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Curry Flats

This Garden Is 50 Years In The Making – Visiting the Gardens of Monaro

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 […]

This Destination is an Idyllic South Coast Escape

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, […]

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Lawyer Turned Gallery Owner Brings Contemporary Australian Art To The World

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, […]

Olive Grove

The Couple That Restored a 150 Year Old Home to a Sanctuary

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 […]

Australian experience

The Perfect Australian Experience In Sydney

 The Perfect Australian Experience In Sydney Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens offers a smorgasbord of opportunities to learn more about Aboriginal heritage, culture and connection to country. They say it’s a dull day when you don’t learn something new. Spend a fraction of it on one of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden’s Aboriginal-guided tours and you’ll come […]

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Six generations have lived in this timeless farmhouse

With help from architects, designers, gardeners and farm workers, six generations of the Litchfield family have shaped the benchmark that is Hazeldean station in the Monaro region of NSW. The old adage says that good things, like fine wine, improve with age. The farming operation, homestead and garden at in the Monaro high plains are […]

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The Perfect Country Retirement Home

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 […]

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

A sub-tropical showpiece hidden behind Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

OUR RURAL RETREAT | Taste of the tropics By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Anastasia Kariofyllidis Hairdressing is practically a performance art as it requires constant social interaction, attention to detail, creativity and good listening and communication skills. No client wants a stylist to have an “off day”, so it’s also a pretty unforgiving profession. So it was […]

Heavenly Ferment

Princess Anna, just over a year old, died on a cold January day, struck down by a sudden illness in the darkness of winter. The year of the tragic event was 1319. And yet, despite the many centuries gone by, the unfortunate child is still with us. To see her, I enter a vestibule cloaked […]

Meandering Through Mudgee

It’s universally acknowledged in the tourism world that Mudgee punches above its weight. The town, with its many heritage-listed buildings, has a population of 12,000, and that swells to 18,000 or so when you add in the inhabitants of the surrounding old mining villages of Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos. But Mudgee’s two major industries — […]

Darling of the Downs

Darling of the Downs

A road trip through Southern Queensland provides the chance to experience four distinct seasons, a sense of history, culinary treats and fine country hospitality.

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