Australian Country Issue#21.6 November 2018

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

I’m proud to say we’ve well and truly lived up to our mantra of covering the places the other magazines overlook. We’ve brought you stories from south-west Tasmania to WA’s Coral Coast, from Lord Howe Island to SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula. We’ve ticked off bucket-list experiences in the snow in Victoria’s High Country, Queensland’s Arcadia Valley and the Vision Splendid Film Festival in Winton. We’ve celebrated the little towns that could, small communities of highly motivated individuals who go the extra mile to fundraise or organise extraordinary events with few resources. As always, if you have a story to suggest, please send me a mail. Here at ACHQ we’ve kicked a few goals, as our social media guru Keiran Mackin has worked her magic to achieve 10,000-plus Instagram followers, and our Facebook…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

MIRIAM VAN COOTEN HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST Miriam started in the makeup and hair industry 25 years ago in film and television and has worked on fashion pages for magazines across Europe and Australia. She has won many awards for bridal work and does many weddings in the Sydney region. She teaches at one of Sydney’s elite make-up schools and tutors personal make-up and hairstyling at her studio on Sydney’s northern beaches. KEN BRASS PHOTOGRAPHER Ken has been on the road again this issue. From Victoria’s west to Tasmania’s south-west with a few detours along the way to shoot the fashion feature on Sydney’s Pittwater and the travel story in the NSW central-west, he’s been busy turning clever and creative country dreams into the images you see on our pages. australiancountry.net.au facebook.com/AustralianCountry @australiancountrymag zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

5 min
diary notes

DEC 28-JAN 3 (TAS) THE TASTE OF TASMANIA The bounty of the island state comes to Hobart’s waterfront with this week-long celebration of food and drink. More than 70 stalls will showcase the finest offerings from local restaurants, boutique and larger regional producers and there will also be associated food tours. There will also be live entertainment, and a twilight cinema to keep the kids happy. It’s the season for sparkling wine, cider, oysters, ice cream and berries the size of your head, so come along and sample the best of these and many more home-grown treats. thetasteoftasmania.com.au NOV 11-18 (TAS) EFFERVESCENCE TASMANIA Now in its fifth year, this event celebrating Tassie’s fantastic sparkling wines has expanded to include events in Hobart as well as Launceston and the Tamar Valley. The program includes masterclasses, degustation…

1 min
baker's dozen

9 min
the art of life

The éclairs are inedible. It’s not that the cream is sour or the pastry has lost its puff, or even the chocolate has melted. It’s more that the sheer scale and size of these gooey planks of deliciousness makes them impossible to eat and maintain even an iota of decorum. We’ve only just met and are sitting down to tea with creative royalty, aka Lin van Hek and Joe Dolce, when we discover there’s nothing like slathering yourself in cream and chocolate to break the ice. Ever the gracious hosts, Joe and Lin sense our discomfort and scurry back to the kitchen to find spoons and forks and napkins. We settle in for the story of a personal and artistic collaboration that began almost 40 years ago and is still going…

6 min
fit for a queenie

There is much to love about the Tweed Valley town of Murwillumbah. It sits pretty on the verdant banks of the Tweed River in far northern New South Wales — just big enough to entice weekenders for a wander through its streets, and just small enough to be the kind of town where everyone knows, or knows of, everyone else. Rolling hills and rustling fields of sugarcane surround its quaint commercial hub, home to some of the country’s most lovely art deco buildings. The town was a thriving agricultural centre when fire ripped through it in 1907, and what rose from the ashes at the hands of resilient locals is a time capsule of Australia’s offering to the deco period that captivated the architecture world in the early 1900s. “Queenie has…