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                WHAT'S ON | Winter Think Sled Dogs, Snow Buddies, high octane
pooches and sleds and get yourself out to Wingello State Forest for the annual running of the NSW Siberian Express Black Hawk Sprint. Sled dog racing started in Australia 20 years ago, with every state having sledding clubs (except the Northern Territory). Held over a weekend, this event includes pee wee classes (for kid mushers seven and under) as well as adults races with points going towards competitor’s Australian Federation of Sleddog Sports tally. Once just the pursuit of arctic dogs such as Siberian huskies, malamutes and samoyed, today German shepherds, retrievers and many rescue dogs excel at the sport. Morning heats start at 7am. July 21 and 22, Wingello State Forest; siberianexpress.org
  SOUTHERN
HIGHLANDS
WRITERS
FESTIVAL
Responding to the #MeToo
movement that shook the
world following revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the Southern Highlands Writers Festival celebrates an almost all female line-up.
Events include author Alex Johnson, the solitary male author launching Book Towns, an illustrated tour of literary towns, including Bowral. Plus six Australian authors, including Nicola Moriarty (younger sister of bestselling authors Liane and Jaclyn Moriarty) and Virginia Lloyd will discuss their new works.
July 20-21; shwf.com.au; tickets also from
The Bookshop Bowral and Creative & Co Store, Bong Bong Street, Bowral
WELCOME BACK WINTERFEST
Escape SH is delighted to see Bundanoon’s Winterfest return to the winter agenda after being sorely missed last year. A celebration of all that is wintry, the festival begins with a fabulous street party and community get together where you will find music, stalls, entertainment, food and drinks. Then a week long schedule of diverse events for kids and adults alike including a writers workshop with former paratrooper Chris Allen, a pavlova masterclass with BIRCH chef Lachlan Houghton, a guided family walk to Erith Coal Mine, bush medicine and Aboriginal art and culture classes, a short film festival, yoga workshops, an introduction to fermentation, an Indian vegetarian cooking class, a ceilidh and
a closing night bonfire and that’s just for starters! And given the unpredictability of the Highlands weather, it may even snow so rug up and get out amongst this wintery wonderland.
July 7-14; bundanoonwinterfest.com
GROOVE AWAY THE BLUES
Mental health is no laughing or dancing matter, of course, but join Mittagong local Gennene Turner, owner of Highlands Health Club, at her annual fundraiser. Groove Away the Blues to raise funds for The Black Dog Institute, which works to help those with mental health issues. Turner, who tragically lost her brother to suicide, has lined up funny man Anthony Ackroyd and band Eklypse to entertain guests, who will enjoy
a three course meal, lucky door prizes and a silent auction. A terrific event to throw your support behind, as suicide remains the leading cause of death in Australia for those aged 15-44. Saturday July 28, Mittagong RSL; gennene.turner@hotmail.com
DOGS WITH SPEED
         Retford Park Garden Symposium
There are few things as lovely on a cold winter’s day than pulling on a coat, hat and gloves and meandering through
the garden of a lovely Highlands home. Retford Park in Bowral, recently gifted to the National Trust, opens its gardens
to the public the first weekend of every winter month. But if that isn’t enough, here’s your chance to be part of an
exclusive symposium at Retford Park, the Art of Creative Pruning. This three day event will include lectures from noted horticulturists and garden designers Michael Bligh, Jonathan Garner and Ken Lamb, and Retford Park’s head gardener, Rick Shepherd. Also included are visits to other significant Highlands gardens, transport and accommodation at nearby Milton Park (which, like Retford Park, was built by the Hordern family, and you can read our hot hotel review on page 26). To enhance the experience, enjoy an intimate dinner in Retford Park’s dining room surrounded by the famed art collection of the late Mr James Fairfax. Something quite special. Garden open days July 7 and 8, August 4 and 5 Art of Creative Pruning Symposium, July 24-26; nationaltrust.org.au; retfordpark@nationaltrust.com.au
AT 5TH CHAPTER
AUG
DAFFODIL OPEN DAY
 Avoca beauty and vineyard 5th Chapter Estate has 10 acres of English style gardens with separate spaces dedicated to French, Japanese and rose gardens. Visit on Daffodil Day when the entrance fee of $10 is donated to The Garvan Institute for Medical Research.
August 26, 10am-3.30pm, fifthchapter.com.au E
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JOADJA DISTILLERY &
HISTORIC TOWNSHIP TOURS WINTER AND WHISKY IS THE PERFECT COMBINATION,
SO HEAD OUT TO THE FASCINATING HISTORIC JOADJA TOWNSHIP AND DISTILLERY. LEARN ABOUT THE 1200 SCOTTISH IMMIGRANTS WHO LIVED AND WORKED
THERE MINING KEROSENE SHALE FROM 1878-1911 AND TASTE JOADJA DISTILLERY’S FIRST SINGLE MALT WHISKY. TOUR DATES JUNE 10, JULY 1; BOOKINGS@
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