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Best Weekend Getaways From Melbourne

Published: 28 October, 2023
Last modified: 19 June, 2024
Best Weekend Getaways From Melbourne
Best Weekend Getaways From Melbourne

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 for a short escape from 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. Each of these luxury retreats in Victoria promises plenty of rest and relaxation for your next weekend getaway, and all are within a few hours’ drive of Melbourne’s CBD.

Daylesford & Hepburn Springs

About a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the Daylesford & Hepburn Springs region makes us think of cosy fireplaces, cute cafés, walks by the lake, and taking things slow. Perfect for a couples retreat or a weekend getaway with friends, here you can treat your mind and body to a relaxed pace, healing mineral spring waters, menus featuring fresh local produce, and the overall laid-back atmosphere of Australia’s Spa Country. While here, make time to drop by and relax at the famed Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa.

Clifftop at Hepburn offers designer villas that are perfect for romantic weekend getaways

Clifftop at Hepburn, Hepburn Springs

If you’re an architecture enthusiast looking for a perfect weekend getaway, Clifftop at Hepburn has luxury villas that you’ll absolutely love. With breathtaking views of the lush bushland from a high elevation, these villas come equipped with kitchenettes, fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, and both indoor and outdoor living areas—fully furnished! You can choose from villa styles like Samurai, Sahara, or Solitude, and revel in the carefully selected design elements that perfectly capture the essence of each aesthetic. Above is the “Clifftop Villa” that offers undisturbed views of the bushland and plenty of lounge areas to enjoy. If you love Japanese design style, check out Samurai which channels zen garden vibes. It even has an outdoor stone bath.

Hotel Bellinzona's light-filled rooms offer the perfect sanctuary for your weekend getaway.

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, a heated indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna, and The Oxford Dining Room, its onsite restaurant that channels classic European design. Hotel Bellinzona also has The Augustus Private Dining Room, The Lobby Bar, and The Virgin Kitchen on-site. It’s around an hour’s drive away from Melbourne Airport, and just a short stroll from the Hepburn Bathhouse where you can relax and rejuvenate.

Hepburn Escape Villa boasts free-standing designer villas that are great for both short and extended stays.

Hepburn Escape Villa, Hepburn Springs

How would you like to spend your weekend getaways from Melbourne in a luxe 75-square-meter free-standing villa? Hepburn Escape along the banks of Mineral Springs Reserve is a self-contained getaway that will treat you to a marble spa bath, an indulgent fireplace, your own balcony overlooking Spring Creek, and a comfy king-sized bed. Relaxing in this stylish space is the perfect weekend getaway in Daylesford, and is the best choice if you want to be a stone’s throw away from Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa which is directly adjacent these self-contained villas.

Hepburn Spa Retreat has 10 warmly-lit suites perfect for weekend getaways from Melbourne with family and friends.

Hepburn Spa Retreat, Hepburn Springs

Elegant, contemporary, and designed for wellness, Hepburn Spa Retreat has 10 beautiful villas with views of the serene bushland. Warm natural light softly fills the space through various pendant and wall lamps, and even under the steps—all carefully chosen to help with your circadian rhythm. Studies have shown that the circadian phase adjusts according to the input of ambient light levels and the strategically designed lights at this spa retreat aims to improve the quality of your sleep. The spa tub and fireplace are cherries on top of this stylish and relaxing retreat.

The Grampians

The Grampians region beckons as a timeless weekend escape from Melbourne’s bustling urban canvas. This resplendent destination is a mere three-hour drive from the city and reveals itself as a haven where nature’s beauty is etched upon the beautifully rugged landscape and tranquil valley. Here, in the Grampians, you can find relaxation amidst the grandeur of untouched wilderness.

Mount William Station exudes a homely vibe and has amenities that can rival bigger hotels.

Mount William Station

Mount William Station is an iconic family-operated property located in the heart of the Australian wilderness. Covering vast expanses of rugged terrain, this historic station has played a significant role in the country’s pastoral history. With its sprawling landscapes, it offers visitors a chance to experience the untamed beauty of the Australian landscape, complete with diverse wildlife and stunning vistas. The family invites guests to stay and experience a slower pace and enjoy that home away from home feeling with the surrounding old-world charm of the estate’s accommodations. They’re also proud of the farm-to-fork dining experience at the on-site restaurant, and when you book a homestead stay, you’ll get to enjoy a half-board package with a sumptuous dinner and cafe-style breakfast.

