Fireside romantic escapes

Beat the winter blues with a rich red and a roaring fire in a romantic Victorian escape. Victoria's winter months provide the perfect excuse for romantics to slow down, snuggle up and re-connect on an indulgent weekend away.

Boasting boutique luxury accommodation and destination restaurants, cosy gastro pubs and myriad natural wonders, regional Victoria offers plenty of ways to enrich and rejuvenate.

Daylesford and Macedon Ranges

The proximity to Melbourne and abundance of natural mineral springs, makes Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges a favourite for locals and visitors alike during winter. Complementing the spa capital is a host of pubs, restaurants and accommodation that feature the beloved fireplace.

Located just 48 km northeast of Ballarat and an hour-and-a-half from Melbourne, the Clifftop at Hepburn was voted Australia's best romantic getaway in 2017. The five-star villas boast an imported French fireplace, framed by floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the native bushland below. 

Unwind in the mineral-rich waters of the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, featuring salt therapy pools, aroma steam rooms and spa couches. Make it a weekend to remember by staying overnight in one of the onsite luxury villas, complete with luxury marble spa bath and fireplace. 

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, Hepburn Springs, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Spend a night at The Acorn in Daylesford, located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, and revel in uninterrupted views of Wombat State Forest, Mount Franklin and local vineyards. Wander the private garden sanctuary, relax in the large spa or get lost in the flicker of the flames in the double-sided fireplace.  

Enjoy a unique holiday experience at Tuki Farm and Retreat, a trout farm 20 minutes from Daylesford. Catch and eat your own rainbow trout fireside in the restaurant or stay overnight in one of the stone cottages and cosy up in front of the open fireplace. 

Explore the tastes of the region without getting a chill at Bellinzona Resort and Spa in the heart of Hepburn Village. Sample the region's best wines paired with and relax by the open fireplace.

Warm up in front of the outdoor fireplace and savour clever European dishes and wood-fired pizza at Macedon's Oliver Jones, just 40 minutes from Daylesford.

Take your place in the old English style tavern at the Daylesford Cider Company, the perfect place to get cosy during winter and sample the range of ciders made using the 17 varieties of English-heritage listed organic apples.

Castlemaine and Bendigo

Travel just an hour from Melbourne by train to the historic and creative arts city of Castlemaine. The luxury traditional suites, which reflect that heritage can be found at Empyre Hotel. Suites feature log gas fireplaces and an inclusive a la carte breakfast. 

Stay warm at Sutton Grange Winery in front of the fireplace overlooking the lake. Snuggle up in The South Cottage at Stone Edge, featuring a beautiful sandstone fireplace in the bedroom, or get cosy with one of two fireplaces in the old miners cottage cellar door at Killiecrankie Wines. Fire is the focus at The Woodhouse in Bendigo where a huge two-sided fireplace heats the warm brick dining room and wood cooking is threaded through the menu. 

Yarra Valley

Drive an hour and a half north east of Melbourne to the edge of the Yarra Valley where you'll find The Woodlands Rainforest Retreat. Hidden in the spectacular rainforest, each of the architect designed secluded cottages features a large brick open fireplace and a sunken therapeutic spa. Indulge in seasonal produce at the 2018 Good Food Guide's hatted restaurant at TarraWarra Estate in the comfort of a large open fireplace.

Great Ocean Road and Bellarine Peninsula

As whale season begins, some might prefer to take the romance to the seaside. Cruise down the Great Ocean Road for a night at Points South by the Sea in Wongarra. Stay in one of three self-contained cottages set on a 160-acre farm opposite the beach. Revel in views of the crashing waves and watch the passing dolphins and whales. Cosy up in front of the stone wood fireplace or enjoy a spa as the evening sets in. 

Driving, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Those without the luxury of a night away can still enjoy a little romance. Take a trip across to the Bellarine with Port Phillip Ferries for an afternoon of fireside tasting and dining at Jack Rabbit Vineyard or gin cocktails at The Whiskery, a new distillery cellar door in a rustic tin shed in Drysdale. 

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