Australian Country Issue#20.1 December 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

First off I was privileged to travel from the UK to France and Italy as a tour leader for Travelrite’s Australian Countrytour. It was an amazing experience for all of us as we visited some fabulous châteaux, villas and gardens alongside some of the more obvious sights in London, Paris, Geneva and Como. Shortly after returning home photographer Ken Brass and I were off again, following some roads less travelled on the NSW side of the Murray River, for a travel story for our next issue. Next we took in the remarkable community event that is the Deni Ute Muster. Extreme floods and unseasonal rains meant it was hugely challenging for the organisers this year, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the almost 20,000 people who attended. In the…

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. These days she writes from her home base on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and has three young kids. 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 12 years. She is also based on the Sunshine Coast. australiancountry.net.au facebook.com/AustralianCountry @australiancountrymag zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

4 min
diary notes

DEC 1 – JAN 15 (QLD) SUMMER SOLSTICE LIGHT SPECTACLE Experience a once-a-year phenomenon where you can witness a dazzling natural light show at the Capricorn Caves near Rockhampton. Due to the summer alignment of the sun over the Tropic of Capricorn, a bright beam of light fills the darkness of Belfry Cave through a 14-metre vertical shaft. Standing in the beam, visitors are able to see the colour of their clothing reflected around the cave. This is included in the Cathedral Cave tour from December to early January. capricorncaves.com.au DEC 2-4 (NSW) NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL Don’t miss the 67th National Cherry Festival in the cherry capital of Australia, Young. Bringing thousands of visitors during December to celebrate these delicious stone fruit during peak harvest season, this iconic annual event showcases the crop that has…

1 min
baker's dozen

7 min
a fruitful life

Choosing a site on the undulating farm was a three-way decision, and in the end a ridge overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains and the sea beyond was a clear winner. Some of us just aren’t wired to live in suburbia, with fences for privacy and neighbours within earshot. It can work for a time, but the call of the country seems to always prevail. Wayne and Marie Stewart first bought their patch of rural paradise in 1980. In the lofty green hills of Peachester, overlooking Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, it was untamed bush – wild and rambling. Teachers by trade, with two young boys in tow and dreams of a new home and flourishing orchard driving them forward, they began the mammoth task ahead of them. “We cleared some areas including a road in,” Wayne…

5 min
the treasure hunters

Brenton and Sharon Kinnear happened upon a life of treasure hunting by chance. More than three decades ago, as newlyweds, they set about furnishing their first home together and soon discovered a shared love of things old and worn, rather than shiny and new. “We started buying pieces that needed work,” Sharon says. “We found we enjoyed the whole restoring/conservation process.” “As Sharon was busy going about buying and collecting things in the early days, someone had to then pick them up and do the restoration work,” Brenton adds. “That’s when I became involved and loved the transformation from junk to a useful and beautiful piece of furniture.” “At that stage,” Sharon continues, “we didn’t know the direction that this hobby would take us in. We both had jobs and this was…