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13 Of The Best Outdoor Spa And Bathtub Airbnbs In Victoria

By Simon Cassar

There’s nothing quite like taking a soak to ease all the tensions right away. Victoria’s out-of-summer months lend themselves quite well to escaping the city for an outside spa (or bathtub) and a crackling fireplace.

The cooler weather calls for cosy cabins, eco retreats, and coastal homes out into the country to escape to, so if you're looking for a spot to stay and spend time in the tub then check out some of Urban List's favourites Airbnbs with outdoor spas and bathtubs for 2024.

Forrest Steam Train Carriage

A white free-standing bathtub sits on an undercover balcony next to a table with bath soap.
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One for the true railfans, (Francis Borgeouis looking at you) the absolutely picturesque Steam is a charming getaway in Forrest, housed completely in a decommissioned steam engine carriage. The nearly 100-year-old relic has been lovingly restored and is now fitted out with impeccably aesthetic period-style furniture, a fireplace and even a sizable outdoor tub with polished brass tapware surrounded by vistas of the lush bushlands of the Otways. Soak it all up. 

Lauriston Honeysuckle Farm Cottage

A free-standing bathtub sits outside with a rain shower above.
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If you're looking for the perfect base to explore the Macedon Ranges and Daylesford, Honeysuckle Farm Cottage is a no-brainer. This country getaway, infused with historic charm, sits on a working 104-acre farm and vineyard, which means when you arrive, you'll be greeted by a friendly bunch of Pygmy goats and sweeping views of vines. There's lots to love about Honeysuckle Farm Cottage, from the outdoor dining set-up, an indoor wood-burning fireplace, and a 'Guest Favourite' ranking on Airbnb—but the private outdoor antique claw foot bathtub and rain shower is something to behold

Trentham The Potting Shed

A white free-standing bath sits on a timber outdoor flooring, surrounded by trees with a wooden fence behind it.
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Just over an hour out of town, this stay in Trentham is absolutely brimming with quaintness. An ideal getaway due to its rustic yet immaculate curation, The Potting Shed was a finalist in the 2022 Airbnb awards, so it's an absolute no-brainer. The farm chic house is flanked by serene nature and greenery, but the big draw is the tranquillity of the outdoor bath tucked between the trees on the back deck. Inside is a motley collection of cottagecore furnishings, from rusted copper tap wear to recycled timber benchtops and even a fully restored Pot Belly fireplace for keeping things toasty.

Apollo Bay Chocolate Gannets

A rectangle-shaped spa looks out to a view of the ocean through an open floor-to-ceiling window, sitting next to a roaring fire place.
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On a quiet stretch of coast just five minutes drive from Apollo Bay, the Chocolate Gannets villa is a coastal escape like few others. Inside the light-filled and spacious stay are floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a spectacular vista of the coastline as well as the addition of its own private double-spa bath that looks out onto the nearby beach which sits just metres away.

Macedon Ranges Fellcroft Farmstay

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The Macedon Ranges sits just about an hour away from the big smoke up in the northern regions of Victoria, it boasts some of the lushest and natural bushland in the state and is famously home to Hanging Rock. The Fellcroft Farmstay is tucked away at the entrance of the Cobaw State Forest, the cosy barn-style house is the perfect getaway for two. Take in the expansive green ranges from the comfort of the tub or park up on the wooden verandah with a coffee or wine in hand. 

Wensleydale Charleson Farm

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Out on the back hinterlands of the Otways in Wensleydale sits the incredible Charleson Farm, just 30 minutes from Lorne and Torquay this secluded semi-coastal escape has enough of the right stuff to keep every guest feeling at home. The house is stunningly designed and fitted out with a chic rustic feel, think heavy timbers and plenty of light, it’s also set on a stunning 100-acre farm with panoramic views of real country Victoria on offer. If that wasn't enough it also has a life-changing outdoor spa that looks out across the ranges. 

