Australian Country4 min read
Diary Notes
In 2019, Bangarra Dance Theatre company is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a stunning display of contemporary dance theatre and an extensive national tour to every Australian capital city. With its origins rooted deep within the land and as the
Australian Country2 min read
Mailbag
Congratulations to the Australian Country team for the story on Montrose House and my charity work. I’m thrilled with the fabulous coverage. Tommy Jeffs, Canowindra NSW I just wanted to get in touch and say a big thank you. I have recently had my f
Australian Country4 min read
Family Focus
Ryan McDonald may have grown up in Brisbane, but his earliest childhood dreams involved living in the country. He had an uncle who worked on properties around the bush and as soon as he was old enough to be taken seriously, his school holiday of choi
Australian Country4 min readFood & Wine
Off The Shelf
Nicole Alexander lives and farms in remote NSW, so she brings intimate insight to her fictionalised tales of life on the land and all its challenges from droughts and flooding plains to inheritance, family aspirations and the class and race distincti
Australian Country5 min read
Country Creative
As Heather Cohen tells her story, she went to Tasmania to buy property and ended up with an 1885 cottage in her home town of Glen Innes in the NSW New England region. But then again, Heather has never been one to take the obvious route. “It was a lov
Australian Country2 min read
For Our Next Issue
There’s a spring in our step for the next Australian Country as we look forward to the warmer weather with some fantastic features. We were lucky enough to visit the home and garden of everybody’s favourite TV gardener, Sophie Thomson. She lives on a
Australian Country5 min read
Lucky Country
It’s been almost 40 years since Ingrid Hatton first cast eyes on Dareen, a homestead 54 kilometres along a mostly dirt road from Eidsvold, in the north Burnett region of central Queensland. She was a city teenager dating country boy Paul, and he’d br
Australian Country5 min read
From The Heart
The old adage that the bush gives you too much time to think rings true for fourth-generation grazier and esteemed pastoral-history novelist Nicole Alexander. Whenever she’s out at Murki, her family property, she finds herself mentally developing sto
Australian Country4 min read
A Cornish Pastiche
It’s the kind of contention trivia buffs love. As anyone who was paying even minimal attention in primary school history class will attest, Edward Hargraves found Australia’s first gold just west of Bathurst in 1851, thus starting the inaugural gold
Australian Country1 min readFashion & Beauty
Warm Up Your Wardrobe
Stay warm this winter with one of Chris’s Creations’ handmade chenille ponchos. Varying in colour, texture and pattern, each poncho is original, due to all pieces being made from repurposed, reused or recycled materials chrisscreations.net The ivory
Australian Country1 min read
The Heat Is On
Comfort Heat Australia is a highly regarded supplier of hydronic and electric underfloor heating systems. An Australian-owned business, Comfort Heat offers comprehensive DIY kits as well as the option of professional installation. As heat naturally r
Australian Country4 min read
Take A Hike
Looking out from a busy viewing platform, ahead of us is the long stretch of coast where the famous seven limestone towers known as the Twelve Apostles stand. We’re surrounded by hordes of tourists from each corner of the world and, just like us, the
Australian Country2 min read
Home Affairs
Add a splash of luxe and a dash of contrast with the J Elliot soft, knitted, charcoal throw, $59.95. It features a ribbed profile with a plush reverse for a laid-back, versatile addition to the bedroom or living area. It’s perfect for winter mornings
Australian Country5 min read
A Country Gem
After 14 years living and working in the hustle and bustle of Asian cities, Taya and Steve Michalski returned to Australia determined for a change of pace. While they candidly admit they had no idea what that might have involved, the size of the shif
Australian Country5 min read
Silo Art Trail faces Places
So the burning question is: how much paint does it take to create an oversized mural on a set of silos that’s 30 metres high and 40 metres wide? It varies, but Melbourne-based street artist Adnate went through 300 litres of house paint and 100 spray
Australian Country5 min read
At Home With Heritage
If you think moving house is a tough gig, spare a thought for Clare Valley couple Kay and Walter Duncan, who moved not just contents, but an entire building and their commercial rose-growing business, when they relocated from Watervale to Sevenhill i
Australian Country3 min readFashion & Beauty
Store Strolling
The Cattle & Horse Brand jewellery range by Coomber Bros captures the history of generations of rural Australia. The collection’s 13-piece range can be custom-made into any type of precious metal and incorporate diamonds or gemstones. coomberbros.com
Australian Country2 min read
Editor's Letter
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. When the townsfolk of Brim, population 170-odd in the Wimmera-Mallee region of western Victoria, wanted to beautify the entrance to town in a bid to encourage passers-by to stop and take a look around, they hit on
Australian Country4 min read
Riding High
Bronte McShane may not have been born in the saddle, but she was still in nappies when her mother first introduced her to the delights of riding horseback. The 16-year-old year 11 student from Hobart’s Fahan School has grown up to become a passionate
Australian Country4 min read
Green Behind The Gold
On any given day, Simone Williams may be jetting into New York or touching down in Tokyo as part of her day job as a Qantas cabin service manager, but there’s always one place she’d much prefer to be — her sprawling Gold Coast hinterland property, Hi
Australian Country3 min read
Golden Opportunities
The European history of the Orange district of central-western NSW goes back almost to the foundation of colony. A steady flow of pastoralists followed in the wake of the crossing of the Blue Mountains as squatters and their stock took up runs on the
Australian Country4 min read
Restoration Spectacular
Living and raising a young family in a large heritage house in the middle of South Australia’s Clare Valley may sound like a romantic fantasy, but for Alice and Andrew Duncan sometimes it feels more like a cold, hard dose of reality. The Duncans m
Australian Country4 min read
Movement At The Station
It’s shearing time at Tuckokcowie station near Warooka on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, so the little shed on Richard and Lee-Anne Murdoch’s farm is buzzing with activity. The Merino flock, which is spread across the property’s home block and ne
Australian Country5 min read
Raising The Baa
For most people, the word UGG is synonymous with Australia: just like Vegemite and the Hills Hoist, our iconic sheepskin footwear is known the world over. But what most don’t realise is that UGG is not in and of itself a brand, but a generic name for
Australian Country3 min read
Burning Desires
PREVIOUS PAGES Cheminees has recently introduced a stunning range of corner-view fireplaces such as this Philippe Radiante 873 2V to reveal the full beauty of the dancing fire. Offering a choice of sizes, left- or right-hand-side glass with single- o
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Perennial Favourite
When the paddocks are brown and the lake is dry, there will always be a green patch around the homestead on Alan and Marilyn Wilson’s Oakwood farm near Minlaton on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. That’s thanks to the couple’s combined efforts acro
Australian Country6 min readFood & Wine
A Taste Of The Granite Belt
Locals like to boast that Stanthorpe, the main town in Queensland’s Granite Belt, is the state’s coolest town. At elevations between 800 and 1200 metres, this energetic farming and winemaking region does experience a real winter — and even occasional
Australian Country3 min read
Walk On The Wild Side
When Bev Ruskey announced that she was opening a tea house high in the hills between Boonah and Killarney in south-east Queensland, the response was unanimous: she was barking mad and the enterprise was doomed to fail. Undeterred, she went ahead and
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