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PROPERTY & LIFESTYLE

Feature Property - The Laurels • The Audi Advantage • Timepieces of Distinction - IWC Schaffhausen On the Ferrari Red Carpet • Aston Martin V8 Vantage • Mediterranean Magic J.H Cutler - The Ultimate Concept • NSC - Raising the Bar on Prestige Vehicle Restoration Lindblad Expeditions • Aston Martin Unveils the Stunning New DB11 Seeing is Believing - Corporate Innovators Redefine Customer Interaction Men's & Women's Fashion From Top International Design Houses

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elcome to Unique Luxury Magazine Volume 13. In this issue we showcase some amazing new properties starting with our feature property, The Laurels. This stunning, contemporary mountain showpiece is nestled amongst the magnificent Mt Macedon tree tops and brings a new dimension to this historic estate. As always, we have an array of amazing articles highlighting luxury products and locations from around the globe. Join us as we explore Ferrari's new exhibition at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena, "Red Carpet: Ferrari's homage to Hollywood and beyond". It is, as the name suggests, a tribute to Ferrari's role in the aesthetics of the silver screen. Dive into the Australian National Maritime Museum's 2016 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on the waters of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the launch of the new Aston Martin DB11. We investigate how Sydney-based autobody repair centre, NSC, is raising the bar on prestigious vehicle restoration and also find out what it is about the new Audi SQ7 that has Australian car enthusiasts so enamoured. See how surfer turned entrepreneur, Hayden Cox, is implementing connected technology to redefine customer interaction at his new store in Sydney. Meet John Cutler, his family's bespoke suiting service and his dream to create the ultimate concept. Examine why Frenchman, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, has been chosen as the face of watch manufacturer, IWC Schaffhausen's, Big Pilot's Watch advertising campaign. We cruise the Mediterranean in search of the most sought-after ports. Also, find out why an expedition to Antarctica with Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic, is the most exhilarating adventure travel experience.

UNIQUE ESTATES www.uniqueestates.com.au info@uniqueestates.com.au Freecall: 1300 911 720

As always, we showcase the latest fashion trends from top international design houses around the globe. Thanks for joining us again. We hope you enjoy our impressive portfolio of unique luxury properties. For any enquiries please contact one of our offices.

Publisher Unique Estates Australia Pty Ltd Suite 1/13 Lawson Street Byron Bay NSW 2481 P +61 2 6680 9888 Real Estate Sales & Editorial Enquiries Nicolette van Wijngaarden nicolette@uniqueestates.com.au P +61 4 1114 4877 Advertising Enquiries Andy Crawley andy.crawley@uniqueestates.com.au P +61 4 5588 7552 Marketing Andrea Ryan

Nicolette van Wijngaarden Managing Director To arrange an inspection of any of the properties included for sale or to book a holiday home - please call Unique Estates Australia on 1300 911 720 or email info@uniqueestates.com.au

Contributors

Graphic Design Bridie McKelvey Josh Stevens Photography Saul Goodwin Cover Photo Piccadilly House, Coopers Shoot, NSW

Cars & Watches

James Nicholls

Travel

Bronwen Gora

Fashion & Design

Tracey Porter

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NSC use the industry's latest repair techniques. Staff complete regular manufacturer update training with the new computerised repair data, use of new laser chassis straightening and computer repair equipment for the very best in repair techniques that meet our strict safety specifications.

We specialise in luxury car auto body repairs and consistently deliver exceptional workmanship and outstanding customer service. NSC is manufacturer factory approved for the following brands:

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Contents

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FEATURE PROPERTY

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THE ULTIMATE CONCEPT

THE LAURELS A magnificent country estate brought to life

John Cutler and his family’s bespoke suiting business

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TIMEPIECES OF DISTICTION Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and IWC Schaffhausen’s new Big Pilot's Watch campaign

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THE AUDI ADVANTAGE

What is it about the Audi SQ7 that has Australian car enthusiasts so enamoured?

Sydney 6/16 Hickson Road Walsh Bay, Sydney NSW, 2000 +61 2 9247 8530

SEEING IS BELIEVING

How corporate innovators are utilising connected technology to redefine customer interaction

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LEADERS IN POLAR EXPLORATION Lindblad expeditions in association with National Geographic

Melbourne 178 Bridport Road Albert Park, Melbourne VIC, 3206 +61 3 9645 5558

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ASTON MARTIN DB11 Aston Martin's stunning new DB11

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V8 VANTAGE

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MEN'S FASHION

This V8 Vantage is completely unchanged from when it first arrived in Australia

The latest styles from the world's top designers

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Ferrari's homage to Hollywood and beyond

Sydney-based autobody repair centre NSC is raising the bar on prestige vehicle restoration

The latest styles from the world's top designers

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ON THE FERRARI RED CARPET

UNIQUE ESCAPES Unique Estates represents over 150 holiday properties & event venues worldwide

Byron Bay Suite 1, 13 Lawson Street Byron Bay NSW, 2481 +61 2 6680 9888

DAMAGE CONTROL

CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN

WOMEN'S FASHION

PROPERTY LISTINGS INDEX

Explore the popular ports of the Mediterranean

Perth 125 St Georges Terrace Perth WA, 6000 +61 8 6189 8583

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Contemporary mountain showpiece Location: Mt Macedon, VIC Price: Contact agent Aspect: Easterly Land: 8,438 m2

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Contemporary architectural showpiece Picturesque mountain and garden views Separate self contained guest accommodation Potential B&B opportunity Indoor pool/spa/gymnasium Hydronic heating/cooling 580m2 residence under roof  (62.5sq) Expansive indoor/outdoor entertaining Abundance of natural light Automated CBUS integration & amp Networked CAT5 cabling

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estled amongst the magnificent Mt Macedon tree tops, this contemporary architectural masterpiece brings a new dimension to a historic estate. Originally a two storey Victorian block weather board house commissioned in 1862 by Charles Cogger, the owner of the transport company on the mountain, the home and stables were demolished in 1960 paving the foundation for this stunning property. The Laurels is aptly named after the laurel hedge on the northern border of the 2 acres of low maintenance established grounds. The Laurels offers style and contemporary polish. A desirable, state-of-the-art, family home boasting generous proportions and infinite design with 4 spacious bedrooms and separate self-contained studio or B&B to enjoy throughout all the seasons. A grey sandstone main entrance awaits leading into an impressive gallery space with soaring ceilings splaying into multiple living areas. The upper level offers a private home cinema retreat, open plan kitchen and full size bar presenting Siemens appliances and ceasar stone benchtops. A spacious dining/open plan living with double sided wood fire feature and large separate balcony invites you to relax and enjoy the expansive views to Mt Towrong. Offering a flexible floor plan and an abundance of natural light throughout, the 2nd staircase leads to a study or bedroom and a 4th bedroom featuring built in robes and ensuite. A stylish separate formal dining with integrated wine racks and living area complimented with a wood heater fireplace complete the multiple living zones. A full size classic French Provincial kitchen fulfills all your needs with a Belfast dual sink, Ilve oven and a separate laundry. Outside, a louvred paved BBQ area and Japanese pond add the final flourish to designer styling set within private grounds. An indoor pool, spa and gymnasium (gas and solar heated) accessing a raised deck, provides an entertainer's delight to while away the hours in a truly luxurious unique indoor/outdoor space. An easy 45 minute commute to Melbourne CBD, renowned as Australia’s garden of Eden, Mt Macedon is interspersed with beautiful seasonal colouring and pure mountain air. Unique LuxurLuxur y 9y U nique

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John Cutler is a gentleman’s gentleman who, for over half a centur y, has toiled at the helm of his family ’s bespoke suiting business. By Tracey Porter - images courtesy of Richard Weinstein

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o label it a dream would be doing it a great disservice yet to call it a vision, even more so.

Because the concept that J.H Cutler's principal, John Cutler, intends bringing to fruition is both of these things but also much, much more. It is, for all intents and purposes, a legacy and one that has been more than 50 years in the making. John Handel Lawson Cutler was just a teenager when he was first inducted into the family business started by his great grandfather, Joseph Handel Cutler, in 1884. Having grown up in a household where the important men in his life were always impeccably dressed, he struggles to recall a time when any other vocation was considered. The first piece of clothing he ever completed was a jerkin, a short sleeveless men’s jacket lined with hand-stitched silk and constructed from hide sourced by one of his classmates. Yet at just 15 and a half, while his friends completed their schooling, John spent his mornings at the coalface in the J.H Cutler workroom in Sydney, learning about the intricacies of garment construction as well as the more mundane tasks of bookkeeping and selling. Shortly after, he left the safe confines of home to study at the renowned, Tailor and Cutter Academy in London, before honing his craft at the home of bespoke tailoring – Mayfair’s Savile Row. He was just 27 years of age when named managing director of the family business following the retirement of his father Bruce.

Today, John's reputation as a master tailor is so strongly forged among the big end of town that everyone from the international social elite to Australia’s best known politicians, entertainers, sports commentators and legal professionals have his suits, shirts and trousers in their ever expanding wardrobes. Yet, as he first acknowledged 20 years ago, bespoke tailoring in the truest sense is a dying art. For this reason, John still goes to great lengths to ensure that he does the bulk of the contact work with all of his clients. “My grandfather used to say ‘you have to fit the mind just as much as the body’. Half of my job is getting into people’s heads and trying to understand what the commission is that they’re giving me. “I can make something that is technically brilliant but if it doesn’t fit the person’s mind, if it’s not what they want, it doesn’t matter how good it is, they won’t be happy with it.” Tailoring has provided John with more than just a place of work. It has fulfilled a creative compulsion as well as provided him with an outlet through which he has been able to indulge his passion for people – in all their shapes and forms. Yet still he wants more. For more than a decade now, John has harboured a desire to create a small collection of clothing he sees as “the ultimate expression of a tailor’s art form”.

The master at work

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Some of Cutler’s all important tools – tailor’s wax, needle and thread, and thimble

18 carat gold hand engraved chain

“The ultimate means an ultimate expression but it also means an ultimate quality. What I’m doing could be compared to any art form. It’ll be made as a sculptor would make a sculpture, as a painter would make a painting, as any artisan could do. If you want to relate it to fashion - it’s not fashion – but if you had to relate it to fashion it would be more catwalk than showroom. Not something that people might wear but directional and conceptual.” The seed was planted in 2006 when he was commissioned by wine executive, Keith Lambert, to produce a piece that global media would later term ‘the most precious coat in the world’. John had waited years to find the right client in which to craft a garment from the precious vicuña wool he had in his possession. Woven from the gossamer fleece of the vicuña, a rare camel-like creature found only in the wilds of the Andes Mountains in South America, he had secured the fabric from one of J.H Cutler’s long-term fabric suppliers nearly two decades earlier. Taking months from conception to creation, Lambert’s made-tomeasure navy blue coat brought together the very best elements a humble Sydney tailor could offer his most discerning client. It was lined with Italian silk, had buttons crafted from Indian water buffalo horn and was trimmed with an 18 carat gold plaque created exclusively by master engraver John W Thompson. Everything, from cutting to sewing, was completed by hand.

Such was public interest in the coat, author Meg Lukens Noonan later wrote a book about it – The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury and Obsession, on the trail of a $50,000 coat. Taking its cue from the coat concept but upping the ante in terms of exclusivity, John sees The Ultimate Collection as a range of five or six garments spread across three tiers, which together represent an inspirational fusion of art and craft. While some of the finer details are yet to be worked out – including the exact shape, form and structure of garments – John says there is likely to be a handmade three-piece suit, blouson, silk trousers with perhaps a smoking jacket and a top coat included in the mix. As a man whose attention to detail is legendary – he has built into his walking stick a vessel containing his aftershave and once made a jacket for himself with space in the lapel to carry chopsticks - the devil will of course be in the detail. And to this end at least, the concept is well advanced. “If you’re going to make a good cake you’ve got to have the best flour, the best eggs the most pure water – if one of your ingredients is wrong, your cake doesn’t turn out. Everything that goes into [the collection] has to be the best I can obtain and use. It’s got to be practical but an ultimate expression of that article,” he says. Unique LuxurLuxur y 13 U nique y 13


Cutler was also responsible for coming up with Richie Benaud’s cream Channel Nine coat.

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Assistance for the collection has already been sought from many quarters with a series of local and international artisans agreeing to support him in turning his dream into reality. In relying on relationships cultivated over many years, John has been able to lean on suppliers to secure some of the world’s rarest fabrications to use in the collection, including lightweight pure silk velvet made by Parisian fabric weavers, Dormeuil Frere, with whom J.H Cutler has been working with for 131 years. In addition, John hopes to source a modern casual tweed from British supplier, Dashing Tweeds. All thread used in the garment construction will be silk. Long term J.H Cutler collaborator, John Thomson, has been engaged to design and hand-make unique 18 carat gold hangers for each garment in the collection, while John has been working with Sydneybased illustrator, Edwina Buckley of Lollilu Textiles & Illustrations, to design a unique peacock lining that will be a key signature of each piece in the collection. “The whole aesthetic concept for a peacock is that they open up to show their glory. Women have got all the colour. So I’m turning it around and saying ‘why can’t the man be the peacock and indulge in a bit of colour.’ “I often encourage people to stretch the boundaries in the linings. With linings you can do anything. If a groom is having his suit made I tell him to keep it from the bride but to bring in some photos of her or them as a couple and I can have those photos incorporated into the lining. In its own special way, the lining of the suit then says ‘I’ve always loved you’. Lining is very important.”

Designed for show and not for wear, the pieces that comprise The Ultimate Collection will be presented in glass cabinets to enable them to travel and be displayed in different locations – such as an upmarket store, a museum, gallery or hotel foyer. John believes the collection is unlikely ever to be put up for sale. But if forced to put a value on it he considers it would sit around the $1 million mark. To complete The Ultimate Collection offering, each piece will come with its own book written and illustrated by long-term Cutler collaborative partners, journalist David Dowsey and photographer Richard Weinstein, detailing the intricacies of each garment’s construction. The presentation will also be top notch with bespoke furniture maker, David Boucher, already on board to craft a unique box in which each book will appear. The second stage of the project will see John produce a second bespoke version, designed to be admired but also worn, that would retail for around $200,000 in total. A more commercial collection – dubbed The Gentleman’s Wardrobe, with a price point of around $85,000 – would boast many of the same elements as the main 'Ultimate' collection but more likely to appear in the form of two formal suits, a casual suit, a dinner suit, a blazer and a pair of trousers. This version would be made the classic bespoke way and not by hand, he says.

In addition, John has been in talks with jeweller, Justin Schwartz of Quorra, on the concept of using jewels as buttons.

“I’m an artisan and artisans don’t make money. I don’t own anything. I don’t own a house, I don’t own a car, I just live nicely. The Ultimate Collection may be a way of using my experience, my abilities and my dreams as superannuation. [However] it’s also a way of using my 51 years of experience in an ultimate sort of way.

“[The idea behind it is to] have a decent sized button made from encrusted jewels such as black diamonds, pearls or opals that are backlit and appear as though they come from your soul.”

“I could just retire, die out and go quietly. But that’s not me, I want to make a statement and that statement has a lot to do with keeping the bespoke and the pure process alive.”

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SEADRIFT Location: Vaucluse, NSW Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Southerly Land: 594 m2

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Exclusive Vaucluse address Stunning ocean views Cinema room Wine cellar Pool Gas fireplace Hamptons style architecture Wonderful family home


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Seadrift is a wonderful Hamptons inspired cliff top retreat designed over 3 levels. It maximises space, light and position and presents as the ideal family home. A home cinema, bar and wine cellar sit beside a 4 car garage on the ground floor. The 1st floor features two wonderful living areas, one with gas fireplace and stunning ocean views over Diamond Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the second living space opening onto a lovely lawned garden and swimming pool. The magnificent kitchen is well appointed and features integrated appliances, marble bench tops and a window seat overlooking the garden. This level also incorporates a spacious ensuited guest bedroom overlooking the ocean. The second floor includes a family bathroom and 4 additional bedrooms including an expansive master suite, again with breathtaking water views as well as an ensuite and walk in robe. This stunning home is around 500 m2 under roof and features oak floors, high ceilings and reverse cycle air conditioning and c-bus lighting throughout. With nothing left to do, it’s just a case of moving in and enjoying this magical seaside sanctuary.

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MATILDA Location: Burradoo, NSW Price: $3.2 million Aspect: Easterly Land: 4,047 m2

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Cosy open fireplaces Multiple serviced entertainment and living areas Authentic Teppanyaki bar room Wine cellar and equipped gym Theatre room High quality indoor and outdoor sound system Magnesium inground heated pool with fully retractable auto cover Games room including pool table and original arcade games Separate recently renovated guest/caretaker's cottage with 2 bedrooms


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adiating warm contemporary luxury and peaceful relaxation, this home has been architect designed and craftsman built from the finest materials to create a luxurious private enclave. Matilda’s grand entrance welcomes you into it's elegant spacious rooms, each one beautifully finished and fitted with every convenience to create your own peaceful haven. This stunning executive retreat would also be ideal for small conferences or as a beautiful highlands weekender. Settle in and enjoy your open plan entertaining and living areas. Year round comfort guaranteed with air conditioning, multiple fireplaces and underfloor heating. Create culinary masterpieces in your magnificent chef’s kitchen, or choose to dine at your very own authentic Teppanyaki grill. Imagine enjoying a relaxing and rejuvenating dip in the amazing and invigorating heated, 10 x 4 metre, inground mineral water pool on even a cool Southern Highland's evening, with the pool house open fireplace crackling and warming your soul. The fully retractable cover and state-of-the art, ultra efficient heat exchange system keeps the maintenance and costs to a minimum. The main house has four large bedrooms, a study, two lounge/dining rooms, theatre, poolhouse/cabana, gym and three large bathrooms. A separate recently renovated guest/caretaker's cottage has two bedrooms, a bathroom with corner spa and double shower, new kitchen and a comfy lounge room. The cottage is individually metered and concealed behind the main home for privacy and convenience for either family, guests or tenants. The land has approved “dual occupancy”. There is provision for parking 21 cars including under cover parking for 10. A large 6 car double height shed is serviced with 240V and 3 Phase power and conceals a well outfitted ‘man cave’ complete with bar, original arcade games and pool table. Meticulous attention to detail is evident everywhere. Manicured, irrigated lawns and the spacious grounds are dotted with commissioned artworks and historic Australian collectables. One of Bowral’s most desirable residences, Matilda is unique with it's ability to transform from a peaceful oasis of calm, to effortlessly entertaining large groups of people of all ages.

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YADUA ISLAND Location: Mamanuca Island group, Fiji Price: USD $3.95 million Aspect: Easterly Land: 10.97 ha

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Unlimited development potential Excellent surf breaks close by Premier snorkelling & diving Surrounded by world class resorts 45 minutes (by boat) from Nadi 15 minutes (by helicopter) from Nadi


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adua Island, a jewel in the exclusive Mamanuca Group of isles, is centrally located. The island lies just a short 15 minutes by helicopter, or 45 minutes by boat, from Fiji’s largest city and international gateway, Nadi. Yadua Island is positioned 36.5 kilometres west of Nadi, a premier island resort locality and one of Fiji’s most popular tourist destinations. With world class resorts such as Vomo Island, Plantation Island and Castaway Island positioned within the group, Yadua is just a 25 minute boat ride from a wide variety of restaurants and attractions on the surrounding isles. The group has a long association with Hollywood, with three versions of “The Blue Lagoon” being filmed on nearby Nanuya Levu, and Tom Hank’s “Cast-Away” which was filmed on location at Monu Riki Island. Snorkelling and scuba diving is a favourite pastime for visitors to Fiji and some of the world’s most premier diving and surfing sites can also be found within minutes of Yadua Island, with the island itself being home to two superb and untouched reefs, Lotomansi reef and Utanivono reef. Yadua is an island paradise for those who seek an exclusive and private “sense of place”. A resort atmosphere without the resort, which promotes the traditional Fijian hospitality of warmth, friendliness and relaxation uniquely blended within its natural bushlike setting.

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ELEMENT PENTHOUSE Location: Coolum Beach, QLD Price: $3 million Aspect: Easterly Apartment Size: 303 m2

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Architectural penthouse on Coolum Beach Private, ocean view lap pool with wet edge Boutique complex with resort facilities Close to sought after restaurants and cafĂŠs Located directly between Noosa & Mooloolaba


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lement Penthouse combines the best of modern luxury living and a relaxed beachside lifestyle. This stunning architecturally designed penthouse features 4 bedrooms - all with ensuites, 2 powder rooms - one with shower, and large balconies complete with ocean views and a private lap pool. An architectural glass roof runs along the curvature of the main living area and floods the main living space with light. Timber panel walls and travertine flooring provide a sophisticated living space. Glass sliding doors and louvres provide indoor/outdoor living, ocean vistas and allow in breezes to balance the balmy Queensland weather. Features include a high end kitchen with Miele appliances, separate media room, library, sprawling master suite with spa, walk in closet, air conditioning, full laundry, security and undercover carpark.

The exclusive boutique complex on Coolum Beach features beautiful landscaping with cascading water features, reflective pools, a heated outdoor pool with sun lounge area and BBQ facilities. Element Coolum also offers 9 specialty stores including sought after restaurants and cafĂŠs. Located on the Sunshine Coast, boasting kilometres of stunning beach, crystal clear waters and a majestic hinterland, Element Penthouse contains all the ingredients for the perfect luxury lifestyle and coastal experience. Several top Sunshine Coast Golf courses are nearby in addition to shopping of all types from grocery, jewellery, fashion, lifestyle and homewares. Coolum Beach is just 15 minutes to the Sunshine Coast airport and 15 minutes to Noosa.

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RIVERSIDE Location: Port Macquarie, NSW Price: $1.975 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 36.4 ha

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10 minutes to private North Shore beach 20 minutes to Port Macquarie Airport with daily flights to Sydney and Brisbane 10 minutes to school bus pick up for St Joseph’s, Westport Primary & High and Eastport High 24 x 18 metre shed with enclosed insulated office Private jetty for up to 30ft boats Potential to create a small runway or helipad 6 metre deep dam 5 x 25,000 litre water tanks


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As you approach this idyllic retreat through old growth forest, the worries of the world start to fade away. Passing through the gates, vast open fields unfold before you. Without a single neighbour in sight, this spectacular estate represents a truly unique offering. The sturdy 4 bedroom homestead was lovingly crafted from durable timbers felled on site. Built on an elevated pad, the clever design maximises the desirable northerly aspect. Every room has independent ground floor access, strengthening the connection with its surrounds. Organic construction methods were employed throughout, with the use of secret nails instead of timber glues ensuring the home is allergen safe. Granite and stainless steel benchtops typify the build quality and do justice to the expansive views from every room. But it’s perhaps the lifestyle this property embodies that is most impressive. Imagine catching mud crabs and feasting by the warm glow of a fire-pit as the glassy Maria River laps the sandy shore. Bliss! If you are a nature lover, there’s a multitude of forest tracks and plenty of room for horses and cattle in addition to the bountiful wildlife. Dolphins, pelicans, kingfishers, swans, rosellas, eagles, turtles and kangaroos abound, there’s even a neighbouring koala sanctuary which guarantees this idyll is protected from future development. For any water lovers, there is plenty of room for fishing, boating or water skiing and the jetty can dock a 30ft cruiser which could whisk you to open sea or to the centre of town in 20 minutes. Whatever your hobby might be, there is room to house it all under a massive 24 x 18m shed. Whilst offering absolute peace and privacy, this property remains conveniently close to amenities and is only 10 minutes to private, North Shore beach.

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A new chapter in Aston Martin’s 103-year histor y began at the 86 th International Geneva Motor Show in 2016 with the unveiling of the stunning new DB11.

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Showcasing a fresh and distinctive design language, DB11 features pioneering aerodynamics powered by a potent new, in-house designed, 5.2-litre, twin-turbocharged, V12 engine and built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure. DB11 is the fastest, most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history.

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Designing an icon Instantly recognisable, the DB11’s design looks inherently right, yet utterly different. Heralding a new design era for Aston Martin, the marque married familiar features with radical new ideas to give DB11 a fresh, yet unmistakable identity. The iconic radiator grille has been reinterpreted, it's lines and features amplified and celebrated. DB11’s striking new grille stands out dramatically alongside the vehicle’s LED lights, creating expressive visual signatures on the DB11’s ‘face’.


