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About Victoria

Victoria knows about food and wine. It also knows how to host events with the Victorian 'season' having world class festivals, sporting and cultural events. Cosmopolitan Victoria also has its share of Australia's natural beauty - from the majesty of the Great Ocean Road with the Twelve Apostles jutting out like knives from nowhere, to the lush tranquility of the Yarra Valley, or the colourful haze of the Grampians National Park. There are the old gold mining towns and the penguin parades at Philip Island. Not to mention the sport…

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Our Guru's recommendations for the best places to stay in Victoria are dotted all over the state, from the heart of Melbourne to the middle of nowhere.

Things not to miss:

  • State capital and unmissably cool city, Melbourne is a hub for visitors. It is perfectly summed up by its most famous annual event: The Melbourne Cup, a day of hedonistic appreciation for the finer things, all done with an easy, classy charm.
  • Melbourne's reputation for quality and finish and its weather, culture and atmosphere are more stylishly European than you'll find elsewhere in Australia. But don't expect stuffy suits and silver service, Melbourne is more about cool cats, foodie haunts and folk with a nose for their coffee.
  • Close to the wine region of the Yarra Valley, Melbourne takes wine and food seriously. The centre of town has recently sprouted a collection of new rooftop bars and alleyway eateries converted from once industrial buildings.
  • As well as wine and food, Melbourne also takes coffee, The Arts and shopping seriously. For shopping try Collins Street for Parisian boutiques and Chapel St. for quirky chic. You shouldn't miss out on the Queen Victoria markets though - the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere. Melbourne's cultural calendar is packed with festivals celebrating some, or all, of the above.
  • Melbourne's architecture was built on the back of the gold rush, as were many of the country towns surrounding the city, so there's quite a bit of grandeur around. Many of these lovely buildings have been turned into luxurious hotels or galleries. The largest gold towns have survived, along with some of the Murray River charmers famous for riverboat culture, and these towns are awash with interesting history.
  • Outside the cities and towns you'll find the wonders of the Great Ocean Road to the south, to the east are the Dandenong Ranges, just 35kms from Melbourne, then there's the Snowy River with its huge forest of gums, then the High Country.
  • Northwards is the outback dotted with national parks, like the Grampians and the bare Mallee.

    Our pick of the best places to stay in Victoria range from hip, boutique city offerings in Melbourne (some of which are excellent value for money too), to five star luxury in the heart of the winelands.

    For a chic Melbourne city break

    • The Langham Hotel Melbourne is a luxury hotel in an unrivalled position right on the Southbank by the Yarra River. As well as offering amazing city views and easy access to many of Melbourne's highlights, The Langham has some impressive decor and a fantastic spa.
    • Crown Towers occupies the other end of the Southbank, closer to the Docklands, but you're still perfectly located and the views, from generous sized rooms and the rooftop gardens, are incredible.
    • The Park Hyatt is a Melbourne classic, offering traditional five star luxury, right by St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Victoria Markets.
    • Ovolo Laneways is right in the heart of the central business district, close to some of Melbourne's best bars, cafes and restaurants and a short walk from Federation Square. This hundred room hotel is also great value, with rooms, and complimentary breakfasts, starting at £128 per night.
    • The Prince, in hip and happening, seaside St. Kilda, is a very reasonably priced 40 room property with tasteful decor and great facilities, including a steam room and sauna.
    • The Olsen in South Yarra is a modern hotel in a great spot - especially for local dining. It boasts comfortable rooms and great facilities, including a glass-bottomed swimming pool, spa and gym.
    • Quirky, colourful The Cullen is just opposite Prahran Market and Chapel St., a great value place for lone travellers or those with families - there are family suites with their own kitchenettes and they offer a free pram hire and babysitting service. They'll also rent you a bike. And the walls are covered in art by Adam Cullen.

    For rural relaxation

    • Lake House is a 35 room country house hotel set on six acres around serene Daylesford Lake. This is a great spot for birdwatching and walking, and you're close to the mineral springs. There's also an award winning restaurant.
    • The Royal Mail Hotel offers a range of accommodation just two kilometres out from Dunkeld, a charming little country town well located for the Grampians National Park. As well as rooms and self catering apartments, the hotel has a house which sleeps up to 11.
    • Mollisons is a charming, seven room, boutique hotel in Kyneton, a country town about an hour from Melbourne. This is a great place for those with an eye for design - especially seeing as every item in the hotel is for sale.

