Beautiful nature, fantastic coffee and captivating culture
One of the most densely-populated regions in Australia, the south-eastern state of Victoria is centred around its capital, the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne.
Melbourne sits at the end of Port Phillip Bay, split by the winding Yarra River, with its suburbs reaching out around the shoreline. With handsome Victorian-era architecture, museums, galleries, theatres, green parks, and an innovative art and nightlife scene, this is undoubtedly Australia’s cultural heart. It’s also a city known for a collective obsession with coffee, the aromas of roasting beans fill the air, with hip cafes and delis at every turn, and love of sport, especially Australian rules football, cricket, horse racing and motorsport.
Victoria is also spoiled with a dramatic coast, best explored along the Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island’s sandy beaches and resident penguins are a popular day trip from Melbourne. For oenophiles, we suggest an early morning balloon flight over the vineyards of the Yarra Valley before meeting passionate wine producers, and for hikers, the rugged trails and panoramic views of the Grampians.
Explore the commonly named “most liveable city in the world”, Melbourne. Enjoy the laneway cafe culture in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD and coffee-lovers can see why Melbourne is a contender for some of the world’s best coffee. Venture out of Melbourne and experience the beauty of the rugged Victorian State. Relish in the natural beauty of one of the world’s most iconic scenic drives: The Great Ocean Road, or sample some of Australia’s best wines in the Yarra Valley wine region less than two hours from Melbourne CBD.
Our top Victoria and Melbourne example trips
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Our favourite places to stay in Victoria and Melbourne
- Lake House Daylesford$$$$$Slow down to the rural pace of life at this elegant lakeside retreat with a multi-award winning restaurant, a collection of the region’s best artwork, secluded waterfront suites and expansive grounds of olive groves and dappled forests. This alluring house on the shores of Lake Daylesford draws foodies from across the world to its celebrated restaurant that serves up modern Australian fare. The menu is reflective of the seasons and local produce is brought in daily from neighbouring farms to be masterfully crafted into culinary delights by the co-owner and head chef. Their award-winning cellar perfectly compliments your dining experience. Choose from spacious suites and rooms resting on the waterfront with private lake access, or the luxurious lodge suites and studios, individually designed with contemporary country décor. Each suite has an indulgent ensuite featuring textured stone and marble with heated floors and is decorated with original artwork from Lake House proprietor and resident artist Allan Wolf-Tasker. Your day begins with the aromas of freshly baking bread, ground coffee and seasonal flowers which are brought in daily. Later stroll the numerous walking tracks through poplars and pine oaks which are home to kokkaburras, cockatoos and gang gangs. Take in the collection of artwork that is dotted around the edible gardens, relax in a quiet nook overlooking the tennis courts, or nestle down in front of the open fire with a book from the library. For the ultimate relaxation head to the state-of-the-art spa, with ten different decadent treatment areas.
- The Langham Melbourne$$$$$Nestled on the bustling Southbank Promenade, The Langham Melbourne enjoys a central location and magnificent views. The 388 Rooms are classic and comfortable with rich fabrics, large windows looking out over either the Yarra River or the sparkling city skyline. Some of the larger rooms and suites feature private balconies from which to soak up the sun and the views. Guests can enjoy the open and interactive kitchen at the Asian-inspired Melba. The Aria Bar & Lounge is the perfect setting for afternoon tea or a glass of wine from the Yarra Valley, and here you can savour light bites to eat with ingredients sourced from the Tasman Sea and Victoria’s bountiful farmlands. Relax and unwind at the hotel’s award-winning wellness centre which features the Chuan Spa, indoor pool and fitness equipment.
- Jackalope Hotel$$$$$The Jackalope is an ambitious boutique hotel blending art, design, fine dining, story telling, glamour and a hint of the surreal to the surrounding Willow Creek vineyard setting. It takes it name from the legendary giant horned jackrabbit, an enormous statue of which sits out front, along with a other site-specific art installations spread across the public spaces There are 46 starkly monochrome yet welcoming rooms with wonderful views and one off design pieces created by a whole host of Melbourne creatives. Outside you’ll find a black infinity pool and a yoga lawn. Restaurants include the headline Doot Doot Doot, with a contemporary four- or eight-course dégustation menu, and Rare Hare, a more casual option with all-day dining. The 19th century McCormick House, has stood gracefully at the end of Jackalope’s meandering driveway, has been reborn as the hotel’s bar, Flaggerdoot. Just a one hour drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has long been known as Melbourne’s weekend playground, offering some of Australia’s best food and wine, golf, adventure, beach and leisure activities.
- Park Hyatt Melbourne$$$$$Located in the buzzing metropolis of Melbourne, the Park Hyatt is an endearing blend of the old world and the new. The hotel features 240 spacious rooms boasting Italian marble bathrooms. The suites feature dark wood, polished metal and plush fabrics some with views overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Dining at the Park Hyatt is varied, from the international inspirations of radii restaurant & bar to memorable afternoon teas which offer fresh scones, delicate desserts and a varied supply of robust teas and coffees. For that most relaxing of experiences, indulge in a treatment at the spa, take a dip in the indoor swimming pool, work out in the fitness centre or enjoy a game of tennis.
