Sue and Jim Jardine may have inherited a grand garden, but they’ve devoted more than five decades to turning it into a stunning showpiece.  By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass  The name Jardine is synonymous with European settlement and history on the rolling plains of the Monaro high country of southern NSW. The sturdy Scottish pastoralist, William Jardine, first arrived […]

Visitors to the Kiama region of NSW are spoilt for choice with a full menu of outdoor activities and indoor indulgences.  Photography Destination Kiama Even before the first passenger trains rolled into town in the 1880s, this spangled strip of the windjammer coast has been a lot of a show-off. The Kiama region, Minnamurra, Bombo, […]

No matter how far and wide the Simoneau family travels, there will always be a pocket of paradise in Queensland they call home. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Anastasia Kariofyllidis 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 […]

Allison Bellinger cheerfully admits she knew nothing about running an art gallery when she opened her exhibition space in the centre of Inverell in rural northern NSW. The town is better known for agriculture and gemstones than a passing parade of potential art investors. But the former Sydney lawyer trusted her instincts and long interest in art and aesthetics and, in 2016, […]

Birds, bees, butterflies and refugees from the urban rat race all find sanctuary in Simone Jelley’s edible flower garden. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass    They say there’s a fine line between passion and insanity. By her own account, Simone Jelley has been teetering on the border between the two for the past six years. Simone and her husband, […]

The Hay family has called Olive Grove home for more than 150 years. For the present custodians, it’s a haven for transitioning from working life to a well-earned retirement.  By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ross Williams, styling Bronte Camilleri It’s almost impossible to imagine today, but when Alex and Helen Hay moved to Olive Grove in 2008, the garden […]

With his passion for plants and her talent for painting, Les and Elaine Musgrave have developed a blossoming creative collaboration. By Meryl Hancock, photography Ken Brass Away from city madness in a pocket of the Southern Highlands known as Wildes Meadow, sits a five-acre (two-hectare) patch of idyllic cultivation. Botanical artist Elaine Musgrave and her […]

    It’s the perfect pack for any gin lover! Gin Loot’s ‘Best of Australia Tasting Pack’ is inspired by the craft gin revolution taking over our country, letting you have a taste of some of Australia’s best distilleries. Gin Loot is a great new subscription service that allows you to learn about the magical […]

Unique décor, designers and dresses collide at The Sydney Fair Words by Lauren McKellar There’s magic in the air inside the Kensington Room at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. Mystery abounds in every corner, with trinkets and treasures simply waiting to be discovered. Yes, this is no ordinary day at the races. Instead, it’s The Sydney […]

Patchwork of the past Influenced by her childhood on a farm near the NSW gold town of Sofala, Nikki Williams has developed a handbag range that has travelled around the world and is equally at home in the city and the bush. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass   Nikki Williams has several outstanding memories […]

A road trip through the NSW Central West reveals lots to see and do and some luxe surprises for travellers prepared to venture a little off the beaten track. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass John Sarkissian picks a blade of grass from the lawn and lets it drop gently. The CSIRO Parkes Radio Observatory […]

Mel Manley supports the children’s charity Forget Me Not from her beautiful home and garden on acreage on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Anastasia Kariofyllidis  They were young, idealistic, and utterly unprepared for the waters into which they dived so enthusiastically. In 2005, a trio of young Queenslanders started a charity supporting Nepalese […]

Karren and John Hunt planned for all eventualities when they designed and helped build their retirement home on the outskirts of Bordertown. After enduring countless scorching summers on their sheep and cropping farm in South Australia’s south-east, Karren and John Hunt had a very clear picture of what they wanted when they started searching for […]

By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass  As Emma Rose Munsie looks out from the homestead at Fair View, the NSW farm where she lives with her husband, Sam, and their toddler, Digby, the contrast with her childhood in Northumberland, northern England couldn’t be more marked. Instead of the closely populated sheep farms of the Cheviot […]