April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands




Highlife turns 25
To mark our anniversary, we look back at stories, photographs and 146 covers (find your favourite). We’ve also compiled a list of 25 landmarks that define the Highlands and we ask four famous locals to tell us about their favourite spots.

Make and entrance
For our 25th issue, Tony Sheffield decided to capture the varied architecture of the Highlands by focusing on a statement piece for many buildings, the front door.

Vineyards, vision and views
Mount Ashby Estate is known for its vineyard, restaurant and antiques store, but it’s also home to Sally Beresford and Chris Harvey, who designed their home to reflect a love of old and new.

Secrets of a garden
The Secret Garden in Wildes Meadow started as two hectares of paddocks but now includes wooded walks and groves, quiet retreats, wide vistas, a wisteria arbour and a rose lawn.

Serving in parliament
As executive chef at Parliament House in Canberra, David Learmonth oversees a team that feeds more than 8500 people a week. The former Moss Vale chef tells how a colourful career path led to his job on the hill.

When not in Rome
Artist Desmond Freeman’s first book, Venice – Impressions in Ink, won the gold medal in the fine art category of the Independent Publishing Awards in 2017. Now he has turned his attention to Rome.

Desert High
The Larapinta Trail, running 230km along the spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges, offers gorges, high ridges and boundless views of Central Australia. Huw Kingston walked part
of the trail in May.


STAY Iona Park, Moss Vale

PRODUCERS Open range eggs

WEDDING Melrose Farm, Upper Kangaroo Valley

PLAYDrawing workshop 

INSTA STAR Wendy Lotter, local Indigenous elder