Con­vivial cor­ners

Cosy re­treats to warm body and soul

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION AUSTRALIA -

OR­CHARD HOUSE, BAROSSA VAL­LEY: Skies may be grey and the arthritic old shi­raz vines bare but the wel­come at Mag­gie Beer’s Or­chard House is typ­i­cal of the Barossa — warm, gen­er­ous and all about the next meal. The slick chef’s kitchen (with two ovens no less) is packed to the gun­nels with Beer’s own pro­duce along with free-range eggs, jer­sey milk and black pig ba­con for a hearty cooked break­fast; the fire­place is neatly stacked and ready to strike; and hot-wa­ter bot­tles in knit­ted cosies sit on the end of the in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able beds in two en­suite gue­strooms (Mag­gie con­sulted hote­liers James and Hay­ley Bail­lie of Bail­lie Lodges to nail cru­cial de­tails such as th­ese). Hid­den away at the end of a gravel track in a cen­tury-old work­ing or­chard, a short walk through the pear trees to Mag­gie’s Farm Shop (per­fect for cof­fee and cake), the tra­di­tional farm­house with wrap­around ve­randa has been re­built in­side to cre­ate a light-filled home dec­o­rated with art from Mag­gie’s pri­vate col­lec­tion and full of homely touches in­clud­ing flow­ers from the gar­den, bowls of fruit and pots of or­chard jam. More: or­chard­


MONA PAVILIONS, HO­BART: Since 2013, the Dark Mofo fes­ti­val has been a com­pelling rea­son to head for Ho­bart in win­ter and get good and freez­ing, warm­ing up by the blaz­ing fire pits at the bac­cha­na­lian Win­ter Feast on the wa­ter­front. When you head to the fes­ti­val’s moth­er­ship,

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