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The Best Quirky Getaways in Melbourne

With no international travel on the horizon shortly, Australians will be blessed with 'staycationing' in our own backyard. Luckily for us, we are spoilt to choose where to go and stay in this diverse and massive country.

If you live in Victoria, there's no better way to pimp up a staycation than with some unusual and quirky accommodation, of which there is an abundance all across the State. I've uncovered some of the most unusual accommodation in Victoria, available right now in 2021, to make your getaway feel extra special.

Whether it's for a quick weekend or a little longer, these quirky rentals will be the absolute cherry on top of your trip. There's no dull, bog-standard hotel room insight, from eco huts to vintage caravans (even an old steam train). They're also all entire private properties, so you'll have the place all to yourself.

Leaving the city behind for a few days to recharge is always a good choice. These days, accommodation options reach far beyond a traditional hotel, cabin or B'n'B; Victoria is home to beachside glamping spots, art-filled mountain retreats, farm stays and lots more. We've searched the State for our favourite quirky getaways, ranging from romantic trips for two to houses with space for all your friends or family. 

All over Victoria are special places to hide out from the world and indulge a little. We have sourced out some of the most unusual accommodation options from around the State.

Want to stay somewhere unique on your next trip to Melbourne? No problem! I've unearthed some super cool and quirky accommodation in Melbourne and around Victoria, far from bog-standard.

From off-the-grid tiny houses to farm retreats and airstreams on a rooftop in Melbourne CBD – here are some of the quirkiest places to stay in Victoria for a getaway you're sure to remember.

Yandoit Church

yandoit church melbourne

2 Righetti Lane, Yandoit 3461

Built way back in 1884, this cool-as-all-get-out restored church has been given new life as one of the most original stays in the Hepburn Shire. Only 15 minutes from the charming town of Daylesford – famous for its healing mineral springs – this award-winning conversion has everything needed for a heavenly stay: reverse-cycle air-con, nifty wood fire heater, oak floors, and a triple-grill gas barbecue out on the deck. Luxe furnishings, original works of art, vaulted ceilings and striking Gothic windows make this former place of worship one you'll never want to leave. There are three bedrooms, which means it's perfect for your family, your whole crew or a luxe romantic getaway.

A handcrafted, floating timber and steel staircase leads to the 2 upstairs bedrooms and central bathroom. All rooms have enormous double-glazed windows, which bring the adjoining farmland and nearby bushland into every room. Built-in robes, reverse-cycle air-conditioning and ceiling fans in every bedroom offer the perfect long-stay set-up.

A large deck provides a direct connection to the kitchen and the bedroom wing and offers ample entertaining space and a triple grill gas barbecue. Comfortable deck chairs are provided to position either on the deck or anywhere in the half-acre garden surrounding this historic property.

Pops of colour and texture blend with oak floors, stone finishes and remnant paintworks in the nave. The property is a testament to style and grace. It is a fine example of the sympathetic yet modern renovation of a building that has been rescued from ruin. The Yandoit Church can now be enjoyed by families, friends, or couples wishing to mark a special occasion or for those who want the idyllic getaway.

You can book here.

French Island Glamping

french island glamping melbourne

59 Barge Access Rd, French Island 3921

0498 843 850

A short ferry ride from Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula, secluded French Island National Park – the State's largest coastal island – is where you go when you need to recharge in nature, far from the madding crowd. Since there's just one grocery store on the entire island, guests are advised to pack their food to cook in the communal kitchen, barbecue and fire pit area. Offering towels, toiletries, and other essentials, French Island Glamping takes care of the rest, leaving visitors free to explore the island, learn about its fascinating history, or go on a wildlife spotting tour with Naturaliste Tours.

Read more of them here

Hedge Farm

hedge farm melbourne

124 Three Chain Rd, Carlsruhe 3442

0419 509821

This cute property in the bucolic Macedon Ranges ticks all the cool getaway boxes just an hour away from Melbourne. Home to a converted train carriage and a historic van once used to house railway workers, a stay at Hedge Farm will please trainspotters, history buffs and design fans who get off on seeing what can be done in small, upcycled spaces. Wineries, farm gates and old school country pubs are all within striking distance too.

The property has drawn an intriguing collection of sheep and wheat farmers, musicians, and aboriginal artists.

