Victoria

10 Weekend getaways in Victoria: Choose from country, city, sea or snow

With glorious natural scenery, tasty regional produce and towns brimming with diverse experiences, there are plenty of options for a weekend getaway in Victoria.

Wine lovers and devoted foodies are catered to in the Yarra Valley, while the dreamy Mornington Peninsula is ideal for those handy with a golf club or a surfboard. You can take time out in a geothermal spa hotel on the Great Ocean Road, relax in a charming countryside retreat or explore a winter hideaway.

You might enjoy a dose of luxury next to kookaburras on sun-soaked days by Lake Daylesford, or simply be swept up in the exciting hustle of Melbourne. Whatever your fancy, a weekend away in Victoria might just be easier than you think.

Head to the High country for a weekend in the snow or the sun

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You can find your calm year-round at The Sebel Pinnacle Valley with poolside relaxation during summer and dazzling days on the slopes during ski season. Nestled in the Victorian high country, this alpine gem tempts you with plush carpeted apartments and on-site delights like a sauna and heated outdoor pool.

When snow covers the landscape, hit the on-site ski hire shop and take the 20-minute bus ride to Mt Buller, the local ski resort village. Ease your adventure-borne aches back in the hotel’s hot spa before cosying up by the open fireplace with a glass of wine. As night falls, take a seat at Peaks Restaurant and Bar for a decadent dinner of duck and chocolate fondant.

Highlights

Prime skiing location

20 minutes by bus to Mt Buller’s snowy slopes

Luxury alpine-style apartments

Independent abodes with warm timber floors, plush carpets and full kitchens

Hotel The Sebel Pinnacle Valley

Top rated
8.6 Excellent (377 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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Skiing and spa indulgences on a short break in Victoria

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An express ski lift to snowy slopes just minutes from your cosy apartment can make all the difference on a quick weekend trip—which is what you’ll find at QT Falls Creek. Ideal for a winter getaway in Victoria, this boutique retreat offers unparalleled access to the ski runs, so you can move between the slopes and your personal quarters with ease.

Fuel up in the Stingray Lounge with bacon and egg brioche before hitting the fresh powder for a thrilling ski session. The hotel’s sauna or a remedial massage at on-site spaQ will be waiting to relax your muscles when you return. For the height of luxury, take a starlit soak in your private outdoor hot tub before sinking into your queen-size bed for a sumptuous sleep.

Highlights

Ski in/ski out accommodation

The only full-season ski in/ski out hotel in Falls Creek

Après-ski at SpaQ

Signature après-ski treatments, like the hydrating Snow Princess or Mr Snowman Facial

QT Falls Creek

8.7 Excellent (314 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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Active beachside weekend getaway in Victoria

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Keep the whole clan happy by the beach at RACV Torquay, where the blend of premium accommodation, kids’ facilities and fun activities creates an ideal family escape. Sleep soundly in pillowy king-size beds, and let 24-hour room service cater to your every whim no-matter the time. If you prefer a buffet breakfast, you’ll find a tantalising spread with scrambled eggs and creamy bircher muesli at Number One restaurant.

You can raise your heart rate in the gym while the kids hit the playground, or take to the 18-hole, 71-par golf course to navigate fescue roughs and wetlands. As afternoon approaches, indulge at the on-site spa and let therapists devise a personalised treatment. Round off a soothing massage and some downtime in the sensory Lusar room with fragrant herbal tea sipped slowly in the light-filled spa lounge.

Highlights

Lusar room at One Spa

Lighting, sounds aroma-infusion, and mist combine for a sensory experience

Multiple pool options

Soaking spa, 25-metre indoor pool and a toddler splash pad

Racv Torquay

Torquay, 4 km to Bells Beach
9.1 Excellent (476 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Gym
Indoor swimming pool
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Cosy weekend getaway in Victoria for art lovers

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The Dudley Boutique is both countryside retreat and cultural haven in the heart of Hepburn Springs. Imagine waking beneath plump down covers in your stately four-poster bed, then taking a complimentary yoghurt parfait while you stroll around gardens fragrant with blossoming trees.

The hotel itself hosts a colourful artwork collection, ideal for browsing with a rich espresso in hand. If that whets your appetite for more cultural works, take the five-minute drive into neighbouring Daylesford to explore the region’s galleries and studios. From there you might even book the ultimate romantic splurge: a sunset hot air balloon ride. If a quiet night in is more your style, seek out an intimate nook in the hotel’s guest lounge to enjoy a cheeky tipple by the fireplace.

Highlights

Close to galleries and museums

Walking distance to inspiring galleries and a sculpture garden

Creswick Woollen Mills picnic packages

Picnic hamper available with a blanket, frisbee, nibbles and champagne

The Dudley Boutique

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (184 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.5 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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Weekend getaway with rural charm in Victoria’s Daylesford

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In the sweet town of Daylesford, the four-star Lake House means spending dreamy days in the tranquil countryside close to the Wombat State Forest. Slip into the gentle rhythm of this lovingly-run estate, where spa therapists, artisan bakers, local farmers and gourmet chefs collaborate to bring you a catered experience.

Start your day in a villa on the shores of shimmering Lake Daylesford, taking your morning coffee on your deck to the cackle of kookaburras. Stroll to the hotel’s working art studio for an insightful tour, then relax with a dip in the infinity pool before an indulgent Bamboo Massage at the on-site Salus Spa. A truffled pecorino tart in the hotel’s seasonally-inspired restaurant rounds off any afternoon.

Highlights

Salus Spa

Bubbling Jacuzzi and a range of soothing treatments

Decadent degustation

Evocative seasonal menus crafted from farm-to-table fare

Lake House

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (210 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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Short break to a Victoria vineyard estate

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For a getaway that blends exquisite wines with rejuvenating spa treatments, pack your bags and head to Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa. At this opulent spot between the vines, you can begin each day overlooking the leafy rows from the balcony of your spa suite.

Stimulate your sense at on-site Natskin Day Spa Retreat with a Warm Stone Treatment. Suitably soothed, you’ll be ready for a two-course lunch of fresh Tasmanian oysters and green goddess risotto at Rae’s Restaurant. A full belly will have you prepped for the hotel’s main attraction: its cellar door. You can spend the afternoon sampling chilled Pinot Grigio and the estate’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. Should you be after something sweeter, a coconut daiquiri in the bar, accompanied by views over the dusky landscape, makes a satisfying end to a day in this famous valley region.

Highlights

Estate's own cellar door

Award-winning wines pair with innovative dishes

Prime Yarra Valley location

Ideal base for exploring the valley or taking in a full-day wine tour

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa

Top rated
8.6 Excellent (1986 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.9 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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A weekend escape packed with golf and hot springs

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Golf lovers looking for a weekend away on the Mornington Peninsula will be in their element at four-star Pepper’s Moonah Links Resort. Here, guests have access to two world-class golf courses and are within a 10-minute drive of beaches, wineries and luxurious hot springs.

Stir at first light amid the soothing natural decor of a fairway-adjacent Moonah Room. If golf isn’t on the cards this morning, take the six-minute journey to Peninsula Hot Springs and relax in thermal mineral waters beneath a vast blue sky. For something even more invigorating, opt for an Aboriginal-inspired Kodo full body massage. You can spend the rest of the day exploring or golfing—an ideal way to work up an appetite for succulent seafood linguine in Pebbles Restaurant, followed by a Glenlivet nightcap.

Highlights

Premier golfing

One of Australia’s finest golf courses for seasoned and new golfers alike

Menu at Pebbles Restaurant

Seasonal dishes made from flavourful local ingredients

Peppers Moonah Links Resort

Top rated
8.6 Excellent (2001 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.7 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Wellness centre / Spa
Gym
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Serene spa sanctuary on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

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Head to the coast for rejuvenation by the sea at Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Victoria’s first hot springs hotel to offer a geothermal experience with your stay. Spread out in a spacious, light-filled Deluxe Spa room, where you can take in views over the Southern Ocean and luxuriate in your own private spa bath.

You’ll want to centre your getaway around the on-site geothermal spa and wellness clinic. Begin with an hour-long massage, then treat your skin to a Divine Detox Facial before a soak in the steaming hot springs. You can slot in a stroll to the scenic Thunder Point Lookout (just five minutes away) before an evening dinner of duck confit with Moroccan wild rice at Deep Blue Dining & Bar.

Highlights

Geothermal spa

Treatment menu centred around geothermal waters and healing

On the Great Ocean Road

This location makes an ideal base for exploring the windswept highway

Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs

Top rated
8.5 Excellent (3235 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.9 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Wellness centre / Spa
Gym
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Weekend trip into Melbourne’s urban heartbeat

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Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Melbourne’s Southbank at the four-star Crown Promenade Melbourne. From your ottoman window seat in a Corner King Room kitted out with modern Australian art, you can take in bustling views of the Central Business District below.

Take a morning swim in the hotel’s 25-metre infinity pool, or treat your muscles to a deep tissue massage in the on-site spa. When you venture outdoors, cross the Yarra River and duck into a postcard-worthy laneway café for an espresso and sugar-dusted friand. Stop at Federation Square (free workshops and events run throughout the year), looping back to the hotel in time for dinner. Expert waiters can recommend the best wine pairing for your Parisian gnocchi at refined French restaurant Bistro Guillaume, which might just convince you to return the next day for Champagne Sunday.

Highlights

29 bars and restaurants

Huge selection for drinks and gourmet cuisines from around the world

Ideal base for discovering Melbourne

Close to the riverside promenade, classical music venues and restored breweries

Crown Promenade Melbourne

Top rated
Melbourne, 11.1 km to Airport Essendon
9.0 Excellent (3216 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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Age-old elegance on a weekend away in Melbourne’s theatre district

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The Hotel Windsor proves that you needn’t leave the city for a weekend getaway. This five-star Melbourne stunner delivers opulence in sleek heritage interiors, blending original architecture from 1883 with contemporary indulgences like modern marble bathrooms and custom Windsor beds.

You’re right in the heart of the glittering theatre district here, so gear up for a show in style with the hotel’s decadent afternoon tea. After savouring treats like confit onion tart and cream-laden scones, you can freshen up with equal luxury in your own spa bath. A fine evening at Her Majesty’s Theatre can later be toasted with a warming nightcap of Laphroaig in The Cricketers Bar.

Highlights

Theatre district location

Close to the six major theatre venues of the East End

Gin and Wine Bar

Cool spot for on-site drinks, with more bars nearby on Flinders Street

The Hotel Windsor

Top rated
Melbourne, 10.6 km to Airport Essendon
8.8 Excellent (17013 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Gym
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