MEET A LOCAL – Alexandra Grose

Alexandra is a photojournalist and author and is a long term local resident of the Southern Highlands, having lived here for 50 years after immigrating from England as a child.

Alex lives in a classic country cottage in Bowral and is married with two adult children and a granddaughter. She has written a number of books, with a mixture of titles on fact and fiction. Writing with the busy person in mind, Alex’s books are short and concise, for faster reading with topics ranging from trading shares (which she does regularly – trading both shares and currency on FOREX), to positive thinking and goal setting, novels of conspiracy and murder, as well as different books about hearing from God, and many more.

Her favourite thing about the area would be the cycle and walking tracks and she loves to contemplate her next book while hiking the local trails and taking photographs. Her favourite sport is bike riding, and her favourite cafe is Station Coffee House at Mittagong, with its bike memorabilia hanging on the walls (and for the very yummy cakes they sell).

As a long term local, Alex knows of plenty of hidden gems and has generously shared one of her favourites with us – at Hill Top there’s a fire trail you can walk along, behind behind the playing field at Boronia Park (sorry, no dogs allowed) which, if you follow it to the end, gives you a view of Sydney on a clear day. It takes 30 – 45 minutes to reach the end of the trail, depending on how fit and quick you are.

The only thing that Alex thinks is missing in the Southern Highlands is a variety of things for teenagers to do, particularly of an evening, noting that over the years there has been many discussions on the topic, without much action.

With a love of photography, and with many pictures of the local area, you can view Alex’s photos on Instagram @alex_photographer_author

Alex’s website is  and you can contact her by email or phone 0448451049