Part of an extensive landholding dating back to the mid-1800's Hedge Farm was then known as Rock Hill. Several generations of the Clerk family worked as sheep and wheat farmers. Clydesdale horses played a key part in its operation, and the existing hand-hewn Rock Hill Stables were built in the 1920s to house these horses.

The property is now a smaller holding of 20 acres. The team at Hedge Farm are committed to providing a unique gathering space for weddings, private functions and lovers of music and art.

More about it here.

Lighthouse Studio – The Otways

lighthouse studio – the otways melbourne

Otway Lighthouse Road, 3233 Cape Otway, Australia 

Located on an 1848 historic site, just off the Great Ocean Road and 38 minutes drive from Apollo Bay, Cape Otway Lightstation boasts stunning views of the Southern Ocean.

Cape Otway Lightstation offers various accommodation options, including the Lightkeeper's B&B suites or the fully self-contained Lighthouse Lodge. The Lightstation Studio has stunning views of the light station from your room.

The houses have fully equipped kitchens and wood fireplaces, while the B&B suites and the studio have a bar fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery and cutlery.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

You can book here

Grapevine Glamping

grapevine glamping melbourne

Cofield Wines, Distillery Rd, Wahgunyah 3687

0437 359 249

North East Victoria knows how to roll out the red carpet for visitors, and there are no better hosts than the folk at Pickled Sisters. Located right among grapevines in a winery near the border of New South Wales, this deluxe glamping experience offers a bell tent kitted out with a king bed, mini-bar, board games, magazines, fishing gear, local maps and a welcome bottle of Cofield Wine. Breakfast, dinner and grazing hampers and platters filled with local gourmet goodies (hello there, Milawa cheese) seal the deal on what is already a very enticing getaway prospect.

Picture yourself unwinding with a glass of Cofield Wines Quartz Vein Shiraz while camping beside the vineyard where the grapes were grown. Grapevine Glamping allows you to do just that as you disconnect from it all in a picturesque rural setting. 

Our fully set up campsite allows you a unique opportunity to stay on a real working winery and vineyard while enjoying all the comforts of home. It's camping with no fuss, no set-up, and everything at your fingertips.  

This is the ultimate gourmet getaway, located right here on-site at Cofield Wines, together with the award-winning The Pickled Sisters Cafe.  

$500 Fri-Sun per couple for a

COST:$260 Mon-Thurs per couple for a 2-night stay.

$440 Mon-Thurs per couple for a one night stay.

Extra night: $180 per couple

Know more of them here.

A Railway Carriage – Ballarat  

a railway carriage – ballarat melbourne

If you can't get enough of trains or quirky experiences, then you're in luck – here is another train carriage rental to make you feel like you're on the set of a Hercule Poirot film!

This one-bedroom carriage with bathroom, spacious lounge and kitchen is ideal for a romantic weekend away whilst exploring the ex gold mining town of Ballarat. Located on a quiet private farm, your only neighbours will be mooing cows and warbling magpies.

If you like the sound of a getaway to history-rich Ballarat, make sure you check out my other post listing even more unique accommodation in Ballarat.

Price per night: from $125 per night

Wanderlings Vans

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Balnarring Beach, Balnarring 3926

0433 112 182 

Want to enjoy a taste of #vanlife without the commitment of van ownership? Wanderlings offer kitsch van accommodation options in your choice of four different Mornington Peninsula locations, including the serene Balnarring Beach. The newest addition to the Wanderlings van family is Skye the 1962 Airstream Flying Cloud, complete with queen bed, retro fringed awning and air-conditioning for those hot summer nights.

Wanderlings™ is a small business offering hires (and occasional sales) of vintage Airstreams, caravans, + unique campers. We're based on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 

You can book them here

The Church at Lyonville

the church at lyonville melbourne

22 Bremner Ave, Lyonville, Melbourne 3461

Only ten minutes from the hamlet of Trentham (a small town in Hepburn Shire), this classic retreat will convert visitors to churchgoers in no time. Originally built in the 1920s, a weekend at this restored timber church is just the ticket if a slow-paced country escape is on the agenda. Featuring original stained glass windows, high ceilings, a fireplace, spa, deck and extensive gardens to swoon over, a stay here is truly a religious experience. There's enough space here for six guests in this three-bedroom house.

