If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we all need a break. Especially city dwellers. Lucky for us Melburnians, there are so many stunning weekend getaways from Melbourne to take advantage of. And to help you plan an escape from the city, I’ve found 23 gorgeous Airbnbs in Victoria, Australia.

There’s so much to explore in our beautiful state. So, whether you want to escape to the country or the coast, whether you’re craving a romantic weekend or taking a break with the family, there’s sure to be something in this list to suit your tastes and budget. Many are also pet-friendly, so you can bring along your furry friend to keep you company on your weekend break.

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1. Contemporary Hillside Villa Overlooking Apollo Bay

Price: From $145 per night
Sleeps: 2 people
Pet friendly: No
Location: Apollo Bay
Distance from Melbourne: 200km / 2.5 hours
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One of the most popular Melbourne getaways is to head to the Great Ocean Road. Escape the city for a nature-filled weekend with a few nights in this bright villa. It’s got views of the bay but it also is surrounded by bushland, birds and even a few resident alpacas!

It’s a short drive past Apollo Bay, so it won’t take long to get into town to grab lunch or dinner. Or pick up your own supplies and cook your own food in the full kitchen. There’s also an outdoor BBQ and a cosy indoor woodfire.

The bedroom is on the second level, so there are stairs to be aware of.

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2. Wye View Architecturally Designed, Stunning Views

Price: From $300 per night
Sleeps: 6 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Wye River
Distance from Melbourne: 160km / 2.5 hours
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The views from this 3-bedroom home are stunning: ocean views as far as the eye can see.

The living area is upstairs with a dining room that leads directly out to a great deck. There’s a fire in the living room if you’re booking this Airbnb in winter. The bedrooms are downstairs with more outdoor spaces to enjoy.

The Wye River Beach Hotel is within walking distance.

Guests have spotted koalas in the trees around the property! This would be a great getaway from Melbourne for a family or group of friends.

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3. Luxury Beach House only 250m to No 16 Back Beach

Price: From $180 per night
Sleeps: 4 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Rye
Distance from Melbourne: 98km / 1.5 hours
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This beach house is just 250 metres to the beach, so you can get plenty of beach walks in on a weekend away from Melbourne.

It’s also close to everything the Mornington Peninsula has to offer: wineries, breweries, the Peninsula Hot Springs, cafés and restaurants.

The house itself is bright and spacious, with a huge backyard with both grassed areas and a deck. There’s AC and heating, a BBQ, and it’s family friendly with a cot and change table provided if needed.

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4. The Wrens Nest

Price: From $149 per night
Sleeps: 4 people
Pet friendly: Yes (pets not allowed indoors)
Location: Forrest
Distance from Melbourne: 159km / 2 hours
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I love the look of this cosy, stylish cottage in Forrest. I can imagine myself reading a book in front of the fireplace while my husband is off mountain biking the nearby trails.

There’s two bedrooms, a spa bath, a tastefully decorated and functional kitchen, and a back deck with a BBQ.

It’s close to the Forrest Brewery – you can walk there! – and everything that this fun little town has to offer. Forrest is high on my list of places to visit in Victoria. Tucked just off the Great Ocean Road, it has great restaurants and cafés, and easy access to the Great Otway National Park.

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5. Cottesloe Beach Shack

Price: From $204 per night
Sleeps: 6
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Barwon Heads
Distance from Melbourne: 109km / 1.5 hours
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This 1960s beach shack has been stylishly renovated and has a large deck with a BBQ, wood fire and AC. Pets are welcome, so bring along your furry mate to keep you company on a weekend in Barwon Heads.

This property has been featured on Channel 9’s Postcards and in Sunday Life and Frankie magazines. It’s only a 25-minute walk to the beach.

 

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6. Grand Designs Property “Eco Bush Retreat”

Price: From $251 per night
Sleeps: 4
Pet friendly: No
Location: Traralgon
Distance from Melbourne: 164km / 2 hours
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Here’s your chance to stay in a property that has been featured on Grand Designs Australia. Callignee II is a stunning and eco-friendly home that’s 100% off the grid. It’s located on 5 acres of bushland in Gippsland, with Traralgon just a 15-minute drive away.

There’s a gorgeous 19-metre lap pool, a fireplace and a state-of-the-art kitchen. The floor-to-ceiling windows in most rooms offer wonderful views of the surrounding bushland.

This home is a gorgeous mix of luxury and sustainability in harmony with its natural surroundings. It’s the perfect way to truly unplug.

 

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7. Otways Loft: Unique 3-storey Log & Train House

Price: From $262 per night
Sleeps: 8 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Forrest
Distance from Melbourne: 159km / 2 hours
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Grab a group of friends and head west for a weekend away in this quirky house that’s built from local timber and vintage train carriage parts. Wake up to birdsong, and then spend a few days relaxing, biking, hiking in Great Otway National Park and enjoying the local brewery and cafés.

