Glamping, treehouses, and vineyards, oh my.
8 of the Most Charming Airbnbs in Victoria to Add to Your Wishlist
Glamping, treehouses, and vineyards, oh my.
With our own backyard serving up incredible landscapes, beaches and hidden gems, there’s no shortage of local places to relax and unwind when you’re in need of a quick getaway.
And if recharging your batteries and enjoying nature are on the agenda, the state of Victoria is a particularly prime candidate, thanks in part to the number of unique Airbnbs that are practically destinations unto themselves.
Looking to take a trip to Australia’s beloved south-east corner? Keep reading for seven charming Airbnbs in Victoria worthy of your wishlist.
1. Alkira Glamping Retreat, Emerald
Tucked away in the lush greenery of the Dandenong Ranges, this 16-hectare property is a glamping oasis for those looking to get back to nature without compromising on comfort. Taking second place on Airbnb’s list of Most Wishlisted Homes in Australia for 2022, the unique straw-bale Yurt for two offers a cosy ambience perfect for an escape from the city, with a warm terracotta bedroom, wood and wicker accents and views of the sprawling landscape at all angles. There is also an outdoor kitchen with seating to enjoy your morning cuppa while being serenaded by the sweet sounds of birdsong.
2. The Hepburn Treehouse, Hepburn Springs
A haven in the heart of Hepburn Springs, The Hepburn Treehouse is a quaint mid-century-inspired cabin and the perfect getaway for two. The host Hannah has lovingly curated the light-filled space with personal furnishings, ornaments and books gathered from all over the globe, giving it an extra homely touch that echoes from the first moment you walk in. Inside, you’ll find beds bedecked with luxurious linen, a spacious spa bath, a sun-drenched balcony, and an indoor wood-burning fireplace to ensure a truly tranquil stay. The Hepburn Treehouse is also well-located to visit the area’s famous Hepburn Springs Bathhouse & Spa, with the indulgent mineral spa a mere three-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the property. For those who want to explore the surroundings further, the beloved country town of Daylesford is less than five minutes away by car.
3. Room + Board
This modern barn in country Victoria was purpose-built by hotelier Lynda Gardener for couples and solo guests. As you'd expect, it truly is the ultimate in modern country style. Beyond just cosy, this artfully updated home is packed with stylish touches and filled with natural light—the ideal setting for a much-needed recharge.
4. The Wensley, Wensleydale
The very definition of rustic luxury, The Wensley is a charming farm-style home situated high on 80 acres of rolling hills in the Surf Coast Hinterlands’ town of Wensleydale. Built from bespoke timber, an artfully curated blend of rural and urban details, concrete fireplace, gourmet chef’s kitchen and inviting leather furniture define the property, while the floor-to-ceiling windows open up to panoramic views of bucolic beauty as far as the eye can see. Ideal for families or large groups, The Wensley comfortably hosts up to 10 guests and makes for an excellent location from which to explore the hinterlands’ scenic surrounds, or even to venture out to Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road, which is just under an hour-and-a-half’s drive away.
5. ‘The Tower’ at Mount Ophir Estate, Rutherglen
Offering a petit taste of France in Victoria, the French Tower at Mount Ophir Estate might be over a century old, but it has all the delights of modern luxury. Originally a grape processing facility for the adjacent vineyard, the now multi-level residence is adjoined by a spiral staircase that boasts a library, sitting room, bedroom and marble bathroom. The architectural landmark is also in one of Australia’s most well-regarded wine districts - the estate itself is known for its shiraz - and there are several gourmet restaurants, delis, wine bars and other vineyards nearby for an epicurean escapade, should the craving arise.
6. Liptrap Loft, Walkerville
If R’n’R is on the itinerary, it doesn’t get much more serene than Liptrap Loft. Situated on five acres of lush farmland in South Gippsland and close to the Walkerville beaches, the hand-built home blends Wabi-sabi influences with recycled materials to create a unique and inviting space. Sleeping up to six people, the property offers a Japanese Bathhouse with a traditional bath, wood-fired heater, outdoor hammock, mountain bikes for exploring and even has an enclosed dog run for those who want to bring their (well-behaved) pets.
7. Vintage House, Daylesford
Located between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, this cosy little hideaway is precisely what cottagecore dreams are made of. Originally a miner’s cottage dating back to 1860, the house sits on almost an acre of land with views over Wombat State Forest and Doctors Gully. Restored and re-designed while retaining the property’s historical charm, the three-bedroom house and separate garden studio are encircled by edible gardens and fruit trees, and there’s even a spacious outdoor table and fire pit to gather around and enjoy under the stars.
8. Steam Train Carriage, Forrest
For a cosy stay with a unique feel, the Steam Train Carriage in Forrest has got you covered. Dating back to 1926, the Airbnb was originally a First Class carriage 61 W that transported travellers across regional Victoria. Restored over nine months, hosts Mike and Fleur were careful to salvage materials to maintain its late Victorian era aesthetic, and now the steampunk-inspired space boasts three bedrooms surrounded by abundant greenery and climbing vines. Although it can sleep up to six guests, it is a cosy space, so it’s best suited to a couple or family of four. A plus? Pets are also welcome on board.
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