From Making Babies to Mittagong

The lovely Dr. Raewyn Teirney is one of Australia’s leading IVF doctors and gynaecologists. In her 20-year career, she is personally responsible for helping couples give life to over 4000 babies. What a wonderful achievement!

Dr. Raewyn in front of her “Thank You” wall, which is overflowing with pictures of all the beautiful babies she has helped bring into the world. Picture by Vicki Skarratt.

Dr. Raewyn’s job is undoubtedly a joyous one, but also one that comes with a great deal of responsibility and I am sure, stress. It’s little wonder that she bought herself a country retreat in beautiful Mittagong14 years ago! She heads down to the Highlands just about every weekend and loves the peace, the clean air and all our eclectic little villages have to offer.

We caught up over lunch and she revealed all that she loves about her Highlands Home.

You have a very important, demanding and I am sure, stressful job, but at the same time, so joyous. Can you please describe a little about what you do and why you love it?
I always wanted to be a doctor, since I was seven years old. And I have always wanted to help people. To be able to help people bring new life into the world and to begin or increase their family … to me that is a precious gift and while it can be hard work at times, it is definitely not a job. It’s a labour of love (pardon the pun!).

How long ago did you move to the Southern Highlands? What prompted the move?
It was about 14 years ago. I knew I needed a place to go to relax after a busy week. I love that such a gorgeous rural area is in such close proximity to Sydney. I also adore that you’re only five minutes away from so many fantastic cafés and restaurants and some of the best cold climate wines in the country.

Dr. Raewyn with her partner, Lou, on their property.

Why did you choose Mittagong?
We simply found the perfect property, really. I would love the Highlands whether I lived in Bowral, Berrima, Sutton Forest, Moss Vale or Mittagong! My wonderful neighbours here were already and we are great friends. They alerted us that it was up for sale. It was love at first sight.

Where is your favourite place to:
Eat breakfast/brunch?
The Station at Mittagong. They do really great eggs on toast. I have a thing about good quality eggs (it comes with the territory in my job – haha!). They also have amazing coffee.

Enjoy a long, lazy lunch?

I normally raid the fresh produce section at Harris Farm and cook up a storm at home. We love it! Also, if our orchard is doing well, we will use some fresh home-grown fruits and vegetables!

Have a good pub meal?
Well, it’s not really a pub, but we go to Bistro Officina quite a lot. I love the way they cook over the open flames and the food has a wonderful smoky flavour to it.

Visit a cellar door?

I haven’t done this for a long time to be honest! I must book in for a tour with somebody soon. Any recommendations?

Shop for homewares and clothing?
For clothing I go to Arrke. I love Kerrie’s buying and her style and a huge amount of my wardrobe is from Arrke. I love Dirty Janes for homewares. I could get lost in there for hours!

What do you love most about the Highlands?
I love the clean, crisp fresh air. I love the frosty winter days and sipping local wines in front of our open fire. I love the sound of cows mooing as they graze and I adore the various mix of village life that is so prevalent. Mostly, I just love how relaxed and content I feel when I drive up our gorgeous driveway, open the car door after the drive from Sydney and smell that fresh, country air!

With such a high pressure but rewarding job, I assume it must be a beautiful break for you? What does a typical weekend away in the Highlands look like for you?
It really is. Every weekend varies, but mostly, we just relax in our cabin and do as little as possible. We do love to eat out at the restaurants I’ve mentioned above though! We love catching up with our gorgeous neighbours, too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing a little about another one of the Highlands’ most wonderful community members as much as I enjoyed interviewing her!

Much love,

Di xxx

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