April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands


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Georgian on my mind
A love of Georgian antiques might have been the starting point for a Sutton Forest home, but its owners weren’t going to skimp on modern-day comfort.

The family home
A father, mother, daughter, son and son-in-law combined forces to build a modern, eco-friendly home in Mittagong and the results surpassed all their expectations.

Bye-bye burlesque, hello heels!
Jac Bowie spent a decade running Burlesque Balls before swapping sequins for serenity in the Highlands. Alex Speed discovers she’s not sitting still and has launched an international women’s networking community, Business in Heels, from her Bowral base.

Our man at the memorial
In the World War I centenary year, all eyes are on the Australian War Memorial and its director, Brendan Nelson. In the lead-up to Anzac Day, Peter Meredith meets the former GP, politician and ambassador at his Burradoo home, and finds a man passionately moved by the memorial’s mission.

The great artdoors
Jane Cavanough’s outdoor sculptures have been seen by thousands of people across Sydney and the Highlands. She talks about making The Winds of Change and the Australian and Korean War Memorial – and explains why you won’t find her works at her Penrose home. 

Furniture at its finest
The Reid Brothers, Stuart and Cameron, enjoy a well-deserved reputation for excellence in fine furniture making. Bruce Stannard met the master craftsmen in their workshop, a converted barn in Bundanoon.  

The man who loves music
Les Hodge, who runs EOS Music from Fitzroy Falls, has led a fascinating life in the music industry. He marketed acts like Kate Bush, the Rolling Stones and Queen, produced many Australian musicians – and even came up with the name Ticketek.

The magic of maples
There isn’t a garden in the Highlands that wouldn’t benefit from the beauty of a maple, says gardening writer John Stowar. He lists several favourites and explains why growers won’t be pouring fresh maple syrup on pancakes.

Crime pays for Terry Hayes
Terry Hayes has produced and written scripts for two Mad Max movies, Dead Calm, Bodyline, The Dismissal, Vertical Limits and Payback – but when he turned his skills to crime fiction he really hit pay dirt. Kylie Matthews meets the Bowral-based bestselling author of I Am Pilgrim.