Need ideas for romantic weekends in Victoria? What better way to get through the week than to plan for a romantic weekend getaway, close to Melbourne? There is nothing more exciting than packing an overnight bag and hoping into the car with the one you love and discovering our great country. There are wineries, beautiful scenery and amazing history to explore all in a weekend or just stay in your room close to a fire or looking out your window. If you are looking for something an hour a way or a few hours from Melbourne, here are 17 bright ideas for romantic weekend getaways: Make your Romantic weekend even more special with our LOVE BOX – everything you need to turn your weekend from great to Spectacular!
Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat – Opened in 1853, it is a true historical icon and has hosted poets, princes and prime ministers in its time. Simply walking through the front doors will draw you into a different era making it perfect for a weekend away. Ballarat is situation 1 1/2 hours drive from Melbourne via the Western Freeway. During your stay, visit Sovereign Hill and step back in time to the gold rush days, Ballarat Wildlife Zoo or if you want a bit more adventure try Krystal Castle. There are amazing food and wine options in Ballarat but why not try some local produce.
Coastal View Cabins, Yanakie – Under 4hrs drive from Melbourne and 3 minutes from Wilson’s Promontory, this is a great location for those who love nature. Why not stay in the Luxury Queen Spa Cabin for stunning views of Corner Inlet and Wilsons Promontory and an amazing spa and private deck. Go on beautiful walks, and visit some wineries and simply relax.
Glen Isla House, Philip Island – About 2hrs drive from Melbourne and set amongst heritage gardens, this beautiful house is a perfect setting for romance. The elegant and beautifully appointed rooms open onto tranquil gardens and are a short stroll to the beachside. Don’t forget to have their amazing breakfast to have the total experience. Of course, Philip Islands world famous penguins are a must. Why not see them by helicopter on your romantic weekends in victoria?
Woodman Estate, Moorooduc – 1hr from Melbourne and situated on the tranquil Mornington Peninsular. No one would blame you if you didn’t venture off the estate and simply enjoyed the beautiful location, lakeside chalets, amazing restaurants and heavenly spa retreat but if you didn’t go out you would miss the picturesque Mornington Peninsular, great golf and Ten Minutes by Tractor a winery and Gourmet Traveller 2 hats restaurant.
Chateau Yering, Yering – Just 1hr from Melbourne in the Yarra Valley. This heritage listed Victorian Mansion is the quintessential location for a romantic getaway and so close to Melbourne. There is great food and wine to sample and why not take a balloon ride over the Yarra Valley to really define romance.
Tigerlily on the Hill, Red Hill – This romantic rustic mud-cottage had been renovated with couples in mind. The interior has a full kitchen (if you want to cook0, an alfresco area, a spacious mezzanine bedroom, romantic two person spa, spacious walk in shower and modern stylish interior to leave guests feeling indulged & spoilt. Looking out onto beautiful bushland, you will truly feel you have left everyone else behind but the one you love. Just 1 hour drive from Melbourne, excellent dining, a great brewery, bushwalking, horse riding, wineries, galleries, a fun maze, Red Hill has it all so check it out on your romantic weekends in Victoria.
The Boomerangs, Johanna – 3hrs from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road. Featuring 3 boomerang shaped 2 bedroom cottages all with spectacular forest, valley and ocean views, you might want to stay longer than just the weekend. Visit rainforests and waterfalls, beaches and the amazing, must see, 12 Apostle rock formations then choose from the many restaurants and cafes for a bite to eat.
1860, Beechworth – 1860 overlooks Spring Creek and the surrounding parklands of Lake Sambell and is just 3hrs drive from Melbourne. Relax by the open fire and double bath. There is also a king sized bed and full kitchen but why cook when Provenance, an Age Good Food Guide two chef’s hat restaurant, is just around the corner and the historical town of Beechworth has so much to see.
Carlyle House, Rutherglen – Situated on the main street of Rutherglen, this historical house will be a cosy base for you to explore the wonderful Rutherglen wine region. Once you have taken in the many wineries, you might also enjoy a game of golf (there are 3 great courses close by) a visit to the Murray River, Lake King or Lake Moodemere. Rutherglen is just a 3hr drive from Melbourne so it’s perfect romantic weekends in Victoria.
Hotel Penion Grimus, Mt Buller – If you love to ski then Mt Buller is perfect for a romantic getaway, just 3hrs drive from Melbourne. The Hotel Penion Grimus is an award winning on snow resort that will make you feel like you are miles away from home with the one you love. Not only can you ski, you can also visit the Day Spa, there is great dining and a wonderful, romantic atmosphere. Don’t forget, it can be just as great in summer with wonderful scenery and outdoor activities.
Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld – Situated at the base of Mount Sturgeon, at the southern entrance to the Grampians National Park, this beautiful hotel is a perfect choice for a romantic weekend. It has a stunning pool with picturesque views of the Mount Sturgeon and the rooms are luxurious and beautifully appointed. The Royal Mail Hotel also boasts a 3 hat restaurant that offers a unique, nature-based cuisine focusing on the highest quality organic and heirloom produce and the latest culinary techniques. If that isn’t enough to make you pack your bags this weekend, the hotel has amazing nature walks near by that will suite beginners to experienced walkers and its just 3 1/2hrs from Melbourne by car.
Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat, Daylesford – Known as spa country, Daylesford is a perfect weekend getaway as it is just 1 1/2 hrs from Melbourne. The Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat has a great range of accommodation options and is close to great walks, fishing, shopping and dining but you can’t visit the area without visiting the Day Spa and immersing yourself in the mineral springs (there are 3 at the Day Spa).
Adventure Houseboats, Mildura – If you have a sense of adventure and romance then a houseboat on the majestic Murray River could be a great weekend getaway option for you. Adventure Houseboats have a great new fleet of boats that can accommodate small groups of 6 to larger vessels that will suit up to 12 people. You can sail or berth the boat and explore the Mildura region with its great food and wine, golf, nature walks and hot air ballooning – very romantic. Mildura is a 6hr drive from Melbourne so you might want to leave early or keep this for a long weekend.
Quality Hotel Gateway, Wangaratta – Discover the history of early Australia and the story of Ned Kelly. Just 20 minutes from Glenrowan and an easy 2 1/2 drive from Melbourne, you will be drawn in to the history of this region. The hotel itself has everything you could ask for with beautiful rooms, heated outdoor pool and spa and The Atrium restaurant and bar. Wangaratta also has excellent wineries to explore.
Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Cape Schanck – What is more romantic than spending the weekend in a historic light keepers cottage right next to a working lighthouse? The accommodation is more on the rustic side but is great for true romantics who have a sense of adventure. There are rock pools to explore, the lighthouse and museum and the Moonlight Animal Sanctuary all just over an hour from Melbourne.
Lonsdale Views, Point Lonsdale – When I think romantic weekend, I think great swimming pool and the Lonsdale Views has a magnificent indoor swimming pool but the luxury doesn’t stop there. They have beautiful rooms with amazing ocean views, private beach access, an open fire and deep baths in each room. Just sit back and relax in your beautiful surroundings or get out an explore the Blues Historic Railway or swim with dolphins. Only an hour and a half from Melbourne its a great weekend getaway.
The Yarck Hotel, Yarck – This is romance on a budget. Why not pitch a tent outside the hotel for around $20 a night. Alternatively, if you need a roof over your head, stay in the hotel itself. It may be basic but with a great adventurous attitude, it could be lots of fun. The Tea Rooms at Yarck are a must as they have 2 hats and horse lovers will be at home with many horse riding trails. There are also markets and wineries to explore. Best part is its all just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne.
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