- Hotel Lindrum Melbourne$$$$$The Hotel Lindrum Melbourne is a new chapter in the building’s 100 year history. Once a tea warehouse, then newspaper office and billiard club, it has now been restored and reshaped into a boutique hotel that has added modern design touches and contemporary facilities to the historic character. 59 rooms are warm with rich wood furnishings, classic polished floors and heavy woven carpets. Dine at felt, the hotel’s well regarded restaurant, relax at the cocktail bar or try your hand at billiards. Ideally located in Flinders Street, the hotel is in the heart of Australia’s fashion and dining capital, within walking distance of world-class theatres and restaurants, and major attractions such as Federation Square.
- QT Melbourne$$$$$Right in the heart of the Central Business District (also know simply as the ‘CBD’), the QT Melbourne is a stylish new boutique in old cinema befitting Australia’s most creative city. Expect eye-catching artworks and installations, a buzzing rooftop bar and popular restaurant with the rest of Melbourne right on your doorstep. There are 188 suites featuring bespoke designer furnishings, timber floorboards and gel-topped beds for the ultimate night’s sleep. The Pascale Bar & Grill is influenced by European bistros and guests can get a glimspe into the behind-the-scenes goings on thanks to the open kitchen. Korean and Japanese-inspired dishes can be found in the Hot Sauce restaurant while those with a sweet tooth will want to make a beeline for the on-site cake shop. A trip up to the rooftop bar with its views over over the city, is the perfect place to end the day.
- The Mitchelton Hotel$$$$$Designed to reflect the natural surroundings of the beautiful Goulburn Valley, this remotely positioned accommodation, encircled by vineyards, promises the most serene and quality wine-filled escape. The interiors present a soothingly neutral colour scheme, with earthy tones, wooden touches and natural materials. Grey marble flooring is softened by woollen rugs, and expansive windows allow light to inundate the corners of the suites. You can opt for views of the vineyard, or the river, and conclude each day on your private balcony, with a glass of the nearby estate’s wine. Further sampling of local labels can be enjoyed at The Muse restaurant, alongside modern farmhouse cuisine on the banks of the Goulburn River. Fresh, seasonal produce plays a pivotal role in the dishes on offer, in a simple yet sophisticated setting. If you fancy packing a picnic and setting off for the day, The Provedore has all the cured meats and preserves that you need, hailing from artisans in the area. Guests who are happy not to leave the grounds can book a treatment at the spa, where botanical therapies and natural products are central to its ethos. You can also unwind by the infinity pool, and take a stroll around the shady lawns or through the vineyards.
- United Places Botanic Gardens$$$$$An exquisite conception of a collection of award-winning designers, this modernist-inspired residence featuring 12 suites, serves as a ‘home hotel’, with an additional level of luxury. Looking out across the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens or the city of Melbourne, each suite encompasses a spacious terrace, an ideal spot for tucking into the complimentary gourmet breakfast at the start of your day or for unwinding with a nightcap. Every fitting and furnishing has been carefully selected to enhance the hotel’s overall feel of understated sophistication. Fully-equipped kitchens, with laundry amenities and airy living areas, sporting mini-bars allow guests to feel completely at home. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the interior spaces with natural light, illuminating the muted or dark colour schemes, and the soft velvet elements. A designer in his own right, Melbourne chef, Scott Pickett heads the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Matilda 159 Domain. Here, the dishes are masterpieces of contemporary flame-grilled delights, made with local meats, and seasonal produce and created to match the equally enticing décor. If you aren’t dining in this low-lit, wood-panelled den, then you can enjoy a meal served by your personal butler in the comfort of your suite. During your stay, your on-call butler can assist you with reservations or recommendations for restaurants or activities in the city. Additionally, you can make use of the butler service to arrange yoga, Pilates or personal training sessions, or to book a treatment at a local salon.
- Drift House$$$$$Housed within a historic building, boasting quirky architectural features and six individual suites, this beach-inspired haven has all you need for a heavenly seaside sojourn. Each suite, adorned with an assortment of textiles, patterns and a distinctive colour scheme, is also decked out with home comforts, modern amenities and a kitchenette. Some feature deep stone baths, taking up centre stage in the room, private walled courtyards, original Edwardian elements and open fireplaces. Mornings are commemorated with a superb continental breakfast, served in the airy salon, which opens out onto the garden. Locally-sourced produce, fresh fruit and homemade bread is on the menu and can be washed down with cups of artisanal tea or coffee. Maxibars, stocked with regional wines and organic treats can be found in the suites for further snacking and refreshment. With the beach down the road, guests can spend their days surfing in the waters, strolling past hidden coves and cycling along scenic tracks. A solar-heated pool, tucked behind a rock wall on the grounds of the hotel, means that you don’t have to venture far to cool down.