The Ultimate Local Getaways To Warm You Up This Winter

By Emily St John
26th Jul 2018

Brrrrrrrr, it’s cold up in here—but that’s no excuse to roll under the covers (no matter how tempting) until summer finally kicks into gear.

Lucky for you guys, Victoria is home to some of the most picturesque winter escapes across the whole of Australia—and you don’t have to freeze your buns off in the process. We’ve teamed up with RACV Resorts to showcase only the must go-to regions of our fair state to get you out of hibernation mode and ready to explore. And obviously by explore, we mean 'gram, because if it isn't on your story with an adequate soundtrack attached it quite frankly didn't happen.

So flick a sneaky email to Susan in accounts, because these Victorian holiday spots are 147% worthy of your hard-earned annual leave.


Just A 2-Hour Drive From Melbourne

A seaside sojourn may not be your first thought for a mid-winter vacay, but stick wtih us. The holiday town of Inverloch is nestled in a protected inlet sanctuary, making it the perfect spot to cosy up in and witness those spectacular coastal views. Inverloch is also home to the stunning scenic drive from Eagles Nest to Twin Reefs and Shack Bay with all the best vantage points for your ‘gram game #priorities.

Settle yourself on the Gippsland Coast in a cabin at RACV Resorts’ Inverloch locale complete with a two-course dinner, daily breakfast and complimentary welcome drink in the Zenith Lounge. For more info, head here.

Image Credit: Gavin Hansford


Just A 90-Minute Drive From Melbourne

Fancy yourself a history buff? Well-known for its Gold Rush heritage, Goldfields (geddit?!) in the Ballarat region is packed full of history not to mention its sensational natural surroundings, botanic gardens and charming small town ~vibes~. Hike the local track, visit the vibrant vineyards and soak in as much art and culture as you can for a balanced weekend of rest and exploration.

Once you’ve taken your fill, don’t forget to hang up your boots in the lap of luxury complete with daily breakfast, welcome bevvies and a two course set menu on your first night—‘coz you deserve it. You can even treat yo'self and upgrade to a Golf Course View Room with picturesque balcony views. For more info, head here.


Just A 90-Minute Drive From Melbourne 

If the Great Ocean Road is on your bucket list, then Torquay is a must-visit pit-stop. Hot tip: to see it all, we recommend staying for the whole weekend! In other words, send that email to Sussan now. Sure, Torquay might be known as a surfing haven—and you still can dive in amongst it—but come winter, we can’t get enough of cliff-top views along the iconic coastal walk.

But probably the top reason to visit Torquay is the tranquil oasis that helps you unwind from everyday stresses. Take the unparalleled Spa Escape where you simply lie back and experience either a 45-minute hot stone massage or custom facial along, with your luxury overnight accommodation. Did we mention there’s cheese AND wine? If you weren’t couple goals before, bae will be thanking you BIG time. Trust us.

So this winter don't be afraid to get cosy outside of the standard two-metre radius of your home—you got this. For more info on cosy getaways with RACV Resorts, head here.

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by RACV Resorts and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy

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