Spacious living area and fire place at Ironstone Romantic Couples Retreat

Ironstone Romantic Couples Retreat

Tranquillity and romance await at the Ironstone Romantic Couples Retreat, nestled in the picturesque enclave of Halls Gap, Victoria. This exquisite hideaway, just a stone’s throw from Venus Baths and the Botanic Gardens Trailhead, offers a luxurious respite for ideal for couples seeking an intimate romantic hideaway. The spacious vacation home boasts air-conditioned comfort, a fully equipped kitchen, and a stunning living area with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that frame captivating mountain vistas. As the sun sets, snuggle up by the fireplace or unwind in your private spa tub, making your evenings as enchanting as your days. The surrounding open spaces provide opportunities for wildlife encounters with kangaroos and resident birds too.

Mornington Peninsula

With hot springs, historic seaside villages, Sorrento Beach, the famous colourful bathing boxes by Port Phillip Bay, and more, the Mornington Peninsula region offers a range of destinations and activities for everyone. However, we particularly love the classy chic vibes of the getaways in this beautiful region. After enjoying the wineries or a stroll by the bay, find your sanctuary in one of our handpicked retreats for your weekend getaways from Melbourne.

The historic facade of InterContinental Sorrento retains its heritage design.

InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula

The InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula blends contemporary design and classic touches in its beautiful rooms and suites. This well-known and classic hotel in Sorrento has been given a new life and promises to be one of the best hotels in regional Victoria. Choose from one of four restaurants where you can experience fine dining with magnificent bay views and al fresco seating options. You can also take a dip in the outdoor pool or rejuvenate your senses with luxurious spa treatments at the Aurora Spa & Bathhouse. If you feel like going for the ultimate luxurious experience, one of the suites (Suite 4) may include access to a private pool. Get to know InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula more…

Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill is the perfect place to stay if you're looking for minimalist yet stylish monochromatic interiors that have gold accents.

Lancemore Lindenderry, Red Hill

Nestled amongst 34 stunning acres of gardens and vines, Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill is an intimate yet luxurious boutique hotel that is the ideal base from which to explore the spectacular Mornington Peninsula. That said, with vineyard picnics and garden walks on offer, plus an onsite cellar door and restaurant—you may not want to leave. Set in the heart of Red Hill, you’ll immediately feel the tranquillity as you arrive and are welcomed by the perfectly manicured gardens. If you’re up for a flavourful and slow dining experience, The Dining Room will spoil you with the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. We’d suggest booking your table in advance though, as availability is limited.

"One Spa" at RACV Cape Schanck Resort
RACV Cape Schanck Resort at night, with plenty of stars overhead

RACV Cape Schanck Resort

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, making it a perfect base for fun-filled weekend getaways from Melbourne. Featured above is One Spa where guests can enjoy a range of therapies and multiple options for water therapy. Date night tip: Its location actually makes for an amazing stargazing spot, so you may want to consider staying here during new moon nights.

Carmel at Sorrento has a minimalist industrial chic style seating around a fire pit on the rooftop.

Carmel at Sorrento

Set in a charming limestone house, Carmel At Sorrento is a sleek boutique hotel offering self-contained luxury in the heart of Sorrento. This luxe escape hosts six fully-appointed 3-bedroom apartments just a short stroll from the beach, perfect for soaking up the relaxed vibe of this seaside village where you can enjoy nearby Bellarine and Queenscliff. Close to an array of cafes and restaurants, Carmel at Sorrento is one of the weekend getaways from Melbourne that is perfect for a short break with friends and family.

Peppers Moonah Links Resort will elevate your weekend getaways from Melbourne with its hot spring baths and the place will charm you with its beautiful sprawling lawns.

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 (boasting two championship courses), or treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment or outdoor thermal hot spring bath at the neighbouring Peninsula Hot Springs. On-site, savour the best of Mornington’s seasonal produce at Pebbles Restaurant that serves local cheeses and chocolate to pair with your sumptuous meals. After a round or two of golf, you can unwind at Spike Bar before retreating to your comfy suite.

Mercure Portsea's rooms, golf course, bar, and in-room amenities make it an ideal choice for weekend getaways from Melbourne.

Mercure Portsea

Enjoy panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay from your private balcony when you stay at Mercure Portsea. Less than 2 hours away from Melbourne, the hotel has only 24 rooms, lending it a quieter atmosphere. The rooms have king or twin beds, a desk, and coffee or tea-making facilities. Perfect for a getaway with family or friends, you can also enjoy access to the 18-hole golf course during your stay. Enjoy meals from Spike Bar, or take a stroll and choose from many nearby restaurants and pubs. Also just a few minutes away are London Bridge and Portsea Back Beach where you can ride some waves during surf season—the best swells are said to come around autumn, especially around April.