    For the ocean

    • Drift House in Port Fairy is a boutique hotel right on the beach. Its four suites are all uniquely done and some have stunning views over the Moyne River. A tasteful stop on the Great Ocean Road.
    • Big Blue Backyard is a collection of three, hand made cabin hideaways just by St. Andrew's Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. Each has its own private deck and spa bath and each has been loving crafted with local materials. There's no restaurant but the owner/operators will happily do the cooking for you.

    For skiing

    • QT Falls Creek in Falls Creek, is a luxurious collection of one, two and three bedroom self catering apartments right at the foot of the ski resort. A number of the apartments have views over the ski fields and some have private hot tubs too. In summer this is a great area for walkers.

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    Travel Information

    • The main airport hub in Victoria is Melbourne.
    • Victoria is a great region for a road trip, so why not look at our online car hire partner Rentalcars.
    • Visit Victoria in the autumn (March to May) when the temperatures are pleasant, wine is in season and countryside is at its finest.

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      Best Hotels in Victoria

      • The Prince Melbourne (St Kilda) 40 rooms from £68

        Free wifi
        Sights nearby  -  St Kilda Pavilion five minutes walk away, three kilometers to the CBD
        Lively  -  Hip and happening.
        Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
        Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith

        A hard to beat location in the seaside suburb of St Kilda, offering the best of city living by the sea. This clean hotel boasts tasteful decor and great amenities, including a sauna and steam room to unwind in after a hard day at the beach. See More

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      • The Cullen Melbourne (Prahran) 119 rooms from £78

        Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of the city's main sites and shopping districts
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

        Located opposite the bustling Prahran Market and Chapel St, this quirky looking hotel doesn't disappoint with lashings of artwork by Adam Cullen. Large suites come with a fully equipped kitchenette. Babysitting services, free pram hire and family suites available. See More

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      • Robinsons in the City Melbourne 6 rooms from £80

        Sights nearby  -  Visit Cooks' Cottage - the oldest building in Australia
        Local markets  -  The Queen Victoria Market
        Restrictions on children  -  No children
        Recommended by  -  I Escape

        This charming, six bedroom B&B offers friendly and personal service in a fantastic location. Homely, unpretentious bedrooms and rustic red brick walls - perfect for those looking for a restful and sociable environment to explore this great city. Hearty breakfasts and lots of local knowledge. See More

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      • The Blackman Melbourne (Mains of Balgavies) 209 rooms from £85

        Sights nearby  -  Three kilometers to the CBD, five minute walk to the Botanical Gardens

        With funky contemporary art adorning the walls, this boutique hotel on St Kilda road has fantastic amenities, including luxurious suites with fully equipped kitchen facilities. The perfect pairing of practicality, comfort and style. See More

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      • Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld, Victoria 40 rooms from £86

        Views  -  Out to Mt Sturgeon Station, a working merino wool sheep station, and Grampian peaks
        Sights nearby  -  In Dunkeld, incluing arboretum and art galleries
        Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

        A range of accommodation available 2 km from the picturesque country town of Dunkeld, including rooms, self-catering apartments, an outdoor pool and a house sleeping up to 11 people. Perfect for groups, families and those wishing to explore the stunning Grampian National Park. See More

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      • Middle Park Hotel Melbourne (Victoria) 25 rooms from £87

        Local markets  -  The largest open air market in the southern hemisphere The Queen Victoria Market houses an impressive array of goods.
        Great walks  -  Home to a variety of exotic flora and fauna take a wander through Melbourne's expansive Botanical Gardens.
        Lively  -  Hip and happening.
        Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

        A period building opposite the Albert Park Australian Grand Prix - a must for racing fans! Guests can enjoy meals in the Brasserie restaurant with a side of Ozzie charm. Rooms are decorated in a fuss free 'loft' style in greys and accent reds. Dramatic, dark tiled bathrooms feature roll top baths. See More

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      • The Larwill Studio North Melbourne 96 rooms from £98

        Value chic  -  Giving chic Scandi-style right next to Royal Park all at a very reasonable rate.
        Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the nearby Royal Park and make a pit stop at Melbourne Zoo.
        Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

        An art centric hotel boasting an excellent central location. Contemporary rooms are clean in design with soft hues and plenty of glass offset by vibrant modern artworks. A health thread runs through the property with designated snacks, meditation and yoga mats offered in room. Modern living defined. See More

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      • Mansion Hotel & Spa Melbourne (Werribee Park) from £112

        Sights nearby  -  Free entry into Werribee Mansion, close to Victoria State Rose Garden and Werribee Open Range Zoo
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

