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The Very Best Getaways In New South Wales

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NSW Southern Highlands with Sarah K

Sarah K is a New South Wales-based architect, designer and serial ideas person. Having lived in cities big and small all over Australia, Sarah has most recently settled in Moss Vale, a small town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, which she loves for its plethora of natural beauty and small, close community with ‘all types of people are thrown in together’. She takes us on a curated day trip around her adopted home, that includes the ‘mesmerising’ Fitzroy Falls and lush surrounding nature walks; a visit to a treasure trove for second hand Australian and European goods (which Sarah calls ‘the best place in New South Wales, if not all of Oz’!); and some of the best art and food the area has to offer.

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The spectacular Fitzroy Falls in the Morton National Park is just under a two-hour drive from Sydney. Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.


Highlands Merchant opened in Moss Vale. The cafe is owned and run by Lisa Wisken, pictured here is Head Chef Rachel Howlett. Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.


Lunch at Highlands Merchant. Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.


NSW’s Southern Highlands are known for their cool temperate climate, lending to an abundance of wineries, dairy farms, beef studs and sheep properties. This shot was captured en route, a few kilometres before arriving to Fitzroy Falls. Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.


Moore Street General in Austinmer. Photo – Nikki To.


‘The beauty of this area for me is still the drama of the landscape,’ says Dom. Photo – Nikki To.


Boards and surfwear in store. Photo – Nikki To.


The view from the top out over Austinmer. Photo – Nikki To.


Looking out over the headland. Photo – Jacqui Turk for The Design Files.


‘The baristas are friendly and everything on offer is great,’ tells Virgine. Photo – Jacqui Turk for The Design Files.


Looking down from Clareville across Pittwater Harbour. Photo – Jacqui Turk for The Design Files.


The Little Black Shack on Mackerel Beach. Photo – Luisa Brimble.


Bouddi Coastal Walk on the NSW Central Coast. Photo – Jacs Powell.


The Mars-like landscape! Photo – Jacs Powell.


The walk starts at Putty Beach Road, Killcare Heights. Photo – Jacs Powell.

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