When it comes to relaxing and rebooting, getting away from it all—the always-late trams, the endless Punt Road traffic, the two-hour queues for a doughnut—the heart of nature really is the best way to hit the reset button. Here are seven incredible accommodation hot spots that make for soul-restoring getaways, all within Victoria. Who knew holiday bliss was only a few hours’ drives away?
We love our national parks, but not all of us are cut out for traditional camping. You have to carry in all that stuff that is ducking behind bushes, not to mention the things that go growl in the night.
Fortunately, Parks Victoria has moved with the times and is starting to provide accommodation for those who want something a little more upmarket while still enjoying the sensorial experience of being surrounded by nature.
Suppose you’re seeking the perfect weekend getaway, or you’re looking to add some unforgettable day trips to your Melbourne itinerary. In that case, this epic list serves to inspire you to pack your bags and visit the most beautiful places in Nature in Melbourne.
Alkira Eco-Glamping Retreat
Alkira Eco-Glamping Retreat is an octagonal straw-bale yurt set within 40 acres of enchanting forest in the beautifully sounding town of Emerald. As far as uniqueness goes, this hand-made hut styled with thoughtful and adorable interior furnishings really is one-of-a-kind. Both inside and out of the rental oozes with rustic character and a homely ambience.
There’s no denying that this hut is truly magazine-worthy. It has featured in many media, including the Herald Sun newspaper, Channel Nine’s ‘Postcards’ program and countless fashion photoshoots.
Just outside the hut are a well designed outdoor kitchen, bathroom facilities and a cute seating area.
A few metres away from the property is a beautiful creek providing you with the gentle soundtrack of nature. Alkira is a magical getaway to make your trip to the Dandenong Ranges an unforgettable one.
Lighthouse Studio – The Otways
We adore the Otways, but I had no idea that you could actually stay the night next to the Cape Otway lighthouse (with after-hours access to the Heritage Precinct) – if only. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay on the site of the oldest lighthouse in Australia cannot be overlooked. You can’t get much more of a memorable experience for a special occasion than this.
The 5* rated, one bedroom and one bathroom light-flooded accommodation option will be the cherry on top of your visit to the Otways or Great Ocean Road.
Gazing out of the stunning windows of this penthouse tower, over 270-degree views of gardens and tree canopies, you’ll no doubt be instilled with the same serenity and creativity enjoyed by many famous artists and authors who once resided in this mini paradise.
This adorable penthouse, complete with its own private terrace, will offer guests a serene nature getaway.
We adore the exposed beams in the lounge tower area, the attractive and elegant decor throughout, and the endless daylight afforded by the abundance of fantastic windows. I actually think this one may well be my favourite.
Have you ever wondered what the groovy 70s was like? Well, now is your chance to find out!
This retro camper is fitted out with everything a hippy traveller in the 70s could only dream of. Just look at that sunbed and parasol! There’s even a record player with types of vinyl from arguably one of the most experiential eras in music.
Granted, the garish interior may not be for everyone, but a night or two in a vintage camper set within a cottage garden looks like heaps of fun.
How would you like to spend the night in a vineyard? It saves arguing over who is driving home, doesn’t it?
At Balgownie Estate in Bendigo you can experience glamping in a vineyard by checking into one of their 15 luxury tents that come complete with air-conditioning, minibars and some very on-trend rattan furniture.
Each luxury Bell Tent also has its own outdoor deck overlooking the vines and bushland – the perfect place to sip a Cab Sav at sunset. Am I right?
Wilderness retreats are high comfort, low impact, safari-style tents. They are elevated and weather and insect-proof with large wooden sundecks, a queen-size bed (and a single), an ensuite bathroom (bliss), plus all you need in the way of bedding, towels, crockery and utensils.
You can find these gems at Cape Conran Coastal Park and stunning Buchan Caves.
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 are designed to immerse the guest in nature (just 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.
Bimbadeen Farm Retreat, Phillip Island
Another place to get (comfortably) close to nature is at Bimbadeen Farm Retreat on Phillip Island.
Bimbadeen have 3 self-contained units for hire on its 340-acre cattle farm, where just the cows and a couple of alpacas are your neighbours.
There’s a fully functioning kitchen in the retreat and lots of delicious local produce in the farm shop, so you can self-cater to your heart’s content.
You can also join one of the daily farm tours to meet the chooks and learn more about life on a working farm.