Interior of distinction Fine materials and highly skilled hand-craftsmanship are the DB11 interior’s crowning glory. The design team have shunned a highgloss finish for open grained woods, in which you can see and feel the natural texture. Continuing the tradition established by DB9, traditional materials and techniques are drawn on and presented in modern, dynamic ways, suiting the car’s sporting character. This tradition flows into some of the most imaginative use of leather you’ll find in any car. Quilting. Perforation. Brogueing. Each technique adds a different layer of intricacy, detail and delight to the interior. Made, rather than manufactured, it’s what gives DB11 its warmth of character and why the Aston Martins of today and tomorrow will always be a true expression of craftsmanship.

Engineering highlights Every millimetre of DB11 has been re-imagined from the ground up. Lighter, stronger, more dynamic and space-efficient. These are the ambitious targets that were set when creating DB11. As leaders in bonded aluminium construction the marque achieved every single one. All four occupants benefit from increases in headroom and legroom, ensuring DB11 is a true 2+2, expanding DB11’s practicality. Underpinned by a new bonded aluminium body structure that combines lightness and strength, DB11 sets a formidable new standard for sporting Grand Tourers and takes the legendary DB lineage to unprecedented heights. Unique LuxurLuxur y 29 U nique y 29


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WRAITH Wraith is the most powerful and technologically advanced Rolls-Royce we have ever built. It is the boldest statement of individuality you can make. Contact us to discover more.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Queensland Tel: (07) 5509 7197 www.rolls-roycemotorcars-queensland.com.au 179 Nerang Road, Southport, QLD, 4215 MD1303030 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Sydney Tel: (02) 8338 3998 www.rolls-roycemotorcars-sydney.com.au 75-85 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, NSW, 2015 MD032535 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Melbourne Tel: (03) 8866 3188 www.rolls-roycemotorcars-melbourne.com.au 80 City Road, Southbank, VIC, 3006 LMCT9479 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Perth Tel: (08) 9231 5999 www.rolls-roycemotorcars-perth.com.au 354 Scarborough Beach Road, Osborne Park, WA, 6017

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This V8 Vantage still has its original unmarked parchment leather interior and is completely unchanged from when it first arrived in Australia. By James Nicholls

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the Aston Martin 1.5 Litre took the top three places in its class. In 1937, a grand total of 140 cars were built that year. After the second world war, the inimitable David Brown took control of the Company in 1947, and throughout the 1950's Aston Martin went from strength to strength. Further successes at Le Mans followed and Aston Martin launched the DBR1 racing car, the DB Mk III and the magnificent DB4. By the end of the decade, Aston Martin had secured the World Sportscar Championship when the DBR1 won the Nürburgring 1000 km and the Le Mans 24 Hour race.


The swinging Sixties continued in much the same fashion for this iconic manufacturer. 1960 saw the launch of the DB4GT Zagato and in 1963 the DB4 GT won Ferrari’s backyard at Monza. This was also the year that the legendary DB5 was launched. It helps, of course, if a car is ‘endorsed’ by, perhaps, fiction’s greatest protagonist. Who has not heard of Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 and therefore the Aston Martin DB5? The James Bond effect, if it can be coined thus, has had a huge influence on the popularity and desirability of Aston Martins. Indeed, it has also had an effect on the prices that classic Aston Martins now command - in December 2015 a 1962 DB4GT Zagato was sold at auction for USD $14,300,000. They were always great cars but the DB5 prices went crazy on the back of 007 mania, pulling up the prices of the wonderful DB4. Next to follow was the Kamm-tailed DB6. So with DB4, DB5 and DB6 all now costing both arms and both legs, it is perhaps of little surprise that the prices of their successors are now also on a rapid rise and that these cars are increasingly sought after. The replacement (although it was offered concurrently for a period) for the DB6 was the DBS. Though utilising the same six-cylinder engine as the DB6, the DBS had a much more dynamic and muscular body than its predecessor. The DBS, of which 1193 units were built between 1967 and 1972, was eventually given a more powerful V8 engine designed by Tadek Marek, but essentially the William Towns design of the DBS still remained the same when the AMV8 was launched in 1972 followed by the V8 Vantage in 1977. James Bond, now portrayed by George Lazenby in his solo performance in the role, drives a DBS in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ in 1969 and when Timothy Dalton took up the 007 mantle in 1987 in ‘The Living Daylights’, the car had become a V8 Vantage. Perhaps the best known film car from this period though was the Aston Martin driven by Lord Brett Sinclair, played by Roger Moore in the tv show ‘The Persuaders’. This ‘Bahama Yellow’ Aston Martin was actually a six-cylinder DBS even though it was badged as a V8. The lines of the car, penned by William Towns (whose other work included the Hillman Hunter, the ‘space aged’ Aston Martin Lagonda, the Jensen-Healey and the Reliant Scimitar) survived four decades. The first DBS was seen in 1967 whilst production of the V8 Vantage did not stop until 1990. There were just 458 examples of the V8

Vantage built in total, which makes it a very rare car - indeed more rare than a DB5, of which 1059 units were made. It is believed that of the 458 Aston Martin V8 Vantages built, that the 1981 car illustrated in beautiful 1950's Aston Racing Green hue, is quite possibly the most pristine in the world, looking and behaving as it does ‘fresh out of the box’. Having covered just 8,000 kms (that is just 5,000 miles!) from new, it has benefited from being owned by some high profile and wealthy individuals. First seen at the dealership of Bob Jane, (former racing driver, V8 Supercar Hall of Fame inductee, and tyre magnate), on William Street in Sydney, the car was eventually purchased by Rene Rivkin. The flamboyant, yet ultimately disgraced stockbroker jailed for insider trading, Rivkin sold the car of necessity at auction. Its next custodian was Jodhi Meares, model and swimsuit designer who, at the time, was the wife of billionaire businessman James Packer. Jeremy Best, owner of Cummins Classic Cars in Sydney, wrote to Jodhi asking to purchase the car from her if she ever wished to sell. This eventually happened and the car was sold to a client before returning again to Jeremy, who then sold it a second time to its current owner in 2011. Thankfully, this stunning Australiandelivered car seems to have found a permanent home as one of the jewels in a small car collection of a discerning gentleman. The vehicle is in absolutely immaculate condition and, along with its very low mileage, is in remarkable original condition. It was beautifully repainted whilst owned by Jodhi Meares (who is pictured sitting in the rear of the actual car). It also benefits from several special factory details, including a mesh front radiator grille rather than a blank grille to allow greater ingress of cooling air for a hot climate. Without a doubt, this stunning car is a worthy successor to the DB5 which first captured the world’s imagination in 1964 in ‘Goldfinger’ and the following year in ‘Thunderball’ and again in the most recent Bond movie ‘Spectre’. Its shape is now fashionable once again and much sought after as the wheel turns full circle.

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ONE 30 HYDE PARK

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ne30 Hyde is located in the heart of Sydney on Hyde Park and offers magnificent views of Sydney.

One30 is a 38 level building incorporating 140 apartments over 38 floors, ground level retail, parking and storage. Surround yourself in style with one-bedroom apartments up to 80 square metres, while the two and three bedroom apartments, all with en-suites, range from 99 square metres to 322 square metres. Floor to ceiling glass combined with high ceilings maximize views and light. One30 showcases pared-down luxury that encapsulates the city’s relaxed, yet sophisticated, ambiance. Fittings and fixtures have been meticulously selected by Bates Smart who have blended comfort and convenience with flair and elegance. Rich marbles, granites and timbers convey refinement and typify the timeless, classical style that avoids the vagaries of passing fashion. At One30, prestige is evident in every aspect. The Sub Penthouse apartment offers 286 square metres of luxurious city living. There are 4 generous bedrooms, most with ensuite, plus a separate media room, wine cellar, two balconies and an internal staircase. The residence is fitted out with the highest quality finishes, including quality Gaggenau appliances, timber flooring, high ceilings, natural stone bathrooms, marble kitchen benchtops and security parking. One30 Hyde is one of only 3 buildings with a true Northly aspect and views over Hyde Park that will never be built out. Secure your share of this magnificent location and city at One30 Hyde today. 1 bedrooms from - $1.148 million 2 bedrooms from - $2.19 million (no parking)

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TANAWHA VALLEY GOLF & TENNIS Location: Tanawha, QLD Price: $2.5 million Aspect: Eastern facing clubhouse Land: 7.76 ha

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9-hole, Par-3 golf course 7.7 ha of manicured acreage Set amongst stunning scenery Adjacent to botanical gardens 4-bedroom main residence Extensive machinery inventory Licensed club house Great additional tourism potential A successful lifestyle business opportunity 20 minutes to Caloundra and Maroochydore


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his is a delightful 7.7ha property comprising a very spacious 4-bedroom residence, a 9-hole Par-3 golf course, 2 artificial grass tennis courts, swimming pool and BBQ areas, catering to residents and visitors to one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. The residence comprises 4 large bedrooms plus a study, 2 bathrooms plus separate toilet, big country style kitchen, spacious lounge, dining area and laundry. All on one level, and under the house, is a large fully enclosed storage room. Attached to one end of the house is a Pro Shop complete with cafÊ and bar facilities. There are hire clubs to suit everyone (including children), pull buggies and also motorised carts. Alongside the shop is a covered area seating 36 with barbeque facility. Nearby, there is a 12m salt water swimming pool and a converted stable which is set up as a rustic function area capable of seating 90 complete with its own bar. Beside that is a Ladies & Mens toilet block and there are 3 x 23,000 litre water tanks as well. The course is a 9-hole, Par-3 course with the longest hole being 215m from the back markers. There are 3 tee areas for each hole plus a small practice green and a practice cage. All tees and greens are irrigated from multiple large dams and, if required, a permanent creek that runs through the course. There is a bore about 25m deep beside the creek that provides in excess of 4,000 Lt/hr with a small portable fire pump connected. The water from the bore is beautifully clear and tastes great. The 2 full size tennis courts are artificial grass and situated beside the large sealed car park. A large equipment shed and virtually all the equipment and machinery required for course maintenance is included.

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DUNES ON SHELLY BEACH Location: East Ballina, NSW Price: $3.6 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 8,200 m2

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on’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own just over 2 acres of cleared ocean view land within minutes walk to pristine Shelly Beach. Perched on an easterly headland, this elevated property commands sweeping views over coastal rainforest, rugged cliffs and golden beaches that stretch towards Lennox Head and beyond. The level site is nestled amongst gently undulating Crown land on all sides, guaranteeing privacy and a northerly aspect with sea views that will never be built out. Direct access to a network of scenic cycleways and hiking trails means Ballina’s cafés, restaurants, patrolled beaches, iconic surf breaks and fishing hotspots can all be accessed without crossing a road. An additional coastal cycle/walkway to Lennox Head will be completed soon. The property is currently run as a wedding and function centre with DA approved commercial kitchen, 62 beds in bunkhouse style accommodation, 15 toilets, 15 showers, huge function room, outdoor chapel with ocean views, 4 bedroom manager’s residence, large storage shed, town water & DA approval for a new 5 bedroom home capturing panoramic ocean views With valuable licences and infrastructure already in place, there is unlimited potential to expand the business or redevelop. The generously spaced structures are perfect for an education facility, licensed restaurant, surf camp, eco retreat, camping area or exercise the DA and create a luxurious private estate. Located only 10 minutes from Ballina airport and only 20 minutes from Byron Bay, this property offers ultimate convenience for interstate visitors. The shops, hospital and schools are all accessed within 5 minutes.

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VILLAS OF BYRON Location: Byron Bay, NSW Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Northerly Villa A: 105 m2 Villa B: 170 m2

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pon entering the walled gardens framed by bamboo & bougainvillea and stepping across the stones which lead over the lily filled water that flanks the front door of these stunning villas, you are instantly transported into a Balinese paradise. High thatched ceilings and elegant furnishings adorn the central living and dining area that overlooks a very private undercover entertaining area, daybed and zen garden as well as a plunge pool and spa. A full-sized well equipped kitchen also forms a part of the central living area and a separate laundry and an office nook are off to one side. 40

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At either end of the living area, large wooden doors lead to generous bedroom suites with large ensuites, Japanese soaker baths, as well as outdoor showers in stunning tropical garden settings. Details such as a magnificent array of hardwoods, travertine/marble floors, mood lighting & traditional Balinese furnishings and doors complete what are two truly beautiful properties. These villas are 2 of 6 and are an excellent opportunity to acquire a stunning holiday home that covers well beyond its overheads. The villas are walking distance from the shops, restaurants, cafĂŠs & beaches of Byron Bay.


THE GAME. CHANGED.

Sometimes a car will come along that breaks the established rules. The boundaries of progress are challenged. The impossible becomes the possible. Sports Series by McLaren is such a car. It recalibrates the senses. It redeďŹ nes performance. It changes the game.

McLAREN SPORTS SERIES. For more information contact McLaren Gold Coast Brand Manager James Staniforth on 0450 638 046 or visit www.goldcoast.mclaren.com

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Military themes continue to resonate this autumn-winter with international luxury fashion houses consistent in their belief that the MA-1 is the must-have jacket of the season.

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he Ralph Lauren male is the epitome of the utopian modern male – sophisticated, dapper and gentlemanly but unafraid to go country when there’s earth to be moved, both in the literal and metaphorical sense.

fashion house was all about the ranch owner, as witnessed by the cowhide trucker jackets and fringed suede jackets worn with leather belts and hand-tooled buckles that came sauntering down the runway.

And it is for this reason that the Ralph Lauren Purple Label collection was, and is always, such a class act.

As with several of his contemporaries, Lauren clearly sees shearling as a big hit this season when paired with creamy cotton pants and boots for that all-American look.

Luxury business suits will continue to be a key part of the Purple Label proposition with their incarnation this season featuring lightly roped jackets in a palette of grays. However, where Prada was all about the sailor, the American

For the gentleman that must move seamlessly from cattle to couture, Lauren also came up trumps with a patterned jacquard evening jacket and a precision tuxedo likely to prove popular. Unique LuxurLuxur y 43 U nique y 43


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urberry has always been an early adopter when it comes to utilising technology and digital mass media communication to connect with its global consumer base.

So it should come as no surprise that the English fashion house recently became the first fashion brand in the world to live stream its February 2016 collection via the Apple TV platform. The unique initiative, which saw the Christopher Bailey-led brand develop its own app, will see additional live moments and exclusive content launched throughout the year. Dubbed “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, the collection launch saw Bailey send down the catwalk coats of all shapes and sizes all of which were redefined for relaxed weekends. Trench coats, topcoats, duffle coats, military pea coats and parkas and even the odd bomber, puffer and flight jacket made it down the runway with hand sewn seams, hand-embroidered sequins, bonded structures and hand painted leather pullers proving they’d had the magic Bailey touch. Key accessories included The Satchel – a bag in English suede, bridle leather and house check, the Sneaker that appeared in a technical nylon twill and Scottish woven cashmere scarves with a reversible check.

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t has been noted that the increasing popularity of pre-fall collections among Europe’s best-known fashion houses has two principle drivers. First and foremost it is because, in practical terms, the pre-season collections offer a tasty morsel for fashion-hungry shoppers between the seasons. Secondly, owing to the fact many do not have accompanying runway shows, they tend to be more commercial in nature and therefore are stocked in stores longer, affording the consumer a longer period in which to purchase them.

‘Monte Carlo’ Shoes (calf leather) - $920

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‘LV Fifty Five Automatic GMT 41MM’ Watch (steel and leather) - $6,700

But there is growing evidence to suggest a third element – that preseason collections afford designers the chance to experiment with new ideas and allow them to gauge interest from critics and buyers for previously untested design concepts – may be at play. Whether this is the case for Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director, Kim Jones, is open to debate. However, there is no denying that, yet again, he manages to capture our attention with his reimagination of many of our favourite classics. Boasting just shy of 30 different looks, the Louis Vuitton man, this season, has a taste for the camouflage print where Jones has cleverly taken LV’s iconic check pattern and overlaid it with a blood red and a sky blue camo. Used across a range of items from shirting and coats to bags, it also appears on this season’s must-have scarf, whether knotted loosely at the nape or bound tightly around the neck. We’re sure we’re not the only ones eager to see more of the Jones magic when the Paris fashion house launches its new men’s denim line later this year.

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www.prada.com Stockists: 02 9223 1688

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o Miuccia Prada, the sailor is king.

At least that’s the way it appeared when the Italian label presented its men’s autumn-winter collections at Milan Fashion Week recently. As with the women’s pre-fall collections which were presented at the same time, the male models wore sailor caps, white sneakers and washed leather tunic tops as they set about showing off nautical staples. Waxed indigo denims appeared – seemingly for those at the coalface - while shapely officers’ coats followed for those special occasions.

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Navy peacoats, boxy leather jackets and cropped trousers were there, so too were tailored capes and oversize shirts featuring naval graphics and romantic images – including one depicting Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra kissing a marine - all of which were created by young French artist, Christophe Chemin, and each of which brought the type of drama we anticipate from the Italian fashion house. Leather is a key feature of Prada’s fall-winter 2016 men’s collection and it was used to dress cropped lace-up jackets. Speaking after the show, Prada said the collection encompassed “Drama, passion, heroism, romanticism…” We couldn’t have put it more succinctly ourselves.

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CHAPEL HOUSE Location: Rydal, NSW Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Northerly Land: 68.7 ha

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reathtakingly beautiful in every way, Chapel House is the epitome of an historic country estate with all the charm and character of yesteryear. Surrounded by 9 acres of magnificent gardens, the property incorporates several truly unique buildings each with their own amazing story. The oldest building is the Cobb and Co Inn, built of stone around 1832 and is mostly in 'original' condition. Behind that building is the quaint cottage, now a 2 bedroom guest cottage named The Owl Pen, which is believed to have been the original kitchen for the Inn. Attached to the cottage is 'the studio'. It started its life as an open-air hand ball court for the Franciscan Monks who occupied the site from approximately 1919 to 1925. A second storey was added in the 1970's and was used as an art studio for 10 years by John Olsen, probably Australia's best known contemporary artist. The Franciscans also built the Georgian-style main home in 1920, attaching it to the Inn. This magnificent home features a large country kitchen, beautiful light-filled dining and lounge rooms, a billiard room and 4 bedrooms. The current owners have filled the garden beds with thousands of bulbs and roses, built arbours, created meandering streams and lovingly tendered the magnificent grounds and buildings. The property also incorporates 170 acres of land, an enormous dressage arena and holding paddock and is located in the historic village of Rydal. Rydal is a small Heritage-Listed Village with two churches, a hotel and the railway station. The nearest shops are in Wallerawang about ten minutes drive away. The property is located just 20 minutes from Lithgow and 2.5 hours drive (& 3 hours by train) from Sydney. Chapel House is a truly magical estate that must be seen to be truly appreciated.

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MIRRANAWARRA Location: Dunkeld/Victoria Valley, VIC Price: Offers over $1.5 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 114.12 ha

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Stunning lake feature Mountain views and pristine bushland Abundance of wildlife Rustic charm Slice of natural rural paradise 3 bedroom mudbrick home & guest cottage Eco-tourism tree change


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irranawarra is a truly unique nature retreat nestled in the beautiful surrounds of The Grampians. The name meaning “Pleasant Place� offers 282 acres of stunning mountain views, meandering walking tracks and a spring fed lake all on your doorstep. The main mudbrick home built in 1982 offers baronial proportions with 3 bedrooms, soaring cathedral ceilings and multiple living zones with a hand built sandstone double fireplace (18 ft high) as the star attraction. Delightful leadlight windows and natural timber beams sourced from the surrounding area ensure this house is built to command noble presence! An underground cellar leads off the vast living room, hand built with bluestone and patterned bricks storing over 500 bottles. The master bedroom features double aspect windows to take full advance of the superb lakeside surroundings and elevated mountain views. Two further bedrooms with built in bunks and a mezzanine level offers the option of a 3rd bedroom or study with built in cupboards. A separate guest cottage oozes rustic charm and light filled spaces, complete with modern comforts. Featuring two bedrooms, modern bathroom and separate living and dining areas with a central cosy wood fire place. Power is a workable combination of solar, gas and generator, which operates all appliances. Self sufficient water with spring fed 15,000 gallons of water storage and generator tool shed located close to the lake. Conducive to all seasons, Mirranawarra is set in a valley beside a picturesque lake stocked with fish. There are a myriad of private walking tracks that showcase pristine vegetation backing onto the Grampians national park. The opportunity to secure properties of this nature don’t come along very often with an abundance of wildlife that includes kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, emus, gang gang, black cockatoos, deer and wedge tailed eagles. For your slice of natural paradise or to own your own nature reserve this stunning rural property offers privacy, tranquillity and the chance to get away from it all and get back to nature!

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URLIUP FARM Location: Urliup, NSW Price: $975,000 - $1,075,000 Aspect: North Easterly Land: 53.82 ha

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Breathtaking views from an elevated position Art studio/gatehouse, machinery and packing sheds Abundant water supply from 4 dams and irrigation Established mango and finger lime orchards Smooth sealed road to front door 1.5 hours from Brisbane 30 minutes to the Gold Coast International Airport 50 minutes to Byron Bay


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tunning Urliup Farm offers a rare balance between lifestyle, conservation and production on 133 acres in the most picturesque part of the Tweed Valley Hinterland. This historic country residence exudes rural charm and features wraparound sun-drenched verandas. The perfect spot to relax in your hammock, cooled by gentle sea breezes as you enjoy panoramic views of birds swooping through the valley below. The zoning of the undulating land presents many opportunities including a timber plantation, increased fruit production or cabin development (STCA). Walking across this estate passes many topographies and species including mango groves, finger lime orchards, citrus, lychee and passionfruit vines, pockets of rainforest, Bangalow Palms, tree ferns and 3 swimmable dams. Whilst natural fauna abounds there’s plenty of room for cattle too. When guests visit, there is ample accommodation in the comfortable 4 bedroom homestead or at the gate house cottage which is connected by a smooth bitumen driveway. Secondary stand-alone accommodation provides space for workers if necessary. If you are seeking an idyllic retreat within 30 minutes of Kingscliff beaches and the Gold Coast International Airport, this property is a must to inspect.

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THE OLD POSSUM CREEK SCHOOL Location: Possum Creek, NSW Price: $3.5 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 8,094 m2

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KILLEN FALLS HOUSE Location: Tintenbar, NSW Price: On application Aspect: North Easterly Land: 2.97 ha

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LITTLE MINNOWS Location: Bowral, NSW Price: $4.25 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 47.75 ha

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the comfort needed during the chilly months. The farm features a 22.5 metre x 12 metre machinery shed with 3 phase power. Adjoining are the cattle yards, substantial vegetable garden and berry orchard. There are 9 electrified and watered paddocks and excellent cattle yards. Rich soils with superb grazing pastures and some paddock space sown to provide hundreds of lucerne hay and silage bales per annum. Little Minnows is virtually drought proof with riparian water rights to the river, 247,500 litres of interconnected tank storage, one dam and an average annual rainfall of around 900mm. The tranquility and privacy of Little Minnows is something to behold and cherish. This is one of those very special holdings. 5 minutes to Bowral, 1.5 hours to Sydney and the feeling of being a million miles away.


