Promoting “Barossa’s backyard” on a national scale was the catalyst for Nuriootpa’s Mark and Jannine Moar to take part in the reality television series Instant Hotel.
On Friday, the high school sweethearts shared how they were approached by Channel 7 to participate in the new series.
The Barossa Garage Bed and Breakfast appealed to Channel 7 officials after they hosted another reality show this year, Bride and Prejudice, which featured a wedding at Chateau Tanunda.
“Obviously we had something different to offer,” Mr Moar said.
The bed and breakfast, is Barossa’s coolest self-contained accommodation that captures the unique retro styling of the 50s and 60s, plus all the modern conveniences.
It certainly caught the attention of the other contestants, with the couple receiving a heartfelt score of 36 out of 50.
For the Moars, the chance to shine a light on the Barossa was too good to refuse, according to Mr Moar.
“We live in a beautiful place and we are so proud to show off out backyard, why wouldn’t we want to show it off,” he said.
During Monday’s episode it was revealed that the highly talked about ‘rule’ at Babe and Bondi’s Instant Hotel at Bondi Beach was broken by Mr Moar.
He had chosen not to drink a margarita.
It was something Mr Moar said he would not normally drink so decided to have join the others and have a sip before being a gentleman and sharing it with his host, Babe.
However, breaking the rule may have led to the Barossa couple being knocked off the top of the leader board with Babe and Bondi receiving pipping them with a score of 37 out of 50.
Yet the couple shared how they kept it real in front of the camera with their comments and could easily be referred to as the ‘voice of reason’.
“Jannine is the wisehead,” Mr Moar said.
“When we walked through that swamp (near Byron Bay) it was no act,” she laughed.
While filming has completed, none of the five couples are aware who the winner is and wait to be contacted by Channel 7 to find out more.
As a result of their involvement, the Moars continue to stay in contact with the couples, including those from Humpty Doo and Port Douglas.
The connection has seen the Humpty Doo couple Adam Ryan and Kathy Allen seek general advice from the Moars to support their dream accommodation.
Wednesday night’s episode, which airs on Channel 7 at 7.30pm features Port Douglas’ Instant Hotel run by Brent and Leroy.