        Escape to the country with a stay in this luxurious hotel and spa surrounded by ten acres of extensive parkland only thirty minutes from Melbourne's CBD. Tasteful decor matches the stunning 1870s Italianate Werribee Mansion setting. See More

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      • QT Falls Creek Falls Creek, Victoria 40 rooms from £115

        Skiing  -  Also snowmobile tours, tobogganing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, snowsport school and cross country skiing
        Outstanding location  -  At foot of Falls Creek ski resort
        Views  -  Lovely views over the ski fields
        Great walks  -  To waterfalls
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

        Luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-catering apartments located at the foot of Falls Creek ski resort. Some have private hot tubs with views out over the balcony to the white ski fields beyond. Much needed sauna, steam room, spa and indoor heated swimming pool. Fabulous trekking and walks in the summer. See More

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      • Mollisons Kyneton, Victoria 7 rooms from £118

        Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
        Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

        This boutique hotel in country town Kyneton, an hour from Melbourne, is an interior designer's heaven, with elegant rooms and tasteful fittings. Every item in the hotel is for sale in the boutique downstairs. Minutes walk from Piper Street's lively cafes, restaurants and bars. See More

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      • Frangos & Frangos Daylesford 12 rooms from £131

        Great walks  -  Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens
        Sights nearby  -  Hepburn Springs
        Restrictions on children  -  No children
        Recommended by  -  Tablet

        Set in the heart of Daylesford, this hotel has a lot to offer. Fabulously designed bedrooms, a choice of two lively restaurants and the Endota Day Spa. The owners have poured their passions into Frangos to make it truly welcoming and completely unique. Unwind in this stylish hotel. See More

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      • Langham Hotel Melbourne Melbourne (Southbank) 387 rooms from £143

        Spa  -  Chuan Spa inspired by the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine
        Sights nearby  -  Five minute walk to Federation Square, the Arts Centre and the CBD
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

        This luxury hotel offers unrivalled views of the city from its location on the Yarra river. The decor inside is impressive, with a marble staircase, waterfall features and chandeliers dripping from the roof. The perfect place to mix business and pleasure. See More

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      • Treasury on Collins Melbourne (Victoria) 95 rooms from £146

        Local exploring  -  Enjoying a central Melbourne location so ideally located for exploring the city's highlights.
        Sights nearby  -  With its superb central location Treasury on Collins is within walking distance of many of the best sights.

        Treasury on Collins is an award winning boutique hotel located in a heritage building and offers chic accommodation with suites and apartments in the heart of the city. All rooms benefit from a kitchenette and washer/dryer - ideal for families! See More

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      • Park Hyatt East Melbourne 240 rooms from £153

        Sights nearby  -  Opposite St Patrick's Cathedral, five minute walk to the CBD, Carlton and Fitzroy areas
        Local markets  -  Victoria Market a ten minute walk away
        Spa  -  Park Club Health and Day Spa
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
        Recommended by  -  Tablet

        This grand five star hotel offers contemporary luxury in the heart of Melbourne. Spacious rooms complete with Italian marble bathrooms and views to the historic St Patrick's Cathedral ensure a lavish stay. See More

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      • Crown Towers Melbourne (Southbank) 482 rooms from £182

        Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of Federation Square and the Art Centre
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

        Sleek and smart contemporary hotel situated on the banks of the Yarra. Fantastic facilities, including luxurious large rooms and two tennis courts on the rooftop garden, combine glamour and wellbeing. See More

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      • Drift House PORT FAIRY, Victoria from £192

        Sitting Room
        Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and seasonal
        Restrictions on children  -  Not allowed
        Full of character
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

        A boutique hotel on the beach of Port Fairy. Tastefully slick individual suites with marble bathrooms, kitchens and dining areas. Some have views over the Moyne river. Explore the stunning Great Ocean Road from here, or just relax by the pool. See More

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      • Chateau Yering Yarra Valley, Victoria 32 rooms from £200

        Outstanding location  -  Set on 250 acres, borders Yarra River
        Swimming Pool  -  2 Outdoor seasonal pool
        Four poster beds  -  In Stable suites
        Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
        Recommended by  -  Fodors

        Five star luxury in heritage listed Victorian manor in the heart of wine region the Yarra Valley only one hour from Melbourne. Original features and antiques in rooms, extensive gardens and 24 hour room service. See More

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      • The Olsen Melbourne (South Yarra) 229 rooms from £160

        Sights nearby  -  Within easy walking distance of many of the city's sites, including Federation Square and Botanic Gardens
        Swimming Pool  -  Glass-bottom
        Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.

