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.

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Brae Guest Suites

Victoria’s best regional restaurant also offers accommodation.

4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra

Lon Retreat

You'll find this stunning hotel on a rugged hilltop about 90 minutes from Melbourne.

25 Gill Road, Point Lonsdale

Royal Mail Hotel

Temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. Check here for reopening updates.

98 Parker Street, Dunkeld

RACV Cape Schanck Resort

A modern oasis set among dunes and bushland, just a short walk to the beach. Reopening on June 25.

Trent Jones Drive, Cape Schanck

Jackalope Hotel

Glamour and surrealism meet at this designer hotel. Reopening on June 26.

166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North

Mitchelton Hotel and Spa

Luxurious, ultra-modern accommodation on the site of Mitchelton Winery.

470 Mitchellstown Road, Nagambie

Drift House

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

98 Gipps Street, Port Fairy

Vivere Retreat

Farm accommodation with idyllic views.

1719 Main Road, Neerim South

Eugenie’s Accommodation

Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.

16 Ramsay Boulevard, Inverloch

Cavedon’s Kilnhouse

Settle in by the fireplace at this re-imagined kilnhouse.

Cavedons Lane, Porepunkah

Kilcunda Oceanview Cottage

You’ve got the Bass Strait on one side and the centre of town on the other. Magic.

3560 Bass Highway, Kilcunda

Alkira Eco-Glamping Retreat

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

438 Kallista-Emerald Road, Kallista

Cortes Cottage

A renovated country cottage on a walnut farm.

235 Schlapps Rd, Gapsted

Lancemore Milawa

A hotel set among vines, with a view of Mt Buffalo. Reopening on June 26.

223 Milawa-Bobinwarrah Road, Milawa

Dairy Flat Lodge by Lake House

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.

238 Dairy Flat Road, Musk

Mt Ida (eco) Cabin

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

401 Northern Highway, Heathcote

Farm House

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

60/58 Piper Street, Kyneton

Vue at Jindivick

Unwind by the fireplace at this peaceful, off-grid bed & breakfast.

130 Stoll Road, Jindivick

Riversdale Retreat

A private bushland retreat in quaint Chewton.

Address supplied at time of booking , Chewton

Abby’s Cottage

There’s a spa in the bedroom and port ready to sip.

169 School Road, Wandiligong

Brigadoon Cottages

Enjoy a loaf of sourdough by the fire.

108 Haunted Hills Road, Newborough

Camp Kulning

Sleep cosy in a refurbished old-school Melbourne tram with retro details, a fire, and tropical kitsch glamour.

3 Darcy Lane, Lauriston

The Wine Farm

A cosy cottage set among seven acres of vines.

370 Koonwarra-Inverloch Rd, Koonwarra

Rivendell Farm Cottages

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

926 Stephenson Road, Tambo Upper

The Riversleigh

Victorian-era lodgings with modern-day perks.

1 Nicholson Street, Bairnsdale

Cape Schanck House

A grand beach-shack out of a futuristic dream.

Bass Vista Road, Cape Schanck

Polperro Farmhouse

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

64 Donaldsons Road, Red Hill

Belmont at Beechworth

A renovated miner’s cottage with serious charm.

7 Williams Street, Beechworth

Villa Parma

European opulence in an 1860s farmhouse. Bring friends.

124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs

Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel

Historic spa country and modern dining converge at this luxury hotel.

124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs

Balgownie Estate Resort and Spa

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

1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen