With its cosy coffee shops, world-class dining scene, and wonderful attractions, you’re never short of date inspiration in Melbourne. But when you and your other half fancy a break from urban life, you can take your pick from a number of romantic getaways Victoria.
Dotted in the sprawl around the Victorian capital, you’ll find an abundance of, well, a little bit of everything – rural landscapes studded with quaint towns, chic seaside villages, sweeping beaches, and breathtaking natural vistas. And wherever you choose, there are plenty of romantic activities and eateries to indulge in.
Drive one hour east, and you’re in the heart of Victoria’s wine region. The Yarra Valley is the perfect spot to bond over a local pinot noir and chardonnay with a scrumptious vineyard view.
Meanwhile, head north for spa towns, botanical gardens, art galleries and country walks – plus even more wine. With its mountain air and artisanal delights, the Macedon Ranges is the solution for a couple feeling the pressure of city living.
Only a short drive south, and you’ll find yourself among Italianate seaside towns, glorious sandy beaches, and secret cabins.
And to the west? Only the most famous stretch of road in the whole country – a siren’s call for road tripping couples with a bout of wanderlust.
If you’re seeking romantic getaways Victoria, we’ve rounded up the loveliest destinations that are only a few hours’ drive from the city.
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Romantic Getaways Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is the place for wine, food, indulgence, and even more wine. With a backdrop of fern glades, forests, and the Dandenong Ranges – there’s no place better to share a bottle of pinot noir and while away an afternoon.
As Victoria’s oldest wine region, touring the region’s 70+ cellar doors and vineyards is the main lure of the Yarra Valley.
That being said, with its pristine natural scenery, agreeable climate, and local gourmet produce – there is much more to discover. Chocolate, cheese, beer, cider, and organic fruits and veggies are all in abundance among this culinary patch.
Healesville is the hub of activity and has a delicious selection of accommodation and restaurants. From here, the drive to Narbethong whisks you along the Black Spur – a fairytale drive through the towering pines. If you want to get really off-grid, stay in Marysville – the gateway to some of the best nature walks in the area.
Only an hour’s drive from the city, the Yarra Valley is one of our favourite romantic getaways from Melbourne for foodies and nature lovers.
Romantic things to do in the Yarra Valley include:
- Create an organic picnic from your closest farmer’s market and tuck in with a view of the rolling hills.
- Book a Hot Air Balloon ride for amazing Valley vistas
- Tour the local cellar doors
- Explore the fauna-rich Maroondah Reservoir Park or visit Healesville Sanctuary.
- Feed each other chocolates at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.
- Take a sunrise ride in a hot air balloon – add a champagne breakfast to make this even more memorable.
- Pick your own berries at one of the farms in the region.
Where to stay in the Yarra Valley
One of our favourite stays in the Yarra Valley was at Harvest Farm, a gorgeous 2 bedroom cottage just outside town set on a working farm. It is right across from the Healesville Sanctuary and the sounds of the animals at night is quite incredible!
For even more seclusion whisk yourselves away to Gladysdale and the Little Yarra Tiny House with its sweeping views and riverbank location.
Meanwhile, wine enthusiasts can choose to stay in a winery such as the Balgownie Estate or Seville Estate lodge. Of course, for premium romance, look no further than the Victorian-style Chateau Yering Hotel in the Yarra Glen.
About an hour’s drive north of Melbourne brings you to the Macedon Ranges, where love is truly in the mountainous air.
A cluster of charismatic country villages are scattered among the eucalyptus and pine forests. With its fine array of natural hot springs, this region is a place to unwind, rejuvenate, and reconnect with your other half. In fact, this is one of Victoria’s top wedding destinations – if that’s on the cards.
As with the Yarra Valley, you have a handful of towns to choose from to base yourselves in. One option is the leafy town of Mount Macedon, which sits in the shadow of the mountain of the same name. Here you can meander through fragrant botanical gardens.
Woodend is the quintessential modern rural village with hearty pubs and international eateries, such as the Japanese Kuzu Izakaya.
Another place for vinophiles, the Macedon Ranges provide some competition for the Yarra Valley. You might want to hire some bikes to discover the local nature.
Romance will bloom whatever time of year you visit. Autumn is particularly stunning as the golden leaves tumble around you – while winter is all about cuddling up by the fire.
Romantic highlights of the Macedon Ranges:
● Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring the trails around Hanging Rock.
