Turn your day trip into an overnighter and get more out of your weekend wander. Make the most of regional Victoria's bold and clear skies, epic views and the peaceful sounds of nature, when you pause and stay the night.

Choose your accommodation style: pitch a tent or roll out a swag. Have someone else take care of your adventure with glamping options that include comfortable bedding and a bottle of wine, and luxury retreats with pools or spas and a breakfast of local produce. Enjoy a picnic for dinner on a hillside, beach or beneath a canopy of trees.

A longer trip into the mountains or into the region's wide open spaces is worth the effort for expansive vistas, but even a short hop from Melbourne brings plenty of rewards.

Rise early to catch a peachy sunset, and stay up late to gaze at the vast night sky twinkling peacefully above you. Whether viewed from the sand or a clifftop lookout, the skies out here are impressive: Victoria is home to some incredible night-sky spots that are perfect for stargazing.

And the sounds? Nature, and little else. Wake to birdsong and spot colourful feathers winging through the trees. Sip a cocktail at sunset when the cicadas and crickets are out in full orchestral force. Be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the wind or sea.

No fancy gimics required here. Nature makes it worth your while. So go ahead: rest your head for a night – or two – in regional Victoria.

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