April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands



How to grow a house and garden
The Highlands has a new open garden, nursery and tree farm, The Shrubbery at Exeter. Its owners show us their garden and beautiful lodge-style home.

The good life
Prominent nutritionist Rosemary Stanton and her husband Peter have lived off-grid on Barrengarry Mountain for 26 years. They talk about their careers and show us their hydro-powered home.

Pressed to impress
Tracey Mitchell has been studying and working as a ceramicist for 20 years in the Highlands. She explains how she makes her delicately patterned works.

Trees to treasure 
Frances Simons has found 10 exceptional trees that will thrive in the Highlands. If you’re keen to add drama to a garden, here’s some inspiration, and if you just love trees, read on.

Wombat warrior
In 2019 John Creighton, aka the wombat man, won a Wildlife Rehabilitation Award for his work running Wombat Care Bundanoon. He explains why tackling mange is key to their survival.

Charlotte makes history
Charlotte Waring Atkinson was Australia’s first children’s author, an artist and a pioneer in the fight for a woman’s right to raise her own children. Her descendants, authors Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell, have written about her life.

Booked up for summer
Our reviews of novels, non-fiction, cookbooks and garden books will provide plenty of inspiration for Christmas gifts or your own wish list.

The lighter side of aging
Angus FitzSimons talks about his new book, Senior Moments, and explains how seniors can make their wills work for them in more ways than one.


WHAT’S ON Top Things to do

ACCOMMODATION Great farm and bush stays

DRINKS TABLE Cheers to our local liquor luminaries

EXPERIENCE Christmas treats with Mumma’s Country Kitchen

WEDDING STORY Natural Bush beauty at Weddings in the Wilde

INSTAGRAM STAR Rick Shepherd, head gardener at Retford Park