Having passed a bunch of vineyards and fertile paddocks, I arrive at Paul Brennan and Fiona Flugge’s Jesters Flat. As if taken from a Western film, an old saddle is resting on the timber gate as an ornament, signalling I’m at the right place.
“Fiona told me to come down and tackle any of your curlier questions,” Paul laughs, making it around the corner in his worn-in Akubra hat. I don’t pretend to hide my curiosity; Jesters Flat’s been on my wish-list for a long time.
With a wealth of local knowledge and wit, Paul tells me fascinating stories about Jesters Flat, Jester himself (the horse on which the business’ namesake relies), his late pet kangaroo Rosie, and more. “We better move over here,” he says and points to a spot next to a giant treehouse. The stories are so captivating I’ve hardly noticed I’m standing in the middle of the firepit smoke.
“Guests can enjoy a bottle of our wine up there after the ride, the treehouse’s got a great view!” Questioning if I heard that right, after an hour of good chat, Paul disappears around the same corner he came from.
“Here, enjoy our wine when you get home, the story of Jester is on the back of it too.” I kindly accept, for research purposes only of course.
Read on for more of Paul and Fiona’s local favourites, and book in for a bush ride at Jesters Flat from mid-August onwards.