Planning a secluded romantic escape from Melbourne can be overwhelming, especially if you're short on time. But the good news is that we've done some of the legwork for you with our list of the best romantic getaways in Victoria. These expert-approved couples retreat across Victoria have been carefully curated to ensure that your romantic getaway from Melbourne is a swoon-worthy success.
Art, culture and a world-class dining scene are just some of the reasons couples love the romantic getaways Melbourne has to offer. From glamorous abodes in town to cosy cabins in the country, one thing's for sure – romance here comes wrapped in the city's cosmopolitan charm.
Overseas jaunts and interstate vacations can be great (when we can do them!), but there's nothing quite like a romantic mini-break to recharge your batteries.
We've travelled across regional Victoria to find beautiful, secluded spots where you and your significant other (or others) can relax, unwind and spend some quality time together. They are all within an easy drive of Melbourne, so make a romantic playlist, fuel up the car and book a romantic weekend away.
Given you've been cooped up at home for the best part of a while now, you're probably looking for a nice quiet spot in regional Victoria to rest your head. And what better way to spend your time than hurling your significant other into the car and setting off on a romantic getaway.
The Langham Melbourne
Southgate Ave, Southbank
(03) 8696 8888
Sparkling in the heart of the city, close to Crown Casino, Bourke Street Mall and all the dining options one could ask for, The Langham is a luxurious treat for city-lovers. Upon arrival, you're engulfed by romance, with a grand marble staircase, chandeliers and fountains. Elegant rooms overlook the Yarra River or the city skyline, and there's an indoor pool, a spa and the acclaimed 'afternoon tea with Wedgwood' to look forward to.
98 Gipps St. Port Fairy,Victoria 3284, Australia
03 5568 3309
Drift House does an exemplary job of blending design influences with a high level of personal service. Located in the blink-and-you'll-skip-it town of Port Fairy, a few kilometres past Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Road, Drift House is the perfect place to rest your head in this lush seaside town. Situated only a short walk from the town centre, Drift House encompasses four boutique suites, each blending historical aesthetics and modern amenities with the kind of style and class you'd find at some of Melbourne's best five-star hotels.
A rundown terrace house presented an exciting opportunity for artist Colleen Guiney and her partner, John Watkinson. The two-storey 1870s bluestone was grand looking, with its cast-iron lacework, stone walls and wooden verandas that look across to the Moyne River. But it was decrepit when they first took ownership – a far cry from the design-led B&B that occupies these Port Fairy quarters today.
Drift House does an exemplary job of blending design influences with a high level of personal service. Located in the blink-and-you'll-skip-it town of Port Fairy, a few kilometres past Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Road, Drift House is the perfect place to rest your head in this lush seaside town.
Situated only a short walk from the town centre, Drift House encompasses four boutique suites, each blending historical aesthetics and modern amenities with the kind of style and class you'd find at some of Melbourne's best five-star hotels.
These suites act more like compact apartments, your own retreat away from the hustle and bustle. Each suite has its unique selling point using the old terrace building plus a newer, more modern extension outback. Suite One occupies the first floor of the original bluestone building and boasts an open fireplace and a deep, solid stone bath that screams 'treat yourself. Suite Two sits one floor up and ticks off the three C's of hotels: commodious, cosy and full of character (it looks distinctly original with specially commissioned artwork surrounding the suite). Suite Three uses light, space and recycled materials to create an inviting but private space to kickback. The height of the interior coupled with the soaring windows gives the space an airy and relaxed feel. Finally, suite Four is the most modern, with an open-plan setting that puts a large, blue-tiled bath beside your snuggly king-sized bed.
But staying at Drift House is about so much more than what it looks like. This is a truly accommodating experience. You'll be set up with quaint breakfast hampers complete with locally sourced bread, eggs and delicious plum jam made from fruit from the garden. Two complimentary yoyo biscuits await you too, compliments of local Sandra Showlers, who, we're told in an adorable typed-up note, won the big gong at the Port Fairy Show two years running. You're also saddled up with a two-page guide to exploring the very best of Port Fairy in 48 hours, with top tips on restaurants, cellar doors (Basalt Vineyard is a treat), local walks as well as attractions to check out while in town.