● Explore the local cellar doors – organise transport so that you can both enjoy a tipple.
● Explore the upmarket spa town of Daylesford.
● Take a dip in the mineral waters in Hepburn Springs and breathe in the scenery.
● Sip locally distilled gin at the Big Tree Distillery.
Where to stay in the Macedon Ranges
Situated a stone’s throw from Mount Macedon is the opulent Macedon Ranges Spa & Hotel. Even if you don’t stay here, we highly recommend their bistro, The Wine Collective.
For something more secluded, you can find a selection on Airbnb, such as this romantic treehouse in Hepburn Springs. Alternatively, find solitude in this converted Barn in Goldie, with stunning views and a high end fitout.
Set within its own lush estate, the elegant suites at the Holyrood House are a recipe for romance in Daylesford. A little further up the road, in Hepburn Springs, you’ll find the sleek villas of Hepburn at Hepburn. Here you can luxuriate in your private spa or walk 50 metres to the Hepburn Bathhouse.
Further reading : Daylesford Getaways
Romantic Getaways Mornington Peninsula
An hour south from the CBD, the small yet mighty Mornington Peninsula offers a wealth of ways to woo your loved one.
Flanked by golden beaches, the coastline offers ample opportunities for a romantic picnic, handheld walk, and even some stargazing. In the summer season, you can take a dip in the crystal clear waters. During the colder months, you have the perfect excuse to snuggle up in layers and take a blustery stroll.
Highlights of the peninsula include the town of Sorrento. Named after the Sorrento of the Amalfi Coast, the historic Sorrento is a natural fit for romantic getaways from Melbourne. Put a Mediterranean spin on your weekend escape and make time to indulge in coffee and ice cream.
Alternatively, journey to the hinterland of the peninsula for wineries, galleries and craft studios.
Romantic things to do on the Mornington Peninsula:
● Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at an award winning restaurant.
● Glide through the sky on the Arthurs Seat Eagle then catch the sunset over the peninsula.
● Take a dip in the Peninsula Hot Springs.
● Go retro and catch a movie at the Dromana Drive-in.
● Board a catamaran and take a sightseeing cruise along the coastline.
● Settle into a winery such as Yabby Lake or Paringa Estate for a tasting.
Where to stay in the Mornington Peninsula
Choose to hide away in a beach bungalow or splash out on a night at Carmel at Sorrento.
Down the road in Saint Andrews, its hard to beat this amazing and very romantic Sea Gypsy Wagon with its boho decor and lots of special touches.
Alternatively, for lakeside seclusion and four-poster beds – check out the Woodman Estate. Don’t forget to add the High Tea if you stay on a Sunday.
Sea Gypsy Wagon, Mornington Peninsula
Great Ocean Road
Last but by no means least, Melbourne is the launching pad to one of the most famous coastal highways. Not just for backpackers, the Great Ocean Road is a great escape for couples bitten by both the travel and love bug!
After a short drive west to the surf town of Torquay, you’ve got 243 kilometres of road to look forward to.
Hugging the coast, the highway passes by hip towns, stellar surf spots, and charming villages – not forgetting some natural sights to make you swoon. Just remember to pack your selfie stick or tripod to get some cute photos as a memento.
Romantic highlights of the Great Ocean Road include:
● Behold the towering rock formations, including the Twelve Apostles and London Bridge.
● Chase waterfalls through the Great Otway National Park.
● Surprise your date with a scenic flight over the coast.
● Feast on some of Australia’s best seafood in Apollo Bay – the Fisherman’s Co-op have the freshest in town.
● Bond over your favourite music with your road trip soundtrack.
Where to stay on the Great Ocean Road
There are numerous places to stay along the Great Ocean Road. For romance, we recommend artsy Lorne.
This is where you’ll find a variety of boutique hotels, beachfront apartments, and upscale resorts. Alternatively, you can stay in the paradise of Apollo Bay in a beachside guest house such as the Captains at the Bay.
If you want to see the Twelve Apostles without the crowds, we recommend you book accommodation nearby and visit at sunrise.
This bungalow at Destination M is just 10 minutes from the attraction and is seriously hard to beat with its log fire, deep tub, outdoor terrace and rainforest setting in complete isolation and privacy. A real sanctuary and perfect for a romantic getaway!
The Bungalow at Destination M