Want to check into somewhere worth tweeting about on your next visit to Melbourne? I’ve unearthed some super cool and quirky accommodation in Melbourne and Victoria that are far from bog-standard. From off-the-grid tiny houses, to farm retreats and airstreams on a rooftop in the CBD – these are some of the best places to stay in Victoria for a night you’re sure to remember.
If you thought rooftops were just for bars you don’t know Melbourne! Notel is not a hotel (geddit?) but in fact 6 airstream trailers on the rooftop of a car park in Melbourne CBD. Chicly decked out in hues of grey and pink, the airstream’s come with en suite bathrooms, virtual concierge, Netflix loaded on an iPad and a fridge stocked with complimentary craft beer, snacks and bubbles. If you’re looking to go all out, check into the Airstream With Benefits, which has a secluded, neon-lit hot tub overlooking Melbourne’s laneways.
Airstream from $395, Airstream With Benefits $440.
St Jerome’s – The Hotel
Over on the rooftop of Melbourne Central Shopping Centre they’ve got luxury bell tents for you to glamp in the middle of the city. The Luxe tents at St. Jerome’s – The Hotel come with beds, linen, split system AC and an esky stocked with free beer and cider. Breakfast, including freshly made coffee from a local barista, is delivered to your tent and there’s a whole host of freebies thrown in including sweet treats on arrival, complimentary cocktails from 5 to 7pm and a free game of bowling at the nearby alley.
Rates starting from $420 per night.
For a more off-the-grid experience check into one of Shacky’s tiny houses that will be popping up in rural locations across Victoria. Recently launched in an Olive Grove in Victoria’s High Country, the Shacky is a sustainable timber tiny house complete with en suite bathroom, bbq and solar power. The Shackys are designed to immerse the guest in nature, but come with a friendly welcome from the hosts who can grab some locally made produce for you to whip up dinner with.
From $199 per night on weekdays.
Bimbadeen Farm Retreat, Phillip Island
Another place to get (comfortably) close to nature is at Bimbadeen Farm Retreat on Phillip Island. Bimbadeen have 3 self-contained units for hire on its 340-acre cattle farm, where just the cows and a couple of alpacas are your neighbours. There’s a fully functioning kitchen in the retreat and lots of delicious local produce in the farm shop so you can self-cater to your heart’s content. You can also join one of the daily farm tours to meet the chooks and find out more about life on a working farm.
Retro Caravan, Mornington Peninsula
The most old-school accommodation you’ll find on this list is on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, 90 mins drive from Melbourne. At Kanasta Caravan Park in Rye you can turn back the clock with a stay in a retro caravan. Each of the ‘glampervans’ has a unique theme/colour scheme dedicated to bygone days – like this sunny yellow one we stayed in last year. The caravan park itself has a few retro quirks, including a games room complete with pinball machine and original baby pink shower block.
Glamping at Balgownie Estate, Bendigo
How would you like to spend the night in a vineyard? Saves arguing over who is driving home doesn’t it? As of February 1st you’ll be able to do just that thanks to the new glamping accommodation at Balgownie Estate in Bendigo. 15 luxe tents complete with aircon and minibar are available to hire. Each come with their own outdoor deck overlooking the vines – the perfect place to sip a Cab Sav at sunset amiright?
From $235 a night.
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