The owners say that it’s not 5-star but it’s pretty close. There’s a claw-foot bath, a wood-fired heater, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and juicer and plenty of garden space.

There’s a sister property that’s smaller (sleeps 6) and it’s an old steam train carriage! You could also rent out both properties if you have a group of up to 14 people.

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8. Yarra Valley Tiny House

Price: From $199 per night
Sleeps: 2
Pet friendly: No
Location: Chum Creek
Distance from Melbourne: 71km / 1 hour 15 mins
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Tiny houses continue to gain in popularity. This colourful one in the Yarra Valley puts you close to wineries, breweries and distilleries, hiking and biking trails, Healesville Sanctuary and beautiful waterfalls.

The house is solar powered and completely off the grid. It may be small, but it still has a full kitchen, queen-size bed, hot shower and toilet.

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9. The Barn Heathcote

Price: From $158 per night
Sleeps: 4 people
Pet friendly: Yes (but not allowed upstairs)
Location: Heathcote
Distance from Melbourne: 119km / 1.5 hours
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This huge barn wouldn’t look out of place in the United States. But it’s here in Victoria and inside it has been stunningly refurbished into a comfortable and unique place to stay.

It’s located on a 6-acre property and is close to Heathcote (and its famous bakery), several trails and wineries.

There’s a cosy living area with a wood fireplace, a kitchen, BBQ and plenty of books in the library.

The main bedroom is upstairs, so keep in mind that there are stairs to climb. It’s also worth noting is that the bathroom is attached to the outside of the barn, with the toilet in a separate outhouse. Sounds like a nice mix of rustic and comfort in this great country Victoria accommodation option!

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10. The Hideout

Price: From $212 per night
Sleeps: 2 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Daylesford
Distance from Melbourne: 114km / 1.5 hours
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Researching country Victoria getaways? Look no further than this 1860s miner’s cottage has been lovingly refurbished and is stylishly designed with a neutral colour palette. Perfect for a romantic weekend away, it has a black stone freestanding bath, fireplace and a couch that looks perfect for lazing about on.

Outdoors, there’s a big deck with hanging chairs and expansive views across Doctor’s Gully.

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11. The Stables Daylesford

Price: From $192 per night
Sleeps: 2 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Daylesford
Distance from Melbourne: 114km / 1.5 hours
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These former stables have been turned into a contemporary living space with room for two people. Exposed beams and polished concrete floors retain the rustic feel, but with access to modern cooking appliances.

This is ideal for a romantic weekend away for two. It’s close to the centre of Daylesford, so visitors can easily walk to explore the town.

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12. Retro Tram and Cottage 5 mins from Kyneton

Price: From $150 per night
Sleeps: 2-4 people
Pet friendly: No
Location: Kyneton
Distance from Melbourne: 89km / 1 hour
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One of the most unique Airbnbs in Victoria, this former operating W-Class tram is now a cosy spot for a weekend away. Located close to the town of Kyneton, northwest of Melbourne, the tram has a lounge with a wood fire, a queen bed and a bathroom (with a compost toilet).

Nearby is a one-bedroom cottage with a double bed, potbelly fire and kitchen.

Outdoors, there’s a campfire (use not allowed between December and April). The property is in the perfect location for exploring the nearby towns of Kyneton, the Macedon Ranges, Daylesford and Hanging Rock.

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13. Liptrap Loft

Price: From $230 per night
Sleeps: 6 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Walkerville
Distance from Melbourne: 181km / 2 hours 15 mins
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Just 30 minutes from Wilson’s Prom is this stunning, hand-built property. It’s rustic and unique, and will suit anyone looking for an escape to the bush. There’s no TV but there’s broadband, a stereo and plenty of books.

The bathhouse is outdoors, via a walkway, and has a Japanese soaking tub.

There are acres to explore and you’re likely to spot koalas, wombats and other animals. Walkerville beach is a five-minute drive away.

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14. Tussie Mussie

Price:  From $1825 per night
Sleeps: 16
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Merricks North
Distance from Melbourne: 81km / 1 hour
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Before you balk at the price, consider that this stunning property can sleep up to 16 people across three separate buildings, so this would be a fantastic getaway from Melbourne for families and friends.

This luxury property boasts gorgeous views, sculpture gardens, a tennis court and a 7-acre vineyard.

There’s an outdoor pizza oven and barbecue area for everyone to gather, two kitchens and a firepit. The interiors are neutral and luxurious. You and your friends won’t want to leave this home, one of the best Airbnbs in Victoria for a luxury stay.

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15. Mark and Kate’s Place

Price: From $117 per night
Sleeps: 4 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Bendigo
Distance from Melbourne: 153km / 2 hours
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If you’re heading away from Melbourne to Goldfields country, book a night or two at this stylish cottage in Bendigo that’s within walking distance of restaurants and supermarkets.

