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In the Current Issue – October & November ESH in Highlife

What’s small and stylish with captivating views of the vast Milky Way overhead? Hideout Cabins situated in the paddocks of riding school, Rosthwaite Farm, near Moss Vale that’s what.

In the new issue of Escape Southern Highlands, as we all look ahead longingly to less locked down days, we check out these two relative newcomers to our Southern Highlands accommodation sector and revisit a few other tiny yet tremendous local boltholes we love to recommend to stay too.

We chat with local and Bare Body Beauty entrepreneur, Donna Jennings about turning her hobby making natural beauty products into a thriving retail business, and we visit the bucolic Harper’s Mansion at Berrima, one of our area’s first grand properties, to learn a little of the fascinating history of its home and gardens.

Hayden McLean, our Instagram Star this issue, tells how his love of hiking in our magnificent bushlands and National Parks helped him discover a love of photography. And with blossom on the trees everywhere, we celebrate the wedding of Claire and Brock Dodd at Mali Brae Farm and look at other local wedding venues which also boast beautiful vistas to grow any love.

Enjoy your Escape Southern Highlands.

Alex Speed, Editor

Welcome to Escape Southern Highlands

Escape Southern Highlands is a breath of fresh air and inspiration for visitors and locals to our unique, beautiful and endlessly engaging region. Covering the very best the Highlands has to offer, all year round, Escape Southern Highlands delivers reviews, interesting stories about local people and places, insider advice and need-to-know information across all the essentials: food, wine, accommodation, shopping, entertainment, family fun, outdoors, regular and seasonal events, markets, golf, historical attractions and much more. Each season we uncover the latest, and greatest additions to the Highlands, present a fresh spin on classic visitor hot-spots and carefully edit a wealth of attractions so readers can make the most of every minute they spend here. Presented in a beautiful, easy-to-read format and complemented by stunning photography, it is a little piece of the Southern Highlands locals and visitors will want to read again and again. It’s the inside track on the very best the Southern Highlands has to offer.

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After becoming engaged while husky sledding in Finland, Sydney couple Montana Tozer-Chahine and Chris Adams needed a pretty special wedding venue to top that magical experience. They found it at Mali Brae. Photographer Holly Prins captured

Professional zookeepers Kylie and Matt Radnidge were determined to marry

Ellie Grace and Rocco Mimmo met on a ‘deathly hot

Beth and Sam Milligan met in school before Beth moved

The tradition of winemaking alongside farming is strong in the Lorentz family of Cherry Tree Hill at Sutton Forest. As is their desire to keep moving forward with their grape varieties and winery facilities. Winemaking runs through

It was love at first sight when these novice winery

Alex Speed visits a local vineyard where the sheep roam

Escape Southern Highlands visits a local vineyard built on dedication

Injured raptors have a true friend in Peggy McDonald, who nurses them back to health in her purpose-built Fitzroy Falls rehab centre. It’s a measure of Peggy McDonald’s dedication to her life’s work, running Higher Ground Raptors,

Generous and dedicated wildlife carers Kerstin and Woody devote their

Geoff Goodfellow is a much loved local, born and raised

Vigneron Mark Bourne is owner and founder of Cuttaway Hill

Paddock to plate. Farm to fork. John Mauger and his Maugers Meats lived this farming philosophy long before it became ethically fashionable. Escape SH goes along to one of the Burrawang butcher’s on-farm tours to learn


In a tunnel under a hill between Bowral and Mittagong

Many of us dream of leaving behind the 9 to

As our countryside comes back to life after the devastating fires, one esteemed local and her team is offering support to people who may take longer to recover. Petrea King is familiar with seeing trauma and suffering

Mountain high, valley deep. Bush-bashing is so much better with

Spend a day at the world renowned Bradman Museum as

Booking yourself onto a wine tour is a great way

With a fusion of passion and creativity, Matty Roberts and Cassandra Wallace, new owners at Eschalot, are creating an exciting new chapter in the story of this iconic restaurant. As we enter Eschalot’s famous stone cottage restaurant

The casual but classy setting and imaginative use of locally

Bowral’s Little Sicily Escape SH samples impressive contemporary Italian cuisine in

The Southern Highlands boasts 60 vineyards, about 20 cellar doors

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