Great Ocean Road

Renowned as one of the world’s most picturesque coastal routes, the Great Ocean Road is a destination as well as a journey that will immerse you in natural beauty. Here you’ll see the 12 Apostles, world-class surf breaks, and a rich tapestry of artisanal culinary delights. Embrace the allure of nearby beaches and the invigorating sea breeze, providing a rejuvenating backdrop for your planned retreat. The vistas along the Great Ocean Road promise to infuse your weekend getaways from Melbourne with a profound sense of wonder, and the journey itself is an exquisite pleasure to be savoured.

Cumberland Lorne's self-contained apartments have chic interiors perfect for relaxing weekend getaways from Melbourne.

Cumberland Lorne

Located directly across from the beach of Louttit Bay in the heart of town, Cumberland Lorne Resort provides the perfect setting for your next weekend getaway. Offering a selection of self-contained apartments and penthouses with one to three bedrooms, this is the perfect base from which to explore the Great Ocean Road. We highly recommend the Rennie Ellis Two-Bedroom Apartment (featured above), which boasts beautiful interior styling inspired by iconic photographer, Rennie Ellis. Travelling with a small group? Cumberland Lorne also offers a 3-bedroom penthouse that can sleep up to 7 guests.

RACV Torquay Resort is perfect for family weekend getaways from Melbourne with its playground, spa, and golf spots.

RACV Torquay Resort, Jan Juc

Located at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, RACV Torquay Resort is set on an expansive golf course with spectacular ocean views and direct beach access. This award-winning resort is a great choice for families or groups of friends with its on-site day spa, gymnasium, golf, tennis, and swimming pools. The resort has 3 dining spots on site and a day spa too where you can enjoy lavish and relaxing treatments. Travelling with the kids? They’ll have a blast at the spacious playground while you enjoy other leisurely pursuits on-site. It’s also the perfect base from which to explore the Surf Coast. The resort is also just minutes away from Bells Beach, boutique wineries, and rugged clifftops if you’re up for some exploration.

The Sands Torquay is away from the noise and is surrounded by some bushlands that lead out onto the 18-hole golf course.

The Sands Torquay

For a weekend getaway from Melbourne that combines golfing and coastal bliss, The Sands Torquay offers the perfect blend of luxury and style. An 18-hole golf course, seamlessly woven into the dunes promises an engaging terrain complemented by the invigorating sea breeze. On-site, enjoy access to the Golf Pro Shop, indoor heated lap pool, fully-equipped gym and health club, and two dining spots; Spike Cafe, and Shirleys at The Sands Restaurant & Bar. With the beach just a leisurely stroll away, you can relish a seaside promenade and return to your chic coastal-themed accommodation. And for those with furry companions, The Sands also graciously offers pet-friendly rooms, ensuring a complete and memorable retreat with all members of the family.

Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs has stylish accommodation with neutral colour schemes.

Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Warrnambool

The Deep Blue is the first hot springs hotel in Victoria, giving its guests a place to relax and rejuvenate in its tastefully decorated rooms and 15 enhanced hot spring bathing experiences. This is an escape where you can reconnect with yourself or special someone. Planning a getaway with your girl friends? The Day Spa also offers services such as spray tanning, facials, gingko eye treatments, and hand and foot rituals for more targeted pampering sessions. During your stay, you can also enjoy some nutrient-rich dishes from Nourish Dome. Make sure to take a dip in the hydrothermal jetted pool, the illuminated geothermal rockpools (best for twilight sessions!), and the aromatherapy pool.

High Country

While a tad farther from Melbourne, Victoria’s High Country will spoil you with a mesmerizing landscape of mountains, valleys, and rivers, creating an ideal backdrop for your next lavish getaway. Whatever season you decide to visit, there surely will be an activity and destination for you. From winter skiing to summer biking and hiking along scenic trails – the High Country delivers. Following your day of exploration, surrender to the allure of charming accommodations harmoniously nestled in this serene destination. Check out our handpicked selections for your indulgent escape.

