When in the thick of winter from June to July in Australia, Melbourne rises up as one of the top cities to spend the cold season in. But why are winters in Melbourne so special? During winter, the city turns into a dreamland, where food festivals, art shows, and markets take place to invite Melburnians and visitors to stay active and have some fun during the season. Outdoor activities, such as skiing, ice skating, and bathing in natural hot springs, are also part of the reason Melbourne is the "Capital of Cool"—and the perfect destination for your winter holidays.
Where to stay
If visiting this amazing Australian city sounds like a plan, wait until you try winter camping here!
The following accommodations are 10 of our most extraordinary, eco-friendly, and glamorous rentals near Melbourne to make sure your stay will be one you'll never forget.
1. Eco-Friendly Villa near Daylesford
Located near Daylesford, Victoria, this eco-friendly villa accommodates up to 15 guests in five, perfectly decorated bedrooms. Large groups will enjoy the spaciousness of two living rooms and a fully-equipped kitchen, where breakfast is served every morning. Outside, you can explore five acres of gardens, enjoy the private, cedar hot tub, and participate at the on-site activities studio, where the hosts run workshops and classes.
2. Luxury Cottage in Yering
This luxurious cottage is located in Yering at a nature reserve in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Accommodating up to four guests, the cottage features two rooms, one bathroom, and a cozy living room with a fireplace—making this cottage perfect for a family getaway. The surrounding valley is not only home to kangaroos, echidnas, and wombats that can be seen wandering around the property, but also to vineyards, wineries, chocolateries, and ice cream shops, which are all within 10 minutes by car.
3. Log Cabin in Woodlands of Yarra Valley
Tucked in the woodlands of the Yarra Valley, this log cabin can comfortably accommodate up to six guests amid its three, beautifully designed bedrooms. Outside, an ample open deck—complete with a covered dining area and a luxurious hot tub—features views of the expansive fields and beautiful scenery that surround the cabin, where wombats and wallabies can be spotted.
4. Oceanfront Cabin with Private Beach in Bass
Uniquely designed to accommodate up to six guests, this vacation rental is located in Bass and boasts panoramic oceanside views, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. This modern cabin has three bedrooms and two living rooms, in addition to a sunny deck, where you can watch the sun rise and set or simply just relax. The best part? There's a private stretch of beach that sits on the property that's all yours to use!
5. Unique Cave in Gippsland Region
Set in the Gippsland region of Victoria, this unique cave is the perfect location for a getaway for two—offering up luxurious decor and a wood-burning fireplace to create a cozy and romantic atmosphere. You and your significant other are sure to enjoy this carved-in-the-hills accommodation and its surrounding dams, creeks, bushland, and native wildlife.
6. Vibrant Barn near Moondarra State Park
This unconventional, yet magnificent, barn is located near Moondarra State Park and accommodates up to five guests. It comes with all the essentials for a fantastic stay, including a delicious breakfast every morning! The barn also features a rustic patio with a barbecue and great views of the green fields that surround the property—an ideal choice for those who seek the peace and serenity that nature provides!
7. Stylish Bell Tent near Daylesford and Hepburn Springs
Located near Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, this stylish bell tent welcomes two guests, with its charming interiors and luxurious furniture and amenities. The property is close to the aforementioned, well-known mineral springs, as well as Wombat State Forest, which makes it an ideal spot for those who want a romantic getaway with plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures.
8. Peaceful Cabin near Mount Toolebewong
This gorgeous eco-friendly cabin is located in Mount Toolebewong and can comfortably accommodate up to two guests. You're sure to love the six large skylights that let in plenty of natural light, as well as the ample deck, from which you can enjoy the views of the forest. The cabin is a TV- and Wi-Fi-free space so you'll have no trouble at all disconnecting from your phone and reconnecting with nature.
9. Luxurious Tree Houses in Rainforest of Olinda
This luxury tree house hotel offers one-bedroom accommodations for two that are the perfect rental for a couple's getaway. The site is situated on two hectares of rainforest and fern gullies in Olinda, Victoria, which can be admired from the comfort of your bed—thanks to the windows in the vaulted ceiling—and the private balcony.
10. Secluded Pod in Healesville
Winer of the 2018 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards for unique accommodation, this glamping pod in Healesville comfortably accommodates two guests. Tennis courts, a pool, and a heated spa are all available for you to enjoy on-site, while off-site, bird watching is a popular pastime in the area.