The charm of Melbourne isn’t lost on anyone who visits. After all, it’s meant to be one of the world’s most liveable cities. But, if you’re looking to escape the bright lights of the city for a weekend away in country Victoria, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve handpicked a collection of the best weekend getaways from Melbourne that are perfect for a luxury escape with family or friends. Each of these luxury retreats in Victoria promises plenty of rest and relaxation for your next getaway, and all are within a few hours drive of Melbourne’s CBD.
TIP: If you’re looking for smaller & more intimate properties that are suitable for a couple, see our handpicked list of the Top Romantic Getaways in Victoria.
Alkina Lodge, Wattle Hill, Great Ocean Road
Boasting three 4-bedroom lodges surrounded by unspoilt nature, Alkina Lodge offers families and groups a unique holiday experience on the Great Ocean Road. When staying in one of these self-contained lodges, you’re only a 20 minute drive from the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles and endless deserted beaches where you can enjoy the majestic Southern Ocean.
Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Hepburn Springs
Built in 1935 and surrounded by picturesque gardens, Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel has evolved into an elegant boutique hotel boasting a renowned restaurant and a luxury day spa. After a morning of exploring the region, you can spend an afternoon relaxing in the soothing mineral water spas, the steam room or enjoying a rejuvenating massage or body treatment.
The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort, High Country
Nestled in the heart of Victoria’s High Country, The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort is just 10 minutes from Mansfield and 30 minutes from the Mt Buller Ski Resort. This beautiful alpine resort is the perfect choice for a family ski holiday but also has plenty to offer in the warmer months when there’s horse riding, walking and biking trails to explore.
Furmston House & Studio, Yarra Valley
Furmston House & Studio are located on the hill right behind the Healesville Hotel, in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Offering both a self-contained 2-bedroom house and a 1-bedroom studio, this is the perfect location for couples or small groups of up to 7 people who want to be close to all that the Yarra Valley has to offer.
RACV Torquay Resort, Great Ocean Road
Located at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, RACV Torquay Resort is set on an expansive golf course with spectacular ocean views & direct beach access. This award-winning resort is a great choice for families or groups of friends with its onsite day spa, gymnasium, golf, tennis, playground & swimming pools. It’s also the perfect base from which to explore the Surf Coast.
1000 Reasons, Dandenong Ranges
You will find 1000 reasons to relax, breathe in the fresh mountain air and get back to nature at 1000 Reasons Bed & Breakfast in the Dandenong Ranges. This cute B&B offers comfortable luxury accommodation surrounded by some of Victoria’s best scenic drives, hikes and nature.
Cumberland Lorne, Great Ocean Road
Located directly across from the beach in the heart of town, Cumberland Lorne Resort provides the perfect setting for your next getaway. Offering a selection of self-contained apartments and penthouses, this is the perfect base from which to explore the Great Ocean Road. We highly recommend the Rennie Ellis Two Bedroom Apartment, which boasts beautiful interior styling inspired by iconic photographer, Rennie Ellis.
Mercure Bendigo Schaller, Bendigo
Mercure Bendigo Schaller is a vibrant boutique hotel with rooms featuring stunning original artwork from renowned artist, Mark Schaller. Boasting a warm welcoming feel and located in the heart of Bendigo, the hotel is close to plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops. The Pantry Café & Bar also offers all day café dining for hotel guests.
Bella Vista, St Andrews Beach
Bella Vista is a luxury 4-bedroom beach house on the Mornington Peninsula that overlooks the 14th hole at St Andrew’s Golf Course and features spectacular uninterrupted views of Arthurs Seat to Cape Schanck. Here you can hit the beach, which is only a 750m walk via the National Park, before enjoying a BBQ on the deck and then relaxing in the outdoor hot-tub spa. Heaven!
Hotel Bellinzona, Hepburn Springs
Freshly renovated, this gorgeous boutique hotel in Hepburn Springs is the perfect getaway destination for both couples and small groups. Hotel Bellinzona features stunning art and interior design, along with an onsite restaurant, heated indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna. It’s also only a short stroll from the Hepburn Bathhouse where you can relax and rejuvenate.
Bristlebird, Great Ocean Road
Set on one of Aireys Inlet’s best streets, Bristlebird is a modern seaside home with delightful and quirky styling accents throughout. Boasting 4 spacious bedrooms and catering to up to 8 guests, this beautiful holiday home is only 400m from the clifftop walk and a 650m stroll from Sunnymead and Sandy Gully beaches.
Peppers Moonah Links, Mornington Peninsula
Less than an hour and a half from Melbourne, Peppers Moonah Links is a stylish golf and leisure resort on the Mornington Peninsula. Here you can enjoy the exceptional resort facilities and world-class golf course, or treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment or outdoor thermal hot spring bath at the neighbouring Peninsula Hot Springs.
Yarra Valley Lodge, Yarra Valley
A relaxed yet sophisticated retreat, Yarra Valley Lodge is located on the grounds of the Heritage Golf & Country Club at the gateway to the Yarra Valley. All guest rooms open directly onto a gardened terrace or private balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee and take in the spectacular views of this 120-hectare estate.
The Provincial Boutique Hotel, Ballarat
The Provincial Boutique Hotel was built in 1909 and is located on Ballarat’s historic Lydiard Street, close to restaurants, cafes and shops. Each spacious guest room within this iconic heritage building is uniquely styled and offers a relaxed and inspiring vibe. Lola Dining Room is located downstairs and is a great choice if you don’t feel like going far for dinner.
Lancemore Mansion Hotel, Werribee Park
Boasting stylish rooms and breathtaking surrounds, Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee Park is a boutique luxury hotel perfect for special occasions. Only 30 minutes from Melbourne, this grand mansion is surrounded by 10 spectacular acres of formal English gardens that make you feel like you’re a million miles away. There is also an indulgent day spa, swimming pool & steam room onsite.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Mornington Peninsula
This elegant coastal retreat includes a luxury spa, a magnificent golf course and locally sourced food and wine at the resort’s exceptional restaurants. RACV Cape Schanck Resort is perfectly positioned to explore the Mornington Peninsula’s beautiful clifftop walks, world-class wineries, quiet beaches and exhilarating ocean shores.
Balgownie Estate, Yarra Glen
Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa is nestled in the heart of the Yarra Valley, less than an hour from Melbourne’s CBD. Here you can enjoy the extensive resort facilities such as the health club, day spa, sauna, steam room or spa, or simply enjoy the panoramic country views from the privacy of your balcony.
RACV Goldfields Resort, Creswick
Immerse yourself in history and nature at the RACV Goldfields Resort, nested in the historic bushland around Creswick. Here you and the family can wake up to fairway or forest views and the sounds of the Australian bush before enjoying some of the onsite activities, such as golf, tennis, gym, mountain biking or bush walking.
Looking for the perfect accommodation for a weekend getaway from Melbourne? Browse our full collection of luxury getaways in Victoria.