ARTIS Stunning ocean views Private complex of only two Spacious open-plan living Entertainer’s kitchen with ample storage Generous master suite Roof top terrace & wet-edge pool Private lift & secure car park 10 minute walk to Hastings Street & Main Beach

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ocean. There is also a glass sliding door off the living area section of the open plan space which leads on to another large balcony overlooking Noosa Hill and the National Park. A spiral staircase leads to the private rooftop terrace and pool. With floor and wall marble tiles, Brazilian marble vanities and Italian tap fittings, the luxurious ensuite to the generous master bedroom is simply stunning. Relax in the luxuriously large two person spa set in Brazilian marble. This bedroom also boasts a large walk-in-robe and ample storage. Three of the four bedrooms offer private balconies with stunning Laguna Bay views. Artis is within easy walking distance to Main Beach and world famous Hastings Street which boasts award winning restaurants, cafĂŠs and great shopping. Unique LuxurLuxur y 61 U nique y 61


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Location: Wilsons Creek, NSW Price: $2.95 million Aspect: Easterly Land: 53.39 ha

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270° panoramic views 130 peaceful and private acres Oregon & blue stone construction Two acres of open space Ridge-top retreat 10 minutes to Mullumbimby Pristine habitat

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very now and again a truly special place finds its way onto the market. This stunning, 130 acre property, feels more like a National Park than a private property and features over 100 acres of untouched forests that climb up to a pinnacle and open out into a mountain-top ridge where an amazing home is perched with breathtaking valley and ocean views. Lovingly built from Oregon & blue stone, this three bedroom, pavilion-style, ridge-top retreat would make the perfect hinterland weekender. Only 10 minutes to Mullumbimby, 25 minutes to Byron Bay and just under an hour to the Gold Coast international Airport.

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This property comprises of a guest house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a separate spa room and a main building which has a relaxed open plan dining, living and kitchen area with a dramatic open fire as its center-piece. This building houses the ensuited master bedroom and a powder room. Outside boasts a 12 metre pool and 2 acres of landscaped surrounds. Take a bush-walk and experience a wonderful array of flora and fauna or relax on the swing seat and take in the spectacular views. Aquila is a truly special find in every respect, it captures the beauty of the Byron hinterland and stunning coastline while still maintaining complete privacy.


WAVI ISLAND Drone video link - www.vimeo.com/148345854 3 bed villa for sale on 1 acre block Stunning vacant lots also available Uninterrupted views across the Kora Sea 27 acres of palms, private beaches & garden 450 metre private bridge access 24 hour running water Fiji Electrical Authority power connection 10 minutes from Savusavu & Airport 4.5 hours flying from Sydney

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his 27 acre slice of Fijian paradise is surrounded by lush gardens, coconut palms & coral reefs. There are 20, half acre to 1 acre lots available. Alternatively, the island in it’s entirety is available for sale. The island boasts a stunning, naturally secluded lagoon, multiple pontoons & a boat mooring for each lot. Wavi’s showcase villa is situated on 1 acre of fully landscaped cliff edge over looking the magnificent Koro Sea. Offering 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, horizon edge pool and wet edge spa, triple garage, day bed, BBQ gazebo and covered walkways with extensive teak detailing and stone paving.

Location: Vanua Levu, Fiji Price: Contact Agent Aspect: Northerly Land: 2,023m2 - 4,046m2 lots

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Wavi boasts a white sandy private beach of 300 metres long and 30 metres wide. The only island of the Savusavu region to have a beach. Lagoon Moorings will cater to maximum boat size of approximately 40 foot. Other amenities featured on the island include main entry road and bridge from the mainland to the island, Porte Cochere arrival pavilion with lounging areas overlooking a soon to be completed horizon edge swimming pool, gym, exercise centre, tennis courts, lakeside treatment bure and a grand open circular high ceiling pavilion restaurant with bar overlooking the lake. A once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of this truly unique and beautiful island in the South Pacific. Unique LuxurLuxur y 63 U nique y 63


COTTONWOOD Location: Port Douglas, QLD Price: On application Aspect: Northerly Land: 1.92 ha

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Stunning North Queensland absolute beachfront property

Amazing beach and sea views Acreage with absolute privacy Established tropical landscaping Perfect pool & full sized tennis court Boat-shed with unique Sealegs boat 10 minutes drive to Port Douglas 50 minutes to Cairns International airport

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his stunning, north facing property is located within a secluded cove offering breathtaking views and total privacy. Set on 4.75 acres of absolute beach-front, Cottonwood is a truly unique home. Established tropical landscaped gardens and gently rolling manicured lawns separate the main residence from the 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest house. The main house includes 2 bedrooms, the master with a private veranda and elevated beach views. Extensive timber decking surrounds the house and pool area, perfect for relaxed entertaining. There is also a full-sized flood lit tennis court.

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Cottonwood is just a 10 minute drive from the seaside village of Port Douglas and only a short stroll along the beach to a nearby resort offering spa facilities and a fantastic restaurant. The property also has a boat-shed with a unique Sealegs boat ready to be driven down the grass into the water and out to explore the nearby reefs and islands. With the region’s two primary natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest – both World Heritage listed areas, this is one of the most accessible paradises on earth.


VILLA HEMINGWAY

Location: Port Douglas, QLD Price: On application Aspect: North Easterly Land: 1,216 m2

Stunning views of the Coral Sea/Great Barrier Reef Resort-style living and entertaining areas Separate 2 bedroom, self-contained apartment Walking distance to beach & village Six expansive covered balconies Fantastic pool and tennis court Cocktail bar and BBQ gazebo

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illa Hemingway is perfectly situated on Flagstaff Hill, overlooking the turquoise Coral Sea and the northern tip of the Port Douglas Peninsula. This award-winning, three level, luxury home incorporates the highest quality fixtures and fittings and exemplifies elegant resort-style living.

apartment adjacent to the outdoor entertaining areas.

All floors feature breathtaking sea and mountain views showing vistas of the historic Sugar Wharf, nearby marina with yachts coming and going as well as an array of beautiful coastal islands.

Villa Hemingway is a magnificent home located within easy reach of everything magical that Port Douglas has to offer.

The main home includes two spacious master suites with generous private terraces and two bedrooms with separate patios on the pool level. There is also a separate, self-contained, two bedroom

The main living area features an elegant, open-plan layout incorporating the kitchen and lounge with indoor/outdoor dining. The impressive grounds boast lush tropical gardens, a flood-lit tennis court and luxurious pool.

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MOUNTAIN VIEWS Location: Uki, NSW Price: $2.5 - $2.7 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 30 ha

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Panoramic mountain views 1.8 km of pristine river & creek front 20 megalitre water entitlement Timber and Lemon Myrtle plantations Stunning views of Mount Warning 45 minutes to Gold Coast 1.5 hours to Brisbane

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ust 18 kilometres from Murwillumbah and 30 minutes from Pottsville Beach, nestled at the base of Mount Warning, is this stunning parcel of 75 acres. The home sits amongst tranquil gardens on a lush, raised plateau with 1.8 kilometres of pristine river and creek front. A backdrop of breathtaking mountains and rainforest ensures beautiful views from every room in the home. This offering is one of 2 separate and distinct parcels totaling 94 acres, to be offered as one, or separately. Lot 1 is 75 acres of mostly usable land and lot 23 is 19 acres of completely usable land. The four bedroom house features Sydney blue-gum floors, hoop pine skirting, New Guinea rosewood doors and a Tasmanian oak kitchen with Miele appliances, double ovens and a spacious walk in pantry. The open-plan living extends from the kitchen across an incredibly 66

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sizeable entertaining and sitting room with a high-end Yotel fireplace, imported from Scandinavia, with granite hearth and oak mantel. Across the grounds of the estate, 748 Bunya pines, which are recognised as ideal for building musical instruments, have been planted (these trees are now 15 years old). There is also a 20 megalitre water entitlement, ideal to start a nursery. There is a plantation of approximately 600 Lemon Myrtle Trees with additional trees planted throughout the property. The property also contains a shed, veggie garden, cattle yards and five strand fencing along the road with five access points. Mountain Views is set amongst pristine countryside yet is only 45 minutes to the Gold Coast International Airport, 40 minutes to Byron Bay, 18 minutes to Murwillumbah and 1 hour 30 minutes to Brisbane.


CARDINGTON PARK Fabulous Highland views 2 separate residences Rich grazing country Impressive water supply Blue ribbon location Less than 5 minutes to Bowral 1.5 hours to Sydney

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ith a fabulous home and cottage, superior paddocks, pastures, water supply and farm facilities, Cardington Park is perfectly located to take advantage of the breathtaking views and ticks all the boxes for a first-class highlands retreat. It is positioned just a short drive from Sydney, passing by iconic Craigieburn, Hopewood and neighbouring Centennial Wines.

The main home is very spacious, featuring an inviting foyer entrance, formal and informal living, 4 bedrooms plus a large office, 3

Location: Bowral, NSW Price: $4.3 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 40 ha

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bathrooms, 2 ensuites, country kitchen with pantry, large laundry with toilet, central heating and double glazing. Outside are wide covered verandas, a huge entertaining porch, double garage with workshop and a 3 bay colorbond machinery shed (4 roller door, 12m x 8m) which could be used as additional parking for 6 cars. Privacy is assured with the 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage located several hundred metres away with its own driveway. Currently rented, this would also be great as a guest house or manager's residence. Unique LuxurLuxur y 67 U nique y 67


BIRRIWA HOMESTEAD Location: Dunedoo, NSW Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Easterly Land: 29 ha

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70 flat fertile acres Historic country homestead Large riparian lake Lovely country gardens Several great entertaining spaces Enviable cook's kitchen


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irriwa Homestead, located in the rich alluvial Birriwa Valley, was originally settled by the early explorer, William Lawson, in the 1840's. The property is now made up of a collection of buildings dating from this time, including a grand sandstone mansion completed in 1907. Flanked between century old palms, the main house wraps around a grassy central courtyard that leads to a walled herb & vegetable garden. Spacious rooms, ornate ceiling roses, large elegant cornices, and marble fireplaces are some of the features that create a graceful and tranquil living experience. The main homestead has 5 large bedrooms, 2 original 1930's bathrooms, a formal lounge, a library, a grand formal dining room and a billiard room. The country kitchen has a contemporary four oven gas Aga, as well as conventional cooking facilities complete with a butler's pantry and larder. Surrounding the courtyard is an office with marble fireplace, three bedrooms, traditionally used for staff, a bathroom with original claw-foot bath and large laundry with copper and fireplace in original condition. An 18th century weather-board ballroom, in original condition, with four adjoining strangers rooms (traditionally used by travellers on Cobb and Co Coaches) is sheltered by a four metre deep veranda overlooking the original clay tennis court. Other outbuildings include the original stables and tack room, a potting room and a five room stone cottage dating back to the mid 1800's. The exceptionally rich 29 hectares (70 acres) currently runs 30 head of cattle. There is a large riparian lake and abundant mineral spring water. The property is also fully fenced. Located approximately 3 hour’s drive to Western Sydney, 1 hour's drive from Dubbo Airport and 45 minutes from Mudgee (regular flights to Sydney), with the town of Dunedoo just a 10 minute drive away, Birriwa Homestead offers a wonderful country lifestyle with all of the grandeur of yesteryear.

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EAGLE HIGH

Location: Currumbin Valley, QLD Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Northerly Land: 9.42 ha

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Largest block on high side of Tomewin Ridge Stunning elevated site to build your dream home Desirable northerly aspect Ample storage with 2 sheds Private rainforest Newly renovated cottage Large shed/games room 25 mins to the Gold Coast International Airport 20 mins to Robina Town Centre 15 mins to Murwillumbah and Tallebudgera 18 hole golf courses


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on’t miss this rare opportunity to secure a 23 acre block (94,320 m2) on the high side of stunning Tomewin Ridge. The beautifully presented north facing building site commands sweeping views over the breathtaking Springbrook Range across to The Cougals. Entering through the rustic gates, you begin your ascent along the smooth tarmac driveway, passing easy-care lawns, fruit trees and a dam. Halfway up the ridge is the recently renovated guest accommodation or manager’s residence boasting scenic views, below is the massive separate games room. Rising higher still above the luscious Heron’s Bamboo reveals the immaculately prepared level building site. Sheltered from the wind by subtropical rainforest trees, this site guarantees absolute peace and privacy. Positioned to take full advantage of its desirable northerly aspect, the site overlooks a verdant valley oasis and beyond to the promise of waterfalls and trails in the Springbrook National Park. With the hard work already done, this spectacular property awaits an astute buyer to build their dream home and create an idyllic family sanctuary within 25 minutes drive of the Gold Coast International Airport, even closer to the famous Currumbin Beach.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupér y, a man whose life and literature were inextricably dominated by flying, has been chosen as the ‘ face’ of watch manufacturer, IWC Schaffhausen’s, Big Pilot ’s Watch advertising campaign. By James Nicholls - images courtesy of Photopress/IWC

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he Frenchman, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is probably most well known for his allegorical and spiritual autobiography, ‘Le Petit Prince’ (The Little Prince), the most translated book of all time from the literary canon of the French language. Perhaps what is less well known is that Saint-Exupéry, against the wishes of his family, qualified in the dangerous role of a pilot with the French Air Force in 1921. In 1926, as a pilot, he joined the fledgling airline, Latécoère, which was later to become Aéropostale. As an early pioneer of aviation, he opened up mail routes to remote parts of Africa and later also acted as a director to the Argentine Air Mail Service, opening up further virgin flying routes in South America. He returned to Paris in 1931 where he published ‘Vol de Nuit’ (Night Flight) which established his literary reputation. At the age of 35, this daredevil aviator crashed into the Libyan desert, endeavouring to break the record from Paris to Saigon. The story of his survival after very nearly dying of thirst was the basis for the book, ‘Terre des Hommes’ (Wind, Sand and Stars). Miraculously, he also survived other severe accidents including almost drowning when he capsized a seaplane he was testing, and crashing in Guatemala attempting a long distance flight from New York to Tierra del Fuego. With the outbreak of the Second World War, deemed too old to fly fighter planes, Saint-Exupéry flew reconnaissance missions until the surrender of France in the summer of 1940, whereupon he fled to the USA. In America, he wrote ‘Pilote de Guerre’ (Flight to Arras), ‘Lettre à un Otage’ (Letter to a Hostage - an optimistic ‘letter’ to a Jewish intellectual in hiding in occupied France) and the classic children’s story ‘Le Petit Prince’. Persuading the Allied Forces to let him fly again, he disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea on 31st July 1944, believed to have been shot down by a Luftwaffe fighter. Little wonder then that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a man whose life and literature were inextricably dominated by flying, has been chosen as the ‘face’ of watch manufacturer, IWC Schaffhausen’s, Big Pilot’s Watch advertising campaign. Breitling choose celebrity pilot, John Travolta, as its frontman, and Tag Heuer jump on the Premiership winning Leicester City fairytale by choosing manager, Claudio Ranieri, as an example of how not to “crack under pressure”, whilst IWC trumps them all with its decision to use the pioneering pilot and writer who died 72 years ago. This says a great deal about IWC Schaffhausen which has had a pioneering spirit and innovative approach to the design and engineering of watches since the foundations of the company were established in Switzerland in 1868 by the grandly appellated American, Florentine Ariosto Jones. It was the 27 year old Bostonian engineer and watchmaker, Jones, who founded the “International Watch Company” and in doing

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Henri Guillaumet (left) and Antoine de Saint-Exupèry (right) in the French flying boat Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paris in Biscarrosse.

so, brought together progressive American production techniques with the renowned, skilled, Swiss craftsmanship and reputation for watchmaking. In Schaffhausen, in the northern most corner of Switzerland, he found ideal conditions on the Rhine with a hydropower plant to run the machines in his modern factory and the artisan tradition of horology. The first IWC wristwatches were produced at the end of the 19th Century, and very soon a long tradition of fine wristwatches was established throughout the decades of the 20th Century - the ‘Portofino’ in 1984; the ‘Da Vinci Beta 21 Calibre’ in 1969; the ‘Aquatimer Automatic’ in 1955; the ‘Portuguese’ in 1939; and the ‘IWC Special Pilot’s Watch’ in 1936. This last was the same year that the special pilot, Saint Exupéry crashed in the desert. This watch, the first ‘Special Pilot’s Watch’, featured a rotating bezel with an arrowhead index that could be used to register take-off times. It was also fitted with an antimagnetic escapement and high contrast luminescent hands and numerals. IWC Schaffhausen, since then, has continued to have a special relationship with flying. In 1940, came the 52 calibre T.S.C. Big Pilot’s Watch, which was the first observer’s watch with a larger case measuring 55 millimetres in diameter. This watch quickly


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became a benchmark for classic pilot’s watches as we know them today and has since assumed iconic style status. Its aeroplane instrument look/ design then led to IWC’s best known Pilot’s Watch, the Mark 11, first seen in 1948. Originally, it was built for, and used extensively for over 30 years, by the Royal Air Force and it has remained a long standing part of the IWC Pilot’s Watches family. The lengthy association with the RAF continued and in 2003 IWC launched the watch series named after the redoubtable British fighter 'Saint-Ex' as a pilot in Argentina in 1930 aircraft, the legendary Spitfire. Three years later, IWC released special edition Pilot’s Watches commemorating our flying hero, Saint-Ex, and his best known work, ‘The Little Prince’. In 2007 Pilot’s Watches bearing the name ‘TOP GUN’ joined the series. Now eighty years on from Saint-Exupéry’s heroic journey out of the desert in the Maghreb region of North Africa, and the “take-off” of the first IWC Pilot’s Watch, there is a splendid range of 24 different members of this “flying squadron” available from the Schaffhausen premises. The new Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 and 48 closely resemble, in original detail, the historical Big Pilot’s Watch Calibre 52 T.S.C. of what Winston Churchill referred to as, the “darkest hour” of 1940. There are also new special editions of the “Antoine de SaintExupéry” and “Le Petit Prince” featuring attractive tobacco brown and blue dials. Taking up the tradition of the Mark 11 is the new entry-level model, the Mark XVIII. These classic Pilot’s Watches have not become

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subject to the vagaries of fashion and continue to remain close to the practical and historic originals. The same is true for the more stylised TOP GUN models which now feature embossed calfskin straps. For those who prefer a smaller and more discreet watch (and remember, that unusually, IWC only makes watches as it states in its advertising that are “engineered for men”- there is no ‘La Petite Princesse’) the smallest model in the current IWC line-up is the Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36. This IWC traditional feel is maintained throughout the Pilot’s Watches range with new leather straps and stainless-steel bracelets whilst the Pilot’s Watches Chrono and Mark XVIII are also available with NATO inspired twin-coloured textile straps. As well as being the 80th Anniversary of the launch of IWC’s Pilot’s Watch, 2016 is also a celebration of the company’s ten year global partner relationship with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which endeavours to use the positive power of sport to challenge and change some of our global society’s inequities. This year, IWC Schaffhausen chose a model from its ‘Portofino’ family to celebrate the Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in Berlin with a limited edition of 1,500 watches, the ‘Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Edition’ with the winning design of last year’s IWC children’s drawing competition engraved on the case back. And so, talking of children, perhaps it is fitting that the final word should come from an aviator who wrote one of the most endearing and enduring children’s fables ever written, the story of a small boy on his odyssey, who “for his escape he took advantage of a flight of migrating wild birds.” Fitting too that IWC choose Saint-Exupéry, for his writing was not only about flying but also about time, “And suddenly a completely ridiculous image came into my mind. I thought of clocks out of order. All the clocks of France - out of order. Clocks in their church steeples. Clocks on railway stations. Chimney clocks in empty houses. A charnel house of clocks. ‘The war,’ I said to myself, ‘is that thing in which clocks are no longer wound up’.” (Flight to Arras. 1942). Unique LuxurLuxur y 75 U nique y 75


BASIA MILLE

Location: Fish Creek, VIC Price: Offers over $2.5 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 4.45 ha

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Tuscan inspired estate with winery Private nine hole golf course Three separate guest houses Bed and Breakfast accommodation Vineyard, cellar door and olive grove Unforgettable views over Waratah Bay


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ade magical by its combination of Tuscan influences and the indigenous beauty of the landscape, Basia Mille is rendered even more memorable by the allure of its surroundings and the luxury of its spaces. In addition, this is a uniquely flexible property that provides options for perpetuating its outstanding reputation as a refined visitor destination or enjoying its excellence as a stunning exclusive family estate. Unforgettable views over Waratah Bay, Wilson’s Promontory and the islands of Bass Strait accompany 11 sublime acres including a charming golf course, productive vineyard and established olive groves. The residence projects pure quality throughout, wonderful living and dining domains and an elite quality kitchen that forms the focal point for four fabulous bedrooms, three of which are superb self-contained retreats featuring travertine ensuites and contemporary kitchens that represent some of South Gippsland’s most desirable guest accommodation. A sun drenched piazza, fully equipped cellar door, entertaining loggia and expansive decks ensure that the outdoor appeal matches the indoor profile of Basia Mille. A spectacular opportunity, secluded and sophisticated, ideally poised to make the most of the region’s constantly evolving food, wine and tourism scene - from personal or commercial perspectives or both.

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BURRAWANG VILLAGE HOTEL & RESIDENCE Location: Burrawang, NSW Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Northerly Land: 2.2 ha

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Country hotel and superb residence/B&B Enormous development potential Function catering 9+6 bedroom accommodation Indoor and outdoor restaurant dining Beautiful gardens with extraordinary views Massive outdoor entertaining area & BBQ pavilion Winner of numerous awards Set in a boutique village DA for sub-division pending Option to purchase Hotel only (STCA)

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n iconic country hotel and superb residence/B&B in a sought after boutique village, offered for the first time in 26 years as the owners are retiring. Enormous potential for future development/ expansion and improvement. With a total of 5.45 acres, the property is awaiting final sub-division approval to provide two titles separating the hotel (land = 3000 square metres) and the residence/B&B (land = 18,780 square metres). The property is being sold as one however, there is the option of purchasing the hotel only (STCA). Burrawang Village Hotel: Indoor and outdoor restaurant dining. Regular wedding party and function bookings sourced from reputation and word of mouth (current vendors have not needed to advertise for this). Hence there’s great potential for growth from future marketing. Upstairs there are 9 hotel rooms, 4 bathrooms and an enclosed sitting veranda. Beautiful

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gardens with vast outdoor entertaining area and BBQ pavilion all taking advantage of the extraordinary views. The hotel has won numerous awards over the years and accommodates a range of community and private events. The astute buyer will realise how to take this classic country pub to the next level. The Residence/B&B: A cleverly designed and superbly built residence/B&B featuring 6 bedrooms and 6 ensuites - 5 with Japanese hydrotherapy spa ensuites. Constructed from rammed earth with high ceilings, quality fixtures and fittings and delightful valley views towards the Wingecarribee Reservoir. 3 of the exclusive suites are presently leased B&B style, the other 3 and the central open-plan living with gourmet kitchen form the residence for the current owner.


THE RIVER HOUSE 106 acre Byron hinterland estate Privacy & exclusivity ensured Picturesque river-side setting Rich sub-tropical forested areas River, creeks & inviting swimming hole Extensive outdoor entertaining decks Spacious cathedral-ceilinged timber home Open-plan living & entertainer’s kitchen Spa with hydrotherapy tub & steam room DA approval for 6 Rural Tourism cottages

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he River House is a designer’s retreat, a home that pays homage to nature and a place to be inspired and recharged. Nestled in a valley off the Coolamon Scenic ridge, with a gated entrance, the River House is both private and secluded. Entering the home, through antique Indian doors, the cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and bi-fold doors give a wonderful feeling of space, light and connection to the magic of the forest across the expansive outdoor entertaining decks. The timber home incorporates a beautifully spacious, open-plan, central living area and semi-commercial stainless steel kitchen with large, custom-built, island bench that will delight chefs and entertainers alike.

Location: Coorabell/Byron Bay, NSW Price: $3.7 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 43.16 ha

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The magnificent master bedroom takes in the natural surrounds and includes a large ensuite with indoor and outdoor showers. There are an additional four generous bedrooms and bathrooms and the spa therapy room has been designed to pamper you completely with a hydrotherapy tub, black-tiled steam room and ample space for a massage table. This Eden is truly spectacular and, with planning approval for six Rural Tourism cottages 1.5 kilometres from the main house, the property is an ideal combination of luxury home and lifestyle business. Open spaces, secret places to discover, somewhere different to take your soul, the River House is the perfect property for the discerning buyer looking for something magical. Unique LuxurLuxur y 79 U nique y 79


AINSWORTH ESTATE Location: Seville, VIC Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: North Easterly Land: 8.09 ha

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insworth Estate offers the astute entrepreneur an enviable package of an impeccably presented winery, B&B and equine facility as well as the all too frequently elusive component of a beautifully appointed, state of the art, contemporary home nestled in the heart of the magnificent Yarra Valley. Eight acres of vineyard produce Shiraz, Pinot and Chardonnay with grapes currently being purchased by a local, award-winning winery. The cellar door is located within a charming country barn and includes a cool-room, function/restaurant facilities, a tasting centre and separate dedicated office. There are three very well-appointed and maintained cottages (with planning permission for three more). The main home is a showpiece of design detail spread over four levels, including private rooftop studio capturing magnificent views of the vineyard and beyond. An entire floor is dedicated to a master suite with expansive walk-in dressing room, ensuite and private lounge. The ground level of the home is an entertainer’s dream with separate guest-wing, office, games room with bar, huge kitchen, expansive open living and dining flowing out onto an impressively appointed, alfresco entertaining area with waterfall edge pool. Garaging for eight cars, a gym, huge wine cellar plus extensive plant room make up the lower level.

