April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands


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A Place to pause
Libby Breden wanted a touch of the Riverina homestead of her childhood in a home for her family to gather. She found just the place in Burrawang.

An extraordinary life of art
Moss Vale painter Yvonne Studdert is one of 70 artists who will open their studio doors to the public for the Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail in November.

Heritage oasis
The Mediterranean design by English-born architect Leslie Wilkinson incorporated into Bibury extended to the gardens with vine-covered pergolas and wisteria walkways providing welcome shade from the harsh Australian sun.

My English country garden
Marylyn Abbott, who created the much visited garden at Mittagong’s Kennerton Green, talks about her Hampshire garden West Green House, now a popular destination for garden and opera lovers.

A twist in the trail
The meandering waterways and rugged landscape of the Southern Highlands offer ideal conditions for the Wildside Adventure Race, a contest guaranteed to test the mettle of the toughest endurance racers.

Moss Vale sheep farmer Kate Morrissey has learnt a trick or two over the years to protect her flock. 

Some like it hot
When friends of Padraic Kielty tasted his early batches of homemade chilli sauce, they convinced him to start selling it. His sauce making hobby is now a full-time career.

Around the world
Syd Dunford’s career took him all over the world but these days the former engineer is content to stay put, creating exquisite leather globes that capture his great love of travel.

On a desert river
Two major weather events transformed the arid heart of Australia with floodwaters flowing through the vast river system of the Lake Eyre basin – ideal conditions for a desert river adventure.