As the southern hemisphere heats up, the yearly migration of whales is coming to an end; now is your last chance to catch them swim by the South Australian coast until next year. We’re heading to the Fleurieu Peninsula for an adults-only stay at The Australasian Circa 1858.
Style Heritage bones, mod-Asian heart
Setting Wharf-view Goolwa main street
Why this week? Tucked away on the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Australasian Circa 1858 is in the perfect location for a day trip to Encounter Bay for a spot of whale watching – the Southern Right species are about to head to Antarctica for the summer, so it’s your last chance to catch the pod until next winter. They usually stick around until the end of October, but we wouldn’t be hesitating.
Our favourite bits…The hotel is a surprise-in-waiting: the heritage pub exterior gives no hint of the light, Asian-inspired decor waiting for you inside. The Parlour Room whispers extravagance with a huge tub in a step-up area of the bedroom, perfect for a luxurious bubble bath. You may even be able to spot a marine animal from the window – the room has fantastic views of Hindmarsh Island. All the rooms have interesting combinations of fabrics, furniture and artwork and Thann Aromatic toiletries in the bathrooms. The restaurant is worth the visit alone; co-owner Juliet Michell’s fine dining fare is exclusively available to guests most evenings (except on Saturday night, when it’s open to the public), offering a fixed menu with an Asian bent that often includes a plate of dessert treats – she trained as a pastry chef.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Once a sandstone pub – it served its last beer in 1934 – the Australasian Circa 1858 has been completely renovated by owners Deborah Smalley and Juliet Michell. The five rooms, all different shapes and sizes to work around heritage concerns, have a light and airy vibe, Oriental detailing, such as silk kimonos hanging on the walls, and mid-century furniture. The tranquil lobby has the relaxed nature of a spa, and an upper and lower deck offer views to Hindmarsh Island.’ Read more about The Australasia Circa 1858…