Victoria is bloody brilliant. We should know, we’ve spent the last 7 years exploring every corner of it with some of the world’s most hard to please visitors. We ran about 1400 private, luxury experiences in Victoria last year alone and each one of them was unique. This year, it has been a little slower for us and for the hundreds of wonderful local businesses we support. So now that you can, it’s time to dust off those iso. cobwebs and go exploring.
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MORNINGTON PENINSULA WEEKENDER
One of the closest and one of the best. You’ve probably been a dozen times but we’ve been a thousand and we’re still finding new reasons to love it, like Laneway Espresso in Dromana, Johnny Ripe pastries, the cellar door at Ocean Eight, the short walks around Cape Schanck and so much more.
STAY: You can do a lot worse than a night or two at Jackalope, preferably in a vineyard room with a bath.
SURPRISE: Did you know you can swim with seals and dolphins in the bay, learn to surf at great beginner breaks or go truffle hunting?
DELIGHT: Come home with an esky full of local produce from our mates at Mossy Willow or Hillock Downs.
DAYLESFORD & HEPBURN
It’s close, it’s lovely and it has something for everyone. Go via the Organ Pipes National Park and spend a little time in Lerderderg State Forest. Visit Trentham Falls or leave the outdoors altogether and spend a whole day at the Hepburn Bathhouse. The golf courses out here are great and often teeming with ‘roos, the food could honestly not be better (you really should eat at the Radio Springs Hotel), there’s loads of local wine and galleries. Sold.
STAY: Loads of great options. We love the Clifftop at Hepburn and The Lake House for something tried and true – the food there is wonderful too.
SURPRISE: The region is an art-lovers delight from heavy hitters like Bromley to unique local spaces like Stony Creek and The Empress & Wolf.
DELIGHT: Stop in at Dreaming Goat Dairy in Monegeetta on your way home to meet these family farmers and their goats and eat some fabulous, farm-fresh goats cheese – one of dozens of micro-makers in the area worth a little of your time.
THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
One of the world’s greatest coastal drives, now without any of the tourists! The Great Ocean Road is Victoria’s worst kept secret but there are actually loads of very well-kept secrets along the way. Go behind the scenery on a guided walk with a local naturalist in the Otway’s, eat freshly caught fish and chips by the pier in Apollo Bay and visit secret, secluded beaches you can have all to yourself.
STAY: With our mates at the Otway Ecolodge because it’s amazing and if you don’t love wild koalas and kangaroos you have no soul. Further afield, the Drift House in Port Fairy is wonderful.
SURPRISE: You can see more waterfalls here than you will find anywhere else in Victoria – at their magnificent best in winter.
DELIGHT: From the Timboon Distillery to GORGE Chocolates, there are loads of unassuming local makers you’ll want to check out.
You’ve been meaning to go, or to go back. This is the southernmost tip of mainland Aus. and it’s even more wonderful than you’ve heard/remember. Sure, the drive’s a little on the longer side for a weekend but we’ve got a few great places to break up the journey. Fish Creek is full of little gems like Gibson’s and the Paddock. There’s a new cruise you can do down to Southpoint with seals, whales and dolphins a plenty. The hiking is still phenomenal and we’ll you exactly where to go depending on your fitness, interests and the weather.
STAY: With Mary and Peter at the Church House. These folks are wonderful hosts and excellent cooks and their place is something special.
SURPRISE: There’s Glamping in the national park and local naturalist guides if you want to mix it up. This is also probably the best place in Vic. to spot wild wombats and emus.
DELIGHT: Grab some morning tea and a few world-class ceramics from Robert Gordon Pottery en-route and stop for an extra special dinner on the way home with our friends at O.My in Beaconsfield.
Ancient rock art – check. Native wildlife – check. Farm to plate produce – check. Epic hikes, sweeping views and massive waterfalls – check. It’s about now you realize Victoria is phenomenal and this is just a handful of its treasures. As far as national parks go, this one’s genuinely world-class and the rich and ancient Aboriginal history is a reason to come all on its own. Some of the state’s best wineries are out this way, it’s a phenomenal place for a scenic helicopter flight and the journey is just as good as the destination.
STAY: The Royal Mail of course. The food is epic, their kitchen garden is amazing to explore and the accommodation is pretty spot on as well.
SURPRISE: This is one of the best places in Vic. for MTB riding, climbing and abseiling.
DELIGHT: The route out here includes much of Victoria’s most productive farmland where you can pick your own fresh berries and flowers, enjoy loads of fresh dairy products or even spend some time with dozens of animals (and eat woodfired pizza) at Donegan’s Farm.