Lancemore Milawa

Lancemore Milawa

Lancemore Milawa is a boutique hotel nestled in between the vineyards of Brown Brothers winery in the King Valley, the base of the Alpine National Park. This luxury hideaway went through a multi-million refurbishment that spruced up its 40 elegant guestrooms. These guestrooms come with private balconies or patios that have views of the neighbouring vineyards and distant alpine peaks—some have spa baths too for the ultimate luxe experience. During your stay, you can enjoy a serene dining experience at Restaurant Merlot and indulge in 2- to 3-course country-style meals which are loved by locals and visitors alike. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.

The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort is a wonderful choice for family weekend getaways from Melbourne with its well-appointed rooms.

The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort, Merrijig

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. Apart from being one of our favourite weekend getaways in Victoria, this beautiful alpine resort is the perfect choice for a family ski holiday and also has plenty to offer in the warmer months when you can go horse riding, walking, and biking on the nearby trails. On-site, Peaks Restaurant and Bar serves modern Australian cuisine while drawing inspiration from mountain cuisines around the world.

Dandenong Ranges

A perfect city escape, the Dandenong Ranges has charming villages, cafes and restaurants, and pubs where you can enjoy an authentic country-style vibe. Slow down a bit and take a walk through some of the gardens, lush fern glades and beautiful trestle bridges, or simply enjoy the views from your window or balcony from your own private haven. Find a spot away from it all from our selected stays in the Dandenongs:

Clarendon Cottages

Clarendon Cottages, Sassafras

Only a 15-minute stroll from the heart of Sassafras, Clarendon Cottages is a peaceful garden retreat that is the ideal escape from the city. Choose from 3 gorgeous cottages that all offer breakfast provisions. Whilst Dovecote Cottage is cute & cosy, Camellia Cottage & The Stables Cottage are larger and both offer fireplaces & spa baths. If you’re looking for something intimate and cosy, this is the escape for you. It’s also one of our favourite romantic getaways in the area.

Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage is one of he more charming weekend getaways from Melbourne with its glamorous vintage European-style vibes.

Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage, Olinda

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding 5 acres of woodland and be transported to charming old Europe inside Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage. If you’re looking for a place which will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time when things were simpler and more relaxed, you’re going to love the atmosphere here. The rich reds bring such a welcoming warmth to the Woolrich Cottage which also has a Jacuzzi spa while the Garden Retreat which has a spa bath has a softer, more neutral colour palette. Both cottages have a full kitchen and laundry area, making them a great choice for even longer stays. During your stay, you’ll also have access to the charming Cloudehill Gardens right next door.

Yarra Valley

Famous for its white wines and picturesque landscapes, the Yarra Valley has a relaxed vibe that is perfect for weekend getaways from Melbourne. Views of the rolling hills and the Dandenong Ranges in the distance take us away to a different world; quiet and removed from the busy city. Visit some wineries, try out hot air ballooning to take in the sights, or simply indulge in some in-room dining in your private haven at one of these spots:

Balgownie Estate has beautiful mountain views and modern amenities for great weekend getaways from Melbourne.

Balgownie Estate, Yarra Glen

Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley is nestled in the heart of the Yarra Valley, less than an hour from Melbourne’s CBD making it a perfect choice for a short escape close to the city. Here you can enjoy the extensive resort facilities such as the health club, Endota day spa’s indoor heated pool, sauna, and steam room, or simply enjoy the panoramic country views from the privacy of your balcony. Our favourite spot at this getaway, however, is the Yarra Valley Restaurant 1309 where you can drink in expansive vineyard views as you relish contemporary dining. It has a bar and deck area where al fresco dining is an option—a lovely way to enjoy the estate’s grazing menu.

Yarra Valley Lodge suites and rooms have private balconies or direct access to garden areas, perfect for romantic weekend getaways from Melbourne.

Yarra Valley Lodge, Chirnside Park

A sophisticated yet relaxing retreat for weekend getaways from Melbourne, 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. While you’re here, enjoy the seasonally-inspired feasts at Bella Restaurant, or enjoy leisurely dining from midday to the evenings at Lodge Bar. The outdoor terrace is a lovely spot to enjoy some drinks.

Peppers Marysville

Peppers Marysville

A quiet riverside hotel, Peppers Marysville has contemporary rooms and amenities that are great for a family weekend getaway. All rooms and suites have work areas and coffee and tea-making amenities, while the Deluxe Rooms and Superior Suites have private balconies, with the latter having a kitchenette as well. You can also savour the yummy local produce and signature wines from Radius Bar and Grill!