You can really tell they've worked with the bones of this colonial-era house to create first-class contemporary accommodation. But it's the small but thoughtful touches that make this a truly special place to stay.
Set in Port Fairy on the Great Ocean Road, Drift House offers 6 very private guest suites spread over heritage buildings and beautiful contemporary extensions. This stunning boutique accommodation is a place where you can disconnect, relax and unwind in absolute luxury.
4 Second St, Hepburn Springs
03 5972 1600
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve is just the spot for a rejuvenating break in nature, with Kudos Villas to add the romance. Nine self-contained cottages, with names such as Kudos Bliss and Kudos Indulge, await amid wildlife-filled bushland. Choose Kudos Temple with a sunken spa as the centrepiece, open fire place and elevated entertaining terrace. As a special touch, you'll receive a gift pack with chocolates and welcome drinks.
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
137 Manby Rd, Narbethong
(03) 5967 7150
In the heart of the rainforest, seclusion and serenity are the romantic weekend getaways Melbourne couples adore. Woodlands Rainforest Retreat is set on 16 acres of pristine land, overlooking the fern gullies of Heritage Creek. Wooden, fully-equipped cottages blend into the scenery, with sunken spas and total privacy. So if you want to thrill your loved one, choose a 'Romantic Surprise', with light tea candles, long-stemmed roses, Yarra Valley sparkly, chocolates and a rose petal trail.
4 King St, Daylesford
(03) 5348 3329
Sink into the tranquillity of a lakeside setting to enjoy the simple things in life, topped with a splash of undeniable elegance. Lake House rests in Daylesford, home of spas, gourmet food and wine. It's all available at the retreat, along with country gardens, tennis courts, outdoor terraces and an award-winning restaurant. The suites set the all-important mood, with plush country décor, views and artworks.
Nestled on the edge of beautiful Lake Daylesford, Lake House is one of Victoria's most iconic hotels. Here you can spend a day being pampered in the Lake House Spa before enjoying a four-course a la carte dinner in the acclaimed Lake House Restaurant. And the best part is, dinner is generally included in the nightly rate.
Brett Rd, Warburton
(03) 5966 5821
Escape to a slice of Provence at Casa Valeri by the foothills of Mount Victoria. The Mediterranean villa sits within lush, green pastures, with walking trails in the forest nearby. No little luxury is overlooked, with antiques, a limestone fireplace, iron chandeliers, king-sized bed, balcony, veranda, and mod-cons. Then, there's the fragrant garden with lavender, olives, pines, rock features and a fountain for lazy afternoons.
51 Birdswing Rd, Halls Gap
(03) 5356 6243
The romantic getaways Melbourne does best include those on a backdrop of natural wonders. On the edge of the Grampians National Park, the eco-friendly Boroka Downs is an adult-only retreat from which you can hike, go wildlife spotting and cycle through the wilderness. On your return, look forward to a circular spa bath, floor-to-ceiling windows and cosy bathrobes.
Japanese Mountain Retreat
14 Mountain Crescent, Montrose
(03) 9737 0086
The romantic ambience at the Japanese Mountain Retreat can't fail to set hearts aflutter, with bathing under the stars, gourmet food, waterfalls and fairy-lit bamboo groves. Unique, Japanese-inspired rooms provide a private haven, while the spa incorporates heavenly indoor and outdoor bathing rituals, with an Arabian Steam Temple and Roman Bath House.
Clifftop at Hepburn, Hepburn Springs
Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs - 3461
03 5321 6000
Surrounded by native bushland, the six architect-designed luxury villas at Clifftop at Hepburn are beautifully perched atop a cliff. Boasting exquisite interior design, these multi-award-winning villas allow you to snuggle in front of the cosy wood fire while taking in the stunning country views.
105 Townsends Road, Budgeree, 3870 VIC
Wild Valley is an insanely beautiful 'glamping' destination that includes a collection of vintage caravans, set on a ridge with panoramic views over Budgeree.