The Grampians is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, so it makes sense to stay where you can make the most of it. DULC offer an architect-designed retreat far away from the built-up environment. Five cabins are set across five acres in secluded woodland. The treehouse-style cabins feature lofty bedrooms and sunken spa baths, while the single-level cabins are furnished with soft leather couches for cosying up beside the gas fireplace.
A highlight is a floor-to-ceiling glass in the bathrooms, which allows you to feast your eyes on the rugged terrain while lathering up your hair. Close by, Harvest Halls Gap offers breakfast and lunch, together with tempting shelves of take-home produce, including craft-brewed lager. But, seriously, is there any reason to return to the city?
If taking in the sights from a vantage point is your idea of nature at its finest, you’ll fall head-over-heels for Clifftop at Hepburn. Situated amongst the greenery, quite literally on the edge of a clifftop, the stunning accommodation sleeps four people. It comes complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a suspended Oblica fireplace, and a Lord Of The Rings pinball machine—yes, we’re serious! The ultimate holiday for those who live their nature with a side of geeking out.
If escaping from it all in the surrounds of the bushland is your thing, you’ll want to lock in a weekend or more at Talo Retreat in Echuca, which is situated on one of the banks of the Murray River. You’ll have your very own private yurt (aka. snazzy tent) for when you want some alone time, with heaps to see and do when you’re craving some human or animal interaction. And after you’ve checked all there is to do on land, just hop on a river cruise to see some waterborne wildlife up-close and personal. Nature points = One million!
From the outside, The Kilns look like the most luxe sheds we’ve ever seen, but inside, it’s designer styling all the way. Made up of three separate residences and inspired by tobacco kilns, each kiln house is scattered over a real Angus stud at the base of Mount Beauty, making for beautiful views of the surrounding greenery. Anyone else suddenly craving a medium-rare steak? Yep, us too.
Another unique option for Halls Gap accommodation, DULC nature retreat cabins are a collection of architect-designed single and two-storey dwellings designed to blend into the bushland environment, with rough-sawn timbers, polished concrete, wooden floors and floor to ceiling windows. Each cabin is linked by raised walkway or footpath, and you can enjoy this rustic escape either with kids in the Mountain View Twin room or solo in a One Bedroom Treehouse.
Located in secluded woodlands surrounded by trees and native wildlife and boasting environmental sensitivity, nature locations don’t come much better than these!
Lorne Bush House Cottages & Eco Retreats
Offering a delightful blend of bush and beach and nestled amongst the gum trees of Lorne’s forested backdrop, Lorne Bush House Cottages & Eco Retreats are located just a few minutes drive to the Great Ocean Road. They have a range of accommodations, including two- and three-bedroom bush houses, perfect for families, and glamping tents.
The forty-three acres of private bushland provides plenty of space for families to kick a ball around, or have a game of cricket or volleyball, while the added temptation of a yabby dam, an adventure ropes playground and a 15-minute circuit walk down into the valley, ensure families have plenty to do throughout their stay. In addition, the friendly wildlife that surrounds the accommodation makes for a truly immersive nature experience.
Another one for a parents-only anniversary or birthday weekend away, the Boroka Downs Retreat in the Grampians National Park combines luxury accommodation with stunning natural surrounds, including vineyards, olive groves and lakes.
Nestled on a unique, 80-acre Trust For Nature property and offering 5-star boutique accommodation and services, Boroka Downs exudes a romantic ambience in a breathtaking natural setting with expansive views, magnificent night skies and roaming native animals outside your residence. The secluded nature of the property means that the only other beings that you’re likely to encounter are the free-roaming kangaroos, emus, and a plethora of native birds for which binoculars are provided. Galleries, cafes and restaurants abound in the area.
Ramada Resort Phillip Island
Ramada Resort Phillip Island offers a relaxed and comfortable holiday experience in a stunning natural location. Set across 65 acres of beautiful countryside, accommodation at Ramada Phillip Island is surrounded by native gardens and natural bushland, creating the ideal atmosphere to kick back, relax and unwind.
Two outdoor swimming pools and a children’s pool will keep you cool in the heat, and for families who like to stay active and explore the surroundings, there are seven kilometres of walking and cycling tracks around the resort. This affordable, crowd-pleasing resort is the perfect blend of family-friendly fun and splendid natural surrounds, all whilst being perfectly located for exploring the delights of Phillip Island.
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