Some things just go together, like PB and jelly, and Posh and Becks, so this year we’ve teamed up with MINI to bring you, our discerning readers and drivers, our fortnightly MINI Fave 5 series: The must-try guide to Melbourne, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!
Who doesn’t dream of romantic weekend escapes? The diversity of our glorious state means that there’s something for everyone - but we’re suckers for the seaside, so thought we’d take one for the team and delve in to the best of the best along the Great Ocean Road.
Is there anything more romantic than the prospect of a stunning bath with an even more stunning view? Though it’s a spacious one, sleeping 10, this Wye River gem boasts so much privacy and beauty that it ticks the romance box too. Sitting high above Wye Point, Sea Ranch has 180 degree views of the coastline and ocean. Architecturally designed, it includes floor to ceiling windows, a huge deck area and a fully equipped kitchen. Sea Ranch really is the ultimate in luxury, romantic retreats.
Rotten Point House
Sleeping eight, Rotten Point House isn’t the super cosy space that you might usually envisage for a romantic getaway, but there’s no way we could leave this architectural delight off the list. Leather chairs on the veranda, uninterrupted views to the southern ocean, and nestled in a beautifully harsh Australian coastline, we’re completely smitten with this incredible coastal accommodation. Whether you book a stay for two nights, eight nights or anywhere in between, we’re positive you’ll be blown away by the romance (and privacy!) of the place. Your dog is welcome to join you too!
Only a stone’s throw from Lorne and all its conveniences, 1180GOR is perched high up above the coastline. When you walk into the space, you’ll immediately be struck by the stellar, uninterrupted view that the floor to ceiling windows deliver. If you’re after a little privacy, 1180GOR is a great pick as it’s nestled in an acre of native bushland. With a fire and a fully equipped kitchen, it’s just the spot to settle in for a romantic getaway all year round - and avoid the pressure to get out and about if you’re in for the long haul.
Top Lodge, Seafarer’s Getaway
Sitting just south of Skenes Creek, Top Lodge at Seafarer’s Getaway is a cozy little coastal retreat. With two bedrooms, it has some of the most glorious panoramic views imaginable - even from bed! Positioned to maximise privacy, you’ll feel like you’ve arrived at your own little piece of coastal heaven. Sit on the deck, champers in hand, dinner on the barbeque that’s provided, and soak up the Great Ocean Road at its finest.
Points South By The Sea
There are two small romantic self-contained cottages at Points South: Both are a stone’s throw from the breaking waves of the surf coast, and enjoy a spectacular view out to sea, and the curving line of the Great Ocean Road. Sitting on part of a larger farm, you’ll be able to explore the extensive grounds - and you might just spot some native wildlife! Back at the cottage, relax and unwind with a spa bath, an indoor and outdoor shower, a fireplace, and an outdoor barbeque. We’re already daydreaming about peaceful escapes to Point South...
We're thrilled to partner with MINI to bring you our Fave 5 series—our fortnightly guide to the best of the best in Melbourne. From food to fashion, Campari to Crossfit, each Fave 5 edition is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and driven by the new MINI 5-Door Hatch—putting the city at your fingertips and giving you the freedom to explore it!
Image credit: Point South, Seafarer's Getaway, Rotten Point House, Sea Ranch, 1180GOR