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MAITRAYA Location: Albany, WA Price: $25 million Aspect: South Easterly Land: 222.50 ha

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549 acres of pristine oceanfront land Elevated site with panoramic views Stunning 8 bedroom sandstone manor 5 bedroom Fisherman’s Lodge 2 bedroom Aviator’s Cottage 900 metre airstrip with helipad Tennis court & gymnasium Indoor pool, sauna & spa 20 seater home theatre Fronting 3 ocean beaches Bordering national park

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are among the indoor offerings. A retractable star-gazing ceiling enhances the master bedroom. The grounds offer kayaking on the lake, a tennis court, cricket pitch, walking trails scattered with artworks and a private track to a perfect swimming beach. Whales, dolphins and kangaroos can be spotted from the homestead’s vast windows. The property is also run as a successful venue for weddings, functions and retreats with accommodation for up to 60 in the main homestead, Fisherman’s Lodge, Aviator’s Cottage and Maitraya’s Country Chalets.


HAMILTON GRAND Location: St Andrews, Scotland Price: £1.601 million - £7.029 million Size: 112.9 - 208.8 m2

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new chapter is beginning in St Andrews. It is the story of an iconic landmark at one of the most special places on earth. For this is the golf world’s most coveted address. It is one you can now call home. Built of red sandstone more than a century ago, the Grand Hotel created something of a sensation, bringing a splash of colour to “The Auld Grey Toon”. From its inception, the hotel quickly rose to stardom, setting the benchmark for the ultimate in luxurious hospitality. Kohler Co., the world’s leading brand in creating living environments, has carefully restored every aspect of this iconic building and created luxurious living as you have always dreamed. It is complete in its association with world-class golf, fine dining and

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the Kohler Waters Spa, all of which will be serviced by the legendary Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa. There are many private residences throughout the world, but there is only one Hamilton Grand. Upon purchasing your apartment in Hamilton Grand, you will have the opportunity to enter it into the rental program, a unique opportunity for others to experience your home when you are not in residence. Hamilton Grand comprises of 26 homes of distinction. Two, three and four bedroom apartments ranging in size from 1,053 to 2,779 square metres. Also a private lounge for residents and a sensational roof terrace looking out to the North Sea and down the historic 18th hole. Unique LuxurLuxur y 83 U nique y 83


LINLITHGOW Location: Toorak, VIC Price: Offers over $15 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 1,270 m2

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ontemporary and commanding in presence, this 2010, awardwinning home, features scale and attention to detail on a level rarely seen. Set on a quiet, leafy, Toorak street with an anodized aluminium, light-reflecting front fence, the entrance to this amazing home is both intriguing and inviting. A large mound of asparagus ferns adds colour, movement and contrast to the large protruding concrete colonnades that provide a protected entrance and a modern take on a porte cochère. The frosted glass front door reveals a warm, light-filled, expansive living space divided by a glass atrium and a pair of partition walls that delineate formal and informal living areas. The elegant formal dining and living space overlooks an elevated outdoor terrace that runs a good deal of the length of the home and seamlessly connects the indoor and outdoor spaces via floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Honed, heated Australian Blue-stone walkways contrast with American oak floors and the solid blade weight bearing wall provides a wonderful backdrop for a dramatic art collection. The kitchen and informal living area are spectacularly appointed with a diverse range of hidden yet exquisite features that add comfort and wow to this amazing property. The kitchen is complemented by a large pantry as well as a separate scullery and incorporates an extensive collection of Miele appliances. A choice of lift or American oak stairs provides access to the 20 metre indoor pool, gym and entertainment level below or the bedroom floor above. The master bedroom encompasses a luxurious ensuite, expansive dressing room, sitting area and a rooftop terrace. Two guest bedrooms share a large Carrara Marble bathroom whilst a librarylined corridor leads to his and hers offices incorporating floor-toceiling sliding room dividers and a meeting room which could also easily be utilised as fourth and fifth bedrooms. This truly unique estate will appeal to the most discerning of buyers. It represents leading edge architecture and truly encapsulates the art of creating a wonderful balance between form and function.

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BRAESIDE Location: Yarramalong, NSW Price: On application Aspect: North Westerly Land: 55.84 ha

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height, two way Jetmaster fireplace with Sandstone cladding. Braeside offers 4 bedrooms, all with designer ensuites and all opening out onto wide decks. On the lower level, a games/pool room with bar and ensuite acts as an entertaining area and could also be used as a fifth bedroom if required. Bi-fold doors lead out to the 10 metre, solar-heated, infinity-edge pool and the surrounding deck area. This outdoor area is perfect for entertaining as it overlooks the private lake and surrounding bushland. Located just over an hours drive from Sydney, Braeside is secluded enough to enjoy complete privacy whilst being easily accessible.


BALI HAI

Location: Miallo/Port Douglas, QLD Price: $3 million + Aspect: North Westerly Land: 32.77 ha

Breathtaking views to the Daintree Mountains Seamless indoor/outdoor open-plan living Magnificent kitchen Extremely private Stunning wet-edge pool Pristine river and swimming holes 15 minutes from Port Douglas

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n idyllic hideaway where every room opens up to views to the majestic Daintree Mountains, Bali Hai could be your very own 80 acres of paradise. This beautiful, extremely private property offers all that is essential for total luxury living. From the stunning wet-edge pool and sunken baths to the swimming holes and rapids in the pristine river, water is a key element in this beautiful landscape. Experience back-to-nature living in the pure luxury that Bali Hai has to offer. The open-plan living area flows onto the deck with bougainvillea into the stunning wet-edge pool. The main bure

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contains a magnificent kitchen for those who love to cook or maybe just experiment with the wonderful tropical fruit, much of it freshly picked from fruit trees on the property itself. There are 3 grass-roofed bures in total – all with ensuites and each partly roofed to enable you to appreciate the river and rainforest from the shower or in the deep-set baths under the stars at night. Bali Hai is located just 5 minutes from Mossman, 5 minutes from beautiful Newell Beach and 3 minutes from the 18 hole Mossman Golf Course. Port Douglas is only a short 15 minute drive away and Cairns just 75 minutes. Unique LuxurLuxur y 87 U nique y 87


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apitol Grand South Yarra began with a vision to create an iconic luxury development that would redefine residential living in Melbourne for a global audience. Introducing Melbourne’s first six-star integrated residential and retail lifestyle precinct at the iconic corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road, in Melbourne’s South Yarra – one of Australia’s most prestigious sites. Capitol Grand is bringing New York-style living to Melbourne for the first time with 24-hour concierge, doorman, valet parking and amenities not often seen in Australian luxury apartment living. The lifestyle precinct of Capitol Grand South Yarra will also feature a luxury retail centre, offering high-end fashion brands at the doorstep of Capitol Grand South Yarra residences, as well as international dining destinations and entertainment options. Capitol Grand South Yarra’s LK Tower will be the highest tower and will have a private entrance on Almeida Crescent, with the smaller Capitol Grand Tower fronting Toorak Road. The two towers are linked by a 26-store double storey retail precinct creating a new lifestyle destination where residents will have leading luxury brands and an array of dining options at their doorstep. Residents will have access to private dining rooms and chef-style kitchens for private catering, also a landscaped designed elevated 2,500m2 garden with extensive green space specially designed to take advantage of the Australian light and year-round climate. Fitness and relaxation are an important element of the Capitol Grand South Yarra lifestyle, and the residence includes two stateof- the-art gyms, two architecturally designed swimming pools including an infinity pool on Level 33 for the private use of upperlevel LK Tower residents and spa treatment rooms. Exclusivity is a priority at Capitol Grand South Yarra, and residents occupying level 33 and above at LK Tower will have their own lobby and lift access. Capitol Grand offers one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as full floor skyhomes. 1 bedrooms from - $549,000 2 bedrooms from - $940,000 3 bedrooms from - $1,725,000 Full floor skyhomes from - $19.38 million

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How corporate innovators are utilising connected technology to redefine customer interaction. Unique LuxurLuxur y 91 U nique y 91


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ydney surfer turned entrepreneur, Hayden Cox, has never had time to be tardy.

The progeny of a scientist father and a property developing mother, he was still a teenager when he first learnt to code a website, merely 22 when he opened his first commercial enterprise, Haydenshapes, and just 24 when he designed and patented a worldfirst parabolic carbon fibre frame surfboard construction concept dubbed FutureFlex. Success with an additional performance surfboard design followed soon after along with a second manufacturing site, this time in the Californian city of Los Angeles in the USA. 2014 and 2015 saw the now 34-year-old continue to strive for improvement after the technology he developed helped him take out the titles of Surfboard of the Year two years running at the Australian Surf Industry Awards - ironic for a man who doesn’t like sand. It was also the period where American fashion designer, Alexander Wang, came calling to tap into Cox’s vision of surfboards as both a visual art form as well as a vehicle for innovative performance by requesting that Haydenshapes produce a limited edition series of marble print surfboards for installations across New York and Tokyo. Yet it is technology of a different kind that is now helping Cox continue to ride his wave of success. Last year, Haydenshapes opened its first bricks and mortar retail store in Mona Vale on Sydney’s north shore. But in keeping with his unique view of the world, this was no run-of-the-mill surfboard store. “I didn’t want to create just another surf shop, I wanted to do something completely different to what had been seen and focus more on the consumer- experience side, integrating my love of modern technology.”

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Cox says the vibe is more of a lux surf offering with the light industrial surroundings of suburban Mona Vale affording it an ambience not often on offer to contemporary board manufacturers. The aesthetic of the space is sleek and minimal and devoid of clutter while asymmetric concrete fixtures, designed by Cox following a trip to Japan, dot the interior. “[The store] was created so that customers could engage a little deeper with who we are as a brand and what we are into - design, technology, premium product and of course surfboards. “The environment that your product sits in can completely change the perception and the way people see it, so we wanted our store to be the pinnacle of this experience for our brand.” Cox says both professionally and personally he has always been hugely influenced by different communication platforms and the rapid way the technology behind them is advancing. To this end, Cox has been quick to incorporate a Samsung mobile ecosystem into the business which sees him operate an open network of connected devices that allow him to communicate with his inhouse team, offices and manufacturing facilities across Australia and America as well as his outsourced facility in Thailand. Recognising his obvious interest in this area, last year Cox was invited to be a collaborative partner with Google, which introduced him to the virtual reality concept for the first time at a trade show in the US. He was, he says, “immediately hooked” and eager to begin researching ways to incorporate it into Haydenshapes. The business has grown a lot in the last few years and Cox says he went from talking daily with customers, to bringing on staff and focussing more on our international growth. It proved impossible to run a global business successfully and still connect with customers


the same way as a shaper, so he began investigating ways he could invite them into his workshop and still maintain a close connection. Despite the technology being relatively new, virtual reality devices are now affordable and accessible to the everyday consumer, making it easier for go-getter brand owners to incorporate their use into the everyday way they do business, he says. “In the new store, customers can put on the Samsung Gear VR goggles and be transported into the shaping bay with me and get a one-on-one tour of my creative workshop and a little insight into how we build the product. “It’s a modern version of the traditional ‘localism’ mentality with the use of cool technology. Customers can also design their own custom boards using touch screen Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 devices also located in store. The whole space is really one of a kind.” Cox, a former iPhone user who has converted to Android, says he now runs everything via Google apps, owing to its easy-to-use framework. “You don’t have to be IT literate at all and they designed the system specifically with that in mind. When I made the switch over from

iPhone my life became a lot easier because the things I would normally have to wait until I could access my laptop, could suddenly be done on my mobile.” Cox’s distain for time wasting saw him use his Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and new Galaxy S7 edge to write key notes and chapters for his first book set for release in October. National airline, Qantas, is yet another example of how businesses have capitalised on mobile ecosystems to set future benchmarks. Qantas customers in Sydney and Melbourne International First Class Lounges, as well as in the First Class cabins on select A380 services, were offered an inflight virtual reality entertainment experience in what was believed to be the world-first virtual experience offered for inflight passengers. Able to transport users to an immersive virtual world at the click of a button to showcase the sights and delights of network destinations, new Qantas products, as well as the latest blockbuster movies, the addition of Qantas’ VR headsets represented a watershed moment for inflight entertainment. Unique LuxurLuxur y 93 U nique y 93


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Samsung Electronics Australia says experiences such as these are increasingly common with more users discovering the innovative ways their mobile ecosystem can be used to help enhance the consumer experience. The improved functionality delivered via mobile ecosystems allows business executives to save time and other resources. With ‘always on’ technology accessible on their terms, business executives can easily tailor their daily schedules and stay abreast of last minute changes with just a glance at their wrist or touch of a button. Connectivity is the key to reshaping and redefining our experiences, whether in a professional or personal capacity, the company says. “Mobility in today’s world is just as much about the ecosystem that surrounds a mobile phone as it is about the technical features of the device itself.” While larger entities such as Qantas may find contactless payments, tablets and VR form key components of their ecosystems, smaller entities like Haydenshapes can use the same devices to generate a completely different experience.

The same is true of personal users that are wishing to connect with their loved ones. “Social media allows us to share the experiences we have with friends and family that they would otherwise miss out on due to time, money, distance and sometimes even health. While social media improves a user’s ability to share their experiences, it often reinforces what others are missing out on rather than allowing them to share in the moment with the user.” Currently, the combination of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Gear 360 camera is the only eco-system that allows its users to create and share immersive experiences that allow other people to live the moment with the phone owner, as if they were there. “With more than one device connected and capable of capturing and sharing experiences differently, a shift is created from sharing moments that people passively observe, to sharing moments they can actively live. “There’s no longer a need to miss out.”

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ALKIRA

Location: Cape Tribulation, QLD Price: $8.8 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 29.52 ha

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pectacularly positioned in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest at Cape Tribulation and yet walking distance from a secluded ocean beach, Alkira is an architectural masterpiece. As though floating on the water which surrounds it, the home rises up out of the ground and displays an extraordinarily unique marriage between form and function. Perfectly suited to the eternally mild climate that this region affords, the central living areas connect seamlessly with nature. A large, open-air living area connects the 5 en-suited bedroom wings which protrude elegantly out over the lake enveloping the home, feature timber lined rooms and Chillagoe marble bathrooms. The kitchen is subtly designed and yet thoughtfully appointed for serious entertaining. There is a plunge pool for a convenient dip as an alternative to the lake or nearby beach. A stroll through the grounds offers a myriad of plant life and stunning scenery. Designed by local architect, Charles Wright, this amazing home is ideal for those looking for a private retreat. Close enough to the necessary amenities and yet completely private and secluded for absolute relaxation. The current custodians of this magnificent property are looking to hand over the reigns to those who will understand and completely appreciate what has been created here. A family or individual who will cherish its breathtaking surrounds and fall in love with its aesthetic.

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THE EDGE Location: Port Douglas, QLD Price: Offers over $5 million Aspect: North Easterly Build Size: 510 m2

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legance and sophistication abound in every element of the design of this remarkable sky home.

Located on the prestigious “Flagstaff Hill”, this Charles Wright designed home has been carefully considered and perfectly executed in every respect. A single-level design, cantilevered from the hillside, reaching into the breathtaking views of the ocean and Four Mile Beach below and the forested tablelands beyond, The Edge is one of the most impressive homes in Port Douglas. The luxurious master suite features the same elevated, indoor/ outdoor design of the main living. There are two dressing rooms, two bathrooms, open views and a granite daybed floats seamlessly on the edge of the outer terrace. 98

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A second guest suite features a dressing room and bathroom. Additionally there is an office and a powder room. A magnificently expansive living space connects an impressive entertainer’s kitchen with the expansive views. The 10 metre infinity pool swims into the view, draining away everyday chaos and replacing it with a multitude of tranquility and calm. The Edge is adjacent to two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Port Douglas is rated No. 3 on Australian Traveller Magazine’s list of 100 Best Towns In Australia. The Edge is an ideal, sophisticated yet relaxed escape from the Winter months and represents a blue chip investment prospect. The timeless and inspiring architectural design combined with the world-class views and location will always attract an exclusive holiday clientèle.


PACIFIC HEIGHTS Location: Coolum Beach, QLD Price: $7.9 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 812 m2

Stunning views over Coolum Beach Large open plan living area Media/play room, gym and wine cellar 4 camera security system All bedrooms open onto large rooftop terrace 10 car garage Less than a 2 minute drive to shops & beaches

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oised on the hill overlooking the ocean at Coolum Beach, this magnificent home is breathtaking in every respect.

Facing north and perfectly capturing the amazing Noosa hinterland sunsets as well as sunrises out of the ocean, this beautiful property is the ideal family home or private holiday oasis! Pacific Heights features a private and secure entry, a 10 car garage, an enviable gym and a wine cellar on the lower levels of the building. The main living area steps out onto a terrace, the pool and the amazing water views. Beside the main living area, is a second living space/den, a TV room

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or play room and the kitchen/dining area complete with built-in seating, ample storage and an office nook with more stunning views from every vantage point. This level also incorporates two guest bedrooms that share a bathroom. The bedroom floor features a further three bedrooms and a generous master suite with walk-in robe and ensuite. There is also a large laundry on this level and the option of the lift or stairs to all 3 floors of the home. With less than a 2 minute drive to the shops and glorious beaches of Coolum, this stunning home is ideally located and a must to inspect. Unique LuxurLuxur y 99 U nique y 99


BROADBEACH WATERS Location: Broadbeach Waters, QLD Price: Offers over $1.5 million Aspect: South Westerly Land: 1,050 m2

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Private on waterfront Large open-plan living & entertaining areas In-ground pool Secure 3 car garage Guest house Integrated air conditioning Close to all amenities

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esigned for a relaxed lifestyle, this immaculately presented home captures the Hamptons vibe and sits on a generous 1050m2 block. The open plan living and dining flows seamlessly to an alfresco entertaining area and swimming pool, all overlooking a peaceful waterfront setting. Offering security, privacy and luxury finishes, you can move straight in and enjoy the envied Gold Coast life, with an abundance of boutique cafĂŠs and restaurants only minutes away. The main living/dining area adjoins the spacious kitchen which is equipped with stainless steel appliances, marble bench tops and gas cook top and oven. The property features 4 generous bedrooms all 100

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with modern shutters, 3 stylish bathrooms and 2 living areas. In addition, there is a separate, self-contained unit perfect for guests or teenage children looking for a retreat. Extra features include ducted air conditioning, 3 car garage and an established garden of bougainvillea which adds to the ambience and the privacy of this tranquil home. Broadbeach Waters is a unique area where residents can enjoy canal-frontage homes while being only minutes from world-renowned beaches, Jupiter’s Casino and the newly refurbished Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. This is an ideal family home, investment or holiday rental in a central location.


BINALONG BAY Breathtaking ocean, bush & garden views Perched on a granite escarpment Airstrip for light aircraft nearby World class fishing on your doorstep Smeg kitchen appliances Wood and electric heating Solar hot water with electric back up Established landscaped coastal garden Rainwater collection tanks (2 x 38,000 litres)

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rchitecturally designed, this quintessential beach house, on 2.9 acres of Tasmanian bush, is dramatically positioned on a granite escarpment overlooking Binalong Bay Beach and out over the Tasman Sea. This breathtaking home boasts absolute beach frontage and a forever view that can never be built out, over the 'Bay of Fires' - voted in 2009 by Lonely Planet as 'the world's hottest travel destination'. Designed to take full advantage of the different views, be it the ocean, garden, bush or rock formations, this stunning home boasts views from every angle. The orientation of these view points around the house allows for outdoor entertaining whilst staying protected from wind and sun directions. It has a breathtaking east/south easterly aspect to take advantage of the enchanting vistas. This amazing property is situated 500 metres off Gardens Road with

Location: Binalong Bay, Tasmania Price: On application Aspect: Easterly Land: 1.17 ha

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private unsealed access through the Tasmanian bush giving privacy, seclusion and solitude. There is also a short walk on the property that takes you to a peaceful sitting area where you can enjoy the beauty of the bush. A two minute walk from the house via a private access track are the white sand, aqua blue water and orange lichen rocks of beautiful Binalong Bay Beach. There is an abundance of wildlife around, both land and sea. Whales, dolphins, seals, fairy penguins, eagles and sea birds. Paddy melons, potoroos, echidnas, bandicoots and many different birds. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a truly unique piece of Tasmanian wilderness. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 101 U nique y 101


BLACKWOOD

Location: Kangaloon, NSW Price: $2.45 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 2.39 ha

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Privately located Two separate residences Contemporary style with travertine & wood Fireplace, hydronic heating and solar Outdoor entertaining decks Panoramic valley views Garage parking for 8 cars, studio & workshop 15 minutes to Bowral, 90 minutes to Sydney 45 minutes to the beach

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ucked away down a quiet country lane is an extraordinary statement in contemporary design. A meandering, tree-lined driveway captures your attention until you behold the hidden elevated setting of this special property. All you see from almost every room are rolling green hills, rich grazing pastures and forests with impressive stands of timber. The main home features the most inviting open-plan living design comprising of a superb kitchen, lounge, dining and sun-room. All opening to the entertainer’s garden, alfresco dining area and courtyard leading to the villa. Winter comfort is assured with hydronic heating and a mesmerising travertine fireplace. A large laundry and a powder room complete the ground level. A wide staircase leads to a fabulous rumpus room with lots of storage and its own veranda. The master bedroom is delightful, also with a

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veranda and a gorgeous ensuite – you won’t want to get out of the big bath tub taking advantage of the views! The second and third bedrooms are substantial with a generous main bathroom close by. Underground, and with its own driveway, is the 6 car garage with recessed workshop area and large storeroom. The villa, with the same contemporary style and quality as the main home, continues with the open-plan theme. Large kitchen, dining, lounge and of course, a veranda maximising the views. A slow combustion fire makes it a cosy den in no time. Again the two bedrooms are substantial with the main bathroom practically positioned between. Downstairs is an enormous rumpus room leading to the double garage. Essentially it’s a smaller version of the cleverly designed main house. There’s a little bit of something for everybody at Blackwood.


THE EAGLE’S NEST Private 18 hole golf course Stunning 360° mountain & ocean vistas Award-winning main residence Beautiful infinity-edge pool Full-size tennis court Private health spa Teppanyaki hut Extensive outdoor entertaining areas 20 minutes drive to Noosa 30 minutes by helicopter to Brisbane

Location: Cooroy Mountain, QLD Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Northerly Land: 60.7 ha (149.993 acres)

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erched several hundred metres above sea level, on a picturesque hilltop and overlooking its own private 18 hole golf course, the surrounding Noosa hinterland and the ocean, The Eagle’s Nest is a property unparalleled in Australia.

bedrooms and maid’s quarters. All but the master suite are in an accommodation wing over two levels with a luxurious spa room. The master bedroom has fantastic views to the ocean and a large ensuite with luxurious sunken bath.

The estate comprises 150 manicured acres where a full-time grounds keeper meticulously maintains the golf course, featuring undulating hills peppered with water obstacles and bunkers. From the course, the views of the home and surrounding hills are breathtaking.

The large central courtyard has both undercover seating and open air dining on the sandstone terraces and, next to the wet-edge pool, is a Teppanyaki hut. Beyond, is a full-size tennis court and beautifully planted gardens.

The home, elegantly designed around a majestic 150 year old fig tree, incorporates two spacious lounge areas with six

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BOTANICA

Location: Upper Wilsons Creek, NSW Price: $2.7 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 28 ha

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cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent timber detailing throughout.