        Contemporary hotel with a central location in South Yarra offering good amenities and comfortable rooms. Boasts a glass-bottom swimming pool, spa and gym, and all within easy reach of nearby restaurants. See More

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      • Ovolo Laneways Melbourne 107 rooms from £162

        Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance to Federation Square, city shopping and eating district
        Lively  -  Hip and happening.
        Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
        Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith

        Tucked away on one of Melbourne's famous laneways, this hotel is situated in the heart of the bustling CBD close to the city's best bars, cafes and restaurants. Complimentary breakfast is also included. See More

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      • Lyall Hotel & Spa Melbourne (South Yarra) from £162

        Spa  -  The Lyall Spa offers a range of holisitic treatments including hydrotherapy and relaxation
        Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance to the Botanic Gardens and The Arts Centre
        Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
        Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith

        Each room in this stunning hotel comes with a fully equipped kitchen and balcony. Contemporary oriental design with opulent fabrics. Centrally located near the Botanic Gardens, there is also the offer of free bicycle hire to get around the cycle-friendly city. Make use of the luxurious spa too. See More

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      • Lake House Daylesford 35 rooms from £230

        Birdwatching  -  Rosella, parrot, kingfisher and kookaburra on property
        Great walks  -  Peace Mile track around the lake
        Outstanding location  -  Mineral springs on doorstep
        Lakeside  -  On lake Daylesford
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

        Waterfront rooms and suites set on six acres around Daylesford Lake. Great walks and birdwatching on property, and close proximity to world famous mineral springs. Award winning restaurant serving regional cuisine. Family friendly. See More

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      • QT Melbourne Melbourne 188 rooms from £185

        City Style  -  Immaculately accessorised, this hotel is in the high-end fashion district of Australia’s most creatively charged city
        Sights nearby  -  The State Library of Victoria is one of Australia's oldest cultural institutions
        Lively  -  Hip and happening.
        Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

        A fashionable industrial-chic style downtown hotel with a buzzing rooftop bar, with in-house gourmet restaurant. Featuring great views of the city and centrally located within easy distance of sights such as the Regent's Theatre, St Paul's Cathedral and Federation Square. See More

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      • Big Blue Backyard Victoria from £305

        Rooms with balcony/terrace
        Full of character
        Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
        Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

        Three family owned unique hideaways by St Andrews Beach. Star studded night sky, pure escapism. Each cabin comes with private deck, delicious crisp white cotton and spa bath. Fresh local food, home cooking and attentive service. Perfect for couples and romantic getaways. See More

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      • The Como Melbourne (South Yarra) 107 rooms from £250

        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor with BBQ facilities
        Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.

        Luxury hotel at the heart of Melbourne's bustling Chapel St. Near to all the attractions, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Family friendly suites available, with top-notch facilities including a gym, swimming pool and BBQ area. See More

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      • The Dudley Daylesford (Hepburn Springs VIC 3461) 7 rooms from £254

        Total relaxation  -  A tranquil base set near to Hepburn Bathhouse and Mineral Springs Reserve
        Local markets  -  Local Farmer’s Markets- buy some amazing local produce by visiting one or more of the local Farmer’s Markets on every weekend
        Great walks  -  Stroll around Hepburn Springs, the Botanical Gardens or the local farmland; enjoy a challenging hike across rugged local land
        Sights nearby  -  Lavender Farm and Sculpture Garden offers a very European experience
        Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

        A relaxing boutique retreat nestled in the rolling hills of Daylesford, the land of mineral springs and wellness. Elegant rooms mix contemporary and classical styles to great effect. Delicious breakfasts comprise of fresh, local ingredients. A rejuvenating stay. See More

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      • Jackalope Victoria 44 rooms from £345

        Back to Nature  -  With two spectacular coastlines, the region has dramatic surf and sheltered bay beaches, natural hot springs and national parks
        Architectural  -  Merges a heritage farmhouse with modern structures, all in black, that echo agricultural buildings
        Sights nearby  -  The nearby Pt. Leo Estate's Sculpture Park has been built to house an ever-evolving array of Australian and international pieces
        Great walks  -  Breathtaking walks at Point Nepean National Park and Bushranger’s Bay Walking Track
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

        Set in its own 12-acre vineyard this is a trendy foodie base in idyllic rolling hills. By no means your run of the mill rural escape, this is a cutting-edge contemporary spot, that has got it all right. Farm-to-fork cuisine, sharply designed interiors and spectacular views. Rural perfection. See More

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