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With wineries and top-notch foodie fare in spades, spectacular Victoria is a superb Australian destination for couples, families and groups of friends. There is a tremendous array of accommodation available across the region, from low-key guesthouses to luxurious hotels fit for a range of budgets. Many of the best places to stay in Victoria are in trendy Melbourne, the state capital, but there are some absolute gems tucked amidst the vineyards of the Mornington Peninsula or set in pretty towns by the coast.

Stylish Melbourne, Victoria’s largest city, has a well-deserved reputation for fabulous food, heaps of culture and a classic European vibe. Built on the back of the gold rush, the city is home to grand old hotels and galleries, as well as a host of new rooftop bars and alleyway eateries in quirkily converted industrial buildings. Try Collins St. for Parisian boutiques, Chapel St. for funky chic, and don’t missing a stroll through the Queen Victoria markets — the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. Come for the sporting events and world-class festivals — including the annual Melbourne Cup — and stay for the cool coffee culture, food, wine and buzzy social scene.

Beyond Melbourne are Victoria’s historic gold mining towns, many of which have survived and make charming bases for a holiday, as well as the lovely Murray River towns, famed for their riverboat culture. The region is known for its natural beauty: from the majestic Great Ocean Road, where the Twelve Apostles jut out like knives, to the tranquility of the Yarra Valley, home to many of Australia’s oldest wineries and some brilliant food hotels.

Venture north to the outback, dotted with national parks, including the lush Grampians and the bare Mallee — which are a real favourite with outdoorsy adventurers — or to the east for the Dandenong Ranges. Just 35 kilometres from Melbourne is the Snowy River, boasting a huge forest of gums, and there are parades of penguins to admire at Philip Island, too.

Whether you’re dreaming of swish Melbourne cafes and beautiful art hotels, boutique beach spots, or elegant country house escapes in the heart of the wine region, Victoria has it all. The best places to stay in Victoria offer visitors a taste of the region’s great food and wine in beautifully-presented surroundings suffused with classic Aussie character.

The best places to stay in Victoria

For grand Melbourne luxury

  • The Langham Hotel Melbourne offers luxurious indulgence, right on the Southbank, overlooking the Yarra River and the city. Suites are sumptuously furnished, there is a fabulous spa, and many of Melbourne’s highlights are within easy reach. A real standout.
  • Crown Towers occupies one end of the Southbank, with swish, generously proportioned suites, fantastic facilities (including tennis courts) and beautiful rooftop gardens. A glamorous choice, offering seriously impressive city views.
  • The Park Hyatt is a grand Melbourne classic, offering traditional five star luxury, including marble bathrooms, spacious suites and a gorgeous indoor pool. Stay here for the location — right by St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Victoria Markets — and the old-school opulence.

For Melbourne City Chic

  • The Olsen in South Yarra is a modern art hotel celebrating the exuberant work of artist John Olsen. Rooms are elegant and spacious, and there are stacks of facilities, including a spa, a gym, a glass-bottomed swimming pool and a great restaurant. The South Yarra location is ideal for local eateries, and the hotel is family-friendly. Don’t miss the art tours!
  • Ovolo Laneways is in the heart of the central business district, close to some of Melbourne's best bars, cafes and restaurants. Rooms are modern and many have small private balconies. Enjoy complimentary breakfasts and very reasonable prices A city bolthole, especially ideal for business travellers.
  • The Prince is a minimalist 40-room property in hip and happening seaside St Kilda. Facilities include a steam room and sauna, ideal for unwinding. An excellent choice for trendy city living by the sea.
  • The Cullen promises quirky, ultra-modern design, just opposite Prahran Market and Chapel St. Adorned with art by Adam Cullen, rooms are good value for solo travellers, whilst family suites have private kitchenettes. With free pram hire, babysitting services and bike rental, this is a top spot for the whole family. Perfect for exploring Melbourne!
  • The Lyall Hotel & Spa is a gorgeous South Yarra spot. Elegant contemporary interiors are paired with opulent textiles, and the indulgent spa is a real treat. A grown-up urban oasis.
  • The Larwill Studio is a design-centred Melbourne hotel, set alongside Royal Park. Think smart, contemporary rooms with Scandinavian-style simplicity and bright pops of colour from Australian artist David Larwill. There’s a focus on wellness, with a gym, yoga mats & iPads pre-loaded with a meditation app, as well as an onsite eatery. Fun, trendy and reasonably priced.

For Food & Wine in the Countryside

  • Jackalope is a seriously swish modern hotel set in its own 12-acre vineyard on the striking Mornington Peninsula. Pick this place for cutting-edge design, farm-to-fork cuisine, wine tastings and amazing countryside views. A foodie favourite.
  • Chateau Yering promises 32 luxurious suites in a Victorian manor on the Yarra Valley’s first known winery. Stay here for antique opulence, marble bathrooms and grand evenings in Eleonore’s restaurant. Perfect for rural relaxation and to explore the region’s 70+ wineries!
  • Frangos & Frangos is a 12-room boutique hotel in the heart of Daylesford. Think trendy, art-centred design, easy access to the town’s attractions, and fantastic food at Koukla Daylesford, the onsite restaurant. The laid-back bar has a brilliant list of Daylesford and Macedon region wines to try, and there are vineyards aplenty to explore.
  • Lake House is a lovely 35-room country house set on six acres around serene Daylesford Lake. Book a room here for birdwatching and walking, as well as to savour the award-winning restaurant. Child-friendly games and activities make this a relaxing family favourite.
  • Royal Mail Hotel is a foodie and wine lovers’ dream, with a fabulous kitchen garden, fine dining restaurant and award-winning, 25,000 bottle wine cellar. With well-appointed rooms, self-catering apartments and houses available, this is a great pick for groups or families keen to explore the Grampians National Park.
  • Mollisons is a charming boutique retreat in Kyneton, a country town just an hour from Melbourne. The two self-catering apartments and six deluxe bedrooms are ideal for visitors with an eye for design — especially as all the pieces in the hotel are for sale! A chic, calming choice in gorgeous surroundings, within easy reach of regional wineries and the gourmet eateries of Kyneton’s Piper Street.

For the ocean

  • Drift House in Port Fairy is a contemporary, adults-only boutique beach hotel with six luxurious suites. Expect free-standing baths, artisan breakfasts and striking views over the Moyne River from some of the beautiful rooms. Gourmet dinners can also be arranged, making this a top-notch stop on the Great Ocean Road.
  • Big Blue Backyard is a collection of three hand-made hideaways near St. Andrew's Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. Crafted by the owners using natural materials, the cabins are characterful and cosy, with private decks and spa baths. Fabulous breakfasts are included, and the owners can rustle up delicious meals using produce from a nearby farm. A romantic coastal escape!

For skiing

  • QT Falls Creek is a luxurious collection of one, two and three-bedroom self-catering apartments nestled at the foot of the ski resort in Falls Creek. Many of the apartments boast views over the slopes, whilst some have private hot tubs. The vibe is smart and modern, and the onsite restaurant is a wonderful place to unwind. Also a lovely area for walking and hiking in the summer!

For a private apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Melbourne International Airport, and hop aboard a bus or taxi to the city centre. Most city hotels will also be happy to arrange an airport pick up.
  • Victoria is an excellent region for a road trip, and it's wonderful to have your own means of transport as you explore. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Whilst Victoria is a year-round destination, the best time to visit is during the autumn (March to May), when temperatures are pleasant, the wine is in season, and the 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
    Spa
    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
    Spa
    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
    Spa
    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.
    Spa

    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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