Leave the hustle and bustle of the cities behind and feel the stress melt away as you approach this property along leafy country lanes and beside babbling brooks.

The property features a total of 4 bedrooms, a master with extensive storage and open plan ensuite, a guest suite in the main house, a one bedroom guest apartment beside the plunge pool and sauna and another large bedroom with ensuite and kitchenette beside a spacious, well equipped gymnasium.

erfectly poised to take in breathtaking views of the surrounding rainforest valleys and its own magnificent grounds, this beautiful home is the ideal holiday home or weekend retreat.

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NORTH HILL FARM Location: Curlewis, VIC Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Easterly Land: 6 ha

Substantial rural residence Stunning Port Phillip Bay views Separate self-contained guest house Six immaculate flexible hectares Olympic size menage Swimming pool Tennis court

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ocated in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula, North Hill Farm is an impressive private property that offers a relaxed rural lifestyle, only 90 minutes from the centre of Melbourne.

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menage, swimming pool and full size tennis court.

Surrounded by an abundance of popular wineries and the finest of eateries, including the famous “Jack Rabbit Restaurant”, North Hill Farm boasts substantial bay views, as far reaching as Melbourne’s city skyline.

The upper level of this generous Georgian-style home consists of a master bedroom with ensuite, three further bedrooms plus a main bathroom with spa. On the lower level is an open-plan living room with an abundance of natural light, a sparkling kitchen, casual living/dining as well as separate family room, study or fifth bedroom plus powder room.

Minutes away, play a round of golf at the Curlewis Golf Club or the famous Portarlington Golf Club. Surf at any of the Bellarine’s fabulous surf beaches or take a stroll down to the bay for a safe paddle board, jet-ski or sail.

Completely separate to the main residence is a substantial matching guest house, complete with games room and loft sleeping, perfect for guests, a teenager’s retreat or an added source of income as a B&B or holiday rental.

Situated on 6.0 hectares (15.5 acres), the property boasts 4 large horse paddocks, 2 additional holding yards with shelter, Olympic size

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Ferrari’s homage to Hollywood and beyond. By James Nicholls

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he Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena may not be quite as well known as its bigger sibling, the Ferrari Museum at Maranello. It is however one of the most exciting museum spaces in Europe and its latest exhibition certainly does its bright yellow car bonnet roof and the house where Enzo was born, justice. “Red Carpet: Ferrari’s Homage to Hollywood and Beyond” is its latest offering, and what a show it is, providing as the name suggests, a tribute to Ferrari’s role in the aesthetics of the silver screen. Cars, of course, have always been an integral part of movie making from the earliest days. The energy and movement that the automobile brought to early films is in evidence through such silent films as ‘The Keystone Cops’ produced by Mack Sennett in the years immediately prior to the first world war. Indeed, the film industry and the automotive industry are almost exact contemporaries from the end of the 19th century. The first films date from the 1890's (though a case can be made that Eadweard Muybridge’s ‘The Horse in Motion’ study from 1878 as being the first moving film), whilst the first motor car is generally accepted as the three-wheeled two-seater by Carl Benz from 1886. Its 0.75HP engine was based on the stationary onecylinder two-stroke petrol engine that Benz had developed at the very end of 1879.

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The golden periods of the two industries also seem to run parallel. The 1920's, which saw sound first introduced with the 1927 ‘Jazz Singer’ starring Al Jolson, was also a new age of democratisation of the motor car with so many more manufacturers providing so many more opportunities to so many more people. As Marshall McLuhan in his original and perhaps frightening book, ‘Understanding Media’ in 1964 said, “The motorcar…broke up family life, or so it seemed, in the Twenties. It separated work and the domicile, as never before. It exploded each city into a dozen suburbs…the motorcar ended the countryside.” With the passing of post-war 1950's austerity, so too did black and white films pass on to colour, and as we move into the 1960's the car too became more vibrant and modern. This is perhaps best epitomised by the forward looking Jaguar E-Type of 1961, very much in contrast with many cars of the 1950's in England which definitely still had pre-war antecedents. With some lateral thinking, I believe an argument could be made linking the work of the French nouvelle vague cinema of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut with the shock of the first appearance of the Citroën DS in 1955; or the Italian neorealist cinema of Federico Fellini with the masters of the Italian carrozzeria, Fantuzzi or Scaglietti, of the same period. In the 1960's and 1970's films became


more avantgarde and so too did the styling of the automobile. By the 1980’s anything ‘went’, but today cars, like films, are formulaic and subject to too many rules of ‘genre’. If the 19th century was the age of steam and still photography, the 20th century was about movement, for both the image on the screen and for the individual, it was the century of the cinema and the car. The Modena exhibition beautifully illustrates this symbiotic relationship between the two, bringing together the vehicles used on screen with clips of them in action. Who can forget Magnum PI’s Ferrari 308GTS or the Testarossa used in Miami Vice, cars and programmes which defined their time. There are some very special cars brought to our attention in this show, the Ferrari 512S used in ‘Le Mans’, and the beautiful 375 America in particular stand out. The 375 America is the car in which Sofia Loren, playing Phaedra, a poor sponge diver, is driven by the unscrupulous, Victor Parmalee, played by Clifton Webb in Jean Negulesco’s 1957 ‘Boy on a Dolphin’. Ironically, the majority of the film is set on the Greek island of Hydra, an island where, even today, there are no cars - visits to the mainland in the film however provide us with the cinematic opportunity to see the legendary 375 in action. Also on display in the exhibition is the white Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Pininfarina beloved by Marilyn Monroe. Of course an exhibition such as this would not be complete without reference to such star names

as Monroe or Steve McQueen and his amazing association with the marque, Peter Sellers, and Paul Newman who actually competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona in a Ferrari 365 GTB4. There is also plenty of artistic licence utilised to make this a thoroughly entertaining and interactive exhibition of the Prancing Horse legend. Also included is the F430 Schumacher complete with big cartoon eyes from ‘Cars’ (in which the aforementioned Newman voiced the part of Doc Hudson), along with ‘Thomassima 3’, an American-style Ferrari based on 250 GT running gear sculpted by Tom Mead, the Californian designer who lived and worked in Modena from 1960 to 1973. There is even a contemporary Formula one car referencing racing movies such as ‘Grand Prix’, ‘Le Mans’ and ‘Rush’. After all, it was on the race track that Ferrari first made its name. Cars have often been the stars of movies. We all have our favourites - just think of the Minis in ‘The Italian Job’ with Michael Caine; ‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce’ with Alain Delon, Shirley McLaine et al; ‘Bullitt’ where the Ford Mustang almost overshadowed Steve McQueen; the ‘Herbie’ series, or another children’s favourite ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ written by 007’s creator, Ian Fleming (talking of cars in films let’s not get started on James Bond!). All of this is wonderfully demonstrated with Ferraris in this marvellous exhibition. My vote though is for Dino Risi’s 1962 ‘Il Sorpasso’ (The Overtaking) and the lovely Lancia B24 Spyder driven by the protagonist Vittorio Gassman. One of my all time top ten films and one of my all time top ten cars. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 109 U nique y 109


DOVE FARM

Location: Tallebudgera Valley, QLD Price: $3.6 million Aspect: Easterly Land: 7.28 ha

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has exquisite views from every part of its beautiful, mature, landscaped gardens and residence. Bounded by its own rainforest, lake and picturesque paddocks, with the Tallebudgera, Bally and Cougal mountains beyond, its central vista to the majestic Springbrook escarpment is quite simply, stunning. It has been used as a location for international films. The single level home, with high ceilings and grand proportions, has wraparound tiled verandas and a French-Provincial style rear courtyard with separate wine cellar and utility room. Set in its own gardens, a self-contained guest cottage adjoins the rainforest and overlooks the lake spillway. Paths lead through the 110

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trees to a jetty and lakeside lawns. With an impressive driveway, the house is also serviced by a second gated entrance which also leads to a self-contained studio, workshop and carport. Licensed irrigation, supplying underground sprinklers throughout the gardens, also services domestic storage tanks ensuring an endless water supply. The property is within easy range of every amenity, 15 minutes from beaches, major shopping outlets and commuter Air Train station. It’s just over an hour from Brisbane and 20 minutes from the Gold Coast International Airport. Fine schools are within the valley or surround it and are serviced by buses.


KARBEETHONG LODGE Spectacular views over Mallacoota Inlet Run as a guest-house since the 1920's Walking distance to World Heritage listed National Park Fully equipped business with 11-year track record of growth Established fruit trees Cottage garden, shed & access to jetty Small, vibrant local community

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arbeethong means ‘moonlight shining on water’. Artists and poets have tried to capture the feeling of the place for nearly one hundred years, however, nothing compares to simply being there. A large number of artists, writers and musicians have visited the Lodge & Mallacoota, including E.J. Brady, Banjo Patterson and others, and this tradition of creativity and arts continues in Mallacoota today. Karbeethong Lodge is a unique, relaxed, fully-renovated guest house which dates back to 1903. The building is largely original, apart from the addition of ensuite bathrooms, some reconfiguration of internal spaces, and, of course, upgrades to evolving technology such as electricity, plumbing and wireless internet. The Lodge consists of ten guest rooms, lounge, dining and kitchen, outdoor areas, and

Location: Mallacoota, VIC Price: $1.5 million + Aspect: North Easterly Land: 3,600m2

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sweeping verandas overlooking the garden, lake and ranges beyond. Its most recent refurbishment has been in the last ten years with the emphasis, in all decisions, towards comfort and style while maintaining essential character. Half the rooms open onto the wide front veranda with spectacular views over Mallacoota coastal inlet, famous for its sunsets and superb peaceful vistas. Other rooms have bush views or open onto an internal courtyard. The owner/manager’s residence is compact but is the best room in the house – privately located, quiet and with great views over the water. It comprises lounge/dining, kitchen, bathroom and single bedroom. There is also a private veranda space, an office, a second bedroom, and an enclosed garden. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 111 U nique y 111


LAEM SOR VILLA 1 Location: Koh Samui, Thailand Price: Offers over $5.5 million USD Aspect: Southerly Land: 3,959 m2

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Waterfront freehold land & villa Direct access to the beach Stunning views of Koh Taen and Koh Madsum 5 ensuited, air-conditioned bedrooms Self-contained apartment & independent staff quarters 14 metre swimming pool with ocean views 28 kilometres from Koh Samui International Airport Short stroll to restaurants and shops of Thong Krut Offered fully furnished

his stunning waterfront villa, located on the southerly tip of Koh Samui Island, is a genuine piece of paradise.

With breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Thailand, southerly aspect and its own beach access, it offers the perfect setting for a family holiday or a resort-style home-away-from-home. The 1,500 square metre (approx) main villa is split over 3 levels and has 5 air-conditioned, ensuited bedrooms, a library and a lobby. There are also 2 kitchens (one with butler’s pantry and the other with BBQ). The main living areas, featuring white plantation shutters, flow out onto the beautifully manicured gardens and a 14 metre pool with spectacular ocean views. 112

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This stunning residence also includes a separate, self-contained guest apartment and staff quarters, both with own kitchen and living space. There is also a triple car garage, guest parking and extensive storage space throughout the property. The house runs on a fresh water catchment/filtration system and has a reliable deep well and a diesel backup generator. It is also equipped with fibre optic Wi-Fi. Situated just 28 kilometres from Koh Samui International Airport, and a short stroll from the shops and restaurants of Thong Krut, this luxury property has all the conveniences you could need while still remaining extremely private.


LAEM SOR VILLA 2 Freehold house & land Southerly aspect and 96 metre water frontage 5 air-conditioned ensuited bedrooms Master bedroom with luxurious bath Separate staff quarters 20 metre swimming pool with stunning views 28 kilometres from Koh Samui International Airport Short stroll to restaurants and shops of Thong Krut Offered fully furnished

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ith breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Thailand and a sought after southerly aspect, this waterfront villa, located on the southerly tip of Koh Samui Island, is simply stunning. Sitting on an almost 2,300 square metre lot, this 1,000 square metre house is set over three levels and offers five air-conditioned, ensuited bedrooms (the master with a luxurious bath), a kitchen with separate butler’s pantry and expansive open-plan living areas that connect seamlessly with the alfresco terrace.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand Price: $3.5 million USD Aspect: Southerly Land: 2,277.6 m2

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This fantastic waterfront property boasts wraparound verandas, a 20 metre infinity-edge pool and beautiful grounds incorporating water features and 180 degree views. There are also separate staff quarters incorporating a sixth air-conditioned, ensuited bedroom. Other features include a sauna, separate laundry and powder room, a double garage with both stair and lift access and generous storage. Laem Sor Villa comes fully furnished and is only 28 kilometres from Koh Samui International Airport and a short stroll from the shops and restaurants of Thong Krut. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 113 U nique y 113


LA CASA MIRASOL Location: Port Douglas, QLD Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: North Easterly Land: 1,600m2

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Absolute beach-front Spacious open-plan living Kitchen with granite benches & quality appliances Stunning 20 metre pool Lush private gardens Outdoor entertaining

his magnificent Mediterranean-style home stretches over two absolute beach front blocks totalling 1,600 square metres, fronting idyllic Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. Set back from the white sands and turquoise waters, amongst lush and private gardens, La Casa Mirasol is the definition of exclusive, resort-style living. Surrounding a twenty metre pool, the house features five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder room, three lounge areas, a large covered dining area and patio. 114

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Ideal for entertaining, the large wraparound kitchen with granite benches and quality stainless steel appliances features a walk-in cold room. There are outdoor cooking facilities with poolside dining. Port Douglas is located an hours drive north of Cairns, along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal routes. Against a backdrop of Rainforest Mountains with a foreground of the Coral Sea, Port Douglas is the perfect base to explore the exceptional World Heritage areas of the Daintree Rainforest & the Great Barrier Reef.


FEDERAL RIDGE Lovingly restored and renovated Seamless indoor/outdoor living Modern appliances and brand new Caesar stone benchtops Wide covered deck Self-contained guest house in rebuilt bails Two road frontages Short stroll to Federal & highly acclaimed Doma restaurant 15 minutes to Bangalow 25 minutes to Byron Bay & Mullumbimby

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ositioned on an elevated ridge-line in the Byron Bay hinterland, this 1950’s, Hailstone farmhouse has been lovingly restored and renovated by its current owners. The main house boasts two generous bedrooms including an extensive master suite with a large ensuite and walk in robe, along with a second bedroom with partial ensuite. A large living area with bi-fold doors leads onto an easterly facing wide covered deck, perfect for entertaining on a summer’s evening. The ample kitchen space is equipped with modern appliances and brand new Caeser stone bench tops. The adjoining garage has been converted into an extension, featuring two more bedrooms, semi-ensuite, home office, private

Location: Federal, NSW Price: $1.95 - $2.15 million Aspect: Easterly Land: 8,093 m2

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courtyard and garage (with electric roller doors) for up to five cars. The newly built guest bails include 1 bedroom plus a large loft space, single carport and concrete floors. This beautiful addition to the property is fully self contained and has it’s own private entrance off Waltons Rd. Awe-inspiring views over the magical Byron Bay hinterland and further to the glow of the cape lighthouse, add to the charm and character of Federal Ridge. Only 15 mins from Bangalow and Mullumbimby, 25 minutes from Byron and a short stroll from the very popular, Federal village, this home oozes style and the very manageable 2 acres makes it the perfect hinterland getaway! Un i que LuxurLuxur y 115 U nique y 115


Sydney-based autobody repair centre NSC is raising the bar on prestige vehicle restoration.

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or more than 20 years, Avik Kalloglian has been doing his bit to steer drivers of some of Australia’s most luxurious vehicles out of tight spots.

As the executive officer of North Shore Classic Autobody Centre (NSC), it falls to Avik and his team to take the stress, chaos and inconvenience away from drivers who find themselves involved in motor vehicle accidents. Considered the state’s leading auto body repair shop, NSC specialises in repairing bespoke vehicles and carries out manufacturer approved repairs on behalf of some of the world’s most prestigious car brands including Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Range Rover, McLaren and Lexus. The Sydney-based business is also dealer approved for a host of brands including Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Mercedes, BMW and Porsche.

So impressive is the development that some clients have referred to it as being “more akin to a hotel than a body centre”. Avik says a key part to the NSC success story has been the fact the business has never shied from investing in the latest industryleading technologies. As a result, the workshop now boasts one of the most modern automotive repair facilities in Sydney with overhead infra-red drying equipment and an infra-red spray booth fitted with internal hoists for 4WD, computerised measuring systems, an internal aluminium welder and separate detailing and wash floor areas just some of the facilities on offer. Uncompromising attention to detail and impeccable client liaison are also core values while continuity of staff, many of whom have been with the company more than a decade, has also helped develop the business’s reputation for outstanding customer service.

Founded by Avik and with the support of general manager, Mark Patterson - who between them have more than 40 years’ autobody repair experience - NSC proved quick to attract the attention of proud prestige car owners looking to have their vehicles restored to factory condition, servicing around 30 to 35 cars a week from its 3,000 square metre base.

“Our team consists of well experienced, handpicked, factory trained and qualified repairers, painters, fitters and mechanics. Our staff are fully trained and competent in all modern repair techniques. All of our staff go through regular manufacturer run, updated training for all newly released vehicles, and have access to new data and equipment for the very best in repair techniques.”

Today, it operates out of a much larger, purpose-built facility in Artarmon in Sydney’s lower north shore, offering Avik and his team plant space more than triple the workshop’s original size and where both output and staff numbers have quadrupled in a bid to meet the rising demand.

Avik says while the paint and panel repair industry has changed significantly in the years he has been involved, one of the most pressing concerns is the number of European and luxury vehicle owners overlooking the importance of visiting an accredited repairer once they are involved in a collision.

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Not only can this prove a dangerous hazard to their livelihood in the event of a second collision, Avik says, but it can also lead to voided warranties, knockoff parts being used and unsafe repairs that are not to the manufacturers specifications. Resale value can also be impacted. To ensure NSC remains a manufacturer approved repairer, both office and trades staff are required to attend regular training sessions with the different manufacturers as well as pass certification testing to repair each individual vehicle. In addition, some manufacturers also require NSC to purchase and use specialised equipment (only available to approved repairers) custom designed for that particular make and model of vehicle. Avik says that the issue of quality within the auto body industry is a daily struggle. “Many insurers are price driven and are understandably looking to reduce their cost. NSC pledge to our customers, to never let that affect their repair, we will not take a shortcut or repair to a lower standard. [We] back this pledge with a lifetime warranty on their repairs. “Keeping this pledge often results in challenges from insurers and the like, but backed by the vehicle manufacturer, NSC can ensure the vehicle is repaired to specification.” That hands-on approach is extended to its clients with NSC staff

constantly striving to deliver services that alleviate the trauma associated with being involved in a motor accident. To this end, the company works hard at ensuring customers are looked after with a 24 hour, seven-day accident hotline, access to a reliable towing service with secure lock up, accident replacement vehicles available to all clients, ample undercover off-street parking and a popular customer vehicle pick up and delivery service. While visiting NSC’s Dickson Ave reception area, they are invited to use the telecommunications and beverage making facilities with private rooms available upon request. To make the repair process as smooth and efficient as possible, NSC also utilises a computerised quote system with images for ease of processing with all private and insurance work, regular audits of time efficiency, a vigorous final check is performed before the vehicle is released to the customer and with a 100 percent guarantee of all workmanship completed by its staff. Repairing bespoke vehicles is not solely about massive time and financial investments, says Avik. “It’s also about respect and care for the owners of these fine vehicles. NSC respects the investment the owner has made, and shares their enthusiasm for bespoke vehicles and service. This results in a boutique customer experience where nothing is too difficult, and staff work closely with the customer to ensure their expectations are exceeded.” Un i que LuxurLuxur y 117 U nique y 117


TALLARINGA Location: Myocum, NSW Price: $3.5 - $3.8 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 27.91 ha

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Extremely private North east ocean, lighthouse & mountain views Tim Hayes designed garden Open-plan kitchen, living & dining area Generous timber decks Equestrian riding arena and stables Certified cabinet timber plantation Abundant water storage & spring fed dam 15 minutes to Byron Bay

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allaringa is a serene Byron hinterland home on an impeccable 69 acres that is elevated with views overlooking Byron Bay and its iconic headland and lighthouse. Supremely private and set amongst Tim Hayes designed gardens, this pavilion-style home offers a relaxed luxury lifestyle amongst inspiring natural surrounds. Four bedrooms offer bed and breakfast potential whilst soaring, vaulted ceilings with indoor/outdoor living create a spacious and light-filled living space. The open-plan kitchen, living and dining area open out onto a massive, north east facing balcony that looks directly at Julian Rocks, the ocean, Cape Byron and to the north there is an awe-inspiring view of Mount Chincogan. 118

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Within the property is the second largest cabinet timber plantation in the shire that comprises of 43,000 trees with a projected income, when harvested, of up to seven figures (approximate). There are 12 acres of cleared grazing paddocks, Olympic size dressage arena, a large machinery shed (encompassing 2 stables and a tack-room), nursery, propagation shed and fruit orchard. You will feel miles away from the city stress yet the home is perfectly located less than 15 minutes to Byron Bay or Bangalow, 10 minutes to Mullumbimby and under an hour to two nearby airports that have multiple daily jet flights to a long list of domestic and international destinations.


MALDIVES Two separate islands 8 kilometres apart World famous reefs and corals Located close to luxury resorts Room to build large yacht berth 110 kilometres from the capital, Male 2.5 hours by speed boat to Male 30 minutes by sea plane to Male

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hese stunning islands are approximately 110 kilometres, 2.5 hours (by speed boat) or 30 minutes (by sea plane) away from the capital city of Male. The islands are just 8 kilometres from each other. Other famous resorts like Four Seasons, Six Senses, Dusit Thani and Anantara Kihavah are all in the vicinity and other exclusive luxury properties are under construction. After the head lease is approved by the Government of Maldives, the lessee has 3 years to develop the island. Lease duration is 50 years with the option to extend up to 99 years. Foreign investors can be a 100% lease holder but must maintain a local office to conduct day to day operations, liaison with Govt, book keeping, tax payments, etc. Islands can be mortgaged as well with face value $10-12 million USD.

Location: The Maldives Price: Island 1 - $6.75 million USD Price: Island 2 - $15.75 million USD Land: Island 1 - 4.9 ha Land: Island 2 - 13 ha

A truly unique opportunity

A Joint Venture head lease is possible through formation of a JV company in the Maldives with a local citizen, as is mostly done by International resorts or private investors, there will be a 25% discount in price in this case. The investor still has to bring 100% equity, and the planning and development remains the investors choice. A JV partner can assist in logistics, architectural planning, construction, material procurement etc. Investors may also choose to build a yacht berth that caters for large yachts (100 metres or larger) arriving regularly. Yacht tourism in the Middle East and Far East has increased significantly. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own something truly beautiful and unique. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 119 U nique y 119


COLLETON GREAT HOUSE Location: St. Peter, Barbados Price: $8.5 million USD Land: 2.8 ha

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Breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea Steeped with history 2 separate guest houses 7 acres of secluded tropical gardens Unique stables converted to art gallery

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olleton Great House is special in every sense. It is an historic house set in seven acres of secluded tropical gardens on the fashionable west coast of Barbados with beautiful views over the Caribbean Sea. With foundations laid in 1652, today the Colleton Estate comprises a grand, two-storey, five-bedroom, plantation-style home with an expansive basement and in-ground pool. In addition to the main house, the estate includes a two-bedroom guest cottage, a three bedroom house and handsome stables - presently being used as a private art gallery. The house stands on gardens and mahogany 120

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forest and is approached by a circular drive of shady trees. Visitors often remark that its Georgian architecture reminds them of an English country home. Perched on the escarpment with unsurpassed views over the Caribbean Sea, Colleton Great House offers total privacy and exceptional security, all while being only minutes from the beautiful Platinum Coast beaches in the most prestigious area of the island. This stunning property is only a 10 minute drive to Speightstown and around 20 minutes to all the luxuries and amenities of Holetown.


