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Ball Out On A Budget At Victoria’s Best Affordable Accomodation

By Rick Stephens
10th Dec 2020

A long neon-lit hotel pool.

We're all due for a little getaway after the year we've had, but ironically, the year we've had may not lend itself to a big ol' boujee holiday. Fortunately, you don't need to break the bank to enjoy a weekend out of town.

Check out the best budget accommodation Victoria has to offer:

Sandpiper Motel

Apollo Bay

Located just 100m from Apollo Bay Beach, you’ll find Sandpiper Motel. Whether you’re a solo traveler or travelling as a family, there’s a great range of room options available. Offering free wifi and off-street parking is complimentary, the motel is only a 20 minute drive from the Great Otway National Park, plus a host of activities and attractions around Apollo Bay.

The Grampians Motel

Halls Gap 

When you’re planning a trip to the Grampians, be sure to check out The Grampians Motel & The Views Restaurant. Located in the beautiful village of Halls Gap, the Motel offers an outdoor pool, free wifi and direct parking. The Views Restaurant is equally impressive offering a range of breakfast and dinner options. This one's more or less situated in the stunning Grampians National Park and featuring stunning waterfalls and spectacular views—make sure you take on the Peak Trails if you have the legs for it. Stunning stuff.

Someon hiking to the top of a cliff face in The Grampians.Bimbi Park 

Cape Otway

If you’re looking for the best budget accommodation Victoria has to offer, look no further than Bimbi Park. Here, there are plenty of options—from camping pods to deluxe family rooms—for you to save a quick buck on without compromising on the quality of your weekend away. It’s a location-says-it-all situation being just by the Otway Ranges and a stone’s throw from the surf coast.

Keep an eye out for koalas in the gumtrees above, there are plenty of them. 

Port Fairy Motor Inn

Port Fairy 

You can’t have a best budget accommodation Victoria list and not include the state’s most charming beach town. Head down the Great Ocean Road and you’ll eventually pop out at Port Fairy, and the Port Fairy Motor Inn. The rooms here are modern, clean and comfortable, and there are several affordable options no matter the size of your group. 

There are plenty of rugged beaches to explore in the area, you can also get involved in a spot of whale watching at the right time of year. If you’re after a pint and a pub meal, head to The Caledonian Inn, the locals know it more affectionately as The Stump and are very proud of the fact it’s the oldest pub in Victoria. 

Central Springs Inn


Daylesford isn’t usually somewhere you’d associate with budget accommodation, but there are a few stellar properties tucked away in the rolling hills out those ways should you be willing to look, like this charmer, the Central Springs Inn. The rooms have a certain old world Australiana charm to them, some with mezzanines, some with hot tubs—all reasonably priced.

You’re also just around the corner from Hepburn Regional Park and Wombat Bushland Reserve. Charming. 

Seahorse Motel 

Cowes, Phillip Island

The Seahorse Motel is basically the Australian dream of motels. A big pool, a barbecue area, ‘cable’ on the in-room TV and a big ol’ bed. This one’s great for families, but there are plenty of other options at reasonable prices should you be travelling with a significant other or a group of mates. It’s also in Cowes, Phillip Island’s ultimate holiday town which features a calm beach, a jetty, several pubs and a fish ‘n’ chip shop on every corner.


Colonial Motel

The recently refurbished Colonial Motel offers up serious bang for buck. The modern rooms are primed for a romantic weekend away without draining that savings of yours. Most rooms won’t tip over the $250 a night mark, and, there's a very spacious outdoor jacuzzi—get in before the others do. 

Head up to Bright in High Country and you’ll also be supporting regional business who have had a helluva tough year. There’s plenty to do up those parts, from bushwalking to bike riding and dining and drinking courtesy of local producers and makers.

A motel pool set in front of several mountains.

Yarra Gables 


If you’re after that classic b&b aesthetic, head to Yarra Gables for a weekend away. The classic affordable rooms feature everything you need for a comfortable stay, some with spas and others set up for a family affair. You’re also located smack bang in a regional hub known for its breweries, distilleries and stellar dining—start at Innocent Bystander, drop by Four Pillars Gin Distillery and don’t forget to check out White Rabbit Brewery.

A country b&b surrounded by roses.

Imagine Lighthouse


Staycation with a view? You got it. Imagine Lighthouse is perched up above Melbourne Central, giving you direct access to Melbourne’s thriving CBD. The most basic room comes in at around $150 a night with some incredible vistas of the city, and you'll get access to a very boujee hotel pool.

Looking to spend up big? Check out Melbourne’s best boutique hotels here.

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