Bacchus Marsh doesn’t normally find itself at the top of travel wish lists. Yet, there is is on mine, next to Tokyo, Istanbul, Mexico City and Berlin. The outer-Melbourne suburb, 50km west of the CBD, is at the point where the endless acres of low-density sprawl ends, and the unruly Australian bushland begins. Yet it is also home to two of Australia’s architectural masterpieces, Robin Boyd’s Baker House and the smaller Dower House, which I found thanks to the fabulous Ultimate Hides.
I remember discussions held a few years ago about selling the house, which was donated to the Victorian State Government in 1991. So it’s good to see it has been retained, and is now available for the public to spend a weekend, get married, hold a photo shoot, or just revel in the iconic 50s architecture. Baker House is designed in a square pavilion-style (check out the floorplan here), with rooms radiating from a large central courtyard. The house is protected from the 200 hectares of surrounding bushland by a series of circular water tanks that dot the surrounds.