Chateau Yering Hotel

Chateau Yering Hotel, Yering

Charming Victorian style, check. Fine and casual dining options, check. Luxury at every corner? Chateau Yering Hotel ticks that box as well. Set on a 250-acre estate, it has 32 Victorian-style suites that will make you feel as if you’re in a movie set. Lavish and inviting, all of the suites have a private veranda or balcony with views of the garden or the mountain ranges. You can enjoy fine dining at Eleanor’s Restaurant or something more relaxed at the light-filled Sweetwater Café.

Geelong and The Bellarine

From strolling down beautiful beaches to cycling the rail trail, Geelong and the Bellarine has sights and activities that can take your mind off of its usual preoccupations. We all need a break every now and then, and the sun, surf, sand, and vineyards of this region are sure to pleasurably distract you from your life in the city. Find yourself a retreat in one of our top picks in this area for your weekend getaways from Melbourne:

R Hotel Geelong

R Hotel Geelong

Only a short walk away from Eastern Beach, R Hotel is a serviced apartment hotel nestled within a heritage-listed building overlooking Corio Bay, Austin Park, and the Geelong CBD. The Ocean View Apartments make the most out of their surroundings by having floor-to-ceiling glass windows while the 2-Bedroom Loft Apartment has an airy, high-ceilinged living room that makes for a perfect hangout place for the family. R Hotel Geelong also offers pet-friendly accommodation if you’re travelling with your furry friends. Although it’s close to a wide array of restaurants, you’ll have the convenience of grabbing quick bites at Le Cafe just close to the hotel’s lobby—room service is available too.

Vue Apartments Geelong

Vue Apartments Geelong

Just minutes away from Eastern Beach, close to the Westfield Shopping Centre, and some of the finest restaurants and cafes in Geelong… other nearby areas include the Geelong Art Centre, Geelong Cultural Centre, and the Port Phillip ferry to Melbourne. Vue Apartments is your launching pad for enjoying the area to its fullest. The rooms have a homely yet elevated feel that will make you want to stay so much longer. Choose from apartments that offer kitchenettes and views of the park or the Giant Sky Wheel. Overall, this stay offers a casual ambience that gives you space to enjoy a refreshing break. Oh, and they have pet-friendly accommodations as well.

Starhaven Retreat is like a celebrity's mansion perfect for glitzy events.

Starhaven Retreat, Indented Head

Starhaven Retreat is a stunning holiday home on the Bellarine Peninsula that is perfect for indulgent weekend getaways from Melbourne, especially when you’re travelling with your family or your group of friends. It’s regarded as one of the most luxurious holiday homes in the Geelong Bellarine region. The pristine glass façade is gorgeous and truly adds a wow factor to the place. Starhaven Retreat has 4 tastefully furnished suites, a spa, an indoor pool, a theatre room, a game room, and a rooftop with loungers where you can relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. How cool is all of that?


Gippsland is a land filled with wonderful destinations for all kinds of adventure. There’s Wilsons Promontory, Ninety Mile Beach, beautiful coves, Toorongo falls, Lakes Entrance, Mt. Baw Baw (where you can enjoy winter sports) and plenty of national parks too. These sights and activities make it one of our favourite places for a weekend getaway from Melbourne, and we have a selection of top stays for you to try…

RACV Inverloch Resort has light-filled spaces with ocean or garden vistas.

RACV Inverloch Resort, Inverloch

RACV Inverloch makes it to our list of best weekend getaways from Melbourne with its unique setting between wetlands and pristine beaches of the beautiful Bass Strait. At this multi-award-winning resort, you can choose from spacious and stylishly furnished rooms, villas, and cabins that have ocean or garden views. Glass sliding doors and wide picture windows let a lot of natural light in and allow you to relax while taking in the views. An abundance of recreation activities are available too—there’s a 25-metre heated indoor pool, a couple of tennis courts, walking trails, and outdoor playgrounds plus a toddler pool if you’re travelling with the little ones. Thinking more of relaxation? There’s a sauna and spa on-site too.

Captains Cove Waterfront Resort's beautiful lakeside villas.

Captains Cove Waterfront Resort, Paynesville

Fancy waterfront lifestyle? Captains Cove Waterfront Resort has 16 thoughtfully designed apartments just 5 minutes away from the Esplanade shops and cafes. Each apartment has a kitchenette and living area, and you can enjoy views of the lake from your deck or private balcony. The stylish coastal interior design definitely sets the mood for weekend relaxation, and the apartments can sleep 2 up to 6 guests, making it a great spot where small families or a group of friends can unwind and spend time together.


