Best Accommodation in Regional Victoria

Updated 4 weeks ago

Share

Accommodation now takes more forms than ever. Hotels – boutique and otherwise – will always have their place, but in recent years entirely new genres have emerged. Now, the best way to experience some of the most beautiful spots in Victoria might be to rent out a self-contained cottage on a working farm. It could mean booking out a secluded coastal hideaway. And spa retreats are still just as relevant as ever.

Whether you’re a local looking to get out of the city for the weekend or a traveller planning a longer holiday, there’s a spot in here for you. These are the best places to stay in Victoria.

Hotels

  • This famed restaurant and day spa in Daylesford also has top-tier luxury accommodation, executed to the same exacting standard as the rest of the offering.

  • This lodge on a working farm has a special appeal that helps it step out of the shadow of its famous elder sibling, the Lake House.

  • A world-class winery hotel with 45 glamorous rooms, an infinity pool, countless surreal artworks and a destination fine diner. Named after a mythical jackrabbit with antelope horns, this is one rabbit hole you’ll want to fall down.

  • If you’re travelling to the Otways to visit Brae, one of the country’s best restaurants, you don’t have to worry about driving home afterwards. There’s accommodation right next door, which is especially handy if you’re doing matched wines.

  • Since opening in 2005, this spa retreat has been one of the best spots in Victoria for a steam and soak. Now that it's added luxury glamping to its services, it's a true escape.

  • A luxe hotel with geothermal pools, cutting edge spa facilities and a casual bistro-style restaurant. Self-care never felt so good.

  • The rooms here have stunning views, and the hotel is home to one of the best regional restaurants in the country.

  • Historic spa country and modern dining converge at this luxury hotel. Rooms transport guests back to the Art Deco era, while the private villas are designed for quiet and comfort.

  • A stunning hotel and day spa on a rugged hilltop about 90 minutes from Melbourne. No two rooms are the same, though all have spectacular views of the bush, ocean and surrounding farmland.

  • Luxurious, ultra-modern accommodation at one of the state’s most celebrated wineries. Your designer chambers either look out over the Goulburn River or the estate’s idyllic vineyard.

  • You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy this luxe resort (it does help, though). It boasts a world-class golf course, two restaurants and stellar coastal views from every room.

  • An ultra-modern hotel with its own eighteen-hole golf course It’s set among dunes and bushland, with plenty of walking trails that’ll take you right down to the beach.

  • An elegantly-restored country estate. The boutique hotel has 40 rooms, a farm-to-table diner, an indoor pool and picnic basket lunches to enjoy by the lake.

  • A ritzy hotel on a working vineyard, with cracking views of Mt Buffalo. It’s within walking distance to Milawa’s cellar doors, cafes, bakery and providers.

    Book a Table
  • Spacious, pet-friendly villas minutes from the ocean. There’s also an on-site mineral spa, where you can sweat the week out in a lavender sauna or steam room.

  • Luxury cottages on a working farm, with a private chef so you won't have to lift a finger.

  • This huge Tudor-style pub is a summer destination, reliably beset by crowds every day of the season. With views like this, we can see why.

  • This luxury resort and winery sits in the centre of everything you’d want to visit in the Yarra Valley.

  • A slice of stylish country living in Rhyll. There are four plush apartments to stay in, each with its own unique features. With comforts like these, you’ll find it tough getting out into Phillip Island’s spectacular surrounds.

  • Head to this resort and day spa for gorgeous views out over the Anglesea river and just about every wellness treatment you can imagine.

  • Check in to this elegantly refurbished 134-year-old coastal gem where brand new gold and marble details stand alongside original fireplaces. Downstairs there’s a bistro, atrium and lawn for you to lounge the day away in style.

  • Experience Victorian-era lodgings with modern-day perks at this heritage accommodation. If you drive an EV, there’s a charging station on-site.

  • A country studio with total privacy – unless you count the occasional cow wandering by. The spa on the deck offers views of the rolling countryside and the sea in the distance. Sunset is especially magical here.

  • Unwind by the fireplace at this peaceful, off-grid bed and breakfast. If the weather’s good, take the short walking trail to visit Vue’s own private forest.

  • An hour and a half from Melbourne, this revamped 1870s-era hotel offers breathtaking valley views and stylish interiors. But the jewel in its crown is Turbine, a fine-dining restaurant helmed by an ex-Coda chef.

    Book a Table
  • A small winery and historic homestead dating back to the 1800s, set against the backdrop of undulant green and yellow pastures. It’s just a 20-minute drive from Melbourne Airport, so time it well and drop by for a tasting before your flight (or right after you land).

Houses

  • A grand beach-shack out of a futuristic dream. Its award-winning design is inspired by the elements, and there’s a sprawling yard for entertaining on balmy nights.

  • This secluded beach house is right on the shoreline of Mount Martha. Its interior offers a stunning illusion of a Mediterranean getaway.

  • This former tobacco kiln – on a century-old walnut farm just over three hours’ drive from Melbourne – has been beautifully converted into a weatherboard cottage with a bright plant-filled internal atrium, full kitchen and spacious bedroom.

  • On a flower farm in Trentham, stay at either a rustic little guesthouse (which is dog-friendly) or an elegant six-person miner’s cottage. And both come with full access to the considerable kitchen garden.

  • Six self-contained cottages on a property fringed by native bushland, flower gardens and open pastures to explore.

