April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands


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Ageing gracefully
The Victorian house Mount Hamilton has worked its charm on numerous owners and last spring a new one fell under its spell. She tells Deborah McIntosh how she is giving Bowral’s regal dame a facelift.

Willy Hall’s Warrigunyah
Willy Hall is a Maker, a hands-on craftsman builder and designer with a deep and abiding respect for the symmetry and simplicity of Australia’s early colonial architecture. It’s a personal and professional aesthetic that allows him to find treasure where others see little more than trash. Bruce Stannard met him at Warrigunyah, his home on the edge of the Jellore State Forest, north-west of Mittagong. 

Fun and funky for two
The Highlands is packed with beautiful accommodation cottages and in the second of our new series (“A cottage to call your own”) we visit a unique art-filled garden studio, built for couples only. 

From banker to bunker
If a man is defined by his vocation then Richard Sheppard, who now calls the Southern Highlands home, was the quintessential banker. A career with one firm spanning 36 years is astonishing by today’s standards, but it is all the more so as it was with Macquarie Bank – famously nicknamed the “millionaires factory” for the generous salary packages paid to its executives. Sheppard tells Joanne Crowley about his life as a banker – and his new life as golf course owner.

From Hollywood to the Highlands
A rare 1927 Rolls-Royce limousine that was once owned by Hollywood silent movie star Norma Talmadge is now available for hire as a wedding car in Mittagong. Its fascinating history includes several appearances in feature films in the United States and Australia.   

To catch a thief…by horse
Two mounted police officers who regularly patrol the streets of Goulburn and Bowral are the only NSW mounted police working outside Sydney. They tell Melissa Reid about training their horses, catching crooks and dodging crazy parents.

A proper roasting
Rosa Matto shows you how to cook a roast with all the trimmings, including proper gravy. Why not try one of these recipes for a Sunday lunch on a cold winter’s day.

Sled-dog race across Alaska
Imagine leaving the heat of the Southern Highlands in February and travelling to one of the coldest places in the world to see more than 1000 dogs taking part in what is called “The Last Great Race on Earth”. That’s just what Trish Cox from Berrima and Pat Hall from Bundanoon did.

Still in the saddle at 68
Mike Keenan first rode a racehorse in 1964. Now semi-retired, he decided earlier this year he wanted to make a comeback to racing at the age of 68. He spoke with James Cockington about his life, his riding career… and the books he’s written.