SANOUHAR 10 minutes from the heart of Noosa 2 acres of landscaped gardens Immaculate 5 bedroom residence Separate guest studio with loft lounge Panoramic ocean, coast & hinterland views Informal and formal living spaces Open fireplaces Expansive wraparound verandas Pool & full size tennis court

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ramed by gums and perched on a ridge-line that captures breathtaking ocean views to the east & Noosa hinterland views to the west, this magnificent country estate truly sits in a magical location. The sense of quality & style is evident from the moment you walk in the door. Ebony stained Blackbutt timber floors compliment the off-white walls and timber period features throughout. There is a lovely informal lounge and dining area with an open fire & views that span from east to west which adjoins the open-plan kitchen with its magnificent solid timber cabinetry, double Ilve oven & 3 Fisher Paykel dish-drawers. The formal entertaining area incorporates a dining table

Location: Doonan, QLD Price: Offers over $3.5 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 8,150 m2

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for 14 people, a Jetmaster gas fireplace and a very spacious sitting area that opens out onto the verandas overlooking the pool area & the ocean views beyond. The four bedrooms in the main house are all ensuited, stunningly appointed and open via French doors onto the verandas. A study and stunning laundry complete the layout. Outside, the 2 acres of garden frame the home beautifully & a full sized, floodlit tennis court provides additional outdoor entertaining. The property is bordered by a large farm & acreage properties. It is remarkably private yet only 10 minutes drive from the heart of Noosa. This stunning property must be seen to be truly appreciated. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 121 U nique y 121


POROS

Location: Poros, Argosaronic Gulf, Greece Price: On application Land: 12,750 m2

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Stunning location Contemporary villa Surrounded by pine trees Views of Argosaronic Gulf Close to town Outdoor entertaining areas Private access to the ocean Dock for small boats

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deally situated in the well-known Russian Shipyard Bay of Poros, this outstanding contemporary villa of classic design and fine craftsmanship consists of six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two WC, surrounded by pine trees on a 12,750 square metre plot of land. The unique position of this residence, elevated at 20 metres above sea level, offers outstanding views of the Argosaronic Gulf and surrounding islets. Perfect for entertaining your guests. 122

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The stunning location that Poros is situated in provides sought after privacy and easy access to the centre of town, which is only a few kilometres away. This outstanding property offers private access to the ocean, a dock for small boats and boasts some incredible views. Poros is a beautiful Mediterranean-style villa with fantastic access to the gorgeous waters of the Argosaronic Gulf.


FTELIA Location: Mykonos, Greece Price: On application Land: 5,000 m2

Relaxed location near Ftelia beach Traditional firewood oven Large freshwater pool Meditation gazebo and yoga platform Small chapel 40 minutes by plane to Athens 3.5 hours by boat to Athens

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stunning residence, situated in one of the most famous tourist destinations in Greece and in a relaxed ambient location just above Ftelia Beach.

The villa is built in the classical Cycladic white and blue style, consisting of four suites, each with its own charming features. The interior follows a Feng Shui philosophy, with artistic decoration and antique furniture adding character and style. Each suite is comprised of a queen size bed, an ensuite bathroom and a kitchenette, complemented with a Satellite TV, DVD player, Bang and Olufsen

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sound system and a JBL mp3 player with Harman Kardon speakers. Outside, there is a large freshwater swimming pool with a jacuzzi, beautiful marble antiques decorating the surrounding area, a meditation gazebo and a yoga platform. The villa also features a main kitchen, a traditional firewood oven, a BBQ and a small chapel. This is a villa of unique character and unparalleled style. Enjoy the stunning sweeping sea views of the Aegean Sea and feel the vibrant atmosphere of the island as you sit by the villa’s swimming pool or sip cocktails from your own jacuzzi. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 123 U nique y 123


SOUNIO Location: Sounio, Athens, Greece Price: On application Land: 9,000 m2

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his recently renovated, Mediterranean-style villa, has all the features you would expect of an ideal summer retreat.

This villa offers four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a playroom. The contemporary construction blends seamlessly with the rural ambiance. The usage of earthy colours and wooden floors in the villa’s interior decoration create a very warm and homely feeling. The exterior offers ample space and extraordinary views of 124

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the Temple of Poseidon. It features relaxing sitting areas and a swimming pool. The estate is embraced by a lovely mature garden with lush plantation featuring pine trees, olive trees and many kinds of flowers and shrubs. This charming residence offers the most unique view in the Athenian Riviera, located right across the Ancient Temple of Poseidon, in Cape Sounio.


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Location: Mykonos, Greece Price: On application Land: 1,800 m2

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n imposing villa, set on 1,800 square metres of private land over beautiful Lia Bay in Mykonos, offering an astounding view of the Aegean Sea. This modern designed, 390 square metre residence boasts an elegant Cycladic style. It consists of three, spacious double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a large living room, dining room, three fireplaces, a spacious kitchen and facility rooms. An independent beach house with ensuite bathroom overlooks the

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infinity pool and features a large covered terrace. There are three sitting terraces, as well as a stone-built BBQ. The villa’s unequalled design and architecture, along with its artistic decoration, make the house warm and comfortable. Its prime location provides easy access to Mykonos town and Tigani Beach is only a 5 minutes drive away. This beautifully designed and decorated villa is set on one of the most cosmopolitan beaches in Mykonos. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 125 U nique y 125


PORTO HELI Location: Costa, Greece Price: On Application Land: 8,771 m2

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Separate apartment Infinity pool with ocean views Sauna Outdoor entertaining areas Astounding views over the port of Costa 2-3 hour drive from Athens

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deally positioned on a hill above the port of Costa, on an 8,771 square metre plot of land, this spectacular villa sets a benchmark for luxurious living.

Various luxurious amenities are offered such as a gym, sauna and a playroom. The residence is complemented with a fully equipped, 2 bedroom apartment and a staff room.

The house is arranged over three levels, featuring six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The interior has an open-plan design, with the living room opening up to the kitchen, to the pool and the BBQ as well as to the dining area. Its main element is wood, with antique wooden flooring from Turkey decorating the interior in a vintage fashion.

In addition, within the premises, a 180 square metre, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house can be found sitting comfortably on its 1,000 square metre land plot.

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In a pinnacle location on the coast of Ermioni, with such luxurious amenities offered along with a unique sea view, this villa was built to satisfy even the most demanding.


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While the 70's vibe continues to reign for Pre-Fall 2016, few European fashion houses can agree on what trans-seasonal really represents with everything from mink coats to sheer dresses making a runway appearance.

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esign head, Nicolas Ghesquière, has always been clear about how he perceives the Louis Vuitton girl and this pre-fall RTW collection further cements this positioning.

Eyeline Shoes in Calf Leather - $1,150

Ghesquière himself notes that this season his offering has been built on a platform of three pillars: sophisticated styles recalling the heritage of the brand, the comfort and fluidity of an active wardrobe and the ever-present dream adventure where the whole world is easily within reach. To put it in more simplistic terms – it is sexy, sophisticated & sporty. In referencing some of the best pieces from collections gone by – such as the colour-blocked motorbike pants and zip front minidress – together with a motocross theme that flirts with androgyny, Ghesquière appears to understand these are the defining staples that put Louis Vuitton women streets ahead of her contemporaries while further enhancing his unique signature.

Jacket Painting Twist MM Bag in Monogram Canvas - $4,750

“Colour Blossum Star” pendant in pink and white mother of pearl - $3,350

Leg of mutton sleeves, scrunched sleeve bomber tops and parachute skirts in a monotone palette missed with beige, complete the offering. In terms of accessories, it was all about belts and gloves. Belts moved from the waist to under the bust to offer a new silhouette while sexy black gloves and platform lace-up boots added a sexuality that, as always, puts the LV girl in a league of her own.

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The Buckle Boot in Rubberised Leather - $1,795

“This is a collection of clothes that will be delivered in stores in very hot climates and very cold climates,” he said. “You’ve got big, heavy cashmere coats and you’ve also got very light dresses.” Themes included cashmere military overcoats with brass buttons, pleated dresses, flared officer trousers and patchwork skirted dresses across a sombre colour palette of red, sapphire blue, military green, black, mustard, powder blue, metallic teal, white, gunmetal, and regimental navy. Handmade techniques were employed across a number of garments while patchworked panelling, regimental piping and hand-sewn sequin florals were also big. 130

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The Buckle Boot in Snakeskin Patchwork and Rubberised Leather - $3,495

The Reversible Cashmere Scarf - $1,075

n November 2015, Burberry announced plans to unify and simplify its Prorsum, London and Brit collections under a new single Burberry label.


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n the 70 years since Christian Dior founded his namesake fashion house, the European luxury goods brand has stared down its share of troubled times. So, as far as the House of Dior is concerned, the departure of creative director, Raf Simon’s last October, is just another hurdle to be conquered. Determined that the show should, and must, go on, Dior put together a Pre-Fall collection not so very far from the genius we have been conditioned to expect. Put together by Dior’s Parisianbased creative team and presented by collection director, Michela Kalb during its internal buying session, what the trans-seasonal collection lacked in terms of theme or front person, it made up for in flair and proportion.

Slingback embellished with black embroideries and black velvet bow detail - $1,900

It was, as many fashion commentators noted, anything but ordinary. A mink coat, treated with gold, was layered atop a checkered cashmere trapeze coat while whisps of lace were added to leather for a feminine touch.

“Dior Fable” gloves with animal embroideries, available in sizes 7/7,5 and 8 - $1,900

Trenches made out of thick cotton crepe with military touches were undoubtedly the focal point of the collection and came as oversized with wide lapels or swinging straps. Pants also featured prominently, appearing in high-waisted or slouchy versions while a tight-fitting pantsuit is sure to appeal. Skirts and dresses feature pleats, asymmetrical hemlines and sequined organza panels as a continuation of that newlydeveloping city-glamour style.

“Diorever” bag in Dahlia Red and Blush Pink softly crinkled lambskin with embroidered charming dragonfly - $5,800

Laid back with a hint of city glamour, the Dior girl this season, as those that have trodden this path before, will continue to shine. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 133 U nique y 133


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he Miu Miu woman, so lovingly created by design head, Miuccia Prada, has always been young at heart, loads of fun and effortlessly cool. But this pre-fall season, Prada presents a somewhat more vintage version of her favourite muse. The collection took elements of the past and transformed them to fit the modern world with knickerbocker suits consisting of breeches and tailored jackets, and heavy lace collars reminiscent of the Victorian era.

Earrings - $380

Crossing the generations, flared corduroy, leather and fur coats competed for attention alongside roll-neck jerseys & thick wool skirts. Knitted capes and balloon sleeved lace dresses were also there with embellished belts used to tie the looks together. Plaid made an appearance via suits and jackets while layering was also used to great effect with maxi coats and cashmere scarves being shown off and ribbed knee-high socks appearing atop bottle green velvet platform ankle boots. This collection, as always, was targeted at the young adult market though there was plenty to suggest women of any age could find themselves taking up the course of the Miu Miu woman and rallying against ever having to grow up.

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Bag - $3,190

Shoes - $2,490


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autical, done Miuccia Prada style, is indeed a sight to behold.

But without a navy and white stripe combo to be found, Prada’s nod to the high seas came in the form of reconfigured sailors’ coats, caps and inspired, oversized, white shirt-style dresses.

Hat - $530

Shoes - $1,140

By way of explanation, Prada’s written notes to journalists, prior to her Pre-Fall 2016 collection, references the vast expanses of water crossed by migrants to find a new hope and a better life as a key inspiration, but others have suggested the naval mood could also be in reference to the fact that everyone sails through troubled seas and that, as a result, many of us are often left physically or emotionally shipwrecked as a result.

Bag Prada Pionniäre - $2,800

Presented during Mens Fashion Week in Milan, Prada further mixed things up by teaming with French artist, Christophe Chemin, to introduce eclectic imagery with everything from giraffes to fruit printed on white shirting with undulating hems. Dresses came in the form of black velvet or silk/satin blend with plunging necklines and sharp cut edging, some even backless, while each look was completed with platform sandals and patterned woollen tights. Coats appeared as double-breasted white versions or in brown leather and were worn with corded jerseys and plaid checked gloves in knit grey. But whatever the interpretation, no one can deny this is a collection produced by a skipper well and truly used to setting her own course.

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WOLLUMBIN FIELDS Location: Uki, NSW Price: $2.4 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 9.9 ha

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dam and lush green rolling lawns. With over 90,000 visitors each year passing its doors to climb Mount Warning, Wollumbin Fields has no shortage of customers. There is a restaurant with seating capacity for over 100 guests, operating 5 days a week (with potential to do 7 days a week) and a separate function space. The accommodation currently includes a 2 bedroom farm house and three 1 bedroom cabins (including old converted dairy bales) with the potential for four more cabins, making it a perfect and sought after venue for weddings and functions. Wollumbin Fields represents a fabulous business and lifestyle opportunity, an inspection of this charming property is a must.


WALKER FARM Panoramic, north facing mountain views 6 separate titles Ocean views from some blocks Dramatic Mt Chincogan backdrop 2 original farmhouses Nestled amongst 100 year old fig trees Fenced paddocks and infrastructure 3 road frontages

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alker Farm is an iconic rural holding in the Myocum Valley and is offered for the first time in over 100 years. This is a rare opportunity to secure the largest and most sought after holding in the Byron Bay countryside. Set across 6 titles totalling 450 acres, all with elevated positions and outlooks, Walker Farm lends itself to unlimited possibilities that range from primary production to subdivision (STCA). Two existing homesteads offer income and accommodation, whilst

Location: Myocum, NSW Price: $4.5 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 182 ha

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idyllic surrounds open up opportunities for lucrative holiday let and wedding venue business ventures. 100 year old fig trees feature around the property and 3 road frontages with separate entrances access the various titles. Walker Farm is 15 minutes to Byron Bay, 10 minutes to Mullumbimby, 45 minutes to the Gold Coast and is set amongst the finest countryside in the Northern Rivers. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 139 U nique y 139


SATORI SPRINGS Location: Canyonleigh, NSW Price: $4.5 million (inc GST)

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n estate of extraordinary proportions and superb quality. No expense has been spared on this secluded haven providing a range of facilities rarely seen on a private holding. The hint of something special starts at the superbly crafted gateway entrance. A meandering driveway passes by the impressive lake and boathouse before entering the charming turpentine timbered port cochere. The grand foyer enhances your impression, what an introduction to this amazing property. Expansive living and entertaining areas, luxurious bedroom suites, commercial kitchen and laundry facilities and opulent decor. The large covered entertaining area and sweeping verandas are perfect for twilight dinner parties. Approximately 30% of the 102 acres features landscaped grounds, sprawling lawns and undulating fields. The wildlife is plentiful ranging from deer and kangaroos to numerous bird species.

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A great deal of thought went into the planning of Satori Springs providing the highest level of comfort. In-slab heating, ducted A/C, German double glazing throughout, C-Bus, 3 phase with back- up generator, efficient solar panelling, the list goes on. Additional facilities include an internal two bed flat, a one bed guest cottage, huge studio/second guest dwelling, a one bed cabin, 16 metre x 5 metre indoor heated swimming pool and spa, floodlit tennis court, two spa treatment rooms, 20 metre x 9 metre machinery shed, workshop and commercial greenhouse with aquaponics system. Approximately 1.5 hours from Sydney and Canberra, Satori Springs has the appeal and capacity for a range of niche market pursuits. DA approval to build accommodation for an additional 60 people adding to the enormous potential available at this estate.


MENABILLIE MANOR Location: Bowral, NSW Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Northerly Land: 5,646 m2

Double brick, 10 foot ceilings, double glazing 3 living areas including centre-piece stateroom 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, kitchen & kitchenette 4 large verandas & amazing views over Bowral Billiards room, cellar, office & store rooms Zoned gas heating, R/C air & solar credit income Double garage & dual driveway

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grand home of double brick construction with 10 foot ceilings and fabulous views over the township of Bowral. Menabillie Manor was designed by the famous Australian architect Aaron Bolot. Huge formal and informal living areas opening to 4 large verandas including a delightful central state room and floor-to-ceiling windows maximising the views. The home features rooms of generous proportions throughout. 3 of the 5 bedrooms feature B&Bstyle hidden kitchenettes and have won awards with Trip Advisor two years running. An excellent income if required. Downstairs

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houses a classic billiard room, large timber wine cellar, kitchenette, laundry, huge office/media room, storerooms and a double garage. Gas central heating, R/C air conditioning, S/C fire, double glazing and a 56 panel solar system in substantial credit with the grid! Wonderful mature grounds with water features, irrigation system, garden shed and chicken pen. A charming estate in a quiet elevated location and only a stroll down the road for lunch, drinks, golf, or simply to enjoy this delightful part of old Bowral. Menabillie Manor is 1.5 hours from Sydney and 1.75 hours from Canberra. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 141 U nique y 141


SCARRABELLA’S FARM Location: Nashua, NSW Price: $1.1 - $1.25 million Aspect: North Westerly Land: 4.04 ha

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erfectly positioned at the end of an idyllic country lane, only 10 minutes from Bangalow, sits this private 10 acre oasis.

newly renovated ensuite with a spacious walk- in-robe and French doors opening to wide veranda areas make this a very special space.

Gorgeous English-style gardens surround the home and the 10 very usable acres make this property an ideal hobby farm for those looking to escape the fast-paced city life.

The second pavilion area provides magnificent open-plan living with the major feature of floor-to-ceiling windows providing light, space and an invitation to let the outside in. A newly installed kitchen with stone benches will meet the requirements of the most discerning of chefs.

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Small acreage with ample water and fully fenced allowing for your own hobbies to be realised. The horse paddock, maybe a few cows, chickens or your own organic farm with permaculture gardening.


MARARA Location: Avalon, NSW Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Northerly Land: 12,685 m2

Prestigious trophy property Only two owners in 100 years Over 119 metres of pristine sandy beach frontage Deep waterfront with super wharf & slipway Two boathouses & three existing residences Build your ideal prestigious residence

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yachtsmen or those who simply enjoy the stunning scenery of Sydney’s waterways and Northern beaches.

Possibly Sydney’s largest, freehold, deep waterfront land holding, Marara is truly an exceptional estate. It is set on 12,685 square metres on Sydney Harbour foreshore land that slopes gently to its pristine waterfront with private beach, deep-water wharf and slipway. As such, it presents an unrivalled opportunity for

Here, you could design and build the ultimate waterfront residence. Should you desire, as the property has approval for sub-division to six separate titles, you could build a whole family enclave. Alternatively, subject to planning approval, the further development opportunities are boundless.

arara is on sale for only the second time in 80 years. This is an absolutely unique real estate investment opportunity.

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NANUKU AUBERGE RESORT

Location: Coral Coast, Fiji Price: Contact Agent Aspect: Southerly Size: 85m2 and up

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Oceanfront location Limited number of 1 and 2 bedroom villas Thoughtfully designed Open plan living All-inclusive, turnkey living experience Wonderful sea breezes 3.5 hour flight from Sydney 10.5 hour flight from Hong Kong 13 hour flight from Singapore

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ntroducing a rare, whole-ownership opportunity in Fiji. Located oceanfront on Fiji's main island (Viti Levu) - just steps down the beach from our Clubhouse - Nanuku Auberge Resort is introducing a limited number of 1 and 2 bedroom villas at pre-sell pricing, available for purchase by reservation only. Thoughtfully designed by Grounds Kent Architects (GKA), these villas create open, free-flowing living spaces that beautifully blend outdoor and indoor areas. Each villa presents an all-inclusive, turnkey living experience that reflects the authentic heritage of Fijian culture, while offering a privileged lifestyle that is without precedent in the Pacific. It’s worth noting that only 9% of Fiji is available as freehold property, and of that 9%, only a small fraction is beachfront—making this wholeownership opportunity at Nanuku Auberge Resort even more rare.

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Reviewers refer to it as the “new benchmark in the luxur y SUV segment ” while others have labelled it “close to the perfect car ” but what is it about the Audi SQ7 that has Australian car enthusiasts so enamoured?

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hen it comes to technical precision and dynamic innovation, luxury vehicle maker, Audi AG, has always been in a league of its own.

The team behind the quattro, the first German large-scale production vehicle to feature permanent all-wheel drive through a centre differential, and the first car manufacturer to introduce aluminum space frames into car design, Audi has always led from the front. And it appears the latest model to roll off its production line, the SQ7 TDI, is no exception.

It could be its power A high performance diesel SUV, the model ticks all the boxes when it comes to a single vehicle capable of being used for a multitude of different purposes. It blends proven technology with a unique state-of-the-art forcedinduction system, affording it unparalleled off-the-line acceleration. Boasting a 4.0-litre twin–turbo V8 diesel engine, the core of the SQ7 design lies with the introduction of a clever world-first electric compressor that all but eliminates turbo lag. Where a regular turbocharger relies on exhaust pressure to make it work –using energy normally lost in the exhaust system to provide more power – the electric compressor simply requires electricity. Once the driver accelerates, an electronic signal is sent to the compressor that, capable of spinning up to 70,000 revolutions per minute, begins pumping air into the traditional turbos.

It may be its green credentials But it’s not just in acceleration where the SQ7 has proven best in class, it is also in efficiency, with the vehicle consuming an average of just 7.2 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. It’s quiet too. The SQ7 also boasts innovative thermal management and sophisticated measures in its crankshaft and camshaft drive that help reduce friction. Audi AG Technical Development Board of Management member, Dr Stefan Knirsch, says the combination of a NOx oxidating catalytic converter and a downstream SCR catalutic converter means it has a particularly efficient emissions control system. “A sound actuator in the exhaust system amplifies the sonorous eightcylinder sound. Drivers can choose how much attention they want to draw to themselves by using the Audi drive select system to vary the amount of sound.”

It could be its superb handling capabilities Dr Knirsch says the front and rear stabiliser can be adjusted independently of each other, giving drivers more control of the vehicle’s on road behaviour. Compared with conventional hydraulically switched stabilisers, the 48-volt-based system offers major advantages over its competitors.

This, in turn, feeds the air into the engine to get things moving before the regular turbos – now flush with exhaust pressure – take over.

A compact electric motor, with a three-stage planetary gearbox, separates the two halves of the stabiliser. On an uneven road surface, they are actively separated resulting in improved ride comfort. During sporty driving, the tubes are interconnected and twisted against each other, significantly reducing the lead on the car, he says.

In short, this added functionality means the SQ7 engine is capable of 325 kw and nearly 950 nm of torque, helping it to reach speeds of up to 100 km/h in an impressive 4.8 seconds and continue up to 250 km/h.

“It can develop more power, it works faster and it is activated even at low speeds. Because it requires no oil, the electromechnical active roll stabilisation is also maintenance-free and environmentally friendly.”

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Boasting all-wheel steering, the SQ7’s rear wheels are capable of turning in by as much as five degrees, improving dynamics and stability and making parking a breeze.

Or its design-led exterior styling Available in 12 different colours and measuring 5.07 metres from top to tail, it is hard to describe the SQ7 TDI as anything other than a beautiful beast. Boasting all the hallmarks of the Audi DNA – including a sculpted single frame radiator grille, distinctively highlighted wheels and flared quattro-style blisters - all lines on the car accentuate its width and the robustness of its offering. Other distinguishing features that are unique to this model include its side air inlets, mirror housings, aluminum door inlays and its aesthetically pleasing exhaust system that diverges into four rectangular tailpipes. Its headlights have a pronounced three-dimensional appearance with a double-arrow signature. Each Matrix LED headlight divides its high beam into 30 individual light-emitting diodes paired with three reflectors. This means the control unit is capable of individually turning the diodes on or off and can dim them in 64 stages each depending on the situation. “With the millions of different resultant beam patters, the high-end headlights superbly light up the road, without blinding other road users,” says Dr Knirsch. “Traffic signs are illuminated with less power so that the driver is not blinded by glare.”