  • A Hamptons-style summer house that's just a short walk to Mount Martha beach.

  • Perfect for a cosy nature hideaway in South Gippsland. Stay at the weatherboard workers’ cottage and winery set among seven acres of vines. When it’s open, try a drop of its unfiltered and unfined natural wines at the cellar door.

  • A secluded farmstay perfect for slow mornings and cosy evenings to bookend winery adventures. It’s set on one of Australia’s oldest operating walnut farms.

  • An elegant, 19th-century farmhouse and former shearer's quarters elevated to plush, modern heights. Find it on the edge of the Grampians national park.

  • Take a soak in the spa bath or wander through the chestnut grove at this peaceful country cottage. It’s an ideal spot for some rest and relaxtion during winter.

  • A converted 1950s holiday home on a working vineyard with three bedrooms, a roomy bathtub and an outdoor firepit.

  • This modular, two-bedroom home is plucked right out of design dream. Colorbond steel and ultra-modern interiors are a striking contrast to dreamy bushland surrounds. It’s the perfect launchpad for exploring Timboon and the 12 Apostles Gourmet trail.

  • Four generations. That’s how long this family has been perfecting the art of exceptional wine and homegrown produce. Enjoy a drop of its revered barrel-fermented chardonnay, or complex old-vine shiraz in the bright and spacious dining room.

    Book a Table
  • This retreat on the Great Ocean Road is wedged between the coast and the forest – and centres around a stunning open-plan living area that’s ideal for entertaining.

  • Rustic charm with hints of luxury, including a standalone bathhouse with a giant tub for two and luxurious soaps.

  • One of the last-standing Swiss-Italian farmhouses in the Daylesford region has European opulence in spades. Plus, a day spa and mineral spring right next door.

  • A renovated miner’s cottage cottage pairing heritage charm with modern luxury. Hop on one of the bikes provided and glide between the many nearby wineries.

  • A collection of cosy suites beside a lush garden. Find both modern and vintage touches within, plus an abundance native wildlife nearby.

  • This grand Victorian property in Port Fairy is the perfect spot for a cosy country-coastal getaway.

  • A boutique luxury stay on a 10-hectare working farm. There’s a studio that’s made for weekends away, with an optional adjoining living area that looks out onto the olive groves.

  • Once Ballarat’s most notorious fixer-upper, this expansive boutique city apartment is one of the best – and most luxurious – stays in town.

  • With no wi-fi, an old claw-foot tub, a roaring fireplace and killer sunset views, this tranquil two-storey cabin on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is designed to help you ditch your daily routine.

  • Crittenden Estate's charming on-site accommodation is decked out with freestanding spa baths (with lake views) and cosy wood fireplaces. And if you don’t want to leave, there’s an option for in-room massages, picnic hampers and even a three-course dinner.

  • Settle in by the fireplace at this re-imagined kilnhouse. It’s a blend of modern and rural architecture, with acres of grapevines and the odd grazing cow visible beyond the back deck.

  • This idyllic farm stay offers spectacular views in every direction. The open shower and deep bathtub both look out to the rolling hills, and you can even see stars from the loo at night.

  • At this luxurious coastal hideaway, you’ve got the Bass Strait on one side and the centre of town on the other. Magic.

  • You can fall asleep to the sound of the ocean at this boutique accommodation. If it isn’t beach weather, hit the communal spa and sauna room, or opt for a massage in your room.

  • This off-grid property is one of Victoria’s – if not Australia’s – best beach house experiences. Sleeping up to 22 guests, it’s reachable only by boat and contains a 15-metre-high viewing tower giving 360-degree views of the surrounding lakes, beaches and national park.

Cabins and Tiny Homes

  • At this Phillip Island getaway, three stylish yet cosy cabins sit atop a working micro-farm property, overlooking sweeping coastal views.

  • Stay in one of seven vintage American-made caravans flanked by lush vineyards. It’s a short stroll to the winery’s hotel and day spa, and its unmissable farm-to-table restaurant, The Muse.

  • The rustic exterior belies the delightfulness inside this former milking shed, where you can soak up the sunrise from a king-size bed. Some of the Mornington Peninsula’s absolute best eating and drinking is only minutes away.

  • Watch the weather wash over the undulating landscape of Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges from a huge bedside picture window, while you’re cocooned in front of a roaring fire, or as you take a steamy outdoor shower.

  • Aspects of Japanese living are the inspiration behind this private bushland retreat. There’s a tatami room, a deep bathtub and plenty of beautiful timber accents.

  • This tiny, off-grid house on the outskirts of the Grampians is plonked in the middle of a lush property surrounded by rolling hills. And there's limited phone reception – so you can properly unplug.

  • Recalibrate in the tiny straw-bale villa and meet cows, horses, alpacas and ducks around the 40-acre farm.

  • Lo-fi, eco-minded accommodation that’s off the grid but totally cosy.

  • Stay overnight in this refined, refurbished 1960s dairy farm.

  • Experience slow living in a tiny off-grid home among the vines.

  • A contemporary eco-shack designed for rejuvenation.

  • Bathe in the shadow of the Grampians at this tiny home with big character. Take in the spectacle of a Grampians sunset from a comfy bed – or soak it up from the warmth of an outdoor clawfoot bathtub – at a tiny (but two-level) house that has it all.