Inside the white picket fence is a cosy two-bedroom home with a fireplace, large bathroom with a jet tub and backyard with seating.

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16. The Stables

Price: From $164 per night
Sleeps: 3 people
Pet friendly: No
Location: Bright
Distance from Melbourne: 324km / 3.5 hours
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Converted stables seem to be a thing in Victoria, and this property in Bright in the High Country has been lovingly refurbished. One of two luxury farm stays at the Burrow and Nest, there’s access to the Ovens River. The Stables is open plan, with exposed copper pipe and polished concrete floors.

The Stables is located on the family property, but is completely private.

This Airbnb is only 10 minutes’ drive to Bright where you can experience great food and breweries.

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17. The Lodge at Mount Ophir Estate

Price: From $164 per night
Sleeps: 4 people
Pet friendly: No
Location: Rutherglen
Distance from Melbourne: 294km / 3 hours
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Feel like royalty when you book The Lodge at Mount Ophir Estate, a working farm and vineyard. The Lodge offers luxury accommodation in Victoria, and is well-known for weddings and events.

The Lodge is one of six different properties for rent at the estate, and sleeps up to 4 people. There’s a large open fireplace, a kitchen, laundry and a deck with BBQ.

The property is huge, and visitors can take walks, bike rides or go fishing, when they’re not relaxing inside the beautiful property. The charming town of Rutherglen is nearby.

Other spaces for rent at Mount Ophir Estate include the Winemakers Cottage and The Tower, located inside the property’s French provincial tower.

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18. Architectural Bush Retreat Near Yarra Valley

Price: From $395 per night
Sleeps: 3 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: North Warrandyte
Distance from Melbourne: 35km / 45 mins
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One of the easiest weekend trips from Melbourne is the Yarra Valley. This mudbrick home is in the heart of the bush within the Warandyte State Park. It’s been featured on multiple television shows, but you won’t need to watch TV while you’re here: there’s so much to enjoy outside.

The house is close to a swimming hole and fishing spot, and there are nature trails to explore.

Inside the 70s-style home, there are three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a deck with a BBQ.

 

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19. Bushies Love Shack

Price: From $167 per night
Sleeps: 2 people
Pet friendly: No
Location: Porepunkah
Distance from Melbourne: 317km / 3.5 hours
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This shack may not look like much from the outside, but inside is a cosy love nest that’s ideal for a romantic weekend away.

There’s a queen-size bed, bathroom with plush robes, kitchen and supplies to whip up bacon and eggs in the morning. Outdoors, there’s a gorgeous bath with bath bombs and salts provided.

Nearby is the Feathertop Winery, open for wine tastings.

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20. Stone Edge

Price: From $169 per night
Sleeps: 2 people
Pet friendly: No
Location: Castlemaine
Distance from Melbourne: 129km / 1.5 hours
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This character-filled sandstone cottage is in a great location close to the centre of Castlemaine.

The bathroom has a spa bath and there’s a private courtyard off the bedroom. In the winter months, stoke the fireplace in the living room.

There are bikes for guests and the owners have plenty of eating and drinking recommendations in town.

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21. Hillrise Cottage

Price: From $165 per night
Sleeps: 5 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Moyston
Distance from Melbourne: 223km / 2.5 hours
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Close to The Grampians, this unique cottage will provide respite after a day of hiking in the national park. There are also wineries nearby and plenty of space to relax. At night, use the telescope for stargazing.

The 2-bedroom property has a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and a wood-burning fire.

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22. Lascelles #6: The Mainstay

Price: From $107 per night
Sleeps: 4 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Ballarat
Distance from Melbourne: 116km / 1.5 hours
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This gorgeously designed terrace apartment should be your first choice when looking for an Airbnb in Ballarat. This historic residence has been updated with contemporary furniture, splashes of Australian art and modern appliances.

There’s an outdoor entertainment area and garden, a “pamper room” and rain shower in the bathroom.

The ground floor apartment is within walking distance to the Ballarat CBD, the arts precinct and Lake Wendouree.

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23. The Oarhouse

Price: From $235 per night
Sleeps: 6 people
Pet friendly: Yes
Location: Metung
Distance from Melbourne: 311km / 3 hours 45 mins
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With private access to the beach, this 3-storey weatherboard cottage is a great summer destination. A nautical design throughout pays homage to the home’s lakeside location. Picture windows provide views of the surrounding bushland.

There’s a deck and outdoor area with a BBQ. Metung is only a short drive away or a 45-minute walk.

In the cooler months, warm up with the log fire.

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Hopefully you’ve now got plenty of ideas for short breaks from Melbourne or maybe even a longer trip away. Enjoy!

So, now that you know where to find the best Airbnbs in Victoria, which one will you choose for your getaway from Melbourne?

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