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 ‘Many of the experiences take place on Farm Club,’ says Reynolds, ‘but things like the canoeing, the fly fishing and the bike riding also take place off site. It’s a beautiful property and a real chance for people to see what the Highlands has to offer.’
Tailormade packages are also available, as is accommodation in one of Farm Club’s choice of three luxury houses. Or camp under the Highlands stars with Reynolds as your overnight guide. highlandsguides.com; farmclubaustralia.com.au
                   Highlands Guides,
Farm Club Australia, Werai
Alice Le Cras and husband Hugh Clarke are the owners
of Farm Club Australia, Werai, near Moss Vale. When it comes to ideas on how local landowners can diversify to offer opportunity to our community and tourists, they have many, including a recent collaboration with professional
fly fisherman Angus Reynolds. Together Farm Club and Reynolds’ business, Highlands Guides, have come up
with a smorgasbord of half day, whole day or several day experiences to attract national and international tourists. These include 4X4 tours, clay target shooting, Aboriginal cultural experiences, bird watching, canoeing, mountain biking and road cycling wine tours. All experiences are led and instructed by accredited and expert guides, including twitcher Ashley Hewson of aussiebirder.com and local indigenous leader Wendy Lotter. The indigenous experience, for example, takes place in National and State forests that borderFarmClubAustraliaandlooksatlocalnativebush tucker and medicine.
The Loch, Berrima
Chef Brigid Kennedy is another who was prescient in seeing the growth potential in the experience space. Owner of
The Loch, Berrima and president of the Moss Vale and Rural Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy worked with Escape food doyen Jill Dyson to bring about the hugely successful Southern Highlands Food Clusters. These aligned local producers, collectively giving them more pulling power.
She is now working with the NSW government to bring
tour operators to the clusters, using Moss Vale as the pilot
to help build the Highlands mid-week economy and appeal to Sydneysiders. Brigid also recently hosted soon to air TV program Escape from the City (based on the UK’s successful Escape to the Country), which showcases our producers. At home at The Loch, where husband Kevin restores and sells antiques, Kennedy hosts seasonal long table foodie feasts and other culinary delights. The industrious pair also open their farm gate and gardens Sunday mornings. theloch.net.au;mossvale.org.au E
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SH Experiences Escape also recommends:
1. Me Jane CAMP OUT: do luxury glamping in your own property @mejanecampout 2. Joadja Distillery: heritage tour & whisky taste at
this unique historic site joadjadistillery.com.au
3. SH Polo Tournament: enjoy this fast & furious summer event where chukkas fly southernhighlandspolo.com.au 4. Day on the Green: Soon to return, listen to big music names at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral centennial.net.au
5. Tulip Time: get spring fever at this famous floral festival tuliptime.net.au
6. Pie Time: Eat some pies at this tasty new winter festival in June pietime.com.au
7. Wallaby Hill Three Day Event: see international riders compete in November at Wallaby Hill Equestrian Centre, Robertson wallabyhill.com.au 8. SH Art Studio Trail: visit acclaimed artists in their studios over two weekends in November shaf.com.au
9. Bowral Classic: Join 3500 bike road riders on three courses through Highlands in October bowralclassic.com.au 10. Gather & Cook: Find, forage & feast with 2 hatted Biota chef James Viles in Highlands landscape biotadining.com 11. 52 Shepherd Street, Bowral: Take a fascinating tour of Don Bradman’s fully restored childhood home 52shepherdstreet.com
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