Or simply because it’s the epitome of cool The SQ7 has captured the attention of Hollywood with Captain America – the main character in the latest instalment in the Marvel film series, Captain America: Civil War, catching a ride in the new Audi SQ7. “Captain America has superpowers, his trademark is the indestructible Vibranium shield. The Audi SQ7 adds a new superpower to his arsenal, making this sporty SUV the perfect fit for him,” says Anthony Russo, who directed the movie along with his brother, Joe Russo. As if being the car of choice of superheroes is not enough, the SQ7 comes complete with plenty of high-end inclusions such as Audi’s benchmark 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display with customisation and intuitive operation, and a power tailgate. Capable of being both sporty and elegant, the SQ7 is available with a full leather interior, contrasting stitching and luxury velour floor mats. In addition, it offers a wide range of 24 driver assistance systems to help drivers travel safely and comfortably. Its predictive efficiency assistant provides additional information in the instrument cluster to help drivers save fuel, while standard Audi pre sense city – an anticipatory warning and emergency breaking function to avoid accidents and protect pedestrians - gives drivers piece of mind when behind the wheel. There’s also a stylish Bang & Olufsen sound system featuring 23 speakers, 11 channels and a 1920-Watt amplifier that can include two Audi tablets docked into the rear of the front seats for the drivers who enjoy being wired for sound. All of which helps to explain why the release of the Audi SQ7 is so eagerly anticipated.

For more information on the new SQ7, please contact your local Audi Dealer: Audi Five Dock: 02 8753 2888 Audi Centre Mosman: 02 9939 1500

Audi Sutherland: 02 8536 2888 Audi Centre Parramatta: 02 8842 8888

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Koh Samui

KOH SAMUI - NAPA VILLA B11 Location: Koh Samui, Thailand Price: THB 55 - 60 million Aspect: Easterly Land: 779 m2 (including outdoor areas)

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apa Villa B11 is a fabulous, contemporary, tropical home of stylish design. Set within the exclusive Narayan Heights residential development in North Chaweng. Designed by award-winning architect, Gary Fell (of GFAB), the villa boasts spectacular sea views along the northern east coast of Koh Samui, including the nearby island of Koh Matlang. The premise of indoor/outdoor living is maximised with all rooms opening onto decks that overlook the ocean and surrounding nature. At the centre of the property, the large swimming pool is flanked by a wooden deck furnished with sun-loungers.

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The main living area opens onto the pool deck with foldaway glass walls. This spacious, open-plan living area is shaded and cooled by ceiling fans and sea breezes as well as air-conditioning. Four spacious master bedrooms feature large ensuite bathrooms with twin basins and walk-in rain-showers. All of the bedrooms have beautiful sea views and are equipped with built-in wardrobes, balconies, airconditioning, safes and ceiling fans. Live-in maids quarters are hidden away from view and include a staff kitchen and laundry. Just 10 minutes from Koh Samui International Airport and minutes away from excellent beaches, lively shopping areas and night spots.


SERENGETI Location: Byron Bay, NSW Price Guide: $5.5 to $5.7 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 708 m2

4 Stunning panoramic ocean & mountain views Tightly held beachfront location on the Pass Luxurious home Quality finishes Walk to shops and restaurants Fully tiled salt water swimming pool

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et on the Pass, arguably Byron’s finest beach, Serengeti represents the best that Northern New South Wales has to offer. No expense has been spared in the construction of this unique home. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for light-filled rooms, spacious & separate accommodations are perfect for families or extended groups and the resort-style pool with entertaining area is ideal for making the most of a relaxed lifestyle. Large sun terraces with glass balustrades take in the stunning ocean views. Set amongst inspiring natural surrounds, Serengeti borders the national park and is just steps from the white sands and calm

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turquoise waters that have made Byron Bay famous. Scenic walking tracks and boardwalks connect this home to the lighthouse, Wategos Beach, the most easterly point of Australia and feature an array of whale watching platforms. Julian Rocks sits in the foreground of the view and a dramatic backdrop of the surrounding hinterland and Mount Warning makes for a worldclass outlook. Byron Bay offers high quality dining, shopping and entertainment and is an hour from the Gold Coast, 45 minutes from Coolangatta Airport and 20 minutes from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 151 U nique y 151


LE POINT DU JOUR - DAYBREAK Location: Lot-Et-Garonne, France Price: â‚Ź525,000 Aspect: Easterly Land: 4,570 m2

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erfectly located within the picturesque, as well as historically significant, Aquitaine region of South Western France, this charming estate boasts an exquisitely renovated main residence as well as separate medieval barn conversion housing two further completely self-contained apartments, providing the astute buyer the perfect French lifestyle change as well as profitable income stream if desired. Stone walls, marble fireplaces, over an acre of manicured gardens complete with orchard and picture perfect terracing with outdoor dining and even your own well, this property leaves nothing to be desired. 152

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Close to the wonderful Bordeaux wine region with its significant castles and villages, this beautiful area of France is truly paradise. Everything necessary for fabulous French living is at hand with patisseries, boulangeries, wineries, restaurants and pavement bars right at your doorstep. Every practicality is catered for – airports, medical, dental, hair and beauty all close by. English as well as French speaking residents within the local village, make for an easy transition to this delightful region. Attractive purchasing conditions for nationals as well as expatriates make this property one not to be overlooked.


AKASHA BEACH HOUSE Location: Suffolk Park, NSW Price: $2.8 million Aspect: North Easterly Land: 789 m2

Tallow Beach

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allow Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Stretching all the way from the Byron Bay Lighthouse to Broken Head, it offers sensational surf breaks, wonderful whale watching and dolphins, as well as so much more natural wonder. Akasha Beach House is a four bedroom, three bathroom, Feng Shui designed, luxurious beach-front retreat, located in a gated, beach-front estate right on this beautiful beach. Erosion has not been an issue in Suffolk Park, making it a rare commodity on the Australian coastline. Even more rare is the fact that this particular property backs on to the Arakwal National Park and has the ocean at the front door - all beautifully private and secluded.

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From the gorgeous gardens at the front of the house, you enter an open-plan, retreat style, modern home with all amenities. With beautiful balconies on all sides of the house, it opens like a flower, offering entertaining areas and peaceful places to sit at any time of the day in any season. The open-plan kitchen, dining and living area opens out on to timber decks in the trees by the beach and to the rear is a perfect pool and an extensive poolside gazebo backing on to the National Park. It simply does not get much better than this. Upstairs, air-conditioned bedrooms and bathrooms overlook the serene surroundings with gentle ocean breezes and the sweet sounds of nature. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 153 U nique y 153


SKYVIEW Location: Tallai, QLD Price: $3.18 million Aspect: Easterly Land: 5.66 ha

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14 acres, 5 acres cleared Springbook ranges to the west Tambourine mountain to the north Overlooks Hinze Dam Glow of Brisbane in the distance 3 x 43,000 litre tanks Solar heated pool 5m x 15m & 3m deep - ozone 2 Solar hot water tanks Borders state forest

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ocated on sought-after ‘The Panorama’ at Tallai, Skyview is one of the highest properties on the ridge with a truly enviable and unique position. Not only does this immaculately presented property capture views of the Gold Coast skyline and ocean beyond, it also takes in an unbelievable outlook over the Hinze Dam to the Springbrook Ranges to the west, Mount Tambourine to the north and enjoys amazing sunrises and sunsets. Skyview is an elegant and well-considered home with a large lounge room overlooking the views to the north and west and

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opening onto a lovely entertaining terrace overlooking the pool. The grounds feature a small natural billabong, some majestic native Eucalypts and a beautiful array of flowering plants. There is a fantastic 5 x 15m pool also taking in the amazing views. Situated 350m above sea level the property captures gentle breezes and is completely protected from the southerlies. Robina Town Centre is a short 10 minute drive away, whilst Surfers Paradise is 20 minutes, 20 minutes to Gold Coast Airport and Brisbane is an hours drive from the property.


THE BIG TIN SHED Location: Federal, NSW Price: $1.08 million Aspect: Easterly Land: 2,773 m2

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rare and unique opportunity now exists to purchase these commercially zoned properties in the heart of this ultra vibrant hinterland community. Established in 1926, these buildings are steeped in local history and await their new owner’s energy. This fast growing area is the ideal location to start your new business. Situated on almost 3,000 square metres in the Main Street of Federal, a position which lends itself to many business opportunities with the current owners running an antiques and collectables store.

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The cute cottage comprises of two bedrooms, on just over 900 square metres and would achieve approximately $400 per week as a full-time let. ‘The Big Shed’ offers approximately 200 square metres, under-roof, with a workshop and over 1,800 square metres of usable land which lends itself to multiple business possibilities. Only 15 minutes from Bangalow and 25 minutes to Byron Bay, these separately-titled, commercial properties are situated in a fantastic location and are easily accessible. The Big Tin Shed is a property that deserves your attention. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 155 U nique y 155


BRYN-Y-MOR Location: Leura, NSW Price: $1.85 million Aspect: Southerly Land: 1,861 m2

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Beautiful home Income producing cottage rental House and cottage on one title A rare dual occupancy Kauri pine floors throughout Low-maintenance picturesque gardens Built in 1919, renovated in 2005 Ultimate getaway location Entertainer’s kitchen and living spaces Only 90 minutes to Sydney CBD

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ryn-Y-Mor is a truly unique estate being one of only a handful of BMCC approved dual occupancies, which boasts a fusion of period features with modern comforts. The main house is accompanied by a guest cottage which offers a large master bedroom and also accommodates extra sleeping in the atrium area. The cottage is currently run as a luxury holiday let with loyal patronage and a healthy revenue stream. DA approved holiday accommodation & featured on Channel 9’s Getaway TV show, this cottage is a must see. The main residence was constructed in 1919 and has been meticulously renovated to incorporate original features of the home including leadlight windows, fireplaces, fretwork timber arches and light fittings. A wraparound veranda graces

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Bryn-Y-Mor which can be accessed from the master bedroom, 4th bedroom/study or lounge room to entertain guests or to admire the peaceful surrounds. The master bedroom has been extended to include a walk-inwardrobe and ensuite, both the second and third bedrooms are appointed with built-in wardrobes, the fourth bedroom or study is generously sized. Beautiful, yet low maintenance gardens cover the property with even the ornate hedges matching the federation style. What was the original stable has now been converted into the garage with the sandstone building now comfortably housing 2 cars as well as equipment fit for maintaining the residence.


MIDDLE EARTH Stunning hinterland views Huge potential as rural tourism facility 80-90% usable, flat, scenic land Abundant water including creeks, billabong & spring 2 new barns, separate office & large external garage Extensively renovated Modern kitchen with Miele appliances Reverse cycle ducted and sensor air-conditioning 30 minutes to the Gold Coast International Airport

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ocated in the Byron hinterland, north of Mullumbimby, Middle Earth will transport you to another place. This stunning property, set on 19 hectares of predominately cleared land, still has areas of breathtaking rainforest and would be perfect for a rural tourism facility or a fantastic family estate. The property boasts three creeks and a billabong as well as a spring. There are six rainwater tanks with a total capacity of 62,000 litres. Cattle are currently being agisted by a local farmer. Originally built in 1978, Middle Earth has been extensively renovated. As well as the main house, there are two barns, a separate office, a large

Location: Middle Pocket, NSW Price: Expressions of interest Aspect: Northerly Land: 19.77 ha

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external laundry and a three-car garage with cedar doors. The main house has four large bedrooms with built-in robes. There are two stylishly renovated bathrooms inside and a beautiful outdoor bathroom that joins two of the buildings. Fantastic covered walkways connect the buildings and the many outdoor entertaining areas enjoy spectacular views. Just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast International Airport, 20 minutes from Byron Bay, 10 minutes from Mullumbimby and 10 minutes to the North Byron Parklands festival site, Middle Earth would make a fabulous family home or a wonderfully relaxing retreat. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 157 U nique y 157


MELROSE FARM Location: Yarra Glen, VIC Price: $2.6 million + Aspect: Northerly Land: 9.36 ha

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Stunning equine/training centre First class stables Tuscan-inspired residence Expansive kitchen Entertaining deck with amazing views Separate 2 bedroom cottage Barn with 1 bedroom apartment Walk to the village of Yarra Glen 1 hour from the centre of Melbourne

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area with stunning views. To one end of the upper level lies the generous main suite, boasting private sitting room/office, library, walkthrough-robing, travertine ensuite with spa, plus expansive bedroom including private deck. A separate two bedroom cottage offers a further private guest studio or office removed from main dwelling. The stunning barn, adjacent, boasts a one bedroom apartment plus ample space on the second level as well as the stables and conference area including fully equipped kitchen below. Melrose Farm is a rare opportunity to walk straight in to a beautifully maintained lifestyle property or simply lease out the working portion of the farm and just enjoy the solitude of the beautiful countryside in this special part of Victoria only 1 hour from the centre of Melbourne.


THE MEADOWS Stunningly renovated Queenslander 20 minutes from Seven Mile Beach Central heating and cooling Contemporary kitchen and bathroom Fresh organic eggs Abundant fruit trees Expansive mountain views Water easement to bore

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leafy country lane in the Byron Bay hinterland winds its way to ‘The Meadows’ – an idyllic, high-set, stunningly renovated Queenslander set on approximately 8.9 acres. Extra wide verandas are perfect on a summer afternoon. This property features breathtaking views across the Byron hinterland. Originally built by a local land owner for his daughter, this property oozes old world charm. This 4 bedroom, timber home, with contemporary kitchen and bathroom and deliciously cosy central living area complete with

Location: Pearces Creek, NSW Price: $1.05 - $1.15 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 3.64 ha

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central heating and cooling will make the perfect weekender! Fresh eggs from the chooks, fruit from a swag of different fruit trees including lemons, oranges, olives, stone fruit and cherries; even 2 Belted Galloways (cows) thrown in to keep the grass at bay. There is also a 2 car garage and an enormous shed/barn. The property is situated just 20 minutes from Seven Mile Beach and approximately 30 minutes from the restaurants, cafés and shops of Byron Bay. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 159 U nique y 159


GALLOWAY Location: Bangalow, NSW Price: $2.25 million Aspect: Northerly Land: 3,475 m²

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Major renovation by award-winning architect, Sharon Fraser in 2012 Large open plan living, dining, kitchen and study French combustion style 2 sided fireplace Large entertaining deck and swimming pool Top end fittings & appliances Subdivision potential Separate 1 bedroom dwelling

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his charming, 1903 home has been stylishly and extensively renovated by award winning architect, Sharon Fraser. Located in sought-after Bangalow on a 3,475 square metre block with approval for a subdivision, Galloway is walking distance to a wonderful array of cafĂŠs, restaurants and shops. The large, open-plan, living, dining, kitchen and study space creates a relaxed warmth while the quality appliances and fittings make this property stylishly luxurious. The kitchen boasts marble benches and has a walk-in pantry. The master bedroom has an oversized dressing room with skylight and very large ensuite with French-style bath and partitioned shower and toilet/bidet areas.

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The house is fully insulated and there is recycled warehouse timber Blackbutt boards throughout. There is built-in joinery and storage, quality light fittings and ceiling fans throughout the house. A large entertaining deck with a Vergola operated roof (which self closes when it rains), perfect for entertaining, allows sun in winter and shade in summer. A self-contained 1 bedroom, expanded dwelling, plus a storage shed, carport and pool, complete this truly beautiful property. If you are looking for a home that is contemporary and luxurious yet retains its old world charm then an inspection of this stunning property is a must.


SUNSET VILLAS Location: Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia Price: $200,000 USD Land: 600 m2

Fantastic location right in Seminyak Immaculate fully furnished villa Huge open-plan living Separate private bungalow Stunning pool Lush manicured gardens Full villa management Short walk to Legian

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ituated right in the middle of Seminyak, this three bedroom villa, located within one of the most iconic resorts in Bali, has recently come on the market. The superb villa offers you the best in a holiday home teamed with fantastic management. The villa itself has a huge, open-plan inside/outside living, kitchen and dining area with a large ensuite bedroom on either side. The third bedroom is a private bungalow just a short walk through the manicured gardens, past the pool. All bedrooms have air conditioning and there are fans throughout. There are also day beds, ideal for reading, relaxing or massages. The grounds also boast two small fishponds.

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Home owners can stay and enjoy the hotel-style villa and when they leave, the villa management rent it out. No bills to pay or staff to deal with just friendly pick ups from the airport, lovely food, and smiling faces from all staff – drivers, gardeners, reception and housekeeping. Home owners may also enjoy discounts on all food and beverages via room service and also to the Spa’s – 'CHILL' and 'Prana' which have won many international Spa competitions. Built in 2000 and located just a short walk from Legian, this immaculate, fully furnished villa ticks all the boxes. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 161 U nique y 161


From premiere beachfront locations to gorgeous Byron Bay Hinterland parcels, all the way up to commercial development opportunities in Port Douglas

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UNIQUE LAND

MOUNTAIN VIEWS LAND Location: Uki, NSW Price: $1 - $1.2 million Land: 7.96 ha

Beautiful, completely usable parcel

Stunning riverfront land parcel Build a country retreat in Northern NSW 19 acres of usable area Building entitlement 8 megalitre water entitlement Stunning views to Mount Warning Suitable for foreign investors 45 minutes to the Gold Coast 1.5 hours to Brisbane

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ust 18 kilometres from Murwillumbah and 30 minutes from Pottsville Beach nestled at the base of Mount Warning is this stunning parcel of vacant land. Several swimming holes share its 1 kilometre boundary on the Tweed River and its lush green pasture make it ideal as a small lifestyle farm holding. There is also an 8 megalitre water entitlement. Set amongst pristine countryside with rich volcanic soil, this area is known as the most temperate in Australia. This property provides the ideal opportunity to build your dream home or holiday retreat.

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OCEANFRONT Location: South Ballina, NSW Price: $1.6 million Land: 24.68 ha

61 flat usable acres Direct beach access to South Ballina Beach Less than 10 minutes to Ballina A short distance to Byron Bay Build your dream holiday home Additional 100 acres available

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his is a rare opportunity to own one of very few ocean front acreages in NSW.

Fully fenced and almost entirely usable, this fantastic block is a blank canvas to build your ‘Unique Estate’ in a truly enviable location. With a direct path to South Ballina Beach, which can also be accessed by 4WD, this amazing location is perfect for the fishing and surfing enthusiast or for anyone who loves the beach lifestyle. Offering 61 acres of mostly flat green pastures, with some rainforest, this beach lot has a wonderful sense of privacy and

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seclusion yet it is extremely easy to access. From this very central location you can be on the Gold Coast in just over an hour or at Brisbane international airport in two. The seaside town of Ballina and its airport are only 10 minutes away by car ferry (where you can fly to Sydney) and the popular tourist destination of Byron Bay is just a short drive. This is truly a prize piece of land with so much potential and there are very limited blocks of its kind in NSW, never mind Australia-wide. Un i que LuxurLuxur y 165 U nique y 165


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PORT DOUGLAS Location: Port Douglas, QLD Price: Expressions of interest Land: 8,093.71 m2

Absolute beachfront opportunity

Last available beachfront acreage Spectacular beach access Perfect site for lifestyle estate Very private 2 acres Ideal FIRB approved site Option to sub-divide

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from beautiful Four Mile Beach, one of the most pristine stretches of beach in the world.

This property exudes potential with spectacular beach access and resort style setting creating a magical site to build a large private beachfront lifestyle with the flexibility to sub-divide, all just metres

A stunning parcel of land on the doorstep of two famous world heritage areas, The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest with Port Douglas being listed No.3 in the Australian Traveller Magazine’s list of 100 Best Towns in Australia.

n extremely rare two acres of absolute beachfront land in Port Douglas, perfectly located beside the famous Sea Temple Spa Resort and nearby Palmer Reef golf course.

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Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic.

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n expedition with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is an exhilarating adventure travel experience. In 2016, Lindblad Expeditions celebrates the 50 year anniversary of the Antarctic landing of Lars-Eric Lindblad, who was the first person to take citizen explorers to Antarctica. Lars-Eric’s son, Sven-Olof Lindblad, continues the family legacy to this day, still introducing curious travellers to exceptionally interesting locations.

Antarctica is a place of extraordinary natural beauty and is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Lindblad's two ships that visit here, National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion, are fullystabilised, purpose-built expedition ships, able to easily and safely penetrate the softer, first-year ice that is common in the Antarctic. Both vessels can ‘park’ on the ice, allowing you to disembark directly onto the ice continent.

With a fleet of 11 ships, Lindblad Expeditions vessels allow you to discover the planet’s most remarkable places, up-close, and accompanied by an expert team. With a suite of tools, including undersea equipment, a fleet of kayaks and Zodiacs, and Splash-cams (on select ships), every expedition is unique.

Their experience, and continued exploration of the polar regions, has allowed Lindblad to craft genuine expeditions. Lindblad Expeditions pioneered sea kayaking from expedition ships in polar waters – imagine kayaking between enormous icebergs and discovering this serene ice playground at your own pace. They have an undersea specialist on-board who dives with a high definition camera, or will navigate an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), to show you the remarkable undersea life that exists – a truly memorable experience. The fleet of Zodiacs (inflatable landing craft) are easy to embark and disembark from, and offer you unparalleled opportunities to get close

There are many, many reasons to want to visit Antarctica, the dashing history of the Heroic Age of Exploration featuring Douglas Mawson and Ernest Shackleton, the penguins, the majestic icebergs and glaciers and the profound absence of anything man-made. It’s an exclusive destination.

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to icescapes and wildlife. Every Lindblad Expeditions itinerary has flexibility built into the schedule to allow time to be able to witness the phenomenal unplanned events that happen around you. On every voyage, the composition of the staff is chosen to ensure a diverse range of expertise from geology to history, for a complete educational journey. Their alliance with National Geographic, established in 2004, offers you access to unprecedented resources. This includes tuition from top-tier National Geographic photographers, who will give you expert guidance on your photography aboard every departure on National Geographic Orion and National Geographic Explorer. Enhance the vibrancy of rockhopper penguins’ crests against stark white ice – it’s harder than you imagine. When travelling with Lindlad, despite being expeditionary in nature, comfort is never of concern. National Geographic Explorer has a well-appointed interior, with vast expanses of glass for an incredible connection with the region. National Geographic Orion has been

engineered and designed for maximum comfort and her public rooms offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Her menus are designed by Serge Dansereau, owner/chef of the renowned Bathers Pavilion Restaurant on Sydney’s Balmoral Beach. The pace is not always outlandish either. Recap, an entertaining snapshot of the day’s events and upcoming plans on your expedition, is held in the lounge nightly, with pre dinner hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to unwind before your evening meal. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s vessels, National Geographic Orion and National Geographic Explorer, travel to Antarctica and the Arctic, South Georgia and the Falklands Islands between November and March. There is still some limited cabin availability in the 2016/17 season. For more information, visit www.expeditions.com contact 1300 361 012 (AU) or 0800 444 462 (NZ) or see your local travel agent. Quote MAGUNIQUE at time of enquiry.

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Unique Estates represents over 150 breathtaking holiday properties and special event venues worldwide

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LENNOXHAUS

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ou may never want to go home! Kick back and relax in this brand new home on the beachfront at Lennox Head, only 15 minutes from Ballina/Byron airport. The house has been designed as a series of interlinked pavilions, with stunning views over Seven Mile Beach stretching from Lennox Head to Broken Head. Sliding doors and open windows capture the sea breezes and maximise cross-ventilation. This is true beach house living but with every modern convenience and the highest quality finishes.

Downstairs in the main house there are 2 bedrooms, one with a queen bed, the other with 2 single beds. There is a large bathroom with shower, bath and double basins. Upstairs is the master suite with queen bed, living area, walk in wardrobe and bathroom with rain head shower and double basins. The daybed in the downstairs outdoor room and a double sofa bed in the study/bedroom upstairs provide additional sleeping capacity. There is also a self-contained studio apartment which is visually and physically separated from the main house if and when necessary. It has a bedroom with queen size bed, walk in wardrobe and ensuite, washer and dryer and a separate kitchen/living area. There are multiple living spaces and the whole property has been configured to provide maximum flexibility for families or couples sharing the space. 174

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4 bedroom main house Separate self-contained apartment Sweeping ocean & Lennox Point views Walking distance to the shops Walking distance to Lake Ainsworth Fans & natural cross ventilation Smart TVs & Foxtel Wireless internet BBQ Fully equipped kitchen and laundry Parking for 3 cars Hot water outdoor shower Directly over the road from the beach

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Stunning newly built beachfront home

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yron’s Brae is a magnificent property situated at the end of a quiet cul-desac in a beautiful pocket of Possum Creek in the Byron Bay hinterland.

