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The best romantic getaways in Victoria

Looking to get away with your bae? Stay at one of these romantic hotels near Melbourne

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Overseas jaunts and interstate sojourns can be great (when we can do them!) but there's nothing quite like a romantic mini-break to recharge your batteries.

We've travelled across regional Victoria to find beautiful, secluded spots where you and your significant other can relax, unwind and spend some quality time together. They are all within an easy drive of Melbourne, so make a romantic playlist, fuel up the car and prepare for the sparks to fly. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel or Airbnb featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Eight romantic getaways to take from Melbourne

  • Travel
  • price 4 of 4

Drift House does an exemplary job of blending design influences with a high level of personal service. Located in the blink-and-you’ll-skip-it town of Port Fairy, a few kilometres past Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Road, Drift House is the perfect place to rest your head in this lush seaside town. Situated only a short walk from the town centre, Drift House encompasses six boutique suites, each blending historical aesthetics and modern amenities with the kind of style and class you’d find at some of Melbourne’s best five-star hotels.

Best for: Those who are comfortable bathing in front of each other.
Budget range? Middle of the road. 

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The beautiful Mitchelton Winery estate boasts a cellar door and primo wine varietals, but also a swish hotel, restaurant and art gallery. The winery has been around since the late '60s, having developed a reputation for its riesling and shiraz varietals and picking up a few dozen awards over the years. All that drink can make you pretty snoozy, so we’d suggest booking an overnight stay at the adjoining Mitchelton hotel. It has 58 beautiful guest rooms to book, each stylish, comfortable and cosy. It’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a design book with luxurious linens, premium bathroom products and even a picture-perfect outdoor pool to lounge in. 

Best for: Lovers of wine and nature. 
Budget range? Pretty affordable for a weekend away. 

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  • Werribee South
  • price 3 of 4

Just 30 minutes from Melbourne, Lancemore Mansion Hotel in Werribee feels like another world – and another time. The wealthy Chirnside family built the originally 60-room Italianate mansion in 1877, and you can pretend you are one of the pampered Chirnsides yourself if you stay at the attached hotel, which was opened in 2000 after the mansion was lovingly restored. There are plenty of luxurious touches, such as Malin + Goetz bath products, flat-screen smart TVs, fluffy bathrobes and even a pillow menu. You'd be tempted to spend all your time in your room, given the comfortable surroundings, but then you'd miss out on the pampering that is to be had at the mansion's spa. A variety of facials, body treatments and massages are offered, along with manicures and pedicures. 

Best for: Those who want to pretend they are 19th-century noble people.
Budget range? A little extra for the unique setting. 

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Red Hill
  • price 3 of 4

The grounds at Lindenderry are so picturesque you half expect Bambi to be frolicking on the grass. Inside the hotel, it feels like one big glam country home – but there’s all of the space and elegance with none of the kitsch. The hotel has only been in operation since January 2018 after undergoing a multimillion-dollar refurbishment. Dotted throughout the hotel’s winding corridors are semi-secluded nooks stuffed with plush lounges and often an open fire – perfect for some reading, no? You’ll find more of those crackling open fireplaces inside the rooms, which are appropriately luxe. For the service and amenities experienced at the hotel, you can get a room at a fair nightly rate – but this sort of boutique accommodation is really best experienced by going all out. Book yourself a balcony suite where you can stretch out on the ample bed, in an armchair by the fire or with a glass of the estate’s wine while pretending you’re lord or lady of the manor.

Best for: Those who can't afford a trip to Europe.
Budget range? Surprisingly low-cost. 

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  • Beechworth
  • price 4 of 4

The timber cabin (from, yes, 1860) is down a laneway just off the main drag in historic Beechworth. It's surrounded by a lovely garden and gum trees, and it's just the place for peace and quiet. The outside looks very rustic, with a wraparound timber veranda and a sloped roof. That doesn't mean it's a dark, windswept cabin, though, as it would have been in 1860. No expense has been spared to turn the cabin into a gorgeous retreat, complete with modern comforts and beautiful period styling. There's an espresso machine, a comfy king-sized bed, a deep bath, fluffy robes and everything you need to make a hearty breakfast. The furniture is reclaimed and remade from artefacts of the time – a giant bellow forms the coffee table, and an antique cupboard holds the TV and DVD player. The cabin sleeps just two people, and it is the perfect romantic retreat for you and a special someone. 

Best for: Couples who hate being disturbed
Budget range? Cheaper than a hotel (and you get the whole place to yourself). 

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Balgownie Estate is recognised as one of Australia's premium vineyards, with a number of accommodation options available for those looking for a weekend away in the vines. The Homestead includes seven luxe suites to stay in, which are both contemporary and stylish. Outside there are 15 permanent glamping tents to try as well, which have you planted right at the edge of the vineyard. These are not your standard Aussie Disposals numbers – think queen-sized bed with linen, air conditioning, minibar fridge and lighting.

Best for: Those who like to be adventurous without having to rough it. 
Budget range? The cheapest option.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Merricks North
  • price 4 of 4

This cutting-edge, ultra-luxe hotel is what you might expect to find in New York's uber-hip Meatpacking District, not set among the rolling hills and gently swaying vines of the Mornington Peninsula. Jackalope Hotel opened in 2017 and quickly racked up accolades, being named Hotel of the Year by Gourmet Traveller magazine in its very first year. It's boutique, with only 45 rooms, which is small enough to make every guest feel special. The staff are very attentive, showing you to your room and familiarising you with all the whiz-bang accoutrements and luxurious touches therein. Everything in the minibar is included in your stay (with the exception of the wine), movies are free on-demand, and an iPad is loaded with information about the hotel, a room-service menu, local points of interest and news websites. Many rooms have as their centrepiece a deep, black stone bath, which staff will draw for you on request (it takes about half an hour to get it to the right level). The hotel's amenities are pretty spectacular, too, with a seven-metre infinity pool and spa overlooking the vines and numerous function spaces.

Best for: Those who want to go all out.
Budget range? A luxury price tag. 

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