Australian Country Issue #24.4 August/September 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

As this issue goes to press, I am yet again reminded of the generosity of the many people who have invited us into their homes and lives and shared their stories. In some way or another, they have all dared to do things differently. In the case of edible flower farmer Simone Jelley, that meant doing a total career backflip and getting her hands dirty on her property in Queensland’s Scenic Rim. For South Australian farmers Alex and Helen Hay, it involved selling the farm they’d worked on for more than 30 years, moving next door and finding new passions as they transition into retirement. For macadamia growers Wendy McClusky and Rob Keen, it meant uprooting their lives and moving to the NSW north coast for a complete change of…

1 min
helping out on this issue ...

ANABEL DEAN, JOURNALIST Anabel is an award-winning travel journalist who began her career as a Fleet Street news reporter in London. She has worked as a feature writer and arts and lifestyle editor for various magazines, journals and newspapers. She contributes to national and international publications, sharing adventures of people, places, art, nature and food from around the world. 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 many years. She is based on the Sunshine Coast and has photographed a beautiful home in the region for this issue. australiancountry.com.au @australiancountrymag facebook.com/AustralianCountry zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

1 min
baker’s dozen

4 min
diary notes

AUGUST 22-28 (NSW) CLASSIC OUTBACK TRIAL More than 50 dedicated rally crews will set off from Parkes on Sunday, August 22, for a 2300-kilometre motor adventure, called the Classic Outback Trial. Special events including an official welcome dinner will take place in Parkes during the days prior to the start. Trial participants will travel from Parkes through to Orange and Bathurst and surrounding small townships in an itinerary that combines great dirt-driving skills, country hospitality and lots of challenges along the way. classicoutbacktrial.com.au SEPTEMBER 11-12 & 18-19 (NSW) DAFFODILS AT RYDAL Thousands of daffodils have been planted in the parks and gardens of the historic NSW village of Rydal, which is named after the English home of poet laureate William Wordsworth, author of Daffodils. The annual festival runs across two weekends and includes open gardens…

7 min
a tropical haven

By their own reckoning, if Tamara Simoneau and her husband, Marc, had simply stayed in the one place, they could afford to be driving Lamborghinis. Instead, they’ve lived a peripatetic life, dividing their time between Marc’s home country of Canada and Tamara’s state of origin, Queensland. These days, the family lives in Sydney, where Tamara is an executive producer for Channel 10 and Marc works as an IT consultant. But no matter how far they roam, they always return to their beautiful bolthole in the lush hills of Buderim on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland. Tamara grew up between Brisbane and Caloundra, the second of four children of school-teacher parents. Her mother’s family came from the land in central Queensland, so she counts herself lucky to have balanced her urban upbringing with…

4 min
family ties

It’s almost impossible to imagine today, but when Alex and Helen Hay moved to Olive Grove in 2008, the garden consisted of just two trees, a large bay and a giant ash. These days, visitors to the property near Bordertown in South Australia’s south-east arrive to a verdant two-acre (almost a hectare) expanse with sweeping lawns, loads of deciduous trees providing shade in summer and striking colour in autumn, a huge kitchen garden, an apple and pear orchard, bordered, of course by an olive grove where rows of gnarly olive trees have lined the landscape for 150 years. Olive Grove and neighbouring Olive Bank have been in Alex’s family since the 1870s. Helen and Alex both grew up locally, although they didn’t meet until Alex came home from boarding school in…