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Taking a Rural Queensland Road Trip – Without Spending Too Much

Rural Queensland has some of the most picturesque and relaxing drives – here’s how you can go and visit without overspending

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Lucy Culliton, painting the theatre of the everyday

From her home studio in the Monaro region of NSW, Lucy Culliton celebrates the theatre of the everyday. From the flowers in the garden and her family of rescue animals to the sweeping high country plains and domestic utensils, she elevates the mundane to magnificent through oils on canvas. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography Ken Brass Lucy [...]

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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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Adam Liaw, Australian cuisine on the road to recovery

Cookbook author and television presenter celebrates the bounty of Australian produce and the resilience of farmers in his recent projects. By Kirsty McKenzie, photography SBS Food, recipes and styling by Adam Liaw In the pre-pandemic world, Adam Liaw was supposed to spend a sizeable chunk of 2020 travelling overseas in his role as ambassador for [...]

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The Sydney Fair Experience

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 [...]

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Building a handbag brand from the farm

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 [...]

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Luxe discoveries for those on the trail through the NSW Central West

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 [...]

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Hinterland haven: A patch of paradise

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 [...]

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Northumberland and Australia mixed for a contemporary farmhouse home

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 [...]

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