April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands



Cool, calm and collected
When interior designer Pia Francesca Ruggeri and her husband Philip Purcell saw an ultra modern home in Mittagong they knew immediately it was right for them – and their treasured art and furniture.

 Twists and turns
Sculptor and painter Lucinda McDonald has practised in Moss Vale for two decades but says much of her abstract work stems back to a childhood spent between England and a South African farm.

 Buy ghost town, add spirits
Ten years ago Valero and Elisa Jimenez bought the historic mining town of Joadja thinking they might try producing a whisky. Today they are making a name for their spirits and distilling whisky from their own barley.

Common threads
Bowral textile, ceramic and mosaic artist Libby Hobbs and her daughter, weaver Dimity Kidston, talk about their shared creative lives and artistic leanings on the eve of a mother-daughter exhibition.

 The tale of two gardens
We often feature large gardens in Highlife, but you don’t need acreage to create something special. We visit a mostly exotic garden in Bowral and a mostly native garden in Bundanoon.

 Up with the cows
Bryant and Amie McEvilly rise at 2am to start milking their 200 cows, and do it all again in the afternoon, maintaining a tradition that has run for 135 years at their Robertson dairy farm.

Coast with the most
Huw Kingston spent four days hiking the Three Capes Track on the Tasman Peninsula before chilling out at Tasmania’s foodies’ paradise, Bruny Island


STAY The Potting Shed at Bunya House, Bowral

EAT & DRINK Wine trail and local cellar doors

WEDDING The Secret Garden, Wildes Meadow

EXPERIENCE Forest Bathing – therapy al fresco

INSTAGRAM STAR  Author R. A. Spratt