Hugh and Alice relish the hard work required to build their agribusiness that integrates beef production, horsemanship, hospitality and education.
“You couldn’t script it,” says Alice. “It has been an evolution, but there aren’t too many surprises to us about where the business is today.
“If we can offer something that is ethical, sustainable, high quality and affordable then that is great for our locals.”
When Ben Waters was growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, surfing helped him deal with his adolescent emotions.
Today, still living and surfing around Avalon, Waters has discovered that painting provides a similar outlet and peace of mind.
"When I come back from my walks around the headlands, I drive my family nuts trying to explain the way I'm feeling. So I paint, because it's the only way to get it out of my system."
When Stuart Reid was at boarding school in Sydney studying for his Higher School Certificate, he asked the headmaster for permission to go to an interview for an apprenticeship with a furniture maker. The request was declined.
“You’re better than that, Reid,” Dr Paterson told him. “Knox boys don’t do trades.”
Fortunately, Stuart’s father intervened, he went to the interview and his career as a cabinet maker commenced.
Elizabeth Beaumont, who grew up in The Southern Highlands, sold her first art work on the main street of Bowral when she was five years old. She has worked as a lawyer and now practises as a psychologist, but art and creativity have been a constant in her life.
Charlotte Atkinson was the author of Australia’s first children’s book, which became a bestseller upon its publication in 1841. Yet her identity as the author was not discovered until 1981 and until 2022 she lay buried anonymously beneath a gravestone in All Saint’s Anglican Church, Sutton Forest.
Leaving Thailand and his family at the age of 25 to help establish a Buddhist monastery from scratch in regional Australia was a huge decision for Phra Mana, but he “could see that people wanted to learn and that motivated me”.
"Bee keeping is a fast-growing hobby in Australia, including in The Southern Highlands... But I want to encourage kinder bee keeping, which is more about what’s best for the bees and less about what you can take from them." - Deb McLaughlin
David Ball’s vast steel sculptures are often described as having a quiet energy - and this description also fits the man behind the monumental works.
“Wherever we’d lived before, I didn’t think it was going to be permanent... But I knew straight away the Highlands was home to me."
When Anna told her partner, Andy, that she dreamed of travelling to Italy to spend a season with an old truffle farmer to learn about these fascinating fungi, he suggested they should just start their own trufferie.
John Creighton was born and bred in New Orleans, Louisiana. Growing up, he loved to explore the surrounding swamps with their alligators, snakes, deer, wild pigs, squirrels, racoons and beautiful birds.
After serving in the army, love brought him to Australia and a few decades later, having settled in The Southern Highlands, he has decided to devote his life to caring for the region’s bare-nosed wombats.
The Southern Highlands has been at the forefront of Australia’s alpaca industry since it was established in 1988, and today the Williams family believes the future is looking bright as they manage over 1,000 alpacas on their Coolaroo property near Berrima.
Tamara Dean, one of Australia’s most acclaimed photo media artists, has taken her focus on the human connection with our environment to a new level by building an underwater studio on her property near Kangaroo Valley.
John Sharp AM spent 14 years as a Federal politician representing electorates that incorporated The Southern Highlands, and has recently embarked on a major new challenge - thoroughbred racehorses.
Working from a 200 year old barn on the historic Throsby Park in Moss Vale, Amanda Mackevicius is in demand as a writer of the histories of people, families and properties in regional Australia.
How a move from the city to a remote bush block prompted artist Denise Faulkner to pick up her brush again. Originally published in the Murrurundi Argus.
How did two Spanish immigrants, with no background in alcoholic spirits, end up establishing an award winning distillery nestled in a secluded Southern Highlands valley?