April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands


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Let it snow
Snow fell in the Highlands on July 17, just as we were going to press. Our photographs show just how beautiful the landscape looks covered in white.

Fine lines
The straight lines of modernist architecture require precision building work, but Tony and Margaret, the owners of Old Shed Hill, weren’t about to cut corners.

Raw talent
When graphic designer Alison Fraser started experimenting with ceramics and textile art, her pieces quickly found an audience. Now living in Bowral, Alison has added cyanotypes to the mix and will feature them in her first solo exhibition.

A garden masterpiece
Prittlewell is an outstanding Highlands garden boasting many elements, including Japanese and gravel gardens, parkland and woodland, wisteria and rose walks.

Magical mornings
This winter has been particularly good for frost, and early birds, like our photographer Tony Sheffield, have enjoyed some spectacular white-tipped scenery.

Kim Millard Q&A
Last year Kim Millard began working at Bowral Hospital as the area’s first child and adolescent mental health liaison nurse.

Where dreams take flight
Mittagong’s airfield is home to 125 enthusiasts as diverse as their aircraft. Meet seven adventurous flyers, including Wayne Boatwright, who flew his gyrocopter to the Kimberley.

Modern times
Matthew Munn repairs old clocks, but when it comes to making his own, he opts for a clean, modern look.

Canny collection
You won’t catch Retford Park head gardener Rick Shepherd using a plastic watering can. He shows us his collection of old favourites, many of which he still uses.

The native advantage
Warren Walker’s native plant nursery, Wariapendi, has planted more than 1.2 million natives throughout south-east Australia. Warren explains the benefits of natives.

The forgotten tutor
Twenty years ago, Janet Epps discovered her great-great-uncle John Epps had been a tutor to the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana and Maria, daughters of Tsar Nicholas II. She has since become the owner of drawings, letters and poems given to John by the ill-fated Russian royals.

A country wedding
Fresh air, country views and delicious food made from local produce – just add music and you’ve got the perfect country wedding. Our annual wedding feature is sure to inspire many more, and there’s a venue guide to help kick-start plans for the big day.