The Goldfields have a distinct old-world character, beautiful architecture, and country charm that takes us away to another time. The blend of its rich history and today’s diversity gives the region a unique atmosphere that you’ll feel as you stroll through its quaint towns. Enjoy easy access to lakeside parks, botanical gardens, historic buildings, and art galleries when you stay at any of these Goldfield getaways.

Mercure Bendigo Schaller

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, as well as a great selection of local beers and wines. A stay here places you conveniently close to the Bendigo Art Gallery and Bendigo Showgrounds among other local hotspots.

be&be Castlemaine, second-floor room

be&be, Castlemaine

Nestled atop the town’s highest hill, be&be Castlemaine offers a unique experience with just two cosy, self-contained studios, both offering breathtaking vistas of Castlemaine and the surrounding countryside. Studio-One, also referred to as the Romantic House, is a two-story retreat with a fully equipped kitchen and interiors that seamlessly blend mid-century elegance and seventies funk, creating a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere ideal for a romantic weekend getaway. Studio-Two—also known as the Deluxe Villa—on the other hand, exudes a more tranquil and minimalist aesthetic, featuring custom timber furnishings and wooden slat accents, along with a convenient kitchenette. If you’re travelling with a furry friend, both studios are pet-friendly!

Balgownie Estate Winery's glamping tent set on a wooden platform with vineyard views.

Balgownie Estate Bendigo, Maiden Gully

Two hours away by car from Melbourne CBD and just 10 minutes away from Bendigo city centre, you’ll find Balgownie Estate Bendigo. Here you can wine, dine, and enjoy charming rooms and private glamping tents spread out through the vineyards and bushlands. Balgownie Estate—Bendigo’s oldest winery—was established in 1969 and is famed for its Cabernet and Shiraz. Here you can enjoy a slower pace, a more distinct take on luxury glamping, and an overall relaxed vineyard atmosphere perfect for a weekend recharge. On-site, enjoy the freshest offers from Balgownie Bendigo Restaurant and a fine selection of wines from their very own Cellar Door.

The Provincial Boutique Hotel has a charming country-style interior design perfect for quaint weekend getaways from Melbourne.

The Provincial Boutique Hotel, Ballarat

One of the weekend getaways from Melbourne that channels an olden-day charm, The Provincial Boutique Hotel was built in 1909 and is located on Ballarat’s historic Lydiard Street. Close to restaurants, cafes and shops, it offers a relaxed and inspiring vibe conducive to your much-deserved R&R. Each of the spacious guest rooms within this iconic heritage building is uniquely styled, giving you options to feel like you’re visiting a new hideaway whenever you return. While we love its proximity to nearby dining options, Lola Dining Room is located downstairs and is a great choice if you don’t feel like going far for dinner.

Goulburn Valley

Situated in the northeastern part of Victoria, the Goulburn Valley region encompasses the valleys of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers. Visitors can explore the region’s many vineyards and wineries, go fishing or boating on the Goulburn or Murray Rivers, or take in the natural beauty of the nearby Strathbogie Ranges and Mitchellstown Caves. A laid-back destination where you can enjoy the bounty of nature, a trip to the Goulburn Valley presents you with plenty of opportunities to discover the beautiful surrounds while enjoying a slower pace.

The Mitchelton Hotel Nagambie

The Mitchelton Hotel Nagambie

Located in the scenic Goulburn Valley of Victoria, The Mitchelton Hotel Nagambie is the perfect escape for those looking for a stylish and contemporary retreat. The hotel features an array of well-appointed rooms, complete with earthy design elements that exude a cosy and inviting atmosphere. Art enthusiasts can explore the hotel’s art gallery, showcasing an impressive collection of Aboriginal artwork, while foodies will enjoy the sophisticated ambience of The Muse restaurant. With so many refined experiences to enjoy, you’re sure to feel refreshed and inspired after your stay at The Mitchelton Hotel Nagambie.

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Mat Lewis, co-founder of View Retreats, is a seasoned traveller and qualified life coach with extensive knowledge in wellness and nature-based tourism. He is passionate about the transformative effects of travel as a means to achieve perspective, balance, and connection. His coaching integrates these principles, guiding individuals to reconnect with themselves through mindful and restorative travel experiences.
Mat and Stoewie - co-founders of View Retreats

We’re Mat and Stoewie. We’re both seasoned travellers and qualified life coaches. We’re passionate about finding and creating travel experiences that help to connect people to special places and experiences that will help them to rest, relax, reconnect & rediscover. 

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