April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands



The elegance of simplicity
A neglected stone cottage surrounded by overgrown gardens would send many prospective buyers running for the hills, but for Ronn Dyer, the deceased estate at Werai was just the project he was looking for.

Finding beauty in the ordinary 
Kate Vella has always had an eye for ordinary beauty but it’s taken the Robertson based artist well into adulthood to capture those scenes in her still-life paintings.

Seasonal splendour
There’s nothing quite like autumn in the Highlands when our trees turn on a spectacular display of colour.

Gardens on a grand scale
Mary Hordern’s vision for the grounds around her grand home has endured the test of time. Milton Park gardens still draw crowds more than 70 years since they first opened to the public.

Animal practice
Robertson-based student vet Jessie Brown is a regular volunteer at wildlife rescue centres in the Highlands. By chance she landed a rare opportunity to work with a visiting vet she has long admired.

An instrumental life
Bowral luthier Andy Thomson’s sense of tradition stems from his connection to a long line of makers. He explains how his Scottish boat-building ancestors continually inspire him to make ‘honest’ musical instruments.

Pick of the crop
Discovering a row of old apple trees on her Robertson property sparked an idea for lawyer Rhondda Nicholas. Now she produces an all-Highlands traditional organic cider. 

In the footsteps of samurai warriors
An ancient Japanese highway between Tokyo and Kyoto has become a popular walking trail attracting travellers from all over the world.


STAY Watershed, Robertson

EAT AND DRINK Moonacres School


WEDDING Hopewood House, Bowral

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