Local Escapes

Stoke The Fire With These Romantic Winter Cabins In Victoria

By Allira Sher
27th May 2020


Given you've been cooped up at home for the best part of two months, you're probably looking for a nice quiet spot in regional Victoria to rest your head. And what better way to spend your time, than hurling your significant other into the car and setting off on a romantic getaway.

Victoria has a ton of undiscovered spots that you need to take full advantage of, but we've done the hard work for you.

Here are 10 insanely beautiful and romantic escapes to find around Victoria.

Photography: Visit Dandenong Ranges 

Twilight Cottage


Nestled in Olinda, just seven minutes’ walk from Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Twilight Cottage screams romance. The cottage has a giant spa in the corner, a crackling fire, plus BBQ facilities and free WiFi.

The owners even pop on jazz music before you get there. Enjoy a bed and breakfast, or BYO ingredients to cook up a storm.

Wild Valley


Image credit: Allira Sher

Wild Valley is an insanely beautiful ‘glamping’ destination that includes a collection of vintage caravans, set on a ridge with panoramic views over Budgeree.

We recommend staying in the 70s French Van. This bad boy is equipped with a retro-inspired French interior and French antiques. Get snuggly by the outdoor fire or cuddle up with your lover on the Queen bed. Guests are encouraged to roam the 120 acres of lush fields and say hi to the Alpacas as well.

Woodlands Rainforest Retreat

Yarra Valley

Photography: Woodlands Rainforest Retreat 

If you’re looking for ultimate seclusion and indulgent luxury, this is the one. The Woodlands Retreat is deep in the heart of Black Spur rainforest.

There are several self-contained cottages available, each one decked out with a sunken spa overlooking the gully and hidden in its own separate nook of the rainforest.

Feast your lovey-dovey eyes on beautiful views of fern gullies and a private bush lake, with nothing but the sound of the babbling Hermitage Creek. It's almost cliche how good this place is. 

Japanese Zen Retreat


The Japanese Zen Retreat is definitely one to chuck on the bucket list. It's a cute lakeside Ryokan that's been designed to reflect the styles of Japan’s Kyoto Palace  You'll find it at the base of a gully in Crossover.

Built over a tranquil pond, surrounded by rustling trees and croaking frogs, you’ll really get the chance to enjoy each other’s company. Bring a couple of blankets and sit on the veranda, or treat yo' self to a stone-covered bubble bath. If you’re looking to get a little more active, go for a bushwalk through the rainforests and discover one of Victoria's oldest wooden trestle bridges.

Maplewood Cottage


Photography: Maplewood

Maplewood is one of our favourite weekend getaways. It's in the beautiful Macedon Ranges, set on half an acre of peaceful woodland.

The rustic cottage has an upstairs loft bedroom, one main bathroom and a self-contained kitchen and lounge area. Surrounded by tall trees and laced in rich charm and tranquillity, this place is the ultimate romantic escape. Get cosy by the wood fire with a glass of red and a good cheese plate. If you get peckish, Mt Macedon Hotel is 30m down the road. 

Clifton At Hepburn


The Clifton property is mostly glass, framing panoramic views of an old pine forest and bushland. Sip on a glass of champers in your very own private spa, warm up by the French-imported fireplace, and fall asleep watching the glittering of a million stars.

Keep in mind, this place gets busy. You usually have to book at least a month in advance.

Milk And Honey


Photography: DayGet

Here's a spot where the accommodation is just as good as the name. The Milk and Honey cottage is located in Daylesford, about a 2-hour drive out of Melbourne. Access the property via a gorgeous winding stairway with epic views over the surrounding countryside.

Milk and Honey is only a few minutes’ walk from the Daylesford shops, and it's perfect if you're after that lazy getaway (with civilisation within arm's reach).

Two light-filled bedrooms, an open fireplace, slick bathrooms and a full kitchen complete the picture.

Hepburn Spa Pavilion Saffron


Another Daylesford gem. The Hepburn Spa Pavilion is right on the edge of Wombat State Forest—a cheeky hideaway from the city. It's a short walk from Hepburn Springs too.

You've got two bedrooms, decked out with iconic artwork, a living area with gas log fireplace, and two bathrooms, each with a hydro spa bath. The Pavilion’s location is perfect for bushwalking, visiting wineries or just kicking back on the terrace with a glass of red. Spoiler—the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa is walking distance from your front door.

Want to try glamping instead? Here's our pick of the best glamping in Victoria

Image credit: Visit Victoria

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