Twenty Secluded Stays You Can Escape to in Regional Victoria
Escape the city and head to the wilderness for a holiday in these private getaways.
Under current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, there are limits on gatherings and rules around who you can travel with. But that doesn't mean you can't start planning for future adventures. For more details on Victoria's current restrictions, see the Department of Health and Human Services website.
If you've made it through Melbourne's many lockdowns, you're probably hanging out for a much-deserved vacation right about now. A trip away from the hustle and bustle to somewhere peaceful. Well, now that regional holidays are allowed once again, what better time to pack up for a week and disappear into the wilderness?
These twenty Victorian stays all radiate tranquil energy, so you can escape the city for a holiday surrounded by vast fields, leafy bushland or lush rainforests.
LUXURY SPA CABIN, WILSONS PROMONTORY
Located in the expansive Wilsons Promontory National Park, this deluxe cabin offers the opportunity to catch Aurora Australis if you're lucky, as well as a range of wildlife including koalas, alpacas and whales at the nearby beach.
How much? From $325 a night, sleeps two.
MANTA RAY ONE, SKENES CREEK
With stunning ocean views from its floor to ceiling windows, this unique property radiates sun and summer all year round. Wake to the sights and sounds of the beach before walking down for a morning dip.
How much? From $366 a night, sleeps seven.
THE LITTLE WHITE HOUSE, EMERALD
This one-of-a-kind cabin sits on farmland in Emerald, close to the Cardinia Reservoir. Relish its fresh rural atmosphere, fused with the comfort and luxury of modern interiors.
How much? From $295 a night, sleeps two.
WILD ORCHID COTTAGE, OLINDA
Hidden within the Dandenong Ranges, this private cottage may look quirky from the outside, but it houses a lush renovated living space and a cosy fireplace.
How much? From $312 a night, sleeps two.
LAKE VIEW PRIVATE RETREAT, PORT FAIRY YAMBUK
Located next to Lake Yambuk and its neighbouring beach, this homely stay promises serenity and relaxation. Keep an eye out for the local peacock who is known to come and visit the property.
How much? From $214 a night, sleeps four.
SPRING HOUSE, APOLLO BAY
Here, as the living room opens onto the deck, you're in for stunning natural ocean views. Feel the sea breeze as you relax in this one-bedroom pavilion-style home located southwest of Melbourne, just outside Great Otway National Park.
How much? From $467 a night, sleeps two.
JERABOAM ECO LODGE, MOYSTON
This environmentally friendly house within the Grampians National Park exists off-the-grid, aiming to be completely self-sufficient in energy and water. Feel good about your sustainable holiday whilst enjoying tranquil bushwalks and visits to the nearby wineries.
How much? From $146 a night, sleeps six.
THE NEWSTEAD HAVEN, NEWSTEAD
Unwind in this cosy, private country home under the stars. The property's seclusion provides breathtaking views of the Milky Way.
How much? From $160 a night, sleeps six.
ROMANTIC STUDIO COTTAGE, BRIGHT
This unique two-storey cabin is engulfed in greenery from every side. Primed for relaxation, it even has an in-bedroom spa bath looking out over the trees.
How much? From $185 a night, sleeps two.
RIVERNOOK COTTAGE, JOHANNA
A classic coastal Australian home with modern furnishings, ocean views and a heated indoor swimming pool.
How much? From $281 a night, sleeps four.
TRANQUIL GETAWAY, YEA
Designed and built by a local architect, this quaint cabin looks out over the area's reserves and mountain ranges. Bask in the serenity with the convenience of still only being a 15-minute walk from town.
How much? From $187 a night, sleeps two.
BUSHIES LOVE SHACK, POREPUNKAH
This rustic shack has been refreshed with luxury interior fittings and appliances. Here, you can enjoy the traditional bush feel with the comfort of a five-star hotel.
How much? From $237 a night, sleeps two.
AVALON HOUSE, HARRIETVILLE
Featuring original timber wall panelling dating back to 1889, this beautifully-restored cabin is charming, pet-friendly and rich in historic detail.
How much? From $202 a night, sleeps two.
STUDIO APARTMENT, SAINT ANDREWS BEACH
Find the perfect balance of fun and relaxing at this peaceful private studio located close to a beach, brewery, wineries and several golf courses.
How much? From $165 a night, sleeps two.
THE RETREAT, MAIN RIDGE
This former shearing shed has been converted into a no-expense-spared couples retreat on the Mornington Peninsula. Disconnect from the outside world in the back deck spa or explore the area's wineries, restaurants and hot springs.
How much? From $464 a night, sleeps two.
COORABELL, MOUNT DANDENONG
A comfy converted barn set amongst the trees. Relax in this peaceful space complete with a log fire and a spa bath looking out onto the bushland.
How much? From $393 a night, sleeps two.
PRIVATE RETREAT, SMITHS GULLY
This stylish, modern two-storey cabin is set on 18 acres of kangaroo, horse and goat-filled fields. The pet-friendly property is located by the Yarra Valley wine region, near Kinglake Mountain Ranges and just 50 minutes from Melbourne Airport.
How much? From $190 a night, sleeps four.
AVALON SPA VILLA, ELEVATED PLAINS
With both an indoor and an outdoor spa (that's right, two spas) overlooking lush bushland, this villa is primed for a romantic weekend of relaxation.
How much? From $301 a night, sleeps two.
PEACEFUL RAINFOREST RETREAT, COCKATOO
Hidden within a rainforest in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, this two-storey getaway will provide a serene escape from the city. Perfect for larger groups looking for a spot to unwind.
How much? From $695 a night, sleeps six.
COTTAGE BY THE LAKE, COBAW
Surrounded by lakes and gardens, this cottage sits on 50 acres of bucolic farmland. You'll feel like you're in a children's book as you cruise out onto the water in the rowboats supplied with the house.
How much? $250 a night, sleeps eight.
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Published on July 13, 2021 by Ben Hansen