April/May 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands



At home in a garden
The owners of a Burradoo house have restored a century-old garden to its former glory, with a Japanese twist, and turned the house into a comfortable retreat for their large family.

Well crafted
For 80 years Australia’s oldest craft centre, Sturt in Mittagong, has been a creative hub for the Highlands and beyond. A new exhibition shows how it has inspired some exceptional Australian and international craftspeople.

Comfort zone
An international collection of beautiful homes features in Melissa Penfold’s new interior design book, including two in the Highlands – Melissa’s Burrawang house and luxury estate Wollumbi in Paddys River.

The making of Markdale
Markdale’s garden was to open for this year’s Crookwell Garden Festival (now cancelled) – fingers crossed for next year. We speak to the historic property’s new owners and head gardener.

Making music
Powerpoint Music has been music central for young and established musicians in the Highlands for more than 20 years. Owner Steve Cheers tells us about the business and his surprising earlier vocation.

Bags of tricks
Leather worker Mark Honoré has been selling his bags, belts and other creations at Sydney’s Paddington Markets for 40 years. He shows us his Avoca workshop and explains why he loves his craft.

Travel with the trimmings
While most of us have a haircut before a trip, Huw Kingston has always saved haircuts for overseas travel. “Pre-COVID, I can’t remember the last time I had a trim in Australia,” says Huw. 


STAY Hideout Cabins, Moss Vale (and other tiny houses)

EXPERIENCE Discover heritage roses and history at Harper’s Mansion, Berrima

MAKER Made for necessity, Bare Body Beauty Co.

WEDDING Spring matrimony at Mali Brae, Moss Vale

INSTA STAR Landscape photographer and adventurer Hayden McLean