Book here

The Kiln Houses

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Cavedons Ln, Eurobin VIC 3739

0422 175 345

Cavedons Ln, Porepunkah, Melbourne 3739

Nothing beats a fresh blast of alpine air. So a visit to Porepunkah's Kiln Houses – located at the base of Mount Buffalo – feels like stepping back into an older, simpler world, blended with the freshness of contemporary design. Modelled on the tobacco kiln houses that once dotted the High Country, these architecturally designed retreats offer incredible views of vineyards, cattle and surrounding mountain ranges. Kitted out with a spa, wood fire and even a sauna, this property also offers a set of Chappelli bikes for guests to take for a spin to the local pub or further afield to Bright Brewery. You can choose between one of three houses depending on how much space you're after.

Three exceptional houses

Three unique houses – Cavedons kiln house, Eurobin kiln house and The Sorting Shed – each with their own contemporary design that combines luxury and comfort.

Self-contained with modern, fully appointed kitchens and stylish, open living spaces framed by stunning scenery.

Read about them here

Talo Retreat

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69 Dungula Way, Moama, Melbourne 2731

03 5480 3031

Whoa there – there's no need to fly to Mongolia to enjoy a yurt stay. Set on 82 hectares of eucalypt-scented bushland, Talo Retreat yurts (think circular rooms with canvas walls with wool lining) are located in Moama, only a stone's throw from the mighty Murray River. Surrounded by bushland alive with native wildlife, guests can expect to see kangaroos hop by as they laze in their hammock, sipping a cool beer. Complimentary bike and canoe hire makes local exploration a breeze.

Talo Retreat is a nature-based retreat exclusively available for adults (children under 16 yrs not permitted). The retreat offers 12 luxury 'glamping' - glamourous camping Yurts. Each Yurt enjoys a private bushland setting with an outdoor spa, kitchenette and private bathroom on each balcony.

Would you please ensure you have read the cancellation policy carefully before making your booking? Talo Retreat recommends taking out travel insurance to cover yourself for any potential loss should you need to cancel your booking or wish to alter your booking unexpectedly.

If you wish to use a bike as your mode of transport, please be aware that they are in high demand at present - we suggest you consider contacting https://www.facebook.com/greenpedalcycles/

to discuss hire options for your stay.

Dollywood, Daylesford

dollywood, daylesford melbourne

82 Central Springs Road, Daylesford, VIC, 3460, Australia 

0353 484 422

Not enough annual leave to get to Dollywood in Tennessee? Luckily, you can get your dose of southern charm only an hour from Melbourne. Like the country singer herself, Dollywood in Daylesford is bursting with personality. This four-bedroom home lacks theme park rides. It makes up is vintage bikes, Netflix, cacti, a record player a bath perfect for belting out 'Jolene'. This thoroughly contemporary (and almost achingly hip) home features artworks by the likes of Spencer Shakespeare and Jennifer Stenglein, with fun kitsch touches like pink neon signage.\

Know more of them here

Notel

notel melbourne

Harper Lane Melbourne, VIC, Australia 3000

If you thought rooftops were just for bars, you don't know Melbourne!

Notel is not a hotel (geddit?) but, in fact, 6 airstream trailers on the rooftop of a car park in Melbourne CBD that you can sleep in.

Chicly decked out in hues of grey and pink, the airstreams come with en suite bathrooms, a virtual concierge, Netflix loaded on an iPad and a fridge stocked with complimentary craft beer, snacks and bubbles.

If you're looking to go all out, check into the Airstream With Benefits, which has a secluded, neon-lit hot tub overlooking Melbourne's laneways.

Shacky

shacky melbourne

For a more off-the-grid experience, check into one of Shacky's tiny houses that are hidden in 3 rural locations across Victoria.

Found in stunning remote locations such as an Olive Grove in Victoria's High Country and a cattle farm in the Yarra Valley, the Shacky is a sustainable timber tiny house complete with an en suite bathroom, bbq and solar power, among other comforts and amenities.

The Shackys is designed to immerse the guest in nature (look at the views from those floor to ceiling windows), but come with a friendly welcome from the hosts who can grab some locally made products for you to whip up dinner with.

Retro Caravan, Mornington Peninsula

retro caravan, mornington peninsula

The most old-school accommodation you'll find on this list is on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.

At Kanasta Caravan Park in Rye, you can turn back the clock with a stay in a retro caravan.

Each of the 'glampervans' has a unique theme/colour scheme dedicated to bygone days – like this sunny yellow one we stayed in.

The caravan park itself has a few retro quirks, including a games room complete with a pinball machine and original baby pink shower block.

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