In 2005, a trio of young Queenslanders started a charity supporting Nepalese orphans. One of them had done a stint volunteering as an English teacher in orphanages in Nepal. Rocked by the poverty, he came home determined to continue to support the children with whom he’d been working. He co-opted his sister and a few friends and Forget Me Not Children’s Home was born. They, in turn, talked, cajoled and persuaded their friends and family into supporting the cause and, by 2008, the children’s home was sufficiently established for one of the co-founders to be awarded the Queensland recipient of the Young Australian of the Year. As Mel Manley takes up the story, she was…

6 min
landmark and legend

Yallum Park’s stately stone homestead and 20 acres [eight hectares] of parkland gardens may resemble an aristocratic English estate but, to Andy and Annie Clifford, it’s just home, a place where every room and everything that’s in them are made to be used. “It’s where I grew up, where I climbed trees and fell out of them,” Andy says. “The land has been in my family for 106 years. Dad was born in the house in 1917 and lived here for all but the last two years of his life. He passed away in 2013 in a nursing home in Penola, which is our local town and where I went to school.” Yallum Park’s history dates back to the spread of the squattocracy across South Australia and the very beginnings of the…

5 min
changing tack

Although Ruth and Dzint Jurevicius tell people they’ve retired, the truth is their lives couldn’t be busier. Admittedly, Ruth has given up her demanding role as general manager of a training organisation and Dzint, his long-time career as a high school art teacher. But the couple has exchanged their busy work lives for a raft of fresh opportunities on the river-bound Hindmarsh Island, where the Murray meets the ocean on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. “We both grew up in Adelaide,” Ruth explains. “My father was a university professor. Dzint was born here to Latvian/ Lithuanian parents. They came as refugees after the war and his father was a builder who gained work on the Snowy Mountains scheme. His mother was a school headmistress. They had a very tough start in this…