Brendon is at a B&B with some very cute and fury friends.
Barwite is in Victoria's High Country, just 15 minutes from Mansfield. The area was first settled as a pastoral run in 1839 and the town established during the gold-mining era, later becoming a centre for the local timber and farming industries.
During the ski season, Mansfield is the gateway to Mt Buller, but really it is an all-season town and popular year round. There's horse riding, bushwalking, canoeing, water-skiing and camel trekking to enjoy in the appropriate season.
Wombat Hills Cottages sit on top of a ridge which gives magnificent views of rolling hills and blue mountains, across the horizon from Mt Buller in the east to the Strathbogie Ranges in the west, farmland, bush and superb sunsets.
Set in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, the place is sometimes cold enough for its own snow and always has clear night skies crammed with stars.
Helen and Norm Hookey have three cottages on eight hectares, four hectares of which are bush covered. Of course there are wombats wandering through the gardens and kangaroos, colourful parrots and satin bower birds, always on the lookout for blue objects to make nests with.
Rose Cottage was built in the 1970s by the Hookeys they took up residence in 1981. They then set about building a mud-brick house, which took four years. It is now their home.
Rose, Snowgum and Fern cottages are made from stone quarried from their property. They were built to an open plan and feature timber, slate and plenty of glass, which allows the utmost appreciation of the views.
Each cottage has a private courtyard with hammock and gas barbecue (in warmer months guests can order hampers of steaks or salmon), air conditioning, double spas and large sofas by open fires, dining table and the delightful touch of fresh flowers from the gardens. Fern and Snowgum are for two people and Rose Cottage has three bedrooms. You can sit on the jetty of the private lake and dangle a line.