Australian Country Issue#19.5 June 2016

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

While you will read about some of our adventures in upcoming issues, the experience encourages me to remind you that time is running out to join the Australian Country Discovery Tour of Britain, France and Italy that I will be joining at the end of August. The 20-day itinerary reads like a shortlist of the must-see destinations of England and Europe and I’m excited to be leading the group. Put together by our friends at Travelrite, the trip offers exceptional value for money with several nights in each destination and accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class hotels. What’s not to love about visits to benchmark gardens and historic houses, the châteaux of the Loire, a cooking school in the Italian lakes, a wine tasting in Beaune and a day at…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

JOHN DOWNS PHOTOGRAPHER Four generations of John Downs’ family have been photographers, starting with his great, great grandfather in Wales in 1868. John started as a staff photographer at London’s Natural History Museum and his varied career has seen him shoot everything from fluffy cushions in the studio to Formula 1 cars screaming around the track. TAHN SCOON WRITER & STYLIST Tahn is an interiors writer, stylist and author of DIY decorating bibles,NewVintageandTheThoughtful Home(New Holland). She lives in the Brisbane sunshine with her daughter, Sassie, and their cat, Pretty-Paws. They love to spend their free time among the vines at Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt.…

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diary notes

JUNE 10-12 (NT) Barunga Festival Bring your family and friends for a fun day out at the annual Barunga Festival, held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Now in its 31st year, it is one of the most prominent community festivals in regional Australia. The event is a celebration of the Katherine region and its indigenous community through football, basketball, softball, music and traditional arts and culture. Former festivals have attracted more than 4000 visitors, and 2016’s event promises to deliver a fantastic program full of music, sports, culture, art, workshops and more. barungafestival.com.au JUNE 24-27 (NT) Alice Springs Beanie Festival The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a unique four-day celebration of indigenous and non-indigenous art and culture, through one-of-a-kind beanie creations. Alice Springs becomes the home for more than 6000 beanie masterpieces and many…

1 min
baker's dozen

5 min
treasure hunter

Sue Clohesy says she inherited her bowerbird gene from her mother’s side of the family. For as long as she can remember, she has loved the thrill of the chase, heading out to estate auctions and garage sales in search of the perfect, quirky piece of furniture or artefact to decorate her home . “I grew up on a farm at Nichols Point, just out of Mildura,” she recalls. “Dad grew grapes for dried fruit and Mum was a nurse from Wilcannia, so I have pretty deep country roots. I’ve always loved the character of old things, even as a teenager when I would take my friends on treasure hunts. We went to Adelaide sometimes and I remember another treasure hunting expedition to Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine.” “We inherited good bones. Of…

6 min
a colonial collage

There’s a painting hanging in the homestead at Brickendon that dates from 1833. It shows the view from what was then William Archer’s relatively new home to Woolmers, the farm his brother, Thomas, had established in 1817, when he became the first of the four brothers to settle in the north-eastern corner of Tasmania. The landscape is instantly recognisable today as, 183 years later, the walkway that links the two homesteads is still intact, as are the hedgerows that fence the property and the suspension bridge that spans the Macquarie River and winds its way between the two historic farms. In 2010 the sibling properties gained World Heritage listing for their significant place in Australian convict history. They became part of an elite list of 11 sites around Australia that includes…