August/September 2022


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View to a thrill
David and Skye Leckie wanted a weekender to entertain friends and hit gold when they found their Robertson property. It had established gardens, stunning views and a resort-like entertainment area– all it needed was a theme song.

Alan Jones: My life in the country
There are those who move to the country for a quieter life – and then there’s Alan Jones. The indefatigable broadcaster shows us his Fitzroy Falls garden.

Heaven for horses
John and Trish Muir have bred thoroughbreds for 42 years, and four years ago decided Wildes Meadow was the ideal location for an elite stud. James Cockington meets the prized foals born into the lap of luxury.

From paddock to paint
Jenny Bell is an artist and farmer whose works capture her experience of living on the land. In the lead-up to her first solo exhibition in three years, she explains how her sheep property inspires her.

Weaving wonders
Harriet Goodall’s woven sculptures attract international commissions and Natalie Miller recently ran weaving workshops in Singapore. They explain how working together in Robertson inspires their creations.

Butterflies and braces
Orthodontist Stephen Brown has travelled the Pacific region collecting and studying butterflies and, over decades, has amassed 20,000 specimens.

Stores turn a corner
Meet the new owners of two revamped general stores, one in the country and one in town. 

The Yin and Yang of gardens
John Stowar says the Buddhist philosophy of harmony through opposites has much to recommend it when planning a garden.

An orchid obsession
Orchid expert David Gynn explains how he turned a childhood hobby into a successful business.

Some like it hot
Succulents are often grown as ornamental plants and are known for thriving in the heat, although many will be content in a cool-climate garden.

Wine brothers branch out
Artemis brothers Mark and Anton Balog are producing nationally successful pinot noir, cider and sparkling mead at their Mittagong property.

Highlands Drive
Here is the perfect drive for showing visitors a snapshot of the Highlands, complete with fabulous lookouts, salubrious streets and picturesque back roads, plus a couple of wineries.