As we move deeper into spring and edge closer to summer – the seasons of sunny, spontaneous weekends away and a time we might usually be looking forward to end of year international escapes, it’s time to rethink the way we travel.
With most of us still bound by state borders, a light is appearing at the end of the lockdown tunnel for Victorians with regional destinations cautiously reopening and beginning to welcome back some much-needed visitors.
As part of the new normal and as Victoria gets back on its feet, experiencing our beautiful regional destinations and supporting local businesses will be a focus for all of us. And there’s plenty to be excited about with countless world-class travel experiences sprawled right across the state from the coasts to the High Country to the city.
It’s so far been a series of major curveballs, but let’s keep that love of travel alive, support our local businesses and 2020 could still well go out on a high!
Looking further ahead, don’t leave it too late to lock in your 2021 Australian travel adventures. With many bookings from this year rescheduled and special celebrations postponed, our top hotels, resorts and experiences are already solidly booked over key 2021 holiday dates.
DRIFT HOUSE PORT FAIRY
Located right in the heart of the beautiful coastal town of Port Fairy in south-west Victoria, Drift House sets a new standard of design for luxury holidays in regional Victoria. The boutique hotel is a 3.5 hour drive from Melbourne and an easy five minutes’ walk from Port Fairy’s main street, its surf beaches and riverside marina.
With an aim to build the best accommodation in regional Victoria, award-winning design architects Multiplicity, were engaged to create individual designs for each of the very private suites, as modern extensions to the original double story Victorian bluestone house and neighbouring single story Edwardian villa. The use of innovative materials, salvaged timber and beautifully designed fixtures results in a modern, cutting edge and superbly comfortable environment.
All suites have been appointed to an exceptional standard, with bespoke design and innovative use of materials. They have a beautiful modern bathroom, a relaxing lounge area and the very special Drift House Maxi-bar.
From $495 per night including breakfast for two and a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
Victoria’s High Country is a must for those who love scenic drives with spectacular country and mountain views, not to mention some of the state’s best food & wine.
Lancemore Milawa combines the style and elegance of the world’s best boutique hotels with the tranquillity and beauty of the region. It is located adjacent to the acclaimed Brown Brother’s Winery and Epicurean Centre and within easy reach of the historic townships of Beechworth, Chiltern and Glenrowan, making it a wonderful base from which to explore.
The hotel features 40 individually decorated bedrooms including two suites, two relaxing lounge areas showcasing fine Australian art and sculpture, a roof top terrace and cloistered courtyard, as well as a Health Centre with a heated pool, spa and massage and beauty treatments.
Food and wine are a key feature of the retreat with its location in the middle of a premier wine-making district and the Milawa Gourmet Region. Restaurant Merlot, named for the vineyard of Merlot grapes on the property, prides itself on local, fresh seasonal produce.
UNITED PLACES, SOUTH YARRA STAYCATION
Tucked up above Domain Road overlooking the Botanical Gardens is United Places, a luxurious understated city escape of just 12 spacious suites that combine exceptional contemporary design with effortless comfort.
Created with relaxed elegance in mind the suites feature thoughtfully curated interiors with generous living areas, designer furnishings and well-considered guest offerings including amenities complimentary WiFi, Netflix & Cable, Le Labo Santal 33 amenities and urban or garden and city views.
Guests also receive priority bookings for Matilda, chef Scott Pickett’s acclaimed wood-fired restaurant located on street level, or enjoy a private in-room dining experience. With the table set by the butler, and your choice of champagne, wine and food, this is a full restaurant experience in the privacy of your suite.
It’s your private sanctuary in the heart of the city where all signs point to relaxation.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER – Book with Jigsaw Travel and enjoy early check in and late check out if available, upgrade if available and $100 food voucher to enjoy during your stay.
One of Australia’s favourite wineries, the Mitchelton property now offers a range of wonderful experiences for a truly indulgent regional escape. With a cellar door, restaurant, day spa, hotel and a Gallery of Aboriginal Art, a visit to Mitchelton will allow you to fully take in the history, the beauty and the serenity of the Goulburn Valley.
The spectacular Mitchelton Hotel is 58 rooms of laid-back luxury on the banks of the Goulburn River. Designed by internationally renowned architecture and interior design firm Hecker Guthrie, the hotel features spacious rooms adorned with earthy tones, each of which opens to a generous private balcony overlooking the river or Mitchelton Vineyard.
The Muse restaurant features a rustic yet refined dining experience and a menu inspired by the fresh local produce found throughout the Nagambie Lakes district.
THE PROVINCIAL BALLARAT - Regional Escape Package
Explore the rich history, award winning dining and thriving arts scene of Ballarat this Spring with Jigsaw Travel’s exclusive Regional Escape Package from The Provincial.
Enjoy overnight accommodation in a Lola Deluxe Suite
Complimentary Entrée or Dessert from their onsite restaurant Lola
Al.k.me essential oil to take home
Bottle of local white or red wine on arrival
Late check out
The Provincial’s two Lola Deluxe Suites are each individually styled with bespoke furnishings, feature large king-sized beds, generous ensuite with locally sourced boutique amenities, spa baths and a balcony with a beautiful view of historic Lydiard Street.
PRICE – $425 (valued at $500)
Package is valid for travel until December 31st 2020
TRAVEL FROM HOME - Click for Vic
Since launching last month, Visit Victoria’s ‘Click for Vic’ platform has received an overwhelming response, as locked down Victorians jumped online to order a taste of Melbourne’s closed bars and restaurants and regional Victoria’s out of reach producers delivered to their door.
While Melburnians still can’t road trip around the state, it’s still possible to order in cultured butter from Gippsland, chocolate truffles from Phillip Island, honey from Milawa, navy-strength gin from Ballarat and homewares from Beechworth.
Buy direct from a curated collection of the state’s best chefs, artisans, makes and creators at https://www.visitvictoria.com/clickforvic
There’s never been a more important time to support local.