I know I’m not the only Melbournian who has been seriously itching to leave my 5km bubble ever since the ‘ring of steel’ lifted ! Luckily – I was able to take full advantage of this new-found freedom recently, with a drive out to Mitchelton Estate in the all-new Ford Puma!
It was a breezy drive out to Mitchelton in the Ford Puma – it’s a stylish and sporty compact SUV, but seems somehow bigger on the inside that it is on the outside. It also comes with all sorts of nifty features, like the FordPass Connect remote unlock feature (unlock your car from a distance via your phone!), and Apple CarPlay, which allows you to access music and other apps from your smart phone using the screen on the dashboard, and – my favourite, a hands-free powered tailgate to open the boot with your foot – SO handy!
Mitchelton in Nagambie is such a special destination – combining incredible design, art and architecture all in one stunning setting. The distinctive 1970’s buildings were one of Robin Boyd’s final projects, having been originally designed by the great Australian architect, and later completed by Ted Ashton after Boyd passed away in 1971 (my favourite aspect is that iconic ‘Witches Hat’ tower!). More recently, award winning Melbourne interior design firm Hecker Guthrie were brought in to design the fabulous hotel and day spa on site, and The Muse restaurant, overlooking the Goulburn River.
But perhaps the most impressive element here is the Mitchelton Gallery of Aboriginal Art – the largest indigenous art gallery in regional Victoria, representing work from more than 15 different First Nations communities and art centres across Australia. Situated underground, in the old wine cellars, this impressive gallery space is the Goulburn Valley’s best kept secret!
It was a joy to spend a day soaking up the magic of Mitchelton thanks to Ford – we hope you enjoy ‘Art en Route!’
With it’s sleek silhouette and sporty looks, the all new Ford Puma offers effortless style, comfort and technology. Find out more and book your test drive here.