April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands



A house to treasure
Whare Tau is one of Exeter’s grandest historic homes, built by a dairy farmer who inherited wealth and wanted nothing but the best. Its owner shows us its exceptional architectural features.

Landscape lessons
Bowral artist Harry Martin had a brilliant debut year in 2020, with two sell-out exhibitions of his cricketers and landscapes. Highlife met him at his Glenquarry studio.

Free range tree change
In 2017 Luke and Pia Winder threw in their Sydney jobs to run a free range farm, Tathra Place Free Range, near Taralga. Already they’ve had success with their duck, pork, beef, chicken, quail and eggs.

The rewards of roses
Rose aficionado Ian McFaul shows Highlife his garden of 300 varieties and shares tips on growing the healthiest roses.

Mops are tops
Hydrangeas come into their own at this time of year. Gardening writer Frances Simons looks at the many cultivars and explains how to make some plants’ blooms change colour.

School’s out
A Bowral landmark, the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) boys’ boarding school, is being reinvented as
a luxury retirement resort. We visited the historic site before work began.

High time for a paddle
The Shoalhaven River between Tallowa Dam and the gorge is a spectacular spot for canoeing and camping. Huw Kingston, who has canoed here for years, reflects on changes since the fires.


ACCOMMODATION Edmond Tiny House, Robertson

EXPERIENCE The Robertson Show 2021 style

WEDDING Jour d’amour at Kalinya Estate, Bargo

TROT ON Saddle up in the Highlands

INSTAGRAM STAR  Dressage rider and coach Sue Hearn