April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands



Perfect match
In a Highlife exclusive, we visit Hopewood House, one of Bowral’s best-known properties and home to prominent artist Tim Storrier and his wife Janet.

Stalin’s secret cellar
John Baker couldn’t resist when he was asked to appraise a mysterious wine list: a hidden cellar containing 50,000 bottles said to have been owned by Tsar Nicholas II and Joseph Stalin.

Saving lives at Triple Care Farm
For 30 years Triple Care Farm near Robertson has provided life-changing drug and alcohol treatment to young people from around Australia. We find out about the centre’s work and its long-time major philanthropic supporter, the Sir David Martin Foundation.

Dress circle gardening
The owners of Bundanoon garden Morton Views wanted a garden with plenty of space for their retirement. Frances Simons finds out how they are capitalising on its dramatic setting.

Wattle it be
In the lead-up to National Wattle Day on September 1, Frances Simons explains why the golden plant is loved by so many, and recommends 30 species and cultivars for Highlands gardens.

Collection drive
Some people never lose the excitement of owning a model toy car. We meet John Pisani who has a collection of 2000.

A puppy for a year
The education of a guide dog starts with volunteers who commit to rearing a puppy before giving it back. Owen the Labrador has spent his first year in Kangaroo Valley.

A littering career
French-trained master jeweller Michel Vermandé, who has a workshop in Burradoo, talks about a career spanning almost 50 years.


WEDDING FEATURE Welcome back weddings

WEDDING STORYBoho Burrawang bliss

STAY Cliff House on Platypus Gorge

EAT & DRINK Ari’s Natural Wine Co

INSTAGRAM STAR Artist Vanessa Stockard

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