We recommend staying in the 70s French Van. This bad boy is equipped with retro-inspired French interior and French antiques. Get snuggly by the outdoor fire or cuddle up with your lover on the Queen bed. Guests are encouraged to roam the 120 acres of lush fields and say hi to the Alpacas as well.
Lovers Lane Cottages
1495 Meeniyan-Mirboo N Rd, Dumbalk, VIC, 3956, Australia
The name says it all, literally. Lovers Lane is tucked away behind Leongatha and overlooks the rolling hills of South Gippsland from the comfort of several cosy cottages complete with a fireplace and luxe mod-cons. You may choose to while away the days taking in the scenery with that special someone, and that's perfectly okay, but you could also take off to the Grand Ridge Brewery for a beer or two before retreating back to the spas in each cottage. Book here.
Maplewood is one of our favourite weekend getaways. It's in the beautiful Macedon Ranges, set on half an acre of peaceful woodland.
The rustic cottage has an upstairs loft bedroom, one main bathroom and a self-contained kitchen and lounge area. This place is the ultimate romantic escape, surrounded by tall trees and laced in rich charm and tranquillity. Get cosy by the wood fire with a glass of red and a good cheese plate. If you get peckish, Mt Macedon Hotel is 30m down the road.
470 Mitchellstown Road, Nagambie 3608
The beautiful Mitchelton Winery estate boasts a cellar door, primo wine varietals, and a swish hotel, restaurant, and art gallery. The winery has been around since the late '60s, having developed a reputation for its riesling and shiraz varietals and picking up a few dozen awards over the years. All that drink can make you pretty snoozy, so we'd suggest booking an overnight stay at the adjoining Mitchelton hotel. It has 55 beautiful guest rooms to book, each stylish, comfortable and cosy. It'll feel like you've stepped into the pages of a design book with luxurious linens, premium bathroom products and even a picture-perfect outdoor pool to lounge in. And yes, Mitchelton's mini bar is complimentary (everything except the booze), which is quite the boon to visitors. Guests also have the option of staying in Mitchelton's airstream cabins which were installed in early 2021.
Milk And Honey
14 Hill St, 3460 Daylesford, Australia
Here's a spot where the accommodation is just as good as the name. The Milk and Honey cottage is located in Daylesford, about a 2-hour drive out of Melbourne. Access the property via a gorgeous winding stairway with epic views over the surrounding countryside.
Milk and Honey are only a few minutes walk from the Daylesford shops, and it's perfect if you're after that lazy getaway (with civilisation within arm's reach).
Situated in Daylesford, 200 m from The Convent Gallery Daylesford and 1.4 km from Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Milk and Honey offers air conditioning. In addition, this property offers access to a patio and free private parking.
The holiday home has two bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and two bathrooms with a shower.
Lake Daylesford is 2.2 km from the holiday home. The nearest airport is Melbourne Airport, 72 km from Milk and Honey.
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Two light-filled bedrooms, an open fireplace, slick bathrooms and a full kitchen complete the picture.
Lindenderry at Red Hill
142 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill
(03) 5989 2933
Victoria's Mornington Peninsula is renowned for elegant estates, and Lindenberry is no exception. The country house resides amid coastal landscapes, vineyards and food trails. A cellar door and restaurant enhance your stay in rooms with lake or garden views, spa baths and open fireplaces. This is a hotel to settle in, float on the breeze, and simply enjoy each other's company in idyllic surroundings.
Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel
41b Gipps Rd, Port Fairy
(03) 5568 3422
The Great Ocean Road has long been a favourite for romantic getaways in Melbourne style. Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel holds a prime position on the Moyne River at Port Fairy. The Courtyard Spa Room features a king spa for relaxation after a day exploring the beach, shops and restaurants around the charming town. Look forward to breakfast in the morning, with a variety of dishes, including caramelised banana hotcakes and tomato bruschetta with basil pesto and prosciutto.
QT Falls Creek, High Country
17 Bogong High Plains Rd, Falls Creek, Victoria 3699 Australia
Wake up to the bliss of mountain mist and the sounds of nature at the gorgeous QT Falls Creek in Victoria's High Country. From the comfort of your chic self-contained apartment, you can soak in your private balcony hot tub while taking in the dreamy snow-capped scenery beyond.