The 7.4 acre parcel of land boasts breathtaking views of the rolling hills that surround it. The five bedroom main house takes full advantage of the views with large picture windows and over-sized sliding doors. The central living area combining a spacious lounge, separate dining area and well-equipped kitchen opens on to a large entertaining deck to provide seamless indoor/ outdoor living. Beside the main house, taking full advantage of the northerly aspect, is a stunning pool area with built-in day-beds and a large entertaining pool house with six metre bi-fold doors and wide windows, a full stainless-steel BBQ, wine fridge, bar fridge, dishwasher, TV and extensive seating. Beside the pool house is a fire-pit overlooking the majestic view, perfect for late afternoons with friends. Byron’s Brae is only 7 minutes from the unique town of Bangalow and only 15 minutes from the beach at Byron Bay.

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BYRON HINTERLAND, NSW Private & peaceful Amazing country outlook TV in every bedroom 150 DVD titles to choose from Short drive to Byron & Bangalow Expansive pool house BBQ & pool house dining area Kitchen with views In-ground pool with daybeds Fireplace & outdoor fire pit

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A place you’ll never want to leave

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erandahs has been created from a desire to offer the most exceptional holiday experience in the Byron Bay hinterland for the world’s most discerning travellers. Worlds apart, private, elegant and unique in every possible way, Verandahs offers guests a rare experience – one that has been driven by passion, resource and a commitment to absolute style and comfort. We invite you to enter a world where elegance meets sophistication and style. Enter the driveway and immediately begin to leave the real world behind, encounter park-like gardens and a feeling of peace and tranquility that gently envelops you. The stunning Verandah House has a generous king, queen and king single bedrooms, two beautifully appointed bathrooms, a magnificent gourmet kitchen and open plan living/eating areas. A covered walkway connects the Studio House – a large two-bedroom (one queen bedroom and one king bedroom) studio with vaulted ceilings, an abundance of natural light, a fully equipped kitchen and a wood-burning fireplace. Magnificent swimming pool and cabana with pizza oven is accessible from both houses. Verandahs is within a short distance to Byron Bay, Bangalow, top restaurants and shopping and some of the most pristine beaches in the world.

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Luxury cabana & pool area Multiple indoor & outdoor dining areas Stunning manicured gardens with hinterland and distant ocean views 2 separate residences (both rented as one property) Wide wraparound verandas Fireplace, gas heating and ceiling fans Ducted air conditioning in main house Outdoor bathroom with double size bathtub Barbeque facilities Outdoor garden shower Exquisite gardens with fresh herbs and fruit

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Two beautiful Byron hinterland homes with ocean views

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icadilly House is a European-inspired architectural masterpiece that offers luxury accommodation, for over 12 people, on a truly grand scale. This vast home is set on five acres overlooking a valley and out to the Pacific Ocean, whilst being just 12 minutes to Byron Bay and its array of beautiful beaches. Sitting between a main wing and a guest wing, a breathtaking infinity edge swimming pool with heated spa frames the ocean’s horizon. The main wing contains a kitchen, living and dining room boasting an 18 person dining table, 9 metre high ceilings, a large stone fireplace and connection to a north east facing patio with outdoor fireplace and BBQ. An elevated master bedroom with its own romantic fireplace connects to a private balcony and an outdoor shower overlooking the valley below. There is also a large master bathroom featuring a bathtub looking through a juliet balcony.

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Hinterland setting just 12 minutes to Byron Bay Uninterrupted rural and ocean views Expansive saltwater pool with heated spa Fully restored 1963 Airstream Caravan Multiple outdoor entertaining areas Indoor and outdoor fireplaces Outdoor fire pit Bar and rumpus room with pool table Extensive gardens and children's tree house NBN wireless internet All upstairs bedrooms fully air-conditioned Downstairs bedrooms with ceiling fans Sleeps additional children if required Suits two families perfectly in separate wings

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With summer in the Mediterranean fast approaching, Unique Luxury reveals the luxury sailing mecca’s new elite hot spots. By Bronwen Gora

Porto de Soller, Mallorca

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oday begins with your luxury motor yacht pulling into a quaint marina amid a colourful kaleidoscope of fishing boats bobbing beneath a sparkling Mediterranean sun. Ashore, village roads give way to charming cobblestone paths leading past quaint cafés and shops selling one-off curios. Only yesterday, the calm blue waters and soft breezes transported your vessel to a land of historic castles and tomorrow they will deliver you to the centre of European glamour that is Monaco... This rosy picture is not a daydream. It is a journey that from now until October can easily come true. Such days are typical of a vacation cruising the Mediterranean in summer, a destination so saturated in culture, style, food, art and scenery that it reigns supreme among the world’s best places to set sail in luxury. The Mediterranean is surrounded by popular European summer destinations such as Spain (where Roberto Cavalli recently opened a luxury club in Puerto Banus), France, Monaco, Italy, Greece and Croatia. Cruising itineraries tend to cover either the East or West Med, with the east offering the delights of Venice, Istanbul, the Greek Islands, Athens and the Black Sea. West, an itinerary can also meander from Italy, France and to Spain then also include the diversity of Morocco and Tunisia’s Arabic cultures.

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Spain’s Barcelona, Italy’s Portofino and stunning Cinque Terre region are on virtually all Eastern Med itineraries as well as the Amalfi Coast and Capri. The highest glamour factor however is found on the French Riviera. This legendary coastline serves up Nice, the principality of Monaco and Monte Carlo, Cannes, Antibes and St Tropez. Many ports are in close proximity, so for instance it is possible to spend a day in Nice, soak up culture at the Matisse Museum and still arrive in Monte Carlo in time to roll the dice at one of Monte Carlo’s four renowned casinos. Nice and Monte Carlo also rank top of the list for shopping (as well as sheer fabulousness), while the historic port of St Tropez oozes an old money vibe that attracts the jetset and offers excellent everything from beaches to restaurants and hotels. With so much on offer, choosing where to go in which vessel can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, Australia has several companies with expertise in Mediterranean luxury cruising and, importantly, access to the ultimate choices money can buy. It is hard to beat the inside knowledge possessed by Ocean Alliance’s charter division manager, Laurie Foulon, a French native who has lived and breathed life in the Mediterranean, and David


Reid from The Moorings. Such outfits offer the kind of super yachts used by celebrities and high net worth individuals who frequent the Mediterranean. Ocean Alliance, for instance, has access to more than 1,400 of the globe’s best, most opulent and modern vessels and motor yachts available for charter. The Moorings also offers a full range of craft, ranging from Beneteau to Leopard catamarans, all specifically built for charter and with so many mod cons they become a “home away from home” says Mr Reid. Vessels can be provided with the services of a captain and as many staff as you choose, as well as gourmet chefs. Elegantly appointed interiors, full facilities from simple DVD players to theatrettes, and of course the obligatory sundecks create the air of a floating five star hotel. Monaco, on the French Riviera, is the must-see Mediterranean destination for most visitors. Port Hercules is party central, with one of the most happening nightclubs, Jimmy’z. Ms Foulon says, among the most exquisite restaurants are Beef Bar in Fontvieille, the supreme fare by Joel Robuchon at Metropole Hote and Alain Ducasse’s La Trattoria. Trattoria is also notable for offering stunning views. For an outdoor lunch, it’s hard to go past the roof terrace of Monte Carlo’s Oceanographic Museum. Interior of The Sovereign - Ocean Alliance

Spa treatments excel at Monte Carlo’s Les Thermes Marin where a day pass is available to a gym, pool and terrace, and ESPA in the Metropole Hotel. Major Monaco attractions to include are the Princes Palace, the private residence of the ruling Prince, open to public this season from April 2nd to October 31st, and Saint Nicholas (or Monaco) Cathedral, where many of the Grimaldi’s, including Grace Kelly and Rainier III, are buried. Away from the indoors, a must are Monaco’s magical gardens. The 7000 square metre Japanese gardens emulate a larger landscape with a hill, mountain, waterfall, beach and brook while the Jardin Exotique is on the side of a cliff and home to more than 1,000 cacti species, a collection started at the turn of the 20th century. But the best part of Jardin Exotique is the panorama of the principality and the French and Italian Riviera. Further along the French Riviera, Ms Foulon tips one of the best (if not the best) beaches is Plage Mala, Cap d’Ail. The sandy stretch leading to crystal blue water is often voted the most beautiful on the Cote d’Azur. The beach bar and restaurant here make this place particularly hard to leave. If the Cote d’Azur becomes too crowded for your liking, Ms Foulon says those in the know head to the Porquerolles Islands, a short cruising distance from St Tropez. The deck of The Masteka - Ocean Alliance

Monte Carlo, Monaco

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The Masteka - Ocean Alliance

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Cruising in Croatia

From the French Riviera, sail on to Corsica, where a day can be spent at paradisiacal beach Plage de la Rondinara and followed by a foray into the chic haven of Calvi, well known for it's bewitching nightlife. On neighbouring Sardinia, Ms Foulon says one of the most stunning locations is the 20km-long coastal stretch, Costa Smeralda, on the island’s north east. Costa Smeralda is filled with white sand beaches and rocky coves flanked by stylish hotels and restaurants brimming with the freshest of seafood and cuisine. With its artisan traditions, this sliver of Sardinia is where to find lovely local handicrafts. Croatia is the most requested destination in recent times, says Mr Reid, which is why The Moorings has bases now in both Dubrovnik and Agane. As with all high-end charter operations, your wish is their command. “We can go wherever the clients want,” he says, “we’re not on a schedule.” Montenegro, bordering Croatia, has emerged as a luxe Med hot spot, even being tagged ‘the next Monaco for yacht charters’. It

helps that Boat International magazine is holding its second annual Superyacht Rendezvous here from July 7th -9th, an event attended by hundreds of superyacht owners and target for networking of the highest levels. All good things must come to an end, and nowadays the final months of summer in the Mediterranean are heralded by two large and equally prestigious events, the Monaco Yacht Show (September 28th – October 1st) and sailing regatta Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez (September 26th to October 2nd). If you find yourself at the regatta, be sure to ring out the final evening at Le Club 55 on Pampelonne beach or Byblos Hotel’s Les Caves du Roy nightclub. Ocean Alliance: www.oceanalliance.com.au P: 0424 599 889 or 0405 767 869 The Moorings: www.moorings.com.au P: 1800 553 720

Moored in Croatia

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UNIQUE ESCAPES

ABACHI BYRON BAY, NSW 5

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Sleeps up to 10 guests 3 night minimum stay 7 night minimum in peak season From $600 per night

Byron central 100 year old renovated farmhouse

Coastal styling Contemporary charm and character All bedrooms boast ensuites Fully enclosed with high wooden fence Spacious deck with outdoor dining setting Beautiful gardens A seperate self-contained 1 bedroom studio 10 minute walk to the beach 10 minute walk to Byron Bay CBD

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bachi is a 100 year old, original fisherman’s cottage located in beautiful Byron Bay. It is very coastal in style, with tongue-&groove cladding, wooden floors and a crisp white palette layered with warm neutrals and ocean inspired splashes of colour. This charming residence offers contemporary comfort whilst still maintaining lots of its original charm and character. The main house includes 4 bedrooms, each with their own ensuite and one with a washing machine. The block is fully enclosed with

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a high wood fence, creating an oasis of privacy. There is a spacious back deck with a large outdoor dining setting and the beautifully maintained garden and lawn provides a safe and beautiful place for kids to play or grown-ups to soak up some sun. There is a separate, self-contained, 1 bedroom apartment which can be booked with the house or separately. This pretty studio is spacious for one or two guests, with its own courtyard & BBQ, kitchenette, lounge room, laundry and bathroom.


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PAPERBARK

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aperbark at Byron, a gorgeous house in the heart of Byron Bay. Facing straight on to the natural beauty of the Arakwal National Park and set in lush gardens, Paperbark is just a short stroll from magnificent Clarkes Beach and Tallows Beach. The welcoming house is positioned perfectly to enjoy all of the town’s excitement and activities, and provides a calm oasis retreat when you’re ready to relax.

The two-story house is filled with a collection of Hawaiian, Chinoiserie and surf memorabilia, and is fully equipped with all you need for a relaxing and private holiday. The kitchen and dining room are well stocked to cater for happy family holiday meals and the modular sofa in the lounge awaits any group of good friends. All of the bedrooms have a warm and inviting atmosphere with cute and quirky touches, comfortable bedding and ample space. Outside, the dining and lounging areas are separated by the home’s namesake, a beautiful paperbark tree growing through the wooden deck. A water feature and plantation shutters opening to the sub-tropical surrounds add to the lush coastal vibe. Paperbark is all about embracing the Byron Bay lifestyle and living like a very lucky local. 190

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BYRON BAY, NSW 4 Sits in a peaceful cul-de-sac Neighbours national park Gorgeous Hawaiiana & Chinoiserie decor Wifi Beautiful entertaining deck wrapped around a Paperbark tree Luxurious master suite with Juliet balcony & sculpted bath tub Reverse-cycle units in all bedrooms, ceiling fans & gas heaters

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Sleeps up to 8 guests 5 night minimum stay 7 night minimum in peak season From $550 per night

Just a short stroll to the beach

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THE CAPE RETREAT T

his stunning coastal property, set on 55 private acres, fronts the south arm of the Brunswick River. You can canoe into Brunswick or walk along deserted surf beaches directly from the house. The location is ideal, being under 20 minutes to Byron Bay and 35 minutes from the Gold Coast International Airport.

The main house has 5 spacious bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The master bedroom is on the top floor and enjoys the best view in the house as well as an ensuite, bath tub with ocean views and air conditioning. The other 3 bedrooms are on the ground floor and look east to the lighthouse. Downstairs is the poolside room with direct acces to pool, hot tub & steam room. The expansive, fully-equipped kitchen looks out onto the pool, gardens and beyond to the river and ocean. The home has natural cross ventilation and ceiling fans for the summer months as well as a fireplace and outdoor fire-pit for the winter months. The sun-filled pool area takes in the uninterrupted ocean and river views across the lawns. You will feel like you’re in your own health retreat being able do to laps in the pool and rotate between the steam room and hot tub. 192

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BRUNSWICK HEADS, NSW Expansive salt water pool Extensive gardens and manicured lawns Uninterrupted river & ocean views Hot tub & steam room Poolside gazebo with BBQ Private access to the Brunswick River Canoe into Brunswick Open-plan living/dining Multiple indoor/outdoor entertaining areas Ceiling fans in bedrooms Fireplace & outdoor fire-pit Wireless internet

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Sleeps up to 10 guests 5 night minimum stay 7 night minimum in peak season From $1,300 per night

Stunning coastal property

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UNIQUE ESCAPES

TOBY'S BYRON BAY

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his holiday home exudes a vibe of relaxation and comfort and is ideal for family getaways or corporate gatherings. The house can either be enjoyed as a three bedroom family home or the three bedroom guest-wing with media room can be opened to make a large family or executive holiday retreat.

Toby’s Byron Bay can be appreciated for its spacious interiors and understated luxury. It is the epitome of easy-living and relaxation. Capacious open-plan living spaces, high ceilings and a seamless integration of indoor and outdoor areas create a light and breezy environment: you won’t even need to turn the air conditioning on! An entertainer’s paradise: the kitchen is highly equipped, with stainless steel appliances and a great Caesar stone centre island. The exceptionally generous outdoor space consists of a raised, outdoor, undercover dining area with barbeque, large deck, a magnificent full size pool with spa, and a landscaped lawn area: contributing to the property’s allure and welcoming charm. This property offers all the benefits of a fully equipped home away from home, with enough space for you to truly relax and enjoy your Byron Bay experience. Hidden in a quiet street, you would never know some of Byron Bay’s best bars, cafés and restaurants are just steps away. Purchase the necessities for a gourmet meal from the Green garage, only a minutes walk away. Likewise you can be enjoying Byron’s pristine beaches by taking an easy fifteen minute stroll. 194

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Fully equipped modern kitchen Weatherproof outdoor entertaining Large BBQ Huge 9 metre swimming pool Heated spa Separate media room Cable TV/DVD Free Wifi Fully air-conditioned Fans throughout Perfect family holiday home Secure front & rear garden areas Full internal laundry Wheelchair friendly with ramps available Off street parking Lockable storage area Ipod docks, bluetooth speaker & stereo Outdoor shower

BYRON BAY, NSW 6

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Sleeps up to 12 guests 3 night minimum stay 7 night minimum in peak season From $1,250 per night

Spacious Byron central home

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UNIQUE ESCAPES

THE CLIFF HOUSE

KANGAROO ISLAND, SA 3

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Sleeps up to 6 guests 2 night minimum stay 7 night minimum in peak season From $590 per night

Surrender to relaxation

Perched on the cliff overlooking Snelling’s Beach Heated outdoor cliff edge Jacuzzi Complimentary sparkling wine on arrival Open fireplace and auxiliary heating/cooling View the local pod of dolphins Private helicopter landing area nearby Pamdana township is 30 minutes drive away Superior linen, towelling and Jurlique toiletries Outdoor private courtyard CD player and sound system Espresso machine and coffee grinder Barbecue

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he sensuous curves of The Cliff House, perched on the cliff overlooking beautiful Snellings Beach, inspire complete surrender to relaxation. The beach lifestyle experienced at The Cliff House is furthermore exquisite for its sophisticated flair in architectural design, creatively experimenting with space and shape.

bedroom with its panoramic window looking out to sea and the cushioned, sunken pit with an open fire – are the ultimate in repose and offer vistas that make one feel at ease with the world. Each double bedroom faces a magnificent sea view as well as the living and dining rooms which expose the bountiful views of the Spencer Gulf.

Overlooking uninterrupted sea views, The Cliff House offers beach house accommodation at its finest. The property’s peaceful character exudes the perfect setting for a relaxed getaway, a home away from home.

From soaking up the bubbles in the hot-tub to light play with the local dolphins, The Cliff House surely provides more for its guests than just ‘a pretty place’. The beach is within a minutes walk from the property and the outdoor entertainment setting is a prime location for a scrumptious BBQ lunch.

One of the main attractions of this house, besides its prime location, is its architectural design inspired by European villas. The striking curves of the property highlight these almost Grecian inspirations which compliment the panoramic, oceanic views. The circular tower

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You can book the house for accommodation only, or choose the full service luxury package which includes all meals and beverages.


NARRINGA BYRON BAY, NSW 3

Private pool 100 acre property with 10 acres of pristine rainforest & abundant Australian wildlife 4 minute drive to Byron centre Outdoor bathtub Wi-Fi and excellent mobile coverage Flat screen TV with Foxtel Gas grill

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tranquil private paradise, this 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom house with cheerful splashes of colour makes the perfect holiday home for families, couples and small corporate groups alike. The home has been fully renovated to provide spacious and simple luxury in this stunning setting. The open-plan living areas with polished floor boards spill out onto sun-drenched decks. Set across the lawn from the house is a 17m x 17m restored farm shed that

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Sleeps up to 8 guests 3 night minimum stay 7 night minimum in peak season From $395 per night

A tranquil private paradise

overlooks the 10m pool, which serves as an ideal entertaining space, complete with stylish furniture. This rare holiday property offers the ideal combination of rural lifestyle close to the vibrant coastal town of Byron Bay. Located just 3 minutes drive to the Byron Bay showgrounds – enjoy the Thursday morning farmers markets, 4 minutes drive to Byron Bay town centre & beaches and 40 minutes drive to Ballina Airport.

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AMILEKA T

his unique contemporary home is one of a kind. Amileka won the 2008 Architecture Award from the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Country Division) as well as the Best Property Australia in the 2009 CNBC International Property Awards. Amileka captures some of the most breathtaking Byron hinterland valley views. Set on 25 acres near the village of Federal, Amileka is only 20-25 minutes from Byron Bay. Designed without compromise with robust innovative industrial and commercial detailing, Amileka retains comfort and luxury. The indoor and outdoor spaces have equal importance and connect seamlessly. Large expansive living areas take in the valley views and overlook the 18 metre x 5 metre, fully tiled, in-ground pool. There is an open fire; a sunken lounge and a fantastic indoor/outdoor entertaining area with BBQ. There is also a fire-pit on the northern lawn overlooking the pool. The kitchen is divided into two sections, one is minimalist and sleek and blends perfectly into the living areas. There are 5 bedrooms and the master bedroom has a sunken tub, expansive wet area, 2 shower heads and amazing views.

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BYRON HINTERLAND, FEDERAL, NSW 10 adults maximum in the main house Media room sleeps 3 children Award winning contemporary home Outdoor entertaining area with BBQ Breathtaking views Large living areas Expansive pool Private & secluded Open fireplace Outdoor fire-pit

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Sleeps up to 13 guests 5 night minimum stay 7 night minimum in peak season From $1,650 per night

Award winning contemporary home

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PROPERTY INDEX PROPERTIES Ainsworth Estate............................................80 Akasha Beach House.........................153 Alkira...........................................................................96 Aquila.......................................................................62 Artis..............................................................................61 Bali Hai....................................................................87 Basia Mille...........................................................76 Binalong Bay................................................101 Birriwa Homestead.....................................68 Blackwood......................................................102 Botanica...........................................................104 Braeside................................................................86 Broadbeach Waters...........................100 Bryn-Y-Mor.......................................................156 Burrawang Village Hotel.....................78 Capitol Grand................................................88 Cardington Park............................................67 Chapel House................................................50 Colleton Great House.......................120 Cottonwood.....................................................64 Dove Farm.......................................................110 Dunes On Shelly Beach.......................38 Eagle High...........................................................70 Element Penthouse.....................................22 Federal Ridge.............................................115 Ftelia......................................................................123 Galloway...........................................................160 Hamilton Grand.............................................83 Karbeethong Lodge...........................111 Killen Falls House..........................................58 Koh Samui........................................................150 La Casa Mirasol.......................................114 Laem Sor Villa 1........................................112 Laem Sor Villa 2........................................113 Le Point De Jour (Daybreak)........152 Lia.............................................................................125 Linlithgow...............................................................84 Little Minnows...................................................60 Maitraya................................................................82 Maldives............................................................119 Marara.................................................................143 Matilda...................................................................18 Melrose Farm.................................................158 Menabillie Manor....................................141 Middle Earth..................................................157 Mirranawarra.....................................................52 Mountain Views.............................................66 Nanuku Auberge Resort..................144 North Hill Farm..............................................105 One30 Hyde Park.......................................34 Pacific Heights.................................................99

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Poros......................................................................122 Porto Heli...........................................................126 Riverside.................................................................24 Sanquhar..........................................................121 Satori Springs...............................................140 Scarrabella’s Farm..................................142 Seadrift....................................................................16 Serengeti...........................................................151 Skyview.................................................................154 Sounio..................................................................124 Sunset Villas...................................................161 Tallaringa..........................................................118 Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis......36 The Big Tin Shed.......................................155 The Eagle’s Nest......................................103 The Edge..............................................................98 The Laurels..............................................................6 The Meadows.............................................159 The Old Possum Creek School....56 The River House.............................................79 Urlup Farm.............................................................54 Villa Hemingway............................................65 Villas of Byron..................................................40 Walker Farm....................................................139 Wavi Island.........................................................63 Wollumbin Fields........................................138 Yadua Island....................................................20

LAND Mountain Views.........................................164 Oceanfront....................................................165 Port Douglas.................................................166

ESCAPES Abachi.................................................................188 Amileka.................................................................198 Byron’s Brae...................................................176 Lennoxhaus.....................................................174 Narringa.............................................................197 Paperbark........................................................190 Picadilly House...........................................180 The Cape Retreat..................................192 The Cliff House............................................196 Toby’s Byron Bay.....................................194 Verandah’s......................................................178


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BORN TO CHALLENGE. The new McLaren 570S.

McLaren Sydney MD032535 75 - 85 O‘Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015 T/ (02) 8338 2180 W/ sydney.mclaren.com McLaren Melbourne LMCT10339 Eureka Tower, 80 City Road Southbank VIC 3006 T/ (03) 8866 3121 W/ melbourne.mclaren.com McLaren Gold Coast DN3603578 179 Nerang Street Southport QLD 4215 T/ (07) 5509 7110 W/ goldcoast.mclaren.com

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