Victoria's Goulburn Valley might be famous for its orchards, but its vineyards are just as worthy of attention. At Mitchelton it's easy to soak up the best of the region – quite literally – as you taste your way through the estate's wines. There's more than vineyards to Mitchelton though, with the venue boasting a schmick hotel, restaurant and (drumroll) chocolate café where you can sample the finest chocky creations. The hotel features intimate and inviting rooms nestled within a beautiful estate and a pool available for guests.
For more than 30 years Lake House has typified the best of the Daylesford spa experience. Blending fine food with luxury accommodation, the venue exudes wellness and relaxation. Get away from the daily grind and spend some time healing your mind and body at the picturebook perfect spa. Then feed your soul at the fine-dining restaurant before going for a stroll by the mirror-smooth lake. This is living.
Only in Melbourne would someone think to take six 1970s Airstream caravans and turn them into luxury accomodation in a Flinders Lane car park. And only in Melbourne would they be so popular. These caravans are surprisingly roomy and, being in Flinders Lane, very well placed for metropolitan adventures (if you can bear to leave the caravan's beautiful futuristic interiors that is). Treat yourself to the Airstream with benefits for a bonus spa and city views.
The first thing you should know about the Adelphi Hotel is that rooms have a complimentary mini bar. Aside from that particularly sweet incentive there are plenty of other reasons to love staying at the Adelphi. From the swish boutique styling and inner-city location to the rooftop pool and downstairs dessert restaurant Om Nom, the hotel has bundles of personality and is a prime launchpad from which to explore the city.
Thinking of going off-grid but not sure where to start? Unyoked gives you a taste of that sweet, sustainable life without the commitment. Their tiny houses are part of an Australian start-up that places eco-friendly cabins in remote, but not too remote, locations. Switch off surrounded by nature while still having access to creature comforts, like a queen bed and hot shower. The 'Yogie' cabin is just two hours northwest of the city.
At the tip of the Mornington Peninsula lies Cape Schanck Resort, a ruggedly beautiful coastal retreat surrounded by the wild waters of Bass Strait. Here the sands are unspoilt and the views, jaw-dropping. In the warmer months people frolic by the beach but in winter the cape is just as popular as locals and guests traverse the region's walking tracks and make use of Cape Schanck Resort's quality spa.