Walkerville Liptrap Loft

A Japanese-style bath sits outside undercover in a timber hut.
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Liptrap Loft is the quintessential Victorian getaway, set amongst the leafy surroundings of South Gippsland just thirty minutes from the stunning Wilsons Promontory, this house has been crafted with recycled tin and timber, and keeps you comfy and cosy against those wintery elements. It has retro features like a 1960’s style oven and stove but its crown jewel is the outdoor Japanese bathhouse with a tiled tub with exposed pipes and views of the surrounding valley. The entire house has an elevated sense of design, with second-hand materials and furniture it’s a place to escape with plenty of soul.

Mount Martha Sea Sanctuary

A large rounded spa has its jets turned on while overlooking views of the ocean
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Perched up on the cliffs of Mount Martha overlooking the sprawling Mornington Peninsula coastline, Sea Sanctuary is all about taking five. Perfect as an intimate sojourn for two, the quaint beach-chic stay has an in-ground outdoor hot tub with vistas of the water below, as well as a hot/dry sauna room, in-wall fireplace and large open kitchen and lounge area. If you prefer the comfort of the indoors, there's also a bathtub surrounded by views of the nearby bush and beach

Hoddles Creek Yarra Valley Homestead

A blue-coloured spa sits on the corner of a timber deck.
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Nestled among the bushland reserve of Hoddles Creek lies this dreamy hidden cabin. Secluded, serene and an outdoor spa; it definitely ticks all the boxes. The a-framed house is lined with ceiling-to-floor windows, making the most of the scenic Yarra Valley views. For an even better glimpse, step outside onto the outstretched timber deck and spend a night curled up by the fire pit. Dip your toes in the spa built into the deck and relax to the sound of the native Australian bush that surrounds the property.

Gruyere Yarra Valley Vineyard Cottage

A metal-style bath sits outside on a timber veranda.
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This Yarra Valley Cottage in the town of Gruyere (yes just like the cheese) is a ripper getaway for those looking for some R&R as well as a little grapevine action. The perfect retreat after a hard day of wine tastings this rustic farmhouse with weathered timber is ideal for taking things slow. A big outdoor antique tub with copper taps sits on the wooden deck and looks out onto green hills in the distance. 

Wensleydale The Wensley

A rustic-style bath sits outside on a timber decking with a white towel hanging over the side.
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If there were awards for Airbnb’s The Wensley would have an absolute bag by this point. The architectural wonder that sits on 80 rolling acres on the Surf Coast hinterland is made up of recycled timber and raw concrete and has been curated head to toe to keep you comfy. With a living room straight out of Grand Designs with an island fireplace, wrapped windows that look out onto the ranges, and a rustic tub on the back porch you'll want for nothing. If style is your vibe then you’ve got it in spades right here. 

Gariwerd ​Nook On The Hill

The Nook, situated on extensive privately-owned farming land in rural Gariwerd, makes up for its size with its innovative design and culturally rich location. Many hands came together to build this home for anyone seeking a rural getaway. 

The stunning Grampians getaway sleeps two adults. It’s complete with an outdoor bathtub and painstakingly restored native garden, bringing with it a whole lot of wildlife and further transforming The Nook into its own ecosystem of sorts. But for those who aren’t naturally outdoorsy, you’ll still have access to internet and only have to venture about ten minutes to the charming Halls Gap, the closest town. 

Mansfield Mansfield House

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Resting atop an exposed hilltop in the heights of Mansfield, this visually stunning stay designed by architect, Robbie Walker has harnessed the incredible nature that surrounds it.

The floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto a panoramic view of the sprawling mountain ranges of Mt Buller, the inside has a tidy minimalist feel with polished concrete floors, accented by sleek wood furnishings and a large fireplace that anchors the open-living dining room. Perhaps the biggest drawcard however is the outdoor spa— which rests over the valley providing breathtaking vistas.

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