Looking for a little R&R inspo for these cool weekends? We’ve donned our beanies and ventured throughout Victoria, the garden state, to find the best weekenders that help boost your Greener Spaces Better Places.
Arcadia Cottages, Dandenong Ranges
With several secluded cottages to choose from, light the fire, run a spa and soak up the greenness through floor-to-ceiling windows. The vistas are truly spellbinding.
Activities: Explore the Dandenong Ranges, walk into Olinda and check out their restaurant and art gallery scene.
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat, Yarra Valley
On the edge of the Yarra Valley lies the Black Spur rainforest and this retreat is firmly off the tourist track. Lots of privacy and seclusion to enjoy.
Activities: Explore Lake Mountain, fish at Lake Eildon, generally roam rainforest.
Treetop Stay, Sassafras
Originally designed by an architect as a holiday house and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with leafy outlooks, this house is tucked away deep in the Dandenong Ranges but just on the edge of Melbourne.
Activities: Explore the Dandenong Ranges, scope out some of the local tearooms and public gardens.
Aquila Ecolodges, Grampians National Park
A set of unique eco lodges just outside of Dunkeld promise comfort and privacy without impacting the earth.
Activities: Experiencing the native flora and fauna.
Clifftop, Hepburn Springs
The floor-to-ceiling glass of this luxury abode looks out onto a tree-filled valley.
Activities: Stare at the incredible vista, hit up the Daylesford/Hepburn Springs spa scene.
Down Under Log Cabins, Halls Gap
Surrounded by trees in a cabin made of wood, it’s not hard to lift your Greener Spaces Better Places here.
Activities: Explore the Grampians and Hall Gap.
A country setting with an eco edge, it’s the seclusion that makes this place a rejuvenating experience.
Activities: Roam the extensive property, go on bushwalks, swim in the gorge, explore the local bushland and, if you get bored, nip into Halls Gap or Horsham.
Riversdale Retreat, Castlemaine
We really enjoyed the re-vegetated bush garden of this secluded eco-friendly retreat. A unique home surrounded by native bushland and waterways.
Activities: Relax, but Castlemaine isn’t far off if you need some distraction.
We’ve been tracking plenty more Greener Spaces Better Placess across the country – head here to see our top recommendations for leafy beer gardens, cafes and bars.
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